Keith Olbermann, whose dormant career as a liberal commentator was revitalized this year by the rise of Donald Trump, thinks the news media is giving the Republican nominee a pass for the sake of profit.
Speaking out in a guest column at The Hollywood Reporter, Olbermann placed the bulk of the blame for Trump on corporate media who he claims are too afraid of offending the candidate and risk losing future interviews to really ask the questions that matter.
But Olbermann claims that this sort of political bent in media is much the same as it has always been, at least since the Reagan era. Everyone’s clear-eyed view of corporate media today is lagging just a few decades behind as by now, this sort of hidden bias has become the new normal for the news.
“If he is scheduled to do 20 Trump town halls for you between now and the election, thus saving you about a month’s worth of production costs for your average cable news show (a million or two, depending on how much you pay your meat puppet), you don’t examine what’s going on inside of a man who could first pretend to be his own media spokesman, then boast about his own sexual conquests in the third person, then admit the deception to a reporter, then again admit it on the legal record, then deny it on national television, then when pressed about it by The Washington Post simply hang up the phone.”
Of course, if Olbermann were so upset about corporate media’s role in Trump’s rise to infamy, he could always employ his own journalistic skills but he has for some reason chose to sit by the wayside and point the finger at others.
We hope that this column was just the first of many serving as a wake-up call to Olbermann and that we can expect to hear much more from him in the coming weeks and months.