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March 14, 2013
brooklynmutt:

Chris Hayes to Take Over 8 P.M. Show on MSNBC - NYTimes

And the world rights itself. The guy who deserves a weekend show gets a weekend show, and Chris Hayes gets a front-and-center spot.

brooklynmutt:

Chris Hayes to Take Over 8 P.M. Show on MSNBC - NYTimes

And the world rights itself. The guy who deserves a weekend show gets a weekend show, and Chris Hayes gets a front-and-center spot.

9:34 // 1 year ago
February 23, 2013

MSNBC host won’t attend CPAC unless GOPROUD is let in, too

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes received an odd and very notable distinction last week, as announced on the air by his colleague Rachel Maddow — he was invited to attend this year’s CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), and appear on a panel called “Washington CSI,” a retrospective analysis of the bygone 2012 election season. This is, needless to say, not the kind of invite liberal TV hosts get too often, and Hayes’ views are in more radical discord with modern conservatism than most. He could have shared the stage with such luminaries as Michael Barone and Ralph Reed, and by his account was enthused to attend, until he remembered a crucial fact about the conference — they barred GOPROUD from sponsorship last year, as social conservatives took a dim view of the intersection of conservative politics and gay rights. So, he told them he’d only attend if GOPROUD was brought into the fold as well. That CPAC wholly excised Hayes’ invitation from their updated schedule today is suggestive of how they felt about his bargain. (We’re having some troubles with the video embed at present, sincerest apologies. You can view Hayes’ full explanation here.)

13:46 // 1 year ago
June 2, 2012
If you go to Yemen where I was, and you see the unexploded cluster bombs, and you have the list and photographic evidence, as I do, of women and children that represented the vast majority of deaths in the first strike that Obama authorized on Yemen, those people were murdered by President Obama, on his orders, because there was believed to be someone from Al Qaeda in that area.
Jeremy Scahill, national security reporter for The Nation • Leveling a dire condemnation against President Obama, on the topic of U.S. drone strikes. Scahill was speaking on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes” (clearly a show accustomed to recent controversy), and as one could expect his remarks have drawn wide criticism. This is an issue Scahill is very close to — he’s reported from Yemen before, and claims one strike he investigated killed some 35 people, 14 of them children. Redstate.com founder Joshua Treviño pushed back, suggesting he was saying something ‘no reasonable person’ would. We think there’s a very worthy conversation to be had about the moral ramifications of this new sort of warfare, we just hope it doesn’t become too intense at expense of the dialogue. source (viafollow)
20:42 // 1 year ago
May 29, 2012

theatlantic:

Conor Friedersdorf: In Defense of Chris Hayes

Very few Americans wake up early on weekend mornings to watch public intellectuals chat. For the tiny number who do, Up With Chris Hayes, a show hosted by Chris Hayes of The Nation, has distinguished itself for its unusual success bringing thoughtful, intellectually honest conversation to cable news. The show’s producers try to cover what they judge to be important, even when more trivial topics would result in higher ratings. During the panel portion of the show, the host and most guests actually grapple with fraught issues rather than shying away from them. Straw men, ad hominem attacks, and cheap point-scoring are exceptions* rather than the rule. Partisan hackery is discouraged. And Hayes tends to highlight rather than elide complicating facts and arguments that cut against his ideological instincts, preferring to interrogate his own views and to treat positions with which he disagrees fairly (something I’m attuned to because my politics are different enough from his that we’re often at odds).

Despite all this, Hayes is suddenly under fire for weekend remarks he made about heroism, war, and politics. Our public discourse is such that anyone can find him or herself viciously denounced by complete strangers based on a single sound-byte from which everyone extrapolates wildly. This controversy is worth highlighting because Hayes’ words and the reaction to them helps explain why so few broadcasters forthrightly discuss complicated, controversial subjects. Hayes subsequently issued an apology, but it’s his critics who’ve behaved badly. 

Read more.

An impassioned defense of Chris Hayes. We’ve read a few in the past day or so.

10:58 // 1 year ago
May 28, 2012
19:27 // 1 year ago

Over the weekend, a memorial day remembrance of a completely different kind arose. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, above, made a comment on the nature of fallen soliders and the way that many call them “heroes,” and drew a firestorm of reaction from the usual suspects — particularly due to the timing of what he said. Miss the controversy because you were too busy grilling something to go online? Here’s the round-up:

  • comment During his panel show “Up with Chris Hayes,” Hayes noted his personal discomfort with describing anything related to current or fallen soldiers as heroic, saying he felt the rhetoric justified further acts of war or violence.
  • response One tough take on the matter: Veterans of Foreign Affairs’ National Commander Richard DeNoyer called Hayes’ remarks “callous” and suggesting an “obvious disregard for the sacrifice” of soldiers and their families.
  • reaction As expected, bloggers and pundits are split on the matter, with some, like conservative Kurt Schlichter, condemning Hayes, while others — like Tumblr’s very own Dr. Ari Kohen — have offered a more subdued response. source

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15:30 // 1 year ago
February 10, 2012

On the rise of culture war politics

A brief, yet very astute observation by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Following news that among other (tenuous, obviously) positive economic indicators, the rate of unemployment claims had fallen to a four-year low, it’s hard not to notice that the conservative tact against the Obama administration has been a whole lot of talk on contraception, and the occasional remark on same-sex marriage.

17:20 // 2 years ago
January 16, 2012
0:42 // 2 years ago
November 19, 2011
Hey, would you look at that? The American Bankers Association’s lobbying group, Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford, came up with talking points against Occupy Wall Street. Fortunately, MSNBC got a hold of it. According to the memo, if Democrats campaign against big banks, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.” Click here for the full document, which it’s worth noting that the ABA claims to have rejected (as it was unsolicted). EDIT: Updated with details.

Hey, would you look at that? The American Bankers Association’s lobbying group, Clark Lytle Geduldig & Cranford, came up with talking points against Occupy Wall Street. Fortunately, MSNBC got a hold of it. According to the memo, if Democrats campaign against big banks, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.” Click here for the full document, which it’s worth noting that the ABA claims to have rejected (as it was unsolicted). EDIT: Updated with details.

19:03 // 2 years ago
November 5, 2010

Why MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann decision was a really bad idea

Keith Olbermann stepped in it when he donated to a political candidate. What happened next, though, was a really bad precedent for MSNBC that’ll prove more controversial than Olbermann’s original move was. While we don’t think Keith should’ve been donating to candidates immediately after talking to them on TV, we also think the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. It also opens NBC Universal up to double standards, especially if Gawker’s right, and MSNBC doesn’t actually have the standards that NBC News does. Some other points to come out of this whole mess:

  • one Even William Kristol, a conservative commentator who has no reason to support the ideologically opposed Olbermann, had his back, which was really nice of him.
  • two Salon offers up another relevant point: If CNBC were held to the same standards as Olbermann, most of their staff would have to be suspended. Oy vey. source

» Correction: An earlier version of this post noted The Nation’s Washington Editor, Chris L. Hayes, no longer doing a replacement MSNBC show because of campaign contributions of his own. This was based on a still-online Wall Street Journal article. Hayes himself denied the allegations: “OK: I’m not filling in on Countdown tonight because I didn’t feel comfortable doing it given the circumstances. My not hosting tonight has *nothing* to do with several donations I made to two friends *before* I ever signed an MSNBC contract.” Thanks to Ilya Gerner and Susan Pruden for tipping us off to this. (And for reading!)

20:14 // 3 years ago