The Grio’s Joy Reid Joins MSNBC’s Daily Line-Up with 2 PM Show

The Grio's Joy Reid Joins MSNBC's Daily Line-Up with 2 PM Show

The Grio’s Joy Reid Joins MSNBC’s Daily Line-Up with 2 PM Show (Credit: Twitter)

Joy Reid, who is the managing editor of The Grio, will get her own show on MSNBC, in the 2 p.m. time slot daily. MSNBC announced its February line-up in a press release on Monday. She is no stranger to MSNBC, having filled in as guest host for Ed Schultz, then-host Martin Bashir, and others. Congrats Joy Reid, we are very happy for you!

NEW YORK – January 27, 2014 – MSNBC’s new daytime programming schedule will debut on Monday, February 24. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

Starting Feb. 24, “News Nation” with Tamron Hall will move to 11 a.m. ET and “Andrea Mitchell Reports” will move to 12 p.m. ET.

“Tamron has established herself as one of the best news anchors in the business. It strengthens us to have her hosting during our morning news block,” said Griffin. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to msnbc and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon. Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.”

MSNBC is adding two new voices with Ronan Farrow at 1 p.m. and Joy Reid at 2 p.m.

“One of the highlights of this job is finding new talent,” said Griffin. “Ronan and Joy are two of the most thoughtful and impressive journalists out there and I’m excited for what they will bring to the afternoon.”


9 AM – The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd

10 AM – Jansing and Co.

11 AM – NewsNation with Tamron Hall

NOON – Andrea Mitchell Reports

1 PM – Ronan Farrow hosts*

2PM – Joy Reid hosts *

3P – The Cycle

4P – NOW with Alex Wagner

*show names for 1p and 2p to come

MSNBC announced Ronan Farrow’s show development in October 2013 ( Prior to joining MSNBC, Farrow was a foreign policy official in the first Obama administration. He founded the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues and reported to the Secretary of State as the United States’ first Special Adviser for Global Youth during the Arab Spring revolutions. He also served for two years as a US diplomat focused on the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A lawyer and a Rhodes Scholar, Farrow has written about human rights and foreign policy outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Joy Reid has been the managing editor of and MSNBC contributor since July 2011. She’s also been a frequent substitute host on MSNBC during all dayparts. Reid is a political columnist for “The Miami Herald” and editor of the politics blog The Reid Report. Reid has worked in television and radio news since 1998 and her columns have appeared in a variety of outlets including

Gawker Releases Archives of Infamous Liberal Media Journolist



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Gawker releases the archives of the famous liberal media Journolist, hacked by Guccifer, controversy was stoked by Andrew Breitbart in 2009, cost Dave Weigel job at WaPo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Gawker on posted what it claims are archives from “Journolist,” which is the private listserv involving hundreds of journalists that was at the center of controversy stoked by the late Andrew Breitbart in 2009.


The hacker Guccifer has provided us with the copy of the Journolist archive. You can find it below. It appears to be the full archive, although there is no way for us to confirm that. (Update: It’s not the full, multi-year archives. Most of the content appears to be from the summer of 2010, right around the time that Journolist was becoming a public controversy.) It also appears to have been hacked from one of the Journolist members. As you can see, it is very long, and its formatting makes reading it somewhat difficult. Don’t blame us. This is simply a data dump— a public service, for those who may have been waiting breathlessly for the past four years to get at the raw material of what was once considered the very epicenter of the liberal Washington media cabal.


Here are the archives from Gawker.


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CNN’s Piers Morgan Beats MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show in May Ratings

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CNN’s Piers Morgan Beats MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show in May Ratings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MSNBC is in more trouble than they care to admit. When HLN beats them in ratings, you know someone over there should be seething. HLN’s nonstop coverage of the Jodi Arias trial gave them a rare ratings victory — topped MSNBC in total day and primetime. CNN posted its second consecutive month as a runner-up to Fox News Channel, with MSNBC in fourth place.  Piers Morgan also beat Rachel Maddow in her prime time slot. Um, I gave up on watching her show months ago.

The Hollywood Reporter:  The soft start for All In With Chris Hayes has not helped. Hayes, down 32 percent in total viewers fromThe Ed Show last May, has offered a poor lead-in for MSNBC’s primetime flagship The Rachel Maddow Show at 9 p.m.. The show delivered its lowest-rated month since it debuted in Sept. 2008 (717,000 total viewers) and its second-lowest with adults 25-54 (210,000). Maddow was topped by typical time slot victor Sean Hannity and, in a rare feat, CNN’s Piers Morgan.

HLN will see a significant drop in ratings when the Jodi Arias case is wrapped up, unless they go wall-to-wall with the Trayvon Martin murder case, which is racially polarizing. I wonder if Kenan Thompson’s SNL skits mocking Rev. Al Sharpton have taken root in the minds of some viewers yet? I guess Ed Schultz is starting to look attractive again to management at MSNBC.


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Rush Limbaugh: President Obama and Chris Christie Have “Master-Servant Relationship”

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Rush Limbaugh: President Obama and Chris Christie Have “Master-Servant Relationship” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rush Limbaugh is attacking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for doing his job. I will continue to echo the sentiments of former GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole who said the RNC needs to hang a “closed for repairs” sign on its doors because the Republican Party is in total disarray. Limbaugh claims Obama-Christie have a “master-servant relationship.”  Unbelievable. This is the kind of lunacy that will keep a Democrat in the White House.

Rush Limbaugh said on his show Tuesday, “Obama has money. Governor Christie wants the money, Governor Christie needs the money, so the people will be helped.  So Christie praises Obama.”

“It’s a master-servant relationship. That’s exactly the kind of bipartisanship that the Drive-By Media wants. Master-servant. That’s ‘bipartisan.’ That’s what’s going on here. … Master-servant. Master-staff. Don’t take it any further than that, Snerdley. I’m not going on, going there. I’m just telling you. Obama’s got the money; Christie needs the money. Obama wants to walk the beach; that’s what we’re gonna do. Obama wants a photo-op; it’s what we’re gonna do.”

Never mind the fact that Chris Christie is an adult and doing the job he was elected to do. Gee, I wonder what kind of relationship he has with Cumulus? Just saying.

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Associated Press Ticked Off Justice Department Obtains Phone Records of Its Reporters & Editors

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Associated Press Ticked Off Justice Department Obtains Phone Records of Its Reporters & Editors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Justice Department ‘secretly’ obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors at the Associated Press. Of course, the AP doesn’t like it, characterizing the move as a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how it gathers the news. Matt Drudge tweeted “Talk had filled the halls of The Hill today that something big was coming.” I’ll take whatever he has to say with a grain of salt. He’s been wrong before. Many times. If the Associated Press got its hands on classified information, the Justice Department is absolutely within its rights to obtain the telephone records of journalists and editors to see who leaked the information. The problem I have with all this is why did their investigation have to be so far-reaching and encompass so many journalists? That’s a violation of the First Amendment right.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said. Source

The Obama administration has prosecuted leaks aggressively. A study last year by ProPublica showed it had brought six prosecutions under the World War I-era Espionage Act, twice as many as all previous administrations. Source

Ooooh, I guess Eric Holder is scared of the big bad wolf called the Associated Press. It was previously said in public testimony that a criminal investigation is being conducted into who may have leaked information contained in a May 7, 2012, AP story about a foiled terror plot. That news story included details of a CIA operation in Yemen that disrupted an al-Qaeda plot in 2012 to detonate a bomb on an airplane heading for the U.S. I don’t like the idea of Big Brother and Big Sister stepping all over our rights. The actions of the Justice Department sends a chilling message. I must say, President Obama is having a really bad week and it’s only Monday. Dang…..

Journalists Slamming DOJ for Wiretapping AP:

AP tweets:



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Could a Rush Limbaugh Shakeup Be on Horizon At Cumulus Media Over Sandra Fluke Comments?

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Could Rush Limbaugh Shakeup Be on Horizon As Cumulus Media’s Revenues Continue to Plunge? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Grab a bowl of popcorn and pull up a chair, two news reports surfaced this weekend pointing to Rush Limbaugh’s deal with Cumulus in jeopardy, possibly leading to the biggest shakeup in talk radio history. We wrote about Rush Limbaugh causing the company’s revenues to plunge from fallout after he called Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut.”

Rush Limbaugh insists it’s not his fault that ad revenue has dropped at his flagship WABC radio station — and if his boss keeps saying it is, Rush just may pack up his megadittoes and leave…

Lew Dickey, the CEO of WABC parent company Cumulus, has said Limbaugh’s controversial comments have diminished ad revenue for the past year — and the slump remains a “residual hangover” for the station.

The timing of the Cumulus-Limbaugh dogfight is damning:

Cumulus Media, which has a contract with Limbaugh through 2013, declined to comment for this report: “Cumulus owns the premier talk radio distribution platform in the United States and doesn’t comment on negotiations with talent under contract,” Davidson Goldin, a Cumulus spokesman, told POLITICO. Clear Channel, which distributes the Rush Limbaugh Program through its Premiere Radio division, also declined to comment.

The news of Limbaugh’s possible departure comes one day ahead of Cumulus’s Tuesday earnings call, at which Dickey Is once again likely to address the impact the Fluke controversy has had on advertising. The source close to the show described Dickey’s remarks about advertising revenue as unjustified, and said such “criticism” of Limbaugh had resulted in the consideration to leave the company.

Um, I don’t think too many people will feel much sorrow if this right wingnut is dropped by Cumulus. There comes a point when the company realizes that the backlash over Rush Limbaugh’s comments isn’t worth watching its bottomline disappear into thin air. If true, I can only say echo Miss Sofia from “The Color Purple,” who said, “I know’d there is a God. I know’d there is a God!”

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Obama Jokes at WHCD that “Buzzfeed Was Something I Did in College Around 2 A.M.”

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President Obama’s new look at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Obama joked at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that “Buzzfeed” was something he did around 2 a.m. in college. Don Lemon tweets if President Obama made a marijuana joke. Um, he was quite oblivious to the weak lactating joke dropped by Ed Henry.

President Obama also zinged Michele Bachmann, Mitch McConnell, Sheldon Adelson and the news media.

Obama also gave plenty of ribbing to the Fourth Estate.

Of the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, Obama said: “Maureen Dowd said I could solve all of my problems if I was just more like Michael Douglass in ‘The American President.’ I know Michael’s here tonight. Michael, what’s your secret? Could it be that you were an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy?”

Of CNN: “I know CNN has taken some knocks lately but the fact is, I admire their commitment to covering all sides of the story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate.”

Of MSNBC: “David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace, since MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod.”

From Twitter:

More quips from President Obama:

Conan O’Brien slammed CNN’s John King:

Conan O’Brien disses George Stephanopolous — lame joke:

President Obama’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech:

Conan O’Brien’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech:

Kevin Spacey muscled his way into the White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

Samuel Martin, Last Black Publisher at Gannett, Resigns as President of Montgomery Advertiser

Samuel Martin, the last black publisher at Gannett Co., Inc., resigned Monday as president and publisher of the Advertiser Media Group, which publishes the Montgomery Advertiser, the Maynard Institute reports.

“I’m going to step back and sort of assess what I want to do with the rest of my life,” Martin, 53, told Journal-isms by telephone. “It’s a tough industry to be in right now. I still believe in newspapers . . . but we still have a lot to do, resetting this model.”

Other losses of high-ranking African Americans in recent years have also come in the Gannett South Group: Don Hudson, managing editor of the Clarion-Ledger, and Rod Richardson, who held the same title at the Times in Shreveport, La., both laid off in 2010Ronnie Agnew, executive editor of the Clarion-Ledger for nine years, who left in 2011; and this year, Martin and Wanda Lloyd, who retired this year as executive editor of the Advertiser.

Gannett also is losing Arthur Harper, believed to be the sole person of color on its board of directors, effective in May. However, USA Today, the Gannett flagship property, named Derek J. Murphy its executive vice president and general manager in February.

Conservative Media Watchdog Tim Graham Questions New MSNBC Host Karen Finney’s Blackness

SHAMEFUL:  Tim Graham, director of media analysis for the conservative Media Research Center, questioned whether Karen Finney, who MSNBC announced today would be their weekend host in the 4-5 p.m. slot, questioned whether she was really black because of the color of her skin.

The ignorance of some conservatives defies logic. Um, I didn’t realize only dark-skinned people could claim they are black. How incredibly stupid. Newsflash to Tim Graham, blacks come in all shades and no, we all don’t look alike you moron. This would be the same Republican Party that would expect blacks and Latinos to gladly vote for their candidate, while they continue to make a mockery out of us with ridiculous comments such as this.

This comes as Buzzfeed reports Raffi Williams, son of Fox News’s Juan Williams, is the face of the Republican National Committee’s outreach to the black community.

“I think it’s a slow process. If you expect us to get a ridiculous amount of African-Americans in the next election, that’s not going to happen probably,” he said. “But we can start to make inroads, and the more inclusive we are as a party, the better optics we get to other demographics as well — not just African-Americans — and that helps us in the long run.”

Good luck…..

Former Hillary Clinton Aide Karen Finney Gets New Weekend Show on MSNBC in 4-5PM Time Slot

Karen Finney has been named a new weekend host on MSNBC in the 4-5 p.m. EST time slot. The show has not yet been named, but is a lead-in for the new Ed Schultz show.  @FINNEYK

“Karen’s rich background in both education policy and politics will add a unique point of view to our expanding live weekend programming,” said Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

Finney has been an MSNBC political analyst and guest host on the network since 2009. Finney has more than 20 years of experience in national politics working on four presidential campaigns, the Clinton White House, and Hillary Clinton’s first New York Senate race. She was the first African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee. Finney has also worked to improve public education in the public and private sectors.

It was her interest in improving public education that first got her involved in politics, having worked as a teaching assistant in a minimum-security facility for pregnant teenagers in Los Angeles after graduating from UCLA. In the private sector, she worked for Scholastic Inc., one of America’s leading children’s media and education companies, on projects including strategic development for literacy programs, afterschool education, and reading intervention. Finney also served as the chief spokesperson and Communications Director for New York City Schools, managing crisis communications for the system of more than 1.1 million children in the aftermath of 9/11.

As spokeswoman and Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee, Finney helped guide the DNC’s communications and media strategy for the successful 2006 Congressional elections and the 2008 presidential campaign. During the Clinton Administration, Karen served as Deputy Press Secretary to then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and as Deputy Director of Presidential Scheduling for President Bill Clinton. She served as Communications Director to Elizabeth Edwards during the 2004 general election. Source