Skip to comments.MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews as News Anchors
Posted on 09/08/2008 7:28:43 AM PDT by markomalley
MSNBC is removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as the anchors of live political events, bowing to growing criticism that they are too opinionated to be seen as neutral in the heat of the presidential campaign.
David Gregory, the NBC newsman and White House correspondent who also hosts a program on MSNBC, will take over during such events as this fall's presidential and vice presidential debates and election night.
The move, confirmed by spokesmen for both networks, follows increasingly loud complaints about Olbermann's anchor role at the Democratic and Republican conventions. Olbermann, who regularly assails President Bush and GOP nominee John McCain on his "Countdown" program, was effusive in praising the acceptance speech of Democratic nominee Barack Obama. He drew flak Thursday when the Republicans played a video that included a tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, saying that if the networks had done that, "we would be rightly eviscerated at all quarters, perhaps by the Republican Party itself, for exploiting the memories of the dead, and perhaps even for trying to evoke that pain again. If you reacted to that videotape the way I did, I apologize."
Matthews, who has criticized politicians in both parties, drew less criticism for his convention role but became a divisive figure during the primaries when he described how he was inspired by Obama's speeches and made disparaging remarks about Hillary Clinton, for which he later apologized.
In May, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in an interview that during live events Olbermann and Matthews "put on different hats. I think the audience gets it. . . . I see zero problem."
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And Gregory is not? LOL.
This is satire, right?...........
So Olberman and Matthews are too biased to anchor their worthless coverage but David Gregory isn’t??! Give me a frickin’ break!!
It's like FOX sending Rush Limbaugh to cover the DNC.
Like Greggy is any different.
My favorite Chrissy Matthews moment...
Well, now Chrissy and Keithy have more free time to attend Obama rallies and throw their panties onstage.
I get it. Sort of like styrofoam. One day it can look like a majestic temple, and the next day it can look like a phony-balony stage prop. And you know what? I think the audience gets that, too.
“MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in an interview that during live events Olbermann and Matthews “put on different hats. I think the audience gets it. . . . I see zero problem.””
Earth to Mr. Griffin!!!
Those guys only HAVE one hat; and IT has a Red Star on it.
The funny part is, NBC spent Tens of Millions of Dollars during the Olympics on promoting the MSNBC team of commentators (Mostly focusing on Matthews and Olbermann) as the best team in politics. Even funnier was the spot where Olbermann talked about how partisan politics has no place in the coverage. Too funny.
this IS a joke, right? the drive by media isn’t capable of making a rational decision!
You seeing zero problem is, in fact, the problem.
Meanwhile, on NPR two members of the media are being asked about media coverage, and surprisingly they don't see a problem either. Funny how it always works out that way, huh?
This is laughable.
So PMSNBC gets rid of two pos liberals and replaces them with one pos liberal.
I’ve noticed that Gregory has not been as bad as the others but I think it’s because he wants Russert’s job.
And David Gregory is the answer??!!
They still don’t get it...