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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.

Here’s Keith:

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. 

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.