Olbermann & O'Reilly have run to the end of their leashes and now their corporate masters are pulling them back. Free speech is only free until it interferes with business.
At an off-the-record summit meeting for chief executives sponsored by Microsoft in mid-May, the PBS interviewer Charlie Rose asked Jeffrey Immelt, chairman of G.E., and his counterpart at the News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, about the feud [between Olbermann, on GE-owned MSNBC and O'Reilly on News Corp-owned Fox].
Both moguls expressed regret over the venomous culture between the networks and the increasingly personal nature of the barbs. Days later, even though the feud had increased the audience of both programs, their lieutenants arranged a cease-fire, according to four people who work at the companies and have direct knowledge of the deal.