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In Search of a Free Press

September 7, 2008

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to
assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." – United States Bill of Rights

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bill of Rights is being amended, and it's being done in real-time. Not by legislation, or by government coercion (although the Bush administration has not been great with the press), but by corporate kowtowing.  The latest example of which can be seen in MSNBC's decision to remove Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from the anchor desk during it's election coverage, and replacing them with David Gregory (Ugh) and Tom Brokaw (Yawn). 

Why is this happening?  It's clear, MSNBC is not towing the conservative baggage (like FOX does) so in order to be liked more (and therefore granted more access) it folds to the pressure of the GOP.  Now NBC/MSNBC will never be so bold as to admit this, but all one must notice is their choice of anchors, David Gregory.  You couldn't get more in the tank for the GOP, unless you decided to put Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan on the desk.  As of late, and in large part thanks to the inclusion of the Keith and Chris desk, I have leaned toward the MSNBC coverage of politics, but I am now moved to re-visit that decision.  Not for the men themselves, no.  But for the simple fact that this move smacks of political pandering.  It was obvious to anyone observing, that of the major news outlets, MSNBC had been the most "RIGHTLY" critical of the Palin record.  The most "READILY" moved to point out the "LIES" in her position ascersions – and the "LEAST" kumbia of the networks reporting during the GOP's grand ole party.

This General Election is starting off in a bad way if the members of the press (at least the non-GOP leaning press) are unable to voice their obsevations without fear of reprisal. But we know the truth here, there is hypocracy a foot. MSNBC is releaving Olbermann and Matthews for being "INCENDIARY", but they uphold the panel position of stalwarts like Buchanan – Buchanan!  A man who during the Primaries, excoriated Barack Obama for his associations – who insulted the entirety of American of African decent, as he wrote in glowing terms of the effects of "SLAVERY!"

You talk about incendiary!  It doesn't get more incendiary then Pat Buchanan. Why hasn't MSNBC rewarded Buchanan's "impartiality" with a demotion, for surely, as Mark Twain wrote:

"Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.

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