Comcast Deal May Temper MSNBC-Fox News Rivalry

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

Criticizing Fox News is a year-round sport for many hosts on MSNBC, the cable news channel, and especially for Keith Olbermann, whose verbal spitballs at the Fox host Bill O’Reilly have occasionally put his parent company, NBC Universal, on edge.

Pending government approval, MSNBC will soon have a new parent company, Comcast, and that may prove to be awkward for Mr. Olbermann and other TV critics of Fox. As a distributor of cable programming, Comcast is in business with Fox and its parent company, the News Corporation.

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