The Huffington Post reports that writers and producers with the Writers Guild of America-East at Peacock Productions are petitioning Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz and Chris Hayes to speak out against the impending merger.
*Before the clock struck midnight Monday on a government shutdown, a poll showed that more Americans would blame congressional Republicans than President Barack Obama, and many Americans view the GOP as acting like “spoiled children.”
According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday, 46 percent of respondents would blame congressional Republicans, 36 percent would blame Obama and 13 percent would blame both. Sixty-nine percent said that the GOP is acting like “spoiled children” in the budget fight, while 58 percent think that of congressional Democrats and 49 percent think that of President Barack Obama. Six in 10 respondents reject the GOP’s approach and think it is more important to avoid a shutdown than to make major changes to the Affordable Care Act.
The poll is an indication that the Republicans’ hard-line approach does not resonate with many Americans, and could have consequences in future elections. Nevertheless, the GOP has touted the tactic of using the continuing resolution to fund the government to demand changes to Obamacare, crafting the populist slogan “Make DC Listen.”
In the hours leading up to the shutdown, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow aired a segment laying out how the GOP has been plotting with glee a government shutdown since President Obama’s 2008 election.
What is happening tonight is happening tonight because this is what Republicans want to do,” she said. “This is what they promised to do. This tactic…is an end in and of itself, and that is why there’s no talking them out of it. Elect Republicans and they will burn the place down.”
*Co-host of MSNBC’s daytime show “The Cycle” Touré joined HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill Thursday and defended his network’s all-white primetime lineup.
The cable news industry has come under criticism for its lack of diversity generally, and within primetime in particular. Though MSNBC has several African-American hosts, none of them anchor primetime shows.
But Touré said that within MSNBC’s modern era, there have only been five hosts to fit into three valuable slots — and the current lineup of Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell is “brilliant” and “extraordinary.”
“If you were able to say to me that there is a person who is not brilliant … then you can say something, but we have three extraordinary people,” he said. Asked by Hill whether or not there was an endemic hostility to hosts of color in primetime at MSNBC, Touré said there wasn’t.
“I don’t think that there’s a barrier to where [MSNBC chief] Phil Griffin’s like, ‘I’m not going to hire a black person,’” he said. “We have an openly gay woman at 9:00. We are liberal with a lowercase L. We are gonna open the doors to people. I could surely see at some point the right person come along and get one of the spots.” (Watch the interview below.)
*West Hollywood artist Bronwyn Lundberg has a new piece she has just unveiled and it comes with much controversy but Lundberg is not surprised by the criticisms nor the praises she has received for her work of art, reports The Guardian.
Art no matter the subject or artist has received criticism throughout history. Every art piece has gone through some sort of criticism aside from being praised and loved. Even Da Vinci himself faced criticism for some of his work, artists create from their own mind, their own interpretations of a given subject. Art is meant to be enjoyed and for the viewer to see a piece from that artist’s point of view. When it comes to art their is no right or wrong but an artists’ vision for the world to see. Not everyone will enjoy or like it, but that is the society we live in: We live in a diverse society with differing tastes and cultures. Some aren’t so accepting, but artists can’t let what one group says keep them from creating, or else the world will be without art. In the world of art, you can’t please everyone, and lesbian artist Bronwyn Lundberg knows this, as she has crafted her latest the “lesbian last supper.”
In the “Lesbian Last Supper,” Lundberg replaced Jesus with Ellen DeGeneres and Judas with “The L Word” character “Shane McCutcheon.” Other lesbians depicted in the art piece are Wanda Sykes, Portia De Rossi, Rosie O’ Donnell and Rachael Maddow.
Read the full story here.
*The intellectual television market has been cornered on MSNBC.
They have an impressive roster on their evening line-up that include veteran journalists with not so shabby educational backgrounds.
One example is Rachel Maddow, who is a Rhodes Scholar. She is so smart that she had the good common sense to bring on a young scholar who is rocketing to intellectual superstardom.
If you haven’t heard of her, Melissa Harris-Perry is the newest anchor on MSNBC. She now has her very own show on the network and with it a lot of firsts. Perry is the only
The candidates have the most ludicrous foundations for their campaigns and are so openly racist it’s sickening.
Newt Gingrich was the topic of conversation Tuesday night with remarks he made against President Obama calling him the “food stamp President” and the “Entertainer in Chief” during his Florida Primary speech.
But, Al Sharpton had choice words for Gingrich’s former spokesman who chose to defend Gingrich’s remarks.