In the segment above, MSNBC’s Tamron Hall hammers her Republican guest so doggedly as to obviate her Democratic guest. Mediaite’s Noah Rothman puts the upshot of the segment quite nicely:
MSNBC programming claims that they consider every program after 9 a.m. EST but prior to 3 p.m. on the weekdays to be “straight news” — not point of view programming. The truth of this statement has been repeatedly called into question, starting arguably with Hall’s own “Lean Forward” ad where she rails against the politically charged issue of income inequality. If Hall is a straight news anchor, as her network insists, than she should leave the role of panel guest to her panel guests.
So much for truth in advertising. The exchange, though, does more than just contradict official MSNBC policy — it adds to the predictability of the product. The upside could well be that Hall’s producers needn’t make so many calls and arrangements for her segments.