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Katie Couric Is Rubber And Keith Olbermann Is Glue

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I find it a bit rich that Keith Olbermann would chastise anyone on the subject of "separating the hype from the news" or "the nonsense that Senator Clinton was a victim of pronounced sexism." And yet he did just that last night in naming Katie Couric his "Worst Person in the World" for speaking out about the sexism evidenced in some of the media coverage of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Nonsense? Really? It took a while but geez, even Howard Dean has figured it out. To sit there on MSNBC and say that it's nonsense is a bit rich, considering that some of the higher-profile episodes of embarrassing sexist-or-perceived-as-sexist commentary has come from that network (cf. Tucker Carlson's crossed legs, Mike Barnicle's ex-wife at a probate court, David Shuster's big pimpin', Chris Matthews' comment about why, exactly, Clinton had been a success or wondering if a guy would find it hard to debate a woman or even Olbermann himself, musing about a possible way to "convince" Hillary Clinton to exit the race (over a month before it was actually over, by the way). I mean, not only was there a petition protesting sexism at the network, there was an actual real-live protest against MSNBC in Washington. So what's that about "nonsense" there, Keith?

And this is not an exhaustive list! Never mind all the other examples from all sorts of other outlets (see here and here for not-all-inclusive collection). Look, it was fair for Olbermann to defend Lee Cowan — I happen to agree that making that admission in context of recognizing the need for objectivity suggested a self-awareness that many other journalists and commentators have found sadly lacking — but if Olbermann is going to chide Couric for her poor research skills, perhaps he might try a little bit of the Google himself. (We know he's familiar with "Eat the Press," after all.)

Tom Brokaw, maybe you could have a word with him about this, too.

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Hillary Sexism Watch, Part 83
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Hillary Hate: Making Sexism Acceptable [ETP]
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