Rebecca Dana

Slyer Than Fox

The wild inside story of how MSNBC became the voice of the left

Phil Griffin is charming and impulsive, a TV savant who built MSNBC into a liberal oasis. But if you think he cares about the future of American liberalism, you’re very much mistaken. 

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After years of trying, Al Jazeera has finally bought a seat at the cable-television negotiating table.

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What’s an old-timey media brand being murdered by the Zeitgeist to do? There’s the Washington Post route: Hire a series of quietly competent executives to manage the inevitable decline, while investing in more booming sectors, like hospice care. Or you can go for the flash and the buzz, the zazz and the bling, by bringing on the former wunderkind who ran into a rough patch but seems destined for a comeback. You can go for Jeff Zucker. CNN has chosen door number two.

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