2013 was a lousy year for MSNBC. First there’s the network’s sinking ratings and then that whole Alec Baldwin debacle which everyone knew was going to be a train wreck; and it was.
Then if things couldn’t get any worse, there was the whole controversy over Martin Bashir and his negative remarks about Sarah Palin, which forced him (rather more like the network forced him) to resign from his 4PM show.
With Bashir gone, immediately there was talk about who would take over his slot, and everyone said that the only obvious choice was MSNBC regular contributor and political know-it-all Joy-Ann Reid. She’s been the most dependable “go to” person on the network for a long time now, and she’s smart, savvy with a fantastic knowledge about the inner workings of politics.
Not only that, but she has proven over and over again that she’s a smooth and professional TV host, regularly subbing on several MSNBC shows. In fact, Reid has been filling in for Bashir since his exit from the show. Furthermore, in one recent online poll asking readers to vote for who they wanted to be Bashir’s replacement, Reid was the overwhelming No.1 choice. Who else is more suited to take over his slot permanently?
Even MSNBC president Phil Griffin hinted to the media a few months ago that there was something definitely in the works for Reid on the network.
That’s why, today, Griffin announced today that Now host Alex Wagner would be taking over Bashir’s place, starting on January 13th. Quoting Griffin: "Alex is an incredible talent and her voice is a perfect lead-in to our evening programming."
So I guess that makes Reid just hired help.
But wait! That would mean there’s still an open slot, since Wagner is moving her daily 12 noon show to 4PM. There's an open slot available at 12 noon for a new show, with a new host.
Well, not so fast! Most likely the time slot will go to Ronan Farrow, a human rights lawyer with zero previous experience as a journalist or in politics (and the son of actress Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra). He has been publicly promised a day time slot for his own show by Griffin from the moment Farrow signed on with the network.
Talk about white male privilege. What other reason is there for it? Meanwhile, poor Joy-Ann is left out in the cold again.
When is her contract up? Maybe there could be greener pastures somewhere else. CNN? Fox News? Hey don’t laugh. Suppose Fox offered her a show; who thinks she wouldn’t take it, and not bring some sanity to the network? Stranger things have happened.