Ratings rise for the primaries - All the wall to wall political coverage is paying off with what so far is the most contested primary season in a generation. Everybody’s up and everybody is cramming in as much politics as possible to take advantage of the situation. For a change, however, I don’t think this is a manufactured media event (like tabloid gossip news sagas like Paris Hilton and O.J Simpson) but an honest to goodness attempt at covering a major story of real value.
Keith Olbermann starts blogging on Daily Kos - Olbermann’s critics will point to this as yet another sign of MSNBC giving the Countdown host too much latitude. Olbermann supporters will point to this as yet another sign that Keith is going his own way in a refreshing manner. Your mileage may vary…
Fox News to do pre-Super Bowl programming on Fox Broadcast - Fox News will be airing Fox News Sunday followed by two hours of political/sports coverage anchored by Shepard Smith on Fox Broadcast before the Super Bowl on the Fox Broadcast network.
“Keith runs MSNBC” - That quote in Men’s Journal wreaked all sorts of havoc this week. First, Fox and Friends went off on the quote. This was followed by Olbermann putting the FNC program on his worse, worser, worst list and suggesting the quote came from someone who was recently “fired” by the network. This was followed the next day by an anonymous tipster quote showing up on TVNewser pinning the quote on Davidson Goldin, recently departed from MSNBC as part of the December cutbacks. Goldin has vehemently denied being the one making the quote. However, and I don’t think many people picked up on this from reading TVNewser’s entry, what may have gotten lost in all this is, according to the TVN timeline as it’s written, that anonymous tip came before Olbermann’s on the air swipe. And that detail is one that suggests an interesting pattern. A very interesting pattern…
Update: I’ve gotten a few emails on this asking me what exactly I’m refering to. I thought it was rather evident but apparently it wasn’t. I was referring to the timing (anonymous quote first going to TVN and then later on Olbermann’s on-air spiel). Nothing definitive can be concluded from this but it’s co-incidental enough to raise a flag for me.