Oh my: Donny Deutsch off the air at MSNBC for knocking Olbermann?

posted at 2:10 pm on April 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Question for Chris Matthews: Would this qualify as a “Stalin-esque purge”?

A week-long anchoring stint on MSNBC by Donny Deutsch ended abruptly on Wednesday, and four people briefed on the decision said the cancellation stemmed from an unflattering mention of that channel’s No. 1 anchor, Keith Olbermann, a day earlier.

Mr. Deutsch had labeled his hour on MSNBC “America the Angry,” and Mr. Olbermann was shown briefly in a series of clips of media bloviators during a segment that pondered what role the media plays in fomenting the public’s anger. The four people briefed on MSNBC’s decision said Mr. Olbermann’s anger about the segment prompted the cancellation of the weeklong “America the Angry” series…

Mr. Olbermann’s detractors have repeatedly claimed in the past that he has refused to host his show on occasions when he was unhappy with management…

“The segment did not go unnoticed and we’re dealing with it internally,” said Jeremy Gaines, an MSNBC spokesman.

Says Philip Klein, “So Olbermann was really angry about being called angry?” TV Newser is hearing the same thing as the Times, but only the Times has the fun detail about Deutsch’s executive producer being sent home after the show. And who is his producer? Gresham Striegel, who joined MSNBC in January after working for 13 years at … Fox News. Hmmmm. Oh, also: Turns out Olby will be off the air for the next two nights too, allegedly due to a routine colonoscopy, although those cynical scamps at Mediaite can’t help questioning the timing. Double hmmm.

It was also Mediaite, incidentally, that showcased the Deutsch segment yesterday, which all but forced MSNBC management to deal with it. Given their running feud with Olby, I suspect Dan Abrams is giving out high fives around the office. Exit question: When do Joe and Mika get to join Deutsch and Shuster in Siberia? To the gulag with all of them.

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Why on earth would anyone want a word with that pathetic loon?

mojo on April 22, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Ha ha…. You have to laugh at what David Burge said about this on Facebook:

MSNBC sez Olbermann will miss 2 shows due to “routine colonoscopy,” but how routine could a KO colonoscopy be? Cripes, imagine that poor proctologist, trying to determine where the asshole ends and the Olbermann begins.

UltimateBob on April 22, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Media guys talking about other media guys who are angry, media guys get angry about being said to be angry…

One of the reasons I gave up on them; they think THEY are the news. Talk about ego problems!

Circle j***.

jodetoad on April 22, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Has Olbermann ever hinted at the subject and/or nature of

the incriminating photo he obviously possesses that allows him to still be on the air?
rogerb on April 21, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Olbermann = J. Edgar Hover
It fits. And ansewers sooooooooooooooooooooooooo many questions.

So who is “Tolson”?

DSchoen on April 22, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Will Donny become the WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD!!!!?

jpmn on April 22, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Here’s my photoshop that I think summarizes MSNBC’s tolerance, or lack thereof:


cannonball on April 22, 2010 at 10:39 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words.

cannonball on April 23, 2010 at 12:46 PM