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Today's New York Times reports that there's been something of a corporate truce worked out between the parent companies of MSNBC and Fox News, which calls for both sides, especially Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly, to knock off the on-air attacks. (Read Glenn Greenwald to understand why that's such a bad idea from a journalism perspective.)
According to the Times, shortly after June 1, "the attacks mostly stopped."
But did they? [Emphasis added]
"Look at the television situation. CNN, what's happening over there? Falling apart ratings wise. NBC, falling apart ratings-wise. Why? NBC is nasty," [June 9, The O'Reilly Factor]
""Back of the Book" segment tonight, "Reality Check," where the truth is sometimes very disturbing. "Check" one, as you may know, the General Electric corporation owns NBC News. And there is compelling evidence that NBC is giving favorable treatment so that G.E. will be awarded billions -- billions -- in government contracts." [June 18, The O'Reilly Factor]
"I have to tell you, I think -- I think G.E., I think what they are building is absolutely insidious. I think it is. I mean, think of this: They have Universal Pictures. They have NBC News, the NBC Entertainment Network. They have Biography and all those other networks. I don't think they own Lifetime. They are in aerospace industry; they are in defense. I mean, they are in energy, everything." [July 13, Glenn Beck]