The war between Fox News and Keith Olbermann has moved to a new battlefield, as FNC has edited a video of Olbermann calling Ronald Reagan a dead and lousy president, and put it on their Fox Nation website as a new low for NBC. It seems that Olbermann vs. Fox News has now moved to cyberspace.
Here is the clip via The Fox Nation
What I find most interesting is that FNC has gotten into the habit of editing video from MSNBC and CNN and labeling it as their own. There are some very odd things about this video. First, it is old. The video is from Wednesday April 22. Second, Olbermann said the exact same thing about Reagan on his show the night before.
Here is the video from Tuesday April 21 at the 1:30 mark:
It seems that FNC couldn’t edit out Olbermann’s criticisms from the April 21 video, so they used the April 22 video instead. The question is why is Fox News running video of Olbermann that is almost three weeks old? The answer, to me at least, is that FNC is trying to take its war with Olbermann and NBC to the Internet. Conservative criticism of Olbermann on the web is fragmented around several websites.
FNC is trying to use Olbermann to organize their viewers on the web through The Fox Nation website. What better way to fire up their readers then to run a clip of Olbermann saying that their Lord Almighty Ronald Reagan is dead and was a lousy president? FNC isn’t going to win a cyber war with Olbermann. His supporters are younger and all over the Internet, but they are going to try to make Olbermann the face of NBC media bias on their website.
Fox News viewers will gobble it all up, and the one thing that is certain about Keith Olbermann is that he can’t resist a good fight with Fox. If they keep it up Olbermann will reply, and the nightly sniping between the two will come to the Internet full time.
Objectively speaking, this will probably be a win-win for both Olbermann and FNC. Each side will get their fans fired up. This is just a guess, but it sure does seem like Fox News has fired the first shot which will lead to new phase in the holy war for the partisan viewers of cable news.