Grumble, Grumble…

The Wrap’s Jordan Chariton has some MSNBC talents, with apparently high opinions of their positions, spouting off about MSNBC’s changes…

Joe Scarborough might be over the moon for MSNBC’s new hard news direction, but some of his on-air colleagues aren’t sharing his cup of “Morning Joe.”

Network insiders told TheWrap at least three of the network’s anchors — two of them higher-profile — are not on board with network chairman Andrew Lack and president Phil Griffin’s daytime overhaul from progressive firebrand to traditional news format.

“Hard news is a mistake,” one insider told TheWrap of direct conversations with one anchor.
Another anchor has said in public that Lack and Griffin have a fundamental misunderstanding of MSNBC’s audience.

“Older people aren’t eager to get their news from people like Ronan Farrow or Chris Hayes,” the anchor told TheWrap’s insider.

First of all there’s really only one talent on MSNBC that falls into the category of High Profile that counts; Maddow. And the way Chariton puts out that she seems to be backing this, at least in part…unless this is some sort of feint to make it look like Maddow’s publicly backing it while privately carping about it…I don’t think it’s her.

So who’s left? The only other active anchor on the news side that falls into the High Profile category is Andrea Mitchell and I can’t see her carping about a pivot away from opinion to news seeing as she was one of the people who carped to Jeff Zucker way back in 2007 about MSNBC putting Olbermann and Matthews together covering the conventions.

So who does that leave? Well nobody else on MSNBC’s news side falls into the category of “High Profile”. So that leaves the opinion side of MSNBC’s schedule…what’s left of it…as the probable source for these grumblings.

To that I say…consider the source. You guys had your shot. You couldn’t get it done. This is the result. Deal with it.

7 Responses to “Grumble, Grumble…”

  1. imnotblue Says:

    “Older people aren’t eager to get their news from people like Ronan Farrow or Chris Hayes,” the anchor told TheWrap’s insider.”

    Old people. Young people. Middle aged people. Men. Women. And the list goes on…

  2. Heh…

  3. “So who’s left?”

    ^^Chris Matthews is probably one. This (“Hard news is a mistake”)sounds like something Matthews would say.

    “Joe Scarborough might be over the moon for MSNBC’s new hard news direction”

    ^^It’s also no surprise Scarborough is happy with the changes. The Donald Trump of morning TV shows is always sucking up to the suits and at war with some coworker or other. It would probably make more than one employee at MSNBC very happy if he was among the changes. Sadly; it’s not likely to happen.

  4. I have a feeling that the anchor in question is Lawrence O’Donnell. I doubt that it’s Matthews since he’s been the cockroach of the network through all the format shifts but O’Donnell got his show right when the POV action was really going full swing so that’s what he knows there as an anchor.

    Now MSNBC has got a lot of hours to fill in the meantime between Roberts and Matthews. Taking account for the return of Chuck Todd, there’s still 3 hours to fill. They don’t have that many hard news folks in the mix so even if Kate Snow gets a show and even BriWi, there’s still a hole. I know that Stelter said that Kornacki may get a weekday role in exchange for losing a Sunday hour.

  5. My guess is Lawrence O’Donnell, Melissa Harris Perry and Tamara Hall who’s probably worried about her boyfriend Lawrence’s job security.

    If hard news is MSNBC’s future, I’d argue Joy Reid’s days at MSNBC are numbered unless she gets a regular slot on the rumored political panel show. Joy as a reporter is not working since she’s so biased. There are a few talented black reporters at MSNBC such as Trymaine Lee and Craig Melvin who are also biased, but at least they make an effort to be objective.

  6. I guess it’s me. Boxes are tough for me. I don’t like the way MSNBC is going. BIAS… Definitely Joe S. Keep on and I will stop watching. Already have me running to the library. Cycle, Alex, Joy, not happy.

  7. My guess is Lawrence O’Donnell, Melissa Harris Perry and Tamara Hall who’s probably worried about her boyfriend Lawrence’s job security.

    If Lawrence goes and Hayes doesn’t, I won’t know what to say.

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