The F Word: Olbermann Says There’s No Deal
Keith Olbermann wrote to me apropos my F Word on Monday. Following news of a corporation-brokered truce between MSNBC and FOX, I’d written that while the two networks pose as divided – and play up social divides for ratings – they actually stand united when it comes to corporate profits.
According to a New York Times report, General Electric, which owns MSNBC, reined in their host – Keith Olbermann – as part of a deal to call off Bill O’Reilly’s questioning of GE’s business. A notable example of corporate interests trumping ratings – several commentators thought – myself included.
But Olbermann, while he doesn’t deny there was a peacemaking summit of CEOs — wrote to me Tuesday that there never was/is/nor shall be any deal. And on his first appearance after the Times story ran, he went after the Times and Bill O And Rupert Murdoch – CEO of Fox’s corporate parent, News Corp.
For more, you can check out Glenn Greenwald writing on this at Salon. For my two cents, you want to be SURE your media’s corporate influence free? Support independent–viewer–not corporate funded media. It’s that simple.