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MSDNC President Phil Griffin Demands Everyone Play Nice

I love that Griffin uses the line, “let me be clear.” Where have I heard that before?

From: Griffin, Phil (NBC Universal)

Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 3:02 PM
MSNBC is THE place for viewers to get the best political analysis and opinion in today’s vast marketplace of ideas. We don’t tell our hosts what to say. We don’t have talking points. We encourage our talent to voice their opinions strongly and smartly, always rooted in fact. All of this has brought us great success, culminating in last year’s victory over CNN.
Hosts strongly voicing their OWN opinions can no-doubt lead to spirited, substantive disagreements. This debate is encouraged. What we’re doing at MSNBC is something our competition is not. And it is difficult. We have many strong personalities with differing, passionate opinions, but it is important to remember that we are all on the same team. I want to reiterate my long-standing policy: We do not publicly criticize our colleagues. This kind of behavior is unprofessional and will not be tolerated.
Let me be clear: I encourage you to keep doing what you do best. Give the viewers your perspective and a vigorous debate on the issues they care about. But do not turn substantive differences into personal ones.

Let’s review: Three “tweets” by Joe Scarborough are “unprofessional and will not be tolerated.” Olbermann’s on-air antics, however, are just peachy.


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