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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.

Ohio State Students Divided on Chris Matthews Giving Commencement Speech

Matthews-Chris-CREDITMSNBC1Top TV news talent often serve as college commencement speakers, but MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is receiving a frosty welcome from THE Ohio State University.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

News that Matthews will speak hasn’t been well-received among students, said Taylor Stepp, president of the undergraduate student government. Complaints about Matthews’s liberal views are common, Stepp said, but students are equally upset that the university didn’t draw a bigger name.

“The response from students is simply that we don’t know who this guy is, we don’t care about this guy,” Stepp said. “And the fact that Mr. Matthews obviously has a very liberal leaning and he’s not even a public official was irksome to me.”

OSU’s College Democrats group is defending the pick. They think Matthews will give a strong speech at the May 4 ceremony that leaves politics out of it. President Obama gave last year’s commencement speech at Ohio State.

Governor Chris Christie Meets the Press, Again

The news channels carried New Jersey Governor Chris Christie‘s news conference this afternoon, in which the Governor discussed his office’s internal investigation that found he had nothing to do with the George Washington Bridge lane closures last September.

During the press conference, which started at 2:31pmET and lasted for a little more than an hour, Christie announced the resignation of Port Authority chief and close ally David Samson. Christie also called for splitting the New York-based Port Authority into two separate locations in New York and New Jersey.

CNN was the first to cut out of the press conference, carrying it for 26 minutes before turning to a quick reaction segment with Gloria Borger and Dana Bash, then moving back to coverage Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Fox News Channel carried 52 minutes of the newser, until 3:23pmET, at which point Shepard Smith turned to correspondent David Lee Miller, reporting from the New Jersey State House. MSNBC carried the Governor’s entire news conference. Christie held a two hour news conference on January 9 on the issue.

Shortly before the news conference, Christie sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly which will air tonight on her show at 9pmET.

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‘The Daily Show’ Tells Story of ‘Family That Stays Together’…’Morning Joe’

MJ Daily Show“The Daily Show’s” Samantha Bee‘s infatuation with cable news romance apparently isn’t limited to the “love story” she depicted between Fox News’ “The Five’s” Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino—she set her sights on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last night.

Bee told the story of “daddy Joe” and “mother Mika,” who together create a “rocket ship of passion that is middle-aged coupledome.”

She then shared what the fruits of the co-hosts “romance” has produced: boy pundits, listing off “Willie”(Willie Geist), “Marky” (Mark Halperin), “the Toddster” (Chuck Todd), and a cast of other show regulars.

Bee then got emotional as she showed clips of Joe and Mika arguing. “You guys are going to get divorced, aren’t you? Please don’t make me go live with Lawrence O’Donnell… he doesn’t flush the toilet,” Bee cried.

“Morning Joe” is not reciprocating the love. This morning the show opened instead with a “Colbert Report” clip. Now that Bee has told Fox News and MSNBC “love stories” we anxiously await her CNN version.

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After Heated Shouting Match, A Happy Morning for Chris Hayes

HayesStefanoChris Hayes had himself one heck of a night, followed by a joyous morning.

Hayes and Americans for Prosperity’s Jennifer Stefano got into a heated exchange after she felt Hayes belittled her for disagreeing with him over issues like Medicaid expansion.

“How dare you, like Harry Reid, try to undercut the voice of a woman simply because she disagrees with you,” Stefano shouted.

As Stefano’s voice raised, Hayes grew more dumbfounded, even rolling his eyes at one point. A few hours after the garden variety cable news shouting match, Hayes enjoyed a much more special moment this morning. He and his wife Kate welcomed their second child, David Emanuel Shaw-Hayes, at 5:39amET, weighing in at 8lbs. There will be no shouting tonight — unless it’s the baby — as Hayes is out of “All In” on new daddy duty (photo of father with son after the jump.)

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MSNBC and Fox News Hosts Hold Affordable Care Act Live Chats

Joy Reid Live ChatMSNBC and Fox News hosts are embracing social media to discuss the Affordable Care Act as the sign-up deadline is now less than a week away.

Our sister site Lost Remote reports MSNBC’s Joy Reid held a Google+ Hangout this afternoon with New York Times correspondent and medical doctor Elisabeth Rosenthal, answering questions on the ACA.

Like many of her MSNBC colleagues, Reid has championed the ACA, saying during the live chat that any opportunity to clear up “misconceptions” about the law is one her show can’t pass up.

And Fox News “Special Report” host Bret Baier also hosted a Google+ Hangout about the ACA this past Thursday, speaking with a mother of two, the Conservative Union’s Pradheep Shanker, and a Texas man with six children and six grandchildren.

Chris Hayes, What’s Your Show?

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A week from today, Chris Hayes marks one year as host of “All In,” MSNBC’s lead-off primetime program. “All In” is a Top 20 cable news program and is consistently MSNBC’s second most-watched show, after Rachel Maddow, among younger viewers.

In the second edition of the MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Hayes and his team take us behind the scenes of “All In,” which Hayes calls much more “host driven” than your average cable news show.

Ronan Farrow Takes Heat for Malaysia Airlines Tweet, Doesn’t Air Footage

After taking heat for a tweet he sent out this morning teasing an exclusive with the partner of the only American adult on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Ronan Farrow deleted the Tweet, then decided not to air the footage on his show.

Farrow tweeted this morning: “1pm @RonanDaily exclusive: we were on camera with the partner of Phillip Wood as she received the wrenching new finding that no one survived.”

A CNN editor was among those who called out Farrow.

After deleting the original tweet, Farrow sent out another tease for his 1pmET show.

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Cable Hosts Up Criticism of Competitors’ MH370 Coverage

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The coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has become a story of its own, with news and opinion hosts and producers slamming or defending networks for the nonstop coverage.

Take MSNBC host Chris Hayes. He has not covered the story anywhere near as much as his 8pm CNN competitor Anderson Cooper. (It’s worth nothing that Hayes, normally No. 2 in the hour, has lost to Cooper in the ratings every day since MH370 went missing. Friday March 7 was the last time Hayes beat Cooper).

Last night on his show, Hayes criticized CNN’s coverage, specifically Don Lemon who asked a guest whether a black hole could have sucked in the plane. Hayes also criticized News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch for tweeting speculation that the plane might have been stolen and hidden in northern Pakistan.

“Do not use mystery and its presence as an excuse to further whatever boogeyman you choose to make your audience scared of,” Hayes castigated. “That is the grown-up versions of monsters underneath the bed. And our job is not to fill the air by telling bedtime stories.”

Meanwhile, on “Fox and Friends” this morning, Peter Johnson Jr. criticized the nightly newscasts for leading with the missing plane story for the last 11 days, while ignoring other stories. “Fox is successful, and number one, because it carries the news that people want… on Obamacare, on Fast and Furious, on IRS scandals,” Johnson said.

And NBC/MSNBC’s Chuck Todd took to Twitter this morning to bemoan another day of “breaking news.” And in response, a CNN producer red flagged Todd for using the same tactics on his show:

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Albright: Focus Should Be on Ukraine, Mika Agrees, Then Turns to Missing Plane

AlbrightA bit of an awkward turn this morning on “Morning Joe,” as co-host Mika Brzezinski agreed with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that what’s happening in Ukraine is more important than the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

“I know we’re all focused on the airplane, but the bottom line is this has really, truly, long-term implications, and we all need to focus on how to deal with Ukraine,” Albright said.

“I totally agree with you on dealing with competing news interests here, but certainly Ukraine is our focus here on ‘Morning Joe,’ and has been since the story broke,” Brzezinski said. She then thanked Albright and teased more coverage of the missing plane.

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Mia Farrow, Mother of MSNBC Anchor, Criticizes CNN’s Coverage of Malaysia Airlines

Actress Mia Farrow tweeted (since deleted) her thoughts on the coverage of the Malaysia Airlines mystery: “Has TV ‘news’ gone completely crazy,” she wrote, attaching an image of some of CNN’s coverage. CNN contributor Sally Kohn fired back:

Farrow’s son Ronan, hosts a daily show on MSNBC. He has led his show with several minutes of coverage of the missing plane every day this week.

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