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Which channels - NBC News campaign donation rules?

Discussion in 'The OT' started by phrelin, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    We aren't talking about Keith Olberman anymore. Keith Olberman a journalist, that would about as funny as MSNBC being strictly a news organization.

    It has been a lot longer then just a few years.
  2. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 7, 2005
    Kittrell, NC
    I don't even know how to feel.

    On the one hand, I don't see why anyone in any walk of life can't contribute to a campaign and still do their job impartially. Do they? I don't know... but it should be possible.

    IF it is a question of rules violations... and Olbermann was ok to donate but he was supposed to report it and didn't... then that's fair game as it would be something he agreed to by contract.

    Kind of like how you're supposed to disclose if you were compensated to review a product vs you buying something yourself and giving your opinion unsolicited.

    As for the news... I would like my news to be reported unbiased first... and THEN editorial commentary is fine. Adding opinion that is clear opinion commentary is fine AFTER the unbiased news is reported AND as long as it is made clear the difference between editorial/opinionated and unbiased reporting.

    But I know that that's pie-in-the-sky these days... because it seems to be near impossible for anyone to report the news without interjecting their own opinion right there in it and not differentiating so that the layman thinks reported opinion IS the actual news.
  3. SayWhat?

    SayWhat? Know Nothing

    Jun 6, 2009
    Yeah, well that goes back to the days of Cronkite, Huntley/Brinkley, Reasoner, Smith and a few others. The news was the news, then the last 2 or 3 minutes of the broadcast the words Commentary, Editorial or Opinion would appear on the screen as they spoke their mind.

    Not any more. I can't tell which is which half the time.
  4. klang

    klang Hall Of Fame

    Oct 14, 2003
    Olberman will be back to work on Tuesday. Looks like it was a PR stunt to me.
  5. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Or the 14,000+ facebook fan emails sent to the guy that suspended him over the weekend... Wonder if he got to read them all?
  6. AntAltMike

    AntAltMike Hall Of Fame

    Nov 20, 2004
    Does anyone who receives prompted e-mails of support or criticism pay any attention even to their number?

    I remember when the fax technology was proliferating and certain interest groups were effectively prompting their members to fax their opinions to thier congressmen, Barney Frank was asked by Ted Koppel whether he might change his stance on something in response to the thousands of critical faxes he had received from constituents, and Frank sais absolutely not, since, "...those are all from people who wouldn't vote for me if the voting booth they were in was on fire and the only way to get out was to pull the lever next to my name."

    If a fired television personality whose show has 1 million viewers a night gets ten thousand or even a hundred thousand e-mails in support of him, it means that one-tenth to one hundredth of the viewers of his show took the time to press a couple of keys on their keyboard, and the recipient of those endorsements doesn't even know how many were sent by actual viewers rather than by internet surfers who simply succumbed to the urge to support the seemingly aggrieved Olberman.

    I wonder how many e-mails would have been submitted back when the original Star Trek got canceled.
  7. Cholly

    Cholly Old Guys Rule! DBSTalk Club

    Mar 22, 2004
    If 10% of a personality's fans push a few keys to indicate their support for him/her, that's a very big deal, indeed - more so than if 10% of those who aren't fans voice their negative thoughts. Positive opinion generally doesn't get out as much as criticism.

    Olbermann wasn't fired - he was put on unpaid leave for an unspecified (to be determined) time. It's as though MSNBC management wanted to see how his fan base felt about the situation, and there was sufficient uproar for them to reinstate him quickly. It's all about the money!
    Just like Glenn Beck, Olbermann is extremely popular with viewers who share his political leanings and even a fair number of folks who disagree with him.
  8. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    A day later then I was expecting. As much as I detest Olberman, IMHO the crime surely did not merit 2 days off.

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