I don't totally disagree... each has their own "agendas". BUT if you take them as "only 1 source"; they do have their informative value. What one does with the information is their own responsibility. So I listen to some with a very critical "analytical eye".
You stay warm Dave.... KS must feel like a glacier now !
By the same token, where was Brian Williams and NBC News, who reported --endlessly-- on Rush's "slut" comment not making a peep about one of their own calling for someone to take a dump in Palin's mouth?
Rush called the heroic heroine, good and noble, champion of all that is right in the wrold --Sandra Fluke-- a "slut" (for being used as a pawn by Democrats at a staged "hearing") and the whole media world explodes in ..."outrage"... and Bashir says this about Palin aaaaaaaaaaand nuttin'. I wonder what would've happened if Rush would've suggested someone take a crap in Fluke's face? Yeah...probably nothing...crickets...no one would've noticed. MSDNC and the Obama Advocacy Network (NBC) would've just overlooked it and moved on without a word...
But to your POV, inappropriate comments are unacceptable no matter who issues them. And several MSNBC peeps have inserted foot in mouth in the past. The diffy is that they've been bitch-slapped by the network, offered proper apologies, and then ordered to stand in a corner for a period of time, "allowed" to resign, or summarily fired.
Last time I looked, Rush is still employed (though on a shrinking platform), and none of the brainless trust at Fox have had to take responsibility for their out-of-bounds remarks.
But he's back like a bad penny. Not as a Fox employee, but he's still being featured in segments from time to time.
Look, IMHO, Bashir overstepped the bounds of decency — no matter how justified his POV was. But his apology was an open acknowledgement that he allowed his emotions to rule his professional behavior. Not the canned and disingenuous mia culpa to "anyone I may have offended".
Beck was ousted because of a powerful boycott on his show's advertisers. I believe Fox booted him because of economics, certainly not journalistic ethics.
Limbaugh also faced a heavy boycott from his slurs against Fluke. Again, the economics of the boycott cost Limbaugh his show in several markets …. but radio sure seems like a different game because as soon as one station dropped him another would be there to air his show.
From what I see on daytime MSNBC shows, the only advertisers that could have been boycotted for Bashir's show would be Cialis and eHarmony.com
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