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MSNBC is a 24-hour newschannel owned by NBCUniversal, a Comcast company. MSNBC shares a newsroom and studio with NBC News at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Launched on July 15, 1996, MSNBC was originally a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft. MSNBC acquired Microsoft’s stake in MSNBC TV in 2005 and acquired control of msnbc.com from Microsoft in 2012. Reaching more than 95 million households worldwide, MSNBC offers a 24-hour schedule of live news coverage, political opinion programs and documentaries. Phil Griffin is the president of MSNBC.

Maddow, Matthews to Host MSNBC’s Election Night Coverage

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MSNBC will turn to Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews to host coverage of the midterm elections, under the title “Vote 2014!” Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Maddow and Matthews will be joined by Steve Kornacki, Chuck Todd, Jose Diaz-Balart, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Kasie Hunt. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will handle exit poll results throughout the evening.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Ari Melber and Krystal Ball will co-host MSNBC.com’s “Digital Decision 2014″, with reporting from correspondents in the key battleground states, and live interaction with viewers.

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‘Smells Good…Smells Like College’: Rachel Maddow Tours Colorado Pot Shop

The owner of a marijuana dispensary in Colorado, Jamie Perino, gave a tour of the very legal business to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who was in the state to report on the weird world of the state’s blooming marijuana industry.

Maddow’s first thought on heading inside the pot shop? “Smells good. Smells like college.” After getting her ID checked, the man at the door gave Maddow the quick run-down on how it all works: “It’s kind of like ordering sushi.”

October 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Has Lowest Rated Month Since 2005

MSNBC continued to struggle in the ratings department in October. Compared to October, 2013 — when partisan gridlock in Washington drove viewers to cable news — the network was down -48% in the demo and down -37% in total viewers in primetime. For total day viewing, MSNBC shed -42% in the demo and -34% among total viewers.

The ratings for October, 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 502,000 Total Viewers / 122,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 323,000 Total Viewers / 84,000 A25-54

MSNBC edged CNN for second place in primetime for the month. Still, MSNBC had its least-watched primetime since December 2007 in total viewers and least watched since July 2005 in the demo.

“Hardball,” at 7pmET, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 9pmET, and “The Last Word” at 10pmET ranked #2 in their timeslots (behind Fox News, ahead of CNN) among total viewers for the month. More from MSNBC in their release, after the jump…

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MSNBC’s Al Sharpton Reveals He Hasn’t Eaten Dinner In Years

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The fit–even slightly underweight–Rev. Al Sharpton who hosts MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” has revealed to the New York Daily News that his fitness regimen includes plenty of exercise (including workouts in the NBC gym at 30 Rock) and very little food. In fact, after lunch, he doesn’t eat dinner–and he hasn’t in years:

Around six years ago, Sharpton cut out red meat. A year later, he did away with chicken — no small feat for a guy who ate fried fowl three times a day (with grits and eggs for breakfast and on a sandwich in the afternoon, plus a half-chicken for dinner).

Eventually he cut out so much food that he was subsisting on a single lunchtime salad (albeit with one perk: a chopped egg). That’s when the weight really started coming off, at a rate of about 2 pounds a week. And as he got thinner, he found he missed food less and less.

Watch Sharpton’s workout, after the jump.
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‘Morning Joe’ Will Broadcast From The Ohio State University

Nathan Congleton for MSNBCTo coincide with the Middle Market Summit, which is being held at The Ohio State University, “Morning Joe” will broadcast live from the campus on Wednesday. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will head to the heart of Buckeye Nation to discuss the driving force behind over 44 million U.S. jobs with special guests, including former Gov. Mitt Romney and Christine Poon, dean of The Ohio State University College of Business.

The Middle Market Summit will be live streamed on msnbc.com.

Jay Carney: President Obama Is ‘Voracious Reader’ Of Print, Does Not Watch Cable News

Say whatever you’d like, cable newsers, President Obama is not watching. In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday, former Obama press secretary and current CNN political analyst Jay Carney described the president as “a voracious consumer of the printed word, even the electronic printed word, and but he doesn’t — he doesn’t watch cable news”

STELTER: Is it true the president doesn’t watch any cable news?

CARNEY: It is true, which doesn’t mean that he doesn’t get news, in a real time basis. He does. He’s a voracious consumer of the printed word, even the electronic printed word, and but he doesn’t — he doesn’t watch cable news. I have spent, you know, countless hours with him on Air Force One, especially, in the conference room where we always had the TV on, and it was never in any of the trips I ever took with him, tuned in to cable news.

Ronan Farrow Sits Down with Malala Yousafzai

MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow spoke with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai for the first televised interview since she won the award. At the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia this week, Farrow and Yousafzai talked about everything from her discussion with President Obama, to what she did upon hearing about her Nobel win, and even her advice for young people thinking of joining ISIS.

Ebola Arrives in New York; Cable News Clears the Decks for Rolling Coverage

B0rMF7DIgAAD5i0Well, Canada, it was nice, but, well, we’ve got Ebola in New York. You could almost hear the cell phones ringing with news executives’ re-worked plans: We’re going to pull you guys out of Ottawa as soon as you’re off the air. Everybody to New York.

The cable news networks reacted with a frenzy of reporting Thursday evening in the wake of New York City’s first confirmed case of Ebola.

As New York is home to the nation’s major media, the emergence of Dr. Craig Spencer was enough to send producers pulling the keys from around their necks to unlock the nuclear launch codes. This, my friends, was big. Sorry, Dallas and Atlanta, I mean, well, do we really have to explain this to you?

CNN and MSNBC devoted wall-to-wall coverage to Ebola ahead of a planned news conference in New York, while planning extended coverage into the night and for Friday morning. Fox News announced it would air a live edition of “Hannity” at 10 p.m., followed by a live hour of “The Kelly File” with Megyn Kelly at 11 p.m. “Fox and Friends First” will begin live coverage at 4:30 a.m.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, at the Ebola news conference that was carried live on cable news and streamed online, said New York, essentially, had been ready and waiting for this. “What happened in Dallas was the opposite,” the governor said. “The more facts you know, the less frightening the situation is.”

So on with the intense coverage then–and no panic, okay? FoxSports.com writer Erik Malinowski grabbed a photo of CNN’s Ebola 7-box (above), about which author Adam Sternbergh noted “there are more people on that screen than have contracted Ebola in the USA.”

Fox News and MSNBC Have the Same Amount of ‘Mostly Liberal’ Viewers

Well here’s something surprising coming out of today’s new Pew survey looking into political polarization and media habits. Five percent of people who consider themselves “mostly liberal” watch MSNBC, equal the percentage who watch Fox News. CNN takes the majority of that audience with 20% saying CNN is their “main source of news about government and politics.”

No surprise here: the “mostly” and “consistently conservative” viewers overwhelming choose Fox News. In total, CNN edges Fox News (16% vs. 14%) as the main source of government and politics news. Today’s results are part of Pew’s year-long look at political polarization in America.

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Gannett Editorial Accuses Cable News of Catching ‘Ebola Bug’ and ‘Transmitting Fear’

Cole-Ebola-ISIS-2-690-e1413163765212An unsigned editorial in the Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press–and carried in Gannett newspapers across the country–blasts Fox News, CNN and MSNBC of “ramping up the fear” over Ebola “in order to carve out higher ratings.”

The editorial accuses the networks of “manufacturing a bogeyman” in Ebola, and ignoring a far more real threat to Americans–flu:

When are CNN, MSNBC and FOX going to mount their round-the-clock coverage of the plague of influenza stalking our nation and particularly our senior citizens? Don’t hold your breath.

In the race for ratings and market share, the exotic, foreign killer will nearly always beat out the mundane. And speaking of exotic foreign killers, when the cable news networks take their eyes off the Ebola ball for a moment, it’s only to pick up the ISIS ball and tell us of the imminent threat of those barbarians at America’s gate.

It turns out that fear-mongering translates not only into dollars and cents for news-gathering organizations, but also allows talking heads to politicize the issue. That’s certainly true with ISIS as criticism mounts about just how badly the administration misjudged its threat.

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