MediaBistro reports on the The New Yorker’s piece on lefty anchor Keith Olbermann.
Olbermann’s original script identified the “cold-blooded killers” as everyone at the Pentagon and in the Bush Cabinet; when a colleague noted that that would include such relative moderates as Colin Powell and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Olbermann modified the line. Phil Griffin, the senior vice-president in charge of MSNBC (“Phil thinks he’s my boss,” Olbermann says), raised the matter of tone. Why did Olbermann need to end his commentary by telling the President of the United States to “shut the hell up”? “Because I can’t say, ‘Shut the f_ _ _ up,’ that’s why, frankly,” Olbermann responded. The line stayed in.
So much for calmed and reasoned understanding in the media.