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Ronan Farrow Won’t Be Talking About Family Controversy

ronan farrow_304x200A Page Six story this morning reports new MSNBC host Ronan Farrow‘s team are making reporters sign a form promising not to ask questions about his personal family controversy during a benefit he’ll be honored at tonight.

Farrow — who has publicly stood behind his sister Dylan’s accusations that she was sexually abused by Allen when she was 7, and tweeted about the abuse allegations during the Golden Globes — is receiving the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism at Reach the World’s 14th annual benefit at the Princeton Club. Reporters have been issued a tip sheet that includes stern “conditions” not to ask anything about Allen.

“The theme of the evening is global education and service,” it says. “All press are required to stay strictly on message. Any press who ask guests or Mr. Farrow about off-message topics will be immediately escorted out of the event.”

We’re hearing from MSNBC insiders that neither the network nor Ronan requested restrictions forbidding personal questions, and it’s the event’s PR firm making that condition.

“Ronan and his team did not request any restrictions on reporters questions,” a spokesperson for Farrow tells us. He’s set to receive the Cronkite Award for Excellence in Exploration and Journalism at tonight’s Reach the World benefit.

In two days on-air at MSNBC, Farrow has not mentioned anything relating to his personal life, which has been mired lately with back-and-forth allegations and denials of molestation between father Woody Allen and sister Dylan Farrow playing out in the media. Read more

Alec Baldwin: ‘If MSNBC Went Off the Air Tomorrow, What Difference Would it Make?’

AlecBaldwinUpLateAlec Baldwin tells the lengthy story of how he reached the decision to give up public life in New York, and in true Baldwin fashion, he doesn’t hold back. The actor, who was fired from MSNBC after he was caught on camera using anti-gay slurs, has nothing nice to say about his former network: “MSNBC, in its own way, is as full of shit, as redundant and as superfluous, as Fox,” Baldwin writes.

Baldwin reserves his harshest words for MSNBC president Phil Griffin, calling him “a veteran programmer who knows well the corridors and chambers of television programming — and couldn’t give a flying f*ck about content.”

Immediately prior to [the paparazzo incident], I’d go see Phil and I’d say, “What are the ratings?” If I had 15 meetings with Phil Griffin, 5 of them were after the show, with me saying, “What do you make of these ratings?” He’d say, “Don’t worry. It takes time.” (We beat Cooper two of three Fridays at ten.) Although he appeared to have some buyer’s remorse, he told me to hang in there. After the TMZ event, he said, “Don’t worry. I have to suspend you. But this will blow over.” I have all the emails to prove it. And then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, MSNBC said, “You’re fired.”

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Phil Griffin: MSNBC Gets ‘More Analytical As The Day Goes On’

phil-griffin-msnbcFeaturedIn an interview with The Daily Beast, conducted before the latest controversy at MSNBC, network president Phil Griffin spoke about the recent daytime shakeup, explaining how the types of voices viewers will hear makes MSNBC “more analytical as the day goes on.”

“There is a rhyme or reason to this—it’s making the thread clearer from morning to night,” Griffin says, explaining that the latest line-up is organized in three-hour blocks. The first begins with Morning Joe, the bipartisan agenda-setter that airs from 6 to 9 a.m., continuing with a newsy block that runs from 9 to noon (with Hall newly installed at 11 a.m.), running through Mitchell at noon and followed by Farrow and Reid as “a more topical” bridge to an increasingly opinionated afternoon featuring The Cycle, a panel show, and Now With Alex Wagner. “Then you have the big voices of Ed Schultz, Rev [Al Sharpton], and Chris [Matthews],” Griffin continues, “and then the big deeper thinkers of Chris Hayes, Rachel [Maddow], and Lawrence [O’Donnell].”

Griffin draws a line between MSNBC’s “sensibility” and ideology. Read more

Priebus: MSNBC Apology ‘Was a First Step’

Appearing on “Hannity” last night, RNC chairman Rience Priebus said Phil Griffin‘s apology for MSNBC’s offensive tweet was “a first step” toward repairing relations.

Noting that the tweet comes after the network has been under fire for several controversial incidents, Priebus told Sean Hannity: “I can take it. That’s what you get when you’re chairman of the party. But some of these things that are done about families, and people’s appearance, and gender, race — blanket statements about people on the right side of our party — I’m just not going to stand up and take it.”

“It’s sort of like being on probation, I guess,” he said of MSNBC. “But the fact of the matter is, we’re here, we’re watching them. And it’s our responsibility, and mine in particular, to stand up for our party. That’s what I did today and I’ll do it again.” Watch:

MSNBC Fires Author of ‘Unacceptable’ Tweet, Phil Griffin Apologizes to RNC Chair

MSNBCLogo304x200Responding to RNC Chair Reince Priebus‘ demand for an apology over an offensive tweet suggesting conservatives are against interracial marriage, MSNBC has fired the author of the tweet, and network President Phil Griffin has apologized to Preibus.

Here’s the statement from Griffin:

The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.
I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.

Griffin’s apology comes after Priebus banned all RNC officials from appearing on MSNBC.

MSNBC’s swift action in response to this online comment comes after a string of controversial on-air comments in the last months of 2013: Melissa Harris-Perry‘s panel mocking Mitt Romney’s African-American grandchild, Martin Bashir‘s resignation after making vile comments about Sarah Palin, and Alec Baldwin and MSNBC parting ways after the actor hurled anti-gay slurs toward a photographer.

>Update: Priebus will appear on “Hannity” tonight to talk about the incident.

Joe Scarborough: Most Interesting Morning TV Anchor in The World?

Dos Equis“Morning Joe” revealed an exclusive “Super Bowl” commercial this morning featuring the most interesting morning TV anchor in the world: Joe Scarborough.

The commercial trails Scarborough in the morning before showtime, sleeping through alarm clocks, showering with clothes on, debating Paul Krugman, eating McDonald’s while lying on the street, and commuting to work via wooden motorboat.

“I don’t wake up on time often, but when I do, I’m on ‘Morning Joe,’” Scarborough says, signing off: “Stay sleepy my friends.”

Donny Deutsch claimed The Dos Equis beer spoof was made possible by MSNBC’s president.

“It’s amazing, Phil Griffin. emptied the piggyback. Two thirty second spots, eight million dollar expenditure for the world’s most interesting morning talk show host,” Deutsh said. “Go Phil Griffin.”

An MSNBC spokesperson confirms the segment was sarcastic, and this commercial won’t be running during the big game Sunday… or maybe not anywhere. WATCH:

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MSNBC Apologizes for Controversial Tweet About Conservatives and Cheerios

MSNBC’s official Twitter account deleted a tweet last night that suggested conservatives wouldn’t like a new Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial family set to air during the Super Bowl.

“Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family,” read the tweet, which linked to an MSNBC.com story on the new ad.

The tweet was playing off the 2013 firestorm created over a similar Cheerios ad with the same interracial family. That ad generated such vile reaction online, the YouTube comments section was closed.

We’ve reached out to MSNBC for comment, but did not immediately get a response.

>Update: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has sent MSNBC President Phil Griffin a letter informing him he has banned RNC officials from appearing on MSNBC until Griffin personally and publicly apologizes.

>Update: MSNBC has fired the author of the tweet, and Phil Griffin has apologized to Reince Priebus.

MSNBC Changes ‘Will Strengthen the Flow of our Programming,’ Says Griffin

msnbclogo_304x200News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule.

The network’s progressive turn, which is a proven success in the evenings, will now begin much earlier, at 1pmET as diplomat and writer Ronan Farrow joins the schedule. Joy Reid, who often filled in for Martin Bashir, follows at 2pm. “The Cycle,” a politics and pop culture chat show remains at 3, and Alex Wager‘s “Now” stays at 4pm.

“I’m confident the changes and additions to our lineup will strengthen the flow of our programming, ” MSNBC president Phil Griffin writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where “Morning Joe” leads into Chuck Todd‘s DC-based politics hour, following by Chris Jansing‘s newscast. Tamron Hall‘s “NewsNation” follows at 11am with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to Noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to msnbc and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.”

As previously reported, former CBS, ABC, and CNN executive producer Kathy O’Hearn will oversee Farrow’s show. MSNBC original Omnika Thompson will be joining as senior producer. Thompson had overseen Thomas Roberts‘ show before he moved to the mornings.

Griffin’s note to the staff after the jump…

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In Profile: Wagner, Ratigan, Kohn

  • MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and her fiancé, White House chef Sam Kass, are profiled in Vogue. “Alex has that one rare quality that is imperative for success in this business,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “She is totally authentic on the air. She’s smart, genuine, and connects with her audience.”

  • Men’s Journal talks with “one of the great shouters,” former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan. “I was exhibiting more and more aggressive behavior in a more public forum, and that was beneficial in the short term and utterly self-destructive in the long term,” Ratigan says of his time as a cable news host.

Phil Griffin: Recent Controversial Comments Don’t Define MSNBC

phil-griffin-msnbcSpeaking to The Hollywood Reporter, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said he won’t allow his network to be defined by a recent collection of controversial comments.

“These were judgment calls made by some of our people,” Griffin tells THR. “We quickly took responsibility for them and took action. They were unfortunate, but I’m not going to allow these specific moments of lack of judgment to define us.”

“We handled them,” says Griffin. “We were transparent. That is our philosophy: Be factual, and step up when you make a mistake. And I don’t see that among our competition, whether it’s getting something wrong on a major story or when there are clear inaccuracies and they’re not corrected.”

Griffin also suggests the comments that caused the departures of Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin (and caused a flurry of negative reaction for current host Melissa Harris-Perry) are not representative of a larger problem. Read more

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