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MSNBC Confirms 1999 Separation Payment To Female Staffer Following Chris Matthews’ Inappropriate Jokes

NBC News reported today that the network paid separation compensation to a female employee in 1999 who accused Chris Matthews of making inappropriate jokes and comments about her in front of other employees. Both Matthews and the woman, an assistant producer, worked on what was then CNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews (now on MSNBC). The host received a formal reprimand following a review. The story was first reported yesterday by conservative website The Daily Caller…
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NBC Paid Severance to Female Staffer Who Accused Chris Matthews of Sexual Harassment

NBC paid severance to a female staffer in 1999 who accused MSNBC personality Chris Matthews of sexual harassment, NBC News reported Sunday. 

The Daily Caller, citing two unnamed sources, first reported the situation of the female staffer, who was an assistant producer on the show Hardball With Chris Matthews, which at the time was on CNBC. 

"In 1999, this matter was thoroughly reviewed and dealt with. At that time, Matthews received a formal reprimand," an MSNBC spokesperson told NBC News

Matthews was accused of making inappropriate jokes and comments about the female staffer in front of...
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Election Star Steve Kornacki Lands Expanded Gig at MSNBC, NBC News

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Steve Kornacki has been named National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and will see increased visibility across both networks, MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced on Monday. “Steve was one of our breakout stars of the 2016 election and is an exceptional talent,” Griffin said. “His intelligence and unique perspective enables our political coverage to operate on a higher level, one that clearly sets us apart from the competition.” Kornacki will contribute to the flagship “Today” show and become the primary fill-in host for “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” He will also have a prominent role across both networks for all major.
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Chelsea Clinton Jabs Kellyanne Conway: ‘Please Don’t Make Up Attacks’

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Chelsea Clinton took a shot at Kellyanne Conway by expressing she is grateful that “no one seriously hurt” in the Bowling Green Massacre. “Please don’t make up attacks,” she added. Conway, who was Donald Trump’s campaign manager when he defeated Chelsea’s mother, Hillary Clinton, in the presidential election, referenced the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” during an interview with MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on Thursday. Very grateful no one seriously hurt in the Louvre attack …or the (completely fake) Bowling Green Massacre. Please don't make up attacks. — Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 3, 2017 Also Read: Kellyanne Conway Explains
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Kellyanne Conway Explains ‘Bowling Green Massacre': I Meant ‘Terrorists’

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Kellyanne Conway is not trying to back up this particular “alternative fact.” After referencing the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” during an interview on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC, Conway tweeted early Friday morning that she had misspoke. “On @hardball @NBCNews @MSNBC I meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” as reported here,” she wrote, followed by a link to a 2013 ABC News story about two Iraqi refugees who were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky after it was discovered they had been trained by al-Qaeda and had attacked U.S. troops in their home country. Also Read: Trump-Era Broadway: George Orwell's '1984' to.
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Kellyanne Conway Cites Nonexistent ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ to Defend Trump (Video)

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Kellyanne Conway Cites Nonexistent ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ to Defend Trump (Video)
It’s definitely not an alternative fact that Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway’s skill at coining a phrase is matched only by her skill at employing the concept embodied by the phrase. She proved as much tonight during an appearance on “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, when she demonstrated just what “alternative facts” really are. On hand to discuss Presidential Power, Conway was called upon to defend Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban against citizens of several majority-Muslim nations. Conway did so by reminding viewers of an earlier, devastating terror attack in Bowling Green, Kentucky committed by two citizens of one of the countries.
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‘Jackie’ Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim Finds The Human Side Of History: Awards Spotlight

‘Jackie’ Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim Finds The Human Side Of History: Awards Spotlight
Everyone has to forge their own path to Hollywood’s highest honors, but “Jackie” screenwriter Noah Oppenheim charted a particularly eccentric course. A Harvard grad, he got his start in media by co-creating “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and producing “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” After a stint supervising the 7am hour of “The Today Show,” Oppenheim ditched television for books, co-authoring a series of secular devotional readers designed to “arouse curiosity” and “refresh knowledge.” And then he pivoted again, adapting screenplays for mega-budget Ya movies like “Allegiant” and “The Maze Runner.”

With that resumé, a piercing and deeply felt story of an American icon at the height of her grief isn’t the obvious next step. Then again, maybe a fraught, complex, and ineffably humanizing portrait of Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination — a portrait designed to liberate the former First Lady from the petrified
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Barbra Streisand Blasts Donald Trump: ‘I Completely Agree with Meryl’

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Barbra Streisand Blasts Donald Trump: ‘I Completely Agree with Meryl’
This article originally appeared on EW.com.

Barbra Streisand is standing with Meryl Streep, who used her acceptance speech at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards to criticize Donald Trump for lacking empathy and infamously mocking a disabled reporter in 2015.

A day after Streep delivered her blistering rebuke of the president-elect, Streisand called in to Hardball With Chris Matthews and expressed her solidarity. “I thought that said what she said beautifully,” Streisand remarked.

Regarding Trump’s ridiculing of journalist Serge F. Kovaleski 14 months ago, Streisand added, “I completely agree with Meryl. It was a heartbreaking moment and so beneath the dignity of the presidency,
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Top 21 Cable News Shows, Ranked: What are the Most Popular CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Programs? (Photos)

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Top 21 Cable News Shows, Ranked: What are the Most Popular CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Programs? (Photos)
Fox News, CNN and MSNBC had a lot of news to cover during the busy third quarter of 2016. Morning shows, standard newscasts and political opinion shows make up the Top 21 programs in the world of cable news. Which show was the most popular among the key demo of adults age 25-54 during Q3? 21. MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” averaged 244,000 viewers among the key news demo. 20. “Happening Now” on Fox News averaged 260,000 demo viewers during the third quarter. 19. “Your World with Neil Cavuto” maintained momentum despite its namesake missing the summer following heart surgery. 18. CNN’s “Situation...
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Bill O’Reilly wins Most Obnoxious Political Pundit in 2012 Channel Guide’s Viewers Voice Awards

This could have gone any which way, but … well, not really. Love him or hate him, you have to give it to Bill O’Reilly for working as hard as he has to earn this honor — and we have no doubt that he would see it as an honor. As we enter the final days in the run-up to Election Day, we’ll see if he can kick it into overdrive. Most Obnoxious Political Pundit — Winner: Bill O’Reilly Bill O’Reilly/The O’Reilly Factor 41% Bill Maher/Real Time With Bill Maher 26% Chris Matthews/Hardball With Chris Matthews 12% Sean Hannity/Hannity 11% [...]
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Writer Hired For Ron Howard And Brian Grazer's 1984

Back in March a strange story surfaced online. It was reported that Brian Grazer and Ron Howard would be making a new adaptation of George Orwell's brilliant novel 1984 inspired by renowned street artist Shepard Fairey. At the time the project was in the earliest stages of development and had yet to find a writer or director. The production staff is still working on the latter, but now they've wrangled the former. Deadline reports that Noah Oppenheim has been hired to create the newest adaptation of 1984. Oppenheim, who was previously known as a television producer on shows like Hardball With Chris Matthews, Today and The Buried Life, he has made the switch over to screenwriting and already has a number of other high-profile projects on his plate. As previously reported the scribe is working on the WarGames remake, the redo of Daniel Espinosa's Snabba Cash, and The Secret Life
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Does Cable News Clarify Or Confuse The Public’s Political Thinking?

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That was the provocative question three newscasters debated this morning at the cable industry’s annual convention on the eve of what MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews predicted will be “the most exciting political season we’ve ever had” — in part because of the growing importance of cable news. As you might imagine, the boisterous host of Hardball With Chris Matthews sucked up most of the oxygen in the Cable Show panel that also included CNN‘s John King and Univision‘s Maria Elena Salinas. She lamented that people “now have designer news. They want to listen to people they agree with.” That’s dangerous, she says, because “they don’t know the difference between a news person and a commentator.” King says that while “there’s nothing wrong with advocacy journalism, there’s nothing wrong with objective journalism, too.” But Matthews says viewers understand what they’re watching. For example,
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Fox executive on 'Hardball' Chris Matthews

Intrigue in the news pundit/ talk show world as Deadline.com spoke to an Fnc executive about Chris Matthews. comments this week that he has turned down job offers from Fox. The response cleared the air, saying .those offers were made before we became #1. Where would we put him now? Maybe as a lead in to Red Eye.. "Red Eye" is Greg Gutfeld's rollicking late, late, late night political humor series that marches to its own beat.Also, in October, Fox News. Red Eye, which is a 3 Am show - beat MSNBC.s Hardball With Chris Matthews in adults 25-54 with 177,000 viewers vs. 163,000. Deadline reported that while speaking with Forbes promoting his new book about JFK, Chris Matthews admitted
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Did Fox News Try To Hire Chris Matthews?

In an interview with Forbes promoting his new book about JFK, Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, admits that he is a friend of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes who in 1994 hired him to host his first program, Politics with Chris Matthews, a precursor to Hardball, on MSNBC’s predecessor America’s Talking. “I know all the attitudes people have about him, and I’ll tell you, I’m loyal as hell to this guy because he brought me in,” Matthews was quoting as saying, adding that he has turned down two offers to follow Ailes to Fox. I have confirmed that the job offers are indeed real though they are more than 10 years-old. “Those offers were made before we became #1,” a Fox News executive said. “Where would we put him now? Maybe as a lead in to Red Eye.” This is a reference to the fact that in October,
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Noah Oppenheim to Write Catherine Hardwicke’s The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner is an upcoming Catherine Hardwicke‘s adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling young-adult novel of the same name.

Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim has been brought on to write the script.

This is the latest young-adult franchise that studios are hoping will be the next Harry Potter or Twilight. Check out why…

“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy
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Rachel Weisz Interview Agora: The Oscar-Winning Star gets Deep about Religion, Movie Blogs and her Desire to be in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Sequel

Millions of moviegoers got their first real glimpse of Rachel Weisz in the 1999 archaeological action epic The Mummy. This weekend, the Oscar winner is after more ancient issues in Agora. This time, however, the film poses real ideological problems and they don’t get solved within the allotted runtime.

Collider recently got into Agora’s philosophical questions with Weisz and it turns out she wants in on another big-scale film with a brain, J.J. Abrams’ untitled Star Trek sequel. Hit the jump for the interview’s full audio and transcript, along with updates on her Jackie O film; the Hedy Lamarr biopic Face Value; The Invisible X for Karyn Kusama (Girlfight & Jennifer’s Body) and the news that should make Trekkies from here to Comic-Con thrilled they logged on before taking off for Memorial Day.

By the time Rachel Weisz won the Academy Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress in The Constant Gardener,
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Chris Matthews won't make Senate run

New York -- After months of will-he or won't-he speculation, MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews has opted not to run for Senate in his native Pennsylvania.

Matthews told his producers during a production meeting just before Wednesday afternoon's "Hardball" that he isn't running for the Senate. Matthews, his executive producer John Reiss and MSNBC president Phil Griffin declined to comment about the news late Wednesday.

Matthews had been considered a contender for the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat occupied by moderate Republican Arlen Specter, who is up for re-election in 2010. Matthews steadfastly refused to discuss the speculation, but he had made overtures in Pennsylvania. Most recently, his brother told a Pennsylvania journalist that Matthews wouldn't run.

That clears the way for Matthews to remain at MSNBC, where he has hosted "Hardball" since the late 1990s. Although he's not the most popular personality at NBC and has been a lightning
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MSNBC bests CNN in November primetime

New York -- MSNBC's talkers toppled CNN for three hours in primetime in November, with freshman "The Rachel Maddow Show" passing "Larry King Live" for a second month in the demo.

"Maddow" has been an unqualified success for the network, which not long ago had been counted out as challenging anyone at any time. "Maddow" averaged 672,000 adults 25-54 viewers in November, compared with 565,000 for veteran talkmeister King, Nielsen said Wednesday. For the first time to date for a month, "Maddow" beat "King" in total viewers, too -- 1.8 million to 1.7 million.

"Countdown With Keith Olbermann" beat CNN at 8 p.m., as did "Hardball With Chris Matthews" at 7 p.m.

Fox News Channel dominated the cable newsers overall, thanks to wins at 7 p.m. for "The Fox Report," 8 p.m. for "The O'Reilly Factor" and 9 p.m. for "Hannity & Colmes." It was a little different at 10 p.m., where CNN's "Anderson Cooper
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Phil Griffin promoted at NBC News

Phil Griffin promoted at NBC News
New York -- NBC News said Wednesday that it has promoted Phil Griffin to president of MSNBC, a move designed to let him focus on the news channel full time.

Griffin, who was a senior vp of NBC News in charge of both MSNBC and "Today," will be in charge of the day-to-day operations of the news channel that has made waves on and off the air in recent months. Griffin will drop his oversight responsibilities for "Today"; an announcement about who will take over exec duties at the morning show will come in the near future.

"This is a recognition that MSNBC as a business has matured to the point where this kind of full-time management was essential," NBC News president Steve Capus told The Reporter on Wednesday. "Phil was doing a great job juggling a lot of balls, but I want him to really focus on the management of MSNBC."

Griffin will continue to report to Capus. Griffin also will be responsible for network specials; Phil Alongi, executive producer of NBC News specials, will report to him.

Griffin said that the past six months at MSNBC have seen growth in ratings and revenue.

"This is more an acknowledgment that MSNBC is a bigger and bigger part of NBC News in terms of revenue, image and the place for news," Griffin said. "It needs full-time attention."

It's been quite a year for MSNBC, which has seen its primetime ratings jump 54% on the strength of shows including "Countdown With Keith Olbermann." It also has garnered a new interest in and cooperation from such NBC News talent as Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, David Gregory and Andrea Mitchell, who have appeared regularly on MSNBC. Mitchell and Gregory have their own daily programs; Williams, Brokaw and the late Tim Russert regularly appeared during primary coverage.

The integration with NBC News, which had always been talked about but never fully occurred until recently, became literal in the past year when MSNBC left its longtime home in Secaucus, N.J., for new quarters with a state-of-the-art newsroom at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Griffin's influence has been seen in front of and behind the camera.

Going forward, Griffin said that MSNBC wants to continue its strategy of focusing on political news as well as skew younger than its cable news competitors. He wants to grow the audience as well.

"We want to be where we are: smarter, younger, more interesting, more entertaining -- all of those elements," Griffin said.

A 25-year veteran of NBC News who has been with the channel since July 1996, Griffin was named senior vp in April 2005. Before that he was vp primetime programming at MSNBC as well as producing "Hardball With Chris Matthews" from 1999-2004. He has also been a senior broadcast producer for "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" and in 1995 led NBC News' coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial. He also worked for "Today" and began his career at CNN in 1980.
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Reiss plays 'Hardball' with MSNBC

Reiss plays 'Hardball' with MSNBC
Former NBC Nightly News executive producer John Reiss will move to MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews as executive producer.

The Emmy-winning Reiss had been without a permanent assignment at NBC News for almost a year since he was reassigned as executive producer of "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams."

Reiss also will take on a bigger role with MSNBC's coverage of the 2008 election campaign. Both the political coverage and Hardball jobs had been done by Tammy Haddad before she left a few weeks ago to start Haddad Media.

Reiss was executive producer of NBC Nightly News from 2005-07, winning four Emmys, a duPont-Columbia Award, a Peabody and other awards. He joined the newscast in 2002 as senior broadcast producer.

Before that, he was a producer and senior producer at NBC's Dateline from 1994-2002. He also has been a producer at Good Morning America.
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