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September 10, 2008
Here's some "Breaking News" from MSNBC: The cable news channel has dumped two of its high-profile yakkers - Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews - from the anchor seats of its political coverage. David Gregory, a legitimate news broadcaster, will lead the political coverage going forward. Liberal bloggers are upset by the move, arguing that MSNBC caved in to pressure from John McCain's campaign and the right wing. Criticizing the media has been a cheap but effective tool by the McCain camp - but on this score MSNBC has no one to blame but itself.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Thirty minutes northwest of Capitol Hill, past the foreign embassies and American University, is the NBC News bureau that's the home of Hardball anchor Chris Matthews, now an employee of the rebooted Comcast Corp. - a newer, flashier, more ratings-driven cable giant. One day last week, Japan was in the headlines with its post-tsunami nuclear crisis, and Sarah Palin was visiting Israel. "What phony baloney," MSNBC host Matthews cracked during his afternoon editorial meeting about the former Alaska governor's trip.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
MSNBC crushes Alec Baldwin Depending on how you spin it, embattled New Yorker and MSNBC talk-show host Alec Baldwin either was fired by the cabler for his recent homophobic slur . . . or his show, Up Late With Alec Baldwin , was canceled due to low ratings. The New York Post said on Tuesday that Baldwin was sacked. The actor's rep took issue with the report. "The show is not coming back," said the rep, who then implied it was Baldwin's decision all along. He "had questions on whether he wanted to continue," the rep said.
NEWS
June 5, 2011
Mayor Nutter will occupy the ultimate public stage this week - a national television program - as he hunts for a way out of the Philadelphia School District's fiscal morass. With the district in a $629 million hole, the mayor is scheduled to appear Wednesday on MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews as part of the program's special focus on - what else? - "education challenges and solutions. " He won't be the only Nutter on the program. The mayor's wife, Lisa, who is president of an organization that creates job-readiness programs in city high schools, is expected to join him. It's all a part of what NBC News has tagged the "Education Nation On-the-Road" show, with the limelight this week shining on Philadelphia on Today and the NBC Nightly News . Events include a teacher town hall Sunday at the National Constitution Center.
NEWS
January 22, 2011 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com
The final broadcast of "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" aired Friday night as MSNBC and Olbermann announced they would part ways. The news appeared abruptly and comes just two months after MSNBC's highest-rated host was suspended for two days following reports that he gave donations to a Democratic political candidate, which violated the company's ethics policies for news employees. Neither Olbermann nor MSNBC gave much of an explanation for the departure. In a statement, MSNBC said: "MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Chris Matthews looks, at first, drained of the frenetic energy that sparks so much friction on his MSNBC show, Hardball . Slouching on a small couch in a tiny office at NBC's New York headquarters, his striped tie pulled down from the collar of his blue Oxford shirt, Matthews looks like a 70-year-old Catholic schoolboy, bored with class until his favorite topic comes up. For Matthews - a Philadelphia native, 1974 candidate for a local U.S....
NEWS
October 5, 1998 | By Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the eve of the House Judiciary Committee's convening to consider starting the impeachment process, a handpicked group of Philadelphians gathered in Memorial Hall to sharpen their barbs, polish their sound bites, and sound off on the topic, live on the cable news channel MSNBC. Forty city residents - lawyers and professors, students and community leaders, priests and playwrights, homemakers and teachers - sat in folding chairs under white-hot lights, in front of roving cameras, and told MSNBC hosts Jack Ford and Jodi Applegate, and panelists including Congressman Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.)
NEWS
December 9, 1998 | by Keith Olbermann
It was evident that Tim Russert and I were trying to out-gravitas each other, and just as evident that he was winning. It was Jan. 21, and Russert, host of "Meet the Press," was at the calm center of the hurricane that was a new story involving President Clinton and someone named Monica Lewinsky. "One of best friends told me today, 'If this is true, he has to get out of town,' " said Russert, more in sorrow than in anger. I looked as worried as I could - as newscasterly, as stricken.
NEWS
February 27, 1998 | By Matthew Miller
"This is an MSNBC special: White House in Crisis - Day 38. Here's Keith Overhyper. " "Good evening. Just when you thought we'd hit a lull in the Monica Lewinsky affair, two explosive developments. Presidential spokesman Mike McCurry says the President now admits to having nodded to Monica Lewinsky in the hallway, perhaps several times. Meanwhile, before the grand jury, a former White House aide confesses that the President once called her at home, but claims nonetheless that she did not have sex with him. Plus, George Stephanopoulos tells Sam and Cokie that the White House social secretary has lost confidence in the President.
NEWS
October 30, 2007 | By Larry Eichel, INQUIRER SENIOR WRITER
Philadelphia hasn't exactly been ground zero for the presidential campaign so far this year. But it will be tonight. The occasion is a nationally-televised Democratic presidential debate, and all eight of the party candidates will be in town. Seven of the candidates will be participating in the debate, which will be take place in the Main Building Auditorium at Drexel University and will be aired by MSNBC, starting at 9 p.m. The eighth candidate, former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, is planning his own event at the World Cafe Live.
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NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Staff Writer
Chris Matthews looks, at first, drained of the frenetic energy that sparks so much friction on his MSNBC show, Hardball . Slouching on a small couch in a tiny office at NBC's New York headquarters, his striped tie pulled down from the collar of his blue Oxford shirt, Matthews looks like a 70-year-old Catholic schoolboy, bored with class until his favorite topic comes up. For Matthews - a Philadelphia native, 1974 candidate for a local U.S....
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Moviegoers didn't have much to go on with the mysterious "10 Cloverfield Lane," but the words "Cloverfield," " J.J. Abrams " and "Temple alum Dan Trachtenberg " were enough. The Trachtenberg-directed, Abrams-produced monster movie, a so-called "spiritual successor" to 2008's found-footage hit "Cloverfield," opened with a better-than-expected $25.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That was good enough for second place to the Disney animated hit "Zootopia," which stayed on top with $50 million in its second week, a slide of only 33 percent from its opening weekend.
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
Nina Simone 's family isn't "Feeling Good. " A biopic starring Zoe Saldana as the R&B/Jazz chanteuse who died at age 70 in 2003, is due in April and the family is not pleased. A fresh round of criticism for the film erupted after the trailer and poster for "Nina" were unveiled Wednesday. Saldana posted a quote from the singer and civil rights activist on Twitter, and Simone's estate responded with: "Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Channing: Not so good Channing Tatum , who continues to grow as an artist - and no doubt as a human being - tells fans in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session that some of his early performances weren't exactly worthy of an Oscar. "How many times is too many times to seeĀ  Step Up ?" one fan asked TC of his 2006 romantic dance film co-starringĀ  Jenna Dewan Tatum . "Hahahahaha! I guess you need to see it as many times as it takes you to realize how bad my acting is in it," says TC. "And fast-forward to the dancing parts after that.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2015
YESTERDAY was Equal Pay Day - an annual observance that should be despised by all. That's the day symbolizing how far into the new year the average woman must work just to earn what the average man in the same job did the previous year. According to the Pew Research Center, women have to log an average of 60 extra days just to reach parity. It's a damn shame. That's why I want to give a shout-out to my new BFF-in-my-head Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe. " My "bestie" was in Philly last week kicking off her "Know Your Value" tour, which was all about encouraging working women to fight for fatter paychecks.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sorry if you really wanted to read another article, but this caught your eye and now you're stuck. Maybe you'd rather read something by a man or something more manly, like a sports story - in which case, more apologies. It might not even be that important. But I did get help from interesting people, especially Mika Brzezinski, the Morning Joe cohost - who would completely blow her top if she saw the first sentences in this article. "Stop apologizing. Don't apologize," said Brzezinski, who anchors MSNBC's morning news and commentary show.
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has ordered an investigation of a police lieutenant with ties to Gov. Christie who may have been on the scene during the George Washington Bridge lane closures with the agency official who oversaw them. A Port Authority spokesman said Monday that Lt. Thomas "Chip" Michaels' status at the agency was "under review. " On Sunday, an MSNBC report connected Michaels to communications with former Port Authority official David Wildstein during the September lane closures.
NEWS
January 20, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New allegations against the embattled Gov. Christie administration emerged Saturday, when the mayor of Hoboken announced on a national cable news show that she was told by top Christie officials to expedite a private redevelopment deal or risk losing Sandy storm aid. The Republican governor's staff decried the assertion by Mayor Dawn Zimmer, a Democrat, as "partisan politics," while Democrats seized upon the accusation and pledged to investigate....
NEWS
January 3, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IN 2014, TATTLE is going to make an attempt to write about more good things, more positive stories, more about how we're all on this floating blue ball together and we need to work together. Thank goodness we're off tomorrow. Maybe this will pass by Monday. But kicking off our year of good vibrations, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson , son of Phil , went on Fox News' "All-American New Year" special Tuesday night and played the role of adult - choosing not to take the bait of hosts Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and rip A&E or evil liberals or even defend daddy Phil's comments about gays, happy pre-civil rights Southern blacks or the marital viability of 15-year-old girls.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2013 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Even something as ruinous as the recent recession can have a silver lining. Back in 2010 when Pier Nicola D'Amico and his wife Nicole Amoroso started looking for a better version of the Bella Vista loft they rented, everything approaching decent was too expensive. Both "Nic and Nic," as they often are called, are involved in the art world - D'Amico is a high-profile photographer whose productions for his company, Klip Collective, are used by Sundance Film Festival and MSNBC; Amoroso, an art historian specializing in 19th- and 20th-century art, directs Avery Gallery in Bryn Mawr - and the couple wanted to continue displaying their collections on large, high walls.
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