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Matt Lauer refuses to whack Bush, at all, in the big NBC primetime interview/book promo last night. Here’s my full take on it.
By now you know, Keith Olbermann apologized last night—to his viewers, not MSNBC. He admitted a mistake but also questioned the way the network has carried out its donation policies—and how it handled his case.
On GRIT TV last night I discussed with Laura Flander the Olbermann suspension—and corporate donations—plus Fox’s lack of shame, the Bush-Lauer interview, new Plame/CIA Leak movie, and more.
Jack Shafer in Slate: Let Keith Be Keith and Rachel Be Rachel.
Interesting NYT piece on the needy getting to live in foreclosed homes in Florida—thanks to a 1869 statute. Will that last?
MoveOn responds to Mark Warner’s comparison of them (the "super-left") to radical Tea Partiers …. Jon Stewart last night responded to critiques of his rally from Olbermann, Maddow, Maher—that it provided too much "false equivalency" between left and right.. He defended it, but it was nice that he showed what they said….
PACIFICA FIRINGS Entire staff of Berkeley’s KPFA "Morning Show" ordered off the air, protests planned.
TALKING AND STALKING Remember that recent Daily Show segment on a Michigan assistant Attorney General who had brutally targeted a seemingly innocuous gay student at a college in his blog and at demonstrations? The guy actually sat for an interview with the show. You had to wonder: How has he kept his job.? Now he has lost it, and also faces legal actions.