In 2003, the legendary television host Phil Donahue was fired from his prime-time MSNBC talk show during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The problem was not Donahue’s ratings, but rather his views: An internal MSNBC memo warned Donahue was a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war,” providing “a home for the liberal antiwar agenda at the same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every opportunity.” Donahue joins us to look back on his firing 10 years later. “They were terrified of the antiwar voice,” Donahue says.
- Donahue Discusses 2003 MSNBC Firing (drudge.com)
- A Blast from the Past (skydancingblog.com)
- Former MSNBC Host Phil Donahue: Chris Matthews Saw Me As ‘Threat To His Supremacy’ (mediaite.com)
- Phil Donahue on His 2003 Firing from MSNBC, When Liberal Network Couldn’t Tolerate Antiwar Voices (aislec.wordpress.com)
- Dying Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young Explains Decision to End His Life (leaksource.wordpress.com)
- Phil Donahue: Chris Matthews Was ‘Threatened’ By Me (huffingtonpost.com)