MSNBC Tells Olbermann, Scarborough to Cool It

Spat between the two hosts prompts memo from the boss
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2010 4:26 PM CST
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(Newser) – MSNBC President Phil Griffin wants his big-name hosts to play nice with each other. After another dust-up this week—this time between Joe Scarborough and Keith Olbermann—Griffin sent a memo to staff to say enough already with the infighting. "I want to reiterate my long-standing policy: We do not publicly criticize our colleagues," says the memo, obtained by the Huffington Post. "This kind of behavior is unprofessional and will not be tolerated."

The latest flap began when Olbermann called Scott Brown "an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, tea-bagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees." Scarborough tweeted that the attack was "reckless" and compared Olbermann to Glenn Beck. Griffin said this week's issue "came right up to the line."

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