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MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, left, Lawrence O'Donnell, center, and Chris Matthews take part in a panel discussion at the NBC Universal summer press tour, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

MSNBC apologizes for Cinco de Mayo segment

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In a statement on its website, MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” says the show on Monday “made sarcastic references to the way some Americans celebrate” Cinco de Mayo. “It was not our intention to be disrespectful and we sincerely apologize for the ill-advised references,” the statement says.

The National Association for Hispanic Journalists demanded MSNBC apologize for the video, which featured producer Louis Burgdorf in a sombrero guzzling tequila and shaking a maraca. The segment “clearly proves that diversity is lacking at the Way Too Early program,” NAHJ said.… Read more

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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.
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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.… Read 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.… Read more

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MSNBC’s Griffin: ‘We’re not the place’ for breaking news

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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.… Read 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 issues.

“I get this; I’ve run three newspapers,” said Martin, who once guest-hosted the 8 p.m. timeslot on CNN years ago, with an eye toward earning a full-time anchor job. “I know what it means to have your own vision … I now have the freedom to explore and do more things, especially in the digital space.”

Martin, who has been one of CNN’s highest-profile African American analysts, said he learned in December that the newschannel likely wouldn’t renew his contract — a decision that was confirmed in a later meeting with newly-hired CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker, who has talked with the National Association of Black Journalists about diversity at the network.… 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’

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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.… Read 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 was popularized by the Ku Klux Klan back in the 1920s. The post was titled, “Romney adopts KKK slogan: ‘Keep America American’.” Here’s why Aravosis argued the use of slogan was a valid story, even if Romney was completely unaware of the link to the KKK:

In an era in which it’s apparently okay for Republicans to accuse President Obama of being a socialist, I guess we now need to ask if Mitt Romney is a Ku Klux Klansman. Not whether Romney inadvertently is using the KKK’s number one slogan from the 1920s on the stump, no, the Republicans would say, if this were a Democrat, that clearly the candidate was a closet member of the KKK.

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