CNN's Howard Kurtz accused MSNBC of going "left" because they dared to offer Rosie O'Donnell a job. He picks up on a theme that Bill O'Reilly promotes daily because he's upset at Keith Olbermann for calling him out on his inaccuracies and refuses to name him. This is nothing new for Howard. He hasn't found a right wing talking point that he doesn't embrace. Here's Howie:
KURTZ: Let me show you a little bit on this question that kind of sparked a debate about whether or not MSNBC is moving to the left. Let me show you a little bit of what you get in prime-time MSNBC, followed by Rosie O'Donnell on her blog, a video of her talking about the deal that fell apart.
Who has started a debate about this, Howard? Only Bill O'Reilly and the Malkinites. If a Presidency has started an immoral war, illegally spied on Americans, incorporated torture as national policy (and many more atrocities against the Constitution)---why does it make MSNBC a lefty for pointing "facts" out that are NEWS instead of spinning it?
Thankfully, Jennifer Pozner of Women in Media and News was on. She had to set him straight on this idiocy and actually Howie cut her off (just like BillO) because she destroyed his talking point. Watch him defend Morning Joe because he's a Republican and should have opinions, but seems to have forgotten that Phil Donohue got FIRED for being against the Iraq invasion.
POZNER: You know what? I have to say, having done commentary on FOX News a number of times and having done Joe Scarborough's show on MSNBC, I've always had a tougher time from Scarborough. He struck me as the single-most conservative host of any show I've ever done, and I've been on "O'Reilly" and I've been on "Hannity & Colmes."
KURTZ: But what's wrong with that. It's Scarborough's...
POZNER: No, no, no. It's...
KURTZ: Hold it. It's Scarborough's job to be opinionated.
POZNER: Right. Right. Right.
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POZNER: Yes. But when I'm saying is it's disingenuous to say MSNBC is tilting left when the majority of the people who host shows on MSNBC are either centrists or conservative.
Olbermann is a liberal host, but he doesn't necessarily promote liberal candidates or promote liberal projects. The one single show that was hosted by an actual person who called himself a leftist and had liberal and progressive guests and such was Phil Donahue's show, and it was cancelled in the run-up to the Iraq war...
KURTZ: Right, exactly.
POZNER: ... because they said from a memo from the top down they didn't want to provide an antiwar face for MSNBC.
KURTZ: OK. I've got to cut in here.
POZNER: It's about money. It's not about ideology.
KURTZ: I've got to cut in here. I want to get to Ray Richmond.
And let's look at what Howard's opinion is on FOX News' embrace of the Republican party while trying to tell everyone that they are the only "fair and balanced" network for news.
KURTZ: I think the argument that I’ve heard Olbermann make in the past about Fox News — it’s not an argument that I embrace — is that, because it poses as a news organization and puts out dangerous misinformation –
BECK: But that’s what he’s doing!
KURTZ: – and is — is a cheerleader for the Bush administration, that it’s misinforming our society. But you know what?
BECK: Howard –
KURTZ: They’re entitled to do that.
Howard, you ignorant slut! They are not entitled to do it if they want to be considered a f*&King news organization. What planet are you living on? Please, just stop masquerading as a media critic. You're entitled to your opinions also, but get honest.