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MSNBC's Liberal Stance: Decision Based on Profit, Not Politics ( Yeah right! LOL )
Media Post ^ | July 1st | David Goetzl

Posted on 07/04/2011 3:56:47 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing

Did NBC Universal see Fox News thriving with its conservative-leaning approach and decide to swing to the other end of the political spectrum? Nope -- it just sort of happened, said former NBCU chief Jeff Zucker.

"There was not a secret meeting that said, hey let's go left with MSNBC," Zucker said in an appearance at the PromaxBDA event last week.

He said Keith Olbermann emerged as a liberal voice with an anti-Gulf War stance and drew an audience. MSNBC placed a companion show behind it, and things sort of moved in that liberal direction, with profits, not politics, the guiding strategy.

"That was a business decision," Zucker explained. He noted MSNBC's ratings troubles before the new approach, saying for its first 10 years "we couldn't get arrested."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drivebymedia; enemedia; mediabias; msnbc
MSNBC has like what, 15 viewers? Of course this was all political. Zucker gives a 10 year window, but at any time they could've seen "uhhh, this isn't working" and stopped. But they didn't. They just kept on with the usual liberalism.

They do not want conservative customers.

1 posted on 07/04/2011 3:56:54 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing

They’re going for a nuanced, niche market.

2 posted on 07/04/2011 3:59:44 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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First, they can’t change things overnight. There are contracts with the “talent” to consider.

This is why Comcast (the new owners) have not made radical changes yet.

I expect that as contracts come due, you will see a change in MSNBC talking heads.

3 posted on 07/04/2011 4:17:08 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Halfmanhalfamazing
I see bumper stickers the say “Turn off Fox” You of course know in a second that's a tax eating liberal.

I have never seen a “turn off MSNBC” sticker.

First no one who is serious about life issues watches MSNBC

Second Conservatives are not really into group think

4 posted on 07/04/2011 4:54:42 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Erik Latranyi
-----------I expect that as contracts come due, you will see a change in MSNBC talking heads.--------------

I'm certainly in favor of letting the future happen as it will, none of us can ultimately know for sure. I do however know of several anecdotes that don't bode well for the future of MSNBC.

Comcast launches all-Obama channel

Had Fox News, or let's say.... Limbaugh tried to buy up MSNBC everybody on the left would've gotten tied up into pretzels.

They didn't do that over the comcast merger. Not on an ideological line. They did get tied up over "monopolistic concerns".

I don't think Obama's SEC would've approved the creation of another rival, do you?(another fox news to actually question him)

5 posted on 07/04/2011 5:10:27 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing ( Media doesn't report, It advertises. So that last advertisement you just read, what was it worth?)
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