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Dissecting Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC Show (What's Gone Wrong?)

by Sergio
March 18, 2012 2:38 PM
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Melissa Harris-Perry

Like all of you, I was very happy when it was announced that Tulane professor, writer, social and cultural critic and media pundit Melissa Harris-Perry, after paying her dues and showing she's got the right stuff with her regular appearances on MSNBC (even acting as a substitute host on several shows), was getting her own morning weekend show on the network. Here was a smart, intelligent (and let's be honest, very cute) sister getting a chance to dazzle everyone with her knowledge and intelligence, joining Tamron Hall's daily afternoon show on the network.

And I have been faithfully watching her show every weekend. But I can't lie when I say that I've been disappointed so far by what I've seen. Not that the show is bad or unwatchable, and that it won't improve and get better as it goes along; Still I must confess that I find it a chore to get through.

I don't understand it. When she was on MSNBC as a pundit giving her views, she was charismatic, sharp and very telegenic. She instinctively knew how to play to the camera. But now, with two hours to fill on Saturday and Sunday mornings, I find her... well... dull.

Odd thing that; so what happened? From what I've seen so far, the show has four big problems:

MSNBC OR BET? - The show suffers at times from odd, awkward shifts in tone as if it can't make up its mind what it wants to be. True, there are some shows can do that. Tamron Hall's MSNBC program is a good example of a show that can do that. Switching from hard news to show biz gossip very smoothly. MH-P can't.

There was that very clumsy bit a few weeks ago when at the end of the show, after dealing with heavy issues for two hours, MH-P literally let down her hair, revealed what a hard core "stan" of Beyonce she was, begged her to come on the show and started dancing as they faded to a commercial break..Yeah, I can hear you saying. She was trying to lighten the mood, but it came off as desperate and embarassing.

Then there was that eyebrow raising, lengthly segment two weeks on which she and her guests dicsussed the importantance of Nortorious B.I.G. (One of guests said he didn't know what a metaphor was until he started listening to B.I.G. Guess he doesn't read much). I'm sure that that might thave impressed some black folks into thinking: "Wow she's not the stuck up bougie that we thought she was, but a real down sister"  But sorry. You want to have a discussion about B.I.G. go right ahead. But not in the middle of a serious news dissucssion show between segments on the GOP's War on Women and Afghanistan. And if that make me a "stuck up bougie" in your eyes, that's quite all right with me. I can still sleep nights.

I get the feeling that her prodcucers are telling her to "black it up" on the show and show people that she's "with it" to get younger viewers.

IS THIS A CLASSROOM OR TV? - I find it fascinating that on her show she's become somewhat stiff on camera, when she was previously much more lively as a guest on other MSNBC shows. Take for example the opening intoduction of her show. Other MSNBC shows like Martin Bashir's or Lawrence O'Donnell's alway start off with some smart ass funny one-liners and a cleverly edited montage of video clips of events of the day. MH-P starts off her show listing off topics to be discussed, as if she talking to a classroom full of students. She knows the game. Get animated, agreessive, in your face. This is TV, not Sociology 101 for Christ's sake! Even though it's a news show, it's still entertainment.

DULL TOPICS - Well actually you can take any topic and make it interesting if you know how to do it. But too many times MH-P takes dull topics and makes them duller. Too much discussion of the minutia of certain topics which wear down the viewers with tedious facts and figures. Yes I know she's a professor, but that doesn't mean she has to be professorial. Getting back to my previous point - it's TV, not a classroom.

DULL GUESTS -  This relates to my previous point about dealing with any topic as long as you make it interesting. But not only are the topics dull on MH-P's show, she constantly makes it worse by getting dull guests to talk about them. Yes, they're intelligent and very knowledgeable, but most of them have no snap or pizazz. They don't know how to play to the TV camera. The reason you tend to see the same pundits over and over again on shows is because they know how to play to television. No matter if you agree or disagree with them, they're interesting, opinionated, energetic and know how to shape and phrase ideas and facts into quotable sound bites. Like I said before, even if it's a news show, it's still entertainment.

For example, yesterday on her show MH-P discussed the influence and impact of radio talk shows with some real talk show hosts. A very solid topic in light of all the recent controversy involving the Grand Kleagle of the KKK, aka Rush Limbaugh. However when you consider all the radio talk show hosts that are out there, she had three of the dullest talk shows hosts I've ever seen on her show. They all faded into the background and none of them said anything that was even remotely interesting or memorable. 

So as I said, the show is not terrible and there's plently of room (though I'm not sure about plenty of time) to make the show better. And I don't want the show to go away because it is important and valuable. And besides we sure don't need another athletes' wives reaity show on the air do we?

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  • cash | August 16, 2014 1:48 PMReply

    Yeah it sort of like watching Fox NFL Sunday, retarded. If you don't like don't watch it and then you have nothing to complain about.

  • jimmyjames | August 16, 2014 12:06 PMReply

    She's part retarded with a lisp. Please get her off the air. She's clueless.

  • brian | January 3, 2014 9:12 PMReply

    How embarrassing she is….what more can i say.

  • H | June 2, 2013 10:47 AMReply

    I don't know what MSNBC was thinking. She was a good guest, but once she got her show became a militant. A bouquet of opinions with maximum racial overtones. I understand that MSNBC wants to show they are a "diverse" force, but really?

    And this lady is a professor at a major University? I am glad my kids are not in her class, the last thing I need is more radicalization and more hate speech. She is very smart, she knows how to use reverse discrimination without been overzealous.

    Only in the United States she can get away with her" under the breath" reverse racism. But, I guess MSNBC is ok with that.

  • Robert A. | November 23, 2013 3:57 PM

    I'm not surprised you didn't use your name here. If I were going to say publicly the non-sense your emit here I would be embarrassed to sign my name to that to. First off your comment and the terminology you use unmasks your obvious racists sentiments.The Fact that you use the term reverse racism as if it is a real thing. There is no such word reverse racism would mean something completely different then you might think.If you wanted to take the literal definition, reverse racism would actually be the opposite: supporting a race as equal to another.
    You certainly aren't capable of empathy (that means putting yourself in anthers shoes). Militant, really so speaking out on the injustices that face African-Americans in this country is considered militant to you. Radicalization and hate speech. Can I ask if you have ever taken a history class? The same things you are saying here were said about Martin Luther King, militant, radical hate speech.
    I don't think I need to tell you the great many obstacles the African American race has to over come because of racism. You can be so ignorant as to think racism is gone in America today. Of course you know that racism is as prevalent today as it has been in decades. You should know of the huge disparity of blacks to whites in the penal system, and the attempt to prevent or disenfranchise black voters from voting, and I could go on but I don't believe that you don't know these things yourself, whether or not you want to admit it .
    Finally I say standing up for one's rights and beliefs after 200 years of oppression is the only way to effect change. And that being said it is highly offensive to describe MS. Perry as militant radical reverse racist and I'm surprised you didn't throw in uppitty as well.Next time you want to say something, it's okay we can wait until you learn something.

  • Nolla Rolla | April 15, 2013 8:10 PMReply

    She is desperate and embarrassing. She conveys her opinions as facts. What a joke! I wonder how many times she post comments here disguised as "viewers". Maybe she thinks children should belong to the community because she doesn't raise her own daughter. Don't get me started on public education when her own kid goes to private school. A fake and a liar...

  • Lawrence P. Rockwood, PhD | March 31, 2013 4:09 PMReply

    Dear Melissa
    Yesterday on your show, The Melissa Harris-Perry Show, on a segment called “Are You a Good Ally”
    You used the example of Viola Liuzzo to document a good model of a civil rights “ally” (a civil rights activist who is not African American).
    “Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo (April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965) was a Unitarian Universalist civil rights activist from Michigan, who was murdered by Ku Klux Klan members after the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches in Alabama. One of the Klansmen in the car from which the shots were fired was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) informant.[1][2].”
    You and your guests described an “ally” as an activist who after “meditating on white privilege” knows their place by remaining a mere auxiliary, facilitator, or adjunct of the movement. Someone who knows their place.
    Milissa it is you, not Viola Liuzzo, who is a second class civil rights activist. You have spent your life as a privileged tenured professor in one of the most exploitive industries of workers in history. Yes, Viola gave her life for someone outside her tribe, her race, or her family. That makes her more of a human being, not less, than you are Melissa.
    Your tribalistic criteria of who is and is not full members of the civil rights movement is pure racial essentialism and bigotry. The same is true of those who think they can judge real feminists by what is between someone's legs. They are also bigots.
    Mellissa, you do not have the civil rights credentials found in the cold tip of Viola’s fingernail and you never will. The only difference between you and the KKK bigots who murdered her is one of degree.

  • Sigh | March 10, 2013 10:51 AMReply

    .... Why is the first sentence like an entire paragraph?

  • rich polson | February 9, 2013 9:02 AMReply

    Sergio, gawd, finally, someone who writes what I am feeling. Every point you outlined rang crystal clear in my brain. Yeah, weird energy most definitely. BUT. BUT.....does her lisp come and go???? she having her braces adjusted every other day? I swear, it comes and goes. just me?

  • caligirl | October 20, 2012 1:34 PMReply

    hmm...maybe this article was written back when her show first started?? otherwise, i couldn't DISAGREE more! dr. harris perry is hitting the hard topics (who else in corporate media is talking about mass incarceration--would love for her to get either michelle alexander or angela davis or both on the panel)??? poverty? her show is a breath of fresh air. she's smart, quick, and so are her guests. i wish they'd ALL (mhp included) stop punctuating their sentences with the word "right", though---ugh, so annoying!!! i love the show.

  • Nick Tierney | October 13, 2012 10:06 AMReply

    Sssssssuffering Sssssuccotash!!

  • liberty mutual | October 6, 2012 10:11 AMReply

    The dude that wrote this article, can't even spell. This article is full of errors: typographical and grammatical.

    No wonder MHP goes over his head. He's functionally retarded/

  • marew | August 17, 2012 6:54 PMReply

    Harris-Perry once said when she was a guest on an MSNBC show a while back that anyone who didn't like Michael Vick is a racist. I truly take issue with that! I do not like him for his murder and cruelty to animals as I do not like ANYONE capable of such behavior. I've taken in neglected/abused dogs for 40 years and never once asked the race of the perpetrator.
    I see this woman as blithely excusing Vick's behavior because he is black. Before that I was a big admirer of hers but now I know better. There are so many wonderful, non-racist black reporters/commentators out there. I change the channel as soon as she comes on...

  • caligirl | October 20, 2012 1:38 PM

    your comment reminds me of how certain (white) folks will NEVER get over oj simpson, and invoke him into every and any discussion about somebody black. get over it! vick paid his debt to society; he deserves the right to be able to move on with his life! i agree with dr. perry--folks like you who feel a constant need to share your hatred of michael vick have deeper issues going on.

  • HG | May 10, 2012 12:31 AMReply

    There are a million talented well spoken African Americans that could have been given that spot. Toure, as well as a lot of others come to mind as being literate, professional and not developmentally challenged. She is an example of why republicans don’t take affirmative action seriously. Now seriously though have you seen anyone on Fox or CNN who has a noticeable lisp and acts so strange. I’ve even seen her slobbering on TV as she gets excited, this had me sick for a week seeing the slobber escape a grown woman’s mouth who is not developmentally challenged. MSNBC and their hiring policies are why liberals suck.

  • HG is delusional | August 18, 2012 11:27 PM

    Are you sure liberals run MSNBC?

  • lm | April 29, 2012 11:55 AMReply

    her show is really boring to me . . . can't get through 15 min.

  • What | April 15, 2012 6:40 AMReply

    MHP and Chris Hayes show are the best shows on cable news. If you find most cable news opinion shows to be too theatrical with little substance, and if you find public broadcasting personalities too dull and restrained, then these two shows are amazing. I would liken them to the livelier round table discussion shows you find in other countries on their public broadcasters. Where their is passionate debate with little hyperbole. NPR and PBS are so afraid of being accused of being partisan that they always restrain themselves when talking about issues and let their guests get away with idiotic talking points and do not press them or challenge them.

    Anyways my two cents. I used to watch Chris Hayes show religiously but now I find I have to watch MHP first. I like her insight, her viewpoint, and the fact that she is so fair and diplomatic and eager to discuss and yet the right like to paint her as some sort of angry black woman stereotype (which she isn't at all) I find it educational and enlightening.

  • Poco | September 16, 2012 3:58 PM

    She is the very best on that type of show that there is.

  • cancomment | May 12, 2012 10:55 AM

    As a Canadian looking for really good, smart, and engaging commentary on American politics, I am so happy to have Saturday mornings with Chris Hayes and MHP. They are exceptional in terms of their preparation, knowledge, and the ability to bring out the best in their guests. As to Chris' presentation skills, I'll take him any day over more "same ol'--same ol' 'polished' talking heads." Rather hear a real intellect than a vacuous slick puppet.

  • Sergio | April 15, 2012 10:12 AM

    By the way since you bring up Chris Hayes show I have to say that I find his show and him simply unbearable. His high pitched, giddy, persnicketly, hyperactive persona talking at 100MPH drives me up the damn wall. Compared to him MHP's show is the best show on TV

  • jabberjustice | April 12, 2012 12:10 AMReply

    Come one are your complaints valid???? I wonder if this is the case of just another black man hating on a black woman. Really! How many shows had there been when you wrote this? I, for one, along with many others love the show. It's both news/ and a classroom. Get with it dude!

  • Nadine | April 15, 2012 12:24 PM

    Oh Carl...

  • carl | April 12, 2012 12:13 AM

    Oh please! Like a black woman getting criticized is a fucking sin. Fuck you!

  • Cary Birdsall | April 9, 2012 5:26 AMReply

    I hope that by now you have changed your mind about MHP. This show is anything but dull, and while it does sometimes feel like I'm in school, Harris-Perry is a professor I would sign up for. Further, she brings an emotional level to the news of the day that I find nowhere else - not an Ed Show thing, but an emotional connection to the humanity of what goes on. Her guests are diverse and interesting, and she handles the flow of ideas with deftness, fairness and effectiveness. I also appreciate the way she brings her personal life into the mix.

  • Sergio | April 9, 2012 8:11 AM

    Nope. I still watch it (though not as regularly as I used to) and I still think as dull as dishwater

  • Nancy | March 31, 2012 11:26 PMReply

    Haha I see you comment a lot.. I guess you are proud of this lady mrs. Babara.... Well this show blows.. I don't think it would be on air for too long!

  • Barbara | March 31, 2012 1:42 PMReply

    Fantastic show......Thank you Melissa Harris-Perry and NBC

    Sanity has returned.

  • Maria | March 31, 2012 1:11 PMReply

    I watched this show one time.. It was horrible!! She was just talking about how we can call black people black and things like that.. I think she is going more toward racism than real news.. Black white chinese Spanish who cares!!.. All the bad things already happened lkng long time ago!! people take advantages of this topics like I think this lady is doing.. If she is there to host a news program just talk about the news and that's it!

  • Donald | March 25, 2012 4:25 PMReply

    I have watched her show, and don't share your sentiment or criticism whatsoever. In reading your article I find myself wondering where is this coming from. You seem to have a resentment of some sort. Her show is inciteful and informative. Her presence in show format is a breath of fresh air. Finally an intelligent black woman with her own show and deserving I might add. There are other journalist one can spend ink criticising, don't see why you waste your time on Melissa Harris-Perry.

  • Tome | March 24, 2012 5:59 PMReply

    Alex Wagner is the worst show ever. Mhp just needs to stop with all those GOP guest and no push back on their talking points.

  • Tai | March 20, 2012 3:55 PMReply

    I couldn't disagree more with the core of your analysis. I agree that the show is trying to find the right balance of hard hitting content and more light hearted content. I don't she comes off as stiff or her guest are boring. She has single-handedly introduced many viewers to young scholars like Dorian Warren.

  • Sergio | March 23, 2012 10:33 AM

    I don't watch a bunch of black guys talking endlessly on sport shows since I find that equally boring as well. Even MORE so.

  • Barbara | March 23, 2012 10:23 AM

    She doesn't spend her time talking about black men and fictitious bbc and all black men all the time, therefore po' black man is threatened. Black men generally do not appreciate black female individuality. Hence the unwarranted disdain. Don't be fooled by their complaints of black female attitude and tough-ness. Many black men appreciate black women whom stay put.

  • sergio | March 20, 2012 4:53 PM

    Well to each his or hers own. I still stand by what I said and if you like it then all is right with the world. I still yawn through it

  • mantan | March 19, 2012 5:46 PMReply

    i've never watched the show but having read everyone's comments about the show it seems that it's pretty good and i'm going to make sure to dvr it from now on.

    i generally don't like to watch cable news shows because they're all so biased and prefer to read about the news but i'll give melissa a chance, thanks.

  • pecola | March 19, 2012 2:41 PMReply

    During the "Inside the White House" series on NBC a few years back, Brian Williams asked President Obama if he watched cable news and he said he didn't. Everyone's got their role to play, he said, and " I don’t feel as if I’m learning anything from the debate." That's generally how I feel about cable news...except for the hours I spend watching Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris-Perry, weekends on MSNBC. For those four hours, I'm guaranteed to learn something that I didn't know when my morning started.

    I'm not sure what your definition of bougie is but I think political shows that talk about the unemployed, the disenfranchised, immigrants, gays and lesbians, etc. without having those voices represented on their panels are the bougie ones. That kind of elitism has no place on MHP's show--she brings them all to the table to speak for themselves, rather than to just be spoken about...and I'm a better person for having heard that discussion.

  • mantan | March 19, 2012 5:47 PM

    pecola, i like your name. is it your real name or did you take it from toni morrison's the "bluest eye"?

  • biwtican | March 19, 2012 1:29 PMReply

    i think the issue is that if you ain't crazy about Solidad on CNN you won't understand why they put this woman on MSNBC. It's just copycat TV. It's how america deals with black women. leana horne begats dorthy dandridge, begats jane kennedy,begats vannesa williams, then whitney,paula,rihanna,beyonce,zoa, etc. caution marrying a blackman will severely damage your chances of success.

  • Why | April 15, 2012 6:42 AM

    They have absolutely nothing in common. Soledad is light news and entertainment and banter with Anderson Cooper. MHP is a brilliant, thoughtful personable and charismatic woman.

  • Nadine | March 20, 2012 9:51 AM

    Soledad is a psychotic pimp/fraud. The two cannot compare, no way...

  • BONDGIRL | March 20, 2012 9:22 AM

    Damn, I just said this IRL yesterday...Lena Horne helped Paula Patton, not Viola Davis.

  • starr | March 19, 2012 6:37 AMReply

    you most certainly DON'T speak for every viewer of the MHP show because I LOVE that she is NOT just like the others, the ones i DON'T watch. i saw the show on B.I.G. and i enjoyed it very much. i am one who recognizes his picture but have no idea what his music sounds like or if i do know a song, i DON'T know it's him!!! LOL. the reason i love her show is because she covers topics i am interested in but i don't see them discussed as anything except the tired usual "headline's flava" of the day. the only two places in media that i've heard discuss Finding Our Own (AA missing people) is tom joyner on radio and MPH on msnbc. of course that's not surprising to me at all considering AA's aren't worthy of coverage when their families are dealing with pain because that is a "human condition". and AA's as a rule are not privy to having the regular media acknowledge---even military AA's living or killed serving their country!! MHP appears to mirror my complete amazement and distrust at one side of so called established white society of males blaming rappers for all of the ills of the nation AND the other side having the knowledge and ability to publically correct an AA male in the florida senate on the lyrics of a jay z song. to provide this particular conundrum and example of the utter hypocrisy in the blame game of america, is well worth my continued viewership.

  • love | March 19, 2012 1:03 AMReply

    OK, I love the MHP show (as does almost everyone in my social media circle- I can't get through a Saturday without seeing MULTIPLE clips of her show circled around twitter and Facebook). I don't know about everyone else here, but my friends and I move between discussions of Biggie and the minutia GOP primaries and whatever else we feel like all the time! And it feels refreshing to see other young, political, people of color doing the same on my tv for once. And the comments about not having interesting guests? Sergio, perhaps it's time to read other things than media posts- because MHP has been bringing serious heavy hitters from feminist circles (Joan Morgan, Margaret Cho) and the academy (E. Leon White, etc) and mixing it with actual activists and folks on the street.

    I will admit, her show is still clunky in parts and her stiffness on camera is a problem. But there is a lot of smart commentary going on there. It's a shame if you can't sit still long enough to take in a smart, multifaceted, news show for once. It's not going to be mindless entertainment, you have to watch MHP ready to pay attention and engage. But the same can be said for some of the greatest shows of the century so far (The Wire comes to mind).

    To make this a break down of "bougie" vs. "real down" blackness conversation is, to me, an insult of the kind of complicated work that MHP is doing. In 2012, I think it's finally ok to admit, even in the public domain of television, that black folk are often simultaneously both. Dr. Harris-Perry and her peers are doing so with cutting edge intelligence and intensity.

    Even is @Sergio is missing the boat- I hope that the rest of the readers of this post will not. Yes, she is a professor. Yes, her show is a classroom. But it is a classroom that I would never want to miss on a Saturday morning- and judging from her growing ratings, neither does anyone else.

  • On It | March 26, 2012 7:10 AM

    *Nodding* Love hit it right on the head. And might I add - if you have a problem with smart, Black women who have an opinion about social issues relevant to the marginalized groups in general, then no, you won't like her show. Tamron's show doesn't discuss social issues unless they make headline news, so the comparison of the two is like discussing apples and oranges. It's silly. MHP does what no other news show is doing right now, mixing a Black feminist voice with news, academics and activism - she should be commended.

  • love | March 19, 2012 1:05 AM

    The comparison to The Wire was a bit far-fetched, but I hope y'all still get my point on this..

  • CareyCarey | March 18, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    @ Sergio, I know I do not have to tell you this because you "get it". However, to those who seem to miss the most basic point about blogs, movies and entertainment in general, I submit what I consider to be the most poignant part of this piece. Your words---> "she constantly makes it worse by getting dull guests to talk about them. Yes, they're intelligent and very knowledgeable, but most of them have no snap or pizazz. They don't know how to play to the TV camera. The reason you tend to see the same pundits over and over again on shows is because they know how to play to television. No matter if you agree or disagree with them, they're interesting, opinionated, energetic and know how to shape and phrase ideas and facts into quotable sound bites. Like I said before, even if it's a news show, it's still entertainment" ~Sergio. YES_YES_YES! Now, in those words there's an analogy that speaks to you Sergio, and S&A in general. IMHO, you Sergio, are the most entertaining, energetic, fair, interesting and important link in this chain called S & A. Other guests and authors may be "intelligent and very knowledgeable, but most of them have no snap or pizazz", or they're preaching to a "particular" choir... and we all know the hook in "that" song. I hope people do not take that wrong, but some of the posts are just blah blah Sociology 101. So Sergio, in short, inspite of your alledged flaws and those who will never love you..... ( entrenched do or die cynics and boogie woozies) you are a welcomed and need asset of S & A.

  • Verite' | March 18, 2012 7:23 PMReply

    This post needed an better, S&A.

  • Sergio | March 18, 2012 8:18 PM

    What i can say? Either I'm dyslexic or I can't spell and there's no spell check on this thing

  • bleh | March 18, 2012 8:12 PM

    All of Sergio's posts esp need this.

  • Jonathan | March 18, 2012 5:11 PMReply

    You stupid liberals, MSNBC SUCKS!

  • Uh | April 15, 2012 6:43 AM

    You can always rely on conservatives to raise the quality of discussion.

  • Fire Sergio! | March 18, 2012 5:05 PMReply

    Sergio and his ramblings....I can't!

  • Astra | March 18, 2012 4:40 PMReply

    I actually never found her to be particularly engaging as a guest host, so I did not really expect much for her show. But it sounds like she might need a few routine 'bits' or 'angles' like most of these other shows have. For me, it's not a problem to talk about minutia or from a nuanced perspective, but she has to own it, and really push it as the unique contribution that she makes to MSNBC -- because it sounds like cute, lispy, professorial blackness is not sufficient.

  • Johnnie MD | March 18, 2012 4:27 PMReply

    I have yet to watch her show. Given your review and the comments that it has generated, I'm more compelled to check it out.

  • Jasmine | March 18, 2012 3:50 PMReply

    I'm sorry, you talk about being a "stuck up bougie," yet this article is full of spelling and grammatical errors. I could hardly get through this article due to the amount of mistakes made. I'm not sure if you were in a rush to meet a deadline, but this kind of reporting is just poor. Her show has been on for approximately one month. I'm sure she is working with her team to figure out what works and doesn't work. It takes time and mistakes. Tamron Hall, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, etc did not have amazing shows right away. Also, your attempt to make this an issues of "bougie" vs. "real down blacks" was disgusting. Melissa Harris Perry has never come across as being bougie or better than anyone else and your attempt to paint her in that light is unnecessary.

  • Erica B. | March 18, 2012 3:43 PMReply

    I really enjoy her show and I normally only watch the first hour. I just don't have the time to devote to two hours of tv watching on a Saturday and Sunday morning. I don't think the comparison to Tamron Hall is a fair assessment. Tamron has her show and she also does "The Today Show", where they effortlessly transition from hardcore news to pop culture. I'm willing to give MH-P a chance. Her show is still in its infancy and I have hope that she'll smooth out the rough edges.

  • CreoleInDC | March 18, 2012 10:23 PM

    What she said.

  • Kai | March 18, 2012 3:02 PMReply

    I think she is great. I don't always get thru the whole show but it's clear that she is a very smart woman.

  • roberto | March 18, 2012 2:54 PMReply

    i LOVE her show and it dont find it DULL at all, and i like the fact that she can go from serious topics to others deemed less so, GREAT SHOW

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