Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Meghan McCain (still) doesn't get it

Meghan McCain has a brain storm: Keith Olbermann has an opinion show. D'uh.

Olbermann needs to determine if he is a commentator or a journalist. It never really crossed my mind that he was considered a journalist by anyone, just like I never assumed that anyone considers Glenn Beck a journalist. And, for the record, neither does he. Both Beck and Bill O’Reilly (as recently as his appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher) said they fall on the commentary side of the network. This is the state of the media. No one should really be surprised by Olbermann’s donations. What should surprise people is that entertainment, commentary, and journalism have fused into such a state that it is difficult to differentiate among the three.

The problem I have with this false equivalence between Fox and MSNBC has been stated elsewhere. To review:

1. No where in their name or on the screen does MSNBC refer to "News" during opinion shows. Fox calls it self "Fox News" with the logo chyron on the screen at all times. This is intentional.

2. NBC has an entire other division that provides unbiased news; Fox does not. They portray Beck, O'Reilly and Hannity as "news."

3. Fox continually floats from news to comment without proper differentiation. That's unethical.

4. I can't believe I just spent 5 minutes engaging Meghan McCain's sophomoric false equivalence.

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