MSNBC is successfully (albeit it slowly) transforming from a progressive network with a decided and public "left" lean, to a network ordered to move "right" by its executive officer. Evidence of such manifest in the early morning hours via additional air-time for its flagship morning conservative commentary via the Morning Joe show and various programming cancellations. Other evidence includes Chris Matthews stepping up with many more conservative guests as well as occasional oratory which clearly appeals to his growing conservative audience. An irrefutable example of Matthews as an entertainer who 'plays' it both ways with increasing appeal to conservatives is evident in a 2014 Hardball segment. Matthews surprised a couple of his guest with what appeared a planned and well-positioned question about Obama's last two years in office.
Matthews pandered to conservative viewers.
Why would Matthews wonder about Obama folding up the tent and golfing (my words) through his last two years? Why would Matthews exhibit clear angst against the president because Obama refused to place more ground troops in the Middle East? Why would Matthews so publicly challenged Obama's leadership simply based on the reality Obama leads diametrically opposite of Matthews mindset? A mindset that found Rand Paul on Hardball air with Matthews ending a segment with a comment about how their minds have a common place in some areas. RAND PAUL? Matthews even postulated Paul was the "man to beat in 2016." RAND PAUL?
It should be noted, Paul swore-off appearing on MSNBC a couple of years before his 2014 love fest from Matthews. You may recall Rachel Maddow's thorough exposure of Paul as an anti-civil rights libertarian who would promulgate and support private business owner rights over rights of free and open access. Thus, Paul would serve as a conduit to discrimination if access, housing and opportunity to exercise life-sustaining consumerism. Matthews also chose, for ratings, to ignore Paul's frequent run-ins with plagiarism. The MSNBC host also ignores Paul's history regarding association,
Jack Hunter Neo-Confederate
Do you, by chance, recall a Trump telling Matthews he watches his show while also stating Matthews has a "good" show after an early GOP debate? The evidence of Phil Griffin's edict to move his network right shows like a far too tight fitting.
Let's jump forward to this past week's performances from MSNBC's Brian "I was there" Williams and his hyperbolic on-air comments. First, let me remind, Brian offered analogous comments about President Obama's first campaign speech with Hillary Clinton as comparable to a Richard Pryor stand-up performance. Pryor was a great comedian who in his last few years adopted more social commentary in his stage performances, but I find Williams's analogy off-base in many ways. Obama's campaign speech certain wasn't meant as 45 full minutes of funny jokes nor any social commentary. Yet we must consider the nascent MSNBC audience.
Williams also raised the ire of progressive social media after referring to the evening of attacks against Dallas cops as "urban warfare." While it has been far too long to recall, I wonder if Williams of any network newscast host referred to Waco, TX and Ruby Ridge law enforcement confrontations as "country-side" warfare.
Williams continue his growing tendency to reveal a degree of (entertainment/journalistic) malfeasance in reporting via providing uninterrupted and unchallenged airtime in which Rudy Giuliani delivered yet another unarguably racist tirade.
After a week of two videotaped shootings of black men by cops and after a week of the killing of five Dallas cops immediately after a peaceful protest, MSNBC via Williams felt the need to provide a platform for a man who intermixed the following comments on international TV.
The Williams Segment (Crooks & Liars)
When media simply provides a platform for conservative demagogues who do not hesitate to offer biased and racially charged dogma, media becomes mere entertainment and a platform for propaganda. In the cases of right-wing propaganda from conservative tools, such as Giuliani, how is his rhetoric markedly different than that of Joseph Goebbels as he laid the communication and propaganda groundwork for the Third Reich. How many Germans relished in the skills of Goebbels oratory and ended the Second World War claiming they "did not know?"
How hard would it have been for Williams to have asked Giuliani about BLM as it relates to the early week killings of two "compliant" black men?
Why do we find it a stretch to accept the reality of "BLM" commenced as we witnessed innumerable cop killings (via videotape)?
Are we to actually believe that the dead don't matter?
Are we so immersed in racial separation and indifference, we can not get into the reality of cop killings in black comments or against blacks is was beyond disparate when compared to the white community"
The Guardian: Police Killings of Young Black Men (2015)
Additional information from the Guardian.