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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:42 AM
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is msnbc auditioning malloy?
with two appearances this week, i have to wonder

unlikely, but wouldn't it be something?
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libnnc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:43 AM
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1. that thought crossed my mind too
a gal can dream...
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:46 AM
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2. of course the creator of Countdown used to work at AAR...
so it could be possible that Keith's success is opening some minds
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:48 AM
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3. What MSNBC shows has Mike Malloy been on? NT
NT
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:29 AM
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4. Didn't mike work on CNN? HE knows soo many in the business
And he just picked up a check for that appearance.
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bobbie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:35 AM
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5. It's a fine dream, but...
Isn't MSNBC the network that was too timid to run Donahue?

Granted they're tolerating Olbermann for now. But I can't imagine they'd have more than one tokan progressive.

Regardless, I hope Malloy's back where he belongs soon.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:36 AM
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8. They weren't "too timid" at all. Jack Welch was pushing Jerry Nachman
around. Jerry had pancreatic cancer and was dying, but kept working, and went with the flow.

The asshole running the political desk in DC was a GOP cheerleader as well (you know him, Timmy the Potato). He piled on, and helped with the shitty mindset, along with others.

It was all an exercise in taking the proverbial path of least resistance. Dick Ebersol was the 'sanity guy' and he had a lot to do with getting Olbermann not only up and running (to substitute for dying Jerry) but letting him stay instead of going to the Greek Olympics. Then, Countdown caught on, and the rest was history.
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bobbie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:05 PM
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12. Well I'm sure I have a lot to learn on this subject, and any subject, but
I don't really understand what you're saying. How does it show that MSNBC was not being timid?

And there's plenty of background info out there about the episode, *not* that I'm claiming I trust it unquestioningly. But for what it's worth here's a current blurb from the AP (who, again, I don't tend to trust in general):

"Liberal activist Jeff Cohen is thrilled for Olbermann's success, but admits that it's bittersweet.

Cohen was a producer for Phil Donahue's failed talk show. Less than four years ago Donahue's show imploded primarily because MSNBC and its corporate owners were afraid to have a show seen as liberal or anti-Bush at a time those opinions were less popular, he said.

In his new book "Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media," Cohen alleges that NBC News forced Donahue to book more conservatives than liberals and eventually wanted one of the nation's best-known liberal media figures to imitate O'Reilly."

Then...

"That Olbermann has been permitted to do what he's doing is evidence that "the political zeitgeist has changed dramatically in four years, and especially (at) MSNBC," Cohen said."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061008/ap_on_en_tv/tv_keit...

I wonder if it really has changed? The media has been on board the fascist express since at least...Nov 22, 1963...

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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:12 PM
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13. They weren't timid because the GE bosses WANTED a rightwing slant
Jack Welch took that fat fuck Tim Russert under his wing and gave him lectures about why the GOP is best for America. Russert not only bought it hook, line, and STINKER, he demonstrated his loyalty by flashing his BUSH CHENEY pin tucked under his lapel at the annual Al Smith dinner. Jack also 'educated' Tweety bird, as well, along with others at the entire NBC franchise outlets.

There was no 'timidity' at all. The suits were leaning on MSNBC to tack right. It wasn't fear, it was an aggressive strategy.

The problem was, their viewers were moderates, centrists and the odd lefty who couldn't bear the other outlets and had once found MSNBC slightly less offensive, and they started dropping off in droves.

What changed was Jack Welch retiring and getting out of the picture. Someone oughta kick that fool's ass from here to eternity.
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Nickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:36 AM
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6. I seriously hope not. I can't imagine him doing a TV show, it'd be way too
watered down. I need my undiluted Mike. But then again, any Mike is good Mike.
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:42 AM
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7. Olbermann is exploring new territory & surviving - There's safety in his
... wake.

Seems to me, Tweety has been unusually agressive since KO started his commentaries.
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:39 AM
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9. He needs to be on a major network and unleashed.
He would draw unbelievable ratings and that scares em.
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solara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 03:02 AM
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10. It would be a turning point, and what a
wonderful pipe dream to think that a network news channel like MSNBC could go progressive!!!...Faux on the Right, MSNBC on the Left..with Mike, Keith and other courageous and outspoken truthies. Imagine the guest list!

They might just discover a real gold mine there if they had the courage to actually take the risk. And the timing is perfect...sort of like the timing was for the neocons who staked their claim back at the turn of the screw.

:wow:
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:01 AM
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11. Hi solara!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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