"Act Like An Insider" - Or Else
Why a real journalist was booted from MSNBC
After giving a nearly six-month tryout for the Internet talk show host Cenk Uygur, the cable news channel MSNBC is preparing to instead award its 6 p.m. primetime slot to the Reverend Al Sharpton. MSNBC President Phil Griffin offered Uygur a well-paid but lower-profile on-air slot, but Uygur rejected the offer, saying the decision to demote him was politically motivated. Uygur is known for aggressively interrogating leading Washington figures and challenging the political establishment, which he alleges made some MSNBC executives uneasy. He said Griffin had called him into his office in April and told him he had been talking to people in Washington, and that they did not like Uygur's tone. Democracy Now! interviews Uygur, who also blogs at several liberal websites and hosts a popular Internet and radio show, "The Young Turks." "It is corporate media... It is not just MSNBC. Do you think the CNN hosts can aggressively challenge government officials? I don't think so," says Uygur says.
Cenk Uygur is the main host and co-founder of the Internet and talk radio show The Young Turks. He was a political commentator on the cable television channel MSNBC in late 2010, and hosted an MSNBC primetime talk show from January 2011 through June 2011.
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