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Rick Kaplan Resigns (Dinosaur Media Extinction Alert)
TVNewser ^ | June 7, 2006 | Staff

Posted on 06/07/2006 1:56:16 PM PDT by abb

Wednesday, Jun 07 Rick Kaplan Resigns: "He Has Led MSNBC Through A Period Of Impressive Growth"

"I want to thank Rick for his service to MSNBC," NBC News president Steve Capus said in a message to MSNBC employees at 4pm. "Over the last two and a half years, Rick has been a tireless champion for the network and all the hard work you do each and every day. He has led MSNBC through a period of impressive growth especially in primetime. You, the staff at MSNBC, are enormously dedicated and have built a rock-solid foundation for our future growth. MSNBC has been and continues to be an enormously important asset in the NBC News portfolio.

Soon, I will have an announcement for all of you about MSNBC's new leadership. During this period of transition I will call on the department heads at MSNBC to manage their respective units and report to me."

In an e-mail to all NBC Universal employees, Capus said "the message of this day is a continued commitment by everyone at MSNBC to excellence. The channel has some real momentum behind it now - and we intend to build upon that foundation for an extremely bright future."

Posted by brian | 04:35 PM | MSNBC | Email this post

Rick Kaplan Resigns: Effective Immediately, President Of MSNBC Steps Down Rick Kaplan's goodbye to MSNBC staffers:

"I want to let you all know that today I'm leaving MSNBC. It is not often in professional life that someone has the opportunity to end his tenure on such a high note. I couldn't be more proud of the progress we've made together over the last 2 and a half years. Together, we've increased MSNBC's viewership 25% in primetime and 19% in dayside. Over just the last year, we've had great success across the board, with Hardball and Countdown coming into their own. All of our primetime programs have improved tremendously in their production and content. Together we had a great election year in '04 and you're poised to improve on that excellence this fall. It truly has been an honor to work with all of you who make up the best team in TV news. My genuine hope is that you continue to grow and build on the momentum we've achieved together at MSNBC."


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blair; blather; cable; ccrm; dbm; fired; goodbye; jaysonblair; kaplan; kaplanfired; mapes; msnbc; rickkaplan; shadenfreude; shmuck; television; waronerror
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Reckon where he'll land?
1 posted on 06/07/2006 1:56:19 PM PDT by abb
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To: Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...

Rick Kaplan Resigns: Effective Immediately, President Of MSNBC Steps Down Rick Kaplan's goodbye to MSNBC staffers:


2 posted on 06/07/2006 1:57:36 PM PDT by weegee (Slowly but surely and deliberately, converativism is being made a thoughtcrime.)
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To: abb
Where all DNC hack's land, in another faux journalist job.
3 posted on 06/07/2006 1:58:54 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: abb

Growth as in tumors grow?


4 posted on 06/07/2006 1:59:05 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: abb

Wasn't he a CNN dem brownnosing flack before he was an MSNBC dem brownnosing flack ?


5 posted on 06/07/2006 2:00:03 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: abb; Liz; Grampa Dave; Petronski
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Well, CBS News beckons.

6 posted on 06/07/2006 2:00:12 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Ooooh , he was an ABC dem brownnosing flack in between, I see.


7 posted on 06/07/2006 2:01:22 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: abb

MSNBC would be a great place to have a cable news outlet. They have everything they need except a President and viewers.


8 posted on 06/07/2006 2:01:36 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: abb

I ask people if they know what channel their cable provider puts MSNBC on. No one has ever known.


9 posted on 06/07/2006 2:01:40 PM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: abb
with Hardball and Countdown coming into their own.

Hardball's drawing a .4 share!!!!

10 posted on 06/07/2006 2:01:44 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: roses of sharon

Wasn't he a buddy of the Clinton's?


11 posted on 06/07/2006 2:02:48 PM PDT by babaloo
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To: martin_fierro

Wednesday, Jun 07

Rick Kaplan Resigns: What's Next?

Glaringly absent from today's announcement about Rick Kaplan's resignation is any mention of what's next for the MSNBC president. He's packing up and leaving today -- but where is he going?

The tip box has been buzzing about Rick Kaplan lately. "Rick is very well likely on the very, very short list for the GMA job," one tipster wrote on Monday. "Those familiar with Kaplan's contractural status know that Rick has only until the early winter months of 2007 under his current deal and the GE bean counters may indeed look elsewhere come the end of the year." A few hours later, a second e-mailer said: "Rumors are he'll be fired from MSNBC at any point, and he wants to get back to a real network." And on Tuesday, a third tipster wrote: "Rick Kaplan now in play for Ben Sherwood's job at GMA. Also, Jonathan Wald from CNBC."

On Tuesday, FTVLive said "word is that Kaplan is quietly pitching himself for the GMA gig."


12 posted on 06/07/2006 2:03:55 PM PDT by abb (If it Ain't Posted on FreeRepublic, it Ain't News)
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To: abb

Just the facts, mam, just the facts.

13 posted on 06/07/2006 2:06:15 PM PDT by DeFault User
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To: abb

Mathews, Olberman are next.


14 posted on 06/07/2006 2:07:02 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Somebody important make The Call.....pitchforks and lanterns.!)
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To: abb

I'll alert the media.
15 posted on 06/07/2006 2:07:22 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: abb
He Has Led MSNBC Through A Period Of Impressive Growth

And the liberals still have not figured out where the exit from Fantasyland is.

16 posted on 06/07/2006 2:07:22 PM PDT by technomage (NEVER underestimate the depths to which liberals will stoop for power.)
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To: Liberty Valance

LOLOLOLOL!! I love that scene!!


17 posted on 06/07/2006 2:08:17 PM PDT by abb (If it Ain't Posted on FreeRepublic, it Ain't News)
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To: babaloo
Yes, of the famed "war room", another myth created by the DNC/MSM as cover for the supposed prowess of Clinton's political abilities.

In reality the "war room" consisted entirely of MSM and Hollywood working with the DNC.

Even some on FR still refer to Clinton as a master of PR, as if he could have done it alone, lol.
18 posted on 06/07/2006 2:08:52 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: bert
I thought pMSNBC was just there as a "place holder" on cable and sat systems until they could get the right price for it?
19 posted on 06/07/2006 2:09:37 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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Ping


20 posted on 06/07/2006 2:14:34 PM PDT by abb (If it Ain't Posted on FreeRepublic, it Ain't News)
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To: martin_fierro

Mathews and Olberman would be the likely next targets if profitablity is important to the new guy.


21 posted on 06/07/2006 2:17:46 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Somebody important make The Call.....pitchforks and lanterns.!)
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To: abb

Heheheh. Well, it will be inteesting to see who replaces Kaplan. Perhaps the network is going to go in a new direction...which could be more fair and balanced, or go even MORE left.


22 posted on 06/07/2006 2:18:49 PM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: abb

Rick gave us the Maury and Connie weekend show...wonder how long that lasts..


23 posted on 06/07/2006 2:23:55 PM PDT by ken5050 (GWB, Reagan, Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, freed hundreds of millions.# of Nobel PeacePrizes: ZERO)
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To: abb

24 posted on 06/07/2006 2:25:35 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Conservatism is moderate, it is the center, it is the middle of the road)
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To: Miss Marple
it will be inteesting to see who replaces Kaplan.

Me, I doubt it will be interesting at all.

25 posted on 06/07/2006 2:31:26 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: abb
He has led MSNBC through a period of impressive growth especially in primetime.

ROTFLMAO… can these guys get more delusional and pathetic?

26 posted on 06/07/2006 2:32:56 PM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: abb

Rick's rumored replacement breathlessly
denied any knowledge of the move...
27 posted on 06/07/2006 2:33:16 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: abb
Isn't this the guy who gave Al Gore the Bear Hug from behind that was captured on film?

Ewwwgh... La Cage E Al....

28 posted on 06/07/2006 2:35:35 PM PDT by taildragger (They call themselves Liberal Democrats, I call them Collaborators.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

That, my FRiend, is a creepy picture. And appropos!


29 posted on 06/07/2006 2:40:29 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (In memory of Terri Schindler (not Schiavo!))
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To: Izzy Dunne
Rick was the head of CNN and the reason it was nicknamed the Clinton news network.
Rick spend more time in the Lincoln bedroom than Abe and Mary. During the Monica scandal and the war room days the whote house was his weekend home .
The white house visitors records prove that !
He is another DNC flack and Clinonite who was positioned in the media to serve the Clintons ! This move shows how the hillary and bill have fallen out of favor with the mediacrats !
30 posted on 06/07/2006 2:41:52 PM PDT by BurtSB
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To: Izzy Dunne

He is a FOB -- Friend of Bill (Clinton) and gets a great deal of credit for making he and Hillary look palatable in 1991.... for example, he was behind the 60 mintutes, Hillary with headband talking about baking cookies sham.. he was in charge at CNN when Bill needed coverage for all his failures and we didn't have a FOX news to tell it like it is... Front Page Magazine had an interesting resume on this guy back when he got the MSNBC job after being fired at CNN.


31 posted on 06/07/2006 2:46:40 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: babaloo

see #30


32 posted on 06/07/2006 2:47:40 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: ken5050
Rick gave us the Maury and Connie weekend show...

That is the worst thing I have ever experienced. I watched fully 5 minutes of it before I had it pegged as a complete disaster. I didn't know you could be that bad.

33 posted on 06/07/2006 2:47:48 PM PDT by Bahbah (The Dream Act...the latest nightmare to be brought to you by the US Senate)
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To: BurtSB

Hell they should give me the job I could turn around that network in a year. Just make it a meritocracy and fire anyone not carrying profitable ratings. OK so we start with a completely clean slate but I'm sure in the worst case we could temporarily hire some out of work circus clowns to hold the fort down. We could pay them much less and I'm sure their ratings would be significantly higher.


34 posted on 06/07/2006 2:50:09 PM PDT by marlon
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To: Bahbah

You made it through five minutes? How can anyone take anthing Moury says seriously with that horrible TV show of his? I tried to watch and there is no chemisty between he and Connie.. hard to believe they are married.... but then, she had no personality on CNN, either.


35 posted on 06/07/2006 2:53:05 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: abb
sniff

OK, I'm over it.

36 posted on 06/07/2006 2:53:37 PM PDT by SmithL (I voted)
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To: Liberty Valance

Hahahahahaha!


37 posted on 06/07/2006 2:54:35 PM PDT by Howlin
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Pinging with update. TVNewser says Kaplan "Fired."

Rick Kaplan Fired: What's Next?

> Update: 5:40pm: "There was no blow-up event," an insider tells TVNewser. "This has been months in the making. In some respects it's been a surprise he's lasted this long."

Glaringly absent from today's announcement about Rick Kaplan's departure is any mention of what's next for the MSNBC president. He's packing up and leaving today -- but where is he going?

Kaplan met with NBC News president Steve Capus at 30 Rock this morning, a source tells TVNewser. He was apparently told that MSNBC is moving in a new direction.

The tip box has been buzzing about Rick Kaplan lately. On Tuesday, FTVLive said "word is that Kaplan is quietly pitching himself for the GMA gig." But other insiders say he's not on the short list for that...


38 posted on 06/07/2006 3:00:00 PM PDT by abb (If it Ain't Posted on FreeRepublic, it Ain't News)
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To: marlon
ABC seems to be the safe house for Clintonites.
There is former dirty trickster George S , Linda Douglas whose husband was the Clinton 's attorney and Wes Hubble's , and Charlie Gibson whose daugther was a Clinton aide !
So, BJ and Hillary are scrambling to find one of " OUR PEOPLE" a big media spot immediately.
39 posted on 06/07/2006 3:04:40 PM PDT by BurtSB
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To: abb
"word is that Kaplan is quietly pitching himself for the GMA gig."

OMG, I can't stop laughing!

How'd you like to see THAT puss on your TV every morning?

40 posted on 06/07/2006 3:04:59 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: abb
He will not be happy.../s


41 posted on 06/07/2006 3:06:29 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: abb; Liz; george76; Milhous; martin_fierro; weegee

What happens to lying A$$holes like Blather, Mapes, Jayson Blair and Kaplan when they get fired and no MSM unit is hiring lying A$$holes?


42 posted on 06/07/2006 3:06:39 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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43 posted on 06/07/2006 3:12:32 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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"Effective Immediately..."

Some resignation.

Did security cut up his credit cards and escort him to the parking lot ?
44 posted on 06/07/2006 3:12:57 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: martin_fierro

Will shill, lie and spin for food!


45 posted on 06/07/2006 3:14:55 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: Grampa Dave; mewzilla

" Maybe Ron Burkle will hire him..."



hat tip to: mewzilla


46 posted on 06/07/2006 3:16:07 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Grampa Dave

Anybody know how to change that title to "Fired" instead of "Resigns?" That's the word TVNewser is now using...


47 posted on 06/07/2006 3:17:31 PM PDT by abb (If it Ain't Posted on FreeRepublic, it Ain't News)
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To: george76

While he was being fired, his desk was probably cleared of all personal items and put into a cheap plain cardboard moving box.

Then, he and the box were escorted to his car which had its parking permit and stickers removed if he had a personal vehicle. If he drove a company vehicle, he and his box were loaded into a gypsy cab with no goodbyes.


48 posted on 06/07/2006 3:18:22 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: george76; mewzilla; onyx

Burkle might hire him to make the Clintoon happy.


49 posted on 06/07/2006 3:19:54 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (There's a dwindling market for Marxist homosexual lunatic wet dreams posing as journalism)
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To: Grampa Dave; george76

It's nice to have low friends in high places...


50 posted on 06/07/2006 3:20:58 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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