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Posts Tagged ‘Harold Ford Jr.’

A Number of Newsers Make Root 100 List, Despite Odd Absences

The Root has released its 2011 list of the most influential African Americans, and many TV news personalities are present. Leading the way are CNN anchors Soledad O’Brien and Don Lemon at #5 and #6. MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall represented her channel at #14, along with MSNBC regular Melissa Harris-Perry.

The other CNNers that made the list were Suzanne Malveaux, Roland Martin, T.J. Holmes, while MSNBC contributors were comprised of Harold Ford Jr. and Toure.

Still, the list had some curious omissions:

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MSNBC President Phil Griffin Receieves ‘Keepers of the Dream’ Award from NAN

Last night MSNBC president Phil Griffin was honored by Rev. Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network. Griffin accepted the “Keepers of the Dream” award from NAN. The award is meant to “honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life.”

Griffin was presented the award by Sharpton, EVP of Reverend Al Sharpton Media Rachel Noerdlinger, and NBC News political analyst Harold Ford Jr. (pictured above)

Oh To Be a Fly On That Wall…

From the official Twitter feed for media hangout Michaels Restaurant here in New York City:

Yes, “Parker Spitzer” co-host Eliot Spitzer and former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather were lunching. What do you think they were talking about? Let us know in the comments.

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Harold Ford NBC Contract ‘On Hold’

harold_ford_2-12.jpgFormer-Representative Harold Ford Jr.‘s contract at NBC has been suspended reports Politico’s Michael Calderone. Ford has appeared on NBC and MSNBC programming as a “NBC political analyst,” but he is currently considering a run for Senate, which could create a conflict of interest.

An MSNBC spokesperson tells POLITICO that Ford’s deal “was put on hold” a few weeks ago, meaning that the network is not currently paying him. “We’ve still booked him in his capacity as a potential Senate candidate, and he’s questioned as such,” said the spokesperson.

Ford is set to appear on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” as chair of the Democratic Leadership Council. He’s described as a “political insider.”

Update: A spokesperson for Ford tells the NY Observer: “Harold Ford asked for the leave of absence from NBC as a paid analyst while he weighs a run for the U.S Senate.”