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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-22-13 01:55 PM
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8. I don't know if MSNBC gets paid to toe the line.
However, the role of MSNBC is to support Democrats and criticize Republicans, much as the role of Fox is to support Republicans and criticize Democrats. However, as Enthusiast correctly pointed out to me, Fox will go further to do that, such as by deliberately making up "facts."

I don't know if Olberman ultimately got fired for not toeing the line. From things he alluded to obliquely while on air, I think he was chastised for a number of things, like his Worst Person in the World segment. I also know that, when he and MSNBC failed to agree on a new contract, his show was the highest rated show MSNBC had (with the possible exception of its soul numbing law and order type programming). That included Rachel Maddow's show, which was new on MSNBC at the time, compared with Olbermann's.

I also know that, according to Cenk Uygur, he was told to be less critical of the Obama administration. If you google, you can probably find info on that, including a view of Cenk being interviewed on the subject. I would do it, but I have just googled for that stuff once too often.

I don't get Current, so I don't know if Cenk toned down once he got on Current. We all have to eat and no one seems to be paying a lot to people to tell the whole truth about both Democrats and Republicans. The best we can hope for anymore is what I call "two idiots yelling at each other." Although commentators from different sides yell less than they used to when networks got the idea that two biased people somehow got the truth across more than one objective reporter.
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