Two months ago, MSNBC President Phil Griffin temporarily morphed into Rex Ryan, the confident coach of the usually-inept New York Jets, winners of one Super Bowl in the past 45 years. For those who don’t know Rex, he’s famous for his unbridled optimism and bold predictions. Show More Summary
Earlier this morning, we reported that MSNBC chief Phil Griffin called Fox News a "disgrace" for not covering President Obama's Wednesday afternoon speech condemning Senate Republicans for killing the gun control measures he sought to pass. In response, Fox News has hit back by snarking that his comments are "ironic" given that Griffin "oversees one daily" at MSNBC.
After the Senate failed to pass a measure that would expand background checks for gun purchases, President Obama gave an impassioned, angry speech, declaring the hurdle to just be "round one." Those watching Fox News, however, may not have heard the president's remarks because, unlike other networks, Fox News did not broadcast the statement live. Show More Summary
“Just get buzz…” That’s what a former MSNBC anchor recently told me is the primary objective of network President Phil Griffin. Create some noise, get some free press—good or bad—doesn’t matter. It’s all about drawing people to a place they otherwise wouldn’t visit. In the words of James Earl Jones, “Oh…people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come. “
Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and the UAE’s Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba threw a 50th birthday bash for Joe Scarborough last night in Washington, DC. According to Politico, Scarborough thought they were coming to D.C. Show More Summary
The New Republic’s profile of MSNBC president Phil Griffin is interesting and informative all the way through, but this in particular caught my attention: [Rachel] Maddow argues that Obama avoids the network (he hasn’t agreed to an interview since 2008) in part because his people know he’s going to get asked difficult questions. Keep reading this post...
In a profile piece written by veteran journalist Rebecca Dana in The New Republic, MSNBC President Phil Griffin said he believes that the liberal network can beat Fox News by 2014. Dana writes that even though Griffin and new CNN president Jeff Zucker are close personal friends, Griffin plans to “kick his ass,” and that [...]
In aiming for the very top of the cable news landscape, MSNBC’s Phil Griffin is doing what any good general should do when motivating troops who have been losing the war for years: Thinking (out loud) big. Setting aspirational goals. Changing the culture...
The New Republic published a profile Monday of MSNBC President Phil Griffin in which one of Griffin's producers labels rival cable network Fox News "Loserville." The piece also includes a quote from Fox President Roger Ailes who refers to MSNBC as a "mean-spirited circus." Ailes tells the author of the piece, "I’m fond of Phil Griffin. Show More Summary
Them’s fighting words: “All I know is I kicked CNN’s ass without Jeff Zucker“, MSNBC head Phil Griffin boasts in a New Republic article posted today. “Now I gotta kick his ass, too”. The profile details Griffin’s history with ex-NBC topper and now CNN head Jeff Zucker but positions Fox News‘s Roger Ailes as Griffin’s real target. Show More Summary
If the New Republic's Rebecca Dana is correct, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is more deluded than anyone thought. In her lengthy piece about MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Dana claimed Maddow believes the reason President Obama hasn't given the cable network an interview since 2008 is because "his people know he’s going to get asked difficult questions": read more
At the New Republic, Rebecca Dana has a profile of MSNBC chief Phil Griffin, during which she points out that the network's current incarnation as the liberal's home on cable came about only because Griffin tried a bunch of other stuff that didn't work. Show More Summary
While a lot of you are buzzing about Joe Hagan‘s New York cover story on the “Today” show, Rebecca Dana has a fascinating profile of MSNBC president Phil Griffin in the New Republic. The takeaways: how Griffin took the network left —...Show More Summary
As we reported earlier this morning, a new profile of MSNBC chief Phil Griffin in The New Republic reveals plenty of fascinating details from inside the network, namely some information on the internal Keith Olbermann feud, and the origins of Rachel Maddow.
The television news world is an interesting place right now, as is evident in the numerous stories about mornings shows and staffing shakeups. Much of the discussion about the latter has focused on CNN, where Jeff Zucker has taken the reins, but a new story by Rebecca Dana in The New Republic takes a closer look at another network executive: MSNBC President Phil Griffin.
To be clear, MSNBC President Phil Griffin didn't name Denis Horgan, that was already his name. He named him executive producer of the forthcoming 8 pm Chris Hayes show, which hasn't been named yet. The show, that is, not the executive producer. Show More Summary
Steve Kornacki is the new host of MSNBC’s weekend morning program “Up,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced today. Kornacki was previously a co-host on “The Cycle,” the network’s weekday 4 p.m. show. He is a senior political writer for Salon.com. Show More Summary
MSNBC president Phil Griffin talks to The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove about this week’s primetime shakeup at the channel. Ed Schultz will move to the weekends next month, while Chris Hayes will take over the 8 PM slot. Griffin says that the move was, in fact, Schultz’s idea. “This began with Ed coming to me,” Griffin insisted. Show More Summary
MSNBC's Chris Hayes will replace Ed Schultz in the 8 p.m. ET primetime slot, the network announced this morning. "Chris has done an amazing job creating a franchise on weekend morning," MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement. Show More Summary
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin was scheduled to compete at UFC 155 against Chael Sonnen and then Phil Davis, but Griffin was forced out of action with a knee injury. Griffin was forced to undergo surgery and looks to return sometime later in 2013. Show More Summary