Rosie O'Donnell Likely Joining MSNBC, Media Reaction
At MSNBC, O'Donnell Would Fit Right In
Apparently taking us all for fools, MSNBC swears it didn't intentionally set out to create a liberal cable channel, it just happened that way by accident!
That's just one of several funnies contained in today's coverage of Rosie O'Donnell's likely move to the Olbermann- tainted cable news channel. And in a moment, you'll see the New York Times descend into an Air America- like conspiratorial rant worthy of some of the left's biggest kooks.
First, however, let's cut to the bottom line: Rosie's a perfect fit for MSNBC! For conservatives, this is a needed break. After all, O'Donnell is a fodder- generating machine.
It's hilarious to see an Internet debate over whether she is appropriate for the consistently- underperforming network. Is her rhetoric really any more extreme than Olbermann's? Of course not, it's just delivered differently.
The left needs to take a good look in the mirror, as it will reveal a movement that long ago sank to Rosie's level. Is she too lowbrow? O'Donnell fits right in with the Cindy Sheehan / MoveOn.org- dominated "progressive" movement.
Equally fascinating is how the New York Times plays defense for MSNBC today, while taking a gratuitous jab at the FOX News Channel. It seems willing to take at face value the network's assertions that its increasingly- leftward slant is accidental:
Under one option, Ms. O’Donnell would take the 9 p.m. slot each weeknight on MSNBC, pitting her against “Larry King Live” on CNN and “Hannity & Colmes” on Fox News.
But even without Ms. O’Donnell, MSNBC already presents a three-hour block of nighttime talk — Chris Matthews’s “Hardball” at 7, Mr. Olbermann at 8, and “Live With Dan Abrams” at 9 — in which the White House takes a regular beating. The one early-evening program on MSNBC that is often most sympathetic to the administration, “Tucker” with Tucker Carlson at 6 p.m., is in real danger of being canceled, said one NBC executive, who, like those who spoke of Ms. O’Donnell, would do so only on condition of anonymity.
Having a prime-time lineup that tilts ever more demonstrably to the left could be risky for General Electric, MSNBC’s parent company, which is subject to legislation and regulation far afield of the cable landscape. Officials at MSNBC emphasize that they never set out to create a liberal version of Fox News.
“It happened naturally,” Phil Griffin, a senior vice president of NBC News who is the executive in charge of MSNBC, said Friday, referring specifically to the channel’s passion and point of view from 7 to 10 p.m. “There isn’t a dogma we’re putting through. There is a ‘Go for it.’”
Fox News consistently denies any political bias in its programming. But whether by design or not, MSNBC is managing to add viewers at a moment when its hosts echo the country’s disaffection with President Bush.
Wait a second: did the paper really just suggest GE could face retaliatory measures from the federal government for allowing MSNBC to drift too far to the left? Yes, it did!
Let's connect their dots: hiring Rosie O'Donnell means future regulatory and legislative hurdles for GE. That's the kookiest theory the NYT has put forward in some time! Is Randi Rhodes now writing for the Times?
Because she does so much damage to the leftist cause, the right needs Rosie and her deranged rants.
But would she generate ratings? Perhaps at first, but it's hard to believe she could sustain the show for the long term.
On The View, she had an entire panel of co- hosts to bounce off of, but on MSNBC, she'd probably be alone, or with a minimal level of support. Given that Rosie's political agenda consists primarily of anti- Bush anger and conspiracy theories, this format might expose her significant intellectual weakness to the world in a way not previously seen.
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