The NewsBusters Weekly Recap: September 15 to 21
Sometimes, the truth is obvious to everyone. During a discussion with fellow MSNBC host Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann wondered why Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards found it necessary to buy commercial time following a speech by President Bush. Marveling at Edwards’s actions, he revealed, "I don't think I'm saying anything unknown to the audience, I don't think he would have gotten a hard time from this particular network."
Speaking of Chris Matthews, one has to admire the host’s creativity. On Tuesday, while discussing the tasering of a University of Florida student, the cable news anchor blamed it on, you guessed it, Iraq. Matthews also decried the "fascistic notion" of American troops "forcing" democracy on Iraqis. Only a day earlier, the MSNBC host wondered, "Should we put Exxon signs up over Arlington Cemetery and Mobil signs up there, like they have at baseball stadiums?"
The network morning shows are doing their part to promote a fearful climate change agenda. NBC’s "Today" touted Laurie David’s global warming for kids book. On ABC, weatherman Sam Champion, a true global warming alarmist, promoted the emotional benefits of carbon offsetting.
Ex-network anchor Dan Rather announced this week that he’s suing his CBS for $70 million. It turns out that Rather has very strong feelings about lawsuits. In 1996, he introduced such a segment by observing, "In tonight's Eye on America, a look beyond the heat to try to shed some light on a growing national problem: Americans who – some of them – will sue at the drop of a hat." How true.