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Keith Olbermann: It's "Treasonous" For The Administration Not To Correct Media Stories
MSNBC ^ | June 1, 2005 | Keith Olbermann

Posted on 07/28/2005 2:27:03 PM PDT by Sam Hill

Whilst opining in his boyishly incomprehensible way, Olbermann claims it is the Bush administration's fault that Newsweek ran their meretricious story about Korans being flushed down toilets at Guantanamo.
 
To illustrate his brilliant point, he reminds us of the Bush administration's complicity in not shooting down the forged "Killian Memos" of Rathergate fame:
 
 
 
  June 1, 2005 | 3:54 p.m. ET

More questions than answers (Keith Olbermann)

 [W]eren't those members of the military or the government with whom Newsweek vetted the plausibility of its item, honor-bound to say "you can't print this"?

Or would somebody rather play politics with this? The way Craig Crawford reconstructed it, this one went similarly to the way the Killian Memos story evolved at the White House. The news organization turns to the administration for a denial. The administration says nothing. The news organization runs the story. The administration jumps on the necks of the news organization with both feet or has its proxies do it for them.

That's beyond shameful. It's treasonous.

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How is it possible for such an intellect to not see the parallels to what Rove has been accused of doing? Rove apparently warned Matt Cooper of Time Magazine "not to get too far out" on the Joe Wilson story.

Why is Olbermann calling for Rove's head? Is it simply because that's what he is told to say by the DNC?


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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bullzogby; cialeak; duac; gitmo; korandesecration; liberalism; lyingliars; makingitup; newsspeak; newsweak; newsweek; partisanwitchhunt; propaganda; stupidity; zogbyism
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Another case study for our annals of hypocrisy.
1 posted on 07/28/2005 2:27:04 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Sam Hill

Another story from the files of "It's Bush's Fault."


2 posted on 07/28/2005 2:28:33 PM PDT by My2Cents ("The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth." -- Winston Churchill)
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To: Sam Hill

The administration tried to correct the media and prevent them from spreading Joe Wilson's propaganda as truth, and look where it got Karl Rove...


3 posted on 07/28/2005 2:28:57 PM PDT by Thrusher (Remember the Mog.)
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To: Thrusher

"The administration tried to correct the media and prevent them from spreading Joe Wilson's propaganda as truth, and look where it got Karl Rove..."

My point bezactly.


4 posted on 07/28/2005 2:30:32 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Sam Hill

"How is it possible for such an intellect to not see the parallels to what Rove has been accused of doing? Rove apparently warned Matt Cooper of Time Magazine "not to get too far out" on the Joe Wilson story."


That would assume that the 'Rats and MSM care about honesty or consistency. Actually, Olbermann's position amounts to "save us from ourselves when we need you to, but we'll fry your a--es anyway if we feel like it."


5 posted on 07/28/2005 2:31:17 PM PDT by Enchante (Kerry's mere nuisances: Marine Barracks '83, WTC '93, Khobar Towers, Embassy Bombs '98, USS Cole!!!)
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To: Sam Hill
I think this qualifies as a case of...

Just Damn.

(steely)

6 posted on 07/28/2005 2:32:06 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Fortunately, the Bill of Rights doesn't include the word 'is'.)
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To: Sam Hill

The Left has been specializing in the double-bind for years.


7 posted on 07/28/2005 2:32:47 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Sam Hill
Is there anything sillier than this character?

No wonder PMSNBC can't get better than a 0.5 share.

8 posted on 07/28/2005 2:33:31 PM PDT by evad ( Remember our twin mottos "Journalists are above the law" and "We bash Republicans")
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To: Howlin

Compare and contrast:

"The news organization turns to the administration for a denial. The administration says nothing. The news organization runs the story. The administration jumps on the necks of the news organization with both feet or has its proxies do it for them.

That's beyond shameful. It's treasonous."




In his first conversation with the president's senior adviser as the new White House correspondent for Time, Cooper started with a clipped statement: "I am writing about Wilson," to which Rove replied: "Don't get too far out on Wilson."

http://tinyurl.com/apdqo


9 posted on 07/28/2005 2:34:18 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Sam Hill

If the Bush administration would have said a thing, the MSM would have cried "cover-up" or "sensorship."

Same, irresponsible media.

When in doubt, blame someone else.


10 posted on 07/28/2005 2:34:42 PM PDT by BoBToMatoE
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To: Sam Hill
The media has no use for the wisdom of the words "don't bite the hand that feeds you".
11 posted on 07/28/2005 2:35:01 PM PDT by smoothsailing (Qui Nhon Turtle Co.)
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To: My2Cents

AND THIS MORON HAS HIS OWN SHOW ON MSNBC. NOTE TO LIBERALS: Do you wonder WHY your ratings suck? Start here...lol


12 posted on 07/28/2005 2:35:32 PM PDT by Jazzman1
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To: Sam Hill
That's beyond shameful. It's treasonous.

Now that has got to be the lamest leap to a most illogical conclusion that I have seen on this subject. Reminds me of the Agony of Defeat ski jumper. This could end up on a compilation video When Media Guys Go Wild.
13 posted on 07/28/2005 2:35:47 PM PDT by carumba
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To: Sam Hill
How many people watch this lying pile of steaming feces, anyway? A few thousand people nationwide? He has the worst ratings (and deservedly so) of any news program.


14 posted on 07/28/2005 2:36:30 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Honoring Saint Jude's assistance every day.)
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To: evad

"[W]eren't those members of the military or the government with whom Newsweek vetted the plausibility of its item, honor-bound to say "you can't print this"?"

YEAH, RIGHT! If the Bush admin did that, the media would instantly rush to print with headlines like "Bush Administration attempts cover-up!", or "Bush Admin tries to silence brave reporter!"

Better to remain silent and let the media print whatever they feel like. If they print some lunatic BS because they didn't bother fact-checking the story, it's their own fault.


15 posted on 07/28/2005 2:36:49 PM PDT by Pete98 (After his defeat by the Son of God, Satan changed his name to Allah and started over.)
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To: Sam Hill

It could only be considered treason if one's loyalty was owed to the media, rather than to the country.


16 posted on 07/28/2005 2:37:25 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Mohammad spent more than half his life killing infidels)
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To: Sam Hill

Another air leak coming from Olbermann's head.


17 posted on 07/28/2005 2:37:32 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Crush! Kill! Destroy the heathen!)
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To: evad

Isn't the 51-times a year "Newsweak" also a partner in that cable channel?


18 posted on 07/28/2005 2:38:26 PM PDT by weegee (The Rovebaiting by DUAC must stop. It is nothing but a partisan witchhunt.)
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To: Sam Hill

The DNC tells Olbermann to jump, and he says, "how high master".


19 posted on 07/28/2005 2:40:22 PM PDT by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Sam Hill

Olbermann = IDIOT! Olbermann's intellect and common sense should fit quite nicely, with room to spare, in a thimble!


20 posted on 07/28/2005 2:41:22 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: Sam Hill
Sign of a sick mind....Everything becomes a "he77 if you do and he77 if you don't" situation.....There is never any pleasing them.
21 posted on 07/28/2005 2:41:46 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Mr and Mrs Wilson III were both working UNDERtheCOVERS!)
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To: Sam Hill

It's the responsibility of the media to get it right.

It's not the responsibility of the Administration to prove them wrong. These people have important work to do for the American people -- instead of just making up stories to call attention to their imagined audience and ruthless ambitions to get to the top in the news/show business.


22 posted on 07/28/2005 2:41:53 PM PDT by MikeHu
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To: Thrusher

Excellent point. It's a no-win situation: they "fail" to correct the media, and they're condoning misinformation getting out; they try to correct the media, and it's manipulation of the press. I have an idea: how about the media actually acting responsibly in its research and reporting of news stories?


23 posted on 07/28/2005 2:42:56 PM PDT by My2Cents ("The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth." -- Winston Churchill)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

LOL....that hissing sound isn't Olbermann passing gas; it's Olbermann's head deflating.


24 posted on 07/28/2005 2:43:59 PM PDT by My2Cents ("The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth." -- Winston Churchill)
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To: All

Listen carefully Olberman...

You are a S P O R T S guy...always will be.


25 posted on 07/28/2005 2:44:39 PM PDT by rbmillerjr
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To: Thrusher

>>The administration tried to correct the media and prevent them from spreading Joe Wilson's propaganda as truth, and look where it got Karl Rove...<<


Everything is O.K. as long as he did not break the law. Nothing has actually happened to him.

If we all believe that Karl Rove is an example of the right thing to do then, the Koran story should have been corrected before being printed. Newsweek was supposed to be aware of the implications of the story before they printed it and I would think the same would be expected of those in the military/government that were asked to verify the story.

Should people not do the right thing because they are afraid of the consequences?


26 posted on 07/28/2005 2:44:50 PM PDT by stratocaster42
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To: Sam Hill
Then Olbermann will come out strongly for Rove today, correct?

Didn't think so.

Last time the administration told them to be careful they accused the Government of attempting to run their business. They erupted in hysterics, then spent months trying to prove we did flush a Koran down a toliet out of spite.

Olbermann, It is YOUR job to make sure your stories are truthful. It's the administration's job to defend this country. They aren't getting paid to be your editors so sit down, shut up, and learn how to do your job responsibly without malice instead of wasting your time being the puppet of loons that want the election results challenged because they cannot accept reality.

The administration jumps on the necks of the news organization with both feet or has its proxies do it for them.

We're proxies now!

27 posted on 07/28/2005 2:45:29 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: rbmillerjr
Listen carefully Olberman... You are a S P O R T S guy...always will be.

And, a poor one at that! Why do you think ESPN fired him?

28 posted on 07/28/2005 2:47:11 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: Sam Hill
Weren't those members of the military or the government with whom Newsweek vetted the plausibility of its item, honor-bound to say "you can't print this"?

What an idiot.

I can just imagine the liberal MSM's response if the Bush administration tells them "you can't print this".

29 posted on 07/28/2005 2:47:26 PM PDT by RJL
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To: Sam Hill

Republican administrations have been shooting down erroneous media stories for years now and the "professionals" just ignore them and keep on lying.


30 posted on 07/28/2005 2:47:53 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real political victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: Sam Hill

This a-hole was and is an embarassment for ESPN and the country in general. Totally clueless. Nice ratings! NOT!


31 posted on 07/28/2005 2:48:00 PM PDT by Doc Savage (...because they stand on a wall, and they say nothing is going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch!)
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To: All

Different day, different ground rules:

Wilson revealed - Bloggermann - MSNBC.com
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8085423/#050711a

• July 22, 2005 | 10:02 p.m. ET

Wilson revealed (Keith Olbermann)

In his ‘story guidance’ to Matthew Cooper of Time, Rove did more damage to your safety than the most thumb-sucking liberal or guard at Abu Ghraib. He destroyed an intelligence asset like Valerie Plame merely to deflect criticism of a politician. We have all the damned politicians, of every stripe, that we need. The best of them isn’t worth half a Valerie Plame. And if the particular politician for whom Rove was deflecting, President Bush, is more than just all hat and no cattle on terrorism, he needs to banish Rove — and loudly.


32 posted on 07/28/2005 2:49:03 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Bushbacker1

Lmao...true that.

Olbermann, (ring in music)...which story will American hear me Frick up tonight..."


33 posted on 07/28/2005 2:50:33 PM PDT by rbmillerjr
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To: Sam Hill

keeth olderman...BORING and SHOW OFF.


34 posted on 07/28/2005 2:51:09 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know! :))
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To: Sam Hill

Keith in Iowa: Olbermann should stop his release of intellectual flatus.

If he did, he'd soon explode. He has a very fertile mind, if you know what I mean... ;)

35 posted on 07/28/2005 2:52:02 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Talk Nerdy To Me)
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To: Sam Hill

And so it was "treasonous" for Karl Rove to correct Matt Cooper? Oh that's right. He's supposed to go to jail for that...


36 posted on 07/28/2005 2:53:53 PM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: Sam Hill

You think they really believe their own craziness?


37 posted on 07/28/2005 2:55:06 PM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: t2buckeye

It's a woman's perogative to change her mind:

June 1, 2005 | 3:54 p.m. ET

[W]eren't those members of the military or the government with whom Newsweek vetted the plausibility of its item, honor-bound to say "you can't print this"?

Or would somebody rather play politics with this? The way Craig Crawford reconstructed it, this one went similarly to the way the Killian Memos story evolved at the White House. The news organization turns to the administration for a denial. The administration says nothing. The news organization runs the story. The administration jumps on the necks of the news organization with both feet or has its proxies do it for them.

That's beyond shameful. It's treasonous.


July 22, 2005 | 10:02 p.m. ET

In his ‘story guidance’ to Matthew Cooper of Time, Rove did more damage to your safety than the most thumb-sucking liberal or guard at Abu Ghraib. He destroyed an intelligence asset like Valerie Plame merely to deflect criticism of a politician. We have all the damned politicians, of every stripe, that we need. The best of them isn’t worth half a Valerie Plame. And if the particular politician for whom Rove was deflecting, President Bush, is more than just all hat and no cattle on terrorism, he needs to banish Rove — and loudly.


38 posted on 07/28/2005 2:56:30 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Sam Hill

Oh, I love this...

This moron is now saying that the Bush administration needs to tell the media what it can and can't print...

Right....

Mark


39 posted on 07/28/2005 2:57:20 PM PDT by MarkL (It was a shocking cock-up. The mice were furious!)
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To: Sam Hill

A great example of why the majority of the electorate thinks that liberals have no values.


40 posted on 07/28/2005 2:58:13 PM PDT by PeoplesRepublicOfWashington (Washington State--Land of Court-approved Voting Fraud.)
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To: OldFriend

"You think they really believe their own craziness?"

I doubt if it really matters to them much, one way or the other. Olbermann reads whatever the 20-something (minimum wage or less) intern types out for him

The intern types whatever the internst at the DNC has sent the news outlets that day.

The DNC sends out whatever Soros' interns tell them to send out.


41 posted on 07/28/2005 2:59:03 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Sam Hill

Somebody really needs to send Keith some Vallium...... and maybe some exlax too.


42 posted on 07/28/2005 3:01:49 PM PDT by umgud (Comment removed by poster before moderator could get to it)
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To: Sam Hill

That's my take on it as well, but Olbermann needs to read a little more closely before he opens his mouth.....unless he doesn't mind sounding like a complete idiot(which apparently he dosen't).


43 posted on 07/28/2005 3:02:38 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Home of the free, because of the Brave)
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To: MikeHu

Every two-bit media wannabe thinks the President ought to seat them in the first row at the White House press conference and give them the first and last questions and as many as they want in between, without smirking and commenting, "Your wig is on crooked."


44 posted on 07/28/2005 3:02:49 PM PDT by MikeHu
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To: Sam Hill

Keef is completely, merrily, mad.


45 posted on 07/28/2005 3:02:58 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is merely Nazism without the snappy fashion sense.)
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To: All

Obviouslt Kommandant Cootie Ubermann needs
a dictionary, because he clearly doesn't know
the meaning of treasonous...

..otherwise he'd invite Bill Maher AND Jon Stewart
on his show, and commit a triple extermination/suicide
of anus mouthed, worthless, middle aged
sneering cootieboy traitors.


46 posted on 07/28/2005 3:04:43 PM PDT by NickatNite2003
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To: Sam Hill
From the insanity over the vote count on election day as opposed to the exit polling, it's clear that the DUmmies dictate what Olberwomann reports on his show.

As the ratings continue to diminish you would think someone would wise up.

47 posted on 07/28/2005 3:06:01 PM PDT by OldFriend (MERCY TO THE GUILTY IS CRUELTY TO THE INNOCENT ~ Adam Smith)
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To: OldFriend

"As the ratings continue to diminish you would think someone would wise up."

You know that Rick Kaplan (uber Clintonista) runs MSNBC.

Do you think he cares about ratings?


48 posted on 07/28/2005 3:08:48 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: OldFriend
MSNBC, the New Clinton News Network?
By Lowell Ponte
FrontPageMagazine.com | February 18, 2004


MSNBC DIED THIS WEEK, but few have yet noticed.

Third among cable news networks, this joint venture begun in July 1996 by Microsoft and General Electric, owner of NBC, has lagged far behind rival Fox News Channel and CNN in viewers. But it has offered an alternative source of viewpoints, ranging from “Hardball” hosted by veteran Democrat Chris Matthews to “Scarborough County” hosted by former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough from the conservative Florida panhandle.

“It was time for a change, to bring a new perspective to the channel,” an NBC executive this week reportedly told the New York Times. This “new perspective” will be a new President and General Manager of MSNBC – Richard N. Kaplan.

With Kaplan’s entrenchment, MSNBC will, like the other establishment networks, almost certainly become just another cookie cutter stamping out a daily batch of predictable one-sided, pro-Democrat, anti-Republican, pro-Leftist propaganda.

Rick Kaplan, 56, is a huge, energetic bear of a man who got into the wrong profession a third of a century ago. Ever since, he has tried to twist his jobs as a broadcast news producer and executive into the role he wanted instead – partisan political operative, Leftist ideologue, and, since 1977, political ally and intimate friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Along his Leftward way, Kaplan has tarnished the reputations of broadcast network news departments from ABC to CNN….and he is about to do the same to ruin MSNBC. Our only consolation is that his partisan propaganda will be infecting one of the tiniest audiences in all of television. The larger lesson is what this reveals about an NBC willing to hire such a person to run one of its networks.

“Kaplan was born in the Rogers Park section of Chicago,” wrote David Margolick in a January 1998 Vanity Fair profile. “His childhood was filled with friends and Democratic politics; Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley and John F. Kennedy were icons in his home.

“He envisioned a life of political activism,” Margolick continued, “and joined the 1968 presidential campaign of Senator Eugene McCarthy as an advance man. A week later, when Bobby Kennedy won the California primary, Kaplan prepared to switch sides, and headed to Kennedy’s hotel to meet him. He ended up that night alone on a Santa Monica beach, watching the waves, listening to radio reports about Kennedy’s slow death. He contemplated a radically altered future outside politics.”

Turning instead to broadcast journalism, Rick Kaplan was a producer for Walter Cronkite in 1977 when Susan Thomases introduced him to the obscure Attorney General of Arkansas named Bill Clinton.

“Both gregarious, both personable, both deeply interested in politics, both news junkies, both charmers, both voracious eaters (their first encounter, appropriately enough, was in a restaurant), they hit it off instantly,” wrote Margolick. “’I just remember he was a terrific guy,’ Kaplan said. ‘Fun.’”

“If anything,” wrote Margolick, “Kaplan was at least as close to Hillary, who shares his Chicago roots; he even hired her to work on coverage of the 1980 Democratic convention. When Chelsea was searching for a 49th-birthday present for her dad, Kaplan sent along a titanium golf club fashioned from a melted down Soviet missile. After Kaplan’s younger daughter underwent serious surgery in 1994, calls from both Clintons helped a near-miraculous recovery, Kaplan said.”

During the 1980s Kaplan helped talk Bill Clinton out of giving up politics to take a million-dollar job on Wall Street. After Clinton’s much-ridiculed speech at the 1988 Democratic convention in Atlanta, writes Margolick, “it was Kaplan’s shoulder Clinton cried on, over Chinese takeout…” and Kaplan who persuaded Clinton that his political career was not over.

(Clinton’s droning speech became such a national joke that he was invited by Democrat Johnny Carson to appear and play his saxophone on the “Tonight Show,” which turned the Arkansas Governor into a star.)

After a stint during the 1980s as Executive Producer of ABC’s “Nightline,” Kaplan was promoted to Executive Producer of ABC’s “Prime Time Live.” In 1992 he dispatched reporters to work undercover as employees at the supermarket chain Food Lion, then a target of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) trying to put the company out of business. The ABC reporters got Food Lion jobs by using credentials and references ABC faked with the help of the UFCW.

The resulting expose, aired by ABC around election time that year, depicted Food Lion as an unethical seller of outdated and contaminated foods. Food Lion sued, and a jury that saw the 45 hours of video from which Kaplan and ABC distilled a 10-minute hit piece awarded Food Lion $5.5 million in punitive damages for fraud committed by Capital Cities-ABC against the company.

Such a judgement is extremely rare because it requires clear evidence not only of wrong and false information but also of malice, a calculated and knowing use of falsehood by journalists to cause damage to an innocent party. These damages were greatly reduced by subsequent liberal judges, and a jury fine of $35,000 against Kaplan himself was overturned by a judge.

What the un-aired videotape revealed was that in several instances the wrongdoing ascribed to Food Lion was actually committed by or at the direction of these ABC producer fake employees. In one instance, when a genuine Food Lion employee noticed and cleaned a dirty meat slicer that ABC was preparing to film as evidence, one of the ABC producers could be heard “muttering obscenities.” It was evident that ABC was covering the story with a pro-union, anti-company agenda and was stacking the deck to produce the propaganda it wanted to air. The man in charge of this Leftist smear piece was Executive Producer Rick Kaplan.

But by 1992 Kaplan was beginning to leave any pretense of journalistic ethics behind. “Kaplan,” wrote Tim Graham of the Media Research Center, “has been the prime example of a TV news producer who did not just blur, but demolished the wall between reporting on liberal politicians and openly helping them.”

With Bill Clinton at risk of extinction in the 1992 New Hampshire primary, Kaplan reportedly influenced ABC News to delay reporting for three crucial days its discovery of the 1969 Clinton letter to Col. Eugene Holmes. This is the notorious letter, as described by Accuracy in Media, in which “Clinton confessed to having tricked Col. Holmes, getting him to violate federal law to get him ROTC deferment” and in which Clinton “said he loathed the military.”  The delay gave Clinton time to prepare damage control to blunt the letter’s impact.

While Executive Producer of ABC’s “Prime Time Live,” Kaplan in 1992 advised candidate Bill Clinton how to deal with the Gennifer Flowers affair issue, recommended that the Clintons appear on rival CBS’s program “60 Minutes,” and advised the Clintons on how to handle that interview.

In his 1994 book Strange Bedfellows, a study of press coverage of the 1992 campaign, Los Angeles Times reporter Tom Rosentiel described, in Margolick’s words, “a frantic evening when Clinton called Kaplan repeatedly, baring his soul and seeking strategic advice.”

“Weeks later,” reported Graham, “when Clinton’s campaign struggled in the New York primary, Kaplan rode to the rescue again, getting Clinton booked on the Don Imus radio show. Kaplan not only arranged the interview, he prepared him for it – and ABC cameras taped both ends of the conversation and aired it on ‘Nightline.’ Later, Kaplan did not deny a Spy Magazine report that he boasted of attending Clinton campaign staff meetings and helped set up the campaign’s press office.”

On the eve of the 1992 election ABC reporter Sam Donaldson had taped interviews with both President George H.W. Bush and candidate Bill Clinton. Kaplan ordered Donaldson to do a tag line to his Clinton interview “to make it clear that you don’t hate Clinton.” This tag, of course, weakened Donaldson’s credibility and the power of his questions, leaving an impression that the reporter was somehow biased and that the interview therefore should be taken with a grain of salt. The effect was to tilt the two interviews more in Clinton’s favor.

Kaplan “played golf with Bill shortly before the inauguration,” according to the liberal magazine The New Republic, “and watched movies with both Clintons at the Governor’s mansion.”

In 1993 Kaplan spent the first of his nights in the Lincoln Bedroom in the Clinton White House. He was among those thus rewarded for services to the Clintons at least as valuable as the $100,000 they would charge mere political donors for a single night’s stay in this public property.

In late October 1994, “Kaplan killed [ABC reporter] Jim Wooten’s exclusive interview with an Arkansas state trooper who claimed a Clinton aide had tried to muzzle him,” reported Margolick. “After that, Wooten refused to do any more pieces on Whitewater.” Another ABC news producer told Margolick that “the bar kept getting higher” for such investigations into Clinton dealings with Whitewater.

“Phone logs revealed that on the night Vince Foster killed himself Kaplan called Hillary Clinton….” wrote Margolick. “When Webster Hubbell resigned, he called him too. ‘I happen to like Webb,’ Kaplan said.”

[In February 2003 ABC re-hired Kaplan as a Senior Vice President to oversee “World News Tonight,”“Nightline,” the ABC News Political Unit gearing up for 2004 election coverage, and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”  MSNBC must have paid a pretty penny, not disclosed, to hire him away from ABC. Nowadays ABC openly acknowledges its pro-Left, anti-Conservative political bias.]

By 1997, after Kaplan moved to Cable News Network as one of its chieftains, with evidence of campaign fundraising improprieties threatening to submerge Bill Clinton, CNN unleashed a Kaplan-produced special.  U.S. News & World Report found that Kaplan had ordered CNN reporters to “limit the use of the word ‘scandal’ in reporting on Clinton’s campaign fundraising.” The message to CNN reporters was clear: go easy on the boss’s friends in the White House.

As the Lewinsky scandal broke in 1998, wrote Graham, “Kaplan leapt into action at CNN with two-hour specials attacking any and all Clinton critics. The programs included ‘Media Madness,’ which asked ‘what the hell are you people doing’ probing Bill Clinton’s sex life?; and ‘Investigating the Investigator,’ which described Ken Starr as ‘suspect’ over his ‘religious and Republican roots.’  In May, Kaplan devoted an hour to demonizing Rep. Dan Burton, who was compared by reporter Bruce Morton to English despot Oliver Cromwell.”

Kaplan saw to it that CNN gave softball coverage to the Clintons and threw hardballs at their enemies. Under his watch, CNN came to be known as the Clinton News Network for its pro-Bill&Hill bias. As Bill O’Reilly of rival Fox News Channel has noted, “financial reporter Lou Dobbs quit CNN because Kaplan was cutting into ‘Moneyline’ to give Mr. Clinton some marginal coverage.”

(CNN also came to be called the Castro News Network for its coverage unwaveringly favorable to the Cuban Marxist dictator. Kaplan and Castro have been good friends since at least 1978, Margolick reported, and during a Castro United Nations visit to New York while they were dining together, Kaplan invited Fidel to come with him to a private dinner with President Clinton, deputy White House Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, and Susan Thomases. “Castro paused, for what seemed like an hour, before declining,” wrote Margolick. “He didn’t want to embarrass Clinton, he explained.”)

In 1998 CNN President Kaplan also oversaw production of the first documentary for his new show NewsStand.  The documentary called “Tailwind,” narrated by hyper-Leftist journalist Peter Arnett, alleged that during the Vietnam War the United States had used poison gas against women and children in Laos. Challenged for proof by other journalists and the Pentagon, CNN’s documentary fell apart like the tissue of lies it was. But that did not stop its use around the world as a tool of Marxist anti-American propaganda.

Kaplan’s Leftist love did not end with the Clintons. “The November 20, 2000, Newsweek reported Kaplan had helped Al Gore prepare for a debate against Bill Bradley,” wrote Graham. “At a rehearsal for a California debate on March 1, former CNN President Rick Kaplan joked, ‘Let’s do the debate now.’” But as Graham notes, Kaplan “was still CNN president in March,” while acting openly as a Gore partisan and enabler.

“I keep looking for what I should be ashamed of, long and hard,” Kaplan told Margolick of those who question his Clinton sycophancy and lack of journalistic distance from those he covers, “and I just can’t find anything.”  He dismisses his critics such as Reed Irvine of Accuracy in Media and Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center as “liars.”

And now, trailing clouds of glory, Rick Kaplan reportedly will be taking control of the helm at MSNBC.

The problem this poses for MSNBC is that nobody familiar with Kaplan’s past can trust anything reported on a network under his control. And without viewer trust in its integrity, a news network dies. This is why CNN’s credibility and ratings collapsed during Kaplan’s reign of blatant bias. MSNBC could scarcely have found a worse President anywhere than this poster boy for Left-wing media bias.

Among the first things Kaplan installs in a new office, wrote Margolick, is what he calls ‘”my favorite picture in life.’ It was a 1986 Vladimir Sichov photograph of a homeless man, who holds a sign declaring ‘I’m hungry. Please help’; copies of [betrayer of President Ronald Reagan] David Stockman’s The Triumph of Politics are visible in a bookstore window behind him. ‘That’s trickle-down economics,’ Kaplan said” of the crude Leftist agitprop photo.

Kaplan’s announced coming may already have begun changing things at MSNBC. Monday, the day this was first reported, Chris Matthews with a moistened finger in the wind aired an episode of “Hardball” slanted almost entirely to the Left, nearly bereft of even a pretense of balance from the other side.

(MSNBC has already started to go “fluffy,” its shows larded with guests during the current ratings sweeps to promote shows on other NBC channels such as the Today Show’s Matt Lauer and his Guess-Where-I-Am travel contest.)

It’s easy to anticipate that Republican Joe Scarborough will soon be either purged or gelded. Gelding would take the form of Kaplan requiring that every conservative guest and statement on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” be “balanced” with a Leftist guest or statement. At best this will dilute the show and destroy its savor and ability to balance Matthews. At worst it will goad Scarborough to turn his attention to relatively apolitical topics like the Michael Jackson scandals. 

Needless to say, MSNBC Democrats like Matthews or the “Countdown” laughing Lefty Keith Olbermann will get no comparable command to “balance” their Left-leaning shows with right-wing voices and views.

The concept behind any such Kaplan directive would, of course, be the old “fairness doctrine” that John F. Kerry now says he would like to re-impose on licensed broadcasters. This doctrine pretends to open the airwaves to a wide diversity of views. In practice, as past decades of experience showed, it does the opposite. By making broadcasters afraid of punishment for failing to satisfy some bureaucrat’s or political ideologue’s arbitrary notion of balance, most broadcasters simply ceased airing controversial views.

An enforced “Fairness Doctrine” has a chilling effect on free speech.  It would let Democrat politicians demand that any talk radio station airing Rush Limbaugh or Lowell Ponte be required to air Al Franken, whose new show commences, appropriately enough, on the eve of April Fool’s Day.

The evidence of Senator Kerry’s disingenuousness in calling for such political control over free speech is clear. A segment of broadcasting is still under a “fairness doctrine.” The Charter of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting requires PBS television stations and National Public Radio stations to deal with topics in a fair, balanced and even-handed way.

Does anybody with more than a room temperature I.Q. or Third Grade education believe PBS and NPR are anything more than house organs of the Left and the Democratic Party?

If Senator Kerry is serious, then let him do what Republicans should be doing. He should call for Senate and House subcommittees to do objective research to determine whether PBS and NPR are violating their own “fairness doctrine” by airing programs that tilt relentlessly to the Left.

We should be following the example of Great Britain, where serious consideration is underway over whether to dismantle the taxpayer-supported British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) altogether. Leftists at the BBC slanted their coverage against the recent Gulf War with such virulent, toxic bias and dishonesty that crews on British warships switched away from BBC to private Rupert Murdoch’s SkyNews. It seems that BBC has been taken over by outright ideological enemies of Britain – much as has happened in the U.S. with anti-Americans now controlling most of what airs on PBS and NPR. Free, capitalist societies do not need, and are harmed by having, government-owned, politically controlled broadcast networks.

The biggest uncertainty in how Leftist Rick Kaplan will tilt MSNBC comes from his love, verging on worship (remember, he believes in their “near-miraculous” power to heal his daughter), of the Clintons.

If Hillary Clinton wants this year’s Democratic nominee to lose so that the White House will be open for her to run in 2008, then her friend and vassal Rick Kaplan will use MSNBC to help defeat John F. Kerry or whomever else becomes the Democratic 2004 presidential candidate.  His personal loyalty to the Clintons seems even stronger than his ideological love of the Left.

If this comes to pass, then Joe Scarborough will likely remain on the air until the day following the November election, when a loyalist of the Hillary 2008 campaign will replace him.  That’s trickle-down politics. That’s Rick “Capo” Kaplan, reportedly the new boss of a now-dying private network that once held much promise, MSNBC.

We may soon be changing the nickname on its gravestone to Marxist-Socialist-NBC.

49 posted on 07/28/2005 3:11:35 PM PDT by Sam Hill
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To: Sam Hill

It's your responsibility to stop me from looking stupid.


50 posted on 07/28/2005 3:14:21 PM PDT by etcetera
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