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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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Weekend Growing Pains For MSNBC’s ‘Disrupt’

KarenFinney6Longtime MSNBC contributor Karen Finney took the helm of “Disrupt With Karen Finney” in June as the lead-in for then-weekend host Ed Schultz, but six months later, the show struggles in the ratings.

Airing on Saturday and Sunday at 4pmET, “Disrupt” is delivering 192,000 total viewers and 39,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo for the month of November, the latter demo number serving as an all-time low for the show. Sunday, November 17 was a low point, with just 14,000 viewers in the demo tuning in. That show featured Finney speaking with former Congresswomen Gabby Giffords‘ husband Mark Kelly about gun control as well as a panel on the JFK assassination anniversary.

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Chris Matthews Thrives Live at 7: ‘Loyalty Counts For A Lot With Me’

Chris MatthewsThree months ago today MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” moved out of its 5pm timeslot — making way for Ed Schultz — to a single 7pmET airing. In the process, the one-a-day has given the 7pm hour a boost. Three of the four nights it was on last week (pre-empted Friday for JFK coverage) “Hardball” was MSNBC’s No. 1 show in the demo, ahead of Rachel Maddow. It is consistently No. 2 in cable news at that hour, behind FNC’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

The 7pm hour is up +47% in total viewers and up +29% in the A25-54 demo compared to the first eight months of 2013 before the change was made. Compared to August alone, “Hardball” at 7pm ET is up +92% in total viewers and up +69% in the demo.

“I’ve asked Hardball fans to adjust their evening viewing habit and I’m gratified that so many have,” Matthews told TVNewser. “These are obviously very important times and loyalty counts for a lot with me.”

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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 Scoreboard: Thursday, November 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 353 | MSNBC: 121 | CNN: 174 | HLN: 77
  • Primetime: FNC: 509 | MSNBC: 175 | CNN: 392 | HLN: 93

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

251

TheFive:

437

Baier:

376

Greta:

417

O’Reilly:

553

Megyn:

548

Hannity:

426

O’Reilly:

416

Megyn:

301

MSNBC
Bashir:

104

EdShow:

169

Sharpton:

178

Matthews:

213

Hayes:

160

Maddow:

194

O’Donnell:

168

Hayes:

99

Maddow:

111

CNN
Tapper:

75

Blitzer:

77

Blitz/Cross:

82/57

Burnett:

129

Cooper:

144

Sixties:

508

Cont.:

Sixties:

315

Cont.:

HLN
News:

24

WWYD:

31

Showbiz:

56

Jane:

87

Grace:

113

DrDrew:

101

AfterDark:

65

Showbiz:

47

DrDrew:

39

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The Scoreboard: Monday, November 4

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 325 | MSNBC: 115 | CNN: 93 | HLN: 67
  • Primetime: FNC: 425 | MSNBC: 171 | CNN: 118 | HLN: 52

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

228

TheFive:

384

Baier:

411

Greta:

351

O’Reilly:

502

Megyn:

459

Hannity:

313

O’Reilly:

344

Megyn:

329

MSNBC
Bashir:

84

EdShow:

125

Sharpton:

170

Matthews:

234

Hayes:

178

Maddow:

199

O’Donnell:

135

Hayes:

94

Maddow:

98

CNN
Tapper:

71

Blitzer:

91

Blitz/Cross:

91/59

Burnett:

88

Cooper:

125

Morgan:

81

Cooper:

149

Cooper:

188

Morgan:

112

HLN
News:

30

Express:

28

Express:

54

Jane:

60

Grace:

54

DrDrew:

51

AfterDark:

51

Showbiz:

42

DrDrew:

71

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Ed Schultz to Sean Hannity: Let’s Debate

SchultzMSNBCIn the  good ol’ days, it was O’Reilly vs. Olbermann. Now, there’s another cross-network challenge afoot.

Last week, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz referred to the Speaker of the House as “the treasonous John Boehner.” A few days later, FNC’s Sean Hannity discussed Schultz’s “frothing at the mouth.”

“I wonder what Williams, Brokaw and Lauer think of this knucklehead… this idiot,” said Hannity.

So on his show Monday, Schultz challenged Hannity to a debate: “You name the place, the time, you can even take the gate, because I know you like doing that kind of stuff,” said Schultz, adding, “Come on, give me a chance, Sean. Let’s see if I’m the knucklehead that you think I am.”

What do you think? Who’d win this debate?

The Top Cable News Programs In Q3 2013 Were…

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The top cable news programs for the third quarter of 2013 were an awfully familiar bunch, with stalwarts generally leading their respective channels. Thst said, further down the list of top programs, there were a few notable surprises.

Fox News led the way per usual, securing the top 13 programs in total viewers, and the top 10 in the adults 25-54 demo. “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one show on cable news in both categories. That said, “The Five” continues to thrive… and outside of primetime no less. The panel show was the number two program in all of cable news in total viewers, and number three in the demo behind “Hannity.” “Special Report” placed third in total viewers.

MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow” led her channel in total and demo viewers, as is usually the case. Maddow placed 14th overall in total viewers and 11th in the demo. More surprising was that only a few weeks in, “The Ed Show” was the third most-watched program in total viewers on MSNBC, behind Maddow and “The Last Word.”

For CNN, Anderson Cooper is the ratings king. His program, “AC360,” was the top CNN program in total and demo viewers, placing 17th overall in total and 13th overall in the demo. In fact, Cooper had the top four most-watched shows on CNN in the demo for the quarter (including replays). “The Lead” was the number three show on CNN in total viewers, after “AC360″ and “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
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