It's Okay for MSNBC to be the Liberal Network, But for God's Sake Own It
After observing how Bill O'Reilly reacted to David Corn's allegations that O'Reilly lied about his coverage of the Falkland Islands conflict, I hope NBC News feels vindicated in its response to Brian Williams. Why? Because O'Reilly's desperate flailing and hilariously short fuse ...read more
When Will MSNBC Stop Joe Scarborough's Lies About Autism and Violence?
The rule is three strikes and you're out. last I heard, and Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough whiffed again Tuesday morning in covering UCSB mass killer Elliot Rodger. For a third time in less than two years, the self-professed autism "awareness" activist falsely linked mass ...read more
MSNBC Hires Ronan Farrow as Host, Continues Proud Tradition
Remember this quote, because I'll be coming back to it: "That had nothing to do with the decision." I'll explain the context in a minute. Now then: Luke Russert, Jenna Bush, Chelsea Clinton -- what do they all have in common? Well, besides being the children of very famous ...read more
The Morning Banter: No More Drones, More Salon Stupid, Much More NIN
Here's what you should be reading on this Friday morning instead of sitting at your desk thinking of ways to duck out early without the boss seeing you. 1. Strike Out According to John Kerry the U.S. will soon be wrapping up its drone strikes inside Pakistan. Whatever will I ...read more
Was Chris Hayes a Bad Bet for MSNBC?
Consider this advance warning: If you're a big fan of Chris Hayes's show on MSNBC, or maybe simply someone who laments the tragic dearth of intelligent, thoughtful programming on cable news in general, you may want to start planning your 140-character-long expressions of ...read more
MSNBC's Extreme Makeover
Call it one hell of a shot across the cable news bow. In the span of just 24-hours MSNBC has made it perfectly clear exactly what kind of network it wants to be. The outraged populist with the combative tone, force-of-nature personality and tendency to let his constantly ...read more
NBC Finally Pays the Price
By Chez Pazienza: 1978's Force Ten from Navarone wasn't really a great movie; it certainly suffered from being a sequel to a much better movie, 1961's The Guns of Navarone, starring Gregory Peck and David Niven. Yet still it holds a bit of a place in my heart simply because I ...read more
By Chez Pazienza: I happened to stumble across the very good 1994 movie Quiz Show on cable the other day. For those who haven't seen it or don't know much about it, the film dramatizes the television quiz show scandal of the late 1950s, in which Twenty-One and other popular TV ...read more