[Guest post by DRJ]
There are new problems at MSNBC:
“A week-long anchoring stint on MSNBC by Donny Deutsch ended abruptly on Wednesday, and four people briefed on the decision said the cancellation stemmed from an unflattering mention of that channel’s No. 1 anchor, Keith Olbermann, a day earlier.
Mr. Deutsch had labeled his hour on MSNBC “America the Angry,” and Mr. Olbermann was shown briefly in a series of clips of media bloviators during a segment that pondered what role the media plays in fomenting the public’s anger. The four people briefed on MSNBC’s decision said Mr. Olbermann’s anger about the segment prompted the cancellation of the weeklong “America the Angry” series…
Mr. Olbermann’s detractors have repeatedly claimed in the past that he has refused to host his show on occasions when he was unhappy with management…
“The segment did not go unnoticed and we’re dealing with it internally,” said Jeremy Gaines, an MSNBC spokesman.”
Hugh Hewitt was on the offending program and adds more.
MSNBC suspended David Shuster earlier this month and now Deutsch has been ousted. I can see why they might cringe at an Olbermann boycott. But the question remains: At this point, which will melt down faster — Olbermann or MSNBC?
UPDATE: MU789 reminds me of this recent MSNBC moment on Morning Joe where the hosts dared not say Olbermann’s name when the topic of leftwing extremists came up. The Deutsch story shows they were right to be hesitant.