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By Luke Broadwater | June 30, 2011
What is happening to MSNBC? They've veered off into left-wing politics (which I thought were supposed to be encouraging of free speech) and, all of a sudden, they've turned into anti-free speech zealots. First, Ed Schultz gets suspended for calling Laura Ingraham a "right-wing slut" (which, admittedly, is a tremendously stupid, misogynistic thing to say) but now the network has taken it a step further: Suspending Time editor Mark Halperin over calling President Obama -- brace yourself -- a "dick.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Despite the sneers of MSNBC hosts and the disdainful manner of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Benghazi matters. And it matters in ways we don't yet even understand - deep, fractious ways that reveal a major front in the culture war almost no one seems to understand or want to even talk about. The "blue news/red news" dichotomy that some have focused on is pretty obvious stuff. Fox thinks it's a big story, while MSNBC mocks Fox for thinking it's a big story. CNN isn't sure what it thinks about anything except the missing plane.
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By Jacques Kelly and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
Thomas Roberts, a news anchor for MSNBC who grew up in Towson, is marrying Patrick D. Abner, his partner of 12 years, at a ceremony today in New York City. Roberts, who is 39, is a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and McDaniel College in Westminster. The ceremony was scheduled for the Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, according to his publicist, Pete Sanders. Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco and current Lieutenant Governor of California, officiated. Roberts was previously was seen on CNN and Entertainment Tonight and Insider.
NEWS
March 8, 2014
Remember when former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Russia was our number one "geopolitical foe" in the world, and that it was bent on expanding its dominance? He was mocked by President Obama and MSNBC. But now it looks like he was right on the money. Benedict Frederick Jr., Pasadena - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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by Annie Linskey | March 8, 2012
Appearing briefly on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show Thursday night Gov. Martin O'Malley acknowledged that there is a good chance the same-sex marriage bill he signed last week will be put on the November ballot.  "The likelihood is that this bill will go to referendum," O'Malley said. When asked to handicap the results, the governor said: "Rachel I don't think there is anything that turns around the march of progress. " The governor was interviewed live via a satellite link from Baltimore.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley continued his run as one of President Obama's most enthusiastic surrogates Tuesday night as he went on the Ed Schultz Show to criiticize Republican nominee-designate Mitt Romney's undisclosed offshore investments one more time. Maryland's governor gleefully laid into Romney's reported investments in bank accounts or corporations in the tax havens of the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and Switzerland. Such an investment strategy, O'Malley said, "means you're not contributing to the economy and not making it grow.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | April 12, 2007
Fallout over the racially insensitive comments by radio talk-show host Don Imus intensified yesterday as MSNBC announced that it will immediately cease simulcasting the Imus in the Morning radio program. Meanwhile, two major sponsors suspended their advertising from the show, and a former NAACP president who is on the CBS board joined those who have urged Imus' dismissal. A week after Imus referred to the mostly black Rutgers University women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" following the team's second-place finish in this year's NCAA tournament, opposition to the longtime radio personality continues to mushroom.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
You know what, maybe there is some justice in this world. I was angry Monday when I saw David Axelrod, the latest Obama partisan hired by MSNBC, dare to take on Bob Schieffer, of CBS News. At issue was a statement Schieffer made on his "Face the Nation" show Sunday in which he questioned not only Team Obama's lack of respect for the press and First Amendment, but the overall communications competence of the administration. You can see it here . Schieffer is right, of course.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2012
Paul Ryan being selected as Mitt Romney's GOP running mate was big news late Friday night, and no one on television did a better job of covering it on the fly than MSNBC. I can't believe I typed those words either. MSNBC had become such a joke in its commitment to prison documentaries and lack of coverage on breaking news, that I rarely bothered to even make it part of the mix any more when news broke. But Friday night, MNBC did something that could allow for the channel to regain some serious news credibility: It ditched the docs, kept the ideologue clowns off the air and handed coverage over to the grown-ups at NBC News.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2011
After almost a week of speculation, it looks as if the Rev. Al Sharpton is going to be a new weeknight host on cable channel MSNBC. Sharpton, who has been filling in recent weeks on MSNBC, will reportedly be taking over the 6 p.m. timeslot that has been in play since Keith Olbermann  left the channel and Ed Schultz's "The Ed Show" was moved from 6 to 10 p.m. Cenk Uygur had been serving as host of the 6 p.m. hour. The speculation that Sharpton, a civil rights leader and radio talk show  host, would get the job was first reported in TVNewser on July 16. Read that here . Citing anonymous sources, The New York Times is now reporting it as "imminent.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
CNN's pivot to less news-talk and more documentary series in prime time got off to a mixed start with the debut of "Chicagoland" Thursday night. Despite heavy promotion, the series about the City of Chicago, with a strong focus on Mayor Rahm Emanuel, finished last behind first-place Fox and second-place MSNBC in overall audience. The total audience numbered only 629,000 viewers for CNN versus 816,000 for MSNBC and 1.43 million for Fox. Sean Hannity was the competition on Fox, while MSNBC featured Lawrence O'Donnell.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | December 23, 2013
So rednecks need to be politically correct now? Wait, before the National Association of Rednecked Persons attacks me, let me be clear that I don't mean "redneck" as an insult. Indeed, Redneck Pride has been on the rise ever since Jeff Foxworthy got rich informing people they "might be a redneck. " (Some clues: if your school fight song was "Dueling Banjos;" if you've ever raked leaves in your kitchen; if your boat hasn't left your driveway for 15 years; if birds are attracted to your beard, etc.)
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By Michael Dresser | December 11, 2013
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur received some national exposure on the MSNBC network Wednesday -- thanks in part to the South American nation of Uruguay. The MSNBC cable television network interviewed Mizeur after a segment on Uruguay's move this week to legalize and regulate the distribution -- not just the personal use -- of marijuana. Mizeur, a state delegate from Montgomery County who is seeking the Democratic nomination of governor, has proposed a similar law in Maryland.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
Martin Bashir, the embattled MSNBC show host who on Nov. 15 urged a crude and graphic form of punishment for Sarah Palin, resigned from the channel Wednesday. MSNBC could afford to do nothing less than force Bashir out in the wake of his hateful speech. Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, tried stonewalling the mounting criticism even after Bashir delivered an on-air apology, but the words and actions were too gross and hateful to allow Bashir to return. In the Nov. 15 remarks, Bashir attacked Palin for calling the national debt a form of slavery for American citizens.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2013
I did something foolish last week. I spent at least four hours a day with cable TV news, starting Tuesday. I was hoping for some information and clarity on two huge stories that were starting to unfold: the partial government shutdown and the launch of the Affordable Care Act, the health insurance mandate otherwise known as Obamacare. By Friday, I was confused, jangled and far angrier than I had been when my cable immersion started. I am sure the red-hot and hyped-up rhetoric from politicians and spin doctors contributed to my anger and mounting confusion about the two stories.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
If you came to cable news Tuesday looking for hard information and analysis that would help you sort through the virulent spin from both sides on what's known as either Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, depending on your politics, here is a snapshot of what you found: Fox News had the Washington Examiner's Byron York "poking around" websites trying to log onto an Obamacare exchange to see how easy or hard it was to sign up for health insurance....
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2012
It was fairly obvious by about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday that most cable and network analysts thought President Obama was going to be re-elected. But they didn't have the data to make the call until 11:17. When that happened at NBC News and CNN, viewers were offered as clear a snapshot as I have seen of the difference between a news gathering operation like CNN and an ideologically driven enterprise like MSNBC. "We've got a really major projection to make right now," CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2012
In writing about the Pew study released today, I was struck by the big story of how negative coverage on several levels of presidential politics had become. I think this is big trouble for democracy, especially the hostile level of discourse in social media. And that it's something the media need to address collectively after the election. But here's one of several fascinating smaller findings of the study that are kind of stunning -- even if they seem obvious and ho-hum to some of my more jaded, postmodern, aren't-we-cleverly-ironic colleagues: ON MSNBC, the ratio of negative to positive stories on GOP candidate Mitt Romney was 71 to 3. That's not a news channel.
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By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley followed his Wednesday afternoon speech on the Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington by appearing on the Rev. Al Sharpton's MSNBC program to hold up Maryland as an example of a state that is striving toward justice. O'Malley, making an evening appearance on  Sharpton's "PoliticsNation," lamented the trends in some conservative-leading states but asserted that Maryland is doing a better job in increasing economic opportunity. "A lot of this work is happening in states and sadly some examples are states going backwards," he said.
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | August 26, 2013
"Why do they seem so determined to also make it racial?" So asks Joy-Ann Reid, the managing editor of The Grio, a web magazine owned by NBC News whose mission is to "focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the national African Americans audience. " The "they" in question are conservatives and journalists asking, among other things, why President Barack Obama hasn't inserted himself into this case the way he did in the Trayvon Martin tragedy.
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