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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:

Pat Buchanan May Not Return to MSNBC

The NYT’s Bill Carter, covering MSNBC’s panel this morning at the Winter TCA, reports political analyst Pat Buchanan may not be returning to MSNBC afterall. Buchanan, who has been a frequent guest for much of the network’s 15 years, hasn’t been on for months. MSNBC president Phil Griffin asked Buchanan “not to be on” while he’s promoting his book, “Suicide of a Superpower.”

“Pat and I are going to meet soon and a decision will be made.” Griffin added, “Pat is a good guy. Some of his ideas are alarming.”

The book describes how America has become “a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in the history of the world.”

“The ideas he put forth aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC,” says Griffin.

InsideCableNews, which, earlier this week raised the question about Buchannan’s prolonged absence, concludes that this says less about Buchanan and more about MSNBC.

Pat has not changed. He may be a bit more vocal and shrill about it but he hasn’t changed his positions. On the other hand, MSNBC has changed. It openly courts Progressive views and news. It puts out job ads asking for candidates with a progressive news background. Its pundit host class is all progressive and the network lets them show up en masse at the White House for off the record get togethers.

Why MSNBC Analyst Pat Buchanan Won’t be on MSNBC to Promote his Book

He once hosted a two-hour show on the network, but these days Pat Buchanan couldn’t get on MSNBC if he checked in at security under the name Bill Press.

Buchanan is doing the rounds promoting his new book Suicide of a Superpower. He’s been on CNN, with Erin Burnett, and on Fox News, with Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly and he was on FBN last night (anchor David Asman called it “a terrific new book”). But the MSNBC political analyst has not — and will not — be on MSNBC to talk about the book, which is #18 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

An MSNBC executive told HuffPo‘s Michael Calderone that there had been a conscious decision not to have Buchanan on air because of the views expressed in the book which is described this way on Amazon.com:

America was born a Western Christian republic but is being transformed into a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in the history of the world.

The groups CREDO Action and ColorofChange.org — which took credit for the beginning of the end of Glenn Beck on Fox News — is going one further. Today the groups announced they have delivered 275,000 signatures on a petition demanding the network fire Buchanan for his “long history of bigoted rhetoric.”

So we’re asking you:

Willie Geist Ready to Trade Monday Mornings for Saturday Nights?

The day after the election brought MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” up a few floors at 30 Rock to Studio 8H, home of “Saturday Night Live.” In a behind the scenes video (after the jump) Willie Geist ponders trading his day job for a Saturday Night gig, Pat Buchanan, who wasn’t a part of MSNBC’s coverage last night, but was up bright and early today, talks about the live feel of the 3-hour morning show and “Joe” EP Chris Licht talks about the “act of Congress” it took to get permission to use the studio.

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Cable News’ ‘Crossfire Culture’ Gets Analyzed

RS080210.jpgThe Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz writes about the “Crossfire Culture” of cable news, and journalism in general. While ostensibly it is about the current state of journalism, it is hard to ignore the focus on cable news pundits:

Cable news channels were pioneers in vituperation, as politicians learned they were more likely to get invited back by breathing fire. The rise of highly opinionated hosts at Fox and MSNBC helped fuel the trend, as has the invasion of pols-turned-pundits — Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, James Carville, Eliot Spitzer — who have blurred the distinction between us (the journalists) and them (those we cover).

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[Bill] O’Reilly regularly portrays his network as the antidote to hopelessly biased rivals: “If you want to know what’s really happening in America, you have to come here because you will not get it in much of the mainstream media.” His chief antagonist, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, said Sherrod’s reputation had been “assassinated by Fox News” and “that scum Breitbart,” but he did not spare what he called “the cowering media, this network included.”

The article seems to draw from a discussion Kurtz had on his Sunday CNN program, “Reliable Sources:”

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Differing Views on Obama’s Visit to ‘The View’

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Is it beneath President Obama’s dignity to appear on “The View” tomorrow?

Yes, say Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Republican Pat Buchanan. They both blasted Obama’s scheduled visit to ABC’s daytime female chatfest, but theirs appears to be the minority opinion. The program is to be taped today.

A sitting U.S. president should do “serious” shows, Rendell argued yesterday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The View” can be serious, he said, but it also “rocks and rolls a little bit.” Buchanan agreed, saying there should be some “majesty” to the presidency.

“If Buchanan wants majesty, he’s revealing his royalist side,” riffs Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina and a former CNN correspondent.

“Wasn’t it Nixon who put the White House police in palace guard uniforms? Then again, wasn’t it Nixon who said ‘Sock it to me!’ on ‘Laugh-in?’” in 1968.

Tomorrow will mark the first time a sitting U.S. president has appeared on a daytime talk show, according to “View” producers. Accordingly, matriarch Barbara Walters will return to the set for the first time since her heart surgery in May.

Obama was previously on “The View” twice — in November 2004, as a U.S. Senator, and in March 2008 (photo above), as a prospective presidential candidate whom Walters pronounced “very sexy.”

Alex S. Jones, director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, sees no problem with the embattled president sitting in on “The View.”

“Does Obama want to get his message out? Of course he does. If you’re a politician, you go to where the people are going to listen. ‘The View’ is a great place for him to reach a large group of people, a lot of them women concerned about issues like the economy.”

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Ed Rendell Criticizes Obama for Going on ‘The View,’ Compares it to Jerry Springer

Rendell_7.28.jpgHere’s one thing Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania) and Pat Buchanan (R-everywhere) agree on: Pres. Obama should not go on ‘The View.’

Rendell: I think there’s got to be a little bit of dignity to the presidency.

Mika Brzezinski: What are you saying, Ed?

Willie Geist: What a horrible insult to “The View.”

Rendell: I think there are some shows. I wouldn’t put him on “Jerry Springer,” too, right? … I think the president of the United States has to go on serious shows. And “The View” is, you can make a case that it’s a serious show, but it also rocks and rolls a little bit. I’m not sure he has to go on “The View” to be open to questions.

The president is taping an interview tomorrow that will air on Thursday’s show.

‘Crossfire’ Creator On CNN’s New 8 p.m. Show: ‘I Can’t Think of a Worse Idea’

cnn_crossfire_1992a062510.jpg Lots of people have compared CNN’s new 8 p.m. program featuring Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker to the canceled debate show “Crossfire.” Now you can add the man who created “Crossfire” to that list. Reese Schonfeld, CNN’s first president and the man who created the original “program in 1982, says of the new show “to be blunt, I can’t think of a worse idea.”

Schonfeld, writing in a blog for the Huffington Post, recalls the original concept behind the program, which at the time featured Pat Buchanan and Tom Braden. The idea was, the day’s top newsmaker would appear on the show, and Buchanan and Braden would pepper them with questions from the right and the left, “the guest would be caught in the crossfire,” Schonfeld recalls.

CNN was created as a news network, and the 10pm hour, where the Crossfire show had been originally scheduled, was supposed to make news. By interviewing the protagonist of the day’s leading story, we hoped we could get him to say something that would advance the story by at least one news cycle, and have everybody quoting us in the next day’s newspaper. The guest was supposed to deliver fresh information, not controversy. Unfortunately, for twenty years, Crossfire shed more heat than light, and I suspect Spitzer-Parker will do the same.

Schonfeld also recalls that CNN founder Ted Turner hated the original concept, but had to move it to a prime spot at 7:30 pm.. because it became such a big hit.

He also weighs in on Spitzer and Parker:

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Donny Deutsch Off the Air after Criticism of Keith Olbermann

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TVNewser has learned Donny Deutsch, who’d been filling in on the 3pmET hour this week on MSNBC, won’t be anchoring for the rest of the week after a segment yesterday seemed to criticize his colleague Keith Olbermann.

This week, Deutsch has been calling his show “American the Angry.” Yesterday, he played a clip of various radio and TV talkers in all their anger — including Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann.

Adding insult to insult, Deutsch’s guest, radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, then called Olbermann and Ed Schultz, “the biggest hate mongers on television.”

Deutsch responded, “I’m not taking the side of either one.”

TVNewser has learned MSNBC president Phil Griffin talked with Deutsch and the show’s producer and expressed his disappointment with the segment (clip after the jump).

An MSNBC spokesperson tells us Deutsch was going to be off the rest of this week due to a personal issue.

> More: Insiders tell us Deutsch was planning on being on the air as of this morning. Guests, including Andrew Ross Sorkin, Pat Buchanan and the CEO of Spirit Airlines, had been booked. We also hear the EP of the show was sent home this morning. And bookings were already being worked on for tomorrow.

> More, More: Olbermann responds about his involvement: “What I know of what happened is this: Phil Griffin phoned me yesterday enraged at what was on that show and I didn’t disagree with him.” Olbermann himself will be off his show for the next two days. “Colonoscopy, nothing wrong, just a new fact of life after my late Dad’s issues,” he tells TVNewser.

> More, More, More: Without confirming his removal from the network, Deutsch tells NYT‘s Brian Stelter: “For whatever reason they decided they didn’t want to go with it the rest of the week. I was disappointed because I think I’m on to something really special here that needs to be done.”

> Earlier: MSNBC Boss to Staff: “We Do Not Publicly Criticize Our Colleagues”

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