Dylan Ratigan is leaving MSNBC and Martin Bashir will take his time slot. Criminy.
Evidently, this was to be kept secret until a report at The New York Times scooped them.
After I started snooping around, Ratigan and MSNBC decided to confirm the news today. http://t.co/C1EtX7Az
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 10, 2012
Phil Griffin, the president of MSNBC, said in an internal memorandum Sunday afternoon that Mr. Ratigan “has decided to pursue new opportunities and will be ending his role as a full-time host.”
“Dylan’s distinct voice and his fearless approach to tackling complicated issues has been a key part of MSNBC’s growth and success,” Mr. Griffin added.
Mr. Ratigan said he would keep in touch with viewers through his personal Web site, DylanRatigan.com, which includes a campaign-style e-mail list. “Basically my plan is to meet with tons of people, learn from tons of people, and then figure out a way to take the narrative I’ve been talking about, and show the most effective ways to resolve it.”
Huh? Is that like the media version of a politician not seeking reelection to “spend more time with his family?” In any event, we hope his website garners more viewers than MSNBC!
His send-off on Twitter was slightly tepid, to say the least. Mostly, people just warned that he shouldn’t let the door hit him where the sun don’t shine on the way out.
I'm so glad Dylan Ratigan is leaving @MSNBC all that yelling talking loud & saying nothing..
— Pookie✌ (@poegie59) June 10, 2012
— Clio the Leo (@CliotheLeo) June 10, 2012
“@UncleBill25: Please take Joe and Mika with you. RT "@demsforprogress: Dylan Ratigan Leaving MSNBC at http://t.co/dbDS5y40."”Puleeze !!
— just kathy (@mainemama48) June 10, 2012
@DylanByers Who is this Ratigan and Bashir you speak of?
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) June 10, 2012
— Ian Boudreau (@iboudreau) June 10, 2012
Even Leftists on Twitter had few kind words, likely because he wasn’t quite Leftist enough. Mind-boggling.
— Jeffrey Kaye (@jeff_kaye) June 10, 2012
@Limeylizzie We need a fighter like Martin Bashir and I had enough of these Glenn Greenwald Libertarian clones like Hayes & Dyaln ratigan.
— Jeff Gauvin (@JeffersonObama) June 10, 2012
Aww. Maybe he can get a job with Keith Olbermann? Snicker.
One Twitter user had an excellent suggestion for Ratigan’s replacement, if that whole Bashir thing doesn’t work out.
#ReplacementsforDylanRatigan David Axelrod's combover
— Flora Duh (@FloraDuh1) June 10, 2012