MSNBC, aka the 24/7 televised nuthouse, won’t be the same without her. The crazy will still be strong there, though.
MSNBC, say it ain’t so!
From the New York Times:
Melissa Harris-Perry said she was refusing to go on the MSNBC show she hosts this Saturday, following several weeks of pre-emptions and what she described as a loss of editorial control.
In an email sent to people she works with this week, which was obtained by The New York Times, Ms. Harris-Perry said that her show had effectively been taken away from her and that she felt “worthless” in the eyes of NBC News executives.
“Here is the reality: Our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season,” she wrote. “After four years of building an audience, developing a brand and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced.”
Professor, this is a good time to ask that old philosophical question: if no one hears or sees a TV show, does it make a sound? In other words, how can you be “silenced,” if no one is watching?
Of course, she couldn’t make this dramatic gesture without suggesting, and then denying, that it had something to do with race:
In her email, Ms. Harris-Perry wrote that she was not sure if the NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, or Phil Griffin, the MSNBC president, were involved in the way her show was handled recently, but she directed blame toward both.
“I will not be used as a tool for their purposes,” she wrote. “I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back.”
C’mon, Melissa. You know the Man isn’t going to let you have two hours on television every Saturday! Remember Nat X?
No more MHP telling us that we shouldn’t talk about hard work because it’s offensive to slaves, no more likening of deportation of illegals to fugitive slave laws, no more tampon earrings,
and my personal favorite, no more explanations of how racist “Star Wars” is.
What a loss to the political and cultural dialogue!