Below, Rachel Maddow's statement vis-a-vi Keith Olbermann. The relevant/implicit "bigger picture" comes in at about 5:25...
MSNBC? Yes, including you Rachel - although I still maintain you run the best show on cable news. Guys? This is getting SAD.
Everyone gets it. You didn't like Jon Stewart putting clips of you in the mix with clips of Beck and Hannity at the Sanity Rally. It stung, it hurt your self-esteem, you probably do sincerely think it was a "false equivalency."
Get the fuck OVER IT.
You're still "better" than Fox because Fox outright lies and you only "spin." You're still "cooler" than Fox because you're dialed-in to the sensibilities of college kids, movie stars and the rest of the world - which are cool; while Fox is dialed-in to NASCAR and Branson - which are not cool. The writers and stars of The Daily Show still like you better; they basically HAD to put you in there or risk losing the point of their own rally and damaging their own "firing at all sides" reputation. Most of the kids at the rally, and in TDS's audience, still love you. Take note: Mattering enough to be goofed-on by TDS means you are doing something right - notice who WASN'T in there as much? CNN. Because nobody gives a damn.
Someone told a joke about you. It happens. Deal with it. Stop acting like a two year-old (or Sean Penn) about it. Put on some tea and toast, have a popsicle, watch a John Hughes movie...
And get the fuck OVER IT.
...oh, and then get rid of Ed Schultz, quietly shuffle a browbeaten Olbermann into his late slot and give Maddow "Countdown's" old timeslot. There, now you're lineup sucks at least 40% less ;)