When Olby attacks

Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher:

In an unusually heated attack on a veteran political reporter by a cable news host, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann laced into the Associated Press’s Charles Babington an hour after Barack Obama had concluded his speech in Denver on Thursday night.

OK, here’s Babington’s lede:

Barack Obama, whose campaign theme is “change we can believe in,” promised Thursday to “spell out exactly what that change would mean.”
But instead of dwelling on specifics, he laced the crowning speech of his long campaign with the type of rhetorical flourishes that Republicans mock and the attacks on John McCain that Democrats cheer. The country saw a candidate confident in his existing campaign formula: tie McCain tightly to President Bush, and remind voters why they are unhappy with the incumbent.

Mr. Objectivity said the AP story bore “no resemblance to the speech you and I just watched.” Obviously, it’s the “rhetorical flourishes” part that must be getting under Olby’s skin. But let’s face it: Anyone who offers anything but gushing praise for Obama is just begging for a Worst Person in the World award from Olberman, who might as well be press secretary Obama.

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