Thursday, July 21, 2011

I Will Miss Cenk on MSNBC

Folks who read this blog know that I am a big fan of some of the hosts on MSNBC, and I am a HUGE fan of Rachel Maddow.  With that said, I was surprised, and glad to see Cenk Uygur from "The Young Turks" grow from being an occasional guest, to getting the 6p spot.  As time went on, I found myself making a point to tune in at 6p to see Uygur do his thing.  Hell, I even use his line "of cooourse," when I hear news of something typical coming out of Washington.  So count me as surprised when a week passed, and Al Sharpton was still filling in for a "vacationing" Uygur.  Immediately, I knew something was up.  And though I appreciate the occasional Sharpton combativeness (sometimes those black church phrases are just money), he doesn't bring it like Uygur.  Sadly, Uygur is gone.  But, he did take the time to explain why, and once I heard his reasons, I was glad that he left.

On a final note, it is beyond shady that MSNBC was willing to double Uygur's pay, while keeping him in a reduced role. That sounds like an expensive muzzle.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Does "Countdown" need a strong lead-in? Was Cenk's visit to Keith's show a vision of things to come?

Will Ms. Maddow bide her time, ride out her contract, and then unshackle herself by joining Keith's line-up?

Could the best of MSNBC simply enjoy the freedom of the market place and go where the air is fresher? Possibly grow a network in the process, by broadcasting voices without filters and choke collars?

Media puppets would become glaringly more obvious with such shifts in venue.

I'm just sayin'...