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MSNBC Chief Phil Griffin: Our Network Is ‘Not The Place’ For Breaking News (master of the obvious)
Mediaite.com ^ | 10:02 June 3rd, 2013 | by Andrew Kirell

Posted on 06/03/2013 5:43:39 PM PDT by drewh

Over the last several months, it has become pretty clear that when it comes to ratings, MSNBC struggles during breaking news events, while CNN and Fox both receive boosts. In an interview with the New York Times this morning, MSNBC chief Phil Griffin essentially conceded the “breaking news” mantle to the other networks, telling viewers that his network is not focused on that sort of coverage.

In what seems like a stunning admission, Griffin said: “We’re not the place for that,” he said of breaking news. “Our brand is not that.”

Instead, he explained, MSNBC’s bread and butter is progressive political talk and analysis. While this may be true, the stable of NBC News correspondents who work so hard to break news on MSNBC, and often do it very well, can’t be happy that Griffin appears to be diminishing or even throwing in the towel on their important work and coverage.

When asked about this as a long term strategy Griffin noted that Fox had its lowest quarter in a decade and CNN’s not yet out of the ratings gutter entirely. “Let’s not be so myopic as to think the whole world has changed,” he said.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: breaking; breakingnews; chief; griffin; msnbc; network; news; notbreakingnews; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; philgriffin; place

1 posted on 06/03/2013 5:43:39 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

They should have a slogan..MSNBC..if your constipated, watch us, you will have instant diarrhea


2 posted on 06/03/2013 5:44:50 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: drewh
‘Not The Place’ For Breaking News

The hell they didn't!

3 posted on 06/03/2013 5:46:00 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: drewh

in other words, they’re not even a news organization.....


4 posted on 06/03/2013 5:46:19 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: drewh

What NBC calls “NEWS” is always either last month’s,
or next week’s projected, weather.

Why? to protect Obama and keep their taxes low to zero.


5 posted on 06/03/2013 5:47:29 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: drewh

He meant “Our network is not the place for any news.”


6 posted on 06/03/2013 5:47:35 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: RightGeek

Or truth in journalism>


7 posted on 06/03/2013 5:48:06 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: drewh
Our network is 'not the place' for breaking news."

No, it's the place for breaking wind.

8 posted on 06/03/2013 5:49:12 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: drewh

MSNBC is more like Jay Carney’s sound booth.


9 posted on 06/03/2013 5:50:55 PM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: RightGeek

LSD-NBC “Our network is the place for unhinged liberal bias”


10 posted on 06/03/2013 5:52:41 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

I actually agree with him on this.

MSNBC is simply the place to hear Democratic talking points get discussed.


11 posted on 06/03/2013 6:14:29 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: drewh

Oh it’s most definitely the place with broken NEWS.


12 posted on 06/03/2013 6:30:01 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Funny thing happened on the way to the Constitution burning, Lefties rights were violated...)
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To: drewh

Where, oh where, is Captain Obvious when you need him?


13 posted on 06/03/2013 6:31:00 PM PDT by IrishPennant (All warfare is based on deception.)
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14 posted on 06/03/2013 6:32:51 PM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

The don’t need breaking news because they’re already broke.


15 posted on 06/03/2013 6:34:18 PM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: drewh

Correct, it’s the place for Democratic Party propaganda. Wonder if Chris Matthews still has his direct line to the White House.


16 posted on 06/03/2013 6:36:07 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The right to self-defense is older than the Constitution.)
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To: drewh

Their job is to follow the instructions from His Arrogance and his lackeys regarding the news .... they are not to be creative, inquisitive, etc. ....just follow the damn instructions.


17 posted on 06/03/2013 6:49:06 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Truth - the new hate speech!)
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To: drewh

I like it!!!!!


18 posted on 06/03/2013 6:50:00 PM PDT by IrishPennant (All warfare is based on deception.)
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To: drewh

While we have from time to time come up with joke slogans for the network I don’t think we have imagined anything so elegant, descriptive, and (by the CEO’s needing to say it) damning.


19 posted on 06/03/2013 6:50:18 PM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: drewh

“admission”: “concession by a party to the existence of certain facts.”

We’ve been saying for years that they aren’t news agencies, but are political propagandists for democrats (”progressives”). They always denied it until now.
Worth bookmarking!


20 posted on 06/03/2013 7:51:17 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks drewh.
...he explained, MSNBC’s bread and butter is progressive political talk and analysis.
IOW, no news at all, just agitprop, 24 hours a day. But we knew this.


21 posted on 06/03/2013 8:30:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: drewh

It is not really the the place for news either. Showing off brown noses, for sure.


22 posted on 06/03/2013 8:35:10 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
...in other words, they’re not even a news organization...

Good one Edmund... you nailed it.

23 posted on 06/04/2013 9:26:21 AM PDT by GOPJ (Swedes bring their cars..savages their flames..burning cars a metaphor. D. Greenfield)
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To: Alex in chains
MSNBC is simply the place to hear Democratic talking points get discussed.

Ding, ding, ding... We have a thread winnah!

24 posted on 06/04/2013 9:27:52 AM PDT by GOPJ (Swedes bring their cars..savages their flames..burning cars a metaphor. D. Greenfield)
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