Monday, August 03, 2009

Corporation-Invoked News Truce


Over the weekend, NY Times reporter Brian Stelter ran a piece about a truce in the feud between MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and FNC's Bill O'Reilly.

Today on KIRO/Seattle, Stelter laid out the history the two news personalities have with each other. Olbermann has targeted O'Reilly for years, often naming him "Worst Person In The World," and commenting on outrageous statements and stories reported on "The O'Reilly Factor." O'Reilly has responded by going after Olbermann's corporate bosses, revealing information about GE's deals with Iran.

Stelter and I discussed the reality of corporate-owned news organizations being told what to do and what to avoid by those at the top of the company pyramid, how he expects the two anchors to respond to the story on their shows this evening, and whether the feud has affected viewership.

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Update 8:15pm:Here's how Olbermann reacted to Stelter's piece, and resumed his attack on his arch-rival tonight by urging him to "free yourself from your corporate shackles!!"...