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May 22, 2008

NYTimes Watch: Olbermann Rules Edition

Oh come on, Ed. The Times isn't violating it's own ethics policy!

It's just applying those emergency rules:

It is when the debate becomes artificially one-sided that the public is misled by shysters like Keith Olbermann, who openly admits he is doing what he knows to be wrong, but excuses himself by telling the public he is acting under "emergency rules"

[W]hat I've done on the air in the last 4 1/2 years, and particularly in the last year and a half since the special comments began, is really journalism. It's saying here's what you're being told. Here's the identifiable objective fact to the situation. This statement from the government may be a lie...

...[After being asked how he differentiates his ad hominem attacks from those on the other side] Well, they're better written. The first-- no, I hate to-- I-- it's the most vulnerable point because it bothers me, too. It do-- it's the one criticism that I think is absolutely fair. We're doing the same thing. It is-- it becomes a nation of screechers. It's never a good thing. But emergency rules do apply. ...

...it is emergency circumstances as Walter Cronkite saw it. I mean, here-- objective Uncle Walter, most trusted man in America. When I have an opinion on the most important political issue of the day, I'm gonna sink a president and maybe throw the election to the other guy right now.

If you were a professional journalist, you'd understand when it's OK to ignore your own code of ethics in the quest for really first rate accountability journalism.

Which is to say, whenever we say it is.

Posted by Cassandra at May 22, 2008 08:37 AM

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"If you were a professional journalist"....except of course he isn't, beyond being paid for the manure that he purveys, this fraud knows nothing of journalism. Nor has he had any relationship with ethics, integrity or honesty at any point in his career. He is no more than a Koskid on a cable show. Another bleating, fact challenged buffoon whom has benefitted because of his country of residence and the freedoms it provides, yet; hates it with every fibre of his being, making every effort to destroy that home that affords him choice and advantage available nowhere else.

Posted by: Edward Lunny at May 22, 2008 11:15 AM

...it is emergency circumstances as Walter Cronkite saw it. I mean, here-- objective Uncle Walter

Ah, yes. Dear, objective Uncle Walter, who tearfully announced to the world on 22 November, 1963, "They've finally done it. The right wing extremists have finally killed our President" -- immediately after Parkland Hospital confirmed that JFK was indeed dead. It wasn't until Oswald's lefty links were aired that Unk ceased blathering about "right wing extremists" being responsible for the assassination.

But, of course, *that* was an emergency circumstance, so it was okay to invent a story...

Posted by: BillT at May 22, 2008 02:01 PM

I'm still trying to come to grips with the information that Milady recently shared concerning people paying for the NYT?! What next? People paying for tap water in the bottle?

Sheesh... the world has gone crazy.

Posted by: bthun at May 22, 2008 03:55 PM

"Sheesh... the world has gone crazy." People pay for bottles of water that you can get out of a tap !!!!. Sure and I guess you'll tell about how you can buy a huge home with out putting down a single cent. !! " http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/laland/2008/05/report-californ.html "

Posted by: Edward Lunny at May 22, 2008 06:38 PM