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Media Double Standard Dept: Can you imagine what the reaction would be...

Written By mista sense on Sunday, May 6, 2007 | 4:27 PM

...if Fox had used Bill O'Reilly to ask questions in a presidential debate? Especially a debate among Democrats? There would've been unshirted hell, as the pro-MSM "watchdogs" blasted Fox for "bias." But of course, Fox has never done such a thing. FNC knows that O'Reilly deals in opinion and analysis.

But Keith Olbermann gets away with it with pretending to be a straight journalist when he wants to. And he is fully enabled by the media establishment.

Welcome to the world of double standards: MSNBC uses Keith Olbermann in last Thursday night's debate, and the MSM doesn't so much as notice. That left Rudy Giuliani to complain about Olbermann's role at the Reagan Library debate as reported by the AP's David Bauder.

On his April 25 show, for example, Olbermann said that Giuliani was using the language of Osama bin Laden with "the same chilling nonchalance of the madman" to argue that Republicans would keep Americans safer than Democrats from terror. Well, Olbermann has a right to his lefty opinions, but maybe MSNBC should be more protective of its image as a "news" network, as opposed to becoming merely a "views" network.

As Bauder put it, "Olbermann's popularity and evolving image as an ideologue has led NBC News to stretch traditional notions of journalistic objectivity."

That's a pretty strong statement from a wire service. But the usual watchdogs, of course, couldn't care less--those watchdogs exist only to watch out for left. Those watchdogs can be fierce, but they only bite the right.

What's happening here is clear enough: MSNBC is continuing to veer to the left. And the MSM are cheering it on. Talk about a rat--and a low-rated rat at that--swimming toward a sinking ship.

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