Tonight on Countdown, Keith Olbermann will be doing another segment on the Insight Magazine story. Over on FNC, Bill O’Reilly will be doing something on the Maria Bartiromo/Citigroup scandal.
UPDATE: Can’t watch both so I’m watched O’Reilly first (I’ll catch Countdown on the repeat). O’Reilly started out the top of the segment by trying to tie Bartiromo to “problems” at NBC News and NBC Entertainment…
As we reported NBC News has taken a sharp turn to the left. Under executives Jeff Zucker and Robert Wright with elements at NBC News (Translation: Keith Olbermann who doesn’t work at NBC News- Spud) now actually using propaganda from far left websites as primary source material. Unbelievable. In this week’s New York Magazine former General Electric CEO Jack Welch implies that if he were still in charge, he’d fire Zucker.
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NBC News denies any wrong doing (what’s NBC News have to do with CNBC? - Spud). But there is no denying trouble at NBC News headquarters in New York city. ABC News may overtake NBC’s newscast and CNBC and MSNBC have major ratings problems.
At that point I stopped watching. This was just too much. If O’Reilly wants to do a segment on Bartiromo, fine. I think CNBC needs to come clean and give an honest accounting of why this isn’t a conflict of interest for Bartiromo or the network. This “try to ignore the story and hope it blows over” approach isn’t serving either the network or its viewers well. You can quibble about the speed with which FNC addressed the Insight story issue, with each subsequent on the record comment going into greater detail about what happened and why it shouldn’t have happened, but at least FNC was trying to address the issue. CNBC is denying that a problem, or even the appearance of a problem, took place. At the very least it’s bad PR because it gives the appearance of impropriety.
But for O’Reilly to try and lump Bartiromo in with other comptletely unrelated issues, issues which are insulated from each other because of the respective divisions and organizations they take place in…which have no overlapping jurisdictions or responsibilities, is just ridiculous. This is O’Reilly in full “get NBC at all costs” mode throwing everything at the wall and trying to make it stick.
UPDATE 2: Even though it was announced via an MSNBC media release (not to be confused with a press release via the NBC Media Village), Countdown didn’t do the Insight article segment.