And while things have been relatively calm lately, there was a bit of a flare-up between two top hosts during the week. Scarborough described a rant by Olbermann on Scott Brown as “reckless” and “sad.” (Last night, Olbermann admitted to being “a little over the top lately. Sorry.”)
Griffin now tells Huffington Post’s Danny Shea that “this week’s issue came right up to the line,” and prompted a memo urging civility among the hosts.
From: Griffin, Phil (NBC Universal)
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 3:02 PM
MSNBC is THE place for viewers to get the best political analysis and opinion in today’s vast marketplace of ideas. We don’t tell our hosts what to say. We don’t have talking points. We encourage our talent to voice their opinions strongly and smartly, always rooted in fact. All of this has brought us great success, culminating in last year’s victory over CNN.
Hosts strongly voicing their OWN opinions can no-doubt lead to spirited, substantive disagreements. This debate is encouraged. What we’re doing at MSNBC is something our competition is not. And it is difficult. We have many strong personalities with differing, passionate opinions, but it is important to remember that we are all on the same team. I want to reiterate my long-standing policy: We do not publicly criticize our colleagues. This kind of behavior is unprofessional and will not be tolerated.
As Da Techguy notes, MSNBS has dedicated its’ nightime line up to pandering to the far Left, and I suppose Griffin is more concerned with kissing Leftist ass than having any credibility.