Speculations are being fueled that the relationship between MSNBC and Lawrence O’Donnell is coming to an abrupt end. O’Donnell’s contract on The Last Word ends in four weeks and the two sides have not come to the negotiating table. This is raising questions and people are various theories as to why O’Donnell is not being respected by MSNBC’s leadership.
One theory was supplied by Yashar Ali from HuffPo. Ali raised a very important point when he suggested that Donald Trump could be the reason MSNBC has not re-negotiated Lawrence’s contract.
In 2011, O’Donnell called on NBC to fire Trump, then the host and executive producer of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” for pushing his racist and inaccurate “birther” conspiracy against President Barack Obama. In 2015, he also claimed that Trump was lying about his wealth. Trump threatened to sue O’Donnell for making false statements but never followed through on his threat (which O’Donnell had predicted).
According to three sources, Trump has pressured MSNBC President Phil Griffin to fire O’Donnell on multiple occasions. Griffin alluded to Trump’s push for O’Donnell’s ouster in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter last month, saying, “[Trump] started calling me all the time in 2011 to say Lawrence O’Donnell was a ‘third-rate’ anchor.” Griffin and O’Donnell enjoy a cordial relationship but Griffin’s power as the President of MSNBC has been diminished by Lack since he returned in 2015. As a result, Lack will be the one to decide whether O’Donnell stays and under what terms.
I’m a Lawrence O’ Donnell fan. But after watching his “interview” of Anthony Weiner last night, I was left feeling disgusted.
To think that on the eve of one of the most important mayoral elections nationwide, that Lawrence would bring Anthony on his show for the sole purpose of picking a fight, left me wondering about the state of our media.
You expect this behavior from Fox, not MSNBC!
There were important issues to discuss. New Yorkers are still looking for answers from their candidates before heading to the polls, and instead of engaging Mr. Weiner in an important and necessary debate, Lawrence did New Yorkers a disfavor with his fifteen minutes interview asking Weiner, “what’s wrong with you?”
The interview left me wondering, what’s wrong with you Lawrence? I know ratings are low, but did you really have to stoop to the Bill O’ Reilly and Fox News standards?
The Supreme Court is about to deliver their decision on whether President Obama’s Health Care Law, also called ObamaCare, is Constitutional. Republicans have accused Democrats and the President of forcing Americans to purchase a product through what they said was an “individual mandate.” This mandate they claimed, was unconstitutional and they fought the law through the lower courts all the way to the Supreme Court.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court will deliver its decision. But will the Health Care Law be invalidated by the Supreme Court if an individual mandate does not exist?
Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC’s The Last Word explains;
He said it one time that blacks were brainwashed by the Democratic party. And for that statement, Herman Cain was basically dismissed as a dumb fool by the very people he spoke of. Then, last night, Herman Cain went into enemy territory on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. Realizing the hole Herman Cain dug himself, Lawrence offered the Republican candidate another opportunity to apologize, but Cain – too stupid to realize what Lawrence was doing – dug deeper.
“I did not insult the intelligence of all black Americans,” the new GOP frontrunner told MSNBC. “I insulted the attitude of those that will not consider an alternate idea.” He also said black voters “did not consider my statement insulting because a lot of them are thinking for themselves.”
Stupid people will never see the err of their ways, and Herman Cain is no exception. He chose to double down on his original statement leading to the conclusion that if anyone is brainwashed, it must be the Republican presidential candidate himself. No one can be that stupid!