Not our words. Those are the colorful words of one senior staff member at MSNBC, following the demotion of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann.
In short, the cable network is walking blindly trying to figure out which direction to go.
From the NYT: In interviews, 10 current and former staff members said that long-simmering tensions between MSNBC and NBC reached a boiling point during the conventions. “MSNBC is behaving like a heroin addict,” one senior staff member observed. “They’re living from fix to fix and swearing they’ll go into rehab the next week.”
The employee, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity because the network does not permit it people to speak to the media without authorization.
And most of the blame for the MSNBC downward spiral goes to…
Mr. Olbermann, a 49-year-old former sportscaster, has become the face of the more aggressive MSNBC, and the lightning rod for much of the criticism. His program “Countdown,” now a liberal institution, was created by Mr. Olbermann in 2003 but it found its voice in his gnawing dissent regarding the Bush administration, often in the form of “special comment” segments.
“They have banked the entirety of the network on Keith Olbermann,” one employee said.
We’re anxiously waiting how this turns out. We love the drama.