Accuracy in Media

People are still taking about Katie Couric, whose premier broadcast on the CBS Evening News featured a photo of Tom Cruise’s baby daughter, as if this was legitimate national news. But even more fascinating has been Keith Olbermann’s ongoing nervous breakdown on the low-rated MSNBC-TV network. No wonder he’s pulling in a few additional viewers. He’s coming across like the character in the Scanners movie whose head eventually explodes.

One wonders if he’s not going to follow the lead of the angry anchorman in the Network movie and encourage his viewers to stick their heads out of their windows and scream, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Perhaps some of them will take the plunge, in view of the fact that Olbermann has been telling them that America’s freedoms have gone out the window as well and that we’re approaching fascism in America.

It’s a strange definition of fascism that tolerates him on national TV. Perhaps his next sensational charge will be accusing Bush of engineering the “controlled demolition” of the World Trade Center towers.

Taking on President Bush as an unprecedented threat for the umpteenth time, his broadcast featured his mimicking of one of Senator Joe McCarthy’s critics by saying, “Have You No Sense of Decency, Sir?” Olbermann was upset that Bush had given a speech identifying the enemy and its apologists as defenders of fascism, and had mentioned an Osama bin Laden letter in which he talked of “a media campaign to create a wedge between the American people and their government.”

Olbermann was outraged, having convinced himself that Bush was impugning the patriotism of the news media. And who would entertain such a thought? It’s just that the New York Times has done its best to undermine the U.S. Government’s most effective counter-terrorism programs.

“Whatever the true nature of al Qaeda and other international terrorist threats, to ceaselessly compare them to the Nazi State of Germany serves only to embolden them,” claimed Olbermann. So being compared to Nazis inspires them? That means they are fascists-or worse.

Mr. Olbermann: have you no sanity, sir?

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