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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:
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.
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?
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.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: We are about a lot of ideas.
BRZEZINSKI: We won't cut your mic. We won't cut your mic.
SCARBOROUGH: Unlike other people, we won't cut your mic and we won't kick you off the stage.
Stewart gets to ask Williams about whatever the hell it is, exactly, that's going on at sister network MSNBC, where serial in-fighting is as equally represented as Sarah Palin analysis.
WILLIAMS: "I think every family has a dynamic all its own. Sometimes, it takes a figure to come in —"
STEWART: "But does MSNBC have to be the Lohans?, I guess is what I'm saying."
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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.