Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Monday, May 15, 2017

Lawrence O'Donnell, host of MSNBC's The Last Word, has just four weeks left in his contract, and the cable network does not appear to be interested in renewing his deal. Four well-placed sources tell HuffPost that MSNBC has not been in contact with O'Donnell's team of representatives to negotiate a new deal. ... O'Donnell, who has been appearing on the network since its inception, has hosted his highly rated program since the fall of 2010. The Last Word is the cable network's second-highest rated program, according to Nielsen figures, behind only the Rachel Maddow Show.

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O'Donnell has even been, on some nights, besting Sean Hannity's program on Fox News among viewers ages 18 to 49, the demographic that television advertisers care about the most.

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I don't watch O'Donnell these days -- I reduced my political viewing to Hardball -- but it's one of the best opinion shows on the network. He's the most eloquent ranter on cable news.

It makes no sense to dump O'Donnell when he's got the No. 2 show and the network is growing because of anti-Trump sentiment. MSNBC management did the same thing when Phil Donahue and Keith Olbermann had top shows. It's like they are allergic to success.

#1 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-15 09:41 AM | Reply

"It's like they are allergic to success."

The overall success of the consolidated media is a larger concern than the success of one cable network. Corparotocracy now, Corporatocracy tommorrow, Corporatocracy forever!

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-15 09:51 AM | Reply

O'Donnell offers the best analysis and opening summary of Trump each evening on TV. It isn't clear whether Andy Lack, the chairman of NBC News, has a personal grudge against O'Donnell or wants to mimic the business plan of FOX by becoming more Trump friendly. Lack generally doesn't interfere with the program's editorial direction.

If O'Donnell's contract is not renewed, the news would certainly be welcome to President Donald Trump, who has had a long-running feud with O'Donnell. In 2011, O'Donnell called on NBC to fire Trump, then the host and executive producer of "The Celebrity Apprentice," for pushing his racist and inaccurate "birther" conspiracy against President Barack Obama.

#3 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-15 10:03 AM | Reply

I don't watch O'Donnell these days -- I reduced my political viewing to Hardball

This answers the reason.

#4 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-15 10:05 AM | Reply

but it's one of the best opinion shows on the network. He's the most eloquent ranter on cable news.

How is it news if it is opinion? That there is the problem, and all the network news particularly the MSM is this way.

#5 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-05-15 10:07 AM | Reply

"How is it news if it is opinion?"

Then tell me why they call it "Fox News?"

#6 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-15 10:37 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

This answers the reason.

No, it doesn't. My decision to watch only an hour a day of cable news had nothing to do with O'Donnell, whose show is my second favorite on MSNBC.

I limited my time watching MSNBC out of disgust with Morning Joe's fawning, dishonest coverage of their pal Trump.

A lot of other people feel differently. MSNBC's ratings are booming as audiences look for shows that oppose the marmalade derfwad.

#7 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-15 01:08 PM | Reply

How is it news if it is opinion?

A newspaper doesn't stop being a newspaper because it has an opinion section. All cable news channels offer straight news shows and opinion programming. That's what the audience wants.

#8 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-15 01:09 PM | Reply

The cooperate outlets all serve a market. Was O'Riley a leach, or was his dismissal from Fox a political assassination? From what I have read, he never assaulted anyone- but he did hit on women while he was alone with them, sometimes promising favors for services rendered. Which does make him a lech, but not to the degree of Bill Clinton or Teddy Kennedy. Would every man who has never proposed sex with a woman go ahead an admit that they are probity gay? He would be a minor figure in the depravity among the rich and elite. It is easier to be against something than to be for something, opposition does not have to provide an alternative. Opposition gets old and stale, it may take years but people get tired of the rambling criticism. It just took a little longer with Fox. There was a populist commentator in the 60s and 70s, He survived for decades because while he was opposed to some things, he was for others. (Paul Harvey). Most commentators have never learned that lesson. They are defined by what or who they are against. Like parasitic worms on a host, when the host dies, so do they.

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-05-15 03:38 PM | Reply

"How is it news if it is opinion?"

bwahahahahhahaha says a right winger!!!???!! hahahhaha!!!

#10 | Posted by klifferd at 2017-05-15 04:12 PM | Reply

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Was O'Riley a leach, or was his dismissal from Fox a political assassination?

He was a lech. Fox News has no political reason to fire him. They did it because the huge sexual harassment lawsuit settlements and bad publicity were costing the network big money as advertisers fled his show.

Stop feeling sorry for him. He was a serial sexual harasser, just like his boss Roger Ailes.

#11 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-15 04:33 PM | Reply

#11 | Posted by rcade, I don't feel sorry for anyone who will get more in severance than I will make in a life time. But it is a question of degree. A serial harasser vs. a serial rapist, one should be shamed, one should have been put in prison, nether will happen. The verdict of the courts is for sale.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-05-15 04:47 PM | Reply

#12 | Posted by docnjo

Who's the serial rapist?

#13 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2017-05-15 09:18 PM | Reply

Stop feeling sorry for him. He was a serial sexual harasser, just like his boss Roger Ailes.

#11 | POSTED BY RCADE

And his state's 9th district congressman Weiner and his country's former president, Clinton.

His state's former governor Spitzer? Nah? He at least appreciated the fairer sex and rewarded them handsomely.

#14 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-05-16 11:42 AM | Reply

BTW seriously what happened to all of Trump's accusers? Must be something in NY's water. Why has the media dropped these stories? In their damnedest zeal to take him down why drop the stories?

#15 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-05-16 11:51 AM | Reply

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