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MSNBC prez defends convention team (“The situation at our channel is about to blow up,”)
Politico ^ | 8/27/08 | MICHAEL CALDERONE

Posted on 08/27/2008 7:14:06 PM PDT by GOPGuide

DENVER — Amid a spate of awkward on-air conflicts among MNSBC anchors at this week’s Democratic convention, some staff members say there are sharp internal disputes at the cable network over whether its opinion and personality-driven political coverage has crossed the line.

“The situation at our channel is about to blow up,” a high-ranking MSNBC journalist told Politico on Wednesday.

Two other MSNBC sources said some of the testy on-air exchanges between Keith Olbermann — whose quick-witted and often caustic commentary has fueled ratings growth — and other network personalities were a public glimpse of much more intense behind-the-scenes turmoil.

As replays of the conflicts became YouTube hits, MSNBC President Phil Griffin gave his first public defense in a Politico interview.

“MSNBC does not have an ideology,” Griffin said. “We hire smart people who are passionate about their love of politics and love of news.”

“Do I want them to have squabbles?” Griffin asked. “No. But I understand they’re human.”

In addition to Olbermann, MSNBC personalities Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough and David Shuster were involved in Denver controversies.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; divas; msnbc

1 posted on 08/27/2008 7:14:07 PM PDT by GOPGuide
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To: GOPGuide

So, the real riot may not be on the convention floor, but in the media booths.

This oughta be good!


2 posted on 08/27/2008 7:16:11 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Master of Satire, Slave to Stupidity)
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To: GOPGuide; abb; monkapotamus; Bender2; All

Abb get in here MSNBC is this close of blowing up LOL!


3 posted on 08/27/2008 7:16:46 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: GOPGuide

MSNBC President Phil Griffin is clueless if he thinks Overbite is straight down the middle.


4 posted on 08/27/2008 7:17:16 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: GOPGuide

NBC does not have an agenda. Technically that’s true, they merely support agenda’s of the DNC.


5 posted on 08/27/2008 7:19:00 PM PDT by Tarpon (Ignorance, the most expensive commodity produced by mankind.)
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To: GOPGuide

I can’t wait for Keith Olberman’s youtube video of him getting his nose bloodied.


6 posted on 08/27/2008 7:20:24 PM PDT by listenhillary (Obama - The Wizard of Uhs)
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To: GOPGuide
They used to do stuff like this on radio to try and attract more listeners. Wacky DJ wars. It was boring and phony then too.
7 posted on 08/27/2008 7:22:26 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: listenhillary

What incidents are they referring to?


8 posted on 08/27/2008 7:22:27 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: Parley Baer

Yep...De Nile is not just a river in Egypt.


9 posted on 08/27/2008 7:24:19 PM PDT by top 2 toe red ("Cackling hillary...makes her sound like she is mentally-illary." Jimmy Kimmel. "Uh...she is!" Me)
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To: GOPGuide
I doubt I could take much of watching Oberman, but I will look forward to the U-Tube video of his total meltdown when McCain wins in November. It's liable to be a Bud Dwyer moment.

Politics aside, that guy has some serious mental issues he should deal with.

10 posted on 08/27/2008 7:25:13 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: listenhillary

OK, I read the rest of ther story. Seems lightweight to me. MSNBC is far from a news station.


11 posted on 08/27/2008 7:25:31 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: purpleraine

Mathews had a tingling feeling running up his leg while listening to Barack America and Olberman got jealous. Helluva cat fight.


12 posted on 08/27/2008 7:25:33 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (Obama (Marxist), Manchuria)
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To: GOPGuide

Ahh. Until some one breaks leather and starts shootin.....its all good!


13 posted on 08/27/2008 7:25:43 PM PDT by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: GOPGuide

Liberals Hate so much that they even Hate each other.


14 posted on 08/27/2008 7:26:01 PM PDT by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: GOPGuide

Stalin had no ideology either....musta been the people he hired...then later removed..

Removed. now there’s an idea MSNBC should consider..


15 posted on 08/27/2008 7:26:07 PM PDT by billmor (Friday:Red Shirt Day- meaning the silent majority is silent no more..Wear yours please..)
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To: GOPGuide

Agenda-driven “news” is not news - it’s propaganda. pmsnbc can go to hell.


16 posted on 08/27/2008 7:26:35 PM PDT by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: GOPGuide

To Liberals like Phil Griffin, playing it “down the middle” means that you have the same opinions as the elite D.C. cocktail party crowd and are to the Left of Teddy Kennedy.


17 posted on 08/27/2008 7:26:57 PM PDT by Rosemont ($4+ for gas. Can we drill now?)
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To: GOPGuide

Olberman ‘quick witted”? He’s such a loser.


18 posted on 08/27/2008 7:27:58 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: jwalsh07

He needs two checkups. A brain scan and a blood flow check on the lower extremities.


19 posted on 08/27/2008 7:28:15 PM PDT by purpleraine
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The whole MSNBC operation is repulsive. I hope their sets burn down...


20 posted on 08/27/2008 7:28:47 PM PDT by clintonh8r (Fire mission!)
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To: GOPGuide
“Look, when Keith anchors, he plays it straight down the line,” Griffin said. “This is our team. They’ve served us well. We love ’em, and we’re going to be at the Republican convention, and it’s going to be great. And I don’t have any hesitation.”

LOL, these people belong in a hospital.

21 posted on 08/27/2008 7:32:02 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (Obama (Marxist), Manchuria)
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To: Ditto
There's going to be a melt down at MSNBC... where are the balloons... more balloons... where are the 'ing balloons.

Better get your popcorns ready ;-)

22 posted on 08/27/2008 7:33:59 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Trajan88
Maybe Olberman will start accusing his cohorts of stealing the strawberries.
23 posted on 08/27/2008 7:39:09 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: GOPGuide

So Obama — the post-racial “unity candidate” has not only torn the Democrat Party apart, he’s also managed to take down the most left-leaning news channel on TV.

Just think what his presidency would do for the nation.

Can you say “kiss of death”?


24 posted on 08/27/2008 7:44:40 PM PDT by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: GOPGuide
“MSNBC does not have an ideology,” Griffin said. “We hire smart people who are passionate about their love of politics and love of news.”


25 posted on 08/27/2008 7:47:51 PM PDT by DemforBush
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To: Maceman

Brilliant summation!


26 posted on 08/27/2008 8:09:19 PM PDT by WKL815 (If the phrase 'Personal Responsibility' makes you defensive, you may be a liberal.)
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To: WKL815

When John McCain wins in November (from my keyboard to God’s ears)I will turn to MSNBC just to see them short circuit. I fully expect either an on air suicide or homicide.


27 posted on 08/27/2008 8:27:14 PM PDT by rickomatic
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To: Rosemont

“and are to the Left of Teddy Kennedy.”

In an automobile, it is better to be to the left of Ted Kennedy, than to the right.


28 posted on 08/27/2008 8:27:32 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (If I knew 'everything', I would't get on Free Republic.)
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To: UCANSEE2
In an automobile, it is better to be to the left of Ted Kennedy, than to the right.

LOL!

29 posted on 08/27/2008 8:29:37 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: UCANSEE2

....”“and are to the Left of Teddy Kennedy.”

In an automobile, it is better to be to the left of Ted Kennedy, than to the right.”....

Great line!


30 posted on 08/27/2008 11:50:45 PM PDT by Mtner77
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