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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.

‘Gross’: Journalists Not Happy With Republican Attorney General’s Re-Election in Florida

PamBondiIt wasn’t the biggest Republican victory of the midterms, but the re-election of Florida’s Republican attorney general Pam Bondi seems to have gotten under the skin of some journalists, who revealed their true feelings about Bondi in a string of comments on Facebook last night.

When Miguel Fernandez, executive producer at CBS-owned WFOR in Miami updated his Facebook status to read “Ugh! TALLAHASSEE, Fla (AP) — Republican incumbent Pam Bondi re-elected as Florida’s attorney general,” people lined up to register their outrage. “Crap,” said one. “DISGUSTING,” said another.

Among the commenters were journalists, including MSNBC managing editor Ilyas Kirmani, who commented on Bondi’s re-election, “gross,” and WFOR reporter Lisa Petrillo, who wrote “yuck.”

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Tom Brokaw’s Phone Alarm Goes Off on TV

BrokawPhoneLegendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw was making an appearance on MSNBC’s election coverage when suddenly it sounded like a fire alarm might be going off in the studio. Brokaw then said, “Could that be me? I’m afraid it is, unfortunately.”

Rachel Maddow responded, “It’s not you, its something ambient.” Brokaw then surprised Maddow and pulled out a giant smartphone with the alarm ringing on full blast.

Maddow responded, “I thought you were a fire.”

The veteran TV news anchor then made light of the situation, pretending to answer a call and saying “Yes, I will remember to bring home the milk. Don’t worry about it. And I will remember to feed the dog in the morning, just sleep in. Its going to be OK.”

Brokaw bounced back like a true professional and went on to discuss potential Republican control of the House and Senate. WATCHRead more

Chris Matthews: ‘Fox News’ an ‘Oxymoron’

Things between MSNBC and Fox News Channel obviously get tense on election nights and Chris Matthews fired his first shot of the evening… kind of. Just after 7:30pmET, Mathews called Fox News an “oxymoron,” but quickly added “just kidding, great network.” MSNBC hosts were discussing the state of Ohio, and Gov. John Kasich, who used to host his own show on Fox News.

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Beef Between Rachel Maddow, Stuart Varney?

Rachel Maddow of MSNBC recently took on Fox Business’ Stuart Varney for his piece on falling gas prices hurting President Obama. Maddow mentions the current “unusually low” gas prices and points out that conservative media typically blames Obama when gas prices are high. She even used a “screenshot” from Varney’s show to demonstrate her point.

Well, Varney fired back this afternoon on his show, saying Maddow “got it wrong” and called Maddow’s commentary a “factless rant.” He went on to say, “she twisted the truth to fit her agenda.”

Is this friendly bickering or legitimate beef among cablenewsers? Watch the clips below and tell us how you feel in the comment section.

First, Maddow on Varney:

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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.

‘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.

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