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Network Bosses Tell O'Reilly and Olbermann To Stop Feuding

Reported by Ellen - August 2, 2009 -

At least, that's what the New York Times is reporting. Brian Stelter writes, "In early June, the combat stopped, and MSNBC and Fox, for the most part, found other targets for their verbal missiles (Hello, CNN)." Well, not quite. On June 18, Fox's Bill O'Reilly said that a "fawning" NBC special about President Barack Obama was "part of GE's plan to put the President in a positive light in return for federal dollars – big federal dollars... And now there are charges that GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt and NBC boss Jeff Zucker have expanded the strategy to include sliming Republicans. That is, using NBC News not only to promote Obama, but demean the opposing party." Regardless, the so-called "truce" begs a question: If a Fox News boss is interested in toning down the network's attacks on GE/NBC, then why isn't it doing the same thing regarding its racial attacks on President Barack Obama? (H/T Michael Froomkin) UPDATE: Glenn Greenwald makes the excellent point, which Stelter somehow missed, that this is "another example -- perhaps the most glaring yet -- of the corporations that own our largest media outlets controlling and censoring the content of their news organizations based on the unrelated interests of the parent corporation."