Ride or Die
Rachel Maddow rose to the defense of her suspended MSNBC “colleague and friend” Keith Olbermann on her show Friday night. MSNBC President Phil Griffin relieved Olbermann of his hosting duties indefinitely following a report on Politico that revealed Olbermann’s campaign contributions to three Democrats in violation of the Read More
Something must have bee in the air on Friday as the media industry was hit with a series of scandals and shakeups. Here’s what you missed if you weren’t paying attention to the day’s insanity.
It all began early in the morning when a recent college grad named Simmi Aujla published a story on Read More
The journalist who broke the story that got Keith Olbermann suspended from MSNBC is a recent college grad who’s been working in D.C. for less than six months..
Simmi Aujla was a member of Brown University’s class of 2009. She joined the staff at Politico in May. On Friday morning, she Read More
Today is just not MSNBC’s day.
First, the network suspended its top-rated host Keith Olbermann after Politico published a report detailing his political donations to three Democrats campaigning in Tuesday’s mid-term elections. Initially, MSNBC tapped The Nation Editor Chris Hayes as Olbermann’s replacement for Friday night’s show, but shortly after Hayes was named, the Read More
MSNBC brass isn’t saying when Keith Olbermann will be allowed back on-air. On Friday, the cable news host was suspended “indefinitely without pay” by MSNBC President Phil Griffin following the publication of a story in Politico that revealed Olbermann had made campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.
A spokesperson for the network told Read More
Fox News analyst Margaret Hoover confirmed that, in spite of his denials, Zach Galifianakis did indeed light up a marijuana joint on the set of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.” Hoover discussed the questionable doobie on Thursday night’s episode of “The O’Reilly Factor.”
“If you’ve been to a rock concert you know Read More
Creative License, Cable, Branding
Much of Jon Stewart’s schtick involves critiquing the media, but those who question Stewart face the wrath of his devoted followers.
At his Oct. 30 “Rally to Restore Fear and/or Sanity” where he spoke before approximately 200,000 supporters, Stewart focused on the press, or as he described it, “the country’s 24-hour political pundit Read More
Commercial Breaks, Deals, Moves
A little rebranding goes a long way. Brian Stelter reports this afternoon that, starting Tuesday, MSNBC will add the tagline “Lean Forward,” and roll out a new, two-year advertising campaign aimed at raising the network’s profile.
In some ways “Lean Forward” is a rejection of Fox News’ “Fair and Balanced.” To Read More
This morning CNN president Jon Klein officially announced that America’s Got Talent host Piers Morgan will be taking over Larry King’s 9 p.m. time slot.
Brian Stelter and Bill Carter said the deal was ready to go through almost two months ago, but there were a few details (e.g. money) to iron out.
“He Read More
The news came yesterday afternoon that Campbell Brown will be leaving her contract with CNN early.
“The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else,” Ms. Brown Read More