Olbermann seems unconcerned about corporate ‘truce’


Over the weekend, the New York Times had a front-page piece on an “off-the-record summit meeting” between Jeffrey Immelt, chairman of G.E., and News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch about the tensions between Fox News and MSNBC, most notably with regards to Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. According to the article, the parties agreed to some kind of “cease-fire,” and around that time, O’Reilly stopped talking about G.E. contracts with Iran, and Olbermann said he would ignore O’Reilly.

Olbermann, who was on vacation last week, told the Times, “I am party to no deal.” Last night, he elaborated on the air, devoting his “Worst Person in the World” segment to the matter. The “bronze” went to the NYT‘s Brian Stelter, who wrote the article about the reported truce. The “silver” went to O’Reilly, apparently to prove that Olbermann isn’t reluctant to go after the Fox News blowhard, irrespective of what the CEOs may or may not have discussed.

And the “gold” went to Murdoch, apparently because he’s “muzzled” O’Reilly to protect News Corp’s interests. “This is the essence of corporate interference in the marketplace of ideas,” Olbermann said last night, adding, with fist in the air, “Solidarity, Brother Bill! Free yourself from your corporate shackles!”

If there was a truce in place, I guess it’s over?

As for last night’s “Factor” broadcast, the LA Times‘ Joe Flint reported, “Fox’s O’Reilly did not get into the feud on his show tonight. But there’s always tomorrow.”

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.