MSNBC Children Being Children Again Over One Segment No One Cared About

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Here is a clip of a television person, Donny Deutsch, denouncing anger in the media -- an annoying and persistent story that, when brought up, is never met with a practical plan for shifting ratings incentives away from base-appealing anger. Parts of the segment, however, suggest that certain MSNBC stars may be part of this "angry cable news and radio talk show hosts" circle. Whoops! New York Times: "A weeklong anchoring stint on MSNBC by Donny Deutsch ended abruptly on Wednesday, and four people briefed on the decision said the cancellation stemmed from an unflattering mention of that channel’s No. 1 anchor, Keith Olbermann, a day earlier." Hmm, wonder how Keith Olbermann will respond to this New York Times item...

The four people briefed on the decision also said that Mr. Deutsch’s executive producer for the hour, Gresham Striegel, was sent home. Reached on his cellphone Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Striegel declined to comment on any of the claims.

Mr. Olbermann’s detractors have repeatedly claimed in the past that he has refused to host his show on occasions when he was unhappy with management.

An MSNBC executive privately denied the claim that Mr. Olbermann, who is not a part of the channel’s management, influenced the decision to bench Mr. Deutsch, but would not say so publicly.

In a reply to an e-mail message from The New York Times, Mr. Olbermann said: “Your account is entirely untrue. Your e-mail is the first I am hearing of any of this. What I know of what happened is this: Phil Griffin phoned me yesterday enraged at what was on that show and I didn’t disagree with him.” Mr. Griffin is the president of MSNBC.

Cable news is bad for you and you should not watch it.

Cable news is bad for you and you should not watch it.

Cable news is bad for you and you should not watch it.

(Except for Rachel Maddow, the Senate candidate from Massachusetts. She should quit that network and write articles about policy for the Internet. It's where the big money is! Eh...)

[NYT/Media Decoder]

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