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Introduction to Keith Olbermann (01:52)


See footage Olbermann accusing Bush of lying America into war. "Rolling Stone" calls the cable news host the most honest man in news. Critics accuse him of "extended polemics."

Lifeblood of Human Freedom (03:08)

Olbermann has strong things to say about politics. MSNBC management supports his point of view. Television ratings increase after his controversial commentaries.

Network Media Downturn (02:58)

Olbermann points out that people who own commercial television go along with anything that makes money. He discusses his coverage of the Jessica Lynch story.

Criticism From Right Wing (03:32)

Olbermann has been accused of side with liberals. During news coverage of Lewinsky scandal the journalist walked off the set in protest. He recalls being prepared to leave MSNBC again in 2003.

Journalists Taking Sides (02:18)

Skepticism is a necessity for journalists. Sports journalists need to have a predictive ability. Olbermann believes covering sports is the same way news and politics should be covered.

Scandal Fatigue (02:04)

Olbermann discusses the days when the NIE consumed news channels before disappearing completely. Scandals happen so frequently that people forget about them almost immediately. Olbermann thinks there should be follow up when new developments arise regarding past scandals.

Keith Olbermann Q&A: One (03:17)

A young journalist states that, "Angry histrionics on both sides create more of the ugly polarization that paralyzes our institutions and prevents Americans finding common ground." He then asks Olbermann how his ad hominid attacks are different from those on the other side. Olbermann believes this is a fair criticism.

Keith Olbermann Q&A: Two (03:23)

A young black journalist points out that Keith is a middle-aged white man who works for GE, and asks, "Why should people listen to you?" Keith says the country is facing emergency circumstances and states that governments exist based on power that is taken from people.

Concentrated Media Power (01:43)

Rupert Murdoch officially took control of "The Wall Street Journal" from the Bancroft family. Murdoch now controls four major outlets that compete to feed news to Americans. He uses power for his own agenda.

Public Opinion on Media Consolidation (03:44)

Publishing conglomerates are prohibited from buying radio and television stations in their hometowns under the cross-ownership ban. Under Republican chairman Kevin Martin, the FCC conducted a series of public hearings.

Overturning Cross-Ownership Rules (02:50)

House Democrats accuses Chairman Martin of having his mind made up before hearing from the public. Michael Doyle said that in June of 2006, Martin received a memo from FCC staff laying out how the Commission could justify allowing newspapers to buy into radio and television stations. Republicans are friendly to the idea of letting media conglomerations get bigger.

Newspaper Conglomerates Getting Into Broadcasting (04:00)

Chairman Martin believes that unless newspapers are allowed to expand into broadcasting they may disappear. He states that all the vital signs of the newspaper industry are negative. Newspaper profits are down, but on average the publicly traded newspaper firms still generate profit margins that are greater than the average for the Fortune 500.

Addressing Race Relations (04:03)

Dr. Ron Walters, director of the African American Leadership Center at the University of Maryland, was a key figure in the Jesse Jackson campaigns. Ron believes racial issues can be neutralized by not drawing attention to them.

Marginalizing Hot Button Racial Issues (04:04)

A number of black ministers in South Carolina endorse Hilary Clinton for president. Obama's response to Jena Six in Louisiana was not a question of race, but one of the criminal justice system gone awry.

Blacks Are Not a Homogenous Community (02:38)

Dr. Walters lists hot button issues that Obama is not addressing such as arrest rates and home foreclosures. Only 53% of black people identify as members of a single race.

Emotional Political Issues (03:18)

Dr. Walters talks about Obama's anti-war position. Conservative pundits say Oprah is a woman who does not put her race ahead of her gender. Dr. Walters addresses the fact that she is not endorsing the first woman running for president.

Criticism of Political Theater (03:26)

Dr. Walters addresses Oprah's assertion that she has voted for as many Republicans as Democrats. She is a business woman who has had to be politically conservative. The Obama's have been accused of not using the political season to insert issues facing African Americans into the political system.

Defining Blackness (01:37)

Dr. Walters says, "blackness is the root to trust." A trusted candidate will gain political support; this is true for any culturally coherent group. He discusses Obama's chance of winning the 2008 election.

Credit: Bill Moyers Journal: MSNBC's Keith Olbermann/Ronald Walters on Race in Politics (01:34)

Credit: Bill Moyers Journal: MSNBC's Keith Olbermann/Ronald Walters on Race in Politics

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Joined by MSNBC’s popular and provocative Keith Olbermann, Bill Moyers explores the changing face of journalism while gaining insight into the defiant stance of Olbermann’s political commentaries. Also on the program: Dr. Ronald Walters, director of the African American Leadership Center at the University of Maryland, discusses racial issues intertwined with the 2008 presidential campaign. And: Bill Moyers Journal continues its reporting on media consolidation. Topics include the debate over relaxing ownership rules and the real-world implications of increasing cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcast outlets in the same markets. Broadcast date: December 14, 2007. (58 minutes)

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL39214

ISBN: 978-1-4213-9739-9

Copyright date: ©2007

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