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I don't have cable but I recently got DSL, and I like Keith Olbermann, so I decided to see what videos from Countdown are available on MSNBC's Web site. There's a number of "Oddball" segments linked to on Countdown's main page. So I watched a few.

Imagine my dismay that after each one, I was exposed to an interview by Tweety of Ken Mehlman, chairman of the RNC. This was followed by interviews with John McCain, David Vitter, Trent Lott, Lamar Alexander, George Allen, and Bill Frist. Only after all that do we finally get back to Olbermann, with today's Oddball, "Wacky Japanese Video".

It goes without saying that since Tweety was interviewing Republicans, the interviews were as hard as marshmallows.

Matthew's Web page tonight looks like something redirected from the RNC home page. Apparently, tonight's Hardball, according to its Web page, was a "scouting report of possible GOP presidential candidates" made "at the GOP leadership conference in Memphis".

My question is: what has this got to do with Countdown? Why does someone wanting to watch Countdown on the Web have to be subjected to an hour's worth of Tweety interviews with Republicans before he gets to see tonight's Oddball? And does MSNBC always make any play of Countdown video clips from their Web site segue into a virtually complete download of the current day's Hardball?

Originally posted to Alexander on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:45 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  when will they re-name it "softball" (none)
    or should that be the next googlebomb project?

    equate tweety with "softball"

  •  MSGOP (none)
    i hate to say this -- but, You are only noticing this now!?

    Have You not noticed pretty much all of General Electric broadcasting holdings trumpet a fairly loud editorial bent of Mega-Corporation -- a message that is profoundly in line with the GOP

    The Mega-Corporation broadcasters and the GOP are a very happy (though creepily incestuous) family -- NOW That's family values for You!!!

    •  The funny thing is that Countdown... (none)
      is the only instance of a program practicing free journalism on American TV, with the exception of NOW on PBS.

      One has to give them some credit: after all, Olbermann was the only TV anchor to cover the "irregularities" of the 2004 election. A good number of Kosaks would have fired Olbermann, given half a chance, given the vehemence with which they objected to any talk of a "stolen election". But MSNBC put up with it.

      The Democratic Party should change its name to the Nondemocratic Party: its leaders repeatedly tell us that the will of the majority is "unworkable".

      by Alexander on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:36:10 PM PST

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  •  Do you think (none)
    that it could be a mistake? Or is it clearly force-feeding of what they want to foist on the
    viewer? It seems to me that there is a major effort
    underway to prop-up, help out the stumbling
    GOP by MSNBC. Or will they lay out the red carpet for the
    Democrats also? I, for one, don't expect that they will.
  •  Tip jar (4.00)
    I have no idea of what the people at MSNBC were thinking. It would be one thing if once the Countdown clips ended, it was all ads, Republican or other. But instead, they end—after close to an hour of extraneous stuff—with the very thing a visitor to Countdown's page would have wanted to see: today's Oddball. MSNBC seems to be experimenting with how hard it can squeeze its visitors.

    The Democratic Party should change its name to the Nondemocratic Party: its leaders repeatedly tell us that the will of the majority is "unworkable".

    by Alexander on Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:22:10 PM PST

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