Mike Smith from Ground Zero TV.org presents a response to the “Special Commentary” that was delivered by Keith Olbermann on February 25th, 2010 where he ghoulishly tells his audience that his dying father begged him to take a pillow and smother him to death. Olbermann lost all of his Journalistic integrity by using his father as a political tool to push Obama’s health care reform. There are insiders that are saying that Olbermann is about to be fired from MSNBC because of poor ratings.
When ratings sag for news people they tend to get a little trippy. Some resort to exploitation of their lives in order to garner some kind of sympathy when they are about to be shown the door.
This seems to be a swan song for Olbermann. It is too bad that he has to exploit such a horrible crisis in his life. Watching a parent die is a very rough thing to do, however the way Olbermann described what his father was going through in gruesome and grotesque detail and then use it to further his political agenda on national TV illustrates implicitly, that the mainstream media has lost all objectivity and that we as a people should be aware that our sources of news are here not trying to inform us but to program or coerce us into making decisions based on guilt, or even tragedy. While Olbermann is a commentator who editorializes, he by no means is an objective journalist. Now the question is who in the media truly is?
This shenanigan is reminiscent of a scene in the 1976 Movie Network where UBS news anchor Howard Beale played by Peter Finch is told that he will be fired and replaced. He then goes on the air and tells his audience that in one week he will blow his brains out on national TV. He explains to his audience that killing himself on the air should bring in great ratings.
Keith Olbermann has now accomplished what many people thought Glenn Beck has done and that is pull a Howard Beale moment on network television. Beck has nothing on Olbermann now. In this special video “DEATH IMITATES ART” producer Mike Smith of GROUNDZEROTV.ORG shows the satire of the 1976 movie Network and how a struggling news caster Howard Beale exploits his own depression and mental break down to garner ratings. His rage, fear and mental response to crisis in this Academy award winning film become a national phenomenon. Smith compares it with Olbermann’s “Death Panel” rant and adds an equally disturbing peek at Bill O’Reilly flipping out on camera during the taping of “A Current Affair.”
Keith Olbermann, opening his remarks with “My father asked me to kill him” was as potently charged as Howard Beale’s “I’m going to blow my brains out.”
We have been taught by the news media to respond emotionally to death and tragedy. We are also told by the same news media to set aside our logic and reason. Once again we see that Olbermann can manipulate an audience with tragedy for political sympathy. He is no different than the ghouls who used 9/11 to gain sympathy for war in the Middle East. The Movie Network itself was another example of predictive programming. It used satire to demonstrate that the media would eventually be a tool for whoring human life and death and using fear, war and tragedy as commodities for coercion. As Beale said in the film “The Tube is not reality” yet people have faith that what they are seeing is real and not formatted for ratings. Keith Olbermann once hailed as a modern day Edward R. Morrow is nowhere near his integrity.
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