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Wed Oct 3, 2012, 03:37 PM

MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Whom He'd Poach From Fox News and Why Obama Avoids the Network (Q&A)

This is a long article so I'm posting the most interesting IMO. Phil unplugged if you will....LOL

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/msnbc-phil-griffin-fox-news-obama-375932

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THR: Do you want more Republicans to come on MSNBC?

Griffin: Yes. Look, we like all ideas. I do think this channel is about depth. I love it when Rachel gets a big interview and it's smart, thoughtful and always polite. Morning Joe obviously gets a wide variety of guests. But people have to be prepared to go on our shows. Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, you have to be prepared. But everyone is welcome.

THR: You tend to develop talent on the air instead of hiring them from another network or local news. How do you know when a contributor is ready to become a host?

Griffin: I've seen how we did it before. We put on a lot of people who had never been on MSNBC before. There is nothing worse than that debut, and you wonder if that person is going to succeed with your audience. I saw that when I was a worker bee here. We don't do that now, and I'm never going do that again. It's too painful; you will have an ulcer. When Rachel began her show in 2009, I already knew our audience loved her. When we put Lawrence O'Donnell on, he'd filled in at 8 p.m. for basically half a year the previous year. I knew he was going to be successful; it was just a matter to what degree. Ed Schultz had been successful at 6 p.m. before we moved him to . Chris Hayes had filled in. Melissa Harris-Perry had filled in. There were no ulcers during that period. We don't do that now, and I'm never going do that again. CNN did that with Eliot Spitzer. It's too painful; you will have an ulcer.

STORY: Viewers Scatter, MSNBC Rises and Combined Audience Grows During DNC

THR: There are people, including some at your own company, who have asserted that cable news is responsible for debasing the political dialogue in this country.

Griffin: Yeah, my little hairs go up when people criticize cable news with a broad brush. That criticism comes from people who don't actually watch us. They dismiss us when in fact we are doing real, thoughtful, informative segments, whether it's having a war correspondent talk for an hour about what's going on in Afghanistan, or the voter ID issue, which we've done across the board at MSNBC. Chris Hayes did two hours on Foxconn . It was said you can't do really thoughtful, smart pieces and get an audience and make it popular. I think we've done that.

THR: Have you watched Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom?

Griffin: I will watch it, and I'm sure I'll love it because everybody says I'd love it. But I want to watch Breaking Bad, and I don't have time to. But with Newsroom, it's like this is what we do and I'll be judgmental, and I don't want to be that jerk who says, "Oh, it sucks."

THR: Is there an on-air personality on another network that you would like to have?

Griffin: Yes. I don't know if I should say this. Shep Smith. I just like his way. I like everything about him.

THR: Former CNN president Jon Klein occasionally used to have lunch with Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Have you ever had a meal with Roger?

Griffin: No. I would love to.

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Reply MSNBC President Phil Griffin on Whom He'd Poach From Fox News and Why Obama Avoids the Network (Q&A) (Original post)
monmouth Oct 2012 OP
fleur-de-lisa Oct 2012 #1
montanacowboy Oct 2012 #3
monmouth Oct 2012 #8
Tarheel_Dem Oct 2012 #2
julian09 Oct 2012 #6
Tarheel_Dem Oct 2012 #10
TDale313 Oct 2012 #4
montanacowboy Oct 2012 #5
TDale313 Oct 2012 #7
Erose999 Oct 2012 #11
Indpndnt Oct 2012 #9

Response to monmouth (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 03:48 PM

1. Do we really have to start the day with Joe Scab?

Okay, I get the whole 'everyone is welcome' thing, but do we really have to start the day with Joe Scab? I want some positive news in the morning, not his bullshit.

I've started tuning in to old movies on TMC in the morning while I get ready for work because there is no news worth watching. Really, is that any way to start your day?!?

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:07 PM

3. WATCH BILL PRESS ON CURRENT TV

STARTS AT 6 AM ET, HAS GREAT GUESTS; FOLLOWED UP BY STEPHANIE MILLER SHOW

I WON'T TURN ON THAT POS JOE SCUM OR HIS ABUSED SIDEKICK MIKA MOUSE

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Response to fleur-de-lisa (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:43 PM

8. I do the same thing!! I love those '30 and '40s era films, keeps my BP down..LOL..n/t

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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 03:50 PM

2. I probably disagree with Shep Smith on a whole host of issues, but of the pickins' over at Fox....

he is, by far, the least offensive.

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Response to Tarheel_Dem (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:08 PM

6. He probably just got Shep a raise.

 

or maybe an invitation.

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Response to julian09 (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:59 PM

10. You're probably right. I don't watch Joe Scab, but I might be tempted to watch Shep on MSNBC. nt

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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:07 PM

4. So, why hasn't Pres. Obama done MSNBC?

I don't buy that they'd be too tough on him. What, and Fox wouldn't? Nor do I think "I've already got those viewers" totally explains it, although that may be part of it. My theory, fwiw? They feel doing MSNBC would hurt their centrist credibility, open them up to charges of pandering to the left. Which they get anyway, so why not just go for it?

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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:08 PM

5. MSNBC SHOULD GET RID OF

MS. GREENSPAN
JOE SCUM

AND FOR GOD'S SAKE SIPPY CUPP

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Response to montanacowboy (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:39 PM

7. +1 n/t

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Response to montanacowboy (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 05:09 PM

11. Do any M$MB$ viewers even like her? I mean Phil says they pick hosts based on viewer's liking them


who like Sipp E. Cupp, and does she really have any likable qualities other than her appearance? I think not.

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Response to monmouth (Original post)

Wed Oct 3, 2012, 04:45 PM

9. I wonder if Shep Smith is simply contractually-bound to Faux?

That is the only reason I can imagine why he would stay with them. He loathed Faux's response to Katrina developments and stated his feelings very loudly and very publicly. He needs to leave Faux as soon as he can before his reputation is trashed for life. He still has a chance at respectability, albeit a rapidly shrinking one. If Faux has the option to renew his contract, though, they may be deliberately holding him back.

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