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The Morning Ticker: Ingraham & ABC, MSNBC Tour, ‘Dateline’ Ratings

  • MSNBC kicks off the Growing Hope College Tour next Friday as Alex Wagner visits Texas Southern University. Wagner will host her show from University Plaza next Friday. The following Wednesday, the tour takes Rev. Al Sharpton to Morehouse College.

  • “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” continues to score for NBC. Drawing 4.8 million viewers, the 2-hour show was the No. 1 non-sports show on the Big 4 networks in its Saturday night timeslot among viewers and the two younger demos.

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Martin Bashir Out at MSNBC

BashirBreaking: MSNBC host Martin Bashir is leaving the network.

Bashir hasn’t been on the air since Nov. 22. MSNBC said he was on a pre-planned vacation, but we’ve learned he resigned today. The departure follows comments he made about Sarah Palin on his Friday, Nov. 15 show.

Bashir called Palin a “dunce” and suggested she might be a candidate for the same treatment slaves received from a plantation owner named Thomas Thistewood: being urinated and defecated on.

After demands for an apology, he apologized, but remained on the air. As calls for a suspension grew louder, Bashir anchored the rest of the week before going on that vacation.

Bashir joined MSNBC in the summer of 2010, after six years with ABC News, part of that time as a host of “Nightline.”

More: Comments from Bashir and MSNBC president Phil Griffin after the jump…

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Sorry is Easy. In the Case of Martin Bashir, Suspension Seems to be the Hardest Word

Martin Bashir 304Judging strictly by precedent at MSNBC, if Martin Bashir had called Sarah Palin a ‘cocksucking fag,’ ‘right wing slut,’ ‘dick,’ ‘pimp,’ or ‘nappy headed ho,’ he would be on suspension, at the very least.

Instead, Bashir is a free man. All he said about Palin on Nov. 15 was that she should be forced to have someone defecate in her mouth and urinate in her eyes as punishment for her remarks on slavery.

What’s wrong with this picture? Plenty, if one considers MSNBC’s long history of Foot in Mouth disease. In every case, the commentator was either suspended or fired. In every case, the perps have been men, and in every case but one, the broadcast slurs have been aimed at women.

Ten days ago, actor Alec Baldwin was benched for two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ He may not return.

In 2011, Ed Schultz and Mark Halperin were both suspended — Schultz for labelling conservative commentator Laura Ingraham a ‘right wing slut,’ and Halperin for describing President Obama as a ‘dick.’ (Sidebar: If it had been Nixon, Halperin would have been technically correct.)

In ’08, David Shuster served two weeks for saying that Chelsea Clinton was being pimped out to support her mother’s campaign. And in ’07, Don Imus’ description of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as ‘nappy headed hos’ got him fired.

Like all his predecessors, Bashir apologized – the latest to join the celebrity culture of contrition. In a statement Friday, MSNBC said Bashir had also apologized to the Palin family, that he’s “committed to elevating the discourse” and that the network was handling the matter internally.

Still, many critics argue that Bashir deserves harsher punishment.

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President Obama Hosts Off-Record Meeting With MSNBC Hosts, Fox’s Juan Williams

obama speech_304x200President Obama held an off-the-record meeting yesterday with liberal commentators including MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ezra Klein, and Fox News’s Juan Williams.

Appearing with Jon Scott, Williams reported his discussion with the President was off-the-record, but senior officials told him they are in “full fight mode” over the problems with the Affordable Care Act.

Williams later showed up in primetime, where Sean Hannity criticized the President for inviting Schultz into the White House, saying a slur he made against Laura Ingraham 2 and a half years ago should disqualify him from a meeting with the president.

Williams notably reported that one MSNBC host, Martin Bashir, was not present. Bashir was the subject of a letter Sarah Palin‘s PAC sent to MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NBC News President Deborah Turness inquiring whether they will discipline him for his vile comments about Palin made a week ago today. Bashir apologized on Monday, and has hosted his show every night this week.

President Obama held a similar off-the-record meeting with conservative journalists in October.

Martin Bashir Apologizes to Sarah Palin for Vile Slur: My Words ‘Brought Shame’

BashirMartin Bashir apologized to Sarah Palin and his MSNBC colleagues yesterday, responding to the firestorm following comments he made last week.

“I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin and to also offer an unreserved apology to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers, and anyone who may have heard what I said,” Bashir said on his show Monday (video after the jump).

On Friday’s show, Bashir responded to comments Palin made linking America’s debt to slavery, calling her a “dunce” and suggesting Palin might be a prime candidate for the same treatment slaves received from a plantation owner named Thomas Thistewood: being urinated and defecated on.

“My words were wholly unacceptable,” Bashir continued. “They were neither accurate, nor fair. They were unworthy of anyone who would claim to have an interest in politics. And they have brought shame upon my friends and colleagues at this network, none of whom were responsible for the things that I said, and and at a place where we try every day to elevate political discourse and to focus on issues that matter to all of us.”

Fox News‘s Howard Kurtz as well as Inside Cable News are’t having it. They say MSNBC’s lack of a suspension for Bashir is inconsistent with the punishments handed out to other hosts, including Alec Baldwin just last week, Ed Schultz who was suspended for a week in 2011 for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut,” and David Shuster who, in Feb. 2008, was suspended for remarking that Chelsea Clinton had been “pimped out” during her mother’s campaign for president.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Interns, Ingraham, Wolf…

  • Journal-isms reports NBC News will start paying interns starting this Spring “addressing a long-held contention that requiring interns to work only for the experience or for college credit amounts to favoring students with well-to-do parents.”

  • Talkers reports Fox News contributor and one-time MSNBC host Laura Ingraham is off the radio, for now. Ingraham’s contract with Talk Radio Network is up and so Ingraham is in discussions with other distributors. The show airs on 325 stations nationally.

  • Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto sat down with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer today before Peña Nieto met with Pres. Obama at the White House. The interview airs on “The Situation Room.”

For the First Time Since 2001, MSNBC Wins the Primetime Demo Three Nights Straight

MSNBC beat Fox News in primetime (8-11pm) in the key adults 25-54 demographic in the first three nights after the election. This is the first time in nearly twelve years — since January 1-3, 2001 — that MSNBC has won in demo viewers for three nights in a row in primetime. Fox News remains the top cable channel in Total Viewers.

On Wednesday, MSNBC averaged 765,000 demo viewers to Fox News Channel’s 683,000. On Thursday, MSNBC drew 514,000 demo viewers to FNC’s 418,000. On Friday, MSNBC had 417,000 demo viewers to FNC’s 386,000. It should be noted that Bill O’Reilly was off Thursday and Friday and Sean Hannity was off Friday, and their respective programs had guest hosts.

Rachel Maddow‘s program was the highest-rated show in cable news among younger viewers on Wednesday and Thursday, and was second to Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” on Friday.

Happy Sweet 16 MSNBC!

MSNBC is celebrating its 16th birthday today. The cable network launched July 15, 1996 as a joint venture of NBC News and Microsoft. Interestingly, the celebration comes on the same day that Microsoft and NBC News have dissolved their co-ownership of msnbc.com. NBC News gets full control and has already rebranded the site NBCNews.com. Microsoft’s stake in the cable channel was dissolved in 2005.

Check out this clip from the first day on air — technical glitches and all. Host Jodi Applegate, who now anchors the 10pm news on WPIX in New York, talks presidential politics (Clinton v. Dole) with her “friends” (an early programming technique). In this segment, Applegate chats with Laura Ingraham, who would later host a show on MSNBC called “Watch It!,” and is now with Fox News, and Lawrence O’Donnell, who now hosts “The Last Word” weeknights on MSNBC.

TV Talkers Make Talkers List of Heavy Hundred

Ed Schultz spent a little time on his MSNBC show last night talking about Talkers, the radio industry magazine and its 2012 Heavy Hundred list. Rush Limbaugh is #1 on the list, followed by FNC’s Sean Hannity and Michael Savage at #3. “Well, we all know his history and what happened here on MSNBC,” said Schultz of Savage.

“And I’m right ahead of my good friend, Laura Ingraham,” said Schultz sarcastically. Unless this is how you refer to your “good friend.”

Schultz joins Joe Madison and Thom Hartmann as the “three lefties in the top ten!”

Former Fox News host Glenn Beck is #9 on the list.

Ed Schultz Says Don’t Compare His Apology to Rush Limbaugh’s

On his show last night, Ed Schultz says there is just no comparison between his apology — and its aftermath — after he called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” on his radio show last May, and Rush Limbaugh‘s apology to Sandra Fluke this past weekend.

“When I made an inappropriate comment last year on my radio show, I took it to a much higher platform. I went to management here at MSNBC and I said ‘I’ve made a mistake, I need to take myself off the air without pay.’ And we moved on. I did restitution. I was off the air for a week,” said Schultz.

Schultz, who was one of the first to reveal Fluke’s story when he interviewed her on his MSNBC show on Feb. 16, adds: “Drawing a moral equivalence between me and Rush is not only inaccurate but it diminishes the outrageous nature of Limbaugh’s prolonged attack on Sandra Fluke.”

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