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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BREAKING: The Way Hillary Was Just Scorched Has Leftist Media All Shook Up About 2016

It’s the big topic of stunned conversation among those media types attuned to politics as the 2016 presidential race continues to take shape. “It” is the shocking new poll just released that shows Hillary Clinton continuing to lose ground in key swing states — so much ground, in fact, that if the election were held today, the Democrat front runner would likely lose in a landslide.

Panelists on left-leaning MSNBC, according to the Washington Free Beacon, were stunned at the incredibly poor showing for Mrs. Clinton, whom survey respondents in battleground states say they don’t trust — they really don’t trust — not in the least.

“A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning spelled ‘trouble’ for her campaign. The poll found Clinton losing to major Republican candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio in the swing states of Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia.

“’Hillary is upside down by 23 in Iowa?’ host [of Morning Joe] Joe Scarborough said. ‘She’s upside down by nine in Virginia which she has to win. She’s upside down by 23 in Colorado!’”

Adding his two cents to the Morning Joe political panel, the host of NBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd, was brutal in his assessment of the Clinton campaign’s big problem. As the Free Beacon article notes of Todd’s analysis:

“’This fits another pattern of hers,’ Todd said. ‘Whenever she’s been out front as the face of the Democratic Party, her numbers have gone down. They always have, whenever she is the focal point.’

“’You could just simply say she doesn’t wear well,’ Todd said.”

CNN’s morning coverage of the shocking new poll results from Quinnipiac was equally breathless as it cited surprising details from the findings.

In Colorado, Clinton trails Rubio 38%-46%, Bush 36%-41% and Walker 38%-47%. In Iowa, she trails Rubio 36%-44%, Bush 36%-42% and Walker 37%-45%. And in Virginia, Clinton has the narrowest margins between her and her Republican opponents, where she lags behind Rubio 41%-43%, Bush 39%-42% and Walker 40%-43%.

As CNN notes, a spokesman for the Quinnipiac University Poll delivered excruciatingly bad news for Hillary Clinton as he described what the survey found:

“‘Do Colorado voters trust Hillary? No, they do not. Do they think she cares about their needs? No, they do not,’ he said. ‘So the door is open to a GOP candidate voters can believe in.’”

And what does the far-left Huffington Post have to say about the terrible polling news for Hillary? Nothing, as of this writing.

However, in what many might see as a telling sign of HuffPo’s horse (not yet) in the presidential race, the site’s top political post was about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and how she really gave it to a hotshot, GOP-favoring financial executive during a little-noticed hearing on retirement savings.

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Watch: MSNBC Host Rants That Trump Is Lying, So Trump Calls In With An EPIC Throwdown

To say that Donald Trump raises the hackles, blood pressure, and decibel level of liberals in the media is an understatement. Of course, the surging GOP presidential contender also gets under the skin of right-leaning pundits and politicians in his own party; but leftists can just come unglued in response to what the billionaire businessman has to say.

Witness what happened Thursday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program when guest Lawrence O’Donnell got into it with host Joe Scarborough about Trump’s revealing what he made while starring in Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. O’Donnell — who hosts his own evening program on MSNBC and was once upon a time a political consultant to the NBC series The West Wing — not only came unglued–he practically came unhinged.

Scarborough tried in vain to rein in the ranting O’Donnell, who was going on and on about how Donald Trump is a liar for saying that his Apprentice earnings were more than $20 annually — “a complete, total lie” is how the irate O’Donnell characterized The Donald’s income claim. Trump made the claim on official filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for his presidential campaign; so if the numbers on those financial disclosure forms are not accurate, Trump could potentially be in a lot of trouble.

O’Donnell became so worked up during the Morning Joe segment that, in a very condescending manner, he began to call Scarborough a dupe for falling for Trump’s claim — that, understandably, didn’t go over so well with the show host.

By clicking on the video above, you can see the segment that started it all…but didn’t end it all, as Donald Trump himself reportedly called in to the show after O’Donnell’s tirade and issued a challenge.

The Hill reports that not long after O’Donnell slammed Trump as a liar and ridiculed Scarborough for believing what Trump said, “Scarborough came back from a commercial break and told viewers Trump had just called in to bet O’Donnell that his salary was accurately reported.”

Trump told the “Morning Joe” host that he’d give O’Donnell one year of the MSNBC host’s television salary if his income from NBC cannot be verified. Under the terms of Trump’s bet, O’Donnell would have to give one year of his salary to Trump if the candidate’s FEC reports are correct.

Below is the way the Morning Joe team reacted to that throwdown by the bold and brash Donald Trump, who is definitely not one to back away from this sort of public “duel.”

h/t: Mediaite

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MSNBC Host Makes SCOTUS Claim – Ted Cruz Stops Him Dead In His Tracks With These Two Questions

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has received some recent flak for suggesting U.S. Supreme Court justices should be forced to win elections in order to retain what are constitutionally lifetime appointments. He was called to task on his stance by MSNBC host Chris Matthews Wednesday.

“You’ve always been pro-Supreme Court,” the Hardball host said, “until now.”

Matthews went on to ask how Cruz could suggest forcing justices to behave like politicans.

“I am reluctant to call for retention elections,” Cruz acknowledged, “but I have done it because I believe a majority of the justices are not honoring their judicial oaths.”

Based on recent decisions on healthcare and gay marriage, Cruz determined that the high court appears poised to address “every major policy issue in this country.”

Matthews chimed in, wondering why Cruz celebrated when the Supreme Court “sized the presidency in 2000” by nixing additional ballot recounts in Florida and declaring George W. Bush the winner.

“If there was ever a case of partisanship or ideology getting out of hand,” he asserted, “it was 2000 – and you loved it.”

Cruz shot back, explaining that Matthews recited some “great talking points” but offered a misleading analysis of the opinion.

“How many times did they count the ballots in Florida?” he asked.

“Four,” Matthews admitted.

“How many times did Bush win?”

“Four times.”

Matthews argued that Cruz’s defense of the 10th Amendment should lead him to support Florida’s right to continue recounting the ballots.

“The Democrats’ strategy,” Cruz concluded, “was to keep counting and counting and counting and counting – and eventually, maybe enough people will cheat and somehow our guy will win.”

Should Supreme Court justices be required to campaign for their seats? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: O’Reilly Just Caught An MSNBC Host In A Lie So Huge He Had To Apologize On Air

MSNBC host Chris Hayes apologized on-air Thursday night for taking something Bill O’Reilly said out of context to make a point about supporters of the Confederate flag.

As reported by Western Journalism, calls to eliminate the Confederate flag from public places came in the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting last week. Many major retailers including Walmart, Sears, eBay, and Amazon announced Tuesday they will no longer be selling the Confederate flag or anything with its image. Valley Forge Flag, a major flag production company, also said they will no longer sell the stars and bars.

On his program on Tuesday, Hayes said: “As soon as the backlash to the Confederate flag started to gain momentum, the backlash to the backlash got underway, much of it from pretty predictable sources.” The MSNBC host listed Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly among them, saying the latter believes “it represents the bravery of those who fought in the Civil War.”

In a segment on The O’Reilly Factor on Wednesday entitled “Gross dishonesty in media,” O’Reilly called out Hayes for attributing views to him that he does not have, and labeled him the “biggest failure in cable news.”

The Fox News host re-aired a portion of the Monday night dialogue he had with Juan Williams from which Hayes took his words out of context.

O’Reilly told Williams: “You say the Confederate flag is a symbol of hate and you believe that.” The Fox News host affirms this view, adding: “Absolutely 100% legitimate.”

Then he continues: “For some other people in an historical context, it represents bravery in war.” He adds: “Everyone should know what the two sides are believing.”

O’Reilly also stated that the flag “represents oppression” to him.

Hayes was man enough to own up to his mistake. “In a segment on the Confederate flag, I said that Bill O’Reilly said that it represents the bravery of Confederates who fought in the Civil War…It’s also quite clear from the context of the discussion he was having that he was not giving his own views, but talking about how some other people view or understand the flag,” Hayes said Thursday. “We should not have attributed that view to him. Fair is fair. I got it wrong, I apologize.”

h/t: The Blaze

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