There is only one take-away from this Times front pager: Fox won.
For years I have criticized the corporate media for having too much power and having it’s ultimate interests aligned towards the corporate parent, as opposed to news and newsgathering. This goes to the heart of it.
Here’s what happened. Olbermann attacks Bill O’Reilly’s media practices. He does this for years and gets under his skin. O’Reilly isn’t stupid–whatever else me may be–and attacks the business side of the corporate parent GE. Some of the attacks are clearly below the belt. But this is all part and parcel of Fox’s way of reporting the news. Fox doesn’t have a corporate parent to answer to like GE. It’s a full-blown, vertically integrated news organization and can weather anything Olbermann brings.
Finally, Immelt cries uncle. That’s the only conclusion I can come to, although the way the article is written, in that soi disant news-style which presents both sides as being equal and both as valid, makes it out to have been a two way war. But it wasn’t. Olbermann attacked O’Reilly’s politics and news persona. O’Reilly attack the parent. And when the parent had enough Olbermann was muzzled. It would be like two boxers in the ring, one trying to make head shots (Olbermann) and the other (O’Reilly) hitting below the belt and in the kidneys. The refs just look the other way. Or wring their hands at how violent boxing is, while enjoying the spectacle.
Our media is fucked. And it will not change until the news organizations are ripped away from their corporate parents in an anti-trust action.