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MSNBC Host: Sorry I Joked About Black Romney Grandson

Jokey Melissa Harris-Perry segment sparks backlash

(Newser) - MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry offered a belated apology today for a Sunday segment in which she and her panelists poked fun at a photo of Mitt Romney's family that included Romney holding his recently adopted African-American grandson, Kieran, CNN reports. Harris-Perry showed the photo as part of her "... More »

Bashir Quits MSNBC Over Palin Remarks

Offensive remarks have gotten host in trouble before

(Newser) - Martin Bashir has followed Alec Baldwin out of the door at MSNBC after apologizing for offensive remarks that enraged Sarah Palin. Last month, the host called Palin a "world-class idiot" for likening America's debt to China to slavery, and went on to suggest that she deserved the same... More »

Alec Baldwin Fired Over Gay Slur: Report

His 'Up Late' show at MSNBC has been canceled

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin is reportedly out at MSNBC thanks to his recent anti-gay controversy. Insiders at the network tell Page Six that parent company Comcast decided to cancel Up Late With Alec Baldwin after the actor allegedly hurled an anti-gay slur at a photographer (and then tried to smooth things over... More »

Ronan Farrow Set to Be Face of MSNBC

He's close to a deal with the network, sources say

(Newser) - Ronan Farrow, definite son of Mia Farrow and alleged son of Woody Allen, has already gained a degree of fame thanks to his mom's admission that he just might actually be Frank Sinatra's love child . But soon the 25-year-old could be a household name: Page Six reports that... More »

Alec Baldwin Getting MSNBC Show: Report

Host to focus on politics in prime time slot: insider

(Newser) - Sounds like Alec Baldwin will soon have a regular outlet for his political views. An unnamed insider tells Mediaite that Baldwin is set to host a politically-focused MSNBC show on Fridays at 10pm. The channel hasn't confirmed the news, though the source says it's a certainty. The show... More »

Eliot Spitzer Kinda-Sorta Cries on TV

Seems to well up on Morning Joe; not everyone's buying it

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer might have cried on TV this morning, but we can't say for sure. He appeared, at least, to get emotional during an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe , after host Mika Brzezinski asked him to give a heartfelt answer to the question: "How are you different... More »

Hear Obama Congratulate Prop 8 Plaintiffs

His call comes during MSNBC interview

(Newser) - The four plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case got a call of congratulations from President Obama this morning, and the rest of us got to listen in because it happened on live TV. One of the couples in the case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, were being interviewed on MSNBC... More »

Mark Sanford Ate Piglets From His Pork Protest

'Pork' and 'Barrel' used to fatten politician after all

(Newser) - Remember Pork and Barrel, the two piglets Mark Sanford brought to the South Carolina statehouse to protest pork barrel spending in 2004? Well, "unfortunately, they were barbecued," he told the groaning hosts at MSNBC's Morning Joe today when asked about the pigs' whereabouts, as picked up by... More »

MSNBC Runs More 'Opinion' Stories Than Fox News

Only CNN runs mostly straight news: Pew study

(Newser) - Sorry, Fox-haters: MSNBC runs more opinionated programming than its conservative cable-news counterpart, according to a Pew study . Fox News still runs more opinionated coverage than straight news, but that's 55% opinion to 45% news, as compared to 85% opinion and 15% reporting at MSNBC, reports Mediaite . Pew found that... More »

Ed Schultz Out, Ezra Klein In at MSNBC?

'New York Times' profile floats rumor

(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... More »

Microsoft, NBC Breakup Complete now

(Newser) - The long-rumored media breakup has finally come to pass: NBC News and Microsoft have called it quits on joint venture, reports the New York Times . Sixteen years after the pioneering partnership began, NBC parent company Comcast bought out Microsoft's 50% stake, reportedly for $300 million. Indeed, trips... More »

MSNBC Aired Anti-Romney Video in February

Fox producer loses CNN job offer over anti-Obama video

(Newser) - Fox is taking flak for airing a video that resembled an anti-Obama campaign ad , but there was no similar outcry when MSNBC produced an equally partisan anti-Romney video in February, the Atlantic finds. "Mitt: Better Off Mute," an Artist spoof that portrayed the gaffe-prone Romney as a silent... More »

MSNBC Host Apologizes to Vets for 'Hero' Comment

Chris Hayes 'deeply sorry' for not being more respectful

(Newser) - The conservative blogosphere apparently got through to Chris Hayes: After sparking outrage Sunday when he said he felt uncomfortable calling fallen soldiers "heroes," the MSNBC host has apologized. The Huffington Post has his statement in full. Highlights:
  • "As many have rightly pointed out, it's very easy
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MSNBC Host Sparks Outrage by Doubting Use of 'Hero'

Chris Hayes, meet the conservative blogosphere

(Newser) - MSNBC host Chris Hayes fired up a Memorial Day Weekend controversy yesterday by saying he was "uncomfortable" with calling fallen soldiers "heroes," the New York Daily News reports. “I feel uncomfortable about the word hero because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate... More »

Roger Ailes: Jon Stewart Told Me He's a Socialist

Fox News chief slams MSNBC, 'cesspool of bias' NYT

(Newser) - Ever wonder what would happen if Jon Stewart and Roger Ailes went for a beer? According to Ailes, the two actually did meet in a bar once—and the Daily Show host "basically admitted he's a socialist," said Ailes. The Fox News chief, speaking at his alma... More »

Cory Booker Learns to Backpedal

Newark mayor quickly gets over 'nauseating' Obama ads on Bain

(Newser) - New Democrat darling Cory Booker made headlines yesterday when he hammered President Obama's ads attacking Bain Capital as "nauseating," and it didn't take long for him to make a sudden recovery. Hours after his comments, Booker posted a YouTube video clarifying his position. "Let me... More »

MSNBC Flub: Sarkozy a 'Prostitute'

Unless the network knows something we don't?

(Newser) - As if Nicolas Sarkozy wasn’t already having a bad enough day , now he’s been accidentally dubbed a hooker. Mediaite and the Huffington Post spotted the flub by MSNBC, which previewed a report on Sarkozy’s defeat with video of the soon-to-be former president speaking. Except the chryon that... More »

Stewart Flips Out Over Chair Interview

Lawrence O'Donnell bit leaves 'Daily Show' host in stitches

(Newser) - After watching Lawrence O'Donnell angrily interview an empty chair Monday night after George Zimmerman's lawyer bolted from the interview, Jon Stewart could barely contain his glee. "He's grilling the chair! No, the chair doesn't have medical records to show you, it's a chair!"... More »

O'Donnell Interviews Chair After Lawyer Bolts

George Zimmerman defender Craig Sonner ducks out of studio

(Newser) - Lawrence O'Donnell was set last night to interview Craig Sonner, the "courageous defender" of George Zimmerman, and he wasn't going to let a little thing like a "terrified" Sonner bailing at the last minute deter him. Instead, the furious MSNBC host shouted his questions at the... More »

Graham Sorry for Doubting Obama's Faith

He couldn't say 'categorically' that Obama wasn't Muslim

(Newser) - Franklin Graham has apologized for comments he made on MSNBC 's Morning Joe last week in which he seemed evasive about whether he considered President Obama a Christian. "I regret any comments I have ever made which may have cast any doubt on the personal faith of our... More »

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