-- Olbermann delivered a "Special Comment" on Valentine's Day this year. He spoke about the Bush administration's wish to provide immunity to telecommunications companies when they cooperate with government-requested surveillance: "If you believe in the seamless mutuality of government and big business, come out and say it! There is a dictionary definition, one word that describes that toxic blend. You're a fascist! Get them to print you a T-shirt with fascist on it! What else is this but fascism? … And if there's one thing we know about Big Brother, Mr. Bush, it's that he -- well, you -- are a liar. … You said that 'the lives of countless Americans depend' on you getting your way. This is crap. And you sling it with an audacity and a speed unrivaled even by the greatest political felons of our history."
-- NBC's veteran sportscaster Bob Costas, also a "Today" show and "Nightly News" contributor, said on his syndicated radio show: "I think it is now overwhelmingly evident. If you're honest about it. Even if you're a conservative Republican -- if you're honest about it -- this is a failed administration. And no honest conservative would say that George W. Bush was among the 500 most qualified people to be President of the United States. That's not based on political leaning. If a liberal, and I tend to be liberal, disagrees with a conservative, they can still respect that person's competence and the integrity of their point of view. … This administration can be rightly criticized by a fair-minded person who's smack in the middle of the political spectrum on a hundred different counts, and by now they're all self-evident."
-- On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" a "reporter," Erin Burnett, covered French President Sarkozy's visit to China. With videotape rolling of President Bush flanked by Sarkozy to his left and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to his right, the reporter gushed, "Who could not have a man-crush on that man? I'm not talking about the monkey, either. I'm talking about the other one." Questioned by the show's host, "Who's the monkey?" the reporter clarified, "The monkey in the middle" -- meaning President Bush. She later apologized.
If Republicans decline to debate on a network whose pundits/journalists cross the fairness line, they'd never debate in front of these lefty "journalists."
Come to think of it -- not a bad idea.