Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Olbermann Takes On Koppel, False Equivalency

Keith Olbermann responded to criticism from Ted Koppel in a Washington Post opinion piece lamenting the "death of real news." Shorter Keith: If it's the death of journalism you're ruing, you should have thought of that when you ignored the run up to Iraq and its aftermath instead of remaining silent for objectivity's sake. Walter Cronkite or Edward R. Murrow didn't do that.

1 comment:

NowhereMan said...

As KO eloquently pointed out,he was the one of the first in the MSM to question Bush's reasons for going to war.The very first person to argue against it on TV was Phil Donahue who was promptly fired by MSNBC.
As much as I admired Koppel and nightline,Its true that instead of using his show to be more inquisitive of the evidence for the invasion of Iraq,he chose to be embedded with one of the army units.Sad to say,that while Koppel's op-ed proves how much the producers and researchers of his show did the leg work to get to the heart of the great stories they uncovered,they obviously didn't assist him in his research of Fox and MSNBC.All he had to do was watch each network for just one week and he would've figured out one station reports news while the other one maufactures it.
If hes really so upset about the death of real news,his focus should've been more on Fox,Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes since they are the ones who are responsible for building a network that creates and distorts the news instead of reporting it and why doesn't the FCC or anybody in government try to stop or try to regulate the complete distortion of news.