Saturday, March 6, 2010

Has The Kool Aide Started To Wear Off?

For some folks at MSNBC? Seems like it, given this recent departure. Craig Crawford, an MSNBC mainstay, has quit the network, even leaving before his contract was out. Wait until you read why that is in this article, MSNBC Political Analyst Craig Crawford Has Left the Network – In A Very Public Way. (Photo by Terry Ballard)

It confirms what many of us have been saying for a while:
Writing on his blog at, Crawford says he has found the network “unrewarding for me,” – and expands on his reason for leaving in a comment to Mediaite.

Crawford last appeared on MSNBC on February 5, as a guest on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, where he regularly appeared (according to TV Eyes). The blog post came exactly one month after that appearance. Crawford wrote:

Three months short of my current contract I sent the following to the boss, Phil Griffin: “Phil, Just wanted to give you the heads up that my situation with MSNBC has become so unrewarding for me that I’ve decided to move on. — Craig”

But he really expanded on the reasoning in the comments:

i simply could not any longer endure being a cartoon player for lefty games, just gotta move on to higher ground even if there’s no oxygen

i have never and never will forgive Chris for calling me a racist after the West Virginia primary (the last time I will ever go on air with him). Probably should have resigned then and there, but better late than never.

"Cartoon character for lefty games"?? Holy smokes! Tell us how you really feel, Craig:
We asked Crawford what he was referring to regarding Chris Matthews, and to expand on why he left the network. He responded by email:

I haven’t felt like a good fit for MSNBC since the presidential campaign, and the hard turn toward point-of-view programming. No particular event brought this on, just my desire to try other outlets and have more fun. As far as Chris is concerned, on Morning Joe after the West Virginia primary he accused me of always defending Clinton and what he claimed to be her racially motivated campaigning. That’s the problem. Trying to be fair became seen as bias in the new thinking over there. But I do wish my many pals at MSNBC nothing but good things.

This appears to be that incident from Morning Joe.

Dang, Craig, maybe you could have spoken up a bit more back then, giving it back to Tingly Leg that Hillary ISN'T racist, and for Tingles to claim she is, and calling you a racist, too, was nothing short of reprehensible and slanderous? Just asking. So, tell us more:
The decision by a Countdown regular to leave MSNBC because of his the way he perceives the network is a notable one. Although Crawford isn’t purely left-wing, he is a commentator that represents the left perspective. His exit, and his reasoning, show some level of discontent among those who may be politically on the same team at MSNBC.

Crawford says on his blog he will be on Fox & Friends as a guest on Monday, although FNC says he won’t be. He also writes in the comments that he is a “free agent.”

> Update: Crawford took down the F&F booking info shortly after publication.

Some interesting comments at both Craig's blog, and at Mediaite about Craig's decision. Many people support him, but a number of MSNBO viewers attack him for going to "Fox and Friends." Now there's a surprise.

It is mighty interesting that Crawford has departed the network before his contract was up, and especially the reasons why. I reckon it is better late than never. Oh, no, wait - because he colluded in MSNBC becoming MSNBO, participated in Hillary-bashing even if it was in staying silent in the face of blatant falsehoods about her from other commentators. And he did participate in their "lefty games." Now, we are stuck with Obama wrecking our country. But, hey - if things keep going this way, there will be fewer "journalists" willing to make Obama's presidency a success, like Good Ol' Chris Matthews. I guess that's something.

Welcome to the Kool Aide Free zone, also free of Hopium smoke. Glad you made it out, Craig.


Mary Ellen said...

Ha! Rats leaving the ship. I always thought Craig Crawford was a coward and self-serving, so I don't care where he goes because as far as I'm concerned he lost all credibility long ago.

Have you ever seen the promo's for Tingle Me Chris and his show? OMG! The guy stands there and talks about the importance of journalistic integrity, as if he has it! I think MSNBC should stick with their three stooges, Matthews, Olberman, and Maddow, that way they won't go off infecting other news stations with their stench.

Gee...after reading that it sounds like I really dislike MSNBC, go figure. ;-)

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, Mary Ellen -

Yes, it does seem Crawford was a bit lacking in backbone. Still, it only took him TWO YEARS to leave after they slandered Hillary AND Bill on oh-so-many levels, but the racism one was huge. I remember them editing out the video of Bill talking abt the whole "fairy tale" thing to give it a whole different meaning from what he actually said. So, yeah, way to go, Craig...

You have GOT to be kidding me abt Tingle Leg! He thinks he has integrity?? Maybe he doesn't know what that word means. No, EVIDENTLY, he doesn't know what it means! Sheesh!

I'm with you, sister! Don't watch it unless I have to use a snippet from YouTube for a post! Blech - it is just a lobbying arm now.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Oh, wait - I just found a link from 1/26/08 that Crawford did say he thought the media interjected race more than the Clintons, so there was that..(

But then, on Countdown, he says crap like, "McCain CREATED her (Palin)..." Wow: