Joan Walsh: Olbermann Needs More Diverse Guests, Michelle Malkin Need Not Apply

<p>Salon editor Joan Walsh, a frequent contributor on MSNBC, finds the network's &quot;Countdown&quot; host to be lacking in the diversity department when it comes to his guests. Of course, her complaint isn't with Olbermann's refusal to feature guests with whom he could have ideological clashes -- something his nemesis Bill O'Reilly has never been afraid to do -- but the fact that his guests are infrequently of the fairer sex.</p><p> From <a href="http://twitter.com/joanwalsh" target="_blank">Walsh's Twitter feed</a> on Tuesday evening (in reverse chronological order):</p> <blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">.@<a href="http://twitter.com/DARSB1" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/DARSB1">DARSB1</a> Actually, I should rephrase: I wish KO had more women on talking about...anything.<a href="http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6482638962" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6482638962"> 8:51 PM Dec 8th </a>from web</p><p class="MsoNormal">[...]</p><p class="MsoNormal">I wish KO had a woman on talking about women's health care, but I'm happy he and Gene Robinson are saying the right things! <a href="http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6481500239" rel="bookmark"> 8:14 PM Dec 8th </a>from web </p></blockquote><p>That prompted a follower by the user name Jelperman to grouse:</p><blockquote><!--break--><p>@<a href="http://twitter.com/joanwalsh" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/joanwalsh">joanwalsh</a> Does the gender of the guest really matter? Would you prefer Michelle Malkin?  <a href="http://twitter.com/Jelperman/status/6488750582" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/Jelperman/status/6488750582">12:37 AM Dec 9th </a>from web <a href="http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6481500239" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6481500239">in reply to joanwalsh</a></p></blockquote><p>That prompted Walsh a few hours later to tweet back to Jelperman:</p> <blockquote><p class="MsoNormal">.@<a href="http://twitter.com/Jelperman" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/Jelperman">Jelperman</a> Easy! I don't like Michelle Malkin talking about women's rights and I don't think Ron Christie is smarter about race than I am! <a href="http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6490838013" title="blocked::http://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/6490838013">3:01 AM Dec 9th </a>from web<font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><o:p></o:p></font></p></blockquote><p>So Olbermann could stand a more diverse guest roster, but to Walsh that doesn't mean conservative women like Michelle Malkin who would not be &quot;saying the right things&quot; about abortion or ObamaCare, nor does it mean black Republicans like Ron Christie, who has a decidedly different take on the same issues than black liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson. </p><p><a href="http://www.olbermannwatch.com/archives/2009/12/november_chart.php" target="_blank">According to Olbermann Watch</a>, the MSNBC host has had a grand total of zero Republican or conservative guests during the entire month of November. </p><p>At least Chris Matthews frequently has conservative pundits and Republican congressmen on his &quot;Hardball&quot; program with whom to spar. </p>

Ken Shepherd
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