Phil Griffin's Memo To MSNBC Talent: Stop Fighting With Each Other
By Danny Shea
The Huffington Post
ON THE HEELS of yet another public incident between his anchors, MSNBC president Phil Griffin reined in his talent in a staff memo Friday afternoon.
Griffin sent a memo, obtained by the Huffington Post, to network talent and executive producers clamping down on infighting within the network.
"We have many strong personalities with differing, passionate opinions, but it is important to remember that we are all on the same team," Griffin said in the memo. "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."
Earlier this week, Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough blasted Keith Olbermann on Twitter for his comments that Scott Brown is "an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, tea-bagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees."
"How reckless and how sad," Scarborough said on Twitter, comparing Olbermann to Glenn Beck. . . .
"Let me be clear," Griffin said in Friday's memo. "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."
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