“I think they thought I was sort of a strange beast from another century,” Buchanan said about MSNBC hosts he’d routinely debate. The three-time presidential candidate pointed to his controversial book being the source of MSNBC’s decision to part ways with him. “Nobody seemed to have the same take on the book [Suicide of a Superpower] that MSNBC did,” Buchanan continued, adding, “I was supposed to go on the day the book was announced and I was told ‘you won’t be on this morning.’”
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.
On Thursday, the “MJ” duo accepted Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal‘s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, getting doused with ice water while sitting in a giant kiddie pool (must say Joe got the worst of it). The next day, “GMA’s” Lara Spencer, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, and Tory Johnson accepted colleague Michael Strahan‘s challenge. Standing in NYC’s Central Park, the GMAers received quite the cooldown on a sunny summer day.
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As Chuck Todd ascends to the coveted moderator chair at “Meet the Press,” his morning anchor chair at MSNBC lies vacant. Over the years, MSNBC has filled many of its vacancies through its bench of contributors. Some guests turned hosts include Chris Hayes, Steve Kornacki, Alex Wagner, Joy Reid, and the cast of “The Cycle.”
Todd’s show served as the leadoff hitter to the network’s daytime lineup; particularly the morning’s hard news shows. We’ve put together some potential replacements for you to vote on. We’ll keep voting open throughout the weekend and post the results next week.
The official announcement hasn’t happened yet, but don’t tell that to the ticker writer at MSNBC. During an interview on “The Reid Report” at 2:20pmET, a ticker read: NBC’s CHUCK TODD NAMED NEW “MEET THE PRESS” HOST. Thing is, no announcement has been made … yet. CNN’s Brian Stelter reported at 1:25pmET that an announcement may come today. NBC News reps, we’re told, are in meetings this afternoon and not able to answer our questions about any changes at “Meet the Press.”
The arrest of two reporters in Ferguson, MO last night has been a hot topic on morning cable news. In the first 10 minutes of “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough shared his opinion.
“I’ve been in places where police officers said: ‘all right you know what? This is cordoned off, you guys need to move along.’ You know what I do? I go, ‘yes, sir, or yes, ma’am.’ I don’t sit there and have a debate and film the police officer unless I want to get on TV and have people talk about me the next day,” said Scarborough, adding, “I am sure I am just the worst person in the world for saying this.”
Scarborough’s take on the arrest and short detention of Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly, became news over on CNN. Kate Bolduan asked Lowery — who says police slammed him into a soda machine during his arrest — about Scarborough’s comments:
I would invite Joe Scarborough to come down to Ferguson and get out of 30 Rock where he’s sitting there sipping his Starbucks smugly. I invite him to come down here and talk to the residents of Ferguson where I’ve been since Monday afternoon having tear gas shot at me, having rubber bullets shot at me, having mothers and daughters crying, having a 19-year-old boy crying that he had to run and pull his 21-year-old sister out from a cloud of tear gas. He thought she was going to die.
I invite Joe Scarborough down here and to do some reporting on the ground, and then he can — and then maybe we can have an educated conversation about what’s happening here.
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MSNBC knew hiring Al Sharpton three years ago would raise questions about where the line between news commentary and subjective advocacy lies for the network. Sharpton has been front and center of two recent cases involving the deaths of black men at the hands of police. First, 43-year-old Eric Garner who was put in a chokehold by NYPD officers last month, and later died, and Saturday’s death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, shot by police in Ferguson, MO.
Over the weekend, even before Brown’s death, Sharpton was all over New York media calling for a march against aggressive police tactics. Since the Ferguson shooting and resulting riots, Sharpton has dedicated three-quarters of his “PoliticsNation” airtime to the story, and is devoting at least half to tonight’s show to the topic. “The Ed Show,” “All In” and “The Last Word” also plan on leading with the Brown story today.
Sharpton hosted his program from St. Louis Tuesday. Earlier in the day, he stood beside Brown’s parents at a press conference, urging the federal government to get involved in the case and cautioning citizens against reactionary violence. He also announced his National Action Network will pay for Brown’s funeral.
We reached out to MSNBC for this story, but did not receive a response.
>>Update: MSNBC President Phil Griffin tells TVNewser: “Rev. Al Sharpton is both President of the National Action Network and host on MSNBC. We’ve always been transparent about the dual roles and his work outside of MSNBC.”
Apparently, engaging with news blogs aren’t high on Chris Matthews‘ priority list.
Asked to respond to a piece written by Vox’s Max Fisher on U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, Matthews didn’t mince words. “I don’t respond to that kind of stuff, OK, that’s not of interest to me; why would I respond to something like that?” Matthews said Friday to guest host Jonathan Capehart. “Let me deal with the grown ups, let me deal with the political people, and not getting involved with the blogs and the websites…I don’t need to respond to that professionally.” It should be noted that the editor-in-chief of the website Matthews declined to respond to is MSNBC policy analyst Ezra Klein.
I guess one of the more important things is to have unrealistic dreams, and to keep your head down and keep pushing. You’ve got to take the body blows and can’t get discouraged. I see a lot of young people that when it doesn’t go their way they are calling out sick and sulking. Things don’t always happen in the time frame we think they should.
I see my role as a reporter and conversation starter. But on a personal level, I know all too well how it feels to lose a job … and how it feels to worry about having a successful career while being openly gay. In my younger years, when I was just starting out, I was constantly worried that any honesty about me being gay would derail my career goals. It was not being gay — it was about being honest and authentic about it in the workplace that worried me. No one should have those worries. I have worked very hard to get where I am and I am proud to utilize that platform and help elevate the conversation.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took up Shepard Smith‘s challenge, by getting doused with a bucket of ice water. Last week we told you about Smith, who took up the challenge and had not one, but two buckets of water dumped on him. He passed the challenge on to Maddow, and two others. Today, Maddow accepted, then challenged three others to get doused. If they do, the will give $50 to the charity of Maddow’s choice, in this case the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women. Among those she challenged: former State Department official Liz Cheney.
Then, with the help of executive producer Bill Wolff, Maddow got iced. Watch:
In an MSNBC interview today alongside Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Rand Paul hit back at MSNBC for what he feels was the network’s attempt to distort one of his positions years ago.
“The honest discussion of it would be I never was opposed to the Civil Rights Act, and when your network does 24-hour news telling the truth, then maybe we can get somewhere with the discussion,” Paul said to Ari Melber in response to Melber who’d asked about comments then-senate candidate Paul made in 2010 on “The Rachel Maddow Show” about whether certain businesses should be allowed to refuse service based on race. (Also, this wasn’t exclusive, as Melber described it. Booker and Melber were interviewed last night on PBS NewsHour.)