REPORT: MSNBC WON’T RENEW LAWRENCE O’DONNELL BECAUSE HE IS TOO CRITICAL OF TRUMP

Media website Showbiz 411 and the Huffington Post is reporting that MSNBC will not renew Lawrence O’Donnell’s contract due to fears that he will cost NBC news access to the Trump administration.

Mr. O’Donnell frequently (and justifiably) has called the President a liar, and has publicly branded him a lover of dictators abroad.

Sources close to Showbiz 411 claim that Donald Trump had been pushing Phil Griffin, the President of MSNBC, to fire Mr. O’Donnell for quite a while (here, and here). He, however, had been able to protect him. The decision to finally end Mr. O’Donnell’s show rests on Andy Lack, the Chairman of NBC and MSNBC news.

The impetus for this decision? Mr. Lack allegedly wants more access to the Trump administration and feels that Mr. O’Donnell’s continued employment by MSNBC is detrimental to this goal.

What does all of this mean? With the recent hiring of Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly and the departure of O’Donnell, it appears MSNBC is making a conscious decision to make a shift to the right. All of this is happening while the channel is finally beginning to beat Fox.

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