Imus Rattling MSNBC Nerves

By Andrew Gauthier 

New York Post

Joe Scarborough is under intense pressure to perform as he goes head-to-head with old foe Don Imus.

MSNBC chiefs have been nervously watching the ratings since Imus’ show on the Fox Business Network started airing at the same time as Scarborough’s “Morning Joe” earlier this month.

Scarborough was hit with a further blow this week when his radio show was dropped by DC radio station WMAL.

A source told Page Six: “Those higher up at MSNBC are unnerved by Imus’ move to Fox Business Network and fear his show could push Scarborough down. They’re putting a lot of pressure on Joe to keep the ratings up. To make things worse, there are multiple scores to be settled.”

Tom Bowman, Imus’ old producer at MSNBC, jumped to Fox Business with him, and is said to have harsh feelings toward Scarborough and his executive producer, Chris Licht. “So they [Imus and Bowman] are out to win,” said our source. More…