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MsNBC is no longer pretending to be real news.

November 6, 2009


If you put lipstick on a bulldog – it’s still a bulldog, but if a news network puts lipstick on The Village Voice’s Michael Musto and portray him as Sarah Palin – then they are no longer a news network.  NBC has been the host to Saturday Night Live’s fake and funny news for decades. Now, thanks to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, NBC’s cable news network MsNBC has become equally fake news but far less funny.

Here is the biggest mockery of a news segment you may ever see (you might want to cover the eyes of small children-or yourself for that matter):

There you  have it.  Lawrence O’Donnell, filling in for Keith Olbermann on Countdown, has just officially killed the credibility of MSNBC.  He allows the Voice’s Musto to cross-dress as Sarah Palin and then do two of the most awful fake speeches of hers one could possibly imagine. How is that news? At least Tina Fey’s impersonation was good and funny. Her jokes were often witty political satire.  Musto offers none of that.  This isn’t funny, good, or witty.  And it definitely isn’t news. Musto is a trainwreck who shouldn’t be allowed to post on You Tube let alone be the number 1 story on MsNBC’s prime time news hour.

O’Donnell tries to set up this “news” story by portraying Palin as a horrible speech writer. He is reporting on a new book that claims Palin had speeches ready to deliver the night of the election. Besides having Musto deliver “excerpts” from these speeches which were never given, he allows Musto to continually make ridiculous swipes at Palin that are  never backed up with facts. The goal of both men is clearly to make Palin out to be a fool who has no political future.  In the end, MsNBC is the only thing that looks foolish.

Here are a few of the mindless remarks of Musto:

“I always count on Sarah Palin to… sugarcoat her hideousness a little bit more.”

“A victory speech is something Sarah Palin is not gonna make except on Top Chef or something which is probably where she’ll end up.”

“Though I think [Todd Palin] is going to be the ex-dude according to the gossip I’ve been reading.”

When I was on college radio 10 years ago my best friend and I did a fake interview of Bill Clinton during the halftime of a football game.  We thought it was humorous satire.  Right after we went off the air we got a call from the station manager. If we ever pulled a stunt like that again we would be fired instantly. Such fake news interviews were not up to the standards of a college radio station in Terre Haute, Indiana. Yet this drivel is the top story on MsNBC.

I thought Fox News was supposed to be fake news. Well, now the Village Voice has turned MsNBC into The Villiage Idiot.

  1. David Forsmark permalink
    November 6, 2009 3:31 pm

    This was the most hideous, unspeakably awful thing I’ve ever seen on national television– or MsNBC.

  2. Mike Hanlon permalink
    November 6, 2009 5:05 pm

    Um . . . when did “Countdown With Keith Olberman” ever claim to be “NEWS”??? It’s an entertainment show of oppinions based on facts. Think of “Hannity” or “O’Reily Factor” only a little more accurate in facts department based on my viewing of all three.

    You need to learn the difference between pundits and anchors, and perhaps review the basic tennants of journalism. When FOX repeatedly lets their anchors and reporters interject oppinion during “news” reports, they are breaking the basic fundamental premise of journalism – remaining neuteral and just observing / questioning / reporting. I’ll admit this has started to occur on MSNBC’s news reports a bit more lately than I care to see, which is why I’ve reverted back to CNN and BBC for my televised cable news service. I’d suggest you do the same, and leave the entertainment channels to entertain.

    • Chris permalink
      November 6, 2009 5:26 pm

      ‘Countdown’ isn’t an entertainment program. It’s not even faux news analysis, like Stewart’s ‘Daily Show’ or The Colbert Report. Olbermann describes Countdown as centrist, a show that snipes and laughs at both Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals. But that’s not the case at all, is it? The show is as unbalanced as, well, Olbermann himself.

    • David Forsmark permalink
      November 6, 2009 6:00 pm

      Keith Olbermann claimed that he is the highest rated cable news program because he’s really the ONLY news program on during the week. He actually thinks he’s objective and balanced. That’s what makes it so funny. He thinks he is less ideological than O’Reilly.

    • Paul Cooper permalink
      November 6, 2009 6:20 pm

      Wow Mike. If you defend this crap – you have a cult like devotion that usually involves specialty kool-aid drinks. 🙂

  3. Chris permalink
    November 6, 2009 5:16 pm

    Reprehensible, yes.

    Unfunny, absolutely.

    Surprising? Absolutely not.

  4. FelixPrismus permalink
    November 6, 2009 5:35 pm

    I didn’t think it was possible for BSNBC to get any more insane. I thought wrong.

  5. Truthteller permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:00 pm

    Funny how the Right is suddenly concerned about the lack of balance and ‘news’ on the News. Really funny, given the years of O’Reilly, Hannity, Rush, Coulter, Horowitz, and the rest that have clogged public media for years.

    • FelixPrismus permalink
      November 6, 2009 8:40 pm

      Funny how the Left can sit back to quietly while their boys in United States government declare unabashed war on freedom of the press.

      I remember when dissent was the highest form of patriotism.

    • David Forsmark permalink
      November 6, 2009 9:08 pm

      Nobody is asking Olbermann to be balanced. We are just exposing him as crazy.

    • Walt permalink
      November 6, 2009 9:55 pm

      Do you understand the difference between straight news journalims and opinion programs? MSNBC’s opinion programing leeches into its regular news time and again. Finally, I would imagine Keith Olbermann being ecstatic if he even approached the ratings of Glen Beck and Bill O’Reilly on FNC. By any objective criteria, Mr. Olbermann is at the bottom of the heap, since CNN does not even seriously get into opinion programing, aside from Lou Dobbs.

  6. Carol Mickle permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:13 pm

    Obviously Truthteller has never watched O’Reilly or Hannity on FOX as they ALWAYS have guests from opposing viewpoints on their opinion/entertainment/commentary shows (neither one is a news show).

  7. Louie723 permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:23 pm

    “Funny how the Right is suddenly concerned about the lack of balance and ‘news’ on the News”


    The Right is suddenly concerned because the current Administration made an issue of it, trying to portray those who are critical as Not News and those who agree with the Administration as the real thing.

    • Walt permalink
      November 6, 2009 9:48 pm

      Did that comment make sense in any way, or did you just have to fill a few lines for pay today?

      • Walt permalink
        November 6, 2009 9:49 pm

        Sorry, that comment was for the person you quoted.

  8. Walt permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:46 pm

    Is Musto coming out of the closet as a transvestite?

  9. David Forsmark permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:54 pm

    The closet is a long way in his rear view mirror.

  10. keegan mccaulley permalink
    November 7, 2009 5:36 am

    MSNBC is a joke. Keith Obermann has serious issues. Won’t even comment on Maddow. Shocking they are still on the air. (Thanks GE)

    The tide is turning faster than I thought it would…Thank God.

    Thanks David for the humor.

    By the way…I hope that they don’t think the ED show is their answer to Beck.

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