An MSNBC source told the Daily Beast: ‘Going left was a brilliant strategy while it lasted and made hundreds of millions of dollars for Comcast. ‘But it doesn’t work anymore. ‘The goal is to move away from left-wing TV.’
Sharpton’s removal – which may see his politics show rehomed to a weekend slot – will be music to the ears of conservatives and right-wingers, often agitated by the 60-year-old’s opposition stance.
It follows the exit of liberal firebrand Keith Olbermann, who left to join ESPN in 2011.
Long-term NBC anchor Brian Williams is also on six-month’s unpaid leave after fabricating a story of coming under fire in a US military helicopter in Iraq.
It’s thought that both of these factors were key in the broadcaster’s decision to alter its stance to straight news from left-leaning.
The source added: ‘Everybody in the food chain from top to bottom understands that the Olbermann era is over.’
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Al Sharpton’s “removal” by MSNBC