Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews have been removed from their positions as anchors in MSNBC’s coverage of election events. As the NY Times says:
After months of accusations of political bias and simmering animosity between MSNBC and its parent network NBC, the channel decided over the weekend that the NBC News correspondent and MSNBC host David Gregory would anchor news coverage of the coming debates and election night. Mr. Olbermann and Mr. Matthews will remain as analysts during the coverage.
A black eye for two sexist reporters? Yes and No. Yes, they are sexists and each has a black eye (one imagines), but they don’t seem to have gotten it qua sexists. Rather,
Executives at the channel’s parent company, NBC Universal, had high hopes for MSNBC’s coverage of the political conventions. Instead, the coverage frequently descended into on-air squabbles between the anchors, embarrassing some workers at NBC’s news division, and quite possibly alienating viewers.
And the so-called reporting was viewed as highly biased. Still, even the NY Times labels Olbermann’s daily show a “liberal classic.” That’s just a bit puzzling, since Olbermann figured big in the sexist attacks on Clinton. See here, for example. But, then, perhaps the sexism didn’t really exist. Or really matter. Certainly, if one takes Olbermann’s posting on DailyKos as an indication of what’s involved in being a liberal icon, then Hillary bashing is just part of the game, even to the point of saying she is not really a democrat.