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NBC News Aghast at Allegation of Pro-Obama Bias ::

NBC News Aghast at Allegation of Pro-Obama Bias.

Posted: 23 Jul 2008 06:23 AM PDT

NBC News is aghast at the suggestion made by Chris Wallace of Fox News that MSNBC is shading its news favorably on Barack Obama, declaring that MSNBC viewers understand the use of opinion commentator Keith Olbermann to anchor so-called "straight" election news. "I don't need to dignify those comments," said NBC News President Steve Capus since "our audience gets it. They understand that on one night they may be playing a different role than on other nights." He said that Edward R. Murrow did both opinion and straight reporting.

Murrow did straight reporting before he became anchor of an early TV magazine show, "See It Now" and it was in that connection that he managed a foray against Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis.), not as a straight reporter. Capus accused Fox of using Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity on election coverage. Fox rejoined that election coverage was anchored by Brit Hume and Wallace and that Ingraham and Hannity were commentators only.


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