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And Your Replacement for Chuck Todd on ‘The Daily Rundown’ is…

MSNBCLogo304x200On the heels of Chuck Todd‘s appointment to “Meet the Press,” we asked you who you think will replace him as anchor of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

With close to 4,000 votes in, NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker was your favorite choice to take the reins, with 57% of you choosing her. Welker has filled in at points for Todd and Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC.

NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Luke Russert came in second with 22% choosing the son of the late “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert. Rounding out the poll was the Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza (six percent),  NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander (six percent), the choice of other (five percent), and weekend anchor Craig Melvin (three percent).

Some of the names chosen for other were Ezra Klein, Ari Melber, and Steve Kornacki.

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Rand Paul: When MSNBC ‘Does 24-Hour News Telling the Truth’ Then We’ll Discuss

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.)

Q2 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Holds #2 in Primetime, Slips in Total Day

MSNBC held on to the #2 spot in primetime for the second quarter of 2014, second only to Fox News in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. But in total day, the network slipped to third in total viewers and fourth (CNN and HLN were tied for second) in the A25-54 demographic.

The ratings for Q2 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 570,000 Total Viewers / 159,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 334,000 Total Viewers / 103,000 A25-54

Like all the cable news networks, MSNBC was down compared to the same quarter last year. In total day, the network was down -7% in total viewers and -16% in the A25-54 demographic, and in primetime, the network was flat and down -17%, respectively.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” and “All In with Chris Hayes” were the only primetime cable news shows to be up compared to the same quarter last year. Both shows grew 5% in total viewers, although Maddow’s program was down -18% and Hayes’ program was down -22% in the demo compared to Q2 2013. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” — which was guest-hosted in June by Ari Melber while O’Donnell recovered from a car accident — was down -12% in total viewers and -21% in the demo.

 

Ari Melber: ‘Political TV is Like Kindergarten’

Ari Melber 304It’s not often a cable news fill-in stint lasts longer than a week, but a serious car accident involving MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell in April thrust Ari Melber into a two-month substitute hosting role.

As O’Donnell returns to host the “Last Word” tonight, and Melber rejoined the cast of “The Cycle” this afternoon, Melber tells TVNewser about the highs and lows of filling in on the primetime show, which, during his nine-week run as host, was down -17% in viewers and -22% in A25-54 demo viewers compared to the previous nine weeks hosted by O’Donnell.

TVNewser: What went through your mind initially when tasked with filling in for Lawrence semi-permanently?

Melber: Initially, I got a call that Lawrence was hurt in a car accident, so the scare and uncertainty of that was going through my mind. It’s very jarring and sad to hear that someone you know and look up to was hurt in an emergency, and the first few times I talked with his staff, they were still distraught and processing everything. So when you get from that reality to ‘how was the show at first,’ basically, it was unlike any other anchoring I’ve done before — probably with less initial focus on the shows themselves, because the staff and audience were more focused on any information about Lawrence.

TVNewser: You’ve done solo hosting before, but never for this long and this high profile. Were there any rough spots or growing pains?

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Sunday Media Shows Cover Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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The Sunday media shows both led yesterday covering the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

“Thank you Bill O’Reilly for demonstrating how to conduct a smear campaign against a military family,” Brian Stelter said after playing a clip of O’Reilly noting Bowe’s father, Bob, has learned to speak Pashto and “looks like a Muslim.” He then turned to MSNBC’s “resident conservative” Joe Scarborough: “I confess I almost threw my remote control at the TV at one point this week,” Stelter said after playing a clip of Scarborough and Chuck Todd‘s heated exchange about Bob Bergdahl, where Scarborough called him a bad father.

Stelter also noted Fox News’ James Rosen report that Bergdahl had converted to Islam during his captivity. “That has not been backed up by other sources,” Stelter said. His guest, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, praised Rosen as a reporter, but suggested his report “does not meet the bar”: “This is hearsay from terrorists passed through an ex-felon and then to the American people” (Rosen responded to Lizza via Twitter).

Over on “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz referenced Rosen’s report, noting the part about Bergdahl being locked in a cage for weeks had been confirmed. Kurtz also chimed in on MSNBC’s Ari Melber claiming the media was “swiftboating” Bergdahl. “I would argue, lots of news organizations that would not be described as conservative organizations have been going out and finding out information from the soldiers and other sources about Bergdahl’s conduct.”

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Lawrence O’Donnell Updates Viewers on His Recovery

LAWRENCEODONNELL-large300He’s been off the air for over a month after suffering injuries in an automobile accident, so Lawrence O’Donnell called up his show last night to update viewers on his recovery.

“I’m getting pretty good on crutches,” O’Donnell said, adding he’s doing okay in physical therapy after breaking his hip and injuring his legs in a taxi cab accident while vacationing.

He also poured cold water on substitute host Ari Melber suggesting O’Donnell will be back soon.

“Ari, what is this bit about me coming back soon…who says I’m coming back soon?” O’Donnell joked, asking Melber if his absence was interrupting Melber’s vacation plans.

O’Donnell told Melber he can clear his calendar at some point in June, when he returns to host “The Last Word.”

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MSNBC Primetime Covers Cliven Bundy Comments, Sean Hannity Denouncing Them

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy‘s controversial comments about African Americans caused a stir yesterday, and MSNBC led each of its primetime shows covering the story; the network also covered Fox News’ Sean Hannity denouncing Bundy’s comments.

At 8pmET, “All In with Chris Hayes” covered the “great Cliven Bundy walk-back of 2014.” More than anyone else, Sean Hannity built up Cliven Bundy into a media hero, Hayes said about the Fox News host. Joining Hayes, MSNBC host Karen Finney noted every major figure that denounced Bundy, especially politicians, did it through a spokesperson–except for Hannity, who called Bundy’s comments “repugnant” and “disgraceful” on his radio show yesterday.

Filling in for Lawrence O’Donnell, Ari Melber claimed Hannity “elevated” Bundy. “If all these developments are progress, it’s of a very narrow and calculated variety,” Melber said after playing Hannity’s critical comments about Bundy.

On “Hardball,” substitute host Steve Kornacki wasn’t satisfied by Hannity’s critical comments about Bundy: “Sean Hannity always ends up being the victim, that’s what it sounds like…Sean Hannity made this guy a cause.”

And on Fox News, Hannity went beyond his radio denouncement of Bundy: “Allow me to make myself abundantly clear. I believe those comments are downright racist, they are repugnant, they are bigoted, and it’s beyond disturbing.”

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Lawrence O’Donnell Will Be Off MSNBC for Several Weeks After Car Accident

lawrence-odonnellLawrence O’Donnell will be off the air for several weeks after being involved in a car accident over the weekend while vacationing.

Here’s MSNBC’s statement:

“Lawrence O’Donnell and his brother Michael were injured in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country. They were transported back to the US – Lawrence to NYC and Michael to Boston. They are both under the care of doctors and expected to make a full recovery. Lawrence will be off from MSNBC for several weeks as he recuperates. Our thoughts and support are with the O’Donnell family and we look forward to having Lawrence back on the air soon.”

No word yet on the extent of the O’Donnell brothers’ injuries, but MSNBC tells us both are in good spirits.

Alex Wagner will fill in on “The Last Word” tonight and tomorrow night, with Ari Melber filling in on Wednesday and Thursday.

On FNC, NYT Reporter Holds Breaking News on Malaysia Airlines Until It Hits NYTimes.com

Kelly SchmidtAll three cable news networks reported last night’s New York Times breaking news that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s first turn that diverted the plane’s path was done by a computer system potentially programmed in the plane’s cockpit.

Megyn Kelly had the co-writer of the Times story, Michael Schmidt, on as a guest at the top of her show at 9:01pmET.

But Schmidt sat on his reporting for 23 minutes, until after the piece went live on the NYTimes.com.  “Way to hold it, right until the C block, Michael,” Kelly said sarcastically to Schmidt before he reported the news of the plane deliberately being diverted at  9:24pmET mark of the “Kelly File” (the funny exchange is after the jump).

Filling in on “Piers Morgan Live,” Bill Weir reported the Times story at 9:26pmET, talking to CNN safety analyst David Soucie and CNN aviation analyst Jim Tilmon.

MSNBC first mentioned the NY Times story at the top of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” at 10:02pmET, as guest host Ari Melber turned to a report from NBC’s Tom Costello followed by a segment with former NTSB investigator Greg Feith and former corporate pilot Anthony Roman.

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‘The Cycle’ Mixed Salad: ‘You Might Just Be a Radish Who’s Bad At Analogies’

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In the second part of our interview with the hosts of MSBNC’s “The Cycle,” the on-air team engages in an all-important debate: what part of a mixed salad is each.

“Abby, I think you might just be a radish who’s bad at analogies,” co-host Ari Melber said on his co-host Abby Huntsman.

“Krystal’s like the tomato of the salad,” Huntsman said about Krystal Ball. “Very sweet, but also a necessity to make a good salad.”

“Juicy,” Ball chose to describe Melber, but Abby had a different take:

“Ari is maybe more like a pickle…you just never know how it’s going to take,” she said.

And Touré ?

“Am I the fried chicken that you sprinkle on top of the salad?” he asked.

Watch Part 1: “The Cycle” on making a show they’d want to watch.

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