MSNBC President Softens Political Coverage to ‘Give Bernie His Due’

February 26th, 2020 11:45 AM
Bernie Sanders may be winning the Democratic presidential race right now, but he’s very unhappy with MSNBC, especially after Chris Matthews compared his victory in the Nevada caucuses to the Nazis overtaking France in World War II. Vanity Fair reports MSNBC boss Phil Griffin is hard at work to give Bernie more rally air time and more "smart, pro-Sanders voices" on the network, to…

Report: ‘Major Shakeup’ Coming to MSNBC? Hiring Shepard Smith?

January 15th, 2020 12:20 PM
Even though MSNBC isn’t in severe ratings trouble like CNN, executives at that liberal channel are nevertheless considering making big changes to their weekday and weekend schedules. Among the shifts being considered are hiring former Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith and sending Chuck Todd’s “lackluster” MTP Daily program to the 9 a.m. slot on weekdays.
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Morning Joe: Michael Avenatti 'Auditioning' for Job at MSNBC or CNN

May 12th, 2018 1:02 PM
During Friday’s edition of Morning Joe on MSNBC, frequent panelist Donnie Deutsch expressed his displeasure with Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti appearing so often on cable news shows. “He feels like he’s ‘jumping the shark’ a little bit,” Deutsch stated. “You almost get the feeling he’s already auditioning” for CNN President Jeff…

Shifty Sherman the Ailes-Slayer Skipped Reporting on MSNBC Scandals

September 21st, 2016 10:30 PM
New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman has been the liberal media’s leading investigator/prosecutor of former Fox News boss Roger Ailes and the network’s settlement with Gretchen Carlson on sexual harassment claims. Now Evan Gahr in the New York Observer reports that Sherman didn’t exactly come clean with readers about lengthy negotiations to get hired by MSNBC:

Brian Williams' Suspension Ends, Will Return to MSNBC in September

August 12th, 2015 2:04 AM
According to CNN Money’s Tom Kludt late Tuesday night, NBC News confirmed that the disgraced former NBC Nightly News anchor’s six-month suspension has ended and will be returning sometime next month. Kludt reported that “NBC told CNNMoney on Tuesday that Williams will assume his new role as a breaking news anchor for MSNBC in mid-September, but no date has been set.”

MSNBC Boss Admits 2014 Stunk for Them, Blames. . . Technology?

December 29th, 2014 5:00 PM
MSNBC boss Phil Griffin has sent around a memo to staff admitting the obvious: that 2014 was a very difficult year for MSNBC. But he blames technological change -- not the rejection of the MSNBC agenda at the polls. America is "leaning backward" at the moment.  “It’s no secret that 2014 was a difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC,…

USA Today Media Columnist: 'MSNBC Loses Election'

November 10th, 2014 7:28 AM
USA Today media columnist Michael Wolff let MSNBC have it with both barrels in a column headlined "MSNBC Loses Election." Wolff asked “Is a vote against a political party also a vote against the network that supports it?” He suggested the sinking fortunes of the Democrats “have been pretty accurately charted in the declining ratings at MSNBC,” which…

MSNBC President Claims Cinco De Mayo Contrition Makes Him Upset Walkin

August 10th, 2014 9:14 PM
Okay, I can understand that MSNBC President Phil Griffin would feel terribly embarrassed by a dopey Cinco De Mayo studio stunt in which a pale yanqui dressed in a sombrero staggered across the set while taking swigs of tequila (video after the jump). However what is really bizarre about Griffin's contrition is that it also takes the form of declaring that he now gets nervous while walking…

Joe Klein Now Watches Bret Baier at Fox News Since CNN Has 'Gone in th

April 28th, 2014 11:05 PM
While a guest on the 92Y American Conversation program on Sunday, TIME magazine political analyst Joe Klein vented to host Jeff Greenfield of the Public Broadcasting System: “I miss being able to turn on a straight newscast” after returning home at 6 o'clock on weekdays. He added that the only place he can find such a program in that format and at that time is the Fox News…

Alec Baldwin, at NY Mag's Vulture.com: 'It’s Good-bye to Public Life

February 23rd, 2014 11:58 PM
In a lengthy item "as told to Joe Hagan" at NYMag.com's The Vulture, actor, commercial pitchman, and brief MSNBC host Alec Baldwin makes it very clear that he is fed up with a lot of things. There is plenty of material for discussion in his writeup. I want to focus on what he sees as his mistreatment at the hands of MSNBC and the self-described "progressive" community…

MSNBC Host Joy Reid Says Her New Show Won’t Be an ‘Hour of Why Rep

February 8th, 2014 10:41 PM
During an interview with Joy Reid, whose new MSNBC weekday show -- The Reid Report -- begins airing at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 24, the perennial network guest stated she is taking a radically different approach than most of her counterparts on the “Lean Forward” network. “I’m not on there to do an hour of why Republicans suck,” the African-American woman said…

AP Admits It: MSNBC's Leftist 'Loose Lips' Offer Plenty of Ammo to Cri

February 8th, 2014 1:09 PM
The notion that MSNBC is now the most controversial gaffe-a-minute cable news network has been ratified by the Associated Press. AP media reporter David Bauder wrote a story headlined “Loose lips give ammunition to MSNBC foes.” “Since MSNBC is in the political ring, its opponents are always on the lookout for things to attack,” Bauder wrote. “Lately, NBC's…

Bill Press is Indignant That MSNBC Apologized for Vile Cheerios Ad Twe

February 4th, 2014 9:06 AM
When anyone can be described as left of MSNBC, they are heading into fringe territory. Or as Bill Press thinks of it, home sweet home. In yet another futile attempt to remain relevant, Press on his radio show lashed out at MSNBC for apologizing for a Twitter post last week claiming that conservatives might "hate" a new Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial family. (Audio after…

It’s Not Just a Tweet: MSNBC’s Despicable Record of Smearing Repub

February 3rd, 2014 8:27 AM
On Thursday, MSNBC President Phil Griffin apologized for a Twitter post suggesting conservatives (“the rightwing”) are racists who would “hate” a cute new Cheerios ad because it featured a biracial family: “The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed…