Archive for November 6th, 2010
The article almost makes me wonder if NBC was just looking for a good reason to let Olbermann go. We’re talking about a pretty draconian move over $7,200 of Olbermann’s own empire. I think the Business Insider did a pretty good job in catching that point. I have the belief that there is something else at work, more than a fair and balanced news organization punishing someone who stepped out of bounds.
The problem today is isn’t whether news is fair and balanced, because short of a few rarities, it really never has been, it’s the fact that we have this belief that it is, or more, that it should be.
Whenever we listen to someone tell us something, we put a certain amount of value into what they say. If we resect them and/or their opinion, we listen more to what they say (regardless of the truth value). It goes for whether individual people talk or whether we listen to someone pontificate or “deliver the news”. But as they speak, they speak through a filter. Hannity does it. Olbermann does it. Rush does it…doesn’t matter who it is. We need to understand that people speak from the basis of their own views and opinions. We respect those views more when they resonate with our own and validate our beliefs. Such is the way of the world.
Simply: communication flows from the source, through a filter, through potential disruption and interference, through another filter, into the ears of the receiver.
So then, why should we have any sort of expectation from Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, or Smalltown Channel 3 that they and theirs will give it to us straight? Oh, because one company denies its employees the right to donate to the political groups or candidates of their choice? I think not.
I think it comes from the fact that people have no idea what their core values are and as such, don’t know who to listen to. So, a news organization comes in and preaches an agreeable message that keeps them glued to their TV’s (and there watching the commercials). News, like anything else, is a product.
Ultimately, it comes down to the point that people will read the news they want to read, rather than reading to educate. News, anymore, is not about informing anyone of anything, but rather, about numbers, about money, and about the “product” delivery to the customer.
Okay, I digressed badly. Back to Olbermann…
I personally don’t have a problem if he wants to donate money to the candidates that he supports, even if I think they are all idiots. That’s how our political system works. Evidently, NBC had a problem with it and suspended the guy. In short, he broke company policy.
So, what will Olbermann and NBC do with all of this? Could go either way. NBC could bring Olbermann back, particularly if there are contract issues that are too sticky to work through. Or, NBC could fire him, since every commentator on Fox News outdoes Olbermann every night; it might work to try a new face behind the desk.
So, it’s NBC then that is trying to improve its product and now has a good justification to throw Olbermann under the bus without having to honor any contract stipulations.
Where do you think it will go? Shoot me your comments and let me know.