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MSNBC Drops Olbermann and Matthews As Election Anchor

MSNBC has replaced Kieth Olbermann and Chris Matthews as election anchor for the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates as well as election night coverage.

The move follows criticisms that MSNBC has morphed into a left partisan news channel accompanied with on air brawls between the election coverage participants.

Executives at the channel’s parent company, NBC Universal, had high hopes for MSNBC’s coverage of the political conventions. Instead, the coverage frequently descended into on-air squabbles between the anchors, embarrassing some workers at NBC’s news division, and quite possibly alienating viewers. Although MSNBC nearly doubled its total audience compared with the 2004 conventions, its competitive position did not improve, as it remained in last place among the broadcast and cable news networks. In prime time, the channel averaged 2.2 million viewers during the Democratic convention and 1.7 million viewers during the Republican convention.

I personally like the move. I’m not a particular fan of Olbermann or Matthews. Their partisan biases often get in the way of objective news reporting, which severely degrades the quality and integrity of the news channel. MSNBC recently signed Rachel Maddow to host her own show, another sign of MSNBC’s left-leaning tilt. Having said that, I have hopes for Maddow, but watching her on “Race for the White House,” I cannot help but think she is the female incarnation of Olbermann.

David Gregory currently hosts “Race for the White House” which airs at 6 PM on MSNBC. My personal take–it is the best show on MSNBC.

Categories: Other PoliticsPosted on: 7th September 2008 by: admin
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