MSNBC is Test Driving Mark Halperin
MSNBC has been using Mark Halperin on First Look so far this week.
…I stop to let the shock wear off…
…ok, enough time…
It’s not just that they’ve been using a political journalist in a straight news anchor role…but they’ve tailored the show to him to some extent. It comes off as more of a segue into Morning Joe, where Halperin can be usually found hanging around like a Vulture next to a dead carcass, than it did last week. Mike Barnicle doing sports. Mark talking to Joe in the minutes before his show airs. And, get this…today they paired Chris Jansing with him and they had him both introduce her and say goodbye for her.
Now, here’s an 18 year vet of MSNBC/NBC news who has been just about everywhere and done just about everything for the network(s) and you have newbie non-contracted Halperin doing her introduction and sign off; the ultimate bigfooting. How embarrassing for her.
Good Morning America, I’m David Hartman along with Joan Lunden…
Yeah…it’s that embarrassing.
It’s well known Phil Griffin has a thing for the H-Team; Halperin and Heilemann, so With All Due Respect gone from Bloomberg’s lineup and 6pm now burning a hole in MSNBC’s schedule, expect to see these guys a lot more on MSNBC’s air.
Just not for regular newscasts. Please.