After a week of squabbling between Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and Countdown's Keith Olbermann, MSNBC president Phil Griffin has issued a memo telling his talent to cut it out:
"I encourage you to keep doing what you do best. Give the viewers your perspective and a vigorous debate on the issues they care about. But do not turn substantive differences into personal ones."
The memo comes after Scarborough took to his Twitter to compare Olbermann to Glenn Beck after Olbermann called new Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown:
"An irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, tea-bagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees."
You might remember that this "special comment" by Olbermann was the one that prompted hilarious ridicule by Jon Stewart earlier this week, making Scarborough and Stewart unlikely allies in this ridiculous fight. This is far from the first time Griffin has had to mediate infighting between his talent, and probably won't be the last.
Phil Griffin's Memo to MSNBC Talent: Stop Fighting with Each Other [HuffPo]