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Your Final Pick for MSNBC’s 4pm Host Is…

msnbc logo 300x197MSNBC‘s 4pmET time slot opened earlier this week after Martin Bashir resigned. So we put it to you: asking who you’d like to see land the hosting gig.

The overwhelming majority of you wanted someone outside of the options given. With 25% voting for “other.” Some of those “others” include Rush Limbaugh, Anthony Weiner, former President Bill Clinton, and one wrote in “a ceramic toad would be nice.” Another big “other” choice was Sarah Palin. Yesterday, Palin reiterated that she accepted Bashir’s apology and it’s time to move on from the remarks directed at her that cost Bashir his job.

Current substitute for the hour, Joy-Ann Reid, came in second with 18%, with MSNBC political analyst and former RNC Chair Michael Steele following a tick below at 17%.

“MSNBC Live” host Thomas Roberts comes in fourth at 13% with recent new-hire Ronan Farrow next at 12%.

MSNBC tells TVNewser they’ll have an announcement about a permanent replacement host in the coming weeks.

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Your Vote For The New MSNBC 4pm Host Is…

msnbc logo 300x197MSNBC‘s 4pmET time slot opened yesterday after Martin Bashir resigned. So we put it to you: asking who you’d like to see land the hosting gig.

The poll is still open and right now an overwhelming majority of you want someone outside of the options given. With 23% voting for “other.” Some of those “others” include Rush Limbaugh, Anthony Weiner, and one wrote in “a ceramic toad would be nice.” Another big “other” choice is Sarah Palin. It was remarks directed at Palin that cost Bashir his job.

Current substitute for the hour, Joy-Ann Reid, is in second with 18%, with MSNBC political analyst and former RNC Chair Michael Steele coming in a tick below at 17%.

“MSNBC Live” host Thomas Roberts is in fourth at 14% with recent new-hire Ronan Farrow coming in next at 12%.

We’ll keep the poll open until 5pmET tomorrow night. So vote, if you haven’t already.

MSNBC Readies New Website, a ‘Platform for the Lean Forward, progressive community’

MSNBCPageSmallNext Tuesday, MSNBC’s new website msnbc.com will go live in a public beta. Later this month, it will formally take back the URL, which has redirected visitors to NBCNews.com since NBC acquired control of the site 15 months ago.

At a press briefing this morning at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and msnbc.com executive editor Richard Wolffe unveiled the new site (which was built from scratch), and explained what their goal was in designing it.

“We are the platform for the Lean Forward, progressive community,” Griffin said. “We hope it benefits television, but it will be in and of itself its own medium.”

The new site will not be a “news” site, per se, but more of a social hub for viewers of MSNBC programming. Social will be a focal point, with tight integration with the major social networks, and deep “profiles” that users can create for themselves. The channel’s full video archive will be searchable, with the last two years available at launch, and more videos from the past slowly rolling out. Users can also watch the live MSNBC TV feed on the site… provided they authenticate that they are a cable or satellite customer. Fox News and CNN have similar products.

The homepage will heavily focus on clean visuals (not unlike the upcoming new CNN.com), but it will only have 10 news stories or videos in the pageflow. Users can also navigate to pages for shows, or news topics, if they want to delve deeper. 10 stories seems somewhat limiting, but Wolffe addressed that while explaining the design.

“[It] forces us to make some tough choices, but for us it is kind of easier than for other people, because we know who we are, we know who are audience is,” Wolffe said. “We are not trying to cater for everyone, we are not trying to be a portal, this is about the spirit of MSNBC.”
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‘Speaking For All White People’ Chris Matthews Apologizes to Black Colleagues

On “Hardball” Thursday, Chris Matthews had a discussion about race in America with two of his colleagues: contributor Michael Steele, the former RNC chairman and Val Nicholas who is a VP of Creative Director at NBC News. Both men recounted stories from their youth, saying that the color of their skin made them targets of police. At the end of the segment, Matthews apologized on behalf of “all white people.”

“I’m speaking now for all white people, especially those who tried to change over the past 50 or 60 years, and a lot have really tried to change. And I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying.”

MSNBC’s Michael Steele Weighing Political Comeback

Former RNC chairman and current MSNBC contributor Michael Steele is apparently weighing a return to politics, and is using MSNBC airtime to flesh it out.

Steele told Chuck Todd that he is “looking at” a potential run for Governor of Maryland, though he declined to elaborate. Steele was previously Lt. Governor of Maryland, before heading the RNC. If he did run, he would have to remove himself from MSNBC, though as long as he simply toys with the idea, he can effectively drum up support through his TV appearances.

The Baltimore Sun‘s TV critic David Zurawik, an expert in things television and Maryland, thought that the case illustrates the “deeper disease of our democracy with cable channels handing over airtime to talking heads who are committed to ideology and partisan political gain, not information, analysis or civic enlightenment.”

(Zurawik h/t to Johnny $)

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.

More information below.
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A Diverse Crowd For ‘Morning Joe’ In Tampa

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” originates this week from Howl at the Moon, a bar just outside the convention center in Tampa that has been dubbed “Morning Joe Elephant Bar” for the duration of the Republican National Convention.

This morning, people arrived as early as 4:45 a.m. — just a few hours after last call at the bar, which is remaining open at night this week — to watch the show.

During commercial breaks, hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski interacted with the crowd, asking for a show of hands on political affiliation (split down the middle, with a handful of independents) and home state (overwhelmingly Florida, although there are a few stragglers from as far as Maine and Arizona). After he finished his segments, former RNC chairman Michael Steele mingled with the crowd, shaking hands and taking pictures.

“I love the energy. We live for these shows,” Willie Geist tells TVNewser. “Four years ago during the primaries we started doing them in Iowa and New Hampshire, and we totally got the bug.”

In addition to Chuck Todd and David Gregory, Scarborough and Brzezinski’s guests today included Grover Norquist, Eugene Robinson and Mike Murphy.

“So many of these politicians and strategists we talk to on remote sometimes,” Geist said. “It’s nice to have them on, in place, sort of passing through like they’re walking into a coffee shop, and you can sit down and talk with them.”

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Bernie Goldberg and Bill O’Reilly Ask: Was MSNBC’s Debate Fair to Republicans?

MSNBC has been on the receiving end of criticism for its post-debate programming–programming which was completely devoid of any Republican analysts (Update: Steve Schmidt and Michael Steele did contribute to the programming, although did not co-host the program). Last night on “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly and guest Bernie Goldberg attempted to argue that even the questions asked by moderator Brian Williams revealed a nefarious bias on the part of NBC:


Putting aside the programming before and after the debate, what did you think about the debate itself? Were the questions and handling fair to the candidates?

After GOP Debate, MSNBC Lines up Maddow, Matthews, Sharpton and More for Analysis

Now that it’s settled that Pres. Obama will address the Congress — and the nation — on the jobs issue next Thursday, MSNBC has announced plans for the GOP debate the night before. The debate, moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams and Politico’s John Harris at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA, begins at 8pmET and will run until 9:45pmET.

At that point, MSNBC’s primetime hosts Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O’Donnell and Rev. Al Sharpton will analyze the debate. Michael Steele and Steve Schmidt will provide analysis from the GOP perspective. MSNBC will re-air the debate in its entirety at MidnightET.

The debate was first announced last November and was originally scheduled for May but was pushed back because no GOP candidates had announced they were running.

More details after the jump…

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Michael Steele determined not to be MSNBC’s ‘Punching Bag’

The Baltimore Suns David Zurawik talks with Michael Steele about the former RNC chairman’s new job: MSNBC contributor. Here’s what Steele says he won’t be:

“I have every confidence that MSNBC will treat me with the level of respect they have obviously shown by hiring me. I mean, why would you bring me on board just to say, ‘OK, this is now our conservative punching bag for the next year.’?”

“That’s not going to achieve the goals that I know Phil Griffin and the Comcast team have in mind for expanding the reach and the depth of the discussion on the network,” he explained. “It certainly doesn’t achieve my goals, to be a punching bag, because, Lord knows, after two punches, you get the joke. ‘Like I’m done. Enough already.’”

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