Lawrence O'Donnel is taking over the 10 p.m. slot at MSNBC adding another fierce liberal with an attack-dog temperment. This picture is captured digitally from a publicly shared video.
O'Donnell is a Harvard graduate, former Senate aide, former Democratic Chief of Staff of the Senate Finance Committee from 1993 through 1995, and in 1992 he was the Chief of Staff of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. O'Donnell has also made a name in Hollywood, as an Executive Producer and writer on the nine-time Emmy winning series "The West Wing."
Lawrence O'Donnell has referred to himself as a "practical European socialist," and is an outspoken liberal who will not let anyone get away with avoiding a question. Lawrence O'Donnell's show will not be a top choice for an appearance by someone like Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, or Michelle Bachmann, all politicians who hate answering legitimate political questions and label them "Gotcha" questions, because they have no answer for a liberal audience.
Lawrence O'Donnell's show is not being rushed, and not expected to premiere until the fall of 2010. No announcement was made as to the title or content of the show, only that O'Donnell is "developing" the show for the MSNBC evening prime-time slot.
O'Donnell's show solidifies MSNBC's quest to take on FOXNews in prime-time and go toe-to-toe with the ratings giant. The Right-Wing, FOXNews lineup with Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren, essentially whips MSNBC's butt in the ratings across the early evening hours and into the prime-time slots often doubling and even tripling the number of viewers held by their liberal competitors.
MSNBC's decision to first sign Rachel Maddow into the 9 p.m. slot and now O'Donnell into the 10 p.m. was based on strong ratings showings as substitutes for Keith Olbermann on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
Lawrence O'Donnell will compliment a strong liberal weeknight lineup, and will be add a Washington insider anchor to the dialogue during the mid-term and general elections. His take no prisoners style can be seen in numerous commentaries on various subjects and personages, show promise for a thought provoking show, and promises to be thoroughly denounced by the Right-Wing media.
His commentary on Liz Cheney (play the video) is typical and priceless. His tirade about Liz and her father Dick, is provoked by taped comments by Liz Cheney in which she denied that the Bush-Cheney Administration were engaged in torture. O'Donnell's response is heated and emotional. It's obvious that Lawrence O'Donnell is a very intelligent man, and one cares a great deal about his country. If he's got anything that's working against him in these times of extreme polarization and a desperate, fearful, and even apocalyptic lean towards the right, it is that he views this nation through liberal tinted glasses.
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