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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 08:28 PM

MSNBC Reportedly Talking to Former Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith


By Zachary PetrizzoJan 13th, 2020, 8:10 pm

MSNBC executives are toying with the possibility of bringing on board former Fox News host Shepard Smith, according to a new report from The Daily Beast this evening.

Smith, who left Fox News this past October, has been being courted by MSNBC President Phil Griffin on taking a job at the network after his non-compete clause in his Fox News agreement expires. Now the cable network is floating the idea of moving around spots, to give Smith a primetime spot, in turn boosting ratings at MSNBC.

“It’s unclear what slot he would take, but we’d want him in primetime,” a source familiar with matters at MSNBC told The Daily Beast.

“We are well aware [Jeff] Zucker [president of CNN] is also pursuing him, as are a number of the networks,” the source continued.

More:
https://www.mediaite.com/tv/msnbc-reportedly-talking-to-former-fox-news-anchor-shepard-smith/

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Reply MSNBC Reportedly Talking to Former Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jan 13 OP
dewsgirl Jan 13 #1
hlthe2b Jan 13 #3
blm Jan 13 #6
Different Drummer Jan 13 #9
Jamastiene Jan 14 #21
maxsolomon Jan 13 #2
hlthe2b Jan 13 #4
dewsgirl Jan 13 #7
Flaleftist Jan 14 #18
Blue_true Jan 13 #13
tblue37 Jan 14 #14
maxsolomon Jan 14 #23
Indykatie Jan 14 #29
maxsolomon Jan 14 #31
alphafemale Jan 13 #5
Jamastiene Jan 14 #22
Fla Dem Jan 13 #8
TeamPooka Jan 13 #10
tblue37 Jan 14 #15
TeamPooka Jan 14 #16
tblue37 Jan 14 #17
Fiendish Thingy Jan 13 #11
Stinky The Clown Jan 14 #24
Baked Potato Jan 13 #12
StrictlyRockers Jan 14 #19
COLGATE4 Jan 14 #20
DeminPennswoods Jan 14 #25
Gothmog Jan 14 #26
Mike 03 Jan 14 #27
Horizens Jan 14 #28
ooky Jan 14 #30

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 08:32 PM

1. Please let him replace Chuck Todd.🙏🤞

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 08:37 PM

3. Oh, yes. Definitely.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 08:42 PM

6. My first thought

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:04 PM

9. I was thinking that before I read your post.

DD

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 01:28 AM

21. THIS

OMG, yes.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 08:34 PM

2. Oh, joy. Balance those awful Librulz Rachel and Lawrence!

Megan Kelly 2.0. Just say no, Phil Griffin.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 08:38 PM

4. 'Not so sure about that. I think he's waiting to be unleashed from any semblance of Fox party line

Some here cautioned the same about Nicolle Wallace. Now she's one of the most popular on MSNBC--and on DU.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 08:47 PM

7. Definitely this.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 12:24 AM

18. I vaguely recall some of Shep's reporting during the aftermath of Katrina.

I think you may be right.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 11:44 PM

13. He is no Megan Kelly. He was all over Trump's ass from Day 1.

He is likely to be more of a virulent never Trumper. His staff also does decent research, he could open Trump up like a can.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 12:13 AM

14. Smith is not an idiot rightwinger. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 11:59 AM

23. But he is a Conservative.

And I've heard enough from them.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 01:55 PM

29. Can You Point to Any Evidence That He's Conservative?

He's not to the left of Bernie but that doesn't make one a conservative. I'm sure we have Democrats with similar leanings and I don't view them as Conservatives.

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Response to Indykatie (Reply #29)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 02:00 PM

31. He worked at Fox

that's just Circumstantial. I guess. Maybe he's a "Classic Liberal".

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 08:39 PM

5. I remember him being the first anchor to absolutely lose his shit over the response to Katrina.

Which was actually a non-existent response.

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 01:29 AM

22. That is what I remember most.

He's not all bad, even if he was at Faux forever and a day. He showed a very compassionate side during Katrina.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:02 PM

8. Wasn't that the whole reason NBC hired Megan Kelly, to boost ratings?

Paid her $15 to 20 million a year thinking FOX viewers would follow her to NBC. But was a complete failure. So now they think Shepard Smith will also bring in FOX News viewers. I don’t think so.

Omg, I just read the article. They’re thinking of giving Katy Tur, Ali Velshi’s 3 pm slot. She has got to be the worse newscaster on msnbc. She constantly stumbles over her words and her inflections sound so phony. Agh.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:15 PM

10. MSNBC chasing conservative TV viewers again

MSNBC chasing conservative TV viewers again

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 12:14 AM

15. Rightwingers hate Shep Smith. He is a good journalist. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 12:18 AM

16. I didn't say they were smart about it. NBC hired Megyn Kelly too.

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 12:23 AM

17. Smith is a good guy and a good journalist. Kelly is neither. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:39 PM

11. Dump Tweety, please!

Since Nicole is taking Todd’s slot, Shep would be a natural for Tweety’s slot.

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Response to Fiendish Thingy (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 12:46 PM

24. Yes! THIS!!!! Dump Matthews.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Jan 13, 2020, 09:40 PM

12. Hmmm, he could pull some viewers over with him...

Not a bad thing.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 12:58 AM

19. I won't mind if Shep Smith winds up on MSNBC.

He's ok.

Megyn Kelly was a terrible fit at MSNBC!


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 01:20 AM

20. Smith is (was) the only honest reporter at

Fux News. He shone when he blasted Bush (and O'Reilly) for the horrible non-response to Katrina and has since been a voice of truth on an otherwise totally slanted network. They took him off prime time, either in response to his unwillingness to follow the party line or because of his sexual orientation - or both. In any event, he would be a catch for MSNBC.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 01:04 PM

25. If primetime is defined as 8-11, who moves?

Hayes at 8, Maddow at 9, O'Donnell at 10. Chris Hayes would probably be the most likely to be moved of that group although O'Donnell only works M-Th.

If they consider Deadline:WH the start of their prime time lineup, I could see her maybe expanding backwards from 3-5 with Smith taking the 5-6 slot. Or perhaps Melber moving to 5 and Smith at 6. Or Melber and Matthews both move back an hour and Smith takes the 7PM slot. Moving Wallace's start to 3PM and moving Todd to 9AM then allows Ali Velshi to have just one show at 1PM since Stephanie Ruhle is moving over to NBC.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 01:10 PM

26. Please get rid of Chuckie Todd

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 01:26 PM

27. I'm okay with this. I just hope they don't get rid of Ali Velshi. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 01:47 PM

28. Fine By Me

Smith is a first rate reporter and would be an excellent addition to any news organization.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Jan 14, 2020, 01:56 PM

30. I will watch Shep Smith, unlike Chuck Todd.

That's an improvement from my perspective.

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