Skip to comments.MSNBC prez defends convention team (“The situation at our channel is about to blow up,”)
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 weeks 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 theyre 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 ...
So, the real riot may not be on the convention floor, but in the media booths.
This oughta be good!
Abb get in here MSNBC is this close of blowing up LOL!
MSNBC President Phil Griffin is clueless if he thinks Overbite is straight down the middle.
NBC does not have an agenda. Technically that’s true, they merely support agenda’s of the DNC.
I can’t wait for Keith Olberman’s youtube video of him getting his nose bloodied.
What incidents are they referring to?
Yep...De Nile is not just a river in Egypt.
Politics aside, that guy has some serious mental issues he should deal with.
OK, I read the rest of ther story. Seems lightweight to me. MSNBC is far from a news station.
Mathews had a tingling feeling running up his leg while listening to Barack America and Olberman got jealous. Helluva cat fight.
Ahh. Until some one breaks leather and starts shootin.....its all good!
Liberals Hate so much that they even Hate each other.
Stalin had no ideology either....musta been the people he hired...then later removed..
Removed. now there’s an idea MSNBC should consider..
Agenda-driven “news” is not news - it’s propaganda. pmsnbc can go to hell.
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.
Olberman ‘quick witted”? He’s such a loser.
He needs two checkups. A brain scan and a blood flow check on the lower extremities.
The whole MSNBC operation is repulsive. I hope their sets burn down...