Late Thanksgiving night, I caught a long-running political talk show on public access cable here in LA. On the panel was Patrick Caddell, who first came to public prominence as President Jimmy Carter's in-house pollster.
Caddell has for quite some time--years--been a regular commentator on MSNBC. I have seen him most often on Chris Matthews' Hardball. Caddell has also recently been acting as an advisor and writer on NBC's The West Wing.
It's worth noting that former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers has a similar role on The West Wing, as does Larry O'Donnell, who is MSNBC's Senior Political Analyst. Earlier, O'Donnell was a senior adviser to long-time Democratic New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
Does this seem to be some sort of conflict of interest? On the one hand, you can make a fortune writing what has for years been the liberal adventures of President Bartlet for a prime time drama, and at the same time you can be employed by NBC News as a political analyst. What kind of political analyst?
In any case, Caddell, a Democrat, said on the cable show that during the first three weeks of the current war in Iraq, he was told by MSNBC executives that his services would not be needed, because he wasn't sufficiently pro-Bush.
Is this an indication of what NBC News wants to be? Was this a desperate me-too attempt to get Fox viewers to watch MSNBC? They were afraid to broadcast independent voices about a war Americans were fighting?
Here is an indication of the current destruction of NBC News by the people I won't bother mentioning who run GE, NBC, NBC News and MSNBC. This is what I mean when I say the network news departments must be protected by federal governance, not left to be run by amoral morons whose desperation to make a buck outweighs their constitutional responsibility. And they accuse Fox of being biased! Fox leaves no doubt about where they stand--remember, "fair and balanced" is a marketing strategy, not a pledge of objectivity.
I really hope MSNBC becomes a shopping channel, or something equally harmless to our democracy.
Thanks for keeping the Democrats off the air, NBC News, while they were writing pious liberal crap on The West Wing. That sure helped keep us informed about the rationale for and progress of the war.
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