I always thought that Bill-O himself was in danger of throwing a rod over Olbermann’s taunting, but assumed that the network as a whole took a "good for ratings" attitude. The recent escalation of Roger Ailes and Enron Ed into the fray however — calling out NBC’s parent company GE for their dealings with Iran — is sidesplitting stuff:
Ailes called Zucker on his cellphone last summer, clearly agitated over a slam against him by MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. According to sources familiar with the conversation, Ailes warned that if Olbermann didn’t stop such attacks against Fox, he would unleash O’Reilly against NBC and would use the New York Post as well.
Both Fox and the Post are owned by Murdoch, who complained about Olbermann’s conduct in separate calls to Zucker and Immelt.
The high-level appeals failed, and O’Reilly has escalated his criticism of GE in recent weeks, declaring, "If my child were killed in Iraq, I would blame the likes of Jeffrey Immelt."
So, let’s recap. Ailes and Loofah Bill get their feelings hurt by Olbermann, and retaliate by baiting GE over Iraq. And MSNBC is "political" and "biased."
If right wing projection gets any more acute, it’s going to need a chapter in the DSM-IV all by itself.
Oh my sides. They hurt.