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Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 12:34PM EDT
Former MSNBC host Ed Schultz dies at 64
The liberal political commentator hosted MSNBC's The Ed Show from 2009 to 2015, when the show was canceled to make the cable news network's daytime lineup more oriented to hard news. He went on to host a daily primetime weekday show on Russia's RT America.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 9:21AM EDT
MSNBC cancels The Hugh Hewitt Show
Conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's weekly talk show ended on Saturday after one year. In May, MSNBC gave Hewitt a verbal warning after learning that he had lobbied EPA chief Scott Pruitt.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Outgoing U.S. Senator Jeff Flake might become a cable news pundit
The Republican senator, who is in his final months representing Arizona, reportedly met with the heads of CNN and MSNBC for a possible pundit gig. Flake is one of the rare prominent Republicans who have denounced President Trump.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 1:18PM EDT
NBC News is accused of shelving a story on sexual misconduct accusations against Russell Simmons and Extra's A.J. Calloway
MSNBC's Joy Reid was working on the story of Sil Lai Abrams, who alleges that the music mogul raped her in 1996 and that Extra's Calloway sexually assaulted her in 2006, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters. Extra airs on NBC owned-and-operated stations. Reid started working on Abrams' story in December and interviewed her on-camera in January. Yet the process for getting it on the air "dragged on frustratingly for weeks and then months," according to Masters. "At times, Reid texted or emailed Abrams about her sense that the network was 'slow walking' the story with 'stupid' requests. Finally, in April, Abrams says Reid told her that the network was no longer responding to her queries as to when the segment might air." Simmons, through his attorney, denied raping Abrams. In Calloway's case, Abrams filed a police report and Calloway was arrested but the case was later dismissed. "These decade-old allegations are false. They were false when they were first made and are false now," said an attorney representing Calloway. Asked to respond to its handling of the story, NBC News issued the following statement: "When MSNBC pursues any investigative story our mission is always to be as thorough as we can, to scrutinize sources and corroborate information before we report. Anything else falls short of our journalistic standards." Meanwhile, Joy Reid issued her own statement to TV Guide: "The process was clearly frustrating for Sil Lai, particularly once other women publicly accused one of the men," Reid said. "Investigative reports like these take time, and not surprisingly, sometimes journalists get frustrated as well. I inappropriately shared that frustration privately with Sil Lai. I completely respect MSNBC's standards and practices. Meticulous research to get the facts right was the only option, especially given the seriousness of the allegations."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
President Trump boasts he's boosting cable news viewership: "We're making them rich. They never had ratings like this"
"When the NFL is down 20 percent, it’s the flag. But it’s also the fact that everybody’s watching us on the different cable networks," the president said tonight at a rally in Fargo, North Dakota.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 6:07PM EDT
"Womp womp" was the sound of human decency dying on live cable news
The "sad trombone" sound that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski made last night on Fox news to mock the sob story of a 10-year-old immigrant girl with Down syndrome being separated from her parents looked so bad that even Lewandowski tried to reframe it this morning as an attack on the liberal pundit he was sparring with. As James Poniewozik points out, from Laura Ingraham to Tucker Carlson, Lewandowski's "womp womp" was the latest tactic used on Fox News to delegitimize emotion. "But the sights and sounds of the past few days have been too ghastly to sneer away," he adds. "The Trump administration’s border policy has been in place for weeks. But only in the past week or so have we gotten the images, video and horrifying audio that push a story to the front of the news and keep it there." Poniewozik says that Lewandowski would've done a "womp womp" in reaction to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow channeling the emotion of much of her audience by breaking down in tears to the news of "tender age" facilities. He adds: "'Womp womp' is the sound of someone telling you that this basic decency is questionable, weak, a trick, something to be mastered for the sake of the team. It’s the music of someone trying to give you permission to harden your heart to strangers while still thinking of yourself as a good person." ALSO: Maddow's inarticulacy proved more eloquent than a straight recitation of the facts that she couldn’t bear to face.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
Rachel Maddow apologizes after breaking down on air while attempting to report breaking news on "tender age" shelters
Maddow struggled to read a breaking news Associated Press story on the family immigration controversy. "Ugh, I'm sorry," Maddow tweeted after her show. "If nothing else, it is my job to actually be able to speak while I'm on TV."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
In the new novel Dear Rachel Maddow, the MSNBC anchor becomes a fictional teen's muse
Author Adrienne Kisner's new book Dear Rachel Maddow was originally supposed to be called Dear Mr. Henshaw. "I was going to fictionalize Rachel Maddow, but in my mind I'm like, 'You know what? No one's ever going to read this. I'll do whatever I want. Who cares?' Then it got out of hand. I’m like, 'Oh well, I just wrote a book to Rachel Maddow. It's out there in the world and it's separate from the reality of her,'" says Kisner. ALSO: MSNBC gives a shout-out to New York Times article on "MSNBC Moms."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Why is the desk on MSNBC's Morning Joe so cluttered with trash?
If you look closely, there's actually quite a lot of trash on the set of MSNBC's morning show, which allows each guest to bring their own drinks on set.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
MSNBC's Joy Reid apologizes to John McCain and responds to controversy over her old 9/11 conspiracy blog post
In old blog posts uncovered this week, the MSNBC host photoshopped McCain's head on the Virginia Tech shooter and promoted a video of a 9/11 conspiracy documentary that blamed the attacks on the U.S. government. Reid said in a statement today she believes Al Qaeda was responsible for 9/11. She also apologized to McCain. "Today I’m sincerely apologizing again," she said, noting "my evolution on many issues." She added: "I’m sorry for the collateral damage and pain this is causing individuals and communities caught in the crossfire. To be clear, I have the highest respect for Sen. McCain as a public servant and patriot and wish him and his family the best. I have reached out to Meghan McCain and will continue to do so. She is a former on-air colleague and I feel deeply for her and her family." ALSO: MSNBC says it is standing by Reid.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
MSNBC is keeping mum as more controversial Joy Reid blog posts emerge
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Santa Fe High School shooting showed how TV news has become accustomed to covering mass shootings
"The increase in the number of mass shootings has resulted in a kind of template for covering such a horrifying tragedy," says Cynthia Littleton. "Interviews with shaken students and grieving parents, a rush to find biographical details about the suspected shooter and discussions with angry activists railing about the lack of curbs on the availability of guns and ammunition have become a chilling staple of TV."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
A Michael Avenatti-Anthony Scaramucci TV show is being pitched
The New York Times reports that a "television show featuring Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who is suing President Trump on behalf of a pornographic film actress, and the former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was pitched to two cable networks in recent weeks, people briefed on the matter said on Thursday. The prominent television agent Jay Sures discussed with executives at CNN and MSNBC the concept of a program where the two men would square off, according to three people briefed on the issue." Asked to comment, Avenatti said: “I have no interest in television right now."
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
In the Trump era, print reporters are making a lot of money appearing on cable news
When Michelle Wolf scolded Washington journalists at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, she said President Trump "helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off of him. If you’re going to profit off of Trump, you should at least give him some money, because he doesn’t have any.” And now, Buzzfeed has revealed how much cable news pays print reporters to appear on TV to talk about the Trump administration. "Compensation ranges widely, but it has risen in recent years, according to reporters, agents, and network sources," according to Buzzfeed's Steven Perlberg. "Starting contributor rates for political reporters fall between about $30,000 and $50,000 a year. Top reporters can earn between $50,000 and $90,000 for their TV side-hustles, and some seasoned pros — boosted by loyalty and multi-year arrangements — make as much as $250,000."
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 7:13PM EDT
Ronan Farrow is coming out with a new book that may reveal why NBC News didn't run his Harvey Weinstein story
NBC News rejected Farrow's work that ended up winning him a Pulitzer Prize for The New Yorker. According to CNN, Farrow signed a book deal on Friday to write Catch and Kill, a book about his reporting on Weinstein, which should delve into why NBC News didn't want his story.