Sunday, August 2, 2009

The end of the Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann feud? Fox and GE call a truce

bill o'reilly, keith olbermann, feud
The biggest feud in punditry: Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann
Could this be the end of one of the biggest feuds in the Pundit World? The New York Times reports how Fox and MSNBC management have orchestrated a tentative ceasefire between Bill O'Reilly and Keith Olbermann for the sake of business.
Voices From Above Silence a Cable TV Feud
It was a media cage fight, televised every weeknight at 8 p.m. But the match was halted when the blood started to spray executives in the high-priced seats.

For years Keith Olbermann of MSNBC had savaged his prime-time nemesis Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Channel and accused Fox of journalistic malpractice almost nightly. Mr. O’Reilly in turn criticized Mr. Olbermann’s bosses and led an exceptional campaign against General Electric, the parent company of MSNBC...

Both moguls expressed regret over the venomous culture between the networks and the increasingly personal nature of the barbs. Days later, even though the feud had increased the audience of both programs, their lieutenants arranged a cease-fire, according to four people who work at the companies and have direct knowledge of the deal.
2 fierce combatants breaking bread for a sportsmanlike truce? Watch how wrestlers do it. But will both parties stick to the ceasefire?

VIDEO: John Cena & Randy Orton shake hands and call a truce

Keith Olbermann hinting that this might not be the end of the feud
Mr. Olbermann, who is on vacation, said by e-mail message, "I am party to no deal," adding that he would not have been included in any conversations between G.E. and the News Corporation.

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