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Ed Driscoll

NBC Goes Full Commie. Never Go Full Commie, Man

December 12th, 2013 - 1:03 pm

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Oh to be a fly on the wall of the NBC boardroom. “Gentlemen, we have the gang at MSNBC under contract. We have Al Sharpton. We have Maddow. We have Melissa Harris-Perry. We even tried to make it work with Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir, but alas, they just couldn’t deliver the goods.”

“Who can we hire that’s even further to the left? Surely, there has to be somebody out there, right?”

“Sir, there’s only man who fits that bill. And he’s got plenty of broadcast experience. Snappy dresser, great tone and enunciation. Two words. Just two simple words:

“Vladimir. Pozner.”

“Brilliant! Sign him up now, and have Bob Costas interview him from the 2014 Russian Olympics!”

Yesterday, Deadline.com noted that NBC-Universal “Adds Controversial Russian Journalist Vladimir Pozner To Olympics Coverage”:

Two days after announcing it had hired New Yorker editor (and former Washington Post Moscow bureau chief) David Remnick to provide SochiOlympicsNBCguest commentary on the network’s air during its coverage of the upcoming Sochi Winter Games, NBCUniversal announced it had hired Moscow-based TV journalist Vladimir Pozner as a correspondent for its Olympics coverage in Sochi. Pozner will appear with Bob Costas on a late-night program, offering a Russian perspective of the Games, the company said.

Vertu Constellation Launch Party In Moscow, Russia to Celebrate The Launch of the New Constellation Touch Screen Handset – Inside“With his deep Russian roots and American upbringing, Vladimir Pozner is uniquely qualified to provide a Russian outlook to our audience during the Sochi Olympics,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer, NBC Olympics, in this morning’s announcement, calling this “another significant moment in Russia’s history.” Costas, know [sic] for his outspoken commentary, recently told The Associated Press he won’t comment on Russia’s so-called “gay propaganda” law that’s causing people to protest NBC’s participation in the upcoming Games because he’s hoping to land an interview with what AP called “responsible people.”

Pozner’s a controversial guy. About a year ago, Radio Free Europe reported he’d blasted the state of justice in Russia, over the abduction and alleged torture of opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev, as well as the prison sentences of Pussy Riot members. He’s not controversy-free in this country either. Pozner’s U.S. media experience, NBCU noted, includes co-hosting Pozner/Donahue – a syndicated weekly, issues-oriented roundtable program that aired on CNBC from 1991-1996 – and numerous appearances across the landscape, including NBC’s Today, and ABC’s Nightline.

For those who were fortunate enough not to be exposed to as much cable television as I watched in the late 1980s and early 1990s, allow me to flash back to that era, if only to describe the roomtone. At least compared with today’s “Triumph of the Vulgarians” on cable TV, it was a relatively classy affair. The A&E Network in its formative stages attempted to be something akin to PBS with commercials, or an American BBC — they even imported BBC shows, such as this segment on Mies van der Rohe. A&E and the USA network seemed to run Woody Allen movies every week, before Woody self-destructed with Soon Yi. MTV was still watchable, although the rot was setting in, even then. Their sister network VH-1 ran plenty of sophisticated adult pop (didn’t everyone have a crush on Sadé back then?), and a nifty jazz show on Sunday nights hosted by jazz musician Ben Sidran.

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NBC and MSNBC will not be showing the American flag or the playing of the National Anthem with any winning athlete on the podium, because that is the wrong kind of patriotism.

In fact, OWS devotees are invited to burn, wipe their feet on, and spit on the flag during the ceremonies as a celebration of free speech. Replays will be shown on ESPN as long as God and Jesus are not mentioned...except in vain.

MSNBC is holding a contest to replace the National Anthem with Jeremiah Wright's version of God Bless America...the original now banned from ESPN, with God Damn America, which is perfectly ok with all networks heretofore mentioned.

Also in consideration are lyrics out together by staff and anchors:

O say can you see, you capitalist pig
What a racist you are
And, a teabagging slime
We hate this whole land
And we apologize to all

They practice singing during commercials from the Fortune 100 sponsors.
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Newsflash from April 2014:

MSNBC announced today they are removing Vladimir Pozner from its nightly line up,

"Unfortunately Mr. Pozner is not a good match for our network," a senior MSNBC executive said in during the press conference. "He leans too far to the right for our MSNBC audience."

The same executive later confirmed rumors that MSNBC was replacing Pozner with the zombified corpse of Pol Pot. "Pol Pot not only reflects our network's core values and love for this great country of ours, but he brings the proven results of his unique outreach program to intellectuals. We hope he will to do to our remaining sliver of audience what he did to his original audience in Kampuchea. Forward!"
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George Will is wrong. At least today.

They have the EXACT same "journalists" that we do. EXACT. SAME. JOURNALISTS.


NBC and MSNBC covering the Olympics...but who are they rooting for?
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Posner used to comment on "Radio Moscow"...........when we listened to shortwave, before all this stuff.

I believe he was raised in Brooklyn while a boy to a Soviet Diplomat.
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You wanna know what happens when you go full Commie?:

It'll blow your mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI3NoBeNwfk
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Didn’t everyone have a crush on Sadé back then?
No.
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One minor correction Mr. Driscoll - WWOR was not a cable tv station, it was (and perhaps still is? It's been a long time since I watched NY television stations) a long time independent TV station in NY, at Channel 9. I remember watching it as a kid for years, especially the "Million Dollar Movie" that would show every night.
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I guess I could say that I'm going to boycott this Olympics by not watching it. But I that would entail me having actually bothered to watch any of the previous Olympics to begin with.
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‘It’s a contradiction in terms,’ George would insist. ‘The Soviet Union doesn’t have journalists in the sense that we do.’

In other words, Soviet journalists were all propagandists. Unfortunately, that's what the US has now.
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"In other words, Soviet journalists were all propagandists. Unfortunately, that's what the US has now."


No, not really.

Theirs were propagandists because there was a gun to their heads.

Ours are propagandists because they really believe in the party line.
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No surprise, Most American journalists are communist/statist slugs with passable table manners and who bathe.
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That's a lie. Their table manners are revolting.
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They're just trying to balance out their reporting, so they hired someone a bit to the right of Bob Costas.
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Yet another reason to avoid watching the Olympics, not that I needed one.

His name is Vladimir, so he could fill the void left by the untimely departure of Martin Excrement Bashir.
31 weeks ago
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NBC and MSNBC will not be showing the American flag or the playing of the National Anthem with any winning athlete on the podium, because that is the wrong kind of patriotism.

In fact, OWS devotees are invited to burn, wipe their feet on, and spit on the flag during the ceremonies as a celebration of free speech. Replays will be shown on ESPN as long as God and Jesus are not mentioned...except in vain.

MSNBC is holding a contest to replace the National Anthem with Jeremiah Wright's version of God Bless America...the original now banned from ESPN, with God Damn America, which is perfectly ok with all networks heretofore mentioned.

Also in consideration are lyrics out together by staff and anchors:

O say can you see, you capitalist pig
What a racist you are
And, a teabagging slime
We hate this whole land
And we apologize to all

They practice singing during commercials from the Fortune 100 sponsors.
31 weeks ago
31 weeks ago Link To Comment
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