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MSNBC fires staffer after Cheerios tweet goes bad

Politico
Phil Griffin, MSNBC president, said the network fired a staffer who issued a tweet suggesting that conservatives hate interracial marriages, Politico's Dylan Byers reported Thursday. “The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet,” Griffin stated and Politico reported.
Byers wrote the Republican National Committee's communications director told its staff in a memo that the commitee's chairman, Reince Priebus, had accepted the apology. Priebus had promised a boycott of MSNBC appearances by RNC officials if the apology was not forthcoming.
The offending tweet went out Wednesday night:
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Pew study finds big differences in recent network coverage

Pew Research Center Four cable news networks devoted significantly different amounts of time to Obamacare and the typhoon in the Philippines, according to a new study from Pew Research Center. On Wednesday, Mark Jurkowitz, Paul Hitlin, Nancy Vogt and Monica Anderson reported that a pattern emerged after analyzing 80 hours of cable news from Nov. 11 through Nov. 15.
The two channels with strong ideological identities in prime-time—liberal MSBNC and conservative Fox News—spent far more time on the politically-charged health insurance story than the overseas disaster. And the two organizations that built a brand on global reporting—CNN and Al Jazeera America, an offshoot of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera media network—spent considerably more time on the tragedy in the Philippines.
MSNBC, they report, devoted four times more coverage to issues with the healthcare law. Fox covered healthcare 80 times more than the typhoon. (more...)
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Stein en route on Monday (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Why SCOTUSblog’s intern was running toward MSNBC

Dan Stein's monster hustle getting opinions from the Supreme Court pressroom to TV crews this week has become the toast of the Internet: BuzzFeed's Benny Johnson saluted Stein's "masterful technique" and wrote that his "fluttering tie truly makes this a special moment." Slate led its story about the Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday with a picture of Stein's black dress shoes hovering over the court steps, his face exuding determination. (more...)
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MSNBC’s Griffin: ‘We’re not the place’ for breaking news

The New York Times | MediaBistro | The Nation
MSNBC president Phil Griffin doesn't seem much concerned about his network's latest ratings slide from second to fourth place behind Fox News, CNN and HLN, despite heavy cable network viewership during recent major news events. His explanation: MSNBC doesn't do breaking news anymore.

"We're not the place for that," he tells the New York Times' Bill Carter. "Our brand is not that." Griffin, who already has said "this whole concept of journalist has to be rethought," said an 18 percent loss in viewership in the second quarter so far this year (including sharper drops for shows hosted by Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow) is a bump on the road as MSNBC continues to shift its focus on being outspokenly left-wing to counter Fox News' conservative stance.

“You do have to look at the long term,” Mr. Griffin said in May. “In the first quarter of this year, Fox News had its lowest quarter in a decade. A year ago CNN had its worst month ever. I tip my hat to what CNN has done this month, but let’s not be so myopic as to think the whole world has changed.” (more...)
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When anchor jobs open up in cable news, people of color too often left out

Despite his history as an aggressive and sometimes fiery advocate, outgoing CNN analyst Roland Martin is surprisingly reserved when discussing the cable newschannel’s decision not to renew his contract after six years as a high-profile analyst, often speaking on black … Read more

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In final week of election, MSNBC aired no positive Romney stories

Pew
During the last week of the 2012 presidential campaign, Fox News and MSNBC both took a dramatically negative tone toward President Obama and Mitt Romney, respectively.

68 percent of MSNBC's coverage of Romney was negative during from Oct. 29-Nov. 5, up from 57 percent in October. That doesn't sound too surprising, except that Pew found 5 percent of MSNBC's Romney coverage was positive from Oct. 1-28, while it found no positive coverage of Romney when it looked at the final week's stories. It also found no negative coverage of Obama.

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Trymaine Lee: New MSNBC gig is a chance to ‘flex different muscles’

Maynard Institute
Trymaine Lee, the Huffington Post reporter who helped move the Trayvon Martin story into the mainstream, is taking a job at MSNBC.

Reached by phone, Lee told Poynter he was taking most of November off to spend time with his daughter, who was born in August. His exact role at MSNBC "will be tightened" after he gets there, he said, but he expects to focus on what he said were "issues that are important to progressives," such as gun rights and gun control.

As a police reporter at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Lee was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its Hurricane Katrina coverage. He also contributed reporting to The New York Times' Pultizer Prize-winning coverage of Gov. Eliot Spitzer's downfall, Richard Prince writes. (more...)
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NBC, MSNBC 9/11 anniversary broadcasts stir emotions and controversy

Today is, of course, the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It was the biggest news event of a generation, but particularly iconic for television news.
MSNBC re-airs the original Today Show coverage of 9/11.
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MSNBC, Washington Post face criticism over Romney/KKK claim, apology

Brian Stelter put it best in the lead of this New York Times blog post:

Don’t just repeat it. Report it.

The background: last week blogger John Aravosis published a post claiming Mitt Romney is using a slogan that … Read more

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Huffington Post dominates Facebook’s most-shared politics stories of 2011

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On Facebook's list of the 40 most-shared political articles of 2011, the most frequently appearing sources are The Huffington Post (10), CNN (7), MSNBC (6) and Fox News (5). The Washington Post had only one story on the list, but it ranked No. 2 overall, perhaps in part as a result of its social reader, which is ubiquitous on Facebook. The most-shared story of the year was the lone item from Daily Kos: "An open letter to that 53% guy." Notable in their absence from the list: The New York Times and Politico.  HuffPost Politics, CNN and Politico are the top three most visited sites for political news, according to comScore. || New today: NBC introduces new politics site | Earlier: Facebook users are more politically engaged, research says.
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