Phil Griffin is shocked SHOCKED

Posted: January 24, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech
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that one MSNBC host might have considered this:

worthy of public critique.

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. emphasis mine

And what was that unprofessional behavior that crossed the line, I hesitate to post it, but here it is:

Obermann calls Brown a “homophobic racist reactionary” who “supports violence against women.” How reckless and how sad.

How unprofessional! How inflammatory, how disruptive!

The real issue here is that MSNBC’s evening lineup is designed for a niche market. That niche is a far left market and its viewership and ratings reflect it. Morning Joe audience is much more mixed and tends to appeal to both sides of the aisle. Mr. Scarborough also has a radio program that precedes Rush Limbaugh on the air and has a different demographic and frankly temperament.

There is nothing wrong with niche marketing, you can make a good living off of it, but niche markets usually have specific wants. As long as MSNBC’s profit is dependent on that niche market what is considered “unprofessional” and what is considered “passionate” will be defined by said market and might cause some confusion when viewed by people outside of it.

Update: Daily Gator links. Thanks.

And although Olberman, (and likely Griffin) would disagree, it has been a good week hasn’t it.

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