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Sharpton Appears to Win Anchor Spot on MSNBC
New York Times ^ | July 21, 2011 | Brian Seltzer

Posted on 07/21/2011 1:59:56 PM PDT by lbryce

After giving a nearly six-month tryout for the Internet talk show host Cenk Uygur, the cable news channel MSNBC is preparing to instead hand its 6 p.m. time slot to the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Mr. Sharpton’s imminent hiring, which was acknowledged by three people at the channel on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been signed, is significant in part because MSNBC and other news channels have been criticized for a paucity of minority hosts in prominent time slots. Mr. Sharpton, who is black and is a well-known civil rights activist and radio host, has been guest hosting in the 6 p.m. time slot for the last three weeks.

There had been uncertainty about the 6 p.m. slot ever since the channel’s marquee anchor, Keith Olbermann, departed in January, prompting Ed Schultz to be moved to 10 p.m. from 6. Suddenly Mr. Uygur, who had been made a paid contributor to MSNBC months earlier, was handed 6 p.m., a big coup given that he had earlier campaigned to have his progressive Web show “The Young Turks” picked up by MSNBC.

He earned solid but not stand-out ratings; in late June the channel’s president, Phil Griffin, decided to try out Mr. Sharpton, and offered Mr. Uygur a new contract that included a weekend show, but not a higher-profile weekday show.

Mr. Uygur, who by most accounts was well liked within MSNBC, said in an interview that he turned down the new contract because he felt Mr. Griffin had been the recipient of political pressure. In April, he said, Mr. Griffin “called me into his office and said that he’d been talking to people in Washington, and that they did not like my tone.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: alsharpton; leftwingliberal; mslsd; msnbc; sharpton
It's a done deal as confirmed by various news sites. It demonstrates just how woeful MSNBC's desperation is in having to scrape beneath the bottom of the barrel to getting the time slot filled with the likes of Sharpton. As if there isn't enough reason to loath MSNBC.
1 posted on 07/21/2011 2:00:01 PM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

This guy breaks the law, loses a lawsuit that he refuses to pay and gets his own T.V. show. Does anyone doubt this country is on its last legs?

Sharpton is one of the reasons I don’t watch Hannity much anymore. Can’t figure out why he calls this guy his friend and has him on his show to spout his racism. If they’re going to be fair and balanced they should have David Duke on with him.


2 posted on 07/21/2011 2:02:55 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: lbryce
Will it be called The Tawana Brawley Factor or some such?
3 posted on 07/21/2011 2:04:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Gov. Sarah Palin. What'll you do?)
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To: lbryce
That a great move! Sharpton will kill the opposition.. D'oh! Well.. I mean . . . .

mass murder-suicide at Freddy's Fashion Mart .. mass murder-suicide at Freddy's Fashion Mart

4 posted on 07/21/2011 2:06:27 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: lbryce

They could not pick dumbest, most annoying, speech unbearable, RAT host.
One more reason to block PMSNBC on the remote.


5 posted on 07/21/2011 2:08:20 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: lbryce

Now lets see MSNBC try to get rid of him when he bombs. Bet the rent Sharpton makes millions.


6 posted on 07/21/2011 2:08:36 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: lbryce
Anchor Spot on MSNBC

Anchor ....yes, he'll weigh them down, sending them straight to the bottom.

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7 posted on 07/21/2011 2:10:37 PM PDT by repentant_pundit (Maybe THIS summer will finally be the "Summer of Recovery")
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8 posted on 07/21/2011 2:10:54 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: lbryce
Sharpton Appears to Win Anchor Spot on MSNBC

It's a perfect fit.

9 posted on 07/21/2011 2:10:59 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: lbryce
well-known civil rights activist and radio host

...well known race pimp and Democrap party mouthpiece with no original thought other than those generated by democrap party talking points and a fax machine.

Fixed...
10 posted on 07/21/2011 2:12:01 PM PDT by Lynn
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To: lbryce
I have a question:

When Sharpton runs for an elective office shouldn't he step aside from this “news anchor” spot?

Otherwise, he will have unlimited free campaign advertisement in violation of Federal election laws.

Oh, excuse me. I forgot that election laws are only applied to white, conservative males. And as we all know Al Sharpton is a protected sub-species - an Aferican-American (born of two American citizens), liberal/progressive/socialist/dimocrat. there are a few other protected sub-species that he qualifies for but they have politically incorrect hyphenations.

I am not holding my breath when it comes to the 2012 election cycle; I fully expect Al to use his “anchor” on MSNBC as free political fund raising, nation wide.

11 posted on 07/21/2011 2:14:54 PM PDT by Nip (TANSTAAFL)
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To: lbryce; Terry Mross; 2ndDivisionVet; WilliamofCarmichael; Leo Carpathian; Anti-Bubba182

The wild thing is that, in the article, Cenk Uygur says he thinks the Obamunists pressured his bosses to dump him because he was insufficiently deferential to them.

Whereas MSNBC prez Phil Griffin says Cenk’s aggressive body language and demeanor (i.e. obnoxious behavior) made it hard to book guests.

I couldn’t stand to watch him for more than five minutes, can anyone render an informed opinion here?


12 posted on 07/21/2011 2:16:09 PM PDT by sinanju
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13 posted on 07/21/2011 2:16:49 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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i wish someone would make a video of sharpton’s show with a drummer to go BADOOM-SPLAT everytime he finishes a sentence.
14 posted on 07/21/2011 2:18:33 PM PDT by lonster
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To: lbryce
i wish someone would make a video of sharpton’s show with a drummer to go BADOOM-SPLAT everytime he finishes a sentence.
15 posted on 07/21/2011 2:18:38 PM PDT by lonster
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To: Terry Mross

If he has a salary coming in can’t the guy who he hasn’t paid sue him for the money?


16 posted on 07/21/2011 2:20:20 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: lbryce
news channels have been criticized for a paucity of minority hosts in prominent time slots

A certified affirmative action host. No talent, no creds, nothing, skin color!

17 posted on 07/21/2011 2:26:08 PM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: sinanju
"..I couldn’t stand to watch him for more than five minutes, can anyone render an informed opinion here?"

Until this thread I never new he existed, I did look up a YouTube. What a pig!

18 posted on 07/21/2011 2:32:28 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Venturer

Garnish his salary? Good question and I hope so.


19 posted on 07/21/2011 2:33:10 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: lbryce

I can hardly wait to see what advertisers flock to THAT demographic.


20 posted on 07/21/2011 2:35:46 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: lbryce

Well! It’s about time. Now all MSNBC needs to do is hire Louis Farrakan as his co-host!


21 posted on 07/21/2011 2:44:14 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Obama takes office, and 2 years later our nation is using the word 'default'? -HereInTheHeartland)
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To: lbryce

As if there weren’t enough reasons to avoid MSNBC before...


22 posted on 07/21/2011 2:49:00 PM PDT by Spok (A truly free man rejects the role of both slave and master.)
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To: Navy Patriot

What with his command of the English language and all............


23 posted on 07/21/2011 3:03:00 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: lbryce
Hey! Maybe Contessa will figure the difference between Al and Jesse!

Meeting Al 20-30 in the break room might help her little pole dancer/stripper mind figure it out...

(Actually, I think I may have insulted the intelligence of pole dancers and strippers everywhere.)

24 posted on 07/21/2011 3:13:02 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Terry Mross

I saw Sharpton interviewed at a marketing forum a while back.

Without a TV camera in front of him and a cause to represent, he came off as a fairly reasonable person. Someone that you, or me, or Hannity could easily talk to... if you can handle talking to liberal, which I know many of us can’t.

During the interview, he said something along the lines that, “In New York, you can’t get any attention if you’re not outrageous, so I’m outrageous.”

Cynical, yes. Is it true? Yes.

He’s found a way to make a living exploiting real or perceived injustices, and has duped the press to promote his causes.

The press are the evil ones here. They are giving this actor his stage.

Because that’s all he is. An actor.


25 posted on 07/21/2011 3:17:04 PM PDT by FatherFig1o155 (Still fighting the fight: njconservative.wordpress.com/)
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To: lbryce

WHY do we pander to these useless people?


26 posted on 07/21/2011 3:18:59 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: lbryce

Too bad Ted Bundy got the needle. He’d have his own sitcom by now.


27 posted on 07/21/2011 3:19:21 PM PDT by albie
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To: lbryce

Idiotic people still watch MSNBC? =.=


28 posted on 07/21/2011 3:30:33 PM PDT by cranked
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To: lbryce

Sharpton? Are they freakin’ kidding? LOL. Wow... that’s really the bottom of the barrel.


29 posted on 07/21/2011 3:33:20 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: lbryce

YAY! Now he won’t be on Fox anymore.


30 posted on 07/21/2011 3:37:05 PM PDT by Rytas
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To: Ramius

The liars new liar.


31 posted on 07/21/2011 3:37:32 PM PDT by baiamonte
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To: lbryce

That white hating racist assclown will eventually be fired.

On that day, the hell that MSNBC is going to be put through..... is going to be insanely hilarious. Heck, I’m already laughing.


32 posted on 07/21/2011 4:35:39 PM PDT by Gator113 (Palin 2012, period.....)
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To: presently no screen name

His old excuse was that he had no personal money, everything including his clothes belonged to the Church.

I don’t see how that can hold water now that he has taken a job.


33 posted on 07/21/2011 5:04:13 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: sinanju

How do you pronounce “Cenk Uygur”? Can someone spell it phonetically for us?


34 posted on 07/21/2011 5:25:11 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Venturer

Is that what he said? LOL~ Like he’s a monk or something. Did he ever mention the church?


35 posted on 07/21/2011 5:58:40 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: lbryce

As tweeted by Larry Elder: “Sharpton an MSNBC show? Tax deadbeat, falsely accused man of rape, provoked Crown Heights riot, anti-Semitic, race hustler=qualified!!” https://twitter.com/#!/larryeldershow/status/94199834319392768


36 posted on 07/21/2011 6:05:08 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: lbryce

The Young Jerk wasn’t far enough left so they had to pick the country’s foremost example of utter absurdity, the “Reverend” Al Sharpton. They could have plucked a wino from the gutter and had more credibility.


37 posted on 07/21/2011 7:02:20 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: RipSawyer

Pee Wee Herman is available.


38 posted on 07/21/2011 9:52:56 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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