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Back-handed compliment from John Gibson to Jeff Zucker at NBC

Reported by Chrish - February 6, 2007 -

John Gibson used his "My Word" segment today 2/06/07 to acknowledge a previous business relationship with the new head of NBC, Jeff Zucker, and to put him on notice. Claiming that NBC is not playing by its own rulebook, Gibson expects improvements at the network.

Gibson should remove the log from his own eye before saying things like:

"At the Peacock, the network news operation is not supposed to do a few things: stage the news, manipulate the news, use the news to make personal attacks, or use the network's newscasts to advance personal political positions..."

Is he talking about segments like on last night's O'Reilly Factor, where that self-described journalist used a WashingtonPost.com editorial as a springboard to attack the corporate leadership of both NBC and its parent company, GE?

Gibson also stated that

"Part of the problem is the relentless attitude seeping through to the viewers from NBC News that it is institutionally against the war and the president. For three weeks in a row on "Meet the Press" Tim Russert asked guests: When are Republican senators going to go see the president and tell him the war is lost? The combative tone of NBC correspondents and anchors is not an accident."

Most people know that

"Part of the problem is the relentless attitude seeping through to the viewers from FOX News that it is institutionally for the war and the president. For three years in a row on (insert FOX show here), (O'Reilly, Hannity, Gibson, Hume, etc) asked guests: When are secular progressives/liberals/Democrats/Dems going to get behind Bush because the war is going so well? The combative tone of FOX correspondents and anchors is not an accident."

Seriously, the way he's framed it presumes that there IS a problem at NBC, a favorite talking point of FOX News.