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08/08/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann Agree: Purple Ties Are The New Neutral

CABLE news networks may never agree which program is fairer and more balanced, which talking head is the puppet of whose talking points, whether John McCain, in his latest advertisement, was undignified or whether Barack Obama, on his European tour, was presumptuous. But on one crucial point, the pundits have surprisingly taken the same position.

Purple is in.

Keith Olbermann, the commentator on MSNBC, has worn solid pale purple ties twice in the last week. And on Tuesday, he wore another one with purple stripes. Lester Holt, the weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News, appeared on camera in a more vibrant shade, approaching magenta. Over on Fox News, pretty much the polar opposite on the political spectrum, Bill O'Reilly was in shiny grape, and Kelly Wright, an anchor of "Fox and Friends Weekend," showed that purple is bipartisan.

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