NBC: Our Bias is Showing
By Ed Driscoll · February 15, 2007 07:46 PM · Oh, That Liberal Media!
What's going on with NBC?
At the start of the month, I wrote:
So far the Blogosphere has spotted Chernobyl-style meltdowns in credibility by CBS, the Washington Post, Newsweek, AP, and on numerous occasions, the New York Times and Reuters.Here's another example of that apparent trend in action: Bill O'Reilly has been swinging at NBC repeatedly for heading further to the left in recent months. NBC's news president Steve Capus counterpunches that "I think it's really kind of sad and pathetic, some of the things that he's been lobbing at us these days", even as he hires ultra-leftwing BDS-obsessed Keith Olbermann to provide commentary for NBC's flagship Nightly News, in addition to his regular low-rated gig at MSNBC.
In response to this move, and the now infamous recent post by William Arkin, who's employed by both NBC and the Washington Post, retired Army Col. Ken Allard, a regular contributor to NBC, has had enough:
It is, therefore, possible to argue that NBC is merely undergoing a delicate arabesque in anticipation of changing audience preferences and the long- hoped-for Democratic restoration (although journalists generally seem reluctant to raise the tough questions that should punctuate the 2008 campaign).As I wrote in my original post:
The media as a whole aren't going away any time soon, of course (although Hugh Hewitt might argue with that). They're too well funded via advertising, subscriptions, stocks, bonds, and other revenue. But it seems like something has to change--the accumulated weight of all of the errors, gaffes, and uses of wildly slanted tone in otherwise "objective" reporting has to begin to register at some point.Where will NBC's direction further to the left lead them?
Ken Allard quits, William Arkin stays, and Keith Olbermann just got promoted. That should give you a pretty clear idea of where things stand right now at NBC News.Indeed it does.
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