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MSNBC Confirms 1999 Separation Payment To Female Staffer Following Chris Matthews’ Inappropriate Jokes

NBC News reported today that the network paid separation compensation to a female employee in 1999 who accused Chris Matthews of making inappropriate jokes and comments about her in front of other employees. Both Matthews and the woman, an assistant producer, worked on what was then CNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews (now on MSNBC). The host received a formal reprimand following a review. The story was first reported yesterday by conservative website The Daily Caller…
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NBC Paid Severance to Female Staffer Who Accused Chris Matthews of Sexual Harassment

NBC paid severance to a female staffer in 1999 who accused MSNBC personality Chris Matthews of sexual harassment, NBC News reported Sunday. 

The Daily Caller, citing two unnamed sources, first reported the situation of the female staffer, who was an assistant producer on the show Hardball With Chris Matthews, which at the time was on CNBC. 

"In 1999, this matter was thoroughly reviewed and dealt with. At that time, Matthews received a formal reprimand," an MSNBC spokesperson told NBC News

Matthews was accused of making inappropriate jokes and comments about the female staffer in front of...
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MSNBC President Phil Griffin Signs Deal to Stay at Top of Surging Cable-News Outlet

MSNBC President Phil Griffin Signs Deal to Stay at Top of Surging Cable-News Outlet
Phil Griffin, who has led MSNBC from its previous Keith Olbermann heyday to a new surge led by Rachel Maddow, has extended his time at the head of the cable-news outlet in a new deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Griffin’s deal will keep him at the helm of the NBCUniversal-owned network as it is enjoying new strength. For the week of May 15, the network snared the most viewers between 25 and 54 – the demographic most coveted by advertisers – and the largest audience overall in weekday primetime – the first time in MSNBC’s history that it has beaten both Fox News Channel and CNN in those categories. The ratings momentum comes after NBCUniversal has spent months moving much of MSNBC away from the progressive programming lens upon which it has depended for years, and focused instead on breaking-news – even during the primetime shows led by left-leaning hosts Chris Hayes, Maddow
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Election Star Steve Kornacki Lands Expanded Gig at MSNBC, NBC News

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Steve Kornacki has been named National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and will see increased visibility across both networks, MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced on Monday. “Steve was one of our breakout stars of the 2016 election and is an exceptional talent,” Griffin said. “His intelligence and unique perspective enables our political coverage to operate on a higher level, one that clearly sets us apart from the competition.” Kornacki will contribute to the flagship “Today” show and become the primary fill-in host for “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” He will also have a prominent role across both networks for all major.
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Chelsea Clinton Jabs Kellyanne Conway: ‘Please Don’t Make Up Attacks’

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Chelsea Clinton took a shot at Kellyanne Conway by expressing she is grateful that “no one seriously hurt” in the Bowling Green Massacre. “Please don’t make up attacks,” she added. Conway, who was Donald Trump’s campaign manager when he defeated Chelsea’s mother, Hillary Clinton, in the presidential election, referenced the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” during an interview with MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on Thursday. Very grateful no one seriously hurt in the Louvre attack …or the (completely fake) Bowling Green Massacre. Please don't make up attacks. — Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 3, 2017 Also Read: Kellyanne Conway Explains
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Kellyanne Conway Explains ‘Bowling Green Massacre': I Meant ‘Terrorists’

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Kellyanne Conway is not trying to back up this particular “alternative fact.” After referencing the nonexistent “Bowling Green massacre” during an interview on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC, Conway tweeted early Friday morning that she had misspoke. “On @hardball @NBCNews @MSNBC I meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” as reported here,” she wrote, followed by a link to a 2013 ABC News story about two Iraqi refugees who were arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky after it was discovered they had been trained by al-Qaeda and had attacked U.S. troops in their home country. Also Read: Trump-Era Broadway: George Orwell's '1984' to.
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Kellyanne Conway Cites Nonexistent ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ to Defend Trump (Video)

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Kellyanne Conway Cites Nonexistent ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ to Defend Trump (Video)
It’s definitely not an alternative fact that Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway’s skill at coining a phrase is matched only by her skill at employing the concept embodied by the phrase. She proved as much tonight during an appearance on “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, when she demonstrated just what “alternative facts” really are. On hand to discuss Presidential Power, Conway was called upon to defend Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban against citizens of several majority-Muslim nations. Conway did so by reminding viewers of an earlier, devastating terror attack in Bowling Green, Kentucky committed by two citizens of one of the countries.
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‘Jackie’ Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim Finds The Human Side Of History: Awards Spotlight

‘Jackie’ Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim Finds The Human Side Of History: Awards Spotlight
Everyone has to forge their own path to Hollywood’s highest honors, but “Jackie” screenwriter Noah Oppenheim charted a particularly eccentric course. A Harvard grad, he got his start in media by co-creating “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and producing “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” After a stint supervising the 7am hour of “The Today Show,” Oppenheim ditched television for books, co-authoring a series of secular devotional readers designed to “arouse curiosity” and “refresh knowledge.” And then he pivoted again, adapting screenplays for mega-budget Ya movies like “Allegiant” and “The Maze Runner.”

With that resumé, a piercing and deeply felt story of an American icon at the height of her grief isn’t the obvious next step. Then again, maybe a fraught, complex, and ineffably humanizing portrait of Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of her husband’s assassination — a portrait designed to liberate the former First Lady from the petrified
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Barbra Streisand Blasts Donald Trump: ‘I Completely Agree with Meryl’

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Barbra Streisand Blasts Donald Trump: ‘I Completely Agree with Meryl’
This article originally appeared on EW.com.

Barbra Streisand is standing with Meryl Streep, who used her acceptance speech at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards to criticize Donald Trump for lacking empathy and infamously mocking a disabled reporter in 2015.

A day after Streep delivered her blistering rebuke of the president-elect, Streisand called in to Hardball With Chris Matthews and expressed her solidarity. “I thought that said what she said beautifully,” Streisand remarked.

Regarding Trump’s ridiculing of journalist Serge F. Kovaleski 14 months ago, Streisand added, “I completely agree with Meryl. It was a heartbreaking moment and so beneath the dignity of the presidency,
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Top 21 Cable News Shows, Ranked: What are the Most Popular CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Programs? (Photos)

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Top 21 Cable News Shows, Ranked: What are the Most Popular CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Programs? (Photos)
Fox News, CNN and MSNBC had a lot of news to cover during the busy third quarter of 2016. Morning shows, standard newscasts and political opinion shows make up the Top 21 programs in the world of cable news. Which show was the most popular among the key demo of adults age 25-54 during Q3? 21. MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” averaged 244,000 viewers among the key news demo. 20. “Happening Now” on Fox News averaged 260,000 demo viewers during the third quarter. 19. “Your World with Neil Cavuto” maintained momentum despite its namesake missing the summer following heart surgery. 18. CNN’s “Situation...
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Fox News Tops All of Cable Viewership for Quarter; CNN Up Triple-Digits in Primetime

Fox News Tops All of Cable Viewership for Quarter; CNN Up Triple-Digits in Primetime
As the presidential primary races heated up, cable news networks scored some big ratings achievements this winter, highlighted by Fox News Channel’s first-ever quarterly total-viewer victory among all cable networks and CNN’s most-watched quarter in seven years. All three cable news networks saw nice spikes, but CNN’s were by far the largest, as the network — buoyed by more debates and town hall events than its rivals — closed the demo gap with Fox News and pulled away from MSNBC.

The first quarter of 2016 was highlighted by surprisingly strong performances in primary races by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, the former the Republican front-runner and the latter giving Hillary Clinton a tougher battle than expected on the Democratic side. Both are credited with bringing millions of new voters to this primary season, and some of that heightened interest in the races has clearly resulted in higher ratings across the cable news board.
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Noah Oppenheim Will Take Reins of NBC’s ‘Today’ AsNew Chief

NBC News has found a new executive to lead its venerable “Today” morning franchise into tomorrow.

Noah Oppenheim, a former executive producer at MSNBC who worked at “Today” in the middle of the last decade, is the new overseer of the second-place morning program, and will carry a large burden on his shoulders: He’s charged with pushing the program back to the number-one spot it ceded to ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Oppenheim is in some ways a mirror of Ben Sherwood, the one time “Good Morning America” producer who left that show to try his hand at creative endeavors and then returned to the fold as president of ABC News and boosted that program past its competitor. Whether Oppenheim can emulate Sherwood’s success remains to be seen. Sherwood’s facility at ABC News has sent his career rocketing: He will soon succeed Anne Sweeney as the head
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MSNBC Returns Ed Schultz to Weekday Schedule

MSNBC Returns Ed Schultz to Weekday Schedule
Ed Schultz continues to bounce around the MSNBC programming schedule, this time moving back to weekdays after a stint hosting during weekends.

The host and his “Ed Show” will move to the NBCUniversal cable-news outlet’s 5 p.m. slot on weekdays starting Aug. 26, the network said Monday. Schultz and “The Ed Show” had been featured Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m. since April. Prior to that, Schultz held forth during primetime on weeknights, anchoring the network’s 8 p.m. hour.

MSNBC said “Hardball With Chris Matthews” would continue to run weeknights at 7, but that Schultz’s new slot would take Matthews off what Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, called “double duty.” Matthews’ program has been running at both 5 and 7 weeknights. “Chris Matthews and the ‘Hardball’ team have been pulling double duty for years,” Griffin said in a prepared statement. “This move will concentrate the ‘Hardball’ audience to one key time
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Bill O’Reilly wins Most Obnoxious Political Pundit in 2012 Channel Guide’s Viewers Voice Awards

This could have gone any which way, but … well, not really. Love him or hate him, you have to give it to Bill O’Reilly for working as hard as he has to earn this honor — and we have no doubt that he would see it as an honor. As we enter the final days in the run-up to Election Day, we’ll see if he can kick it into overdrive. Most Obnoxious Political Pundit — Winner: Bill O’Reilly Bill O’Reilly/The O’Reilly Factor 41% Bill Maher/Real Time With Bill Maher 26% Chris Matthews/Hardball With Chris Matthews 12% Sean Hannity/Hannity 11% [...]
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Writer Hired For Ron Howard And Brian Grazer's 1984

Back in March a strange story surfaced online. It was reported that Brian Grazer and Ron Howard would be making a new adaptation of George Orwell's brilliant novel 1984 inspired by renowned street artist Shepard Fairey. At the time the project was in the earliest stages of development and had yet to find a writer or director. The production staff is still working on the latter, but now they've wrangled the former. Deadline reports that Noah Oppenheim has been hired to create the newest adaptation of 1984. Oppenheim, who was previously known as a television producer on shows like Hardball With Chris Matthews, Today and The Buried Life, he has made the switch over to screenwriting and already has a number of other high-profile projects on his plate. As previously reported the scribe is working on the WarGames remake, the redo of Daniel Espinosa's Snabba Cash, and The Secret Life
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Does Cable News Clarify Or Confuse The Public’s Political Thinking?

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That was the provocative question three newscasters debated this morning at the cable industry’s annual convention on the eve of what MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews predicted will be “the most exciting political season we’ve ever had” — in part because of the growing importance of cable news. As you might imagine, the boisterous host of Hardball With Chris Matthews sucked up most of the oxygen in the Cable Show panel that also included CNN‘s John King and Univision‘s Maria Elena Salinas. She lamented that people “now have designer news. They want to listen to people they agree with.” That’s dangerous, she says, because “they don’t know the difference between a news person and a commentator.” King says that while “there’s nothing wrong with advocacy journalism, there’s nothing wrong with objective journalism, too.” But Matthews says viewers understand what they’re watching. For example,
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Fox executive on 'Hardball' Chris Matthews

Intrigue in the news pundit/ talk show world as Deadline.com spoke to an Fnc executive about Chris Matthews. comments this week that he has turned down job offers from Fox. The response cleared the air, saying .those offers were made before we became #1. Where would we put him now? Maybe as a lead in to Red Eye.. "Red Eye" is Greg Gutfeld's rollicking late, late, late night political humor series that marches to its own beat.Also, in October, Fox News. Red Eye, which is a 3 Am show - beat MSNBC.s Hardball With Chris Matthews in adults 25-54 with 177,000 viewers vs. 163,000. Deadline reported that while speaking with Forbes promoting his new book about JFK, Chris Matthews admitted
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Did Fox News Try To Hire Chris Matthews?

In an interview with Forbes promoting his new book about JFK, Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, admits that he is a friend of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes who in 1994 hired him to host his first program, Politics with Chris Matthews, a precursor to Hardball, on MSNBC’s predecessor America’s Talking. “I know all the attitudes people have about him, and I’ll tell you, I’m loyal as hell to this guy because he brought me in,” Matthews was quoting as saying, adding that he has turned down two offers to follow Ailes to Fox. I have confirmed that the job offers are indeed real though they are more than 10 years-old. “Those offers were made before we became #1,” a Fox News executive said. “Where would we put him now? Maybe as a lead in to Red Eye.” This is a reference to the fact that in October,
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Noah Oppenheim to Write Catherine Hardwicke’s The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner is an upcoming Catherine Hardwicke‘s adaptation of James Dashner’s best-selling young-adult novel of the same name.

Screenwriter Noah Oppenheim has been brought on to write the script.

This is the latest young-adult franchise that studios are hoping will be the next Harry Potter or Twilight. Check out why…

“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy
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Rachel Weisz Interview Agora: The Oscar-Winning Star gets Deep about Religion, Movie Blogs and her Desire to be in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Sequel

Millions of moviegoers got their first real glimpse of Rachel Weisz in the 1999 archaeological action epic The Mummy. This weekend, the Oscar winner is after more ancient issues in Agora. This time, however, the film poses real ideological problems and they don’t get solved within the allotted runtime.

Collider recently got into Agora’s philosophical questions with Weisz and it turns out she wants in on another big-scale film with a brain, J.J. Abrams’ untitled Star Trek sequel. Hit the jump for the interview’s full audio and transcript, along with updates on her Jackie O film; the Hedy Lamarr biopic Face Value; The Invisible X for Karyn Kusama (Girlfight & Jennifer’s Body) and the news that should make Trekkies from here to Comic-Con thrilled they logged on before taking off for Memorial Day.

By the time Rachel Weisz won the Academy Award in 2006 for Best Supporting Actress in The Constant Gardener,
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