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MSNBC President Phil Griffin Signs Deal to Stay at Top of Surging Cable-News Outlet

26 May 2017 4:56 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Phil Griffin, who has led MSNBC from its previous Keith Olbermann heyday to a new surge led by Rachel Maddow, has extended his time at the head of the cable-news outlet in a new deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Griffin’s deal will keep him at the helm of the NBCUniversal-owned network as it is enjoying new strength.  For the week of May 15, the network snared the most viewers between 25 and 54 – the demographic most coveted by advertisers – and the largest audience overall in weekday primetime – the first time in MSNBC’s history that it has beaten both Fox News Channel and CNN in those categories. The ratings momentum comes after NBCUniversal has spent months moving much of MSNBC away from the progressive programming lens upon which it has depended for years, and focused instead on breaking-news – even during the primetime shows led by left-leaning hosts Chris Hayes, Maddow »

- Brian Steinberg

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Election Star Steve Kornacki Lands Expanded Gig at MSNBC, NBC News

8 May 2017 8:19 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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. »

- Brian Flood and Itay Hod

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Chelsea Clinton Jabs Kellyanne Conway: ‘Please Don’t Make Up Attacks’

3 February 2017 8:40 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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 »

- Brian Flood

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Kellyanne Conway Explains ‘Bowling Green Massacre': I Meant ‘Terrorists’

3 February 2017 7:12 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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. »

- Joe Otterson

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Kellyanne Conway Cites Nonexistent ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ to Defend Trump (Video)

2 February 2017 9:59 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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. »

- Ross A. Lincoln

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‘Jackie’ Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim Finds The Human Side Of History: Awards Spotlight

10 January 2017 12:36 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 »

- David Ehrlich

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Barbra Streisand Blasts Donald Trump: ‘I Completely Agree with Meryl’

10 January 2017 10:01 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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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, »

- alexisloinazpeople

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