Keith Olbermann gets in trouble

High-decibels rants are fine. So is addled, no-substance news coverage. But don't you ever, ever mention benign tumors on MSNBC -- not as long as Rick Kaplan in charge:


I hear that MSNBC staffers in the Secaucus newsroom-studio watched in horror Monday night as the volatile Kaplan, the president of the cable outlet, publicly laced into the eccentric Olbermann, anchor of the 8 p.m. show "Countdown," after the latter eulogized lung-cancer victim Peter Jennings with a graphic rant about his own cancer scare.
Olbermann - a former pipe and cigar smoker - is said to have looked stunned as Kaplan raced onto the set and shouted at him after he signed off. Olbermann had urged viewers to quit smoking and repeatedly mentioned "spitting blood" and "spitting globs of myself into a garbage can" while discussing his bout with a benign tumor in in his mouth.
I'm told that Kaplan erupted angrily and at length, calling Olbermann "out of control" and "not to be trusted," and accusing him of driving away viewers from the 9 p.m. debut of Kaplan hire Rita Cosby's show, "Live and Direct." [LINK via Huffington Post]
And I thought Tucker Carlson had already managed to shrink MSNBC's audience all by his lonesome.

[MSNBC transcript here]

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