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Truce Reached in Cable News Feud [O'Reilly & Olbermann]
NYTimes ^ | July 31st 2009

Posted on 07/31/2009 6:32:04 PM PDT by Steelfish

Truce Reached in Cable News Feud

Keith Olbermann of MSNBC Bill O'Reilly of the Fox News Channel regularly trade swipes at each other on their cable news shows.

By BRIAN STELTER July 31, 2009

It was a media cage fight, televised every weeknight at 8 p.m. But the match was halted when the blood started to spray executives in the high-priced seats.

For years Keith Olbermann of MSNBC had savaged his prime-time nemesis Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel and accused Fox of journalistic malpractice almost nightly. Mr. O’Reilly in turn criticized Mr. Olbermann’s bosses and led an exceptional campaign against General Electric, the parent company of MSNBC.

It was perhaps the fiercest media feud of the decade and by this year, their bosses had had enough. But it took a fellow television personality with a neutral perspective to bring it to an end.

At an off-the-record summit meeting for chief executives sponsored by Microsoft in May, the PBS interviewer Charlie Rose asked Jeffrey Immelt, chairman of G.E., and his counterpart at the News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, about the feud.

Both moguls expressed regret over the venomous culture between the two networks.

Then, even though the feud had increased the viewing audience of both programs, they instructed lieutenants to arrange a cease-fire, according to four people who work at the companies and have direct knowledge of the deal.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fnc; ge; immelt; msnbc; murdoch; newscorp

1 posted on 07/31/2009 6:32:06 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Meh. I didn’t know there was ‘a fight’. I try not to watch either of them, to be honest. Especially ‘Olby’.


2 posted on 07/31/2009 6:33:41 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama. Clear and Pres__ent Danger.)
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To: Steelfish

This alleged “feud” looked to me like nothing more than Oberman nipping at O’Reilly’s ankles like a yip-yip dog on meth, while O’Reilly relentlessly ignored him.


3 posted on 07/31/2009 6:35:24 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Steelfish
...even though the feud had increased the viewing audience of both programs... LOL!

Does this mean Olbermann is going to stop wetting himself?

4 posted on 07/31/2009 6:36:32 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Stop the DemocRATS' War On America!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Yep - I gave up watching cartoon shows many years ago. That’s all this sh*t is, after all.


5 posted on 07/31/2009 6:38:03 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now....not next month... now)
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To: Lancey Howard

O’Reilly hardly ignores him....he’s probably even more thin skinned than Obama - and that’s saying a lot.


6 posted on 07/31/2009 6:39:13 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (Impeach now....not next month... now)
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To: Steelfish

Yawn. Two “Look at Meeeeeee” maroons


7 posted on 07/31/2009 6:41:46 PM PDT by GQuagmire
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To: Steelfish

They both suck.


8 posted on 07/31/2009 6:41:48 PM PDT by South40 (Islam has a long tradition of tolerance. ~Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: Steelfish

I would have preferred dueling pistols
both hitting their mark
.... but that's just me.
9 posted on 07/31/2009 6:43:49 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Steelfish
For years Keith Olbermann of MSNBC had savaged his prime-time nemesis Bill O’Reilly...

Since no one actually watches Olbermann they had to take his word for it that he savaged O'Reilly.

10 posted on 07/31/2009 6:49:23 PM PDT by highlander_UW (The only difference between the MSM and the DNC is the MSM sells ad space in their propaganda)
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To: Steelfish

Oh bummer, the slap-happy biatch fight is over.


11 posted on 07/31/2009 6:53:49 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Steelfish

I was noticing how O’Reilly likes to beat up on girls and weaker personalities by just shouting them down or blathering on about how “The Factor investigated and that’s bogus”.

Wouldn’t it be interesting to see him go toe-to-toe with Rush?
O’Reilly would never have the balls to have someone on his show who is superior intellectually and as a communicator.


12 posted on 07/31/2009 6:57:25 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: South40

3 words.....all we needed.


13 posted on 07/31/2009 6:59:30 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: bigbob

This is true. He is of mediocre intellect. He keeps reminding viewers that he attended Harvard- but it was the JFK School of Government, a department of relatively new vintage and not anywhere as near prestigious as the more renowned schools of journalism in Columbia and Northwestern.


14 posted on 07/31/2009 7:01:35 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: ErnBatavia

Generally, O’Reilly cleverly elevated himself & attacked NBC and GE, rather than dealing with Olbermann on a lower level. O’Reilly is a frustrating jerk in a lot of ways, but on this one he had the right touch.


15 posted on 07/31/2009 7:04:55 PM PDT by qwertypie
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To: Steelfish

They should just fire ‘em both, and replace them with somebody who’s worth a damn.


16 posted on 07/31/2009 7:14:32 PM PDT by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I’ve never seen olberman, and quit watching O’r years ago.


17 posted on 07/31/2009 7:18:53 PM PDT by katykelly
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To: ErnBatavia
O’Reilly hardly ignores him....he’s probably even more thin skinned than Obama - and that’s saying a lot.

That may be, but I don't think that the word 'Olbermann' ever leaves O'Reilly's lips.

18 posted on 07/31/2009 7:21:01 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ("men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters." -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Steelfish

I guess the pathetic Olbermann can’t take the ridicule he received for calling Jim Robinson...Jim Thompson. I wish someone could find the posting about Olberman recalling his trip to the ER after finding soap outside his apartment thinking it was some bio attack. Then he had the idiocy to tell about how the Hospital wanted to do a 72 hour hold on him. Funny as H


19 posted on 07/31/2009 7:47:33 PM PDT by Marty62
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To: Steelfish

Charlie Rose Neutral? My ass!


20 posted on 07/31/2009 8:03:38 PM PDT by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Republic of Texas

Exactly! These media writers really live in a planet of their own.


21 posted on 07/31/2009 8:06:12 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
I wouldn't trust this report any more than anything else in The New York Times. FNC does not broadcast the mindless hate that MSNBC does. There is no comparison between the two.

The fact is that O’Reilly’s(and all of FNC’s) ratings have increased dramatically in the past year and MSNBC’s already low ratings have fallen dramatically.

FNC is highly profitable and GE, by contrast, has become a fiscal disaster.

22 posted on 07/31/2009 8:53:21 PM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: ErnBatavia
O’Reilly hardly ignores him....

Then O'Reilly is stupid.
The absolute only way to deal with a simple pantload like Oberman is to ignore him completely. I mean, his audience is a meager handful of liberal simpletons, right? (I admit that I have never once seen Oberman's show, and never will.)

23 posted on 07/31/2009 9:19:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: GQuagmire

Exactly. Both are obnoxious and I can’t stand watching either of them.


24 posted on 08/01/2009 12:38:39 AM PDT by TNdandelion (This should be fun.)
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To: Steelfish

Face facts, Olbermann didn’t have a career until O’Reilly gave him one.

This is too much attention for someone who could barely get any on his own.

It was interesting to see the effect that O’Reilly had on GE, he was “naping” them and it worked!

How about Immelt saying he will never forgive Murdoch for these attacks, after all the trash that MSNBC put out he’s got the stones to say that! Too bad Immelt, you got 1% payback and you are squealing like a stuck pig. Live with it or get out of the business, you’re rich enough, go to Marthas Vineyard and hang out with Barack, any sober Kennedy and Skip Gates.


25 posted on 08/01/2009 7:21:13 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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