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Martin Bashir’s exit from MSNBC may have been unceremonious, but his successor will probably have a smoother transition. And it seems like the one to fill his seat will be Joy-Ann Reid, at least according to two recent Internet polls.
Reid, who serves as managing editor of TheGrio.com, is already in the MSNBC family, regularly appearing on the network as a contributor, which is why she appears to be the frontrunner to take over Bashir’s 4 p.m. time slot, leading Ronan Farrow by almost 10 points in a Mediaite.com online poll.
“A similar result can also be found on TVNewser, where Reid currently commands a slim lead against former RNC chairman Michael Steele. Although he’s in the running on Mediaite, Farrow is far behind with a fifth place standing on TVNewser,” reports Black America Web.
Reid has worked in both traditional and new media and has 15 years experience working in television and radio news, which gives her an edge compared to other potential MSNBC hosts. There are also encouraging signs from the network, plus she has good track record of guest-hosting shows and highy sought after reporting experience and internet-savvy commentary.
Before Reid, or anyone else can take over, though, MSNBC and network president Phil Griffin must first deal with the aftermath of Bashir’s departure from the network. Bashir turned in his resignation nearly three weeks after writing in a commentary that someone should defecate in former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s mouth in response to her remarks about the Federal debt to slavery. The former “Nightline” anchor later apologized for his remarks.
“On one hand, there’s the appearance of MSNBC yielding to those who dislike Bashir. On the other hand is the race card, which has not gone unnoticed by people who feel the that a man of color [Bashir] was forced out of his job by a mob of angry white people, so to speak. The latter hand has set social media outlets ablaze with widespread calls from MSNBC viewers to boycott the network until Bashir is rehired,” reports Black America Web.
Update 2: Sarah Palin was on Fox & Friends this morning (of course) praising the “media standard” that deemed Martin Bashir’s comments unacceptable, but says she’s used to being the target of “attacks.” And because this is Fox & Friends, they had to be a little extra with the blame for this.
“One of the things about his attack is it was scripted. The people at NBC had a chance to review it and said – they obviously, or apparently, all agreed,” said host Steve Doocey. All of that last sentence is an assumption.
If you really want to hear more, click through to Mediaite.
Update: Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC over his comments in response to Sarah Palin’s comparison between US debt to China and slavery. After apologizing, Bashir writes in an email, he took Thanksgiving to think about his reaction even further.
“Upon further reflection, and after meeting with the President of MSNBC, I have tendered my resignation. It is my sincere hope that all of my colleagues, at this special network, will be allowed to focus on the issues that matter without the distraction of myself or my ill-judged comments,” Bashir wrote in an email, now posted on Mediaite.
In a statement, MSNBC president Phil Griffin said: “Martin Bashir resigned today, effective immediately. I understand his decision and I thank him for three great years with MSNBC. Martin is a good man and respected colleague – we wish him only the best.”
Bashir was always known for over-the-top statements, but in this case, it looks like he went too far. I do wonder whether this is somehow related to a recent incident involving Alec Baldwin. In that case, Baldwin, new to MSNBC with his show Up Late with Alec Baldwin, was forced out (the official word is that it was a “mutual” parting of the ways) after seemingly using a gay slur when addressing an aggressive photographer who was trying to snap a pic of his family. He later apologized for any offense caused, but still angered GLAAD and other critics. He was given a two-week suspension and ultimately, his show was yanked. At that time, Baldwin actually called out Bashir. “Martin Bashir’s on the air, and he made his comment on the air! I dispute half the comment I made…” he told Gothamist in an interview.
Do you think Bashir needed to go?
Updates by Tonya Garcia
MSNBC political commentator Martin Bashir is apologizing for his commentary about the oft-politically incorrect Sarah Palin after she compared the United States’ indebtedness to China to America’s enslavement of blacks, The Wrap reports.
“Our free stuff today is being paid for today by taking money from our children and borrowing from China. When that money comes due and – this isn’t racist, so try it, try it anyway, this isn’t racist – but it’s going to be like slavery when that note is due. Right? We are going to be beholden to a foreign master,” Palin said during a speech on November 9.
Bashir was so jolted by Palin’s comments, he reserved a segment on his self-titled show to bash the former Alaskan governor for her off-the-wall analogy. He called Palin “America’s resident dunce” who attempted to “sound intelligent about the national debt.” Ouch! But Bashir doesn’t stop there, in fact, he was just getting started.
“Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot, it’s not surprising that she chose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone that knows anything about its barbaric history,” Bashir began. The British journalist then offers a primary source that describes the torturous days of slavery — the diary of Thomas Thistlewood, a plantation overseer who kept notes for over 39 years.
“In 1756, he records that a slave named Darby was ‘[caught] eating kanes. Had him well flogged and pickled, then made Hector, another slave, s**t in his mouth… ‘This became known as ‘Darby’s Dose’, invented by Thistlewood, that spoke only of his savagery and inhumanity,” he revealed.
“When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery,” Bashir added, “she just doesn’t prove her rank ignorance, she confirms that if anyone truly qualifies for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, then she would be the outstanding candidate.”
A few days later, Bashir apologized for his caustic insults and offered a two-minute speech of sincere regret for his comments on Palin:
“I wanted to take this opportunity to say sorry to Mrs. Palin and to also offer an ‘unreserved apology’ to her friends and family, her supporters, our viewers and anyone who may have heard what I said,” he said. “Upon reflection, I so wish that I had been more thoughtful, considerate, and compassionate, but I was not…I deeply regret what I said.”
However, few seemed fazed by Bashir’s biting words towards Palin.
“Bashir’s mistake was thinking Palin ‘needed’ someone to s**t in her mouth. She’s fully capable of producing fecal material with her mouth and needs no assistance,” a reader noted under The Wrap’s article.
Your thoughts? You can watch the apology and the offensive criticism after the jump.
Yes we’re talking about the same Alec Baldwin who has had multiple meltdowns with paparazzi who’ve tried to snap his picture, with a reporter who accused his wife of tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral, with his daughter in a voice mail, and with American Airlines over Words with Friends.
All that aside, he’s also an outspoken liberal, an Emmy award-winning actor, funny as all get out, and engaging in front of the camera. These are things that the network needs as it battles back from a second quarter ratings low.
According to Mediaite, Baldwin would get a 10pm spot on Fridays, replacing the prison documentary Lockup. The site’s sources say the deal is about final but the network isn’t quite ready to announce it. MSNBC hasn’t commented on the news yet.
Here’s a snippet of Baldwin sitting in Lawrence O’Donnell’s spot, to give you a taste. And after the jump, we have Baldwin on SNL at the Weekend Update desk. Hilarious.
It was just this past January that 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, a high school sophomore who performed at President Obama’s inaugural parade this year as part of her school’s drill team, was gunned down at a park. After school was let out early at King College Prep for finals, Pendleton and a few of her friends went to a nearby park to hang out, and since it was raining, they all sought shelter under a canopy/gazebo. Soon after, a young man ran toward the group and fired a gun at them (a few of the young men at the park were gang members), accidentally shooting Pendleton and injuring a few other students in the process. Since such a tragedy, Pendleton’s story made national news, with Michelle Obama attending her funeral in Chicago, and her story being used in the fight to have stricter gun legislation. On top of that, Pendleton’s mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton has fought tirelessly to see gun laws changed so that other families won’t have to go through what she has had to. She spoke recently to MSNBC during an anti-gun violence summit in Chicago last Friday about another family who has dealt with a major tragedy due to gun violence, Trayvon Martin’s family, and why their loss (and the lack of justice from it) has made her worry about her own son, her last remaining child, especially in Chicago:
“I have a son that I am raising in this environment, under these circumstances. So now I have a youth that is not at risk because I’m raising him with certain value systems, but he is at risk of being viewed a certain kind of way.
I have to do things and be boisterous to protect him before he gets to where he’s going to go independently, walking down a street on his own with certain privileges and being misidentified as someone else. Right now he’s 11. The Martins have already suffered and that’s an awareness for the rest of us.”
She also talked about all the work she’s doing to stop illegal guns from hitting the streets and to reduce gun violence, saying “This is my life right now. I’m tired. But I’m stepping up to the cause and I won’t stop until these gun laws are changed.”
Check out her interview where she talks about her worries below:
For the past year we’ve been discussing this Harry Belafonte/Jay Z/ Beyoncé thing. I’m sure you’ve caught wind of it by now; but in case you haven’t I’ll recap here.
It all started in 2012 when Belafonte publicly criticized Jay Z and Beyonce for not using the super stardom to address issues of social justice.
“I think one of the great abuses of this modern time is that we should have had such high-profile artists, powerful celebrities. But they have turned their back on social responsibility. That goes for Jay Z and Beyonce, for example. Give me Bruce Springsteen, and now you’re talking. I really think he is black.”
Naturally, neither one of them appreciated his comments. Beyoncé’s camp responded by listing her philanthropic efforts over the years while Jay Z decided to deal with it in his music, over a year later. On his song “Nickels and Dimes” on his Magna Carta Holy Grail album, Jay Z addresses Belafonte’s comments:
“I’m just trying to find common ground/‘fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a ni**a down/Mr. Day O, major fail/Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now/Hublot homie, two door homie/You don’t know all the s**t I do for the homies”
In an interview with veteran Hip Hop journalist Elliot Wilson, he went on to say that he was offended by Mr. Belafonte’s approach especially in the way he went to the white media and compared Jay Z against Bruce Springsteen, a white man.
Well, recently Belafonte sat down with MSNBC to speak about the very social justice issues he’d like to see the Carter family support. He’s recently lent his name to the non-violent activists called the “Dream Defenders.” The group has been protesting outside of the capitol building in Tallahassee, Florida since last Tuesday. They’re remaining there until Governor Rick Scott meets with them to discuss the “Stand Your Ground” law.
Belafonte applauded artists like Jamie Foxx and Chuck D. For getting involved with The Dream Defenders and also encouraged Stevie Wonder’s boycott against Florida. When he mentioned Stevie’s boycott, that’s when MSNBC’s Chris Hayes took the opportunity to ask Belafonte if he thought Jay Z should cancel his upcoming concert in Florida. Here’s what Belafonte had to say in response:
“I would be hard pressed to tell Mr. Jay Z what to do with this time and his fortune. All I can be critical is of what he is not doing. This conflict that is emerging was not from me as a direct attack on Jay Z or Beyoncé….And I made the observation that the highly powerful voice that our community has—Black America has—there is so much celebrity power that it was sad to see that the collective of the celebrity power had not been applied to bring consciousness to the inequities that we face. I would hope that Jay Z would not take personally what was said because it was not said about him personally.
Having said that, I would like to say to Jay Z, to Beyoncé: My heart is wide open and filled with nothing but hope and the promise that we can sit and have a one-on-one. And lets understand each other rather than try to answer these questions and these nuances in a public place.”
Agreed. Perhaps this should have been his initial approach.
Watch the interview with Mr. Belafonte on the next page.
In an act of solidarity with those protesting the new anti-abortion bill just passed in Texas, political talk show host Melissa Harris-Perry busted out a pair of homemade earrings which were made from a rather interesting material — tampons.
The move was a response to officials’ decision to ban feminine products from the rotunda during their floor meeting so as to avoid threat of them being thrown at politicians during the signing of the bill that significantly decreased the number of abortion clinics in the state of Texas from 42 to as few as six. And this is a state that has over 70,000 abortions per year. Yikes.
Texas, which has been one of the main states fighting reproductive rights, has suffered setbacks in their bill passing due to highly vocal protesters. In an attempt to calm the situation, officials banned women from bringing in tampons and maxi pads to the legislature meeting — an act that quickly gained national attention and forced officials to rescind their ban as quickly as they instituted it.
Harris-Perry unapologetically put on her tampon earrings during her Sunday show, stating:
“My producer Lorena made for me last week some tampon earrings. The Texas state legislature said that you couldn’t bring tampons in, when these women were going to, in fact, stand up for their own reproductive rights. So just in case that ever happens again, ladies, you can just bring them on your earrings.”
Being a long-standing and very vocal liberal advocate, Harris-Perry consistently and creatively uses her MSNBC show to bring to light contemporary issues with healthy well-rounded discussion and accurate facts.
Watch the video of her discussing this disturbing bill here. What do you think?
More Americans are watching Fox News over any other television news outlet, according to a new Gallup poll. CNN follows a close second while stations such as ABC and MSNBC fell flat with only one percent of viewership from surveyed Americans .
This poll surveyed 2,048 adults over the age of 18 across all 50 states. Of that total, 55 percent said they get their news from television, and 26 percent of those respondents were unspecific about where are the dial they’re tuning in. While the Internet is known to be a growing source of “fast” news for Americans, it came in second for news, with 22 percent saying they turn to online outlets. Nine percent prefer to read newspapers nowadays, the Gallup poll says.
Of those who prefer television as their primary source of news, about eight percent preferred the right-leaning Fox News, putting the station in first place. Coming in second at about seven percent was CNN — a station that caters to Independents and Democrats. With the help of Anderson Cooper, MN reported, ratings have been increasing at CNN. Piers Morgan’s lackluster ratings, however, may be weighing the network down. In addition to ABC and MSNBC, stations such as NBC, BBC, PBS, and CBS also fell into one percent of the American viewership. MSNBC has “delivered its worst quarterly primetime showing among total viewers and adults 25-to-54 since 2007,” we previously reported.
As expected, the poll determined a whopping 94 percent of Fox News viewers lean towards Republican political views while 63 percent of CNN watchers lean towards a Democratic view. A mere two percent of Fox News supporters approve of President Obama compared with 57 percent of CNN viewers.
The poll also delves into the demographics of both Fox News and CNN viewers. About 66 percent of the Fox News audience is over 50 while less than 30 percent of CNN viewers are of the same age. In terms of marriage, 69 percent of the Fox News viewers have tied the knot while only 37 percent of the CNN audience have done the same.
This survey proves to be important because the absorption of news from either a right- or left-leaning station can affect the political views of the public. One study compared 2,000 towns that either had or didn’t have access to Fox News. Results showed there was an increase of GOP favorability that ranged from 0.4 to 0.7 percentage points in towns that were exposed to Fox News.
“Fox News access provided a demonstrable boost to George W. Bush’s vote totals,” reports The Washington Post. “Effects of that size are politically influential, and larger than the effect of airing 1,000 TV advertisements.”
MSNBC and CNN are having a rough go of it in the ratings.
First, some good news: While under Jeff Zucker, CNN has moved ahead MSNBC for a rare second-place finish right behind Fox News Channel during the second quarter. Now the bad news: The network suffered a loss. CNN ended the first half of the year with June viewership dipping to a monthly low not seen in nearly a year, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
CNN’s quarterly returns were actually up from the first quarter and up incredibly from last June’s 21-year lows. And in total viewership, CNN was up year-over-year by equal measures in both total day and primetime numbers. Then after major breaking news events including the Boston Marathon bombing, Oklahoma tornadoes, and the Jodi Arias trial, the network slipped to its lowest viewership (total day and primetime) since last August, before Zucker took over.
Some shows had standout ratings, such as Anderson Cooper’s 10 p.m. block in the eleventh hour when he devoted the show to covering the George Zimmerman trial. But Piers Morgan Live saw his second-lowest-rated month since premiering in January 2011.
MSNBC doesn’t have great news to report either. It delivered its worst quarterly primetime showing among total viewers and adults 25-to-54 since 2007, reports THR. MSNBC’s primetime returns in total viewers (576,000) and the key demo (191,000) were at lows not seen since the fourth and second quarters of 2007, respectively.
There was another blow to MSNBC. The network was named in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed by unpaid interns against MSNBC parent company, NBCUniversal. Jesse Moore claims she worked 24-hour-or-more weeks in the booking department at MSNBC in 2011, and Monet Eliastam, who says she worked 25-hour-or-more weeks on the staff of Saturday Night Live in 2012.
Represented by Outten & Golden, the same law firm that represented two former Black Swan interns in a summary judgment win against Fox Searchlight last month, Eliastam and Moore claim NBCUniversal “has denied them the benefits that the law affords to employees, including unemployment, workers’ compensation insurance, social security contributions, and, most crucially, the right to earn a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.” According to court documents, the plaintiffs believe that the amount of money in controversy exceeds $5 million.
There have been a string of unpaid intern lawsuits. “In recent weeks, Conde Nast, Gawker, Warner Music and others have been sued for allegedly violating the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay minimum wage to interns,” reports The Hollywood Reporter in a separate article.
This May, the ratings plunge at MSNBC caused the news station to drop from its second place standing behind Fox News into fourth place.
Fox held on to the top spot with an average daily 1.246 million viewers, while HLN, which covered the Jodi Arias case extensively, bolted up to second place, giving it the best May it’s ever had. CNN continued its upward trajectory, with an especially good showing from the adults-ages-25-to-54 group, which increased in viewership by 92 percent to 161,000 people.
But MSNBC had a poor showing, even from favorites like Chris Hayes, who had the debut of his show All In With Chris Hayes, and Rachel Maddow, who’s 9pm program had its lowest raged month since September 2008, according to The Hollywood Reporter. MSNBC is a favorite among African Americans, owing in large part to the diversity in its line up. But that wasn’t enough. So what gives?
Phil Griffin, president of the channel, explains its 20 percent drop by looking at its brand. They don’t really do breaking news. “We’re not the place for that,” The New York Times quotes him saying. MSNBC’s tagline, notes the Times, is “The Place for Politics,” and since it re-imagined itself as a network for the liberal take on political news about a decade ago, there has been success.
But since the inauguration, it’s been breaking news that’s making news. From tornadoes in Oklahoma and wildfires in California, to the attacks at the Boston Marathon, to things like the Arias case and sporting tournaments, other news has taken center stage.
Or, as one former news producer says, “People are just sick of politics.”
MSNBC’s Griffin notes that Fox is actually way down, and there’s a natural ebb and flow to the ratings for the different networks. But the network can’t stand to lose big ratings (and big money) month after month if the ratings stay low. The question then becomes do they shift some to make up ground, or do they stay the course until politics becomes big news again.
Are you still steadfastly tuning in to MSNBC? Or have you moved on to other things.
Could TV get any less diverse? It seems so.
Research from Media Matters finds that evening cable news guests were overwhelmingly white and male in the month of April. During that month, 76 percent of the 1,677 guests on CNN were men. And women did not make up more than 33 percent of guests on any network, reports the organization. Often called out for its racially insensitive reporting, Fox News had the largest proportion of white guests — 83 percent. Despite the lack of diversity across the board, African Americans were the largest non-white group on all networks, representing 19 percent, 10 percent, and five percent of guests on MSNBC, Fox, and CNN, respectively.
White women, who represent 32 percent of the population, were only 21 percent of guests on cable, found the study. (White males make up only 31 percent of the U.S. population.) And non-white women who make up 19 percent of the population, were only eight percent of all guests on cable. Only 13 percent of guests on cable were non-white men yet they make up 18 percent of the population.
As far as having women on, out of 109 on CNN’s Outfront guests during the month of April, an overwhelming 81 percent were men. And, no evening show on CNN hosted women more than 29 percent of the time. Out of 128 guests who appeared on the CNN program On the Record guests in April, only 22 were women. This represented the smallest proportion of women on any evening cable news show studied. Surprisingly, The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity hosted women more often than On the Record or Special Report with Bret Baier. However, men still dominated guest lineups at 64 and 66 percent, respectively.
Over at MSNBC, they hosted more women than all of the other cable networks. On that network, All In with Chris Hayes and The Rachel Maddow Show had a higher proportion of women than any of the other programs. However, Hardball with Chris Matthews hosted women only 21 percent of the time. Although The Rachel Maddow Show had a higher percentage of women, most of its guests were white. Out of 65 total guests, only seven were non-white.
By contrast, All In With Chris Hayes not only hosted the largest proportion of women it also had the largest proportion of non-white guests — 41 percent. All In also had the lowest proportion of white men making it the only evening cable news program to obtain such diversity.
Long story short, cable news needs to do better to represent varying perspectives. You can’t speak to everyone when everyone isn’t represented on the screen.