Video: MSNBC’s new promo attacks Fox, CNN

posted at 4:17 pm on February 1, 2007 by Ian

All hail the agenda-less news source!

I’ve always liked how MSNBC refers to itself as “America’s fastest-growing news channel.” When you’re in last place, you have nowhere to go but up.

(via MSNBC’s propaganda outlet, TV Newser)

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Oh, you’ve got to be KIDDING me! What a piece of s**t this commercial is! I love the East Coast bimbo elite and her trendy digs. Keep living in that bubble, toots!

jaleach on February 1, 2007 at 4:22 PM

I dont know, I wouldnt toss her out just yet.. she may prove to have some value..

Viper1 on February 1, 2007 at 4:24 PM

If she gets an old white male Christian Republican sitting on her couch in the oval office when she turns on Fox, and a geezer wearing a robe in a living room that obviously smells like mothballs when she turns on CNN, then she should get seven cats sitting on her single person love seat in a pink room when she turns on MSNBC.

Savage on February 1, 2007 at 4:24 PM

I guess when you have nothing, there really isn’t anything to lose by doing this…Why the whorish looking face paint?

Pam on February 1, 2007 at 4:25 PM

I didn’t say she wasn’t cute. She just looks like the archetypical big city liberal. The only thing she’s missing are those little “I’m so smart” glasses.

The only time these folks are going to suspect the world has gone to hell is when the television set doesn’t work anymore. Then we’ll see whose ideas survive in the real world.

jaleach on February 1, 2007 at 4:26 PM

Pfft. I lost all respect for MSNBC when they canned Ashleigh Banfield.

Jones Zemkophill on February 1, 2007 at 4:28 PM

Just a stupid commercial.

No biggie.

JackM on February 1, 2007 at 4:32 PM

I have to say, Timothy Stack remains talented after all these years.

Also, if watching MSNBC means being proud of my Ikea stuffed apartment, then there must be about a thousand potential Tyler Durdens out there. Personally, I’ll take the leather sofa.

askheaves on February 1, 2007 at 4:34 PM

Pathetic.

CP on February 1, 2007 at 4:35 PM

“Pfft. I lost all respect for MSNBC when they canned Ashleigh Banfield.”

I never had any respect for them anyway. Anything branded “NBC” is unworthy right out of the box.

georgej on February 1, 2007 at 4:36 PM

Olby? Olby? They actually signed off the commercial with Olby? BAwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Limerick on February 1, 2007 at 4:39 PM

Oh the irony….the voice over says “…someone who gives you the whole picture” as Olberman’s photo comes up on the screen.

And to think, someone wrote and produced this with a straight face.

Mallard T. Drake on February 1, 2007 at 4:41 PM

Great story about Keith Olberman’s success in brainwashing the maid. But I wonder how he really feels about her wearing his dresses and watching tv when he’s paying her to dust the living room.

Dusty on February 1, 2007 at 4:42 PM

wtf??? they must stay on!!! SNL will go off the air,, that’s the only thing left to keep snl afloat,,,, both of them are fighting over a shark to jump..

retired on February 1, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Just a stupid commercial.

No biggie.

JackM on February 1, 2007 at 4:32 PM

Agreed…I’ll save my outrage for something a little more important.

asc85 on February 1, 2007 at 4:43 PM

Just remember John Gibson started out at PMSNBC. It is kind of the Mickey D’s of news channels. Everybody has to start somewhere. I am not sure if they pay minimum wage or the news readers work for tips.

LakeRuins on February 1, 2007 at 4:47 PM

I blocked MSNBC on my TV. I haven’t missed it.

I just want to slap any lib who quotes or uses Fox News as an insult against someone, or blames Fox for anything. Grow the F Up!

Mazztek on February 1, 2007 at 4:52 PM

Olbermann == agenda-less???

dalewalt on February 1, 2007 at 4:52 PM

I’ve always liked how MSNBC refers to itself as “America’s fastest-growing news channel.” When you’re in last place, you have nowhere to go but up.

haha, exactly what I was thinking. Don’t they have roughly 10% of the viewers of Fox?

RightWinged on February 1, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Well, I give them credit for trying. Yes, there are a few who came from PMSNBC over to Fox: Gibson, Greg Jarrett & I believe one or two others.

Catie96706 on February 1, 2007 at 4:54 PM

When you’re in last place, you have nowhere to go but up.

viewers (000s) Jan 07 Jan 06
FoxNews full day 874 898 -3%
FoxNews prime 1605 1438 +12%

MSNBC full day 332 238 +40%
MSNBC prime 530 349 +52%

The Saints in the NFC championship game? Never happen. Thus spake the fat and happy.

honora on February 1, 2007 at 5:00 PM

haha, exactly what I was thinking. Don’t they have roughly 10% of the viewers of Fox?

RightWinged on February 1, 2007 at 4:54 PM

No 40%. See above. But keep laughing….

honora on February 1, 2007 at 5:03 PM

That made me want to throw up. Keith Olbermann is the biggest idiot and probably the most biased newsman out in the market.

That makes me so sick. Those bastards don’t know what political balance is if they life depended on it.

I’d like to see for once Olbermann bring a strong conservative commentator on like Newt or O’Reilly and see how long he lasts. He is a total shame.

msipes on February 1, 2007 at 5:03 PM

That is just sad. Fox is beating the pants off them and then they think they can steal their ads to bump their own ratings without looking like idiots.

Back to the drawing board.

CrimsonFisted on February 1, 2007 at 5:03 PM

Lame…

x95b10 on February 1, 2007 at 5:05 PM

How come you’re always so keen to defend MSNBC, honora? Granted, you’re both left-leaning, but you’re no fool. Olbermann’s demagoguery must make you queasy. I hope.

Allahpundit on February 1, 2007 at 5:05 PM

Remember when Obly was on Sportscenter and did ESPN promos? Ah, the good ol’ days…

Nethicus on February 1, 2007 at 5:05 PM

Give them some credit – they were able to feature their entire audience in one commercial!

Corky on February 1, 2007 at 5:06 PM

Olby’s contract is up in 27 days. Will he be gone after that? One can only hope!

CrimsonFisted on February 1, 2007 at 5:06 PM

“No 40%. See above. But keep laughing….”

Don’t worry, we will. MSNBC caters to the fringe … literally. How else can you explain keeping Olbermann around? Unless they decide to actually present the news without a bias so thick you could cut it with a knife, they’ll remain just what they are … a laughing stock of idiots.

darwin on February 1, 2007 at 5:10 PM

The fastest up and coming cable news network? How the hell long has that dumb-ass network been on air? Over a decade! If they move any faster, there’ll be peace in the middle east.

robblefarian on February 1, 2007 at 5:10 PM

The fastest up and coming cable news network? How the hell long has that dumb-ass network been on air? Over a decade! If they move any faster, there’ll be peace in the middle east.

robblefarian on February 1, 2007 at 5:10 PM

I think they’ve been around about as long as Fox has … which tells you something there.

thirteen28 on February 1, 2007 at 5:12 PM

Man…that chick’s pretty tarted up just to watch the news.

The Ugly American on February 1, 2007 at 5:14 PM

I suppose they might be able to talk both of their viewers into watching that bunch of lunaics they employ at MSNBC.

rplat on February 1, 2007 at 5:19 PM

Nice pick up,Ian. You literally can’t goof on these dipsticks enough, before they take over and do the job themselves.

Initially, I was going to compliment Al on finally taking the conservative side in the culture war, until I scrolled up.

Anyway, nice job, Ian.

there it is on February 1, 2007 at 5:19 PM

How come you’re always so keen to defend MSNBC, honora? Granted, you’re both left-leaning, but you’re no fool. Olbermann’s demagoguery must make you queasy. I hope.

Allahpundit on February 1, 2007 at 5:05 PM

I object to smugness for one. This notion that MSNBC is so far behind and can never catch up–it’s nonsense.

I really dislike Olbermann’s commentaries–he is so overbearingly pompous! I resent it as I do enjoy the program in general, particularly the oddball stuff. Also like some of his regular guests–Isinoff (sp?) especially, and the guy with the southern accent (my mind is mush today).

I agree that the prime stuff is leaning very left–it’s becoming the equivalent of FoxNews–the very thing it derides–but on the other side. Sadly, it is finding that commercially appealing.

honora on February 1, 2007 at 5:21 PM

Funny they show Olberdouche while saying “whole picture”. I’m sure they meant “hole sphincter”.

SouthernGent on February 1, 2007 at 5:22 PM

I’m sure this ad will thrill Olbermann’s 11 viewers to no end.

aunursa on February 1, 2007 at 5:29 PM

William Arkin- MSNBC military analyst and national security expert.

Any Questions?

billy on February 1, 2007 at 6:02 PM

MSNBC: America’s fastest growing news channel? LOL!! Can they confirm that statement? Documentation? (that hasn’t been touched by Dan Rather)

Joshua P. Allem on February 1, 2007 at 6:03 PM

They give you the whole picture… but of what? Not news.

What I’ve noticed about ALL the news channels, especially in the evening, is that they tend to report what I read three days ago on a blog. And it’s usually far less in depth.

Laura on February 1, 2007 at 6:05 PM

Actually it is pretty impressive that NBC has Paul Reubens on tonight. That ought to generate some ratings.

Limerick on February 1, 2007 at 6:14 PM

Eh, kinda lame. Although the dig at Larry King did make me chuckle a little.

vcferlita on February 1, 2007 at 6:18 PM

I think they’ve been around about as long as Fox has … which tells you something there.

thirteen28 on February 1, 2007 at 5:12 PM

Both were launched in 1996 and Fox has 2.6x the number of viewers for “full day” and >3x the number of viewers in “Prime Time” — to use honora’s numbers. Cannot deny that MSNBC grew at a faster pace in the past year, but they are still miles behind. And still promoting Olby…gack!

it’s becoming the equivalent of FoxNews–the very thing it derides–but on the other side.
honora on February 1, 2007 at 5:21 PM

honora — I truly think you are one of the most reasonable liberals here, but I would really love to see the break-down of the guests in any given day on the Fox shows vs. MSNBC shows. Do you honestly think that MSNBC has more conservative speakers than Fox has liberals?

lan astaslem on February 1, 2007 at 6:21 PM

I’ve always liked how MSNBC refers to itself as “America’s fastest-growing news channel.” When you’re in last place, you have nowhere to go but up.

Just think, if they from 0 viewers to 1 viewer or from 100 to 200 viewers, that’s a 100% increase in just 1 day!

Staggering increases!!!

The loud, looney left wing minority does have power in this country.

Be afraid Fox News, be very afraid….;-)

Planet Boulder on February 1, 2007 at 6:30 PM

They give you the whole picture… but of what? Not news.

What I’ve noticed about ALL the news channels, especially in the evening, is that they tend to report what I read three days ago on a blog. And it’s usually far less in depth.

Laura on February 1, 2007 at 6:05 PM

I agree- it’s part of why I’m so addicted to HotAir.

Didn’t I see the ho in this commercial on a Duran Duran video in the 80′s???

NTWR on February 1, 2007 at 6:46 PM

I really enjoy Hardball. It’s amazing to watch Chris Matthews’ face conform to the butt cheeks of whatever Democrat happens to be on the show. And as to Countdown, without it, I’d have to start taking laxatives.

TugboatPhil on February 1, 2007 at 7:15 PM

so all 8 people (plus hotair reads) will see this commercial? sweet.

lorien1973 on February 1, 2007 at 7:22 PM

8 people who watch msnbc – that is.

lorien1973 on February 1, 2007 at 7:22 PM

PMSNBC -

Kini on February 1, 2007 at 7:54 PM

That channel is useless.

Zorro on February 1, 2007 at 8:48 PM

Oh No! We have been Olberdouched! Will you Hot Air folk pleaseeeeeee give us some warning before hitting us with the Olberdouche Troll?

When I am channel surfing I only see that disgusting image for a fraction (a tiny fraction) of a second before it is gone from my screen. That way I am not slimed or have that unpleasant noise in my ear for more than a microsecond.

On Hot Air though I almost always watch the entire video (even the longer links)- so please give us a content rating (Disgusting Troll Ahead!) before blasting the Olberdouche on my screen (I am still wiping the green slime off my monitor).

Also, I really thank you for removing that Troll from your sidebar – that was really in bad taste (you know, green, slimy, smelly, stupid, ignorant, bleeting, well, you fill in the rest of the blanks for the page ___________________
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and just downright disgusting!

omegaram on February 1, 2007 at 9:10 PM

Well, if you have one viewer – for example, Keith Olberman rushing home to watch himself on the “news” – and you somehow ended up with two viewers that night (maybe someone’s remote control got stuck between Al Jazeera and Al BBC)…that is 100% growth.

Now two unknowing people instead of just one.

It used to be said of a certain magazine (which I won’t name as I like it): Q. How do you keep an American UNinformed? A. Hide his copy of _______. …then… Q. How do you keep him MISinformed? A. Find it for him.

I would submit that between Keith Olberman and Chris Mathews, that applies now to MSNBC, which does a pretty good job at misinforming Americans.

Distortions, exaggerations, historic revisionism, lying by omission – all tried and true tools of propagandists – have a warm home at MSNBC.

DavePa on February 1, 2007 at 11:44 PM

Just think, if they from 0 viewers to 1 viewer or from 100 to 200 viewers, that’s a 100% increase in just 1 day!

Planet Boulder on February 1, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Oh, Planet Boulder, did ya have to steal my math examples? :)

Years ago I used to like the Hardball show. Not any longer. Olberkind is waaaay toooo pompous to hear/see, at any time.

Frankly, I gave up on most of FOX too. But I’m hooked on HA.

honora, sometimes I toy with the idea that some day we’ll have a HA convention and those who care to volunteer will get on stage, perform skits, and the audience guesses what their pen-names are…

I bet your skit will contain stats on MSNBC’s upward trend, and a few snarky remarks about your HA righties :) Then I’d get up and say, in a Sweedish-like accent, “Ladies and gentlemen of HA, honora is my friend (some in the audience will boo, but not too intensely), and as AP said “you’re no fool”, and that’s a huge compliment from our deity, not our diety, but honora, lady, there are lies, damned lies and statistics”…and we hug, and the audience smiles, and the party goes on…

It’s only a question of if, when and where.

Entelechy on February 2, 2007 at 12:40 AM

I’m just waiting for Fox’s counter . . . naw, why bother.

- The Cat

MirCat on February 2, 2007 at 1:10 AM

wow. that’s one harsh looking chick.

jummy on February 2, 2007 at 3:17 AM

What a crock. What ever happened to truth in advertising!!!

Golfer_75093 on February 2, 2007 at 8:57 AM

I used to like to watch Dan Abrams. He actually presented differing sides to an issue. But since his promotion the channel has gone to hell in a hand basket.

KelliD on February 2, 2007 at 10:12 AM

Years ago I used to like the Hardball show. Not any longer. Olberkind is waaaay toooo pompous to hear/see, at any time.

Entelechy on February 2, 2007 at 12:40 AM

What I like about Fox that MSNBC so blatantly seems to miss is at least Fox is honest about it’s bias. You know Hannity’s a conservative, you know Colmes is a liberal, you know where O’Reilly stands on issues before he starts making his case on it.

Watching MSNBC is a joke. Matthews and Olberman pretends they are these great voices (and sources) of “objectivity” while praising every liberal and condemning every conservative out there. I’m just not sure if they are in denial and believe the garbage they’re shoveling as objective or they’re really aware of just how bias they are and they think they are scamming people by feeding them their liberal ideals as mainstream views?

I’ll never forget my first classic case of liberal bias I viewed about 5 years ago on Hardball after the President’s State of the Union speech. Matthews had on Ted Kennedy and with repulsive. He ask “softball” questions Teddy hit out of the park, gave him an open forum to say just anything he wanted and Matthews kidded and joked with him about Kennedy having him up to his house to go hunting and for dinner. Heck, I thought for a moment that Matthews was going to offer to babysit Kennedys’ grandkids.

The very next segment, he had on a Republican senator (can’t remember who) who he relentlessly attacked, yelled at and was basically rude with at every opportunity. Verrrrry unbias of you Matthews.

FYI: Doesn’t that woman in the MSNBC commercial look like the kind of indecisive, uninformed twit…errrr…I mean viewer that would watch their shows. Couldn’t resist that parting shot….lol.

Planet Boulder on February 2, 2007 at 10:34 AM

Hell, the only good thing about MSNBC is…
MONICA CROWLEY!

I hope that Fox offers her a deal to return. They were quite foolish not to hold on to her. And, I believe, she had been on Fox ever since the station first aired!

Roger Ailes, you are a fool for letting Monica get away!

The False Dervish on February 2, 2007 at 5:21 PM