Olbermann Slams NYT, Denies ‘Cease Fire’ with Fox

The most legitimate feud on cable news continues, “blood spray” be damned. Last night on "Countdown," Keith Olbermann slammed the New York Times for printing a story about a “cease fire” agreement between executives at parent companies G.E. and News Corp, the parent companies of MSNBC and Fox News, which would in effect end the […]

Last Updated: August 4, 2009 @ 7:32 AM

The most legitimate feud on cable news continues, “blood spray” be damned.

Last night on "Countdown," Keith Olbermann slammed the New York Times for printing a story about a “cease fire” agreement between executives at parent companies G.E. and News Corp, the parent companies of MSNBC and Fox News, which would in effect end the on-air feuding between Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly.

Olbermann chastised Brian Stelter, the Times reporter, naming him in his “Worst Person in the World” segment:

"Mr. Stelter asked me at least twice last week if there was such a deal and I told him on and off the record there was not and I rather obviously would have to be a party to such a deal and I told him not only wasn’t I, but I hadn’t even been asked to be by my bosses. And he printed it anyway.”
 

 

After mocking O’Reilly, Olbermann turned his attention to News Corp. chairman Ruper Murdoch:

"How dare you muzzle O’Reilly, Mr. Murdoch? How dare you, sir? This is the essence of corporate interference in the marketplace of ideas and it is shameful. Solidarity, brother Bill. Free yourself from your corporate shackles. Solidarity! Rupert Murdoch, who could never get away with that here, today’s worst person in the world!"

O’Reilly, it should be noted, did not mention anything about Olbermann or the alleged cease-fire on last night’s “Factor.”