Monday, September 08, 2008

Their fare was unbalanced.

Just quickly, mega-kudos to MSNBC for yanking Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews off the network's election beat. Olbermann in particular was becoming an embarrassment to an organization whose news roots are, of course, in the venerable NBC establishment. In its pursuit of a hip image, MSNBC let things get out of hand, to the extent of running BREAKING NEWS crawls that literally poked fun at GOP candidates, as if in a (weak) parody of The Onion's own parodies. In sum, Olbermann ran the election desk as if he were still doing SportsCenter...except he made it worse here by taking a rooting interest.

Now if we could just do something about Sean ("DMoTV")* Hannity. I frankly do not understand how FOX, even being FOX, can have Hannity doing "straight news" reporting from a political convention or anywhere else. Night-in, night-out, the man does a better job of pimping for the GOP than the (official) paid flaks Hannity has on his show. He is worse than Olbermann, has been worse for far longer, has a much more pervasive influence, and needs to go.


* "Dumbest Man on TV." Scroll down this post for a bit more.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The main difference between Olbermann and Hannity is that Sean is positioned as a partisan, conservative right-winger while Olbermann pretends to be a non-partisan journalist.

Hannity comes across as a goofball with self-deprecating humor (which is not funny); whereas Olbermann takes himself much too seriously. While Sean is whiny, Keith is mean. His nine-minute diatribe against Hillary Clinton would have been funny if it were not so mean.

Put those two intellectual dwarfs in a room together and you'll have to add a third person in order to get the cumulative IQ to hit three digits.

Steve Salerno said...

Hey Anon, that's not fair! You stole my line about Hannity's IQ. Well, actually, I stole it from Jim Bouton, who used it in Ball Four to describe, I believe, a pitching coach: "If his IQ were three points lower, he'd be a dandelion..."

Anonymous said...

"The main difference between Olbermann and Hannity is that Sean is positioned as a partisan, conservative right-winger while Olbermann pretends to be a non-partisan journalist."

They are both obnoxious and annoying. I can't stomache Hannity anymore than Olbermann. By the way, did Colmbs get cheek implants? He looks like a squirrel these days.

Steve Salerno said...

By the way, did Colmbs get cheek implants? He looks like a squirrel these days.

I tell you, I have always thought he was one of the stranger-looking human beings one is likely to run across. And though that's not supposed to figure in the equation, it's like...well, to quote my wife again (who seems to come up with increasing frequency of late), "If somebody is smiling as they're talking and they have awful teeth, I don't even hear what they're saying half the time, I'm so distracted..." The medium may not be the message, but it certainly contributes to it.

Anonymous said...

Being that you are a baseball nut, I am surprised you did not post about yesterday's place in baseball history. It was ten years ago yesterday that Mark McGwire got his 62nd homerun. Wow, times have changed in a decade.

Steve Salerno said...

Anon: You're kidding. Right? I mean, that was a facetious comment...no? I'm supposed to remember that? ;)

I have to laugh, though, when I see guys like non-Pudge Rodriguez stride to the plate these days, about half the size they were back when baseball's policy on steroids basically could be summarized in a wink. I still can't quite wrap my head around the fact that Sammy Freakin' Sosa--a player that Harry Caray used to openly mock--hit 60+ dingers three years running. And then there was Brady Anderson, smacking 50 from the leadoff spot one year.

Yeah, times sure have changed.

Anonymous said...

"Anon: You're kidding. Right? I mean, that was a facetious comment...no? I'm supposed to remember that? ;)"

Maybe my tongue is slightly in my cheek, but there was something magical about the summer of 1998 and dare I say-innocent? Sousa and McGwire just going back and forth. Flash foreward to today with Sousa unable to speak English and McGwire as a hermit. It is a stark contrast. I think that summer was the last one anyone outside of baseball was that excited. Remember how Bonds historic baseball was received? In 1998, all we had to worry about was whether or not Clinton lied and where to put our money. The country was actually in the black for a brief moment. We seemed to have advanced and regressed at the same time. I shrudder to think where we will be in another ten years.

Steve Salerno said...

Well, it's a moot point, since the world apparently is going to end tomorrow when they set off that atom-smasher along the France-Switzerland border.

Anonymous said...

The atom smasher story reminds me of the old New York Times news and analysis joke:

(Headline) "World to End Tomorrow! - Women and Minorities Hardest Hit"