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  MSNBC's Olbermann Denies His Bias, Claims "No Rooting Interest" In Politics
Host Craig Ferguson: "Do you have a, do you have a particular, which side do you dress on politically?"
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann: "I’ve been accused of being a liberal."
Ferguson: "Right."
Olbermann: "Which is interesting because the last time I was on doing the news in the late 90s, I did 218 consecutive shows about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky."
Ferguson: "Right."
Olbermann: "And no one accused me of being a liberal then. It’s very interesting the way you can be sort of pigeonholed. I like to think of myself politically as ‘correct.’...I don’t have a rooting interest other than in what happens to the country."
— From CBS’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, July 28.
 



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  Matthews Rants About Empty-Headed Bush, Wants 'Smarter' President
"It's all ideology with this crowd. All they care about is ideology....The President bought it hook, line and sinker....[Bush] trusts the intellectuals, the guys he knew at school. You know, they're a bunch of pencil-necks and now he buys completely their ideology because he didn't have one of his own coming in. That was his problem. I don't know what Bush stood for except 'I'm a cool guy and Gore isn't.'
"I hope the next election isn't a problem of who goes to bed with their wife at 9:30 at night or who knows how to tell a joke on a stage, but it's who has the sense of strength that comes from having read books most of their life, tried to understand history....Every single thing that's happened in Iraq was predicted by history....Bush didn't have the academic background to challenge them [ideologues].
"I think the next President's got to be stronger and smarter than this one."
-- Hardball host Chris Matthews on MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, July 25.
 



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  Olbermann Bloviates on The Tonight Show
Keith Olbermann, during a promo for Countdown aired during commercial break: "Honestly, if you were Ann Coulter's attorney at a sanity hearing, where could you possibly start?"
...
Jay Leno: "Enjoying our wonderful weather?"
Keith Olbermann: "Got out of here before the freeways melted. I feel very comfortable. Now we know Al Gore was a liar about global warming."
Leno: "Really?"
Olbermann: "He said 10 years. We had about 10 minutes."
Leno: "Right, 10 minutes, wow!"
-- Exchange between host Jay Leno and Countdown’s Keith Olbermann, NBC, The Tonight Show, July 25, 2006
 



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  Olbermann Trashes O’Reilly on The Tonight Show
Jay Leno: "Now, I mention this because I saw something in the paper where you had a Bill O'Reilly mask."
Keith Olbermann: "Yes, I did."
Leno: "Where's that picture? Put that picture up."
Olbermann: "I'll explain what, you want me to explain that?"
Leno: "Explain what that was all about."
Olbermann: "Again, I had the 9 AM Saturday thing with these press TV guys."
Leno: "Right."
Olbermann: "And I was told, in fact, by Brian Williams, do something creative, wake them up, they're tired, they're sweaty, they're wearing the same suit for the third day in a row."
Leno: "Right."
Olbermann: "-dress, do something. I said I've got it. With the whole thing with me and Bill O'Reilly over the years, AP, the Associated Press, had a problem with Fox. They were taking pictures of the Fox talent without Fox's permission, so Fox said no pictures of our guys at the press tour."
Leno: "Right."
Olbermann: "So I thought, well, I'll give them a picture of the Fox guys. I'll just wear a Bill O'Reilly mask, and then they can use that picture."
Leno: "Right."
Olbermann: "And everybody sat down, we all had a big meeting about it beforehand, and everything went great -- until the next picture was taken."
Leno: "Well, let's see, let's see the next one. Where's the next one? Now, there you're doing a-"
[laughter from audience]
Leno: "You seem to enjoy tweaking Bill."
Olbermann: "Well, this is not just about Bill, Jay. There's a two-part explanation."
Leno: "All right. Go ahead."
Olbermann: "Would you like to hear it?"
Leno: "Go ahead."
Olbermann: "The first half is, I saw a guy in the back who I recognized, and I was giving him a yoo-hoo, you know, yoo-hoo!"
Leno: "Right."
Olbermann: "And they got me in between the yoo and the hoo. So that's that one."
Leno: "Right."
Olbermann: "The second part is that on the air in the last year, Bill O'Reilly has defended the Nazis from World War II on three separate occasions."
Leno: "Oh, really?"
Olbermann: "Yes, I wish I were making this up."
Leno: "Have you met him in person? Have you two come face to face on any occasion?"
Olbermann: "Well, he can't go out during daylight hours."
-- Exchange between host Jay Leno and Countdown’s Keith Olbermann, NBC, The Tonight Show, July 25, 2006
 


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  Live Thread: MRC's Brent Bozell on 'The O'Reilly Factor'
BILL O'REILLY: We try very hard to be fair here on "The Factor," but, of course, fair play is usually in the eye of the beholder. Joining us now from Washington is the president of the Media Research Center, a conservative group, Brent Bozell.
All in all, the last couple of weeks, has the coverage on the networks and the cable news operations been fair?
BRENT BOZELL: I think all in all, it has been to date. But you know that's not surprising. At the start of any ground engagement, the start of any war when you're focused on hard news coverage, the coverage does tend to be fair and balanced and objective. It's when you start moving beyond that, when reporters start getting restless, when they are tired of the old pictures and start analyzing it, that's when the trouble begins and I suspect in the next two or three days, you're going to see it start to emerge.
O'REILLY: Well, that's a good point. We're struggling now to find new angles to report the story fresh. You can't be repeating the same things over and over again. But I have heard -- I have to say I haven't seen it because I am so busy doing what I do--I have heard that CNN and NBC in particular have been much more accommodating to the Hezbollah point of view. Have you seen that?
BOZELL: Well, yeah. There was a report last week on CNN that was rather disgraceful. Nic Robertson went in at the invitation and at the behest and at the control of Hezbollah, reporting a propaganda piece from Hezbollah's perspective. And really didn't tell his viewers exactly what was going on. And then several days later, when questioned about that story by Howie Kurtz on the CNN "Reliable Sources"--give CNN credit for at least following up--he conceded that he really didn't know if he was reporting the truth. He wasn't allowed to go inside the buildings. He wasn't allowed to show anything.
So when he reports from a Hezbollah position that there are no military weapons to be shown here, that really doesn't mean anything.
O'REILLY: OK. I just want to be clear because Robertson is a pretty good correspondent. He's got access --
BOZELL: But Bill--
O'REILLY: But I want to set it up.--
BOZELL: But here's my point, Bill. No reporter ought to allow himself to be led by the nose by a terrorist organization.
O'REILLY: No, I understand that. That's how Dan Rather got in trouble with his prewar interview with Saddam Hussein.
BOZELL: That's how CNN got in trouble. That's how CNN got in trouble--
O'REILLY: He was in there and he was compromised. What happens is that you trade objectivity for access. If Hezbollah is going to let you in there, then you have to almost shade it toward their point of view because they won't ever let you in there again.
BOZELL:
Precisely. That's what CNN did during the first Gulf War. CNN acknowledged that they did that afterwards to curry favor with Saddam Hussein. CNN really did damage to its reputation. It ought to learn that lesson and be very careful about the future.
O'REILLY: Now has Fox News been too pro-Israel?
BOZELL: I don't think so. Just his afternoon in preparation for the show, I was watching Fox and CNN, I might add. And I thought both networks were going back and forth and back and forth from both perspectives very, very well.
O'REILLY: All right. So because I do want to be fair here. Up front I'm an analyst, not a reporter. I say that when Hezbollah attacks without provocation and has 13,000 missiles, that I have got to take the side of the people attacked. But I don't obviously wouldn't want them to do anything untoward as well. Now--
BOZELL: The pictures that everyone is seeing, the vast majority of the pictures that everyone is seeing is of the dead and wounded in Lebanon. And those pictures are airing on Fox as well.
O'REILLY: OK. Last question for you. The New York Times is sitting this out, absolutely sitting it out editorial. And I believe it's because they don't want to alienate their liberal Jewish base here in New York City. Am I wrong?
BOZELL: Well, except I hope they do sit it up because when they do write things, you tend to smash your head against a wall like the piece the other day worrying about the asymmetry, wondering if Israel was being unfair in the war against Lebanon.
O'REILLY: But a lot of people are wondering now whether they should attack Beirut in civilian style. That's a legitimate question.
BOZELL: When you're in war, you try to win.
O'REILLY:
OK.Yeah but there are even rules of engagement in a war. But I do believe that the New York Times is very worried about its circulation after the last, you know, expose about the terrorist funding. And they can't take another hit.
BOZELL: If they were -- if there were American secrets at play, the New York Times would have it as front page stories.
O'REILLY: They can't lose their base, though. All right. Mr. Bozell, thanks very much for being here. We'll wrap things up in a moment.
 



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  CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Broadcasts Hezbollah Propagandist
Robertson narrated: “In a reverse of recent policy, Hezbollah took CNN on an exclusive fast-paced tour of the most sensitive bomb sites.”
To Nabulsi:
“You are really worried about another strike here right now, yes?”
Nabulsi: “Of course, of course.”
Robertson:
“How dangerous is it in this area at the moment?”
Nabulsi:
“It is very, very dangerous. It's — we are now the most dangerous place in the most dangerous moment.”
Robertson:
“In civilian housing.”
Robertson narrated: “
Israel says it targets Hezbollah's leadership and military structure. Hezbollah wanted to show us civilians are being hit.” At the base of a heavily-damaged multi-story concrete building, he asked Nabulsi: “What was here?”
Nabulsi gestured to the cameraman:
“Just look. Shoot. It is civilians, buildings. Look at this building. Is it a military base? Is it a military base, or just civilians living in this building?”
Robertson:
“Are you going to have — go for this cease-fire? Are you going to hand back the soldiers that they ask for?”
Nabulsi threatened:
“We always teach Israel a lesson. We always teach it a lesson. Now we will teach Israel a lesson again. I tell Ehud Olmert we will not surrender. We will not surrender. We will not surrender. Dignity.”
Robertson narrated:
“Fearing renewed bombing, we move off again.”
Nabulsi:
“Okay. Hurry up. Hurry up....”
Robertson narrated:
“As we run past the rubble, we see much that points to civilian life, no evidence apparent of military equipment.”
Nabulsi:
“This — I will show you something.” He gestured to the cameraman: “Shoot me. Shoot. This is here where they said Sheikh Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hezbollah, is living. This is wrong.”
-- Exchange between senior international correspondent Nic Robertson and Hezbollah “press officer” Hussein Nabulsi, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, July 19, 2006
 



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  Clift Raises Ire of Colleague When She Calls Bush a 'Dictator'
John McLaughlin: "You wrote a book on Russia, right?"
Chrystia Freeland, Financial Times: "I did."
McLaughlin: "Did you get into very much of Putin's administration?"
Freeland: "Well, I'm actually pleased to say that-"
McLaughlin: "You writing a book now?"
Freeland: "No, I wrote about Putin at the very end and I predicted that although some people thought he was going to turn out to be benign, he would actually turn out to be an authoritarian leader -- which I think is the case."
McLaughlin: "Alright, I think that-"
Eleanor Clift: "He's the only one of those leaders who goes in there with a commanding popularity among his own people, because he is perceived to be an effective dictator. What we have in this country is a dictator who's ineffective."
Freeland, shouting over others: "But he's not a dictator! I mean we can't use, no we can't use these terms so loosely."
Clift: "So don't use that so loosely? Well we have an authoritarian President who is ineffective."
Freeland: "No he's not authoritarian."
Tony Blankley: "-small d."
Freeland: "You guys, you guys can elect your Presidents and there can be a free choice. That's not the case in Russia."
-- McLaughlin Group, July 15, 2006
 



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  Dan Rather Still Defends Discredited National Guard Story
Dan Rather: “… We had a lot, a lot of corroboration, of what we broadcast about President Bush's military record. It wasn't just the documents. But it's a very old technique used, that when those who don't like what you're reporting believe it can be hurtful, then they look for the weakest spot and attack it, which is fair enough. It's a diversionary technique.”
Larry King:
“You're saying that was a fair report, I mean that was -- you believe that report to this day?”
Rather:
“Do I believe the truth of the story? Absolutely.”
-- Exchange between host Larry King and former CBS anchor Dan Rather, CNN, Larry King Live, July 12, 2006
 



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  Dan Rather Blames Critics and ‘Powerful People’
Larry King: "They called Dan Rather at CBS the liberal network, right?"

Dan Rather:
"Well, they call you names when you insist on being independent. Larry, I think it's so important for the public to understand -- it's not important for Dan Rather, not important for people who have made a lot of money and got more credit than they deserve, which I have over the years -- but it's important for the American people to understand that a journalist or journalistic enterprise that's willing to be truly independent, and fiercely independent when called upon, and dedicated to pulling no punches and playing no favorites have become in recent years a bit of an endangered species. And it's not for their sake. It's not for journalists' sake but for the sake of the country you want journalists knocking on doors and saying, ‘What's going on in there?’

“Now, journalism is a human endeavor, and nobody can do it perfectly. Certainly I didn't do it perfectly. A lot of people think I did it lousily. Maybe I did. And I've got my scars and got my wounds. And yes, people always want to put a sign around you and call you something bad if you refuse to report the news the way they want it reported. I had my difficulties with Lyndon Johnson, with, certainly with Richard Nixon, with President Carter. It's in the nature. If you're an independent-minded journalist, then people who have a highly politically partisan and/or ideological point-of-view, what they come at you with in saying, 'listen, if you don't report the news the way we want you to report it, we're going to make you pay a price, and we'll damage you badly and if we can destroy you we'll destroy you.'

“Now, this is important for the public to understand. And forgive the personal reference if you must, but CBS News has a history. Edward R. Murrow took on Senator McCarthy and what he stood for. He took on with Harvest of Shame, in a great documentary about the poor. Then CBS News led with civil rights, led in coverage of the Vietnam War, led in coverage of the only President in history who resigned as an unindicted co-conspirator in a widespread criminal conspiracy. Now, when you're a reporter taking, involved in those kinds of stories on a regular basis, there are people and there are powerful people who say we've got to get rid of this guy or we have to have this guy, we're going to damage him up. And that's when they start hanging the signs around you."
-- Exchange between host Larry King and former CBS anchor Dan Rather, CNN, Larry King Live, July 12, 2006
 



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  Either Liberal or "Hateful"
"The kind of hateful speech that we have seen, on the floor of the United States Congress and in a lot of the blogosphere, is what seems to dominate. And I do think it goes back, in my own experience, to 1989 when the talk radio shows went crazy about the congressional pay raise which was supported by Common Cause and some other groups in Washington who felt there needed to be a higher-paid salary....The anti-Washington, anti-bureaucrat bias that was built into that debate was then taken up by cable talk hosts as well and that became the kind of really combative conversation that displaced reasoned discussions about controversial issues."
— NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell appearing on PBS’s Washington Week, July 7.
 



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  Press Critics = Nixonian Thugs
"It’s an election year. Beating up on the New York Times is red meat for the conservative base....I think the administration’s a little embarrassed. They — this is the most secretive White House we’ve had since the Nixon White House, I think, by general acceptance, and I think they’re a little embarrassed that they’ve had so much trouble holding on to their secrets. And making this kind of a clamor, I suspect, they hope will silence people who do talk to the press and maybe intimidate reporters."
New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller on CBS’s Face the Nation, July 2, referring to widespread criticism of his decision to publish details of a secret program to track international financing of terrorism.
 

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