THR’s Paul Bond attended a discussion among TV industry insiders Monday, many of whom were not pleased with the cable news coverage of the election. Some in the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors directed their ire at MSNBC.
Writer, producer and Bill & Hillary Clinton BFF Linda Bloodworth-Thomason said the channel is “completely out of control.”
Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, said he no longer will appear as a guest on MSNBC because, he says, “I actually get death threats.” Reagan’s brother Ron was a fixture on MSNBC during the 2004 election and once hosted a show on the network.
And pollster Frank Luntz, now on FNC but who once brought his focus groups to MSNBC, told the group the channel is “the only network with more letters in its name than viewers.”
Well not so much. The network is doing something right, at least when it comes to drawing viewers. For the first time ever MSNBC beat CNN for an entire month at 9pmET in the A25-54 demo.