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CNN vs. Morning Joe…

Posted in CNN, MSNBC on October 20, 2016 by icn2

In the latest in a long running battle, CNN’s Dylan Byers takes aim at Morning Joe yet again for the “favorable” coverage it gave Donald Trump…

Scarborough provided several pieces of evidence to back up the claim that they had been tough on Trump, including that, “I said from the beginning I would never vote for him, I said I was voting for Jeb Bush then I said I was voting for John Kasich” and that in early December 2015 he and Brzezinski had compared Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims to Germany in 1933.

Those limited examples are a fig leaf for the months of positive coverage and support that Scarborough and Brzezinski gave to Trump in the period of time Kristol was referring to: late 2015 and early 2016.

As CNNMoney and others have documented, Scarborough and Brzezinski — who visited privately with Trump on multiple occasions during the primaries — were overwhelmingly supportive of the Republican candidate during that time, consistently praising his unconventional campaign and defending him from his critics.

Scarborough, especially, spoke about Trump in glowing terms, praising him as “a masterful politician.” The Washington Post wrote that Trump had received “a tremendous degree of warmth from the show,” and that his appearances on the show, in person and over the phone, often feel like “a cozy social club.”

In February, several NBC News and MSNBC journalists, reporters and staffers told CNNMoney there was widespread discomfort at the network over Scarborough’s friendship with Trump and his increasingly favorable coverage of the candidate.

There’s a reason why this charge can still be hurled at Morning Joe…just as it could be hurled at Fox and Friends…just as it could be repeatedly hurled at CNN itself…

There’s more than enough available evidence to back up the idea that the media became obsessed with Trump that it lost its perspective for much of the primary season and into the summer. While I rarely agree with the usually wrong Bill Kristol, he’s right here; any attempt to say that Morning Joe was tough on Trump in late 2015 and early 2016 is essentially an inaccurate characterization of history.

Not that Byers should be the one squawking here. CNN’s hands are much more dirty than Morning Joe’s when it comes to their coverage of Trump. Byers knows this, of course…yet he throws darts at Morning Joe anyways. Lame…

No, It’s Not Settled Andy…

Posted in MSNBC on September 28, 2016 by icn2

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple gets NBC News Topper Andrew Lack to comment, tangentially, on the Brian Williams fiasco…

The shyness has shielded Williams from having to confront again his scandal of 2015. NBC News suspended him for six months after learning about a series of exaggerations/embellishments/lies concerning his past as a reporter — a tour of shame with stopovers in Iraq, the Berlin Wall, Israel and elsewhere. As he prepared to return to work as a breaking news anchor on MSNBC, Williams sat for an interview with NBC News’s Matt Lauer, but he did not individually address all the episodes on his besmirched record. “I would like to take this opportunity to say that what has happened in the past has been identified and torn apart by me and has been fixed, has been dealt with,” said Williams, who lost his job as anchor of “NBC Nightly News.”

Monday, Lack sounded a note of accord. When asked whether Williams had left behind some unfinished business in that Lauer interview, Lack responded, “Ancient history to me.”

Not to me and not to a lot of other people and NBC can blame itself for our prolonged interest. It chose to bury the story rather than do what CBS did with the Thornburgh report which did a complete and very public number on Rathergate. The Lauer interview only compounded things.

We have not had closure. NBC ensured we did not get closure. So Andrew Lack can try and gloss it over…just as Rachel Maddow tried to gloss it over but for us it’s always going to be an issue until we understand what exactly happened and why.

Expanded Role For MSNBC’s Williams?

Posted in MSNBC on August 15, 2016 by icn2

CNN’s Brian Stelter writes that MSNBC is looking to give Brian Williams the 11pm hour through the election so that the network can talk about this year’s most under reported subject… (via J$)

According to the plan, Williams will anchor a special 11 p.m. program wrapping up the day’s campaign news, the sources said.

The plan is subject to change until the scheduling move is officially announced. But the Williams program has been under consideration for weeks inside MSNBC.

MSNBC GOP Convention Coverage Plans…

Posted in MSNBC on July 13, 2016 by icn2

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Julie Washington, who appears to need to brush up on the currency of her Chris Jansing bio knowledge, has details of MSNBC’s convention coverage plans…

The Republican National Convention will be a homecoming for former WJW Channel 8 reporter Kelly O’Donnell, who will be part of the NBC news team reporting live from Quicken Loans Arena.

O’Donnell, a graduate of Villa Angela Academy, began her broadcast career at Channel 8 during the 1990s. During her years at NBC, O’Donnell has covered national stories from presidential campaigns to the Oklahoma City bombing, according to her NBC bio. She has been NBC’s Capitol Hill correspondent since 2007.

MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing, who is from Fairport Harbor, also will cover the convention for NBC News and MSNBC. Jansing, who joined NBC News in 1998, hosts the MSNBC weekday show “Jansing and Co.,” and has extensively covered past presidential campaigns, according to her MSNBC bio.

O’Donnell and Jansing will be among nearly 50 NBC News and MSNBC anchors and correspondents in the networks’ newsgathering operation during the convention, July 18-21 at The Q. NBC programming is seen locally on the affiliate station WKYC Channel 3.
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Jose Diaz-Balart Exiting MSNBC…

Posted in MSNBC on July 13, 2016 by icn2

What is this…MSNBC talent departure day? First it was Luke Russert. Now it’s Jose Diaz-Balart

In November, José Diaz-Balart was named to a rotating cast of anchors of the NBC Nightly News Saturday edition. Today, he was given the job permanently.

In a trade-off, Díaz-Balart will give up his 10 a.m. MSNBC show, though MSNBC president Phil Griffin says he “will contribute regularly to special reports and major events for both NBC News and MSNBC,” including at the political conventions over the next two weeks.

Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what happens with his slot?

Luke Russert Is Leaving (MS)NBC

Posted in MSNBC on July 13, 2016 by icn2

Luke Russert tweeted that he was leaving NBC this morning…

Tamron Hall Interview…

Posted in MSNBC on June 21, 2016 by icn2

The New Potato interviews Tamron Hall…

During a week such as this, how do you approach reporting what’s going on without becoming emotional? What’s your biggest personal priority when covering something like the tragedy in Orlando?

My personal priority is to answer the questions you want answered, and ask the questions you want answered. When you have forty-nine people senselessly murdered, I would not lie to you and pretend it did not have a great impact on me. You have Mothers and Fathers, Sisters and Brothers, pleading for an answer; they just want to know where their loved one is. I cried my eyes out Sunday night, and I’m okay with that. And I was still able to, the next day, get on air and ask those questions. So, I no longer, after being in this business for twenty-five years, try to separate normal human emotion from integrity. I hope that I am able to provide both.

How do you prepare mentally in a situation like this?

You can’t. I, Sunday morning, like the rest of us, woke up to the news and I instantly called in and said I’m available, I’m in town, and I’m ready to go. I was immediately told to come in and I was on air, as things were unfolding. It was truly breaking news. There is not a lot you can do to prepare or read up on. I have covered these types of stories before, and can recall all the facts on gun control and on terror. All of those things are there, but you don’t know why it’s happening, so all of the information you have stored really doesn’t matter until you know more.

Do you feel that as a reporter you always need to remain objective, or are there times you can be subjective?

I think, 99% of the time, absolutely, I’m mainly objective. That’s my job. In cases like forty-nine people being killed, or during Hurricane Katrina – when there were people on the roofs of their homes, and you had government officials saying it was all okay – you don’t have to say, “Wait a minute, what’s the other side of the story?” There is no other side to a senseless murder. There is no other side to government failing us. There’s a why: Why did this happen? But you don’t have to say, “Wait a minute, on the other hand…” There are stories that do not require us to be objective and say “Well, what about that lynching? Was that okay?” No it was not and the occupation does not require that of you. You’re not required to be artificial intelligence.