David Sirota For MSNBC!

by: Chris Bowers

Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 13:23

Today, I am launching a campaign on Open Left to support our very own David Sirota as the host for a new show on MSNBC that will follow Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. I started a Facebook group for this campaign, and you can show your support by joining that here. Do that, then email MSNBC at letters@msnbc.com and tell them you want David in that 10pm slot.

Yes, I am perfectly serious. Read more in the extended entry.

Chris Bowers :: David Sirota For MSNBC!
Why David Sirota for MSNBC? Four reasons:
  1. David is great on TV: David appears on television about once a week, and always does a great job. You can see this for yourself by going to his website, and clicking any of the links on the left-hand column. He's forceful. He's funny. He is unabashedly left-wing and populist. He can really make conservatives angry while still offering a clear message. Television is a difficult medium to consistently perform well, but David has a proven ability to do so.

  2. David is a leading anti-corporate, pro-grassroots voice: In David's two books, Hostile Takeover and The Uprising, and voluminous writing online, he has proven himself to be a leading voice against the corporate imbalance that has come to dominate our economy, and the increasing backlash against it. This is exactly the sort of voice we need on a cable news network that is, lest we forget, part of a gigantic conglomerate that sells everything from news to military grade weapon systems.

  3. Don't get angry about the media, become the media: For years, left-wing complained about the sorry state of the Democratic Party. You know the complaints: too timid, too centrist, too disorganized. However, about five or six years ago, progressives began to do more than just complain about the Democratic Party, they decided to start becoming the Democratic Party. In a campaign Jerome Armstrong termed "the silent revolution," progressive grassroots campaigns sprang up around the country to run for elected positions in the Democratic Party. In several states around the country, these campaigns succeeded in transforming the local state Democratic Party. Even I jumped into the mix, becoming a local precinct captain and winning a seat on the Democratic state committee here in Pennsylvania. The apex of this effort was when Howard Dean became DNC chair.

    The same principle applies to the national media. Like many people on the left, I complain about the corporate media all the time. However, rather than just complaining about the corporate media, shouldn't we be working to take it over? We have done a great job of building online progressive media, but even with the recent changes at a cable news network like MSNBC, the Republican media dominance of the last few weeks shows that we still lag behind on television. That is why it is a good thing for progressives to campaign for new cable news network time slots whenever such openings appear.

  4. The more progressives campaigning for the new MSNBC show, the more likely it is that a progressive will land the show: Speaking of progressives campaigning for cable news network time slots, as many people know The Young Turks and Sam Seder are already underway for the new MSNBC time slot.  As a fan of both Sam's and Cenk's, I wish them both the best of luck in winning the new show.  Further, I believe that the more progressives we have publicly campaigning for the time slot, the better the chance of any progressive eventually winning the time slot.

    It is the same principle as the extended 2008 primary season, which I strongly believe helped President Obama's chances in the general election. The more public supporters that David, Sam, and Cenk each have, the more attention it draws to all progressives campaigning for the time slot, and the more interest it demonstrates in progressives winning the new show. Keep in mind that MSNBC President Phil Griffin has said both that he is paying attention to the progressive campaigns for the new show, and that he will not guarantee the new show is given to a progressive:

    MSNBC President Phil Griffin said he's not necessarily looking for someone who shares the political leanings of Olbermann and Maddow, but is delighted by the response.

    "If people identify with us, I'm thrilled," he said.

    "Obviously, we're going to have flow between our shows," Griffin added. "But it isn't going to be ideology that drives it. I want that hour to be edgy, to be smart, to be a little snarky."

    Clearly, the more the merrier. The stronger each of the progressive campaigns for the new show, the better chance each of the candidates has to win.

So, join David Sirota for MSNBC on Facebook now! Let's work toward building a more progressive national news media.

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Yes to David (4.00 / 7)
David is a great voice. I love it that he is consistently populist/progressive in his perspective. He challenges Republicans and Democrats too (especially DLC) -- standing up for ordinary people (and the labor unions that protect them) and demanding accountability from politicians, corporations, and unions (and everyone). He is a good speaker for TV -- clear, succinct. I think he'd be a great pick. Of course, it would be a big loss for In These Times and OpenLeft (assuming he couldn't do it all).

Yes, but... (4.00 / 1)
I'm one of David's biggest fans around here, but it would be nice to see this slot go to a prominent minority voice, perhaps Alison Stewart.  

Steward Had A Show On MSNBC. (4.00 / 6)
And it didn't last that long, unfortunately. I don't think they'll give her another shot again, despite the fact her husband holds a high position at MSNBC. Long as they don't give it to some annoying self-promoting, Ayn Rand-loving, elitist asshole personality like John Ridley, then I'm cool.

But I prefer Sirota to get this position. He's more to the left than Olbermann and Maddow, and he'll openly criticize Obama if he moves too much to the Right. We need a powerful voice on the left who isn't too bewitched by the symbolism that Obama brings to his presidency.

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Correction: Stewart! (0.00 / 0)
My bad.

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I didn't know that (0.00 / 0)
I don't spend too much time with cable news, but I had no idea that was the case.

I'm all for David, really and I will join the facebook group. I just wanted to present another perspective for what would be nice to see in that slot.  

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i'd definitely love to see David on TV, at least as a co-host (4.00 / 1)
I'm not sure that big media is ready for someone like David, although the world needs more voices like his right now.

At the very least, I hope that he can raise his profile like Rachel Maddow did on Olberman's show. This proposition is just showing up on the radar in 2009. I could see it becoming a reality by 2012, but let's hope for something even sooner.

Okay (4.00 / 2)
I will throw him my support.

David would be great (4.00 / 3)
Great idea Chris - just joined the gruop.

David would be an excellent choice and he's appeared so frequently on Rachel Maddow's show that it's likely MSNBC should be familiar with this work.

Keep me posted on any way I can help.

I'd love to see someone (4.00 / 6)
with Sirota's philosophical perspective have his own show.

Unfortunately, he's alienated so many people that we can't expect a big push for him from the 'roots.

The person I'd also like to see more of is Chris Hayes. He's a smart, rock-solid populist progressive who's good on TV.

I think he would be excellent. (4.00 / 4)
I'm not on Facebook, so can't join your group, but I support it.

Sirota and Maddow are true progressive populists.

I would much rather see Sirota than, for example, Cenk Ungar (sp?)

Really like Sirota (0.00 / 0)
He was great on the old Franken show on AAR. But I'm hoping for Sam Seder. He does the funny, as well as the wonky/political.

"to be a little snarky" (0.00 / 0)
ugh.  Is that code for Ana Marie Cox?  puke.

I'm already cheerleading for Seder, but I suppose there's no harm in double dipping.


I still want a lefty-righty show (4.00 / 2)
I think Sirota would make an interesting Hannity of the Left and I would be interested in pairing him nightly with a Bush apologist who can function as a conservative version of Alan Colmes.

What I don't want is something that feels like hour three of Countdown.

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eh (4.00 / 2)
I'd like to see someone other than a white male. Perhaps someone that can bring an international background or that has more experience in campaigns. I like Carlos Watson.

Who's to stop him.. (0.00 / 0)
See 1, 2 and 4 above, and DAN ABRAHMS.
Remember Abrahms putting himself back on the air to fill a void, after he had the worst ratings of all?  
And remember that after his show was canned MSNBC execs chose to PROMOTE him??  HA?

David has a better chance of getting his own show at Fox - as bait.

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another Obama basher? (4.00 / 1)
No thanks. Maddow is enough.  With friends like these, sniping from our own side, who needs the GOP?

Obama needs bashing (4.00 / 5)
When the GOP bashes Obama, they claim that FDR caused the Great Depression, or that Social Security is broken.

When Rachel Maddow bashes Obama, she argues that a troop surge in Afghanistan is a bad idea, or that Bush crimes need to be prosecuted.

There is a big difference between the two.  The former tends to produce negative outcomes, the latter positive.

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Okay (4.00 / 1)
Then I might actually begin watching MSNBC.

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Worst idea I've heard in a while. (4.00 / 3)
DS is all about DS.  His ego is bigger than the deficit.  I wouldn't watch ever...

I agree with sqz23. (0.00 / 0)
Sirota is the biggest egomaniac on the blogs.  

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This disqualifies him for cable news how? (4.00 / 2)
But I don't agree with that characterization at all. The biggest egomaniacs are the movement conservatives running the real fringe websites.

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he would be a great addition (0.00 / 0)
i would definitely watch him, i read him all the time, has no problem dishing it out to both sides, i learn a lot everytime i read him, he gives your meaty facts not some talking point frozen appetizer

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