Murdoch Unleashes O’Reilly, NY Post On Keith Olberman

The ongoing melodrama featuring MSNBC and Fox News is heating up again and reaffirming Fox’s status as the scum suckers of news.

Two weeks ago, Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post gave readers an insiders view of the conflict that centers around the blood feud between Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. The battle lines have extended all the way up to News Corp. executive offices, including Rupert Murdoch’s. In the Kurtz column he quoted Fox chief Roger Ailes threatening his counterpart, Jeff Zucker, at NBC:

“Ailes warned that if Olbermann didn’t stop such attacks against Fox, he would unleash O’Reilly against NBC and would use the New York Post as well.”

Them’s fightin’ words, but that was just the first volley…..

Since then, as promised, Bill O’Reilly has devoted his Talking Points Memo to an assault on NBC/GE, calling them biased, dishonest, disgraceful, and responsible for the deaths of American soldiers in Iraq. Without a hint of irony, he said that NBC “has violated just about every journalistic standard.”

The New York Post has also been answering the call. On May 19, their Page 6 gossip monger, Richard Johnson, asked if Olbermann was “on the verge of yet another professional meltdown?” Today the same Ailes apple polisher flatly asserts that Olbermann has not paid his taxes. Johnson’s source is the utterly disreputable attack dog site, OlbermannWatch. This allegedly factual assertion is made despite the fact that it is contradicted a few lines down in the very same paragraph. But that doesn’t stop Johnson from raising additional questions about other similarly resolved tax disputes. The only purpose imaginable here is to slander with innuendo and outright falsehoods.

What’s worse is that Johnson took the opportunity to engage in an act so despicable it even reflects badly on a rag like the NYPost. Without any justification or connection to the bogus tax story, Johnson published what appears to be Olbermann’s home address. The irrelevance to the rest of the column is so stark that it jumps off the page in a fit of superfluosity. This can only be regarded as an intentional and hostile attempt to bring discomfort, and perhaps harm, to Olbermann. And coming so soon after the Ailes threat, it is difficult to arrive at any other conclusion.

Let Johnson and the Post know that this is unacceptable from both journalistic and moral perspectives:

NYPost email:

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  2. with a brain ever actually PAID for the NY Post.  Mostly, it gets thrown around…and ya grab the discarded copy some fool paid for and read the Cindy Adams column for the gossip.  It’s such a rag; nobody takes them seriously.  Hell, nobody takes Rupert Murdoch seriously!  Journalism?  Yellow journalism was perfected under William Randolph Hearst, and Murdoch just doesn’t have the chops to improve on that.

  3. You don’t debate fascists, you destroy them and despite his billions that foreign pig Murdoch is long overdue for a well deserved bit of comeuppance as is his mentally unbalanced goon O’Reilly.

    Bout time to start fighting back ain’t it?

    Let’s see some radicalism return to the left, hit the fuckers so hard that they don’t get up again.

    Just my two cents

    EE

    • brobin on June 3, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Fuck Murdoch and his hired idiot mouthpiece O’Reilly.  

    Scum rises to the top, right?  It also settles to the bottom again once it is depleted of any possible positive effects it might bring to the world.  There you will find Rupert and Bill, being sucked on by any bottom dwelling soul that can stomach the undigestible.

    • Mu on June 3, 2008 at 1:44 am

    A hyper poodle that humps legs and yaps too much.  Gad, I sure hope KO and MSNBC are shakin’ in their boots.

    Mu . . .

    • jim p on June 3, 2008 at 4:15 am

    want to allow anyone to own 2 outlets in one market. And probably why you’d want to limit people to 2 or 3 markets at the most.

  4. picked up on one of the heinous aspects of the above NY Post

    piece of shit ‘article’.  Do you remember last year when

    one of the DK guys (sorry, I can’t remember his name) went

    to the Big Head’s house and put up signs and interviewed him?

    And do you also remember just who it was who said how wrong

    it was to go to BO’s house…. yeah, it was KO who said you

    just don’t do that.  I remember how impressed I was with

    Keith, in spite of his personal feelings, came to the defense

    of the blow hard.

    Guess class will out every time….

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