Ed Schultz Out, Ezra Klein In at MSNBC?
'New York Times' profile floats rumor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2012 10:30 AM CST
Ed Schultz interviews Ezra Klein in this screenshot from 'The Ed Show.'   (MSNBC)

(Newser) – Are Ed Schultz's days at MSNBC—or at least in its 8pm slot—numbered? Mediaite spotted an intriguing detail in this New York Times profile of the increasingly liberal network: Sources say the network is looking for more political shows, and consider Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein their top prospect to host one. "Klein may start with a weekend time slot, but these people said the 8pm weekday time slot held by Mr. Schultz was also a possibility," the paper says.

Mediaite points out that Klein might make for a more cohesive lead-in to Rachel Maddow's more popular show—he is, after all, a frequent fill-in host on Maddow's show. The rumor comes at the tail end of a longer piece focusing on how MSNBC has become more successful by transforming "from a CNN also-ran to the anti-Fox." It's looking for more political shows so it can cement that new brand identity.

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InferiorToYou
Nov 14, 2012 2:11 PM CST
Bring back Phil?? On February 25, 2003, MSNBC cancelled the show, citing low viewership. However, that month, Donahue averaged 446,000 viewers and became the highest rated show on the network. The website AllYourTV.com reported it had received a copy of an internal NBC memo that mentioned that Donahue had to be fired because he would be a "difficult public face for NBC in a time of war".Donahue was a vocal critic of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donahue_%28MSNBC_program%29
bahari@bellsouth.net
Nov 12, 2012 9:38 PM CST
Chris Matthews' show is rebroadcast AFTER Al Sharpton's show. So, they (MSNBC) can put Klein in the spot after Sharpton. Of course, I do not like Klein at all. Ed should stay. I just love his show, he gets so emotional and he makes a lot of sense at times. His time slot is just fine.
Ucantusethatname
Nov 12, 2012 8:23 PM CST
While you're at it, find a replacement for the Rev. Al and Martin BASHir. The only thing these leftist wackos do is bash Republicans. Totally worthless programs.