TVNewser notes that Keith Olbermann added a laugh track to some Brit Hume comments about John Murtha from Sunday’s Fox News Sunday because of the laugh track which was used on FNC’s The 1/2 Hour News Hour. Though TVN writes the thing up with a blog header that makes it sound like this was an MSNBC decision and not something cooked up internally at Countdown; “MSNBC Adds Laugh Track To Fox News”.
Meanwhile over on FNC during the same hour, demonstrating that he’s more than capable of following the Olbermann playbook, Bill O’Reilly launched attack number 20-something on NBC News and its liberal bent. Last night’s victims; Chip Reid for calling Mitt Romney a flip flopper for Romney flipping positions 180 degrees on a whole mess of subjects between when he was first elected Governer and now when he’s running to the right to run for President; something that most political writers have noted and the Romney camp is scared to death over being labeled and not without good reason (see Kerry, John; Iraq Vote).
O’Reilly said Reid had Ana Marie Cox on as a guest and that this was important because apparently she’s a former editor of a Marxist publication or something (O’Reilly didn’t bother mentioning that she now works for Time Magazine and used to run Wonkette). Also cited was MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer for a “softball interview” with one of the bloggers John Edwards fired. The clip played seemed to come from the tail end of the interview and was probably the worst (or best) possible example to use to make O’Reilly’s point. O’Reilly also called Jeff Zucker a committed leftist without presenting evidence. Listening to O’Reilly speak with a high pitched girly voice was nearly worth having to sit through the segment. Nearly, but not quite. I did think for a split second about YouTubing O’Reilly’s girly voice however. But it was late (I caught the replay) and I was tired. Maybe someone else will post it.
I wasn’t going to write up what O’Reilly did last night because it just contributes an air of legitimacy to his ridiculous attacks. But then I read what Olbermann did and I had a “moment of clarity”. It’s become readily apparent to me that FNC’s and MSNBC’s two biggest stars also happen to be their two biggest children…