Olbermann Slams Couric for Saying Clinton “Received Some of the Most Unfair, Hostile Coverage I’ve Ever Seen”

By Kelly Moeller

Jun 12, 2008 2:00pm

As we covered earlier in the week, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric assailed some of the media treatment of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY.

"However you feel about her politics, I feel that Sen. Clinton received some of the most unfair, hostile coverage I’ve ever seen," Couric said, which she charged was at least in part rooted in sexism helping to lead to her defeat.

Couric recalled one "prominent member of the commentariat" saying he "found it hard to be objective when it came to" covering Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. She said she remembers thinking, "that’s your job" and that he should "find another line of work."

Last night on MSNBC, one of the anchors whom Clinton campaign officials (or former officials) consider to be one of the chief offenders in their charge of media bias– Keith Olbermann — named Couric "Worst Person in the World."

He called her sexism charge against the media "nonsense" and "a little Kool-aid ish but that’s her opinion and she’s entitled to it."

Then he said she wasn’t entitled to her comments about the "prominent member of the commentariat" who struggled to be objective.

"He didn’t name him, maybe because she didn’t bother to look it up," Olbermann said, identifying the individual as an NBC Correspondent whom in Olbermann’s view had been "speaking with refreshing honesty, acknowledging that the environment of that campaign and the ferocity of the candidate’s supporters in the primaries challenged a reporter to be especially professional and vigilant in separating the hype from the news."

Olbermann said the reporter was "utterly objective and accurate" and of Couric’s charge that he "should find another line of work" Olbermann said that "by leaving NBC and the Today Show Ms. Couric already has."

Watch HERE.

At the Huffington Post, Rachel Sklar writes that for Olbermann 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."

I’m hesitant to even post about a media fight, but this one gets into a subject we’ve discussed a lot on this blog — the coverage of the Clinton and Obama campaigns.

So…discuss.

- jpt

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