Olbermann’s decision to give embattled Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva six appearances in about six months was worth thousands of dollars in free media exposure, for instance. How is that different, these bloggers ask, than Olbermann’s $2,400 check to Grijalva, cut five days before the election?
The debate throws into sharp relief the difficult balancing act that MSNBC has been trying to pull off with its new identity. On one hand, the network has aggressively moved to court progressives with its new branding campaign “Lean Forward” and eyebrow-raising decisions like assigning an all-liberal panel to cover the midterm election results Tuesday.
But on the other, it remains tightly bound to its straight-news network sibling NBC, with which it shares both talent and management, and for which its liberal identity is a cause of concern.
This tension was particularly visible last month when MSNBC launched its new slogan and branding campaign. Even amidst a grand roll-out of the new theme, MSNBC President Phil Griffin was reluctant to own the cable network’s ideological turf.
This may be covered by Ava and C.I. who had planned to do a piece on it last Sunday but did not want to due to 'predicting.' They wanted Tuesday's results before they wrote. This an issue they have touched on repeatedly (including how sick of Mr. Olbermann that NBC News is).
Mr. Olbermann has not been fired. I think he should be, he broke a written rule that he was familiar with, that he had been told of and reminded of in 2008.
But it is amazing that a suspension is being treated as the end of the world when Media Matters and the other scum of the earth refused to call out the firing of Juan Williams -- but they were able to scream for Mr. Williams' head.
David Brock has polluted the left. He needs to go back to the right. This is something Ava and C.I. have been charting but, this week, I read Mr. Brock being quoted in a newspaper and saw just how ugly and sick he has become.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: