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Former Montana Governor Joins MSNBC as a Contributor

MontanaFormer Pennsylvania Governor and MSNBC contributor Ed Rendell now has a fellow former Democratic Governor as a colleague: former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

Schweitzer told the Associated Press he will appear once or twice a week from a studio being built in his home, and won’t just be giving Democratic talking points.

“At Fox News they’ve got it down that Democrats are always wrong and Republicans are always right. Too much of MSNBC is saying the Democrats are always right and Republicans are always wrong,” he said. “When the Democrats have it wrong, I’ll say it and when the Republicans have it wrong, I’ll say it.”

Schweitzer was introduced as a contributor on last night’s “Ed Show,” where he discussed the Keystone XL pipeline.

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As Shutdown Ends, A Toast to Chris Matthews’ Account of Political Compromise

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was feted last night at the New York book party for his seventh book, “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.” The book, a historical account of political opponents who managed to work together, coincidentally hit the shelves on the first day of the government shutdown.

Matthews arrived at P.J. Clarke’s in Lincoln Center shortly before the senate vote to end the shutdown Wednesday night. He told TVNewser he combined multiple sources — including news clips, President Reagan’s diaries and his own journal from his time in as O’Neill’s administrative assistant — to create a “hologram” account of the time period. Asked how he juggles it all, he said he wrote at home before and after his “Hardball” work day, joking that his wife began to refer to the chair in his office as “that chair.”

We also chatted with newly-minted MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, who says he’ll spend the next few months developing his vision for his show ahead of an early 2014 launch. (Farrow was coy about the show’s time slot, which MSNBC has so far only said will be a “weekday, one-hour” program.) Also on hand to toast Matthews at P.J. Clarke’s: MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Dan Rather, Mark Halperin, MSNBC analyst Ed Rendell and “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht.

Former Obama Adviser David Axelrod Joining NBC News/MSNBC

Former Obama adviser David Axelrod is joining NBC News and MSNBC as a senior political analyst, the network says. Axelrod will contribute on all NBC platforms, and appear on shows for both channels.

He joins former John McCain adviser Steve Schmidt, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former RNC chairman Michael Steele as NBC News/MSNBC contributors. Last week NBC/MSNBC named another former Obama stafferRobert Gibbs–as a contributor.

Viewers may also recall that Axelrod famously shaved his signature mustache on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” back in December.

It has been a busy few weeks for political insiders. In addition to Axelrod and Gibbs, Herman Cain and Scott Brown joined the political contributor ranks at Fox News.

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Invaluable Resource, Sleep Aid. How C-SPAN Stands the Test of Time

If founder Brian Lamb had to do it over again, C-SPAN wouldn’t be called C-SPAN.

“It’s not the greatest name around,” says Lamb, 70, who steps down Sunday as CEO. “Three people know what it stands for. I don’t even know what it stands for. One of our board members asked me. We rarely ever spell it out.”

Drum roll, please.

Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network launched on March 19, 1979, with four employees (including Lamb) and a reach of 3.5 million homes. It now includes three networks, a staff of 280 and a universe of 100 million homes.

Most Americans assume the ‘C’ in C-SPAN stands for Congress, since covering Congress’ proceedings – live, unfiltered, gavel-to-gavel – is its raison d’etre. But in 1979, with cable in its infancy, Lamb felt it more important to brand C-SPAN as a non-broadcast enterprise.

“Otherwise, people wouldn’t have known what it was,” says Lamb, newly-named executive chairman. “At that point, we were only the sixth cable network.”

These days, C-SPAN suffers no such identity crisis, though Lamb does, often being mistaken for Sen. John McCain, Ed Harris or John Glenn. According to C-SPAN’s most recent survey, 75 percent of respondents recognize the non-profit network’s name, Lamb says. Since C-SPAN does not have ratings, however, he has no hard numbers on viewership.

ABC’s Cokie Roberts, who was, in her own words, “very involved in the birth” of C-SPAN, sees the network’s identity issue differently.

“I don’t think people are aware of the brand, but they’re very aware of the product,” Roberts, 68, says. As an NPR reporter in the late ‘70s, she and her colleagues in Congress’ Radio-TV gallery joined Lamb in lobbying the House of Representatives to allow TV cameras on the floor.

Despite C-SPAN’s noble mission, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and ‘Saturday Night Live,’ among others, parody the network’s frequently-static content as a perfect sleep aid.

In real life, C-SPAN fan Ed Rendell, former Democratic National Committee Chairman, swears by the network for his nightly zzzz’s.

“I have a hyperactive mind, so I watch TV in my living room and fall asleep for about 90

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Monday’s ‘Hardball’ to Feature Debate Panel on Obama 2012 Strategies

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will host a special live edition of “Hardball” at 7 p.m. tomorrow night called “The Great Democratic Debate.” Matthews will moderate a panel of politicians and political experts that will discuss re-election strategies for President Obama in 2012.

Panel guests include documentary director Michael Moore, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders (I), Ronald Reagan biographer Douglas Brinkey and former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell, who is also an NBC News political analyst.

Ed Rendell says Fox News lacks credibility; Fox News fires back

This week’s New York magazine cover story on Fox News Channel was fodder on last night’s “Ed Show” on MSNBC and now Fox News is firing back at Ed Schultz‘s guest on the show: former Gov. Ed Rendell, now an MSNBC analyst.

Rendell says the piece reveals details that, “strips away any thin veneer of impartiality that FOX may have, simply because it admits it was a proving ground, sort of a training ground, for presidential candidates.”

Rendell says FNC’s hiring of so many potential candidates as analysts, “really damaged their credibility.”

Fox News EVP Bill Shine tells Politico, “Governor Rendell didn’t seem to have an issue with our ‘credibility’ or ‘impartiality’ when he was trying to shake us down for more money before signing with MSNBC.”

The former Pennsylvania governor, who joined MSNBC in January, has praised Fox News in the past. On “Fox and Friends” during the 2008 campaign, Rendell said, “I think during this entire primary coverage, starting in Iowa and up to the present — FOX has done the fairest job, and remained the most objective of all the cable networks.”

Beyond Twitter, Where Keith Olbermann Could Land

Phil Griffin & Keith Olbermann at Countdown's 5th anniversary party in 2008.

Whither goest Keith Olbermann?

Though his separation agreement with MSNBC keeps Olbermann off TV for at least six months, it hasn’t stopped rampant speculation about the irascible ‘Countdown’ anchor’s next field of battle place of employment.

Given his nuclear departures from ESPN, Fox Sports and MSNBC (twice), Olbermann’s choices may be limited. Regardless, one popular scenario making the rounds has him going to HBO, where he would create a weekly show to be paired with Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time.’

Premium cable — virgin territory for Olbermann — could end up being the perfect fit for the self-righteous leftie. His politics are compatible with those of Maher, albeit louder, taller and far less subtle.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he [Olbermann] lands at HBO for 2012,” says fellow MSNBC exile David Shuster in an email. “He and Bill Maher would be an interesting combination. I would definitely watch, though I already watch Maher to begin with.”

Robert Thompson of Syracuse University’s Center for the Study of Popular Television, who describes Olbermann’s style as “news journalism in the jazz idiom,” is equally intrigued by the possibility of a tandem with Maher on HBO.

“It’s definitely do-able,” Thompson says. “HBO already has the model and slot to put him in. Olbermann might find it a relief to be on only once a week. And because HBO is not a news network, he wouldn’t always have to be ‘making a statement.’”

Also, with no pesky constraints on language, Olbermann’s “Special Comments” could spin into postal territory. It’s a location he visits frequently with management. To put it another

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It’s Official: Ed Rendell Joins NBC News

NBC News has made it official, confirming that former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell will join the company as a political analyst. He will contribute to NBC News broadcasts as well as MSNBC.

“Governor Rendell has never been afraid to share his thoughtful analysis on national and local issues and he couldn’t be a better fit for NBC News,” said NBC News president Steve Capus in a statement. “His extensive experience serving the people of Pennsylvania gives him a unique perspective and we’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Interestingly enough, Rendell’s former chief of staff when he was the Mayor of Philadelphia, David L. Cohen, is one of the top executives at Comcast, which is expected to assume control of NBC Universal at the end of this week.

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Politico: Ed Rendell Nearing MSNBC Deal

On the eve of the State of the Union address, the cable news channels are already beginning to ramp up their 2012 election coverage. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is nearing a deal to become a pundit for MSNBC’s 2012 coverage, according to Politico.

“Would I be happy just practicing law? No. Would I be happy just doing TV and speeches? No. I want to do all of these things and be as active as I can . . . but my main goal is to have some degree of influence on the public discussion,” he said.

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Ed Rendell to Fox News?

Rendell_8.9.jpgKYW in Philadelphia floats the idea that outgoing PA Gov. Ed Rendell might be angling for a job at Fox News Channel as a liberal commentator.

Rumors that he could land in the Fox den probably stem from the fact that he attended the White House Correspondents’ dinner as a guest of Fox. “Do I want to be a liberal commentator? I am now in a position that I am looking for a job. So anybody who has any interest in talking to me, I will be happy to talk to. So, you know the old saying, ‘beggars can’t be choosy?’ You know, I’m in that situation.”

Yep. That’s the old saying.

By the way, at 2009′s WHCA Dinner, Rendell was the guest of NBC. Does this mean he could end up on MSNBC? Stay tuned.

(h/t J$P)

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