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O'Reilly vs. Olbermann Through Wed, February 13

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February 15th, 2008

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  • kevin hussar

    Mr. LeBlanc and friends, you miss my point. Olbermann never claimed to be “fair and balanced.” His is clearly a left leaning opinion show and has never claimed to be fair and balanced-as is constantly being touted by “fixed news.” FOX never advises the viewer when they transition from straight news to opinion pieces. It's OK to offer one or the other but don't mislesd by claiming to be unbiased. I'm afraid some viewers listen to the many FOX conservative pundits and think it is NEWS. I disagree with Limbaugh 98.94% of the time, but at least he acknowledges his bias. Although I don't agree with Limbaugh's misguided view of the world I will readily acknowledge he, as with Olbermann, is also witty and talented. You can be very good at your job and still be wrong about almost all of which you bloviate.

  • kevin hussar

    Mr. LeBlanc and friends, you miss my point. Olbermann never claimed to be “fair and balanced.” His is clearly a left leaning opinion show and has never claimed to be fair and balanced-as is constantly being touted by “fixed news.” FOX never advises the viewer when they transition from straight news to opinion pieces. It’s OK to offer one or the other but don’t mislesd by claiming to be unbiased. I’m afraid some viewers listen to the many FOX conservative pundits and think it is NEWS. I disagree with Limbaugh 98.94% of the time, but at least he acknowledges his bias. Although I don’t agree with Limbaugh’s misguided view of the world I will readily acknowledge he, as with Olbermann, is also witty and talented. You can be very good at your job and still be wrong about almost all of which you bloviate.

  • Larry LeBlanc

    Mr. Haussar – Thank you for your final comments
    I can't find any reason to disagree with your last comments. Thank you for this debate.

  • Larry LeBlanc

    Mr. Haussar – Thank you for your final comments
    I can’t find any reason to disagree with your last comments. Thank you for this debate.

  • http://www.cheapertravel.com Craig

    Keith Olbermann is a legend. In his own mind. And event that was a split decision.

  • http://www.cheapertravel.com Craig

    Keith Olbermann is a legend. In his own mind. And event that was a split decision.

  • J Rodgers

    Dr Mr. Hussar, I appreciate you courtesy which is missing by most leftists in my experience.

    You are being very nitpicky by saying that Fox News should advise everyone when they shift from straight news to opinion pieces. Do you want them to stick a warming label on the TV every time? Anyone watching with any degree of intelligence can see the difference between the news anchors and Bill O'Reilly. No other network has any disclaimer like that, just look at MSNBC or CNN, they don't do that either yet you failed to call them out. Is that your bias showing with a double standard? A disclaimer like that is not needed, yet “straight” news anchors on other networks like with Dan Rather and his false reporting of Bush show their bias all the time, the “straight” media is overwhelmingly left-biased, anyone looking at the full spectrum of “news” outlets objectively will see that. Studies have been done that also support that, so the blame is not on fox news which has straight news and opinion pieces, it is on the biased liberal media at large for being unfair and not balanced. Bill O'Reilly is not a straight news man, and he doesn't claim to be. He is upfront about what he believes and his opinions. Olberman is similar, there is nothing wrong with the format in either case. But I will say O'Reilly at least has the guts to debate people with differing opinions and although sometimes he can be rough or abrasive, he tries to give people a fair chance, but he doesn't let them say things that are contradictory or untrue, he calls them on things when their stories don't add up and sometimes that means he has to get tough with them. Many of the guests are very sketchy and need to be called out, that is what the public wants, someone who will stand up to the bad stories and outright lies that people tell. All Olberman does is pick apart soundbites and video clips that may or may not be in context and tries to make jokes out of them, I really don't think he is concerned with presenting the opposing view in a fair light, he just wants to be funny and act superior. People don't like that, people want fair debate and that's why O'Reilly kills Olberman in the ratings.

  • J Rodgers

    Dr Mr. Hussar, I appreciate you courtesy which is missing by most leftists in my experience.

    You are being very nitpicky by saying that Fox News should advise everyone when they shift from straight news to opinion pieces. Do you want them to stick a warming label on the TV every time? Anyone watching with any degree of intelligence can see the difference between the news anchors and Bill O’Reilly. No other network has any disclaimer like that, just look at MSNBC or CNN, they don’t do that either yet you failed to call them out. Is that your bias showing with a double standard? A disclaimer like that is not needed, yet “straight” news anchors on other networks like with Dan Rather and his false reporting of Bush show their bias all the time, the “straight” media is overwhelmingly left-biased, anyone looking at the full spectrum of “news” outlets objectively will see that. Studies have been done that also support that, so the blame is not on fox news which has straight news and opinion pieces, it is on the biased liberal media at large for being unfair and not balanced. Bill O’Reilly is not a straight news man, and he doesn’t claim to be. He is upfront about what he believes and his opinions. Olberman is similar, there is nothing wrong with the format in either case. But I will say O’Reilly at least has the guts to debate people with differing opinions and although sometimes he can be rough or abrasive, he tries to give people a fair chance, but he doesn’t let them say things that are contradictory or untrue, he calls them on things when their stories don’t add up and sometimes that means he has to get tough with them. Many of the guests are very sketchy and need to be called out, that is what the public wants, someone who will stand up to the bad stories and outright lies that people tell. All Olberman does is pick apart soundbites and video clips that may or may not be in context and tries to make jokes out of them, I really don’t think he is concerned with presenting the opposing view in a fair light, he just wants to be funny and act superior. People don’t like that, people want fair debate and that’s why O’Reilly kills Olberman in the ratings.

  • Mike from Rochester

    Mr. Hussar,
    You state that “Olbermann never claimed to be “fair and balanced.” “. How does that square with the fact that MSNBC has him host election night reporting and moderate debates? This is the same guy who says Fox News is biased.
    I'm wondering what you would say if Bill O'Reilly hosted a debate or was marketed as being objective.

  • Mike from Rochester

    Mr. Hussar,
    You state that “Olbermann never claimed to be “fair and balanced.” “. How does that square with the fact that MSNBC has him host election night reporting and moderate debates? This is the same guy who says Fox News is biased.
    I’m wondering what you would say if Bill O’Reilly hosted a debate or was marketed as being objective.

  • Jason

    I have watched almost all of the democratic debates and I have seen Keith and Chris Mathews hosting on MSNBC…I have never seen Keith moderate any! For all you keith haters…Countdown's ratings have steadily increased to 677,000 viewers a day and is the highest rated program on MSNBC.I realize FOX is a much bigger station than MSNBC and the right wingers have nothing better to do than watch O'Reilly talk about lynching Michelle Obama. FOX is clearly biased! Whats the matter righties you can dish it out but cant take it? THANK YOU KEITH OLBERMANN!!!

  • Jason

    I have watched almost all of the democratic debates and I have seen Keith and Chris Mathews hosting on MSNBC…I have never seen Keith moderate any! For all you keith haters…Countdown’s ratings have steadily increased to 677,000 viewers a day and is the highest rated program on MSNBC.I realize FOX is a much bigger station than MSNBC and the right wingers have nothing better to do than watch O’Reilly talk about lynching Michelle Obama. FOX is clearly biased! Whats the matter righties you can dish it out but cant take it? THANK YOU KEITH OLBERMANN!!!

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