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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-13-06 01:14 PM
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Olbermann: Some NBC execs don't like criticism of BushCo.
During a March 12 interview with C-SPAN president and chief executive officer Brian Lamb, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann said: "There are people I know in the hierarchy of NBC, the company, and GE , the company, who do not like to see the current presidential administration criticized at all. ... There are people who I work for who would prefer, who would sleep much easier at night if this never happened." He added, "On the other hand, if they look at my ratings and my ratings are improved and there is criticism of the president of the United States, they're happy." Olbermann also discussed his relationship to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and claimed: "O'Reilly's agent calls the head of NBC week after week saying, you have got to get Olbermann to stop" criticizing O'Reilly.

From Olbermann's interview with Lamb, aired on the March 12 edition of C-SPAN's Q&A:

OLBERMANN: When I attack Bill O'Reilly or criticize him for something that he said on the air, some ludicrous suggestion like, you know, we should let Al Qaeda go in and blow up San Francisco because he doesn't like San Francisco, I mean, just lunatic things, if I punch upwards at Fox News, the clever response, the cynical and brilliant response is to just ignore. Like, well, why do we have to worry, they have one-seventh of our audience? They attack. Bill O'Reilly's agent calls the head of NBC week after week saying, you have got to get Olbermann to stop this, as if for some reason there are rules here. We have -- these are the people who have suspended the rules, and they want the referee to step in protect them against my little pinky.

LAMB: More quotes. This is about Rupert Murdoch: "His covey of flying monkeys do something journalistically atrocious every hour of the day."

OLBERMANN: Yeah. I think that's probably true. I think -- well, sometimes they miss. They are sometimes -- there are a few hours in a row where there might not be a flying monkey appearing, devastating society.

LAMB: Doesn't this work for both of you?

OLBERMANN: I don't think so. I haven't met a lot of flying monkeys at NBC. I have met people who -- and by the way, this is the great freedom and the great protection of American broadcasting, commercial broadcasting -- we made a mistake in the '20s. We let broadcasting in this country develop with commercial broadcasting taking the lead and all other kinds of information on radio or television secondary or tertiary. But the protection of money at the center of everything, including news to the degree that it is now, is that as long as you make the money, they don't care what it is you put on the air. They don't care. There are people I know in the hierarchy of NBC, the company, and GE, the company, who do not like to see the current presidential administration criticized at all. Anybody who knew anything about American history and stepped out at any point in American history and got an assessment of this presidential administration would say, "Yeah, I don't know how much they need to be criticized, but they need to be criticized to some degree."

There are people who I work for who would prefer, who would sleep much easier at night if this never happened. On the other hand, if they look at my ratings and my ratings are improved and there is criticism of the president of the United States, they're happy. If my ratings went up because there was no criticism of the president of the United States, they'd be happy.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200603130006

We'll get you Mr Olbermann...and your little dog too!

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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-13-06 01:16 PM
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1. A few good journalists out there and it Olberman
and Lou Dobbs...
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Catherine Vincent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-13-06 01:19 PM
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2. It's obvious.
That's why they keep Matthews on. He's good at shilling for Bush.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-13-06 01:28 PM
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3. That was a wonderful interview, for anyone who missed it
I will bet they will rerun it. They weren't stupid, either, in their choice of time slot--they ran it in the hour preceding the SOPRANOS premiere, so one could have their Olbermann and their mafiosi, too!
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-13-06 01:30 PM
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4. Corporate whores always go along with fascists -
As long as they can make money doing it.
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aden_nak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-13-06 01:31 PM
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5. The typical complaint of the guilty (from O'Reilly).
"I don't want to stop doing things wrong, but I do want you to stop telling people about it." As if the telling is actually the fault. Remind you of anyone we know?
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-13-06 01:33 PM
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6. I have had a feeling he was being muzzled lately.
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greenman3610 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-13-06 02:16 PM
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7. It's great that he's pushing Mike Malloy's Meme
"the flying monkey right"
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