Friday, February 16, 2007

Arkin Fallout at NBC

NBC military analyst Ken Allard has resigned in the wake of the William Arkin fiasco and laces into the network for some of their recent questionable behavior.
But has anyone else noticed the network's precipitous retreat from journalistic and ethical standards? Not only were no apologies given and no pink slips issued for Arkin's outburst, but on his MSNBC show last week, Keith Olberman went out of his way to defend this "valid criticism" of our military.

In January, Conan O'Brien was allowed to escape without apology after airing a particularly tasteless gay skit deriding Christianity: "Oh, Jesus, I love you, but only as a friend." (Just try doing that sometime using Mohammad's name!)

And only this week, questions have been raised about the cozy relationships between CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo and the companies she covers as a supposedly objective journalist. The response by Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE and godfather of the NBC family: "Substantially, I don't think she did anything wrong."

Fine: Let's hope he's right. But sometimes the only way to show where you really stand is to vote with your feet. And so with great reluctance and best wishes to my former colleagues, with this column I am severing my 10-year relationship with NBC News.

More from Jules Crittenden and Hot Air.

Meanwhile, NBC continues the outreach to the insane left by throwing more money at a virulent bigot. Good luck with that.

While we're pounding on NBC, I'm sure the suits over there are just thrilled to see Mr. Potato Head at the center of the Lewis Libby case.

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