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.
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.
Did Cenk Uygur stand up for what he believes in -- and what his online audience expects of him -- in the aftermath of his demotion from MSNBC? Sure looks that way. And for that he gets to walk out with his head held very high.