Michael Smerconish Joins CNN

CNN announced that Michael Smerconish has been hired and will host a Saturday show on the network…

MICHAEL SMERCONISH JOINS CNN

 Michael Smerconish will join CNN as host of a new weekly program that will air live on Saturday mornings from New York, it was announced today by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.  Smerconish will also provide analysis and opinion on CNN programming throughout the week.  He joins the network this month.

“We are thrilled to have Michael join CNN,” said Zucker.  “At a time when the cable news landscape has become increasingly polarized, his independence and passion for reasoned dialogue makes him the perfect fit for CNN.” 

Most recently, Smerconish was an MSNBC contributor and for the last four years served as guest-host for Hardball with Chris Matthews.  He will continue hosting his radio show The Michael Smerconish Program on SiriusXM Radio and writing a weekly column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. 

Said Smerconish, “I’ve long wanted to host a program of my own and I’m appreciative of Jeff Zucker for making that dream a reality.  I think the type of content I seek to provide is perfectly suited for CNN’s non-ideological brand.”

Over the years he has interviewed five U.S. presidents including Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as Vice Presidents Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden.

Smerconish is currently working on his sixth book TALK:  A Novel of Politics and the Media, which is due out in May.  He is also the author of five previous books, two of them New York Times’ best sellers. He donated all author proceeds from three of those manuscripts to charity. His published books are: Flying Blind: How Political Correctness Continues to Compromise Airline Safety Post 9/11; Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism, True Stories that Should Be Fiction; Murdered By Mumia: A Life Sentence of Loss, Pain and Injustice; Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking; and Instinct: The Man Who Stopped the 20th Hijacker. 

Prior to turning to media and broadcasting full-time Smerconish practiced law for ten years with James E. Beasley, a legendary Philadelphia-based trial lawyer, who is the namesake of the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He is currently of counsel to the Philadelphia law firm of Kline & Specter.  Smerconish graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Lehigh University.  He remains a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  He lives in Pennsylvania with his family.

25 Responses to “Michael Smerconish Joins CNN”

  1. Never heard of him before, but I’m looking forward to the show, all the same. I really hope they don’t cut the New Day Saturday hours any – I mean, the New Day Sunday already got cut by thirty minutes to make room for Inside Politics, and I’m particularly fond of the working duo that is Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul. I wouldn’t be very upset if Fredricka’s hours were the ones affected, though… She is impossible to watch, and it wouldn’t surprise me if she were replaced eventually.

    I wonder how long his show will be, too. Thirty minutes? An hour?

    And something he tweeted struck me as strange; I’m not quoting (too lazy to find it again), but he tweeted something along the lines of it being “initially” on Saturday. What does that mean? Possibly on Sunday soon… or possibly moving weekday?

  2. He has been a long time MSNBC suck up and on there many times.

  3. He got a weeks tryout before Morning Joe won the replace Imus gig — though I was routing for the sweaty hairy-armpit gal.

  4. Have a feeling he’ll move a little bit back to the right. Can’t imagine he suddenly became a race card playing #waronwomen nut out of his own free will. Surely he was just playing a part over there at MSNBC.

  5. He got a weeks tryout before Morning Joe won the replace Imus gig — though I was routing for the sweaty hairy-armpit gal.

    Always offensive, all the time.

  6. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Always offensive, all the time.

    C’mon, Andy. Morning Joe isn’t that bad. Close, though.

  7. Always offensive, all the time.

    The ICN comment section, unreadable as always. Enjoy the show, folks.

  8. “Surely he was just playing a part over there at MSNBC.”

    Is Stuart Varney just playing the part at FBN as an Obama hater?
    Is Kimberly Guilfoyle just playing the part at FNC on The Five as an Obama hater?

    Either of them were big liberal haters when they started at FBN and or worked at other networks.

  9. Only appears to cause trouble. There is a name for that.

  10. That should have been, neither of them were big liberal haters when they started at FBN and or worked at other networks.

    “Only appears to cause trouble. There is a name for that.”
    Are you talking about your self?

  11. “Is Stuart Varney just playing the part at FBN as an Obama hater?
    Is Kimberly Guilfoyle just playing the part at FNC on The Five as an Obama hater?”

    I didn’t know of them prior to FNC. I do remember Smerconish before hard left turn MSNBC took. I would be very surprised if he doesn’t move back to the center.

  12. or follow the CNN format and pretend he is in the center.

  13. Smerconish is useless. He’s neither left nor right… or at least, not very passionate about either. He blows with the wind, has no real strong opinions, and just keeps talking hoping nobody notices.

    I’ve listened to him on the radio before, and he’ll agree with whatever caller is speaking at the moment. Liberal callers, “Yes… excellent point.” Conservative caller, “Oh, absolutely.”

    A more wishy-washy host I’ve never heard.

  14. Yeah. He & Jon Avlon.

  15. My Avlon reference was to LK, not INB.

  16. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Is Stuart Varney just playing the part at FBN as an Obama hater?
    Is Kimberly Guilfoyle just playing the part at FNC on The Five as an Obama hater?

    Either of them were big liberal haters when they started at FBN and or worked at other networks.

    Ice, to disagree with someone politically does not make them a “hater.” Don’t fall into that trap, you are a better man than that.

  17. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Mabye CNN will have Smerconish focus only on sensational crime stories, while wearing a blonde wig and a dress. He’ll use the name Nansy Disgrace.

  18. Change the word hater to whatever you want,
    Stuart Varney is complaining about Obama every day on his show.
    To me it comes across as an act to pander to the conservative audience of FNC and FBN.

    I just don’t remember him being so political when he was at CNN or CNBC.

  19. CNN does not need any more talk shows. They have already cut back enough on the weekend news hours.

  20. “Change the word hater to whatever you want,”

    I get a lot of pushback when I use the word. Just don’t expect you won’t if you make that choice or others to pick something for you.

  21. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    I simply don’t see disagreement as hate. This stuff doesn’t have to be personal. I didn’t care for Olbermann’s act at MSNBC or Current, but didn’t hate the guy. In fact, I like his show on ESPN.

  22. Ok then he’s not a hater though for me does way to much complaining about Obama instead of business news.

    Yes it’s ok to point out Obama policies you believe are bad for business but leave the outright Obama bashing for the opinion shows.

  23. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Again, the truth about Obama isn’t “bashing.” If he wants to rule like a tin pot dictator, he deserves all he gets.


  24. icemannyr Says:
    February 10, 2014 at 4:04 pm
    Change the word hater to whatever you want,
    Stuart Varney is complaining about Obama every day on his show.

    By your logic, ice… doesn’t that make you a FNC “hater” and a Megyn Kelly “hater” in particular? You complain about both daily.

    Should we respond to you with the same contempt you speak about them?

  25. Well, I used to, but it went on so long I got as boring as he was.

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