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Olbermann, O'Reilly told to end personal feud, which just creates another feud

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 11th 2009 9:03AM
Keith Olbermann hiding behind Bill O'Reilly's giant puppet headIt seems the never-ending feud between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly has become a kangaroo boxing match. The worst thing you can do is get in the middle of it.

That's exactly what the parent owners of Fox News and MSNBC tried to do when they arranged a "cease-fire" between them and their top-tier shows' "lieutenants."

The cease-fire, however, didn't last long. It's another case of the ol' Rufus T. Firefly conundrum for peace. Either side might be willing to do whatever it takes to end this war, but they've already paid two months' rent on the battlefield.

The New York Times' Brian Stetler reported on a secret network meeting between Fox chief Rupert Murdoch and MSNBC head honcho and General Electric executive vice president Jeffrey Immelt. PBS interviewer Charlie Rose approached Immelt and Murdoch at a summit executive meeting held by Microsoft in May about the ongoing war between the two big network heads ... or networks' two bigggest heads, depending on your point of view.

Both of the executives expressed "dismay" at the level the feud had reached since O'Reilly created even more vicious attacks against NBC's parent owner on their business deals with Iran. This led NBC chairman Jeff Zucker and News Corp executive vice president Gary Ginsberg to reach an unwritten cease-fire agreement that lasted slightly longer than the entire series run of Viva Laughlin.

O'Reilly continued his spray-gun assault on G.E. Meanwhile, Olbermann not only denied being ordered to lay off his rival, but he also delivered some strong kidney punches to O'Reilly's torso for his ongoing coverage of abortion doctor George Tiller, whom O'Reilly cleverly nicknamed "Tiller the Baby Killer," even after he had been gunned down in his own church. Olbermann even announced he would retire his goofy impression of the blotchy-faced one in an effort to focus the debate on getting "this blindly irresponsible man and his ilk off the air."

And when the NY Times story made ink earlier this month, Olbermann devoted his entire "Worst Persons in the World" segment to Stetler's story. He even brought the ol' "Bill-o" impression out of retirement, despite his June 1st vow to "retire" the "Ted Baxter" impression with the thin excuse that he can go back on his promises because "This is not the U.S. Constitution. It's a half-baked television newscast and I make all the rules." He's right. Technically, Olbermann didn't declare "double stamped it, no backsies" when he said it.



Still, despite the disappointing outcome, there is hope. If we can get the cable TV clusterf#*$ to stop turning the issues into personal jabs and petty ego bombings for barely a month, just imagine what else we can do for this crazy world.

[Video via Los Angeles Times]

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AmericanMuslim

Keith is my only hope of evading the Lynch mobs sent out by Bill-o and Boss "Limp-UH?". Keith is a frethinking 'Rock-a-Rolla' who takes the weapon of Beck, the most evil of all, hypocites and turns it around. Have you people no clue how far to the right we are of reality in US of A? Well go listen to some Leonard Cohen and get a clue!

Man all of you Keith bashers can probably fit on the tip of that needle? Remember the Needle thru whose eyes you will have a fat chance to squeeze?

August 12 2009 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arclight

Unless you have a horse in the race . . . and your horse ain't winnin'.

Yes?[/Gordon Ramsay]

August 12 2009 at 2:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arclight

A story like this is all about ratings, right?

Why not tell us who gets better ratings and the percentages?

August 12 2009 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aml

Kind of ironic that Olberman wants O'Reilly and his ilk off the air, when he is of that ilk. O'Reilly and Olberman have gone after each other for so long, most people have stopped listening.

August 11 2009 at 12:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guess Who

I don't always agree with Olbermann, but at least his arguments are thought out. Bill O'Reilly has moved from the right, to the crazy off the deep end right that has taken oven the GOP. People don't seem to realize that Fox is a business, it's just pumping out what it's viewers want, it could care less about the GOP, Fox News rating have soared with Obama in office. So, sit back have a cup of tea and expect more fringe news targeted at "mad as hell" Fox viewers who "want their country back" about Obama's birth certificate and killing Grandma.

George Washington warned about political parties - unfortunately, America didn't listen. Far too many people let the DNC or RNC tell them what they think, what they feel and what's important to them.



August 11 2009 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Rocketboy_X

You can replace O'Reilly with Olbermann (and vice versa) (and the other keywords associated with each party) in you statement and it's still true. For every off the wall statement that O'Reilly makes, Olbermann makes just one just as bad. They are mirror images of each other, both think they are the smartest (and the most humble) guy in the room.

August 11 2009 at 10:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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