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Ventura Bodyslams Donahue from TV?
--Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 11/13/2002 | Staff writers Conrad deFiebre, Terry Collins and Nolan Zavoral

Posted on 11/13/2002 2:44:52 AM PST by slimer

Edited on 04/13/2004 3:37:56 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The cable news channel MSNBC is close to signing Gov. Jesse Ventura as a talk-show host after he leaves office early next year, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Citing people familiar with the situation, the Journal said NBC News President Neal Shapiro and MSNBC President Erik Sorenson have been wooing Ventura and his agents at the William Morris Agency. Already a regular on MSNBC's political program "Hardball," Ventura would probably be scheduled for prime time, maybe the 7 p.m. slot occupied by Phil Donahue, the Journal reported. Donahue's comeback effort hasn't gotten big ratings.


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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: donahue; jessie; msnbc; talkshhow; tv; ventura
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Looks like Donahue's days are numbered.
1 posted on 11/13/2002 2:44:52 AM PST by slimer
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To: slimer
See ya Phil, go climb back under your rock.
2 posted on 11/13/2002 3:04:02 AM PST by Joe Boucher
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To: slimer
Donahue's comeback effort hasn't gotten big ratings.

Talk about an understatement.

3 posted on 11/13/2002 3:06:54 AM PST by Always Right
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To: slimer
Ventura's rantings will be a novelty for a short while, and then most will realize he's just an air-head X pro wrestler and tune out.
4 posted on 11/13/2002 3:22:34 AM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: AmericaUnited
you'd expect him to join an independent news channel, not a left-wing one
5 posted on 11/13/2002 3:44:27 AM PST by InvisibleChurch
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To: ForGod'sSake
Shapiro knows Donahue is a deadbeat, knows his network's going down the tubes, $$s are exhausted, & stockholders are raising hell.
Shapiro knows damned well, the end is in sight.

Yet?
For his a last ditch effort to reverse the slide & save his bacon?
The ignoramous simply cannot bring himself around to handing a show exclusively to a conservative, eh?
Nope; no way Jose'.

An "Independent" is as far as the little socialist can bring himself to bear.

Now if they made the implosion of this Liberal-Socialist a show, we'd really have something *fun* to watch.

...ratings would surely skyrocket. :o)

6 posted on 11/13/2002 4:05:05 AM PST by Landru
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To: slimer
When Donohue rides off into the sunset this time, for gosh sakes, SOMEBODY put a bug on him & keep track of where he disappears to. You never know, we might track the jackass to Bin Laden's cave for an anti-America shindig.
7 posted on 11/13/2002 4:28:12 AM PST by Wondervixen
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To: Landru
What about Alan Keyes? Pretty conservative dude. Of course Keys was given about 2 months... Donahue is getting unseen amount of chances to turn his bomb around.
8 posted on 11/13/2002 4:33:08 AM PST by smith288
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To: slimer
Buh Bye Phil
9 posted on 11/13/2002 4:33:19 AM PST by CPT Clay
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To: smith288
Keyes? The annoying grifter? People didn't watch him because his voice grates.

Plus, lets face it, being a perennial candidate means you never have to earn a living or accomplish anything.

10 posted on 11/13/2002 4:40:17 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: slimer
Ventura's radio program was always enjoyable. I don't usually agree with him, but he has a hardcore of common sense that is lacking in the PC donahue. Might give fox a run for their money
11 posted on 11/13/2002 4:52:15 AM PST by LadyDoc
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To: AmericaUnited
That is no way to talk about an ex Navy Seal who served his country with honor. An airhead certainly could not qualify to be a Navy Seal. I'll grant you that he may a bit rambunctuous at times, but that doesn't make him "stupid".
12 posted on 11/13/2002 5:33:03 AM PST by JudyB1938
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To: slimer
"Looks like Donahue's days are numbered."

I never watched his show until last night when I watched the "Town Hall" about our border situation.

Same old rude, condecending, interrupting, Socialist a$$hole he always was. Few tears will be shed when he vanishes.

13 posted on 11/13/2002 5:45:11 AM PST by wcbtinman
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To: slimer
If they only had the gonads to put Rush on, their ratings would sky rocket. Even CBS got a huge bump on election night because they invited Rush as one of their guest commentators.
14 posted on 11/13/2002 6:36:50 AM PST by basil
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To: smith288; ForGod'sSake
"What about Alan Keyes? Pretty conservative dude."

No doubt.
Ever met Dr. Keyes, smith??
I have.
For better or worse Dr. Keyes scared the crap outa people with his strong personality & rock-hard stands on third-rail *issues* the Liberal-Socialists worked "Harder than they ever worked before" making verbotin.

Literally, people were conditioned to reject Dr. Keyes' message & soon after rejected the messenger.
I found it all, quite automatic.

Keyes never stood a chance, going in; regardless, of how "good" (some of us) thought an "Alan Keyes" would be for our sick nation.
Dr. Alan Keyes has been rendered an anchronism primarily because he stands for *something*.

While I personally find the qualities of a man like Dr. Keyes extremely admirable ~in any man?
I especially find 'em desirable in a politician who'd aspire to represent me.

Then again, I'm also a, "radical," smith.
So Alan's appeal was to those few of us on the fringe of the right falling under [that] definition.
We're a gawd-awful small minority, btw.

"Of course Keys was given about 2 months...Donahue is getting unseen amount of chances to turn his bomb around."

I'm surprised Dr. Keyes was ever given a chance, a'tall; nevermind lasting (about) 2 months.

As for Donahue -- a revolting -- Liberal-Socialist of the *first order* given chance after chance after chance??
Well remember Donahue ain't gone quite yet, either; which, if you knew me, could read between the lines?
Was, is, & remains at the crux of my comments, above.

For my money?
I'm looking for Shapiro to be canned first, before Donahue.

Just how it goes with the Lamestream Mediots, smith.
If you want to kill the beast?

...you must cut of its head first & burn the rest, later.

15 posted on 11/13/2002 6:45:31 AM PST by Landru
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To: AmericaUnited
Ventura's rantings will be a novelty for a short while, and then most will realize he's just an air-head X pro wrestler and tune out

Disagree with him if you must, but there's no need to disrespect a former Navy SEAL. You can't be an airhead and a Navy SEAL.

I think it's great. Ventura will bring some common sense to the airwaves.

16 posted on 11/13/2002 7:24:49 AM PST by JoeMomma
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To: slimer; 2grit; 7beuties; Abe Froman; Abigail Adams; AdGal; Aeronaut; Gunder; AFCdt; Alpenkatze; ...
A Minnesota Bump List ping.

I think we need to all email/call Tim Pawlenty and get him to take over "Lunch with the Governor". It would be great!

17 posted on 11/13/2002 7:34:25 AM PST by Johnny Gage
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To: JudyB1938
I'll grant you that he may a bit rambunctuous at times, but that doesn't make him "stupid".

In this case it does. Jesse gov. backpedal Ventura Ted Kennedy in conservative drag.
18 posted on 11/13/2002 7:58:59 AM PST by Valin
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To: smith288
Donahue is White....Keyes is Black.....The Liberals have THEIR priorities.
19 posted on 11/13/2002 8:00:34 AM PST by goodnesswins
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To: JoeMomma
Ventura will bring some common sense to the airwaves.

Wanna bet?
20 posted on 11/13/2002 8:00:46 AM PST by Valin
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To: AmericaUnited
"...Most will realize he's [Ventura] just an air-head X pro wrestler and tune out."

The sheeple out there were dumb and bored enough -- especially young sheeple -- to elect the schlocky ex-pink-boa clad cartoon-character-ish Ventura as Governor.

He and his ilk unfortunately ARE the future of TV and politics.

21 posted on 11/13/2002 8:02:22 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: slimer
Donahue's comeback effort hasn't gotten big ratings.

I've noticed this week (while channel surfing) that he is back to a studio audience and wandering with a microphone, like on his original talk-show format. Has it improved his ratings any?

22 posted on 11/13/2002 8:03:05 AM PST by LibertarianLiz
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To: JoeMomma
"Disagree with him if you must, but there's no need to disrespect a former Navy SEAL. You can't be an airhead and a Navy SEAL."

Disrespecting a "former Navy Seal"?? We're "disrespecting" a man who has since become a moron.

23 posted on 11/13/2002 8:05:37 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: AmericaUnited
The guy had more dignity then our Trent Lott. When Dems abused the camera during the Wellstone memorial, he walked out! Mr. parking Lott, did not want to upset the Dems!
24 posted on 11/13/2002 8:06:53 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: slimer
Already a regular on MSNBC's political program "Hardball," Ventura would probably be scheduled for prime time,

Did Jesse ever actually DO anything as governor?
(Besides appoint a temporary Senator, I mean.)
All I ever saw him do was make guest appearances on Letterman, Leno, Castro, etc. etc.

25 posted on 11/13/2002 8:07:09 AM PST by Willie Green
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To: philosofy123
From the reports I've read, Lott also walked out.

Donahue is awful, that's for sure, but I really can't stand to listen to Jesse Ventura. His voice drives me nuts.

Of course, no matter to me. I NEVER watch MSNBC.

26 posted on 11/13/2002 8:09:36 AM PST by Wphile
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To: Willie Green
Did Jesse ever actually DO anything as governor?

I believe he followed through on his tax rebates - the "jesse checks." He also tried to take on the education unions but I don't think he had much success.

27 posted on 11/13/2002 8:11:26 AM PST by Wphile
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To: JudyB1938
I cant wait for him to wiggle and jiggle as he gets upset at someone.
Thats the only entertaining thing about him now.
28 posted on 11/13/2002 8:17:04 AM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: LadyDoc
"Might give fox a run for their money."

For about a week, IMHO.

29 posted on 11/13/2002 8:22:22 AM PST by matrix
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To: Wphile
His voice drives me nuts

That is the accent of the MN

30 posted on 11/13/2002 8:25:55 AM PST by philosofy123
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To: LadyDoc
I tire of Jesse's temper tantrum personality.
31 posted on 11/13/2002 8:29:38 AM PST by 2grit
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To: philosofy123
The accent of MN ??? HUH ???

Sorry, as a native Minnesotan, Jesse doesn't talk like anyone else I know.

32 posted on 11/13/2002 9:45:19 AM PST by coder2
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To: coder2
It's not just the accent... it's that his nose has been broken so many times that air cannot pass through it. It is the standard voice of the ex-pug. Ironic that a 'nasal' voice means that the nasal passages are NOT involved.
33 posted on 11/13/2002 9:54:51 AM PST by johnb838
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To: johnb838
I can see it now:

"Off the Top Rope, hosted by Jesse 'The Body' Ventura, with special guests "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan and 'the Junkyard Dog'."


--Oh yeah, this'll be a real winner. Way to go msnbc?!?!
34 posted on 11/13/2002 10:05:11 AM PST by ifhult45
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To: Landru
The ignoramous simply cannot bring himself around to handing a show exclusively to a conservative, eh?

Discounting Dr. Keyes of course whom I admire greatly. A superb orator that to me never looked comfortable in the talk show genre. I gotta confess, I caught his show a couple times but didn't feel compelled to go back for more for whatever reasons. Was/is he missing a stage presence like, say, a Bill O'Reilly??? I dunno, but for some reason his show didn't "click" for me.

All I've ever heard out of Jesse Ventura are sound bites, so I've never gotten a handle on his politics. I like the man's style(kinda reminds me of Texans maybe?). I would guess he calls 'em like he sees 'em...

What it all boils down to maybe is that conservatives like some entertainment with the politics??? Ann Coulter would create a buzz would she not ; )

FGS

35 posted on 11/13/2002 10:26:30 AM PST by ForGod'sSake
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To: coder2
The accent of MN ??? HUH ???

Sorry, as a native Minnesotan, Jesse doesn't talk like anyone else I know.

I agree - Jesse's voice/accent stands alone.

And, really, thank God. I can't stand his voice either. It just grates on me. I don't/won't listen to his radio show because of it (OK, that and the fact that he's a self-serving politician....)

I believe that native-born Minnesotan's tend to be "accent-less" (which is why the Networks love to recruit television journalists from the midwest - they're easier to understand).

36 posted on 11/13/2002 10:55:49 AM PST by wordweaver
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To: slimer
This would be worth watching.
37 posted on 11/13/2002 10:57:37 AM PST by Cyber Liberty
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To: Valin
"Jesse gov. backpedal Ventura Ted Kennedy in conservative drag."

That's funny. Okay, I admit it. That does rather describe him.

However, I stand by my remark that he isn't stupid. I just don't like to see any term like that associated with a great group of guys. Saying he's stupid is inferring that the SEALS were stupid to take him in the first place. I'm probably just too sensitive and overacting.

Have a great day. I always like your posts.

38 posted on 11/13/2002 11:17:20 AM PST by JudyB1938
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To: philosofy123
The guy had more dignity then our Trent Lott. When Dems abused the camera during the Wellstone memorial, he walked out!

Huh? The stories said Lott walked out too.

39 posted on 11/13/2002 2:41:47 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: JudyB1938
That is no way to talk about an ex Navy Seal who served his country with honor.

I have a lot of respect for veterans but they are not sacred cows that are forever off limits to be criticized.

40 posted on 11/13/2002 2:47:44 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: basil
Even CBS got a huge bump on election night

YOU KNOW that it was NBC he was on (with Brokaw and Russert) don't you?

41 posted on 11/13/2002 2:52:27 PM PST by _Jim
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To: JudyB1938
According to what I've read, Mr Ventura was NEVER a Navy Seal. He graduated from Navy UDT school back in the late '60's or early '70's, and served some time in the Phillipines afterward.

As I understand it the old UDT School at some point evolved into the BUD's Training we have today. Those graduates are called Navy Seals.

I do however, periodically see Mr Ventura on TV wearing a hat with SEAL emblazoned upon it.

43 posted on 11/13/2002 3:05:25 PM PST by CIBvet
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To: wordweaver
I believe that native-born Minnesotan's tend to be "accent-less"

LOL..there is no such thing.

Everyone has an accent. No matter where you are from you have an accent unless you are mute.

44 posted on 11/13/2002 4:42:33 PM PST by Mat_Helm
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To: slimer
I will not believe this untill Matt Drudge has it on his website. This is his kind of story. Besides he is more credible.
45 posted on 11/13/2002 5:54:31 PM PST by Brimack34
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To: Brimack34
Here you go - middle column, fourth story down. Dare to believe!

Drudge

46 posted on 11/13/2002 6:03:31 PM PST by slimer
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To: _Jim
ABC, CBS. NBC--what's the difference? I wrote it down to remind myself to watch it--but the call letters didn't stick in my mind. I never watch any of their nonsense--just watched because Rush made an announcememt on his program.
47 posted on 11/13/2002 8:03:14 PM PST by basil
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To: slimer
I wonder if Mean Gene Okerlund(sp?) is going to be Jesse's M.C. They were together in that "Repossessed" movie, I believe. Quite a show it would be, I guess.
48 posted on 11/13/2002 8:17:48 PM PST by Boomer Geezer
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Your rant against Keyes is frankly far more appropriate to Jesse Ventura. The ONLY decent thing he did in his entire administration was when he WALKED OUT of the Wellstone 'Memorial' after being booed.
49 posted on 11/14/2002 11:33:05 AM PST by Paul Ross
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To: LadyDoc
He had three main topics -

Who killed Kennedy,
What does the government REALLY know about UFOs,
Industrial hemp.

I presume CNBC would be providing him some writters to give him something interesting to say,.
50 posted on 11/14/2002 11:39:41 AM PST by DManA
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