This is an interesting industry driven talking-point perspective that is not without intellectual merit. MSNBC is a corporation and like all corporations is centered on interests that more likely than not does not center on the interests of many of its viewers. It’s like they are Steve Job-ing us: we don’t know what we want until they tell us what we want. Many of it’s viewers (at least the social media critics like me) would rather that Donald Trump not be reported on as widely and softly and that Hillary be called out where applicable. Also, I doubt if Melissa was in any way caught off guard other than by the apparent level of disrespect shown to her even if its for the reasons stated. MSNBC, Sony, Apple…suck. But that is not usually a conversation any of us can have without ping ponging talking points. Without a doubt MSNBC is on the move, but to where seems to be in a FOX like establishment trajectory. Fine, no problem as I prefer other sources and citizen journalism even more. I still don’t appreciate the way Melissa was handled, for respect would have been pre-empting her show with notice and by meaningfully incorporating her into the programming that was the pre-emptive source. The would have made for a better and much more respectable transition back to her slot, where should could then say to us, her Nerdland peeps, I was busy critiquing Trump and calling out my colleagues for not calling out Hillary (all speculation on my part, hell she may have fell in line which is all outside the point of respect). Maybe that’s really what they didn’t want (critic, to consider her worthy of respect: she’s not Rachel or Chris, fuck her and what she might think), which is their corporate prerogative; one which should but may not even backfire. But hey this is a corporation who fired their best, Keith Olbermann, Mr. semi (that’s about the best most can be “semi”)-anti-establishment who would be lighting up Hillary and Trump with double-barreled blasts of apparent, alternative truths that are well outside of the establishments talk-points of MSNBC’s currently framed programming. In other words, we’re much better off watching The Daily Show and The Nightly Show with Larry Willmore (and Melissa if the media plantation accepts her back), which is also our prerogative.