It’s difficult to describe most major American news outlets as anything other than a shill for our current President and his Administration. No one should be taking these guys seriously, but coverage of the White House’s ongoing outrages against the American people rarely seems to make major news wires. While there are numerous reasons that corporations tend to condone and promote the political agenda of the party in power, most Americans have finally realized the horrors created by Bush and his cronies.
The New York Times reports a very welcome (and overdue) shift in Cable Channel Nods to Ratings and Leans Left. Speaking about the network’s show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”, the article states:
Still, as its most recognizable face, MSNBC has marshaled behind Mr. Olbermann, who on July 3, in an eight-minute “special comment” at the close of his show, addressed President Bush directly and called on him to resign. Two months later, the channel chose Mr. Olbermann to serve as the principal host of its coverage of a major prime-time address by Mr. Bush.
Mr. Olbermann’s “special comments” — more than 20 in the last 12 months, and nearly all of them first-person editorials that find some fault with the administration — have helped increase the ratings of his program by 33 percent in just the last year, to about 773,000 viewers a night, according to Nielsen. With those ratings, Mr. Olbermann’s program surpassed “Paula Zahn Now” on CNN, which was canceled last summer.
This is a surprising bright light in an otherwise dim outlook for news media in the United States. I just hope that MSNBC’s move will be the beginning of more responsible media coverage in the United States. We’ll see, but I’m not planning to tune into Fox News any time soon (well, maybe once, just for a laugh).