The Keith Olbermann story is blowing up Twitter right now.
…this was basically an NBC h.r. story and not one about journalism ethics. I said that Olbermann is a partisan commentator who gives millions in free air time to Democrats so what difference did it make if he also gave some donations. If it broke an NBC rule, I said, then it was a hypocritical rule and plain absurd.
She kept saying but.. but… but, politely but firmly and obviously not agreeing with me…”
Anyone who has worked in news knows what she’s doing. Aujla wanted an answer that fit her version of how the story should be written.
I had NBC did this to me when Mexican nationals were forced to start using new ID cards to get into the U.S. The producer asked me about use of the cards since the law requiring them just went into effect. I said, we sent a photographer, and the border patrol said no one can afford them; so, they aren’t being used yet. And she asked, but can you get video of people using them? I said, “no” like I forgot to say “stupid” after no. So, she was all pissy. The whore. I said we could give her sound from people who can’t afford the cards. Not interested. NBC wanted a Rah! Rah! Rah! Homeland Security story, and it didn’t exist.
Guess what? Aujla didn’t use any of Cooper’s expert quotes in her Politico story. Cooper obviously didn’t fit into the reality Aujla was inventing.
Oh, and she’s feigning objectivity big time on Twitter right now. Kinda funny.