The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

25 July 2006

Keith Olbermann, Television Critics Association Meeting

IS IT WORKING?

Olbermann's Latest Stunt Attracts Media Attention






A quick question for Keith Olbermann: is it working?

To get the attention of Bill O'Reilly, FOX News and anyone else who will listen, you've tried every stunt known to mankind. Yet despite all of those often- desperate ploys, the only thing you're beating is poker on CNBC.

Is it time for a new target? Perhaps, but with all of the mainstream media attention your latest stunt is generating, we doubt you'll soon change.

If only this course of action could lead to big ratings, however!

What Olby does prove is that serving as a liberal media darling certainly doesn't guarantee an audience.


Or, instead of this "calculated strategy" theory, could the truth really be that Olbermann is simply nuts? After Saturday's stunt at the Television Critics Association summer meeting, your guess is as good as ours.

In a move that is still generating fresh publicity several days later, Olbermann donned a Bill O'Reilly face mask and gave a Nazi salute. This continues his ongoing obsession with O'Reilly, who continues to generate ratings that are several times higher than Keith's.

Can tearing down the competition somehow bring success for the MSNBC laggard? So far, it certainly hasn't worked.


Yesterday, FOX News Channel Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes fired back, calling Olbermann's antics "over the line", according to the AP's Beth Harris:


Fox News Channel chairman and CEO Roger Ailes responded to Keith Olbermann's latest critical volley against Bill O'Reilly on Monday, saying the MSNBC host's behavior "is over the line."

Ailes, appearing Monday at the summer meeting of the Television Critics Association, said Olbermann takes shots at Fox's O'Reilly because it boosts his ratings.

"Clearly he has no viewers except those he gets when he attacks Fox News, and particularly has made himself committed to continuing to attack Bill," Ailes said.

Olbermann opened his Saturday session at the critics' meeting by whipping out a mask of O'Reilly and giving a Nazi salute.

"I really think that's over the line," Ailes said.

During his "Countdown" show on MSNBC, Olbermann regularly tweaks O'Reilly. Olbermann has named O'Reilly his "Worst Person in the World" at least 15 times. The nightly "award" is Olbermann's way of criticizing bad behavior.

O'Reilly has referred to Olbermann - although not by name - as a "notorious smear merchant" and pointed out the low ratings for "Countdown."



At what point does Keith finally work on building himself up, or at the least, finding a new target?

To find out, we'll be watching... a different program.

NOTE: Olbermann Watch has substantially updated its post with a great deal of new information late Tuesday, find it here.

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23 Comments:

  • ok, i don't watch olbermann, and i don't particular care for him, but answer me this - Where the fuck do you get the nerve to make a claim about someone (Olbermann) being obsessed with someone else (o'reilly)?

    have you forgotten about your own unhealthy obsession with Al Franken?

    to quote that JD kid -

    pot.kettle.black.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 25 July, 2006 16:26  

  • There's a big difference: our Air America investigative work uncovered the company's sleazy antics and Franken's role in them. We brought facts to the table, whether you like to hear it or not.

    Olby takes every cheap shot possible and brings nothing to the table in his case against O'Reilly.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 25 July, 2006 16:32  

  • Olbermann exposes right-wing lies, media bias, and the usual bile spewing from the likes of O'Reilly. Much of the hard research is probably lifted from Media Matters, and Olbermann certainly isn't above taking cheap shots.

    Maloney sets a few Google News alerts for Franken and Air America and regurgitates the hits from local papers and blogs. Once in a blue moon he throws in an "exclusive" from his hit-and-miss anonymous source, creating mostly irrelevant stories that when relevant are questionably reliable.

    Still not seeing the difference, Brian, except for this: Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" segment is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. No one should take a segment seriously with that title, the silly graphics, and Bach D Minor Toccata as background music. Brian, on the other hand, actually takes himself as a serious journalist.

    By Blogger cspank, at 25 July, 2006 17:39  

  • Yet despite all of those often- desperate ploys, the only thing you're beating is poker on CNBC.

    You're a moron or a liar or both, Maloney. This hack job on Olbermann refers to ratings from a night when he wasn't even on air. Brian Unger was filling in for Olbermann on 7/21.

    And you wonder why people don't take you seriously.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 25 July, 2006 18:06  

  • O'Reilly consistently clobbers Olbermann by a factor of two 25-54 and three to four for the overall ratings, please show an example of a night where that wasn't true.

    By Blogger Brian Maloney, at 25 July, 2006 18:17  

  • O'Reilly consistently clobbers Olbermann by a factor of two 25-54 and three to four for the overall ratings, please show an example of a night where that wasn't true.

    I'm not batting for Olbermann. I'm pointing out that to support your hack job, you have selected ratings from one night when Olbermann wasn't even hosting the show. Demonstrates poor research or gross misrepresentation or both... which probably explains why nobody takes you seriously. Got it?

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 25 July, 2006 18:36  

  • ...our Air America investigative work uncovered the company's sleazy antics and Franken's role in them.

    Why you're just a regular Woodward & Bernstein.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 25 July, 2006 18:52  

  • O'Reilly's 4AM dead-of-the night rerun pulls in more viewers than Olbermann's 8PM prime-time slot.

    Slam dunk!

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 25 July, 2006 19:43  

  • By Blogger Elmonica, at 25 July, 2006 20:11  

  • 2nd attempt:
    Olberman Response

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 25 July, 2006 20:21  

  • headhunter: "This hack job on Olbermann refers to ratings from a night when he wasn't even on air. Brian Unger was filling in for Olbermann on 7/21."

    What's wrong with that, headhunter? In May 2006, when Olbermann took issue with the way O'Reilly presented his ratings, Olbermann said, "You can't just count the nights you are on." (link) So Brian is just going by Olbermann's own standard! Doh!

    Another reminder:

    Last night (Monday, July 24, 2006), 8pm, total viewers:

    O'REILLY: 2,693,000
    Zahn: 890,000
    Grace: 460,000
    Little Keith: 356,000

    Poker or no poker. Olbermann is getting stomped like a grape. The margin is over 7-to-1!

    By Blogger frankenlies, at 25 July, 2006 20:53  

  • O'Reilly's 4AM dead-of-the night rerun pulls in more viewers than Olbermann's 8PM prime-time slot.

    Slam dunk!


    Released the same year, the movie Scooby-Doo pulled in 25 times more gross than the excellent Spellbound.

    What does this mean? I don't know, but it has the same significance as comparing ratings between TV shows.

    By Blogger WHT, at 25 July, 2006 20:54  

  • What does this mean?

    ...Wow! you really don't get it, do you? I guess I'll have to spell it out for you.

    In the ratings war:
    O'Reilly won.
    Olbermann lost.

    The only way Olbermann can attract viewers is to run stunts like the one mentioned in Brian's posting.

    The Scooby-Doo connection is so far out there, it does not deserve a response.
    .

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 25 July, 2006 21:25  

  • Benson,
    What it means is the average 71+ person who watches cable televsion news prefers the rants of falafal boy.

    By Blogger Elmonica, at 25 July, 2006 21:47  

  • So....so... many 'personalities'...

    but so little original thought.

    A whole cloud of moonbats. Funny how they all look alike to me.

    Anyhow, back to the original point:

    Won't you (all?) agree that Olbermann's standing there with an OReilly mask doing Nazi salutes was a little juvenile? You don't have to go as far as moronic or desparate for attention. Will you just agree that it was juvenile?

    By Blogger Lokki, at 25 July, 2006 22:34  

  • As silly as the stunt was it is not stupider than remarks made by right wing icons on a daily basis. Let's talk about immature, Coulter goes on national TV, her opinion "carpet bomb Iran now", Savage screams "carpet bomb the UN", limbaugh "who cares about the whining Lebanese, they are not even real Americans".

    Talk about stupitidy.
    These comments are made for pure attentions sake.

    Maloney seems to be fine with these ignorant, construction crew on lunch break style comments, no problem with these comments representing his side.
    Olberman made a joke, these people are making ignorant comments, poisoning Americans. I could not care if Oriley had 40000000000 viewers, he is human pollution

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 26 July, 2006 09:37  

  • Released the same year, the movie Scooby-Doo pulled in 25 times more gross than the excellent Spellbound.

    What does this mean?


    It means many, many more people wanted to see a movie where Scrappy Doo finally gets his as opposed to a movie about a spelling bee.

    By Blogger RedCard, at 26 July, 2006 09:45  

  • A big question to ask is , which show's audience has grown? O'riley has the 2 million, is that number bigger than last year? Olberman is at 800,000 is that number bigger? anyone know?

    I must say its good to hear only 2 million are polluted by O'riley's twisted views
    Good news for America

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 26 July, 2006 10:00  

  • What's the worst is Olbermann is on Dan Patrick's sport show regularly.

    Olberman has exposed Patrick's liberal bias, but on the sport show, it is all liberal talk. I hate Bush; I hate O'Rielly, etc. You get the drift.

    I listen to Patrick for the sports but when Olberman is on, the radio is not on the Patrick show.

    By Blogger tradersmith, at 26 July, 2006 10:03  

  • HeadHunter:

    Check out the ratings for the latest month reported:

    June Rankings

    The second to last column has the total viewers aged 2 and over, 6am to midnight eastern.

    Olbermann's show is on the list, but you might have to scroll down off screen to see it.

    And note how you have pass by O'Reilly's second showing before you get to Olbermann.

    By Blogger Missouri Show Me, at 26 July, 2006 13:02  

  • Then I assume we all agree that it is completely incompetent or dishonest (stupidity or malice? take your pick) of Maloney to write a political smear job around the ratings from one night... especially when the target of the attack wasn't even hosting on the specific night in question. Maloney is either a sloppy researcher and/or a lying shill... and thus explains his failure in talk radio and elsewhere.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 26 July, 2006 16:00  

  • My question blatenyl ignored by right wing hacks.
    Which shows audience has grown, since last year? I want to know.I bet Olbermans has grown.

    Thank G*d only 2 million of the sickest individuals in America read the ex-porn book writer's "television show"
    O'riley is sleeze and has NO CLASS, is a sexual harrasser (just like Bush, see Germany), and is the kind of guy , seriously, thast needs to get punched in the face. It will humble him back into reality

    By Blogger rightwingwhiner, at 27 July, 2006 09:41  

  • Olbermann's ratings spike this past year make your opinion of him, and your website for that matter, irrelevant.

    By Blogger Joe Aiello, at 28 May, 2007 00:56  

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