Chris Hayes to Replace Ed Schultz in MSNBC's 8PM Time Slot

NewsBusters reported Wednesday that MSNBC's Ed Schultz was leaving his 8 PM time slot to appear instead on weekends.

According to Brian Stelter of the New York Times, Schultz's replacement is Chris Hayes:

The change is predicated on the belief that MSNBC can win a wider audience with Mr. Hayes than it did with Mr. Schultz, a champion of the working class whose bluster didn’t always pair well with Ms. Maddow and the channel’s other prime-time program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Mr. Hayes, on the other hand, is just as wonky as Ms. Maddow and Mr. O’Donnell, and is a regular contributor to both of their programs.

For those unfamiliar with Hayes, this is the guy who during Memorial Day weekend last year said he was "uncomfortable" calling fallen soldiers heroes.

As an editor at large for America's most liberal periodical The Nation, the movement of Hayes to prime time appears to be MSNBC believing it's not left-leaning enough.

On the other hand, Stelter thinks youth is the real issue:

Mr. Hayes, 34, will be the youngest host of a prime-time show on any of the country’s major cable news channels, all of which seek out youthful viewers but tend to have middle-aged hosts and a core audience made up of senior citizens. Of Mr. Schultz’s one million viewers last year, for example, only 249,000 were between the ages of 25 and 54.


The question is whether younger viewers will respond to Hayes's far more laid back style compared to Schultz who as NewsBusters readers know all too well likes to shout at the camera as he defames conservatives with his patented invective.

That will be missing with Hayes, but viewers will still be treated to far-left views.

Earlier this month, Hayes said it was "adolescent" for Supreme Court jurists to want the law to be colorblind.

With Hayes, viewers will also be getting a climate alarmist who believes battling global warming is akin to ending slavery.

Maybe most importantly, like so many MSNBCers, Hayes isn't concerned with the facts, and often twists them so far that even the left-leaning Mediaite takes notice.

So although we say good riddance to Schultz, we're quite sure MSNBC's 8 PM viewers will be treated to the same liberal swill albeit at a lower volume.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.