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Lawrence O'Donnell's MSNBC Debut Ratings 50 Percent Higher Than Keith Olbermann's

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 26th 2011 8:02AM
Lawrence O'DonnellLawrence O'Donnell's show on MSNBC debuted in its new time slot Monday night to signficantly higher ratings than his predecessor, Keith Olbermann, managed.

According to The Wrap, audience numbers for 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' were boosted by Olbermann fans and curious viewers tuning in to see what all the fuss was about.

O'Donnell's sudden move from 10PM ET to Olbermann's former time of 8PM ET came after Olbermann announced his abrupt exit from MSNBC on Friday's 'Countdown.'

O'Donnell had about 50 percent more viewers than Olberman's show averaged in the same slot. However, according to MSNBC President Phil Griffin, the ratings target for O'Donnell is the same as it was for Olbermann: Bill O'Reilly.

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Michael Moore and Lawrence O'Donnell Mock Notion that President Obama Can Get Anything Done With New GOP House Majority (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Nov 4th 2010 4:51PM
On the 'Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 10 PM ET on MSNBC) O'Donnell and Michael Moore discussed the conciliatory tone President Obama took toward the GOP in his press conference the day after the midterm election.

O'Donnell seemed to suggest that Obama was correct for trying to find common ground with the new Republican House majority. Moore disagreed, and, as the discussion continued, it became clear that O'Donnell was being sarcastic when he first praised Obama's willingness to reach across the aisle. The two went on to voice the progressive critique that Obama is foolish for thinking he can get anything done with the Republicans, who are bent on his political destruction.

"That sounds good, that's why we all like Obama as a human being, he's really a good. . ," Moore said, shooting down O'Donnell's suggestion that Obama had done the right thing by reaching out.

"Good guy," O'Donnell said, finishing Moore's thought.

"Good guy, really good guy," Moore agreed.

"He's very well meaning," O'Donnell explained, his sarcasm becoming more and more apparent.

"Generous of spirit, O'Donnell added, leaving no doubt.

"Gentle," Moore contributed.

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

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Tony Hopfinger, Journalist Detained by Joe Millers' Security, Speaks Out About Ordeal (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 19th 2010 4:10PM
On 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weeknights, 10 PM ET on MSNBC) O'Donnell interviewed Tony Hopfinger, the editor of Alaskadispatch.com who was handcuffed and detained by Tea Party Senate candidate Joe Miller's private security force after Hopfinger asked Miller a question he didn't want to answer.

"This was town hall meeting open the public," Hopfinger explained to O'Donnell via telephone. "I and other journalist were there to cover the event."

During the event, Hopfinger saw Miller in the hallway and tried to get him to address charges that he had been illegally engaging in politics while he was employed by the city of Fairbanks, AK.

"As I was asking him, he sort of walked away and I ended up kind of being surrounded by these security guards who were chest bumping me," Hopfinger explained.

"These guys weren't clearly marked as security guards. After the confrontation, which lasted thirty seconds tops, from the time I asked Miller the question to when I basically ended up in handcuffs. At that point I was taken over to a corridor of the school and detained for around twenty to thirty minutes."

Miller is still the favorite to win the election, despite this embarrassing caught-on-tape violation of the First, and possibly Fourth Amendments. If Miller decides to bring his private goon squad with him to Washington D.C., the much-maligned 'beltway media' would be well-advised to keep their heads on a swivel.

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Miners From Quecreek Cave-In Talk About Being Pulled to The Surface In a Pod (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 13th 2010 3:30PM
In 2002, nine miners working the Quecreek Mine in Pennsylvania were rescued after spending 78 hours trapped underground. Although that was a much shorter ordeal than the Chilean miners who are being rescued today went through, it was much more intense, as the Quecreek rescue was a race against rising water and declining oxygen levels.

The experience both groups did share was the way the were extracted -- via a small capsule that was lowered to them. Appearing on the 'Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 10 PM ET on MSNBC) Quecreek miner Tom Foy explained what it was like getting into the small pod:

"Getting into the capsule wasn't too much of problem, some of the guys were little bigger than others, but the way everybody helped everybody. All I know is if you want to get out of there bad enough you'll get in there whether you're upside down or what."

The rescued Quecreek miners O'Donnell spoke to seemed to agree it was a life-changing experience. Of the nine miners, only one continued to work underground.

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Alvin Greene Sticks to His Talking Points During Awkward Interview (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 12th 2010 6:42PM
Last June, Democratic primary voters in South Carolina elected Alvin Greene to run for U.S. Senate. This was a huge surprise because the 33-year-old unemployed Greene lives with his parents, is facing charges of sexual harassment, had never held any previous political office and did no campaigning in the primary.

Greene was a big story for awhile, but in recent weeks he has been pushed aside in favor of another brand of political wackiness, Christine O'Donnell. In fact, during Alvin Greene's interview Monday on 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 10 PM ET on MSNBC) the first question O'Donnell asked was if Greene was "a witch," a joking reference to a Christine O'Donnell campaign ad.

"No," Greene responded, humorlessly, before stating, in a monotone voice, "First I want to remind everyone that (GOP South Carolina Senator Jim) DeMint started the recession."

O'Donnell followed that with a question about Greene's high school nickname, to which Greene responded, "DeMint started the recession. DeMint is responsible for the recession."

And that was basically how the interview went: Whatever question O'Donnell asked, Greene robotically repeated his talking point about DeMint and the recession.

The spectacle was actually quite sad, as Greene seemed like he was terrified, and possibly suffers from some sort of mental disability. In fact, it made you long for articulate, camera-savvy political punch lines, like Christine O'Donnell.

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Lawrence O'Donnell Gives Michael Steele a Racially Charged Introduction (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 6th 2010 4:29PM
Michael Steele, the first African-American chairman of the Republican National Committee, appeared on 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 10 PM ET on MSNBC) Tuesday. O'Donnell, in his scripted introductory remarks, introduced Steele with what some could interpret as racially-charged language.

"As the first congressional election during his party chairmanship approaches, Michael Steele is dancing as fast as he can trying to charm independent voters and Tea Partiers while never losing sight of his real master and paycheck provider, the Republican National Committee."

As well as being a longtime TV pundit, O'Donnell was the head writer for 'The West Wing.' The man knows language, and he must understand the extent to which the words "dancing" and "master" come off as a racial taunt of Michael Steele.

It will be interesting to see if O'Donnell further explains or apologizes for his remarks -- or if MSNBC decides to take action against him.

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Levi Johnston Gets Quizzed With Katie Couric's Infamous Sarah Palin Questions (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 29th 2010 3:47PM
Levi Johnston, who's running for Sarah Palin's old job of mayor of Wasilla, Alaska was a guest Tuesday on 'The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 10 PM ET on Fox News,) and O'Donnell gave the wannabe politician quite a grilling.

"What newspaper and magazines do you read regularly?" O'Donnell asked, before asking Johnston questions about global warming, the morning after pill, evolution, the housing crisis, the war in Afghanistan and whether America should engage with its enemies.

Johnston was able to answer some of the questions, and candidly passed on others with responses such as, "You're kind of getting over my head."

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Joe Biden (Sort Of) Clarifies His 'Stop Whining' Message to the Democratic Base (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 28th 2010 3:03PM
Vice President Joe Biden was the first guest on the debut of "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell' (weekdays, 10 ET on MSNBC). While Biden got through his segment without any gaffes, the best moment came when O'Donnell asked Biden to clarify a quote he had made telling his own Democratic base to stop whining.

"Today you said that the base, your base in the Democratic party, should "stop whining" ... Would you like to revise and extend your remarks?" O'Donnell wondered.

"Yes," said Biden, jumping at the opportunity. He then proceeded to explain how any Democrat who is less engaged in the political process because they didn't get "every single thing they want" is being immature and illogical.

"What the president has been able to do has been truly remarkable ... those who didn't get everything they wanted, it's time to buck up here ... (and) not yield the playing field to those folks are against everything that we stand for."

In other words, Biden was able to reiterate his point that Democrats who are complaining about Obama's agenda are whiners -- but without using the inflammatory word "whining." Don't say the man doesn't know his way around language.

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Lawrence O'Donnell Blames Snooki for America's Public Education Crisis (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Sep 27th 2010 4:11PM
It hasn't been a good day for Snooki. First Radar Online broke the news that the 'Jersey Star' almost died from alcohol poisoning in May, and then Lawrence O'Donnell got on 'Morning Joe' (Weekdays, 6 AM ET on MSNBC) and blamed her and her housemates for the educational crisis in America.

"I think Snooki highlights the problem in public education, O'Donnell explained. "She had fine teachers, she went to the finest schools, and look where she's ended up ... You can't blame the teachers for everything."

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MSNBC Developing 10PM Show for Lawrence O'Donnell

by Andrew Scott, posted Jun 15th 2010 5:20PM
Lawrence O'DonnellAccording to a press release, MSNBC is developing a new 10PM show that will star actor/writer Lawrence O'Donnell ('Big Love').

In a statement released today, O'Donnell, who has been a political analyst for MSNBC for over 10 years, said, "I've had a part-time job at MSNBC for 14 years. Now that the network and I have gotten to know each other, I'm thrilled to be going full time."

"Lawrence O'Donnell is an incredible talent, who our audience has gotten to know throughout the years, most recently as Keith Olbermann's principal guest host on 'Countdown.' It's great to have another anchor of his caliber on the network," said Griffin. "This makes us a bigger and better network," added Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

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Monk: Mr. Monk and the Genius

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 26th 2008 11:28AM
gun monk(S07E02) I really thought this was going to be a superb Monk. It had all the elements of a top notch cat and mouse affair, starting with guest star David Strathairn -- so brilliant in Good Night and Good Luck as Edward R. Murrow -- as a chess grand master, Patrick Kloster. The set up was elegant; Kloster's wife hires Monk to investigate her murder because she is certain her husband will follow through on his perfect plan to kill her. Within a day, she's dead and the chess master has an airtight alibi. How did he do it? It was a Columbo gambit, and only a genius like Columbo -- or Monk -- could figure it out.

Unfortunately, this episode wasn't written by Levinson and Link. The clues to the mystery fell into place without any great surprise or twist. The wife was poisoned when she drank from a secret stash of oleander laced wine, which was never found. That was just Monk's supposition after swiping the flowers from the garden. That would be inadmissible evidence because he had no warrant to get them from Kloster's home. Then he actually tried to plant the evidence -- again, not very smart or Monk-like.


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