Ratigan Leaving MSNBC…

Dang you Stelter. You’re not supposed to break news on a Sunday afternoon when I’m out enjoying the weather! Anyway, Brian writes in the New York Times that Dylan Ratigan is leaving MSNBC…

“Once you’ve said your piece, you can either keep saying it — and then it’s a job, good job, pays well, everybody knows your name, it’s great — or you can decide what you’re going to do about it,” he said. “And the answer is, I don’t know. But I do know, in order to figure it out, I have to dismount.”

On MSNBC, Mr. Ratigan will be replaced by the man whose show precedes his at 3 p.m., Martin Bashir. MSNBC staff members were told of the changes on Sunday afternoon after a reporter inquired about the plan.

Some members of Mr. Ratigan’s staff will be charged with creating a new show at 3 p.m. The channel may try out an ensemble of hosts and contributors at that hour.

The changes will start to take effect on June 25, after Mr. Ratigan wraps up his show on June 22.

Interesting that MSNBC wants to move Bashir closer to Matthews rather than create a new show at 4pm.

10 Responses to “Ratigan Leaving MSNBC…”

  1. bushleaguer Says:

    Either create a new show or move Alex Wagner’s show out of what should be a straight news hour and put her at 4pm. Besides, going by the into/outro music they play her show is geared towards a young audience and I can’t imagine they’re tuning in at noon (here on the East Coast anyway).

    I bet they create another “1400 Pennsylvania Ave.” show like in 2008.

  2. Maybe a round-table type show with a liberal host, three liberal panelists, and one castrated conservative. David Schuster isn’t doing anything worth all the suits he owns, and why keep a plucky Lefty out in the wilderness forever?

  3. They aren’t going to move Wagner. I wish they would. But they won’t.

  4. Larry, you should know Shuster is persona non grata at MSNBC as long as Phil Griffin is in charge.

  5. Young-geared shows like NOW and UP are DVR products. Tape it in the morning, watch it at night. It doesn’t matter what time they’re on.

  6. I’m pretty depressed about this news, to say the least. I’ve been a huge fan of Dylan since his 4pm show started… his lack of cheerleading for Obama, and actually finding real solutions, was a breath of fresh air.

    I’m surprised Bashir is being moved an hour ahead, too. I’m also curious what the new show they’re developing for 3pm is. Will they promote someone in-house or bring an entirely new host to take over?

  7. Although I agreed almost totally with Ratigan’s view of the banks and their relationship to Washington politics; I hated that he repeated the same show every day; often word for word, I also won’t miss the bullying of guests that didn’t agree with him, the fawning over those that did and especially the endless run-on questions that left no room for the guest to say anything of interest.

    Maybe he’ll get out of media all together and run for office. He seemed to be hinting that that was something he might pursue. I certainly don’t expect to see him hosting a show anytime soon.

  8. bushleaguer Says:

    Joe – good point re: the DVR.

    I’ve got a feeling that the brass will do a show with Luke Russert as the moderator.

  9. – Same show every day –

    This. I appreciate his crusade, too, but it’s a single-topic show, and a crushing bore.

  10. Have to admit that I never followed Dylan after his Morning Joe days where he talked so much I thought he might have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.

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