I often hear from indignant or disappointed Twitter followers that the progressive MSNBC political show hosts don't go to bat for this or that cause, and have threatened to boycott the network if their favorites let them down. I understand the frustration, but unfortunately, demands like those are not always realistic.
What many don't realize is, at least in some cases, on-air personalities are unable to speak out for contractual reasons. "Breach of contract" is nothing to sneeze at. For example, protesting on MSNBC air time or threatening to walk out on their jobs because of Martin Bashir's departure was very likely not an option. They'd get their asses sued faster than Megyn Kelly can say "Santa Claus is white."
However, perhaps publicly backing workers who want to join unions is different, and the AFL-CIO is all over them about that. I'm no legal expert, so I have no idea if this particular action would be contractually kosher or not.
The AFL-CIO is calling upon liberal MSNBC hosts to meet with workers at the cable network who are trying to unionize.
In a letter sent to Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Rev. Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes and Lawrence O’Donnell, the nation’s largest labor federation said the television personalities should speak out in support of workers at Peacock Productions, who produce programming for MSNBC.
Workers at Peacock have complained about their access to health insurance, low pay, long hours and job insecurity, according to the AFL-CIO letter. [...]
The union drive has become a headache for MSNBC. The liberal-leaning network covered the battle between unions and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) over collective bargaining. But the network hosts have been silent regarding the Peacock workers who are fighting their employer.
"All In" host Chris Hayes has already secretly met with workers, per Salon.
Ed Schultz has been a strong and consistent supporter of labor unions on his show. He regularly travels to GOP-run, union-busting states and brought us live reporting that is sorely missing elsewhere in the "news" media. And according to Salon, he has pushed back against criticism that he has not stood by workers.
As Rachel likes to say, "Watch this space."
As Ed Schultz always opines, it's time to get to work. The government shutdown is over, for now. The debt-ceiling is raised for now. So what's next? President Obama makes that pretty clear:
It's most certain, in Obama's words and most Americans thoughts, that this wake-up call that the Republicans and the Tea-party foisted on us at the estimated cost of $24 Billion be put aside and our elected officials who have let us down, come to their senses. They need to focus on what the majority of Americans sent them there to do.
Grow this economy
Create great good jobs
Strengthen the middle class
Educate our kids
Lay the foundation for broad-based prosperity
Stengthen Social Security & Medicare
Negotiated peace worldwide
Get the U.S. fiscal house in order for the long haul.
It's really time to stop wasting America's precious resources and efforts. We now have a greater debt to the tune of $24 billion because of political game playing. Someone(s) have to pay for the damage they caused. Boehner? The Tea Party? Ted Cruz?
If this isn't addressed and soon, the entire congress must go. According to an NBC poll, this is a popular idea with 60% of the public. It'll be a shame to lose the few good representatives, but they'll get their chance to come back after sitting out the next dance. Then maybe they'll get an opportunity to listen to what America is really saying. It's saying help us by doing your jobs.
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Ahh yes, Mark Sanford– cheater, hypocrite, trespasser, poster boy for an online extramarital affairs dating service, somehow won an election and believes that his fantasy god forgave him, so everything is now hunky dory!
In his campaign, marred by violations of his divorce agreement, Mark Sanford has reemerged newly engaged to the Argentinian mistress, and he believes "absolved." But if Mark Sanford thinks that he's a "family man," he can keep pretending-- and the Republican Party can keep pretending-- they're all about "family values."
I had forgotten he was coming back yesterday, but I won't miss today. Via.
When the news of Chris Hayes taking over Ed Schultz’s MSNBC weekday slot and Ed moving to weekends broke, I wrote this:
But the best part is that MSNBC is adding more progressives and less prison (“Lockup” overkill much?) to their weekend lineup, which means there’s a growing market for left-leaning programming. America apparently likes liberals, can you believe it? Go figger. Conservative heads start exploding in 5…4…3…2…
I had no idea at that time that they'd be adding to the list of weekend shows this quickly. Congratulations to Karen Finney on her new show! I happen to love her personality and the way she delivers commentary. She's sharp, fun to watch, has good sense of humor, and informative.
Ed Schultz's show will air on Saturday and Sunday from 5-7 pm ET, so she'll be his lead-in:
Finney to Host Weekends 4p-5p ET
NEW YORK –April 2, 2013 – Karen Finney has been named host of a new MSNBC program to air on weekends from 4-5 p.m. ET. More details about the program, including the launch date, will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Karen’s rich background in both education policy and politics will add a unique point of view to our expanding live weekend programming,” said Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.
Finney has been an MSNBC political analyst and guest host on the network since 2009.
Finney has more than 20 years of experience in national politics working on four presidential campaigns, the Clinton White House, and Hillary Clinton’s first New York Senate race. She was the first African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee. Finney has also worked to improve public education in the public and private sectors.
It was her interest in improving public education that first got her involved in politics, having worked as a teaching assistant in a minimum-security facility for pregnant teenagers in Los Angeles after graduating from UCLA. In the private sector, she worked for Scholastic Inc., one of America’s leading children’s media and education companies, on projects including strategic development for literacy programs, afterschool education, and reading intervention. Finney also served as the chief spokesperson and Communications Director for New York City Schools, managing crisis communications for the system of more than 1.1 million children in the aftermath of 9/11.
As spokeswoman and Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee, Finney helped guide the DNC’s communications and media strategy for the successful 2006 Congressional elections and the 2008 presidential campaign. During the Clinton Administration, Karen served as Deputy Press Secretary to then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and as Deputy Director of Presidential Scheduling for President Bill Clinton. She served as Communications Director to Elizabeth Edwards during the 2004 general election.
Finney currently serves on the board of NARAL pro-choice America. She has also served on the advisory board for ONE Vote 2012, the Center for Music National Service and Teach for America, NY. Finney is an alumnus of the French American Foundation’s prestigious “Young Leaders” program aimed at strengthening the transatlantic relationship among up-and-coming leaders. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Follow her on twitter @finneyk.
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