The larger audiences tuning in to watch MSNBC’s coverage of the Democratic National Convention are being treated to the sight of the network’s anchors arguing with one another, the Wall Street Journal reports. Keith Olbermann has squared off against Chris Mathews, and Joe Scarborough took on David Shuster on air this week. The paper says some news people at MSNBC are feeling marginalized by changes in the way the network approaches politics, emphasizing liberals like Olbermann, but MSNBC President Phil Griffin played down the behind the scenes drama spilling onto the air. “Look, I want honest, authentic people on our air. I don’t want phonies,” Griffin tells the paper. “So if the price of that is every once in a while one of these bubbles up, I’m not concerned.” The WSJ is owned by News Corp., which also owns Fox News Channel and the New York Post, which also had an item on MSNBC’s bickering anchors in the gossip column Page Six.
MSNBC Anchors Bicker On Air
Aug 28, 2008 • Post A Comment