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Thursday, February 27, 2003

Man, those liberals in the media just don't quit, do they

While "Donahue" does badly trail both O'Reilly and CNN's Connie Chung in the ratings, those numbers have improved in recent weeks. So much so that the program is the top-rated show on MSNBC, beating even the highly promoted "Hardball With Chris Matthews."

Although Donahue didn't know it at the time, his fate was sealed a number of weeks ago after NBC News executives received the results of a study commissioned to provide guidance on the future of the news channel.

That report--shared with me by an NBC news insider--gives an excruciatingly painful assessment of the channel and its programming. Some of recommendations, such as dropping the "America's News Channel," have already been implemented. But the harshest criticism was leveled at Donahue, whom the authors of the study described as "a tired, left-wing liberal out of touch with the current marketplace."

The study went on to claim that Donahue presented a "difficult public face for NBC in a time of war......He seems to delight in presenting guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and skeptical of the administration's motives." The report went on to outline a possible nightmare scenario where the show becomes "a home for the liberal antiwar agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity."

Article here. Via Tom.

This is ridiculous, of course. When I heard that Donahue was canceled, despite the fact that his ratings weren't really that bad, and were in fact pretty good, I avoided jumping to the conclusion that the corporate overlords were just silencing a liberal voice because, well, to be honest Donahue's show was worthless garbage. That doesn't mean that MSNBC aren't a bunch of evil, biased assholes. Oh, and next time Ann Coulter mentions liberal bias in her column, I'm personally heading over to her home so that I can punch her in the face.

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