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PostPosted: 02 Nov 2010, 12:07 
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ok, so apparently Olberman 'caved' to Stewart. Or else, Stewart said something Olberman agreed with.

After he calmed down, that is.

The overall message that the tone needs to change, was not lost on any of us. The anger in this news hour was not an original part of it, nor was it an artifice we added to it. It was a response to a threat to this democracy posed by Mr. Bush and now by his lineal descendants. The anger happened, it will still happen, it is not for ratings and it is not 'get angry first and find a reason later.'

But there is an institutionalization of it that may no longer be valid. That is the 'Worse Persons in the World' Segment. Which started, of all things, as a way of defending Tucker Carlson. Its satire and whimsy have gradually gotten lost in some anger, so in the spirit of the thing, as of right now, I am unilaterally suspending that segment with an eye towards discontinuing it. We don't know how that works long term. We might bring it back. We might bring back something similar to it, might kill it outright, and next week we will solicit your input.

Its just that today, given the serious stuff we have to start covering tomorrow, we think its the right thing to do short term and then we will see what happens. And we'll also see if anyone else, on tv, or radio, will do something similar.

before he calmed down, he was:
While most of the mainstream media went into overdrive yesterday to cover Jon Stewart’s much-anticipated Rally to Restore Sanity MSNBC host Keith Olbermann was less than impressed. Apparently Stewart’s criticism of the cablesphere in particular rubbed Olbermann the wrong way. Tweeted Olbermann yesterday afternoon:

“It wasn’t a big shark but Jon Stewart jumped one just now with the “everybody on Thr cable is the same” naiveté”

And a short time later:

“@doughtywench he did not hurt my feelings. I thought his message, on the eve of an election full of Tea Psychos, was terribly timed.”

Olbermann was seemingly also frustrated by the fact Stewart was criticizing both Fox and MSNBC in equal measure:

“@chuckb1999 but he doesn’t distribute it equally. It’s nonsensical to say so, or that each side deserves it equally -his claim today”

What apparently set Olbermann off was the long montage of cable clips Stephen Colbert introduced to back up the appearance of his ‘fear’ monster — essentially a longer version of typical Daily Show editing that strives (successfully, it must be said) to highlight the ridiculousness of cablesphere. It’s probably worth noting that this is not the first time Olbermann has been critical of Stewart, he referred to him as a member of the ‘cranky left’ in an interview with Politico earlier this week.

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