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Workers push to join unions becomes big headache for MSNBC, liberal hosts

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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.

Via The Hill:

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."

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Steve Kornacki to host MSNBC’s ‘Up’

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"Up" is on too early for me regardless of who hosts it. I think it should have been co-hosted by Joy Reid and Ari Melber, myself. Kornacki is already co-hosting a show, which obviously prepared him for "Up". Maybe now Ari or Joy will end up as a regular on The Cycle now.

But what do I know?

From the "Up" site:

MSNBC has named Steve Kornacki the new host of its weekend morning show Up.

Kornacki, previously a co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle, replaces Chris Hayes who had hosted the show since 2011. Hayes will move into MSNBC’s weekday 8 pm slot beginning April 1, while Ed Schultz begins a new weekend evening program, the company announced last week in a series of programming changes.

Up airs Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 10 am Et.

All the best, Steve, knock 'em dead!

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Random Thoughts: Ari Melber and Joy Ann Reid should co-host their own show

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Random thought of the day:

If you could cast any host(s) for a new political talk show, who would you choose? After observing some of the regulars on the Tee Vee Machine who range from too wonky and boring, to not charismatic enough, to not progressive enough, to why in the world is this person even on TV, I've concluded that I should never watch television again.

No. Wait. That's not what I was going to say at all.

What I was going to say is that if I were a big corporate executive with a ton of money and power and a beckoning slot at 4 pm PT during which Hardball reruns were airing, I'd cast two of my faves: Ari Melber (@AriMelber) and Joy Ann Reid (@TheReidReport).

I've had communication at one time or another with both of them, and they are just as bright and shiny and likable as they are on air. They consistently exude professionalism along with good humor and have perspectives and insights that keep me coming back for more. Nor do they bore me. Nor do I wish they'd lighten up or serious down. Nor do I want to do an Extreme Makeover on either of them. Nor cringe when their names are mentioned.

And when they're on shows together, it works.

Both have subbed for regular hosts on MSNBC, so they're practiced, ready, and good to go. Hence-- and yes, I just wanted to say "hence"-- they should co-host their own show. And please, not at some ungodly hour Pacific time *coughCHRISHAYEScough*

So who would be your choice?

ari melber joy reid

Here's a tandem random thought: Add Lizz Winstead to the mix. I know her personally and adore her, and her humor, humanity, and wicked sharp analyses have more than earned her a regular spot. And don't get me started on her resume.

Lizz Winstead

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Cenk Uygur Out At MSNBC

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A few days ago, Paddy posted a report that Al Sharpton might replace Cenk Uygur in the 3/6 pm slot on MSNBC. Rev. Al is still there. In fact, he's on air as I type this very post.

However, via Deadline, MSNBC is now saying Cenk is out, but nothing about whether or not Sharpton is his permanent replacement:

"It's unfortunate that Cenk has declined our offer to have him develop and host a program for another time slot."

Cenk is no shrinking violet. On Thursday, he's going to teleconference his response to the press, saying he'll "boldly discuss his departure from MSNBC." I have no doubt about that. None.

H/t: @Webber933

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Rev Al Replacing Cenk at 6p on MSNBC? Sources say...

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Wow, it would be really shitty if they dumped this on him while he was on vacation, but I've really enjoyed Al the time he's been on, other than his inexperience with the teleprompter. He's a smart man, he'll catch on (unlike another daytime anchor ::cough:: Andrea Mitchell ::cough::). Nia TVMewser.

Cenk Uygur was thrust onto the MSNBC schedule in January, when Keith Olbermann‘s departure set in motion several host changes on the progressive channel’s lineup.

Now TVNewser hears Uygur may be moved out of the 6pm hour, possibly to be replaced by Al Sharpton. When the host changes happened earlier this year, the 6pm hour was simply known as “MSNBC Live,” a telling sign that MSNBC was trying out Uygur.

Sharpton has hosted the 6pm show for the last two weeks. This past week, the hour was second, to Fox News, in A25-54 viewers Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Insiders tell us that Uygur will remain a part of MSNBC in some capacity. His site, The Young Turks, says Uygur has been on vacation and will return Monday.

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