Gayle in MD
03-21-2013, 03:41 PM
Phil Donahue On MSNBC Firing: Chris Matthews Was 'Threatened' By Me (VIDEO)

Legendary talk show host Phil Donahue appeared on HuffPostLive Thursday to talk about his firing from MSNBC, the media's role during the Iraq War, and his fraught relationship with Chris Matthews.

Donahue was a rare anti-war voice (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/19/iraq-media-failure-ten-years-later_n_2897776.html?utm_hp_ref=media) on television during the run-up to the war, but he was fired in early 2003, even though his show was a highly rated one on the network. A leaked memo later revealed (http://fair.org/press-release/some-critical-media-voices-face-censorship/) that NBC executives considered him a "difficult public face for NBC in a time of war."

As it turned out, one of the people reportedly pushing for Donahue to leave was Chris Matthews.

New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman wrote about (http://nymag.com/news/media/68717/#print) Matthews' dealings with Donahue in a 2010 article:

Donahue’s problems only increased when Chris Matthews let it be known that he wanted Donahue off the air. Matthews was a rising force at the network, with a reported salary of $5 million. He cultivated former G.E. CEO Jack Welch and had the ear of NBC CEO Bob Wright (the two summered together on Nantucket). Matthews saw himself as MSNBC’s biggest star, and he was upset that the network was pumping significant resources into Donahue’s show. In the fall of 2002, U.S. News & World Report ran a gossip item that had Matthews saying over lunch in Washington that if Donahue stays on the air, he could bring down the network.

"I think he saw me as a threat to his supremacy," Donahue told HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill. "He wanted to be the face of MSNBC and here comes this talk show host. I had the benefit of recognition ... I think I was a threat to his goal of being the man at MSNBC. He was quite emotional. He was emotionally upset."
He said that he had not been prepared for "the fear of the suits at MSNBC" about his show, adding that he was forced to put two conservative guests on for every liberal.
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"I'm working for General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the world," he said. "I'm sure the boardroom's saying, 'why do we have this has-been gray-headed talk show host insulting Donald Rumsfeld?' Donald Rumsfeld's one of their biggest customers."



03-22-2013, 04:06 PM
That was so, then. Pre-war, 2003, long before the newer 'Forward' branding. Not so true now.

Cenk Yugar got his show removed from MSNBC because of too much critical commentary from the liberal side at Obama and the Democrats.

He wouldn't tone it down, and he wouldn't take the 'contributor' position or a weekend show, so he went to the Current network.

I judge MSNBC now as pretty much a mainline Dem and Obama supporting network, excepting the Morning Joe show. I do agree that NBC isn't anywhere close to it's daughter MSNBC's position.

Gayle in MD
03-22-2013, 04:57 PM
Forgive me friend, but I find your post rather confusing.

"Cenk Yugar got his show removed from MSNBC because of too much critical commentary from the liberal side at Obama and the Democrats."

I used to watch his show every night. Critical commenntary at Obama and the Democrats? I found his commentary to be just the opposite. I believe he war fired for being a Liberal, critical of Republlicans.

I see no difference at all between MSNBC and NBC. Both have more from the right on their panels, than from the left.

Now Ed Schultz is being moved, a confirmed Liberal, to the weekend morning show. They got rid of Keith O)lbermann, as well.

The remark from Donahue, that the top Network CEO's directed that their hosts, on MSNBC have two righties to every lefties, certainly doesn't indicate that they are truly Liberal, IMO.

Chris Mathhews isn't the far leftie that people seem to think he is. He is forever calling Republican Governors and representative, his friends, and expressing criticism at the left.

When any of their hosts are axed, it is always after their Liberal audience is growing in support for their program. Ed Schultz went all out, running free health examinations in communities, and standing behind Unions. I said then to Jim, just watch, he will be gone before summer.

If David Gregory ever REALLY held any Republican to their relentless lies told on his program, I'd drop! Every Panel is heavy to the right, or one of each, and Rachel is always advertising the fact that Republicans don't come on, but have been invited, when she can't get one on.

At anny rate, tonight will be a repeat of the documenntary HUBRIS, based on Isakoff and Corn's book of the same name, 9 pm est, with a follow up panel discussion at 10 pm.. It will be one night of facts, and discussion.

I am already wondering how long Rachel will last, after tonight! Scarborough is not well liked on the blogisphere, at all, but he's still there, running his one man show of lies and slander, three hours every morning, bashhing Obama and the Democrats, and laying out sherr lies to deny Republican failures and lies. A noun, a verb, and Ronald Reagan, between his incessant, "I said it a year ago"

Of course, when you do some research, old Joe doesn't come out very lily white. Just another Repiglican, rewriting history.


WV Slim Shady
03-25-2013, 07:55 PM
I miss Keith Oberman.