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Coming Soon: my interview with Andrew Yang

My interview with Andrew Yang is going to post tomorrow (Monday). We discuss my experience at MSNBC, how ratings influence coverage in a negative way, and changes we may consider to improve the overall media landscape.


Andrew probably didn't realize just how personally the problems actually affected him.


You can watch the interview here, at 8am.



Look for other updates to come soon as well. As I've said before, no one is immune from the pressure to rate, not presidential candidates (nor Senators). This is a relatively small and common example I mentioned today on Twitter.


... I just reviewed my journal. On 4/25/19, I was told that we were never to pursue Andrew for an interview on our show (along with several others). The list of candidates was dictated, but the reasons for allowing them or not were not explained.

You can argue the reasons for or against but that was very early in the election cycle. Unfortunately, to be honest, I wasn't surprised by that instruction at the time because we got similar guidance nearly every day. I regret I wasn't able to do more sooner, but it's not for lack of trying, inside the building and out. I hope to be able to explain more in short order and provide fuller context.

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thomastibor57
26 nov 2020

Right now, I have to piece together a number of information sources to be properly informed. I can envision some kind of "Reason Portal." A source that need not produce everything on its own but "point the way" to good content. Much as when a writer summarizes an important study and there is a link to it for further information. I have been thinking of an alternative to the current ratings-based business model for years... but am stumped. As a critical aspect of my 4-year bout with PTSD... President Trump Stress Disorder, I stopped watching all cable and broadcast news...

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thomastibor57
26 nov 2020

I just finished this great interview. It appears that there is no way that the business model of cable news will ever succeed in informing Americans properly. Perhaps a subscription model might work, akin to my NYT subscription. If journalists such as yourself started a responsible online news program... if feasible... I would pay a monthly fee for it.

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shermanefouche
23 nov 2020

Wow! I am so behind you! I loved Andrew Yang and I am often frustrated with MSNBC my beloved station due to lack of REAL content. I signed up for your newsletter, thank you so much for your courage and your values. All that you are gives me hope.

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rthperkins
23 nov 2020

I watched the show. Thanks so much for stepping out and moving forward. I supported Bernie but also appreciate Yang and Gabbard I love Yang Speaks because the content is thoughtful even if everyone doesn't always agree. I feel "safe" & "hopeful" when I tune in. I also appreciate tuning in because I can get away from all the other noise that I find infiltrating the Indie Media these days. I didn't know about you Ariana until recently because I pretty much stopped watching MSM years ago.

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adamrsweet
23 nov 2020

I'm part of the western Massachusetts #YangGang. I voted for Andrew in the general and campaigned for him in MA and NH. I enjoyed the interview on YangSpeaks. I hope you get a chance to go on #JoeRogan and #SamHarris, two podcasters with a very broad audience. Good luck and I'll be following you :)

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