Joy Reid drops the hammer on rude, snarling Trump surrogate: At least I’m not on Team Putin

Joy Reid, Malcom Nance, General Barry McCafferey, Carl Palladino --MSNBC (screen grab)

Joy Reid, Malcom Nance, General Barry McCafferey, Carl Palladino –MSNBC (screen grab)

This is the man (Carl Palladino) Trump uses as an “adviser” and “spokesman” for his campaign:  LINK.

As a New Yorker I am familiar with this vile character that Trump pulled out of the rat-infested sewers of NYC  to recruit him as an “adviser”.  (ks)

THE RAW STORY

One of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s most avid defenders went on a rambling rant Saturday morning as he tried to convince MSNBC host Joy Reid that the New York businessman knows better how to deal with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin than the Pentagon generals and the entire U.S. intelligence network combined.

Reid wasn’t having it.

After showing a clip of former CIA Director Michael Hayden calling Trump “erratic” and suggesting that the GOP’s presidential candidate might be an “unwitting agent” of Russia, Reid turned to one-time New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino for comment, saying, “You are pretty much fighting an armada of intelligence experts.”

“In your mind,” Paladino immediately retorted, with Reid shooting back, “No, not in my mind. Actually in my ears because we’re listening to them speak.”

“I think what’s happened to you is that you’ve been in a conditioned box, for a long time, of political correctness,” Paladino continued as Reid laughed.

“Political correctness” he continued. “And a certain way of doing things. And when a guy comes on the scene who shows real leadership qualities, who can talk to the America people, and they can find faith in him and confidence in him that he’s gonna do the right thing — when that man comes on the scene, you guys just don’t know what to do.”

“Yeah,” Reid responded with a tilted head and a smile.

“The progressives are gonna lose their influence and their power and their control of the American people’s minds, and you’re in a panic state right now —, ” at which point a smirking Reid cut him off with a sarcastic “Oh yeah, were panicking.”

As Reid tried to cut him off again from rambling, Paladino asserted, “You’re way out there making crazy accusations,” causing Reid to shoot him down.

“I think if you look at the polling, most of the public is standing by the generals and intelligence professionals, at least as we stand now.” she said.

“I know which side you’re on, mam,” Paladino blurted, causing Reid to pause and raise an eyebrow at him.

“Not on Vladimir Putin’s side, and I like that stance,” she told the Trump advocate.

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Fox seeks to extend cable news domination in post-Ailes era

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THE HILL

Fox News dominated the cable news landscape for 20 years under Roger Ailes, but faces questions about whether it can extend its reign going forward.

The shocking departure of Ailes amid allegations of sexual harassment has left Rupert Murdoch, the 85-year old executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, in charge. But with a myriad of other major media properties to attend to and age considerations, Murdoch’s role running day-to-day operations out of Nee York will only be in an interim capacity.

A source familiar with the situation says it will be “multiple months” before any permanent successor to Ailes is decided upon.

The same source says there’s no rush to make a decision because current to management at the network is stable in the hands of Murdoch, Bill Shine ( executive vice president of programming) and Jay Wallace (executive vice president of news and editorial).

Rivals of Fox see an opportunity, while longtime political fans of the network, who saw it buttress the conservative political movement, are openly worried the network could shift under new leadership.

Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, serve as co-chairmen and CEOs of Fox News’s parent company, and could use Ailes’s departure to reinvent the network.

“Fox News will be going through a dramatic transformation as it figures itself out without its creator,” said James Shepard, chair of the Communications Department at California State University, Fullerton.

“In the short term, I suspect we will see minimal turnover and experimentation,” he said. But in the long term, we may see softening of the most radical elements of programming and perhaps see more ‘fair and balanced’ news.”

Sky News in Britain, which is also operated by the Murdochs, doesn’t have the edge of Fox News in the United States. If there is a change, Shepard says it will be a sign that “the Murdoch sons want to put their stamp on the company by importing practices from Sky News in Britain.”

Shepard’s view isn’t necessarily a majority opinion.

The cable news network makes its parent company millions, and some think that alone means there will be no change.

Research firm SNL Kagan estimates Fox News generated $2.3 billion in ad sales alone last year. Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser says the operating profit for Fox News was $1.6 billion in fiscal 2015. That’s nearly 25 percent of 21st Century Fox’s overall operating profit.

“At this point Fox News is such a fine-tuned and well-oiled machine, I think even Mickey Mouse could step in and keep it running, says Doug Spero, associate professor of communication at Meredith College and TV veteran who includes ABC, CBS and NBC on his resume.

“They attract the same demos year after year and they’ve dominated with their prime-time lineup. Bill O’Reilly has been number one for years,” he said.

“As the saying goes, ‘If it ain’t terribly broken, don’t terribly fix it.’ Would they change the ideology or content? I don’t think so,” says Spero. “They’ve carved out their audience and if you’ve got the market, why mess with it? If the cash register keeps ringing, I can’t imagine the Murdoch family will allow that to stop.”

Fox has easily been number one in cable news for the past 15 years.

The network even recently finished at the top of all cable channels, including ESPN.

The competition with CNN and MSNBC hasn’t even been close, with Fox oftentimes at least beating the two audiences combined in both total viewers and the key 25-54 demo.

At the same time, many of Fox’s stars are aging, and it is not clear younger stars such as Megyn Kelly will stay with the network.

CNN has been making gains lately under industry veteran Jeff Zucker (who ran NBC before eventually going to CNN in 2012) and is clearly in a better positions of the two networks below Fox to make a serious challenge.

But is Fox vulnerable to a challenge?

The momentum of election years — particularly this one with the ratings gold that is Donald Trump — doesn’t always carry over into election off-years.

MSNBC, for example, finished second to Fox News after the 2012 re-election year of President Obama. The network finished so strong that MSNBC President Phil Griffin made the bold prediction that MSNBC would catch Fox in the ratings by the end of 2013. The exact opposite happened, with MSNBC falling backwards and behind a struggling-at-the-time CNN instead.

The key for both CNN and MSNBC, at least in terms of being truly competitive with Fox, is to have the kind of talent and compelling content foundation to keep audiences tuning in after the votes are counted on Election Day.

“Ailes has built a very strong machine. No one can deny that he’s built an empire at Fox News,”” says television veteran Doug Spero. “Yes, it’s bigger than one man, but it’s basically his baby. At this point, it’s so solid I don’t think it’ll budge even two ratings points even after he’s gone.”

Ailes was undeniably Fox’s most valuable employee.

But who will guide Fox News into next year and beyond?

Outside observers differ over whether the company will look outside for leadership.

Some media analysts see the top candidate as Bill Shine, Sr. EVP, Programming of FOX News and FOX Business. Under Shine, the business network has been enjoying its best 18 months in its history since he was promoted to handle the day-to-day operations in late 2014, even beating rival CNBC on some occasions, once an unthinkable feat.

Shine has been with the network since its inception in 1996, working his way up the ranks from producer to senior programming executive.

Jay Wallace is also seen as a strong contender for the job, having recently been promoted to executive vice president of news and editorial in April. Wallace replaced the now-departed Michael Clemente, who left the network last week for reasons — according to the network — unrelated to Ailes’ departure.

Wallace has also been with Fox News since Day 1, having started out as a tape coordinator. He now oversees daytime and weekday news programming.
The third and final serious contender internally is John Moody, executive vice president and editor. Moody has been with the network for four years and is Rome bureau chief for Time Magazine.

Another name making the rounds is David Rhodes. The current president of CBS News extended his contract last year through 2019.

But if the goal of the Murdochs is to use the Ailes departure as impetus to reinvent Fox News into a more traditional news outlet, Rhodes, 43, may be a viable option (if not costly given the existing contract) since he is also a former Fox News executive.

But David Parsons, a public relations executive for more than 40 years, with a focus on corporate and crisis communications, says another name with an impressive resume should be considered.

“I would see the candidate being embraced as having direct news experience, still young enough to navigate the digital world and all – someone like David Westin, former head of ABC News from 1997-2010,” says Parsons. “He was well respected and well liked, knows the political ropes and the talent handholding that are a big part of the picture.”

Chad Wilkinson, a longtime cable news producer and President of Liberty Media Strategies, sees Fox strongly considering a change but ultimately keeping with what’s worked for the past two decades in turning to Bill Shine, the EVP for programming and Fox Business.

“In the short term, I think Rupert taps Bill Shine to run the operation,” says Wilkinson. “
“Shine is respected by the staff and has done a strong job leading Fox Business since Kevin Magee has exited.

“Long term, I think Murdoch thinks long and hard about (CBS President) David Rhodes, but ends up staying the course with Bill Shine,” Wilkinson continues, adding, “Fox News is a money maker and staying the course with someone that knows the operation and what made it a success will win the job.”

By Joe Concha

Howard Dean Blasts MSNBC For Focusing On Bill Clinton’s Tarmac Meeting: ‘This Is Crap’

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Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) lashed out at MSNBC host Alex Witt on Sunday after she claimed that former President Bill Clinton’s impromptu tarmac meeting with Attorney General Loretta was “inexcusable.”

During a Sunday discussion about Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal on MSNBC, Republican strategist Susan Del Percio focused on Bill Clinton’s recent decision to board the attorney general’s plane unannounced on a tarmac in Phoenix.

“No one else would have seen the spouse of someone else under investigation,” Percio said. “It does play into Donald Trump’s issue that the system is rigged.”

“As innocent as it may have been,” Witt said, turning to Dean, “politically, isn’t it almost inexcusable?”

“Here’s what’s inexcusable,” Dean shot back. “We’re spending all this time on television talking about a visit between Loretta Lynch and President Clinton. Why aren’t we talking about how to get jobs back in America? Why aren’t we talking about what we’re going to do about healthcare? Why aren’t we talking about foreign policy? This is ridiculous. This goes on and on and on and on. Nobody wants to take the serious issues seriously.”

“Should it not have been done?” Witt pressed. “Should Bill Clinton have known better? Should Loretta Lynch have known better?”

“Maybe they should have known better, maybe all kinds of things should have happened,” Dean replied. “Can’t we starting talking about issues that effect the American people in this campaign? How long is this going to go on? When are we going to talk about substance? When are we going to talk about jobs? When are we going to talk about healthcare? When are we going to talk about education? When are we going to talk about prison reform?”

“When Bill Clinton stops doing unforced errors,” Percio insisted.

“Nonsense!” Dean exclaimed. “This is crap. We ought be talking about serious stuff, not who did what to who. The reason this happens is because the right wing has got nothing on the Clintons, and all they can do is make up stuff like this.”

By David

Dissecting Trump’s ‘woman’s card’ comment

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Donald Trump concluded that the only reason why Hillary Clinton is winning primary contests is because of her gender. Chris Hayes talks with Katie Packer and Jess McIntosh about the two frontrunners and the women’s vote.

Duration: 6:31

Also…

Trump invokes infamous ‘America First’ slogan

Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss speaks to Rachel Maddow about the historical significance of “America First” which was invoked by Charles Lindbergh in 1941 to urge the U.S. to stay out of World War II and refrain from helping allies defeat Adolf Hitler.

Duration: 8:17

An Exasperated Hillary Pushes Back Against Maddow: ‘I Am Ahead!’

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Hillary Clinton expressed some agitation during tonight’s MSNBC town hall when Rachel Maddowasked her about the primary race against Bernie Sanders.

Maddow was asking about Sanders potentially dropping out after California “if you’re ahead in the vote, if you’re ahead in pledged delegates.”

Clinton interrupted to cry, “I am ahead! I am way ahead on both!”

She touted the millions more votes she has than Sanders and said “what he and his supporters are now saying just doesn’t add up!”

Clinton went on and on about sharing goals with Sanders before again emphasizing to Maddow, “But I am ahead! And let’s start from that premise while we talk about what happens next!”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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Rachel Maddow Puts The Media To Shame With Brilliant Interviews Of Clinton And Sanders

Rachel Maddow Puts The Media To Shame With Brilliant Interviews Of Clinton And Sanders

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POLITICUS USA

While other members of the media try to make news, Rachel Maddow showed how it is supposed to be done with two intelligent back to back interviews of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

While other members of the media try to make news, Rachel Maddow showed how it is supposed to be done with two intelligent back to back interviews of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

During her interview with former Sec. of State Clinton, Maddow went the extra mile by going back to Clinton get her discuss Donald Trump’s abortion punishment comments after she had already taped the interview.

Maddow got Clinton to offer a different perspective that didn’t match up with the Beltway conventional wisdom on the Republican Party and Trump:

What I think is going on is that, you know, they know, because of his personality, because of his divisiveness, which is much more out there than what you see among other Republicans, not that it’s that different, but the way he expresses it. You know, going after Mexicans as rapists, and criminals. Insulting women. Barring Muslims.

You know, that reflects a certain strain of belief within the Republican party. It’s not totally outside the pale of what many of their leaders have been saying, campaigning on, winning elections on. What they’ve done is to create the environment where someone emerges who is truly, in their view, a personality they don’t know what to do with. And yet on issues it– they should look in the mirror.

Rachel Maddow didn’t talk about emails or the other shiny Republican created objects that the media gets infatuated with. Instead, she asked intelligent questions, and she got smart answers.

During her interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Maddow gave Sanders the room to discuss the Republican Party in blunt terms, “And I think if we had a media in this country that was really prepared to look at what the Republicans actually stood for rather than quoting every absurd remark of Donald Trump, talking about Republican Party, talking about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the top two tenths of 1 percent, cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Medicaid, a party which with few exceptions, doesn’t even acknowledge the reality of climate change, let alone do anything about it, a party which is not prepared to stand with women in the fight for pay equity, a party that is not prepared to do anything about a broken criminal justice system or a corrupt campaign finance system, I think, to be honest with you — and I just don’t, you know, say this rhetorically, this is a fringe party. It is a fringe party. Maybe they get 5, 10 percent of the vote.”

Rachel Maddow delivered two of the best candidate interviews that voters will see anywhere in 2016. Her interviews were informative to the electorate and demonstrated how it is possible to provide both entertainment and information. By not trying to make the news, Rachel Maddow added to the political discourse and provided two hours of shining programming in a sea of 24-hour cable news muck.

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NY Post Predicts MSNBC President Phil Griffin Soon to be Fired

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It’s not news that many presume MSNBC’s top dogPhil Griffin is in a perilous spot. After all, he has passively presided over a period of comparatively dismal ratings for the network and the small moves he has made have consistently seemed to backfire. Maybe most important, it took Comcast hiring back NBC veteran Andrew Lack to oversee NBC News and MSNBC for the cable net to even feel like a serious place for news at all.

Now the New York Post‘s Claire Atkinson is offering some specific speculation on Griffin’s demise. She points to the hiring of Janelle Rodriguez from CNN to oversee MSNBC dayside programming — a position that Atkinson had previously pointed out was Griffin’s primary job at this point.

Obviously, this sort of prognosticating must be taken with a grain of salt. After all, many have been prepping for Griffin’s MSNBC funeral for years now. But we can add to the story. Mediaite correctly reportedthis last year when Lack came in:

Mediaite has also been told that Lack is considering a total overhaul of MSNBC’s daytime programming.

That happened. In that same article we reported:

NBC insiders tell Mediaite that while Lack likes Griffin personally, he has serious questions about Griffin’s ability to effectively run a big cable network like MSNBC. And, so far, we hear, nothing Lack has seen has changed that impression.

That rings particularly true now in light of an underreported development at the network that was not mentioned in the Post piece, MSNBC’s hiring of respected news vet David Bohrman to help oversee MSNBC political coverage. At the least, Lack is bringing in a seasoned team to make Griffin completely dispensable.

Atkinson concludes her piece with a real head scratcher:

And what of Griffin? Our 30 Rock-ologists wouldn’t be surprised if he lands with former colleague Jeff Zucker at CNN. Just speculation, of course.

Of all the people who, at the least, suspect Griffin has been in over his head at MSNBC, its got to be his former boss Jeff Zucker. That doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a role for Griffin at CNN, but one would expect a serious demotion from where he is, or at least was, before Lack came back to fix the leaking MSNBC ship.

 

CNN host backs Melissa Harris-Perry’s ‘scorching’ indictment of MSNBC: ‘She deserved better than this’

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Melissa Harris-Perry (CNN/screen grab)

THE RAW STORY

CNN media critic Brian Stelter came to the defense of MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, saying that the controversial weekend host “deserved better” than to be silently dumped by the network.

In an email posted last week, Harris-Perry explained that she had been absent from several weekend broadcasts after the network took her off the air in favor of election coverage. And she suggested that she would not host the show again until the network returned editorial control to her staff.

“I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by [Andrew] Lack, [Phil] Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”

Over the weekend, multiple sources confirmed that MSNBC intended to part ways with Harris-Perry in the coming days. And on Sunday, Stelter said that Harris-Perry had told him in a text message that she was in severance talks with MSNBC.

“I’m a direct time slot competitor of hers so I have an interest in this,” Stelter noted. “And I know Harris-Perry is a polarizing figure. Some people are very happy she has been sidelined, but I think she deserved better than this.”

“Harris-Perry’s talk show was unique,” he continued. “Love it or hate it, she booked people who otherwise weren’t seen or heard on TV. In some ways, she symbolized the Obama era of MSNBC. But that era is ending.”

Stelter observed that Harris-Perry’s statement about her treatment at MSNBC was “scorching.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it in cable news,” he said. “And it has led to her exit… But by marginalizing her, the channel is taking a risk.”

As The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi pointed out: “All of the changes carry a potential perception risk that MSNBC… is diminishing the contributions of its minority personalities.”

Watch the video below from CNN’s Reliable Sources, broadcast Feb. 28, 2016.

MSNBC to sever ties with Melissa Harris-Perry after host’s critical email

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THE WASHINGTON POST

MSNBC intends to part ways with host Melissa Harris-Perry after she complained about preemptions of her weekend program and implied that there was a racial aspect to the cable-news network’s treatment, insiders at MSNBC said.

Harris-Perry refused to appear on her program Saturday morning, telling her co-workers in an email that she felt “worthless” to the NBC-owned network. “I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” wrote Harris-Perry, who is African American. “I am not a token, mammy or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by [NBC executives] or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”

The rebuke, which became public when it was obtained by the New York Times, has triggered discussions involving the network, Harris-Perry and her representatives about the terms of her departure, said people at MSNBC, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks with Perry have not been finalized.

The flap with Harris-Perry, who did not respond to a request for comment, follows a strategic transformation of MSNBC that has swept up several of its minority program hosts. Specifically, the network — which typically finishes far behind Fox News and CNN in cable-news ratings — has been trying to emphasize breaking-news coverage during daytime hours while maintaining a slate of liberal hosts during prime-time hours at night. Like its competitors, it has emphasized breaking campaign coverage, which lately has bumped Harris-Perry from her regular spot.

The network earlier faced some outcry on social media over its irregular preemptions of Jose Diaz-Balart, who hosts a two-hour bloc from 9 to 11 a.m. weekdays. Diaz-Balart’s disappearance from the air prompted a hashtag —#MasJose — and a petition to encourage MSNBC to feature him on the air more often.

Diaz-Balart’s hosting duties are also in question at the network, with one senior executive terming his chances of continuing his program beyond another month at “50-50.” Scenarios under review include extending the “Morning Joe” program into Diaz-Balart’s slot or creating a new program hosted by one of “Morning Joe’s” regular personalities.

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Apologizes After Saying Guest Knows His ‘Sh**’ (VIDEO)

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Matthews, who hosted Sununu for a discussion of the 2016 field ahead of the MSNBC’s Democratic presidential debate, sent his guest off by saying: “Please come back. You’re kind of cranky, but you know your shit.”

“I shouldn’t have said that word,” Matthews followed up almost immediately. “That was a Trump word.”

After returning from a commercial break, the MSNBC host again apologized for his language, and blamed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for introducing it to the conversation.

“I have to apologize again for that word,” Matthews said. “I–I don’t know how I get it into my head into tonight’s broadcast. It’s a four-letter word, not a good word to be using on television. It’s funny, if there is irony in this business. We blurted out the candidate, Donald Trump used the exact same word.”

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Watch below.