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MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews as News Anchors
Washington comPost ^ | 9/8/2008 | Howard Kurtz

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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I think we should all send notes protesting MSNBC's decision to do so...

...Overbite and Chrissy are McWhatshisname/Barracuda's best free advertising!!!

1 posted on 09/08/2008 7:28:43 AM PDT by markomalley
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"they are too opinionated"

And Gregory is not? LOL.

2 posted on 09/08/2008 7:30:08 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Palin for President! (PUMA))
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To: markomalley

This is satire, right?...........


3 posted on 09/08/2008 7:30:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you're not part of the solution, then you must be part of the government............)
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To: markomalley

So Olberman and Matthews are too biased to anchor their worthless coverage but David Gregory isn’t??! Give me a frickin’ break!!


4 posted on 09/08/2008 7:30:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: markomalley
David Gregory is just as blatantly partisan as Matthews or Olbermann.

It's like FOX sending Rush Limbaugh to cover the DNC.

5 posted on 09/08/2008 7:30:58 AM PDT by wideawake (Why is it that those who like to be called Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: markomalley

Like Greggy is any different.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2077008/posts


6 posted on 09/08/2008 7:31:11 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my McCain! GO SARAHCUDA!)
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To: markomalley

My favorite Chrissy Matthews moment...

7 posted on 09/08/2008 7:31:39 AM PDT by frogjerk (MSM: We will not question Obama bin Biden...)
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To: markomalley
I think the audience gets it.

What audience???

8 posted on 09/08/2008 7:33:15 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: markomalley

Well, now Chrissy and Keithy have more free time to attend Obama rallies and throw their panties onstage.


9 posted on 09/08/2008 7:35:10 AM PDT by kromike
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"put on different hats. I think the audience gets it. . . . I see zero problem."

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.

10 posted on 09/08/2008 7:35:52 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: markomalley
Just shuffeling the deck chairs on the Titanic.


11 posted on 09/08/2008 7:38:33 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, spaying and neutering the animals on the angry left)
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To: markomalley
The Gregory pick just shows how tone-deaf they are to the legitimate criticism. It's like when Rosie O'Donnel was too brash and controversial on The View, so they replaced her with Whoopi Goldberg.

If David Gregory is the most moderate person working for NBC News, what the heck does that say about NBC News?
12 posted on 09/08/2008 7:40:39 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Jesse Jackson talks about neutering Obama, but Sarah Palin actually delivers.)
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“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.


13 posted on 09/08/2008 7:41:19 AM PDT by WayneS (Vote Obama bin Biden 2008 - "Because the world doesn't suck enough yet".)
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To: markomalley

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.


14 posted on 09/08/2008 7:43:41 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: markomalley

this IS a joke, right? the drive by media isn’t capable of making a rational decision!


15 posted on 09/08/2008 7:44:31 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (an armed society is a polite society)
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“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.””

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?

16 posted on 09/08/2008 7:44:55 AM PDT by jpf
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To: Cincinatus

This is laughable.


17 posted on 09/08/2008 7:45:45 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: markomalley

So PMSNBC gets rid of two pos liberals and replaces them with one pos liberal.
Great move.


18 posted on 09/08/2008 7:45:58 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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I’ve noticed that Gregory has not been as bad as the others but I think it’s because he wants Russert’s job.


19 posted on 09/08/2008 7:47:27 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: markomalley

And David Gregory is the answer??!!

They still don’t get it...


20 posted on 09/08/2008 7:49:19 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts.....)
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