What’s Hot/What’s Not: 01/05/14

What’s Hot:

Melissa Harris-Perry – Harris-Perry had to apologize on the air for an incident that took place on her show the previous week where her contributors got out of line. Her contributors. She had to apologize…the optics demanded it. But I still believe that they were principally at fault for this, not her.

Thomas Roberts – Roberts was named new Way Too Early host and Morning Joe regular by MSNBC this week. Though Tommy Christopher posed the question about whether this was a demotion, I agree with Roberts’ answer. It was most definitely a promotion.

Piers Morgan – A bit late on this but Morgan had the stuffing bowled out of him by retired Cricketeer Brett Lee last week. Morgan came away with multiple bruises and a cracked rib. If Cricket was 1/10th as popular here as it is in the former British Empire instead of being even less popular than Football or Rugby, this would have been front page news. It was everywhere else.

NBC News and Revere Digital – NBC announced a deal with the new Walt Mossberg/Kara Swisher startup which will see an increase in tech stories across all NBC News properties.

Self-restraint in cable news? – Granted, it occurred during the tail end of the holiday period but, amazingly, I didn’t find the coverage of the recent Nor’easter to be too overdone. For a change.

What’s Not:

Get MSNBC-ism – It’s one thing to rip the panelists on the Melissa Harris-Perry show for “going there” with the Romney photo. It’s another thing to blame Perry herself for that. This led to a bunch of articles about whether MSNBC has a culture of hate or whatever gibberish point they were trying to make in vain. The articles would cite the Bashir, Baldwin, and Harris-Perry incident. Let’s examine those individually. One incident didn’t even happen on MSNBC’s air, one incident didn’t involve the show host really. The third was as bad as everyone (including myself) said it was. But to take those three disparate events and string them together to make the flimsy argument that MSNBC has a culture problem or a culture of hate or whatever…

…listen. You want to look at records…take a look at all the reckless jaw dropping incidents that have taken place on Fox and Friends during that show’s entire history. Then get back to me regarding your theory of MSNBC’s alleged newfound culture problem.

Gag me with a spoon – Another year ends, another year begins, and CNN viewers have to suffer through another three hours of Kathy Griffin…

19 Responses to “What’s Hot/What’s Not: 01/05/14”

  1. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    I am in no way an Alec Baldwin fan, but if you listen to his tirade at the photographer (I can’t spell “paparazzi”), the last word is “maggot.” MSNBC wanted rid of him for some reason, and this was their out.

  2. Even if it wasn’t “maggot” I don’t consider it a firing offense. I agree…they wanted rid of him.

  3. Tom & Judy Bachman Says:

    Mellisa was way out of line & its about time MSNBC is called out on there bullying. Al Sharpton should be fired for his actions on Cable , MSNBC is a low rated show it has nothing good to say about anybody if there a Rep. They are worse then Nancy Grace who thinks she is God. Shame on MSNBC Fox News is about the truth MSNBC is nothing but a bunch of low IQ people who have hate in there hearts if they even have a heart.

  4. Spud: the apology made by MHP was not about what SHE said, it was about her behavior while her panelists were making their crappy comments. You can very clearly hear her laughing quite boisterously while those nasty comments are being made. If she didn’t agree with them she wouldn’t have had the response she did.

    I believe that was what her apology was for since she knew her response let everyone know she felt the same way a her panelists did.

  5. Spud might do himself some good to watch Dylan Byers on today’s RELIABLE SOURCES. (With an open mind.

    If he could leave the generalities aside, FOX doesn’t seem to have the trail of apologies that MSNBC has had for the last three years. Maybe he could name a few to refresh us?

  6. “CNN viewers have to suffer through another three hours of Kathy Griffin”

    Well, they are not chained to the channel. I presume she has been kept on year after year for a reason. Not my cup of tea, but 3 hours of Fareed a Zachariah before the ball comes down might make one want to head to bed about 9:15.

  7. That’s because, Larry, that FNC never apologizes for any dumb, stupid, misinformed, ignorant, or offensive statements they make. Lying is not a fireable offense if it’s in the name of bashing Obama. Hannity and F&F are frequently called out for outright untruths they peddle. Just because they don’t apologize doesn’t make them right. But what can I expect from an ideology that thinks if you repeat something often enough, you can make it true.

  8. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    That’s because, Larry, that FNC never apologizes for any dumb, stupid, misinformed, ignorant, or offensive statements they make. Lying is not a fireable offense if it’s in the name of bashing Obama. Hannity and F&F are frequently called out for outright untruths they peddle. Just because they don’t apologize doesn’t make them right. But what can I expect from an ideology that thinks if you repeat something often enough, you can make it true.

    Give us an example of these “outright untruths” about Comrade President.

  9. “It was most definitely a promotion.”

    ^^I think your half right and TC is half right. WTE is a demotion from an hour of Dayside but replacing Willie on MJ is a promotion particularly if you consider that he is about to lose his Dayside hour. Roberts is not as good as Geist but the best of the crew that auditioned for the job.

  10. savefarris Says:

    Elle, remind me again what Politifact’s ‘Lie of the Year’ was and who bespoke it…

  11. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Elle, remind me again what Politifact’s ‘Lie of the Year’ was and who bespoke it…

    You mean His Highness the Idiot in Charge?

  12. imnotblue Says:

    I disagree, Spud. MHP was just as responsible, if not more so. First off, it was her program and her discussion. She was the one who had to approve the story before it ever got to her guests. Secondly, it was her responsibility as the host to keep her guests in line, and call them out when they step over the line. And lastly, she participated in the insulting and mocking! Answer me this, her comment about Kanye/Kim as in-laws… why was that funny? Why chose them? What was the punch line in that joke?

    For me, this was evidence of MHP not knowing how to professionally run a program and making poor decisions from behind the anchor/host desk. I’m glad she apologized, but anything that happens on her program is her responsibility. The buck stops there.

  13. If he could leave the generalities aside, FOX doesn’t seem to have the trail of apologies that MSNBC has had for the last three years. Maybe he could name a few to refresh us

    There are two reasons for that:

    1) FNC doesn’t apologize when it should.
    2) FNC loves to trot out that “Fox and Friends isn’t a news show.” defense…

  14. Sorry to say this, but Brett Lee is NOT retired from cricket, altogether.

    Here’s Brett Lee playing in “T20 Club Cricket”: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-02/sixers-beat-heat-by-four-runs/5182912

    Brett Lee, however, is retired from all forms of Team Australia Cricket, but not Domestic, and/or Club Cricket, which means, if Brett Lee wants to, Brett Lee can play for the infamous Indian Premier League, if Brett Lee decided to be in the auction.

    There are more faster and ferocious bowlers than Brett Lee: Shoaib Akhtar [PAK], Dennis Lillee [AUS], and yes, Bill O’Reilly.

  15. FOX & FRIENDS DOES TOO

    to borrow from Dr. $

    “Well I don’t recall Steve Doocy ever calling for people to poop in anyone’s mouth, so yeah, you’ve got a point. ;)”

  16. Spud’s odd thoughts about the minimal culpability of Perry ring false as MSNBC show was Melissa Harris-Perry‘s second annual “Look Back In Laughter” telecast, which was supposed to “look back on some of the political absurdity of 2013.”

    In that episode, a panel of comics was charged with concocting captions to political photos from 2013. Harris-Perry and her producers thought the Romney family Christmas photo — large, white family with tiny black baby on Mitt’s lap — was on topic.

    Giving her the pass that he does makes no sense.

  17. Joe Concha offers up a bit of mitigation though:

    “Before her apology–which was genuine–Harris-Perry deserved blame, but certainly not all of it.
    Not even close.
    Because while it may look like a television anchor or host is calling all the shots for the cable news program you’re watching.
    The spelling errors. The wrong video cued up. The wrong script in the prompter. A satellite or Skype interview going down.
    The only person who looks foolish or forced to apologize is the one seen on camera.
    Not the dozens of people who may be responsible behind it…”
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/as-mhp-saga-proves-cable-news-hosts-always-forced-to-take-one-for-the-team/

  18. “Yes, Harris-Perry ought to have apologized for choosing a child as a figure for derision. But she should be applauded for providing a window into how she and her audience thinks.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/harris-perry-apology-article-1.1569078#ixzz2pmhkWhWJ

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