Blue on Blue: Hollywood vs. MSNBC
10:20 AM, Oct 28, 2008 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Yes, even some liberals can't stand Keith Olbermann. It sounds like MSNBC could learn a lot if it listened to Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, famed creator of "Designing Women":
Olbermann was criticized by many who attended Monday's luncheon sponsored by the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event was dubbed "Hollywood, America and Election '08."
Bloodworth-Thomason and others seemed especially critical of the way MSNBC -- and other media -- has attacked Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin while demeaning her supporters.
"We should stop the demonizing," she said, adding that Democrats have been worse than Republicans as far as personal attacks on candidates are concerned. "It diminishes us," she said of her fellow Democrats.
Bloodworth-Thomason even suggested a defense of Palin and her supporters should be written into TV programming, just as she went out of her way to portray Southern women as smart in her hit TV show "Designing Women."
Thomason and her husband, of course, were big Clinton supporters, so that may be reason for some of the enmity, but her point is salient nonetheless. Anytime you can get a bunch of Hollywood liberals, Hollywood conservatives, and Frank Luntz to agree on something a week before Election Day, it is a given that whatever they're agreeing on must be true. In this case it's that MSNBC should be left in charge of news distribution like Bill Ayers should be left in charge of childhood education and bomb squad missions.