MSNBC Confirms Martin Bashir’s Show is not a News Show.
Politico’s Dylan Byers writes about MSNBC’s delineation between its news shows and its non-news shows.
Something I learned just now from MSNBC: It has news shows and “point of view” shows.
MSNBC considers everything from 3 p.m. into primetime to be “point of view” shows. That includes Martin Bashir, Dylan Ratigan, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell.
Meanwhile, the shows that run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. are not “point of view” shows. That includes Chuck Todd, Chris Jansing, Alex Wagner, Andrea Mitchell, and Tamron Hall.
There are a couple of things to address here…
1) This is the first time MSNBC has come out and said that Martin Bashir’s show isn’t a news show. I once asked MSNBC to clarify what kind of show Bashir’s was and got ignored. Ever since, I’ve been arguing on the blog that Bashir’s show wasn’t a news show. But MSNBC itself hadn’t outted the show as such until now.
2) Byers wrote the above because he wrote another related article for Politico concerning Karen Finney filling in on Bashir’s show today and tomorrow.
MSNBC spokesperson Jeremy Gaines emails:
We frequently have our analysts fill-in on our “point of view” programs.
There are two points I would want to make here. First, this explanation doesn’t account for the time Finney was put in a news anchor role back in 2009. But other than that I agree that putting non journalists on POV shows ain’t no big thing since the shows aren’t news shows. But this leads me to my second point which is that MSNBC is schizoid about who fills in on Martin Bashir’s POV show. Sometimes its non journalists like Finney but other times it’s MSNBC’s straight anchors; usually Thomas Roberts and Richard Lui. I’m bothered about journalists being brought on to POV shows as it makes a muddle of everything…the journalists reputations, the show itself, everything.
3) I have to call BS on Now with Alex Wagner being labeled by MSNBC as a news show. It is not a news show and Wagner is not a news host or anchor. And I can prove that. This has been demonstrated repeatedly by how when big news breaks MSNBC cuts Wagner and her show out of the equation entirely by tossing to a journalist anchor to take over for however long they want to stay on the story. If Now was a news show MSNBC wouldn’t be taking this extraordinary step…it would have Wagner anchor the breaking news. So Now isn’t a news show. It’s closer to a POV show especially given the little asides and commentary Wagner tosses out during discussions with her panel.