“Anyone who makes a living in broadcasting should be afraid. If the holy hypocrites are successful and the mumbling malcontent is axed — who will they target next?”
‘ It is our feeling that this is only the beginning. We must have a broad discussion on what is permitted and not permitted in terms of the airwaves ‘.
The Reverend Al Sharpton
The Meek Spineless National Broadcasting Company (MSNBC)
By: Joe Leonardi
On Softball last night lightweight David Gregory, subbing for Hardball heavyweight Chris Mathews, interviewed NBC news President Steve Capus. I was aghast watching Mr. Capus sheepishly look down after almost every question was posed. I was wondering, is he too ashamed to look into the camera or was the entire interview scripted? I don’t know and I don’t care. Mr. Capus is a mealy mouth marshmallow who hid behind shameful excuses defending the Network’s decision to drop the Imus simulcast.
According to Mr. Capus, it had nothing to do with the growing list of large companies canceling sponsorship, i.e., money! Who is he trying to fool? It just so happens as the list gets larger and larger MSNBC pulls the cable; this had nothing to do with the decision? Please!
Mr. Capus awkwardly ducked, hid and spun stating it was the concerns expressed by employees of NBC that finalized the decision. He verbally expressed that NBC was more concerned with its reputation than money. Does anyone remember the fireworks, literally, on Dateline? Advertisers came back and Dateline is one of NBC’s most profitable shows. So, please Mr. Capus stop treating people like they are stupid. Of course Gregory really didn’t press him and later on Countdown MSNBC’s Mr. Liberal Keith Olbermann bowed-down just as quickly. When your network is the story how objectively can you cover it? Obviously, not at all. It was — pitiful. Even Mr. Integrity Olbermann admitted to not taking the network to task, in “reverence” to his bosses. Please Keith if this were FOX News, O’Reilly or anyone else with a conservative slant, you would have berated that individual into admitting that it was “about the money.” Heck Keith, you kept you mouth shut because of who pays you. Here are my suggestions for “worst person in the world”: Steve Capus, David Gregory and Keith Olbermann.
MSNBC needs to develop a backbone and admit that this was an economic decision. Anyone who has ever worked in either radio or television learns within a day — it is all about the money. In this case, I would prefer it to be about the money. If this decision was made in deference to the protesters, I am deeply disturbed. MSNBC reports the Imus situation in front of a large image of the Constitution, perhaps they should read it.
I wonder who is going to go next. What will we do if someone determines speech we agree with is inappropriate? If freedom of speech only applies to pleasant, agreeable and acceptable words, which type of speech will next be oppressed? Will Al Sharpton decide? Will David Duke? Last night, in comparison to Imus, Olbermann basically asked why is Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage still on the air? Will Keith now become the arbiter of what goes out over the airwaves?
!?Dammit — Where is the ACLU?!
We really need to get over being offended by words. Should I be offended every time the Soprano’s stereotype those of Italian descent? Should I be offended every time someone says, Chiropractors are quacks? American’s get offended way too easily. Sometimes it isn’t the words, it the response to the words that demonstrate character.
I don’t like Don Imus, he’s a jerk and I am glad he was taken off MSNBC. I am ecstatic that the market took care of itself. If Don Imus wasn’t taken off MSNBC I would have done what I have always done when it comes to old marble mouth, I simply wouldn’t watch.
However, I am distraught that the powers at NBC news have no courage. In an effort to boost their own image they used their employees to hide the fact that they are what they rail against; Capitalists.