Watch part twoAn on-air feud has dominated the US airwaves recently and the corporate masters have seen enough.There are few ratings battles as hard fought as that for the millions of Americans who tune in to watch evening news shows.The battle for viewers got personal in 2005 between two cable TV personalities - Keith Olbermann of MSNBC and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News.The fight was about much more than ratings - the two channels have come to reflect and shape the political views of Americans with MSNBC on the left and Fox lining up on the right. The two channels are also owned by two huge global corporations, General Electric and NewsCorp.As the on-air war of words and images heated up this summer, the corporate CEOs decided it was time to step in and exercise some editorial control.
Their attempts to call a truce between Olbermann and O'Reilly may have brought rhetorical temperatures down somewhat, but they have also provoked some searching questions about corporate control of American news media.
Double standardsAlso this The Listening Post's Salah Khadr reports on the murder of two Muslim women, but how only one of caught the Western media's attention.Both were young Muslim women standing up for their right to free expression, whose murders caused outrage throughout the Arab and Muslim world.
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