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    September 4, 2008
    When Will NBC News Acknowledge "Civil War"?

    Matt Lauer famously made news when he announced the decision of NBC News to call the situation in Iraq a "civil war".

    So, when do you think we will see Lauer go on the air to acknowledge the civil war raging within NBC News itself?

    We've been covering the DNC Denver meltdown of NBC News since last week. Now come new reports which reveal how the battle lines have been drawn:

    Rachel Maddow Avenges Olbermann, Attacks Abrams Staffers:

    Maddow tried to replace all the staffers who work on the 9 p.m. time slot, which she takes over on Monday, but management refused. "She is Olbermann's protégé and is behaving like he does," said one insider. Olbermann - who never went to the Republican National Convention (as Page Six first reported) because of his assassination fear - succeeded in getting rid of GOP analyst Mike Murphy. Let's see who's next to get hacked under the dynamic duo's ax.

    Phil Griffin Banishes Keith From RNC:

    MSNBC president Phil Griffin tells TVNewser how the decision was made for Olbermann to stay in New York. And it all began in Chicago. Griffin and Olbermann were at the Chicago Cubs game Saturday, separately. Olbermann also went to Sunday's game and, during a morning email exchange, Griffin suggested Olbermann should go back to New York, instead of on to St. Paul. Olbermann responded "Seriously?"

    "I made the decision to send Keith back on Sunday, early afternoon. It looked like the storm was going to be the story in the beginning of the week and I needed him in the right position to own that story," Griffin tells TVNewser.

    Yeah, right. So why were Anderson Cooper, Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric, and Shep Smith, ALL in New Orleans?

    Joe Scarborough Still Sniping at Olbermann:

    On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough took a thinly-veiled shot at Olbermann for the way he tried to keep Republican analyst Mike Murphy off the air, and then tried to pull the plug ["let's wrap him up, alright?"] when Murphy eventually made it into an interview with Chris Matthews.

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    SCARBOROUGH: Unlike other people, we won't cut your mic and we won't kick you off the stage.

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    WILLIAMS: "I think every family has a dynamic all its own. Sometimes, it takes a figure to come in —"

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    Brian Williams Uncomfortable with Olbermann Antics

    To the extent that Brian Williams is ever flappable, he got a bit flapped" when Jon Stewart asked him about the MSNBC family feud, reports James Poniewozik. The Time critic notes that Williams represents stability and even-handedness in the news and "when he, and NBC News' other straight-news folks, make their frequent appearances on MSNBC (or vice versa), the drama clings to them by association.

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    Phil Griffin is a cowardly bitch just like KO. Its quite obvious that KO was afraid to go to the RNC and he used Griffin as his lap dog to put out the "storm" story as the reason KO was staying in the NY bath tub.

    Grow some ball Griffin

    I think MSNBC/NBC are honestly afraid of Olbermann's fan core. Sure we all know they're as unhinged as he is and maybe that's what worries NBC. But what's more important? Their own integrity and reputation or keeping the crazy Keith Olbermann happy? That's the choice they need to make. And need to make soon.

    By Media Critic on September 4, 2008 1:17 PM

    I think MSNBC/NBC are honestly afraid of Olbermann's fan core. Sure we all know they're as unhinged as he is and maybe that's what worries NBC. But what's more important? Their own integrity and reputation or keeping the crazy Keith Olbermann happy? That's the choice they need to make. And need to make soon.

    Wow! Great point!

    Not that it's in Olbermann's nature to have the sort of professionalism required to put himself in the position of hearing what he does not want to hear or being around people (conservatives...) who he does not want to be around... (see his quitting The Big Show rather than cover what was a huge political story), but he's also lucked out in his audience because they do provide him further reason for insulation.

    He HAS had to be cloistered as The Oracle of the Kos kids because THAT is the only thing that they (AND HE) could stand.

    Both the Kossacks and Olbermann have built a mindset around political issues that is quasi-religious in its insistence on adherence. Matthews is right. They ARE predictable. Zealots always are. Shooting the breeze about politics wouldn't be their thing anymore than an evangelist would enjoy exploring the rituals of Wiccans. That sort of talk is heretical.... it's beside the point....and worst of all it's out of their control. It also has the icky facility of implying some sort of respect for those who don't hold the faith.

    Olbermann MUST be kept as cloistered as a monk. Would the Kos Kids find it interesting or entertaining to see him trading anecdotes and arguments with Joe Scarborough or a Republican strategist in a casual and friendly manner? Why the blog board at the Daily Kos would ring with strum and drang disappointment. "How could you fraternize with enemy, Keith!". That's why he couldn't throw to Dan Abrams show-- the content there wasn't guaranteed to Olbermann and Kos Kid approved (and besides he didn't want that guy seeming as though he had his blessing and thereby horning in on his genius...)

    And Olbermann isn't inclined to that intellectually or by temperament either. With him "the faith" is a matter of controlling things as being a part of the intelligensia he admired on tv news growing up. He quit a job in order to avoid deviation from that narrative.

    Olbermann has certainly benefited from his coupling with the angry left. They've helped his career and they've helped him get the control he craves. But it's a dysfunctional pairing in the way that couples who facilitate one another's pathologies are that.

    Soon or later, that'll be evident even to him.

    Olbermann's fan core might keep him there, but it's going to get worse before it gets better...

    Brian being uncomfortable about it just shows that in his head he knows its wrong, he knows MSNBC is a joke, he knows Olbermann is guy pretending to be this great news man, but he also knows if he says anything he'd be out on the street.

    Its got to be frustrating to be in that position, that you might lose your job to some guy who's not even in the same league as you, but pulls the strings from a cable news channel with crappy ratings.

    If things keep going the way they are, I wouldn't be surprised if Brian or Brokaw pull a Joe S. on the air cause they've finally had enough.


    Matt Lauer
    Michelle Bernard
    Lester Holt

    and dump the rest


    Matt Lauer
    Michelle Bernard
    Lester Holt

    and dump the rest

    williams can stay as well.

    Good list, Quads, and I agree...except....

    After his revealing, pre-Palin speech open mic moment, Chuck Todd clearly revealed where his bias lies and his willingness to make a rushed conclusion despite having all the facts and letting logical events play out.

    Although he has been better in hiding his bias than Mitchell and the rest, and does not openly advocate for the radical left like Olbermann, he showed, with his "Palin is a failure as a VP choice," he is willing to not be patient and wait for events, LIKE HER SPEECH, to decide the facts.

    It is obvious that the media elite, who support the left in this country, often say "damned be the facts. I'm not going to wait and see," because they have an agenda that is either threatened or delayed by the present and/or future events.

    Todd has shown he is pursuing a place in that elite and it is a shame for such a talented young man to harbor this superficiality.

    I cannot take his commentary to heart now without feeling it is leftist spin.

    This is another blow to NBC NEWS. If Chuck Todd takes over at MTP, that program may fall from its grand place that Russert achieved because he did not allow the elitism he was exposed to to affect his love (and ability) to deliver unfiltered and objective FACT to his audience.

    Todd has ALOT of work to do to redeem himself.

    Mika Brzezinski? Miss Buttinski is totally in the tank for Obama. It's no wonder that Scarborough walked off the Morning Joe set because of her. She's horrible.

    Mika-in the tank for Obama? Most certainly.

    I'm not sure she was the catalyst behind Joe taking a smoke break.

    She praised Gov. Palin's RNC speech, saying Sarah connected with her personally and most assuradely connected with other working Moms around the country. "Horrible" is a descriptiom I would reserve for folks who are truly frightning, shocking, ugly or repugnant.

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