MSNBC

By Tom Blumer | April 28, 2015 | 3:55 PM EDT

As I demonstrated last week, MSNBC and CNN, the two also-rans in the cable news race, survive in large part because about half of their revenues are, once contracts are signed with cable and other providers, guaranteed for several years. This insulates them from much of the financial impact of declining viewership.

MSNBC's far-leftism is particulary painful to watch — so painful that it's hard to imagine anyone other than a critic voluntarily watching it. One of the more egregious recent examples of far-left lunacy came about this weekend on tax scofflaw Melissa Harris-Perry's show, where a guest actually said that "you don’t have to have a white person around to have white supremacy play out.” Thus, Baltimore's descent into lawlessness, despite having entirely black leadership, is still apparently whites' fault.

By Mark Finkelstein | April 28, 2015 | 1:20 PM EDT

Let's begin by answering Andrea Mitchell's question. "How would it have appeared" if Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had called the Maryland governor to request National Guard troops just afer Freddie Gray's funeral? It would have appeared that she was doing her job, protecting people and property, rather than being overly concerned with photo-op politics.

On her MSNBC show today, Mitchell asked Rep. Elijah Cummings to explain why the mayor waited three hours after the rioting started to call the Governor for help.  Good question.  But when Cummings criticized "Tuesday morning quarterbacking" and mentioned that the Gray funeral had just ended, Mitchell backed off.  She thanked Cummings for his "context." Andrea then apologetically added "you're right: how would it have appeared if she called up the National Guard as the funeral was taking place?"

By Scott Whitlock | April 28, 2015 | 10:30 AM EDT

A fiery Joe Scarborough on Tuesday denounced the media's double standard when it comes to investigating the scandal engulfing the Clinton Foundation's financial dealings. An angry Scarborough erupted "The Clintons have made $150 million over the past decade because of contacts they made during public service!" He described the typical journalist reaction as "Let's bow down before Bill and Hillary, because if we ask the same questions of them that we ask of every other politician, then oh, my God! We have crossed a line!" 

By Matthew Philbin | April 28, 2015 | 10:16 AM EDT

Professional race explainer Michael Eric Dyson said a lot of stupid things on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes Monday. (Yes, it’s still on the air.) And really, that’s understandable, given that his job was to find excuses for the inexcusable violence and looting in Baltimore.

But mixed in with his litany of exculpatory urban dysfunction (“… the slow terror of expulsions from schools, rising rates of lead poisoning, the export of jobs to, uh, places across the waters …”) and awful metaphors (“it’s easy to point a gun of analysis and shoot [the rioters] with the bullets of our condemnation”) he managed to lash out at … professional sports.

By Mark Finkelstein | April 28, 2015 | 8:54 AM EDT

At yesterday's funeral service for Freddie Gray, Pastor Jamal Bryant ended his eulogy by leading the congregation in a highly-charged chant of "No justice! No peace!"  Yet immediately after playing the clip of that moment, Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensued were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted."

Had Scarborough listened to his own clip? If not, why not? If so, what does he think "no justice, no peace" means?

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 28, 2015 | 7:51 AM EDT

During the 9:00 hour of MSNBC’s live coverage of the ongoing Baltimore riots on Monday night, Rachel Maddow accused the city’s police of being “a little out of control” for returning items being thrown at them by protestors: "But if they're picking up things that are being thrown at them and throwing things back, that implies to me just as a lay observer that the police feel -- that the police are a little out of control, or they may not be necessarily using disciplined police tactics."

By Ken Shepherd | April 27, 2015 | 10:40 PM EDT

According to Hardball host Chris Matthews, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the victim of opportunistic critics "trying to hang" Baltimore's Democratic mayor for her now-infamous statement in which she said that her city's police force tried to give rioters "space" within which they could "destroy" stuff.

By Ken Shepherd | April 27, 2015 | 9:38 PM EDT

Right to work states south of Maryland are partly to blame for the rioting in Baltimore, Hardball host Chris Matthews suggested as he wrapped a Monday night interview via satellite with former NAACP president and former Congressman Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.): "I wish the jobs hadn't first gone south, Congressman, because that's where they went first. And they went to the right-to-work states, you know where they went, where the unions didn't have any power. You could get people to work for nothing and the stuff wasn't that good that was made down there."

By Mark Finkelstein | April 27, 2015 | 8:39 AM EDT

How bad are things getting for Hillary when the best defense some supporters can muster is that there was no corruption because Bill bilked the people who thought they were bribing her?

Last week, we reported on Hillary fan Dorian Warren suggesting that Bill was "running serious game on many of these countries saying oh, I'll talk to my wife, give me the check, and then never mentioning [it.]" On today's Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle made that same argument, claiming there was no quid pro quo because knowing Bill, he took the money saying "yeah, sure, I'll call him for you, and he'll never call."  Interestingly, Mika Brzezinski wasn't buying, saying that Newt's allegations of bribery "made sense."

By Brad Wilmouth | April 26, 2015 | 10:56 AM EDT

It was a Friday hatefest against Republican Governor Bobby Jindal and other opponents of same-sex marriage as liberal comedians John Fugelsang and Dean Obeidallah joined substitute host Michael Eric Dyson on The Ed Show to spew vitriol because of the Louisiana Republican's decision to back a religious freedom bill in his home state.

By Bryan Ballas | April 26, 2015 | 8:01 AM EDT

On Friday, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski had a little outburst over how Loretta Lynch, the prosecutor with "the most amazing, outstanding career," had been delayed from her ascension to high office by a fight over abortion language in a human-trafficking bill, otherwise known as politics being played very badly, poorly, just ridiculously on the part of the Republicans."

By Mark Finkelstein | April 25, 2015 | 1:18 PM EDT

Of all the rotten reasons not to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we'll give the booby prize to the one offered by Paul Raushenbush, a HuffPo religion editor and ordained American Baptist minister. On today's Melissa Harris-Perry show, Raushenbush imagined that in twenty years, Tsarnaev might become "a spokesperson for reconciling Islam with America. We don't know what this life is going to lead to." Anything's possible, but surely Tsarnaev's sentence should not be based on this sort of idle speculation.  

What made Raushenbush's argument particularly galling was his statement that "the idea of ending any life for any reason is for me just not something I want done in my name."  I Googled, and sure enough Raushenbush supports abortion rights. You don't want "any life" ended in your name?  You don't know what a life that is ended might lead to, Rev. Raushenbush?