NBC has banished Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from Election Night anchoring.  As analysts instead, they can air their opinions without the restraints of non-partisanship and objectivity.    

The move may pacify Republicans, who spurned NBC's Republican National Convention coverage for Fox (of course) and CNN.  McCain's campaign has voiced "deep concerns about the news standards and level of objectivity at NBC," criticizing reporter Andrea Mitchell for "giving voice to unsubstantiated, partisan claims." 

But Gawker issues a desperate plea to MSNBC to stay crazy: "Bickering and barely concealed contempt are the stuff of high drama! … If people wanted Brian Williams and David Gregory to cover everything quietly and politely they'd actually watch your evening news." One million nightly viewers choose Olbermann's show instead.  

Why not stay crazy?  The dull veneer of objectivity wears thin, and opinionated commentary is just more transparent, honest commentary. At least you know they're biased!


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