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Greenwald: Immelt-Murdoch handshake means MSNBC, Fox stop saying mean things about each other

What tipped things was when O'Reilly started going after GE CEO Jeff Immelt himself, attacking (legal) GE dealings in Iran and siccing viewers on Immelt to protest. Now there's a deal, brokered by PBS's Charlie Rose: O'Reilly and Olbermann stop attacking each other — and oh, yes, O'Reilly stops attacking GE.

I believe the word for this is "Danegeld."

The more I think about this, the angrier it makes me at all concerned — and though Greenwald paints this as "muzzling" Olbermann, the more I think about it the more my rage includes him. Just to start with, it makes his declaration two months ago that he was righteously "shunning" Bill O'Reilly and Fox for their roles in Dr. Tiller's death look extremely disingenuous in hindsight. Edward R. Murrow my ass...


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Aug. 2nd, 2009 03:42 am (UTC)
What I've noticed is that Keith Olbermann has been "on vacation" for the past two weeks straight.

What I've also noticed is that, throughout his career, NOBODY has ever succeeded in muzzling Keith Olbermann. I just don't see him upholding his side of this "deal."

And finally... to be perfectly honest, Olbermann mocking O'Reilly gets OLD. It especially gets old when O'Reilly ranks higher on Olbermann's Worst Persons list for empty blather than others do for actions that actually hurt other people. Unless O'Reilly pulls another Malmedy reference or something equivalent, it'll be nice to not hear Olbermann on about him for a while.
Aug. 4th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
And on Olbermann's first day back, he's apparently going to mock Bill by "defending" him.

Some cease-fire.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
The phrase "publicity stunt" comes to mind. A cynic? Me?

On the other hand, a Michael Longcor song just cued up on the mental playlist.
Aug. 4th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
And Worst Persons in the World:

BRONZE: The guy who wrote the article Glenn Greenwald used for his article. Olbermann says that not only is the article bullshit, but he'd REPEATEDLY told the original reporter it was false beforehand. Olbermann refers to his June 1 moratorium on O'Reilly/Fox News, saying, "it held until I changed my mind, because this is NOT the Constitution, this is a stupid cable news TV show, and I make up all the rules!"

SILVER: O'Reilly, for attempting to pretend that he never said he was surprised that a black-run business with a primarily black clientele wasn't run in stereotype-black fashion.

GOLD: Rupert Murdoch, for (supposedly) "muzzling" O'Reilly in order to protect Newscorp from liability. "SOLIDARITY, BILL! SOLIDARITY!"

Nope. Definitely no cease-fire at all.
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