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The Morning Ticker: Norton, Clift, Martin

  • Erle Norton joins ABC as EP of ABC News Digital. Norton joins us from Thomson Reuters, where he was editorial director of Reuters Digital Video. Previously, Norton worked for NYPost.com and The Wall Street Journal.

  • “The problem I have with discussions in traditional cable news is they are trite, tired and weak conversations,” so says former CNN contributor, Roland Martin, now a host and managing editor for TV One.

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Hannity to Buchanan: ‘I Prefer the Old Crossfire Days’

Bill O’Reilly has Bernard Goldberg. And increasingly, Sean Hannity is bringing on former MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan as a media commentator.

He was back on Fox News last night during coverage of the Mississippi and Alabama primaries in a segment that seemed to be an attempt at a counterpoint to the criticism Rush Limbaugh continues to receive over the Sandra Fluke flap but sold as a discussion of a left wing media takeover. It began with a series of talk radio clips from left-leaning hosts, including Ed Schultz, who Buchanan referred to as “my friend from MSNBC.”

Hannity added about Schultz, “there’s a lot more out on him, which I’m sure people will be able to find, if they’re interested.”

“I prefer the old Crossfire days, Pat,” said Hannity concluding the segment. “I prefer more speech, passionate speech, debate, dialogue.” What Hannity didn’t mention was he used to host a Crossfire-like show, with Alan Colmes for 12 years.


Juan Williams and Pat Buchanan Seeing Eye to Eye

One was fired from NPR for making controversial comments. The other was (more or less) fired from his role at MSNBC for beliefs he’s expressed and and written. Now a week after leaving MSNBC, Pat Buchanan sits down with Juan Williams for an interview on FoxNewsLatino.com.

In this clip of the 20-minute interview, Buchanan talks about the “blacklist” he feels he is on, while Williams opens up about how he found himself out of a job for something he said: “I understand the poison that comes into the American domain when what you are saying is ruled out of bounds and you are viewed as someone who is not welcome into the mainstream of American ideas.”


See the full interview after the jump…

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The Ticker (MSNBC Edition): Buchanan, Ratigan, Sharpton…

  • What’s next for former MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan? “We’re doing fine,” he tells the Daily Caller. “I’ve been on television a lot. And I’m free now to do on to any TV, radio show, any network.” Buchanan was on “CBS This Morning” today.
  • “The Dylan Ratigan Show” is back on the road this week as part of the “30 Million Jobs Tour,” which has been ongoing since January 18. He will broadcast live tomorrow from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
  • Al Sharpton tells the Los Angeles Times how hosting a daily show has affected his image. “[Viewers] get a sense of who you really are and what you’re really about when they can see you five nights a week an hour themselves,” he says.

Pat Buchanan on his ‘Blacklist,’ Defended by MSNBC Colleagues Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski

A day after Pat Buchanan and MSNBC parted ways, Buchanan found support from his colleagues, at both MSNBC and Fox News. While Buchanan was a guest on Fox News Friday night, earlier in the day MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough along with Mika Brzezinski spoke out on the matter: “Because we believe that sunlight is the best disinfectant, Mika and I strongly disagree with this outcome. We understand that the parting was amicable. Still, we will miss Pat.”

That statement didn’t come on Scarborough’s MSNBC show but rather on his Politico blog.

Buchanan went on “Hannity” Friday night and singled out Media Matters saying they were behind his being taken off the air last fall. “They’re engaged in a blacklist,” Buchanan said.

“This is Un-American what is going on right now,” Buchanan says.


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MSNBC Parts Ways with Pat Buchanan

MSNBC and longtime political analyst Pat Buchanan are parting ways.

“After ten years, we’ve decided to part ways with Pat Buchanan. We wish him well,” said MSNBC in a statement Thursday evening.

Buchanan elaborated in an column with the title “Blacklisted, But Not Beaten”:

In the 10 years I have been at MSNBC, the network has taken heat for what I have written, and faithfully honored our contract. Yet my four-months’ absence from MSNBC and now my departure represent an undeniable victory for the blacklisters.

Buchanan hasn’t been on MSNBC in months. He first took time off from the network to promote his book, but some controversial sections of the book drew the ire of a number of interest groups, many of which called for Buchanan to be fired.

CNN’s Inconsistencies: ‘What Determines When Someone Gets Fired or Reprimanded?’

Roland Martin, sidelined from CNN for the time-being, will meet with representatives of GLAAD this week following their successful call to have him removed from the network for sending out Tweets they say constitutes gay bashing.

It took two and a half days, from the time the Tweets were sent during the Super Bowl, until CNN’s announcement, that Martin would be suspended. CNN says it was “giving careful consideration” to the matter. But Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggans, who calls Martin “a friend,” thinks the mess shows an inconsistency on CNN’s part:

[C]onservative commentator Dana Loesch sparked a load of criticism by saying on CNN she would have joined in with U.S. Marines captured in a video urinating on dead Afghans. Despite condemnation of the action by U.S. government and military officials and complaints about her statement, Loesch was not suspended.

But when anchor Rick Sanchez made angry comments during a 2010 radio interview which some said were anti-Semitic (he denied that interpretation), he was fired. And so was Octavia Nasr, a CNN employee who was let go after tweeting of her sorrow over the death of a leader from terrorist group Hezbollah.

It is hard to discern a pattern or set of policies in all these precedents. What determines when someone gets fired or reprimanded? Is it just the difference between who complains about the mistake?

Martin’s suspension from CNN comes as MSNBC continues to weigh the future of its longtime political analyst Pat Buchanan, who has been off the air since last Fall. MSNBC sidelined Buchanan during his book tour. In early January, network president Phil Griffin said he’d soon be meeting with Buchanan to talk about the future, adding, “Pat is a good guy. Some of his ideas are alarming.”

Bill O’Reilly asks: Should MSNBC have taken Pat Buchanan off the air?

While Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich were duking it out on CNN last night, Bill O’Reilly moderated a debate of his own, over MSNBC analyst Pat Buchanan‘s removal from the network. MSNBC president Phil Griffin is keeping Buchanan off the air due to the nature of his book, Suicide of a Superpower.

O’Reilly had on Washington Post Magazine contributing editor Cathy Areu, who called Buchanan “a white extremist” and says he should be fired, and Fox News contributor Sandy Rios who defended Buchanan’s right to write, and say, what he wants.

It also gave O’Reilly a chance to go after MSNBC: “If the litmus test is you fire extremists, MSNBC would have nobody on. Nobody on!” said O’Reilly to Areu. “They’re not extremists over there?” O’Reilly asked rhetorically. “Do you watch the network?”

(h/t J$P)

Pat Buchanan Suspended, Or Not, From MSNBC

ColorofChange.org, the group behind the campaigns “Stop Glenn Beck’s Race Baiting” and “Turn off Fox,” sent out a fundraising alert last night about MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan. “MSNBC President Phil Griffin just confirmed that Buchanan is suspended indefinitely,” read the email.

One problem: it’s just not true. But the Daily Caller wrote it up last night, that story got picked up on Drudge, and it took off from there.

It is true that Buchanan has not been on MSNBC since October. And it’s possible he may never return.

But an MSNBC insider tells us that nothing has changed since Griffin’s comments Saturday at TCA, that he’d asked Buchanan not to appear on the air while he was out promoting his book. Griffin added that he and Buchanan “are going to meet soon and a decision will be made.” We hear that meeting is now likely to happen sooner rather than later, perhaps next week.

Monday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Buchanan said his absence is due to health reasons, not a suspension. “On Drudge Report, somebody said I’ve been suspended. I don’t know anything about that. I hope to get back full up here in January, but I’ve been out for a couple of months.”

Sununu to Matthews: ‘Stop being ridiculous and get to the point’

After the NBC News/Facebook debate, the discussion continued on MSNBC with Chris Matthews anchoring. One of his first guests was former Gov. John Sununu, a Romney supporter. The 8-minute discussion didn’t start well, but ended much more cordially. Out of the gate, Sununu went on the attack when asked about the PAC ads in Iowa in support of Romney. “Look you guys are reveling and wallowing in ridiculous perception of what’s going on,” said Sununu to Matthews.

About four minutes in, Matthews said, “Let’s lower the temperature a little bit. I’ll notch it back on my end as well.”

And while Pat Buchanan may be off MSNBC, look closely toward the beginning for a cameo from another Buchanan, Pat’s sister Bay. Watch:

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