Sunday, July 24, 2011

MSNBC Host Fired For Criticizing Obama?

Cenk Uygur, who had been host of the MSNBC program The Young Turks up until Wednesday night, announced to his viewers that the show and his employment with the cable news network was coming to an end. That, in and of itself, isn't all that spectacular. After all, shows come and go all the time. Within the last month, in fact, Glenn Beck said goodbye at Fox News while Eliot Spitzer was dumped at CNNRead more

Cenk, of the online news program Young Turks, is very progressive and passionate about his views.

Cenk has often questioned President Obama's progressive street cred. He has accused Obama of caving in to the demands of the GOP and Wall Street.

Apparently, the suits at MSNBC asked him to tone it down and he refused, hence both parties agreed to go their separate way.

"I didn't want to work at a place that, you know, wouldn't let me do my kind of show, that wasn't interested in my kind of show, that didn't want to challenge power," Uygur said

I may be very critical about people that wantonly criticize Obama - Tavis Smiley, Cornel West and others - regarding his style while overlooking his huge and historical legislative victories.

But I will vigorously support their right to express any their views. Cenk had good ratings and MSNBC knew his style before they hired him.

This leaves the question, who pressured MSNBC to request Cenk to tone it down?

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