MSNBC: Sorry, Cenk. Al Sharpton Is Our Man.
So, the consistently wrong Cenk Uygur and MSNBC have decided to part ways. Seems he failed his try out, according to an article in the New York Times.
He earned solid but not stand-out ratings; in late June the channel’s president, Phil Griffin, decided to try out Mr. Sharpton, and offered Mr. Uygur a new contract that included a weekend show, but not a higher-profile weekday show.
Mr. Uygur, who by most accounts was well liked within MSNBC, said in an interview that he turned down the new contract because he felt Mr. Griffin had been the recipient of political pressure. In April, he said, Mr. Griffin “called me into his office and said that he’d been talking to people in Washington, and that they did not like my tone.” He said he guessed Mr. Griffin was referring to White House officials, though he had no evidence for the assertion. He also said that Mr. Griffin said the channel was part of the “establishment,” and “that you need to act like it.”
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Someone in Washington called up the president of MSNBC and said they didn’t like his tone? Cenk is a hard core Progressive. Who could possibly not like his tone? He thinks it’s the White House but Griffin denies it and states it was someone else within “the establishment.” Either way, some unknown people wanted him gone. I guess he was just too harsh on Obama. He did say Obama was more conservative than Ronald Reagan once. The ultimate insult to any proud Progressive.
Whatever the cause, it is absolutely amazing that MSNBC thinks Cenk Uygur’s tone is inappropriate for their 6pm slot. Remember, this is the network of Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell and Martin Bashir, for crying out loud. How is their tone any better? They’re Media Matters talking point parrots. Their tone is no different from Cenk’s except for the fact that Cenk doesn’t hold back from criticizing Obama – from the Left. (Don’t get all crazy and think Cenk might actually be a centrist who knocks Obama for being too liberal. Not even close.)
To add to the absurdity regarding this “tone” issue, look who they’ve hired instead! Al Sharpton. Al “Tawana Brawley” Sharpton. Al “Crown Heights” Sharpton. Al “Freddie’s Fashion Mart” Sharpton. I could keep going, but you get the point. I guess Al Sharpton is considered part of the Democrat “establishment” now and his brand of race-card playing, demagoguery is a more acceptable tone than a guy who occasionally dares to criticize Obama for not being liberal enough.
MSNBC is a joke.
PS. I shed no tears for Cenk Uygur. He’s an ignorant oaf who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else. Case in point:
Look on the bright side, Cenk. You still have your YouTube show and will probably get more viewers than Keith Olbermann there, too.
PPS. Let’s not lose sight of a very important revelation here. MSNBC considers itself part of the Democrat Establishment.
UPDATE: Wow. I didn’t see this before, but apparently Cenk spilled the beans about this whole deal. The part about MSNBC President Phil Griffin telling him, point blank, that MSNBC is an “insider” and part of “the establishment” (the DNC Establishment) is confirmation of what we’ve always known but which Leftists have denied for ages.
One can only hope this becomes a drawn out and public dirty laundry airing by both sides. It’s going to be fun to watch if it happens.