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Olbermann Callls for ABC Correspondent to be Fired over ‘Selective Editing’



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Last night’s “Worst Person in the World” was ABC’s David Wright for showing a short clip from The Daily Show that, according to Olbermann, “tried to make Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” look like a climate change denier.”

Olberrmann then said, “This is the fuller clip, not edited to stand Jon Stewart’s meaning on its head.”

Here’s the text from the MSNBC transcript:

But tonight’s winner, correspondent David Wright of ABC’s “World News Tonight,” with the same kind of selective editing and dishonesty usually reserved for the cesspools of the “Wall Street Journal” and the right wing blogs. Tonight, Mr. Wright of ABC tried to make Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” look like a climate change denier. This is the sound bite they played in Mr. Wright’s report this evening.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

JON STEWART, “THE DAILY SHOW”: Poor Al Gore, global warming completely debunked, via the very Internet you invented. Oh!

(END VIDEO CLIP)

OLBERMANN: This is the fuller clip, not edited to stand Jon Stewart’s meaning on its head.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

STEWART: Poor Al Gore, global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you invented. Oh! Oh, the irony, the irony. Actually, the real story is not quite that sensational. Now, does it disprove global warming? No, of course not!

(END VIDEO CLIP)

One problem. Olbermann has presented an edited Stewart clip to debunk Wright’s edited Stewart clip.

Here’s the video of the WPITW segment to compare with the actual full episode of The Daily Show that aired. (It’s the first segment)

Olbermann edits out Stewart right after “sensational.” Let’s take a look at what Olberrmann edited out. The line that Olbermann aired at the end of his “fuller clip” is at the end of the piece excerpted below:

(BEGIN VIDEO)

UNKNOWN PERSON: A hacker in England got hold of emails between leading scientists which skeptics say show a clear effort to raise fears about global warming, and hide evidence against it.

(END VIDEO)

JON STEWART, HOST: Oh for f**k’s sake! Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very Internet you invented. OH. OH the irony. The iro—ny. Actually, the real story isn’t quite that sensational. Basically, emails stolen from scientists at one of the leading centers for global warming show them discussing the work, a bit, how do I put this, casually.

(BEGIN VIDEO)

UNKNOWN FOX ANNOUNCER READING EMAIL MESSAGE FROM CLIMATEGATE PARTICIPANTS): “The fact is we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” (Kevin Trenberth)

“I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.” (Phil Jones, CRU Director)

(END VIDEO)

STEWART: (Laughing) See, I tell you it’s nothing. He was just using a trick to hide the decline. It’s just scientist speak for using a standard statistical technique recalibrating data in order to trick you into not knowing about the decline. But here’s what’s great about science: in disagreement, we go back and look at the raw data.

(BEGIN VIDEO)

UNKNOWN FOX NEWS ANNOUNCER): University scientists say raw data from the 1980s was thrown out.

(END VIDEO)

STEWART: Oh for f**k’s sake! Why would you throw out raw data from the ’80s? I still have Penthouses from the ’70s! Laminated. What did you keep?

(BEGIN VIDEO)

UNKNOWN FOX NEWS ANNOUNCER): The scientists say they kept something called “value added data”.

(END VIDEO)

STEWART: Value added data? What is that, numbers fortified with art? Truth plus, now with lemon? It doesn’t look good. Now does it disprove global warming? No, of course not. But it does put a fresh set of energizers in the Senate’s resident denier bunny.

The clip continues from there. Here’s how Olbermann ends the segment on Wright:

OLBERMANN: No, of course not, unless you have, A, no journalistic qualifications, B, no journalistic ethics, or C, you are falsifying the news to fit a personal political agenda. At Fox, when they do that, they make an excuse. At “The Wall Street Journal,” they don’t even bother to do that. At ABC, when they do, they’re supposed to fire somebody. Might have been a producer, but the piece has his name on it. David Wright of ABC News, until we hear otherwise, today’s worst person in the world.

Now if you watch the entire Stewart segment, it’s clear that his point is that he’s angry that the Climategate scientists have cut corners and given an opportunity to climate-change deniers to make their case.

But if Olbermann thinks ABC should fire Wright for his selective editing, what should MSNBC do to Olbermann for his cut-and-paste job?



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