Your weekend assignment, splendid readers, is to compare and contrast – in clear idiomatic English – the Keith Olbermann profile in the Sunday New York Times Magazine and the Keith Olbermann interview in the, er, current edition of Rolling Stone.
Both (and much other pre-pub) come right before the debut of Olbermann’s new incarnation of Countdown on Current TV, a.k.a. Al Gore’s house channel.
David Carr’s Time profile depicts Olbermann as an insecure, bitter, spotlight-seeking, vengeful media diva.
See: Olbermann’s tweet about Carr’s piece.
Said NYT caricature:
Not to mention the article itself.
Mark Binelli’s Rolling Stone interview, on the other hand, depicts Olbermann as a reasonable, focused, aggrieved newsman.
Were you ever censored by MSNBC?
No. What were they going to do about it? It was live. I will say this. Nobody ever said, “If you say this, you’re going to be fired.”
It’s not about “NBC is evil.” It’s about that media structure—CBS, ABC, CNN, even some of the smaller operations are now multinationals, with these extraordinarily diverse holdings. The corporation is one of the great unheralded human inventions of destruction. It is a way to absolve from any personal liability a bunch of people. They form together in a massive id and they do whatever they want. In a corporate setting, there’s nothing to stop Rupert Murdoch or Disney from doing whatever the hell they want with the news. They could turn it into propaganda for the Chinese government or the socialist party of America, and who’s going to stop them?
Well, Keith, obviously.
Right about now, Stanley McChrystal should be suing Rolling Stone for unfair business practices.