A while back, one of the most respected names in network news became a journalistic joke because Brian Williams determined covering the War on Terrorism wasn’t enough—he had to be part of it.
He was caught lying (time after time after time), so he was given the boot from the Peacock network. At first, it was suspension without pay, but then NBC determined the Life of Brian was something that needed to stay with Monty Python.
Since his unsurprising departure and subsequent demise, news has carried on and so has NBC. And then there’s the step-sister station down the dial (and way down the ratings) MSNBC.
With no one but family members watching the network and a highly-touted anchor looking through the want ads, MSNBC executives had an idea.
And they are hoping for some nice PR as a result.
MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in a circulating memo that changes are being made to “build a new daytime lineup with the best live, breaking news coverage on television.”
In other words, he’s baaaaaaack!
“I know you read press reports last week speculating about these changes,” Griffin wrote in the memo. “I hope you can understand that we were not able to confirm at that point because we had not yet finalized many of the decisions I’m sharing with you today, and we hadn’t yet spoken directly with the people involved.”
No word yet if Keith Olbermann is bringing the Countdown back, but stranger things have happened. Like Brian Williams coming back. Amirite?
[PHOTO: Courtesy of Breitbart]