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MSNBC Touts Straight News Shift, But Daytime Lineup Still In Flux

The Huffington Post | Michael Calderone | Posted 06.06.2016 | Media

NEW YORK -- MSNBC highlighted last week just how far it's shifted away from the "lean forward" Obama years in a new ad promoting its growing stable of...

Defending (Gasp) the Media in the Rise of Donald Trump

Mark Olmsted | Posted 05.09.2016 | Media
Mark Olmsted

I'm about to shock you, so be prepared. I'm going to defend a more-hated entity than Congress. I'm going to defend the media, the universally agreed-upon Dr. Frankenstein in the creation of Donald Trump.

NBC News, MSNBC Join Forces With A Shared Politics Managing Editor

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Media

NBC News and MSNBC are joining forces. NBC News President Deborah Turness and MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced in a memo Thursday that Dafna Lin...

Andrew Lack Named Chairman Of NBC News And MSNBC

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.06.2015 | Media

Andrew Lack will replace Pat Fili-Krushel as chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke announced in a memo to staff Friday, obtaine...

Inside The Coming MSNBC Shakeup

The Wrap | Posted 02.04.2015 | Media

When President Obama was reelected in 2012, MSNBC was “leaning forward” and smiling wide as Obama 2.0 propelled it to record ratings and a firm gr...

MSNBC Looks To Expand Network Past Washington In 2015

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.29.2014 | Media

MSNBC is looking to "get on the road" and outside the Beltway "a lot more" in 2015, the network's president Phil Griffin announced Monday in his annua...

Roque Planas

MSNBC Head Pledges To Boost Diversity After Cinco De Mayo Disaster | Roque Planas | Posted 08.09.2014 | Latino Voices

SAN ANTONIO -- The president of MSNBC pledged on Friday to meet continually with Hispanic experts to improve diversity on air in the wake of a Cinco d...

The Fall of the House of Turner

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.05.2014 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I believe that it will take a lot of news intelligence and creativity to turn CNN around. Cutting costs and firing guys will not do it.

The Sniveling Apologizers at MSNBC Don't Represent Progressives

Cenk Uygur | Posted 04.04.2014 | Media
Cenk Uygur

If MSNBC cared about not presenting liberals as sniveling cowards, they would never go through these debasing apologies one after another. But they don't care about that because the guy who runs the network doesn't give a damn about how progressives look, because he isn't one of them.

MSNBC President Apologizes For 'Outrageous' Tweet

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 01.31.2014 | Media

MSNBC president Phil Griffin apologized Thursday for a tweet by the network that outraged conservatives, and said that the person who wrote it has bee...

MSNBC President Hits Back At Critics

The Huffington Post | Katherine Fung | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media

MSNBC president Phil Griffin is speaking out about the anchor controversies that have roiled his network in recent months. The last few months hav...

Michael Calderone

MSNBC Is Finally Launching Its Own Website | Michael Calderone | Posted 10.14.2013 | Media

NEW YORK –- MSNBC's growing up, and at age 17, is getting the keys to its own website. On Tuesday, the network will launch a preview version of i...

MSNBC Wants Alec Baldwin To 'Tone Down' His Twitter Feed

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 11.25.2013 | Media

Alec Baldwin is never one to shy away from his emotions, but apparently MSNBC would like him to share them a little less with the public. Baldwin's...

MSNBC Chief: 'We're Not The Place' For Breaking News

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Media

MSNBC has been under the microscope recently for its precipitous drop in the ratings over the past month. Most analysis of the decline—which saw the...

MSNBC Chief Rips Fox News

Posted 04.18.2013 | Media

MSNBC chief Phil Griffin laid into Fox News for skipping President Obama's gun control speech on Wednesday (see update below). After the Senate fa...

Phil Griffin Taunts Jeff Zucker

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 03.25.2013 | Media

As Jeff Zucker works to rebuild the original 24-hour cable news network, his MSNBC rival does not seem particularly worried. In the latest issue o...

MSNBC Chief On Primetime Shake Up: Ed Came To Me

Posted 03.15.2013 | Media

MSNBC president Phil Griffin spoke to The Daily Beast about the discussions behind the network's recent primetime shake up. Earlier this week, 8:00...

Michael Calderone

Will MSNBC Hold Obama Accountable In Second Term? | Michael Calderone | Posted 12.06.2012 | Media

NEW YORK –- MSNBC President Phil Griffin labels his network's sensibility as progressive, but the cable news channel could also be described these d...

Shep Smith: Wanted By MSNBC

Posted 12.03.2012 | Media

Paging Shep Smith: MSNBC wants you! Or Phil Griffin does, at least. The president of the network told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that, out...

The GQ+A: With MSNBC's Phil Griffin

Death Race | Posted 11.11.2012 | Media
Death Race

Past the crowds of fans cheering on a live set of Hardball, the anchor box photo booth and MSNBC button makers, MSNBC president Phil Griffin is leaning forward in his chair, chattering excitedly about ratings as he bounces his left knee like an impatient child.

Michael Calderone

MSNBC President On Beating Fox In Ratings: 'Friggin' Fantastic' | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.05.2012 | Media

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- MSNBC president Phil Griffin is a happy man. On Wednesday afternoon, Griffin learned that MSNBC was the top-rated cable network ...

Katherine Fung

MSNBC Chief Jabs CNN Over Convention Coverage | Katherine Fung | Posted 08.16.2012 | Media

The 2012 presidential election has already become a heated battle. It's no surprise, then, that the fight between rival cable news networks to capture...

Kurtz Confounds With Criticism of MSNBC, Sharpton, but Not Trayvon Martin Smears

Mark Thompson | Posted 05.27.2012 | Media
Mark Thompson

While Howard Kurtz has had an esteemed career as a media critic, his TV and tweet critique of MSNBC and the Rev. Al Sharpton Sunday seems like an attempt to appear balanced purely for the sake of appearing balanced.

MSNBC Chief's Blunt Words

Posted 02.12.2012 | Media

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, MSNBC president Phil Griffin had some rather blunt words to describe his method for creating new shows and d...

MSNBC Chief's Tough Words For Fox News

The Hollywood Reporter | Posted 10.03.2011 | Media

BEVERLY HILLS -- MSNBC president Phil Griffin has his sights set on Fox News. Griffin opened the network's presentation at the Television Critics Asso...