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The Fall of the House of Turner

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.05.2014 | 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.

MSNBC Trying To Recover From Its Many Apologies

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — Since MSNBC is in the political ring, its opponents are always on the lookout for things to attack. Lately, NBC's left-leaning cable...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

BUCHANAN OUT AT MSNBC

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 04.17.2012 | Media

NEW YORK — MSNBC dropped conservative commentator Pat Buchanan on Thursday, four months after suspending him following the publication of his la...

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...

Who's Afraid of Cenk Uygur?

Chez Pazienza | Posted 09.20.2011 | Media
Chez Pazienza

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.

MSNBC President's Message To Fox News

Posted 05.30.2011 | Media

MSNBC President Phil Griffin sent a message to Fox News in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer: we're coming for you. Griffin was speaking ...

The Political Talk World Is Shaken by MSNBC

Jim Worth | Posted 05.31.2011 | Media
Jim Worth

Olbermann's voice and voices like his must not be quelled if our democracy is to survive.

MSNBC Chief Speaks Out About Olbermann Departure

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

MSNBC President Phil Griffin spoke out for the first time since Keith Olbermann's sudden exit from the network. Speaking to The Wrap, Griffin sounded ...

MSNBC Boss: Ed Schultz 'Over The Top,' 'Crossed The Line' At Times

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz has profiled MSNBC's "surprise star," Ed Schultz, who he writes is "Rush Limbaugh's TV nemesis." In the profile, Schul...