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Keith Olbermann: Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow Were Not Neutral (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 16th 2010 6:09PM
Keith Olbermann was not happy that Ted Koppel singled him out In the title of an op ed piece that suggested cable news talkers are damaging our political discourse.

On 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann' (weekdays, 8PM ET on MSNBC), Olbermann attacked Koppel's premise that television anchors like Walter Cronkite, and Olbermann's personal hero, Edward R. Murrow, were ever "neutral" observers.

"These were not glorified stenographers. These were not neutral men," Olbermann said of the broadcasting icons. "These were men who did in their day what the best journalists still try to do in this one, evaluate, analyze, unscramble, assess. Put together a coherent picture or a challenging question using only the facts as they can be best discerned, plus their own honesty and conscience."

Neither Cronkite nor Murrow are still alive to settle this disagreement on their neutrality. And if they were around , they'd probably be inclined to stay away from wading too deeply into the pundit wars that are increasingly making news about the folks who used to just bring us the news.

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