The MSNBC diversity cops have reportedly selected Chris Hayes to replace Ed Schultz in the 8:00 p.m. time slot. Schultz will slink away to an oh-so-coveted weekend gig on the network.
Brian Stelter reports:
Mr. Hayes, a liberal intellectual who has hosted a well-regarded weekend morning program on MSNBC for the past 18 months, is a protege of Rachel Maddow, the highest-rated host on the channel. He will become the lead-in for her 9 p.m. program, “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
The change is predicated on the belief that MSNBC can win a wider audience with Mr. Hayes than it did with Mr. Schultz, a champion of the working class whose bluster didn’t always pair well with Ms. Maddow and the channel’s other prime time program, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Mr. Hayes, on the other hand, is just as wonky as Ms. Maddow and Mr. O’Donnell, and is a regular contributor to both of their programs.
Come on, guys. It’s about time MSNBC had “one of America’s leading conservative voices” anchoring a prime time slot! Isn’t that diversity? Media Matters says Chris Hayes is good enough — some of his best friends are bringers of increased diversity!
And besides, there’s still room to diversify the MSNBC lineup, right?
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