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Bercovici to Olbermann: ‘Knock it off Already’

It began last week with a story on DailyFinance.com asking “Is America Getting Over Keith Olbermann?” It was one of those media-on-media stories meant to get ahead of the January ratings, the final numbers from which came out yesterday.

Olbermann finished third in January in younger viewers at 8pmET, second in Total Viewers. The Olbermann-is-slipping ratings stories continue today in the LATimes and on TVbytheNumbers.com.

But the MSNBC host has already fired back. Starting with DailyFinance, calling the AOL Money & Finance blog “a right-wing site.” And that’s not sitting well with the guy who wrote that original story, Jeff Bercovici, who writes today:

Keith, I don’t know what went into your decision to lie about us on your program. I don’t know whether you’ve ever actually read anything on DailyFinance, or whether one of your producers just prepped a script for you and you performed it. But stuff like this is why people like Jon Stewart and me increasingly have questions about your intellectual honesty and integrity. Knock it off already.

Don’t expect Olbermann to knock it off already. But it will be interesting to see if his name comes up during Bill O’Reilly‘s chat with Stewart tonight.

After the jump, last night’s clip from Countdown during which DailyFinance was called out. And you probably won’t be surprised at who made all three spots on the “Worst Persons” list…


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