[R-G] "Donahue" top-rated show on MSNBC - Cancelled for Liberal bias
nick at faunusherbs.com
Fri Feb 28 07:10:46 MST 2003
RICK ELLIS, ALL YOUR TV - While "Donahue" does badly trail both O'Reilly
and CNN's Connie Chung in the ratings, those numbers have improved in
recent weeks. So much so that the program is the top-rated show on
MSNBC, beating even the highly promoted "Hardball With Chris Matthews."
Although Donahue didn't know it at the time, his fate was sealed a
number of weeks ago after NBC News executives received the results of a
study commissioned to provide guidance on the future of the news
That report--shared with me by an NBC news insider--gives an
excruciatingly painful assessment of the channel and its programming.
Some of recommendations, such as dropping the "America's News Channel,"
have already been implemented. But the harshest criticism was leveled at
Donahue, whom the authors of the study described as "a tired, left-wing
liberal out of touch with the current marketplace."
The study went on to claim that Donahue presented a "difficult public
face for NBC in a time of war. . . He seems to delight in presenting
guests who are anti-war, anti-Bush and skeptical of the administration's
motives." The report went on to outline a possible nightmare scenario
where the show becomes "a home for the liberal antiwar agenda at the
same time that our competitors are waving the flag at every
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