Olbermann, Mathews pulled as election coverage anchors

@xfahctor (14126)
Lancaster, New Hampshire
September 8, 2008 7:26am CST
I gave 2 other links in addition to the FOX link for those with who are foxtose intolerant. There seemed however, to be nothing on either CNN's or MSNBC's websites. http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Sep08/0,4670,TVNBCOlbermann,00.html http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/08/business/media/08msnbc.html?_r=1&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=print http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/08/AR2008090800008.html?hpid=topnews
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@irishidid (8278)
• United States
8 Sep 08
It benefits no one when commentators are not impartial. People should be learning about the candidates, not being told who they should vote for. It would be interesting to see if anything does come on CNN or MSNBC concerning this. I'll stick with C-Span.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
8 Sep 08
If they are acting as commentators, then they can use opinion, thats what commentators do. Anchors, however are supose to be direct reprting when acting in anchor capacity. They'll still be doing coverage, just not as "anchors".
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@irishidid (8278)
• United States
8 Sep 08
A commentator is someone who does an analysis or report. I suppose in a way doing an analysis could be construed as giving ones opinion.
@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Well in my personal opinion, that's different. I always thought they were commentators. Sorry hope this doesn't turn into the last time I responded lol
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
9 Sep 08
at least you didn't start your post with "interesting" lol
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Now, it would be very nice to see other networks do the same - of course we'll always still have the talk show hosts that see it as "it's MY show" and will promote only their favorite candidate (...not to mention any names - Oprah!)
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
8 Sep 08
I would like to see them all present commentators and pundants as such instead of putting them in the position of anchor reporter.
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@flowerchilde (12520)
• United States
8 Sep 08
hmmm. that's very surprising.. no news..
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@anniepa (27121)
• United States
9 Sep 08
Since I happen to be a big fan of both Chris and especially Keith I was a bit disappointed when I first read this news. However, I guess I can see their reasoning since both of these guys are opinionated and while that works on their own shows perhaps the network wanted to give a more seemingly objective point of view on the nights of the debates and the election. I'm sure they'll still be there but as commentators rather than anchors and hopefully we won't actually see much less of them than we've been seeing during MSNBC's great election coverage. OK, I'm ready for all who hate MSNBC, but I don't mind, we all have our own preferences. Annie
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
9 Sep 08
I think that was a lot of it annie. Being a commentator or pundant is fine when that is the theme of your show, but as anchor's they need to just report and leave the puns to the pundants that apear as guests.
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@anniepa (27121)
• United States
10 Sep 08
Exactly; some here are inferring they got "kicked out" for doing something wrong but I think it's more like they're both so accustomed to having their own shows where that's what they DO, they give their opinions without reservation because it's the nature of their shows. Now, I think they'll be better in that capacity of commentators for the debate and election result coverage because they won't have to try to hide their feelings, like Pat Buchanan. Annie
• United States
8 Sep 08
Well, it certainly is nice to see someone at least try to make an effort to increase the amount of objective news coverage.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
8 Sep 08
I think a lot of it was just plain embarrasment at the way these 2 have been acting. but yeh, I think pressure probably pushed them in to trying to clean things up some.