• Chuck Todd Admits MSNBC Liberal Lineup ‘Hasn’t Been Healthy For Politics’

    During a podcast on The Mike O’Meara Show, NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd admitted that MSNBC’s liberal primetime lineup has hurt political debate in America.

    “There’s no point of view to Meet the Press,” Todd, a former MSNBC host, said. “I have to say, and the left is now just as aggressive about this. I probably get more heat from the left than the right these days because the left gets just as aggressive at trying to work the refs. They think that we in the, quote, ‘mainstream media,’ overcompensate to the criticism. That’s their argument. Of course, the right says we’re never, so it’s a shame.”

    “I think advocacy journalism, sort of the Fox and MSNBC primetime, those models, that hasn’t been healthy for politics. It’s just not healthy for it. It all goes to one of the explanations why we don’t persuade people anymore,” Todd admitted.

    You’d expect the dig at Fox News, but MSNBC? Well, not so much. Todd’s correct, of course, about the network he used to host a morning show on.

    Chuck’s candid comments come as MSNBC president Phil Griffin says he’s looking to change the makeup of his network’s liberal nightly broadcast.

    From Newsbusters:

    In an article posted on Thursday, Politico columnist Dylan Byers reported that the channel’s daytime year-to-date viewership “is down 21 percent overall and 41 percent in the coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic.”

    As a result, MSNBC is now “in fourth place behind Fox News, CNN and CNN’s sister network, HLN,” Byers reported. In addition, “its prime-time ratings are down 24 percent and 42 percent, respectively.”

    “In both daytime and prime time,” he added, “MSNBC is bringing in its smallest share of the demo since 2005, the year before Keith Olbermann’s scorched-earth admonitions of the Bush administration ushered in the current era of Rachel MaddowEd Schultz and Al Sharpton.”

    Phil Griffin — president of the cable channel — sent a memo to his staff in December, which read: “It’s no secret that 2014 was a difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC.” But change was coming, Griffin promised, due to the arrival of new NBC News Group chairman Andrew Lack.

    The first move came in mid-February, when the weekday shows hosted by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid were replaced with MSNBC Live, a two-hour news program led by Thomas Roberts.

    Byers noted on Thursday that in the next few months, “MSNBC is likely to shake up the bulk of its programming, moving some shows and canceling others.”

    “With a few exceptions — notably The Rachel Maddow Show and Morning Joe — every program is at risk of being moved or canceled,” high-level sources told Byers. In addition, longtime hosts Chris Matthews of Hardball and Lawrence O’Donnell, who wraps up the prime-time schedule at 10, is also likely to ride out the current transition.

    Meanwhile, Fox News is still widely considered to be the “most trusted” news network in America, according to Quinnipiac’s latest polling.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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