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McCaughey Demands Correction, Apology from Olbermann

McCaughey_2.18.jpgFormer New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey has responded to MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann‘s accusations against her calling them “factual errors” and she’s demanding an apology.

I am requesting that MSNBC and Keith Olbermann apologize and issue a correction.

Mr. Olbermann charges that I, Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D. was paid, directly or indirectly, by the pharmaceutical industry, the biotech industry, the Hudson Institute, or Cantel Medical Corp. to write my analysis of the stimulus bill or speak about that issue. All these charges are false.

To bring you up to date…

Olbermann_2.18.jpg• Mon., Feb. 9: McCaughey writes an op-ed on critical of the stimulus package.
• Thursday: Olbermann calls McCaughey a shill for Big Pharma.
• Friday: McCaughey fires back in a press release; challenges Olbermann to a debate on his show.
• Saturday: Olbermann responds to challenge; says McCaughey is “welcome to buy commercial time on MSNBC.”
• Last night: McCaughey demands correction, apology.

McCaughey’s full letter, via PRNewswire, is after the jump…

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The McCaughey-Olbermann Volley

McCaughey_2.16.jpgFormer New York Lt. Gov Betsy McCaughey, the ball is in your court.

Tonight, Keith Olbermann named McCaughey the “worse” person in the world.

This goes back to last week (back story here) when McCaughey wrote an op-ed on Then on his show Thursday, Olbermann called her out on the premise of her argument and called her a shill for Big Pharma. Then Friday night, McCaughey refuted Olbermann’s claims, saying she “is not paid by the pharmaceutical industry or by the Hudson Institute.” She then challenged Olbermann to a debate on his show. Which brings us to tonight — Olbermann reported McCaughey sits on the Board of Directors of Cantel Medical and recently “received 750 shares of stock options” from the company, “worth about $11,000.”

Olbermann then repeated what he told TVNewser on Saturday: “Ms. McCaughey is welcome on Countdown. Like every other paid spokesperson trying to shill a product, she is invited to buy commercials on the show.”

Fmr. NY Lt. Gov. To Olbermann: “Do You Have the Backbone (and the Facts) to Debate Me?”

Former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey is challenging Keith Olbermann to a debate after he called her a shill for Big Pharma:

If Keith Olbermann of MSNBC could defend the health provisions slipped into the stimulus bill on their merits, he wouldn’t be resorting to personal attacks on me. Olbermann calls me a shill funded by the drug industry (2-12-2009). That’s not true.

I am not paid by the pharmaceutical industry or by the Hudson Institute. I hold only an honorary Fellows position at Hudson, and take no money or benefits from it. If Keith Olbermann has the courage, I invite him to debate me on his program.

The Obama administration promised transparency, but gave us a sleight of hand. Slipped into the stimulus bill are provisions that change healthcare in major ways. If these provisions are so good for us, why are they hidden in a stimulus bill and rushed through Congress?

Transparency is not a partisan issue. Good people may differ on their health care views. But who can argue with the fact that the health provisions in the stimulus bill should be removed and offered as separate legislation, so that the nation can consider the long term consequences and make an informed decision?

Mr. Olbermann, do you have the backbone (and the facts) to debate me?

Olbermann took up the issue on his show Thursday night (below) after McCaughey wrote this commentary on about some of the health provisions in the stimulus bill. Olbermann’s objections also included the fact that McCaughey’s commentary was picked up by Rush Limbaugh, the Drudge Report and Fox News.

> Update: Olbermann responds to TVNewser about McCaughey’s challenge: “Like any other paid spokesperson trying to shill a product, she’s welcome to buy commercial time on MSNBC (and I’ll even make a call to the guys in advertising to see if they can find her a spot during a break in Countdown).”

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