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MSNBC Shaking Up Daytime Schedule (TVNewser)
MSNBC is announcing major changes to its daytime lineup. Cable news newcomer Ronan Farrow will host his new show at 1 p.m. ET, sources tell TVNewser, while Joy Reid, the managing editor of NBC’s TheGrio.com, who has been filling in on MSNBC, is expected to be named host at 2. p. m. ET. Tamron Hall, who currently anchors NewsNation at 2 p.m., is negotiating a new contract that would give her an expanded role at the Today show while also keeping her on the MSNBC schedule. Meanwhile, the noon hour has seen fill-in anchors since Alex Wagner moved to 4 p.m. two weeks ago. TVNewser News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule. The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where Morning Joe leads into Chuck Todd’s DC-based politics hour, followed by Chris Jansing’s newscast. Hall’s NewsNation follows at 11 a.m. with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to MSNBC and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.” NYT The network, which will be on a break from its usual lineup to cover the Winter Olympics starting in two weeks, will introduce Farrow as host of the 1 p.m. hour starting Feb. 24. Farrow, the 26-year-old son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, has already amassed a long résumé, including being a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale Law School graduate, and a stint in the Obama administration. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In his memo to staff, Griffin commended MSNBC for getting off to “a great start in 2014.” “We’ve broken news, done important reporting and lead the way on a variety of stories this month And the audience has responded with some of our highest ratings since the 2012 election,” he wrote. “I’m proud of the fantastic work all our teams are doing, particularly those of you who have been juggling multiple assignments. Thank you for your hard work and flexibility.”

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Did Someone Pay for the Leaked Sarah Palin Twitter Story?

A big story broke on the Daily Caller today with a series of leaked Twitter direct messages from top Sarah Palin aide Rebecca Mansour mocking major political figures like Mitt Romney and even Palin’s own daughter Bristol Palin. Mansour sent private messages calling Romney’s fans “wacky as hell,” and said conservative blogger Erick Erickson of Red State was “a total douchebag.” She also said about Bristol: “She will hold her at arm’s length. Even Thatcher was never able to disown her screw up son Mark. It’s a Mom thing,”

But an intriguing part to this story is how the direct messages were leaked in the first place. Politico’s Ben Smith wrote that he has been waiting for this story to break for a few months, as somebody tried to sell him the same emails last fall.  “Does Politico pay for exclusives?  Cause I’m looking to sell. I have 122 direct messages from Sarah Palin staffer Rebecca Mansour,” the person “Toki de la Vega” emailed.

When Smith responded with a counter-offer of “lunch and ‘undying gratitude,’” he received this response:

“Sorry, Ben, but it’s going to take more than a happy meal and a hand shake to get me to betray someone’s confidence. Only freshly printed 100 dollar bills help me get over feelings of guilt,” wrote the emailer, who continued, “Would it violate some fake journalistic ethics and standards to get me in contact someone who does pay? I know that the thought of blogging about this is making your panties wet. The topics range from Chuck Hagel to Ricky Hollywood and everything else in between. It’s a f***ing blogger’s gold mine.”

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