Bulks Up Its Staff with New Lefty Hires

May 7th, 2013 5:52 PM

How apropos that in the week before Mother's Day, the Lean Forward network is announcing hires for its website who have ties to Mother Jones, the far-left magazine that blessed the journalistic world with David Corn, himself a fixture at MSNBC as a frequent contributor.

" is staffing up ahead of a major relaunch later this year," TVNewser's Alex Weprin reported last night. "The relaunched site will focus on the world of politics and the personalities that populate MSNBC’s programming. There will also, however, be plenty of political news and information."

True to the network's liberal skew, it seems the new talent will lean heavily to the left. Suzy Khimm of the Washington Post and formerly of Mother Jones the liberal New Republic will join as a reporter based with Chris Hayes's "All In" program. Adam Serwer of Mother Jones is also joining the bullpen. And last but not least, there's Michele Richinick. While not a Mother Jones alumna, her bona fides center heavily on the network's push for more gun control.

According to an MSNBC internal memo by executive editor Richard Wolffe, she's "the author of’s moving series 'Too Young To Die,' chronicling the lives of children lost to gun violence." Richinick already "writes and shepherds Morning Joe’s new web series, Afternoon Mo’Joe, on newsmakers and innovators."