MSNBC Has Just Done Something HUGE That Will Have Fox News Fans On Their Feet

The far-left cable news-and-views operation that has desperately tried to brand itself as the “Lean Forward” network is now in an undeniable “lean backward” posture, dumping a number of its progressive talk shows in favor of more hard, straight news coverage. MSNBC is, by some accounts, waving the white flag of surrender, largely giving up on its non-stop, ultra-liberal program lineup.

Network officials have not formally announced all the dramatic changes that promise to reshape the media home of Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and others who regularly preach the liberal gospel in support of Barack Obama and his political apostles. However, sources quoted by several news industry watchdogs point to a massive shakeup in a program schedule that has sunk MSNBC into a ratings depression so deep it could be called a near-death experience.

Western Journalism has previously reported how audience ratings for the flailing cable net have been sinking lower and lower. In April, MSNBC’s parent company, Comcast, pulled the plug on a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, casting doubt on the future of the network constantly struggling to compete in any respectable way against the Fox News Channel.

Once the telecom giants abandoned their expensive effort to grease the Washington skids to try to win official approval of their plan to combine forces, Comcast and MSNBC brass took a long, hard look at the viability of the far-left net that viewers have been abandoning in droves.

Now, in an exclusive report, Mediaite says that MSNBC is on the verge of big changes that would arguably represent “the most significant revamp the network has made at one time in its 19-year history.”

According to an inside source that reportedly spoke with Mediaite, you can wave bye-bye to several progressive talk shows: “Out: The Cycle at 3:00 PM. Now with Alex Wagner at 4:00 PM. The Ed Show with Ed Schultz at 5:00 PM (all times eastern).”

So what will replace these soon-disappeared afternoon MSNBC programs that constantly stirred the pot and proclaimed the virtues of liberal politics and progressive causes? News shows, that’s what.

The Host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd, will reportedly return to MSNBC with a weekday program. Then there’s the disgraced former anchor of the NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams, who will soon be an MSNBC regular, presumably because cable watchers don’t expect or demand all that much integrity.

As for other faces you’ll see either come or go from the ratings-toilet-dwelling cable network, Mediaite also says that (are you ready for this?) Keith Olbermann could be coming back.

Possibly heading for the exit along with Alex Wagner, Ed Schultz and The Cycle panel could be Chris Hayes and, yes, even Al Sharpton. Previous MSNBC anchors Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid have already ridden into the media sunset.

And in case you’re crossing your fingers, hoping that Rachel Maddow or Chris Matthews might be getting pink slips, sources say that’s unlikely.

MSNBC boss Andy Lack is supposedly planning a “town hall” any day now to make official the changes that will return the network to its 1990s roots as a more straightforward news operation, not a “Lean Forward” hotbed of top-to-bottom political talk and liberal advocacy.

Western Journalism will update this post as further details on the program changes at MSNBC become available.

What do you think of the changes being made at MSNBC? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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Watch: Sharpton Just Revealed The Mother Of All Donald Trump Conspiracy Theories

For all his current popularity, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has had trouble convincing some in the party that he is a legitimate candidate. Many have lambasted his pointed immigration rhetoric as unnecessarily divisive, while others question his track record of financially supporting leftist Democrats.

MSNBC host Al Sharpton announced during a recent broadcast that he thinks he has figured out Trump’s big secret.

“People,” he said, standing in front of a blackboard ostensibly linking Trump to various leftist politicians and policies, “it’s all right there, plain as day. From the Clintons to healthcare to Obama, Bush, it’s all connected. Just look at what the man has said.”

Sharpton aired a brief compilation of quotes from Trump’s past, including his admission that he admires Hillary Clinton and is “very pro-choice.”

Other potentially damning quotes included Trump’s assertion that George W. Bush “is probably the worst president in the history of the United States” and his self-described stance as a “liberal on healthcare.”

Another edited clip appeared to show Trump advocating higher taxes on wealthy Americans.

“See?” Sharpton concluded. “The truth is out there. Trump’s been talking like a liberal for years.”

The civil rights activist asserted that he is “no conspiracy theorist,” but has nonetheless asked Trump to prove a negative in denying he is a GOP saboteur.

“Of course he claims he’s not a secret Democrat,” Sharpton said. “Isn’t that what he’d say if he was a secret Democrat?”

Is Donald Trump a secret Democrat? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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BREAKING: So Liberals Actually Lied About Kid Rock And The Confederate Flag…

We discussed this nontroversy over Kid Rock and the American Flag last week. To recap: protesting a museum, that isn’t displaying the flag, over their exhibit of a musician, who has used the flag in the past, but not recently… and we weren’t even sure when the last time was. Only now, we do.

Kid Rock of course had a measured and well reasoned response. For those too lazy to click the hyperlink, allow me to recap the general sentiment.

Kiss my *ss!

You’d think it was a closed chapter. But, it ain’t over until the formerly-fat black pseudo-reverend sings! The Detroit chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network is meeting with General Motors to “discuss” their sponsorship of Kid Rock, because obviously Al’s got to get paid!

But here’s the shocking truth behind Kid Rock and the confederate flag…

In May 2011, Kid Rock stepped up to a Cobo Center podium to accept a Great Expectations Award from Detroit’s NAACP, describing himself as humbled and overwhelmed by the moment. And that was the night, says a spokesman for the Detroit star, that Kid Rock quietly decided he would stop using the Confederate flag onstage.

“It’s been more than five years since he’s had that flag on tour,” said publicist Nick Stern. “They’re protesting something he’s not even doing.”

What. A. Racist. Flying the Confederate flag until he…wait, got an award from the NAACP? Decided five years ago on his own to stop using the flag? Didn’t send out a press release that he was doing so, nor need a national outrage to guilt him into it?

We agree with Kid Rock’s initial response to the protesters. Our only grievance is that it was too kind.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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Boom: Charleston Just Shut Down Racial Hatemongers With This Message To Obama And Sharpton

A common fixture at the race riots of the last several months, Deray McKesson has chronicled his participation to the celebration of many of his 164,000 Twitter followers. Western Journalism shared some of his front-line activism in covering protests in McKinney, Texas, earlier this month.

As civil rights leaders converge on Charleston, S.C., in the wake of a mass shooting last week, however, many Twitter users are making it clear McKesson and his ilk are not welcome in the state. His antagonism continues to be criticized, often in posts accompanied by the hashtag #GoHomeDeRay. A man whose prominence can be traced to an earlier Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, McKesson was quick to respond to the social media backlash.

He appeared on CNN Sunday to tell his detractors that he “wouldn’t be here if those nine people had not been killed.”

Despite the tragedy on which he pins the impetus for his latest trip, many South Carolinians believe his presence – and that of others seen as racial agitators – will only exacerbate an already tense situation.

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A number of prominent black commentators were among those slamming the intervention of such a divisive figure.

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Several Twitter users took the initiative further with calls to ban others – including Al Sharpton and Barack Obama – from demonstrating in and politicizing the Charleston tragedy.

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Does the activism of McKesson and others help or hurt race relations in the U.S.? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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WATCH: The Bold Black Pastor Who Called Out ‘Pimp’ Al Sharpton Just Doubled Down

Though he has reportedly gotten all sorts of grief from others in the black community of Hartford, Conn., for his outburst and accusation against Al Sharpton, Pastor Marcus Mosiah Jarvis is refusing to back away from his fiery “in your face” comments.

As Western Journalism reported yesterday, Jarvis jumped to his feet and shouted at Sharpton during a speech at a Hartford church by the race activist and MSNBC host. Sharpton had just finished leading a march against violence in the city that’s recently seen the homicides of five young people, when he took to the pulpit of a local church and asked the crowd to donate $100 apiece to his National Action Network.

That’s when the black pastor shouted something for which most others in the church denounced him and escorted him out of the sanctuary: “How dare you ask the people of Hartford to give you their money? You’re nothing but a pimp!”

Those words from Jarvis prompted Sharpton to do something that proved he was far different from most of those gathered in Shiloh Baptist Church — he reached into his pocket and pulled out $1,000 in cash, pledging it to a community memorial supposedly aimed at discouraging youngsters from getting involved in a life of crime and violence.

On her Fox News show On the Record, Greta Van Susteren asked Pastor Jarvis about his public denunciation of Al Sharpton’s motives and tactics. When given the chance to walk back his accusatory comments, the black pastor chose instead to double down, saying Sharpton’s actions were “pimpism at its best.”

“We don’t necessarily need outside intervention or marches that really are not going to produce any type of solid results as to fighting crime and creating employment and jobs in a neighborhood that’s rife with poverty,” Jarvis said.

You can watch the segment from On the Record with Greta Van Susteren by clicking on the video above.

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