MSNBC SOTU Coverage Plans…

MSNBC announced its coverage plans for the SOTU…

MSNBC ANNOUNCES COVERAGE PLANS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 20

RACHEL MADDOW AND CHRIS MATTHEWS TO LEAD MSNBC’S PROGRAMMING BEGINNING AT 8 P.M. ET

NEW YORK – January 14, 2015 – Today MSNBC announced its plans for live coverage and analysis of President Obama’s State of the Union Address and the Republican response, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 20.

Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host the special programming, and will be joined by Chris Hayes, Reverend Al Sharpton, Kasie Hunt, Steve Kornacki and MSNBC contributors Steve Schmidt, Robert Gibbs, Michael Steele, Eugene Robinson, and Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell, Ed Schultz and Luke Russert will report live from Washington DC and José Díaz-Balart will participate from Miami. Matthews will also anchor an additional live hour of coverage from 12 a.m. – 1 a.m. ET. In the days leading up to and after the address, msnbc.com correspondents will report on the event from communities across the country.

“As both parties set their agenda for 2015, our coverage will shape the conversation both inside and outside of Washington,” said Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC. “At this critical moment for our country, we are committed to programming that speaks to both political influencers and the Americans whose lives are impacted by the policies the President will discuss. We look forward to covering this State of the Union with a more integrated approach, featuring innovative programming across all of our platforms.”

As part of MSNBC’s focus on providing a more integrated viewer experience, its State of the Union coverage will also feature the first live-event analysis by MSNBC’s new digital platform Shift, which will be hosted by Krystal Ball, Dorian Warren and Josh Barro. Consistent with its TV programming, Shift’s coverage will kick off at 8 p.m. ET, and live-stream both the State of the Union and the Republican response at shift.msnbc.com. In the build up to the speech, MSNBC will offer a special look at the preparations for the big event; follow MSNBC’s Instagram for an exclusive photo diary of the network’s SOTU behind the scenes.

MSNBC will also ask its viewers to sound off on what they think the State of the Union is, using #SOTUis. Responses will be featured on msnbc.com and during Shift’s special coverage.

At key points throughout the evening, MSNBC viewers will be able to share their reactions to the address by participating in voting opportunities that will be featured in real time both on-air and online. Through the use of Microsoft’s Bing Pulse live voting technology, viewers will be able to log on to pulse.msnbc.com to vote on the issues they care about most.

Additional details on this special coverage will be provided in the coming days.

18 Responses to “MSNBC SOTU Coverage Plans…”

  1. One name I don’t see mentioned – Chuck Todd. Todd would be wise to stay away from that circus. If I were him, I’d flat out refuse to provide analysis. He’s having a tough time with MTP due to: 1) it’s so closely resembling your average MSNBC show; 2) his ties to MSNBC; 3) the number of guests from MSNBC; 4) the perception that he’s just another liberal sitting in the big boy chair.

    If he has any hope of turning MTP around, he needs to pretty much avoid MSNBC like the plague.

  2. “One name I don’t see mentioned – Chuck Todd.”

    ^^I assume he’s co-host NBC coverage and so unavailable to work MSNBC until that ends.

    “Todd would be wise to stay away from that circus. …. If he has any hope of turning MTP around, he needs to pretty much avoid MSNBC like the plague.”

    Pretty silly comment – even by LS standards. It’s sort of like me saying Chris Wallace should avoid, like the plague, the circus that is FNC if he ever hopes to get Fox News Sunday out of 4th place on Sunday morning political shows.

  3. In prior coverage, I’ve seen NBC personalities on set or on camera with the MSNBC group.

    FNC goes with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier for election coverage. Not sure what they do with SOTU coverage. The list above for MSNBC is the same list they use for elections. If you want to compare Kelly & Baier to the crazy train that is Maddow, Matthews, Hayes and Sharpton, then you’re the one being silly. Also, FNC is sure to have a multitude of liberals providing commentary and analysis. MSNBC usually has Steve Schmitdt sitting in a corner in silence.

    Anyway, Todd suffers from his MSNBC association. He suffers from the fact that he has so many MSNBC personalities on his guest list on Sunday. Liberals may love MSNBC but it’s a joke to most people. NOt a good strategy.

  4. “Liberals like it, but to most people it’s a joke.” Considering a liberal has won the last two General Elections, your definition of who “most people” is could use work.

  5. In prior coverage, I’ve seen NBC personalities on set or on camera with the MSNBC group.

    ^^And you will in this coverage as well.

    MSNBC is the same list they use for elections. If you want to compare Kelly & Baier to the crazy train that is Maddow, Matthews, Hayes and Sharpton, then you’re the one being silly.

    ^^I never said anything about the comparative quality of the two coverage teams. I said Todd appearing on MSNBC would harm him on MTP was a silly comment. It still is.

    “FNC is sure to have a multitude of liberals providing commentary and analysis. MSNBC usually has Steve Schmidt sitting in a corner in silence.”

    Aside from Joe Trippi FNC liberals give us platitudes and talking points. Schmidt and, to a lesser extent, Steele give pretty good honest analysis of Republican positions.

    “Todd suffers from his MSNBC association”

    ^^No more than Wallace does with his association with FNC.

    “Liberals may love MSNBC but it’s a joke to most people.”

    ^^The same could be said about FNC and conservatives

    There are lots of problems on MTP but Todd’s appearances on MSNBC are not one of them; anymore than Wallace’s appearances on FNC cause this show to preform so badly on Sunday mornings.

  6. In order for anything Chuck Todd does to be a “mistake”, you’d have to assume any ideological stripe would care one way or the other. They don’t. Conservatives and progressives think he works for the other side; the rest think he’s just fine no matter which network he shows up on. Which means the people who are gonna like him already do, and the haters will keep hatin’. It’s a wash.

  7. “Conservatives and progressives think he works for the other side;”

    ^^I think your half right joe. All Tea Partyers and many conservatives, but not necessarily Republicans, certainly think he’s a liberal because he’s employed by NBC, doesn’t talk like a right winger or work on FNC. I think most liberals (including me) think he’s a moderate independent or maybe even a closet liberal who tries to stay neutral in most situations. I know of no liberals who think of him as a conservative.

  8. Fritz, the word was “progressive”, which denotes far left, not the standard “liberal” like the Clintons or John Kerry. Far lefties – of which I am one – think Todd gives righties ridiculous breaks in order to appease their warped sense of ‘balance’. It’s annoying..he was much better as a political analyst. He’s never been a good show host/interviewer.

  9. “the word was “progressive”, which denotes far left, not the standard “liberal” like the Clintons or John Kerry.”

    ^^That’s some of the best spin I’ve ever seen on this site. Congratulations.🙂

  10. “^^The same could be said about FNC and conservatives”

    Disagree. Fox brings in huge ratings because of the number of conservatives AND independents who watch their programming. The left and the MSM hate FNC but most moderates do not. MSNBC, on the other hand, is a liberal politics channel. It’s not a news organization. Nobody tunes into MSNBC for breaking news. Hell, few people even tune in for political matters, like elections, anymore. They’re just not a serious outfit. And, I think that statement is a statement of fact, not opinion.

    And, I think Todd definitely suffers on MTP from his association with MSNBC. I think NBC News in general suffers because of MSNBC. As MSNBC has moved further left, NBC has lost ground in their ratings. All too often, NBC News personnel (like Todd) go on MSNBC and forget that they’re on camera and not speaking in the Company cafeteria. They end up advancing far-left opinions.

    Chris Wallace didn’t used to have his own show on Fox News Channel and I rarely see him appear on any FNC shows.

    “All Tea Partyers and many conservatives, but not necessarily Republicans, certainly think he’s a liberal because he’s employed by NBC, doesn’t talk like a right winger or work on FNC.”

    People think he’s a liberal because of the point of view that he advances, the ease with which he always treated liberal guests on the Daily Rundown, the fact that he worked on Tom Harkin’s campaign and the fact that his wife is a Democrat who has worked on numerous campaigns for Democrats.

    I like Todd fine. But, I don’t think there’s any doubt which way he leans. Anybody on the left who thinks Todd is some sort of conservative is delusional. They’re the same delusional cranks who think CNN or even MSNBC are conservative. What they think doesn’t matter because, well, they’re crazy.

  11. I agree for the most part re: msnbc now and Nbc. But a lot of people who are moderates of either party and independents have a negative opinion of Fox news. There is a recent Pew study I can link to when I’m not on my phone.

  12. From Pew, regarding the makeup of FNC’s audience: 18% left of center, 37% in the middle and 55% right of center.

    33% of MSNBC’s viewers are in the middle. But, 37% of FNC’s audience is a sh!t ton more then 33% of MSNBC’s.

    40% of CNN’s audience is in the middle. And, again, FNC’s 37% is greater than CNN’s 40% in total numbers.

    Fox just isn’t the bogeyman that the hard left and the MSM make it out to be. It’s popular for a reason. And, not just among conservatives.

  13. This is what I can find quickly, so I’ll take back my last comment until I can show proof. But here is some info from PEW that shows both of the ideological channels are disliked by the opposite political ideology but embraced by the like minded people. It’s the daily me effect, I think.

    “Polarized Views of Cable News

    Public perceptions of two major news sources – MSNBC and the Fox News Channel (FNC) – are deeply divided along ideological lines. And what stands apart the most are the negative views among those on the other side of the ideological spectrum.

    Notably, both of these news channels are viewed more favorably than unfavorably in the public at large, reflecting the fact that both receive generally favorable, or at least neutral, marks from people with mixed ideological views. In that regard, while consistent conservatives overwhelmingly express a positive view of the Fox News Channel (74% favorable), that is a more uniform expression of the generally favorable view found among the general public. By contrast, the strongly negative reaction to Fox News from consistent liberals – fully 73% view FNC unfavorably and just 8% favorably – stands starkly apart

    Detailed Table: Views of MSNBC/Fox News
    The same pattern arises in views of MSNBC. Consistent conservatives are far-and-away the most likely to have an opinion of MSNBC, and it is overwhelmingly negative: 71% unfavorable and just 10% favorable. This stands in contrast to the positive balance of opinion from the public at large.

    One thing that differs when it comes to MSNBC is that it does not draw the same uniformly positive reviews from consistent liberals that FNC does from consistent conservatives. While nearly half (45%) of consistent liberals view MSNBC favorably, that’s not much better than how MSNBC rates among those with mixed ideological views (38%). Nearly half of consistent liberals offer no opinion of MSNBC. By contrast, the vast majority of consistent conservatives offer an opinion of Fox News, with 74% favorable and just 5% unfavorable.”

  14. And therein, HRC, lies the difference between liberals and conservatives about news media: Libs tend to spread their viewing around, with a critical eye on all of it. Conservatives overwhelmingly watch one channel, and practically worship the d@mn thing.

  15. I agree. And while there are many causes for it, there is a definite uniformity of choices of televison media fot those who watch FNC or listen to talk radio or send me crazy emails. I used to be upset about it, but national elections show me, recently, that those medIa numbers do not equal voter preference, nationally.

  16. Obviously, I’d love to edit that post. Commas and spellcheck.

  17. “From Pew, regarding the makeup of FNC’s audience: 18% left of center, 37% in the middle and 55% right of center.

    33% of MSNBC’s viewers are in the middle. But, 37% of FNC’s audience is a sh!t ton more then 33% of MSNBC’s.

    40% of CNN’s audience is in the middle. And, again, FNC’s 37% is greater than CNN’s 40% in total numbers.”

    ^^Comparing percentages to actual numbers makes no sense LS. The poll is comparing the relative percentages of each networks ideological makeup within that network and how that relates to another networks ideological makeup. The total number of viewers doesn’t matter in these comparisons.

  18. “MSNBC, on the other hand, is a liberal politics channel. It’s not a news organization. Nobody tunes into MSNBC for breaking news.”

    “All too often, NBC News personnel (like Todd) go on MSNBC and forget that they’re on camera and not speaking in the Company cafeteria. They end up advancing far-left opinions.”

    “I rarely see him (Chris Wallace) appear on any FNC shows.”

    “People think he’s (Chuck Todd) a liberal because of the point of view that he advances,”

    ^^LS when you say provably silly things like the comments above it becomes hard to take anything you say seriously.

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