It wasn't like we shouldn't have seen this coming.
Way back in 2003, MSNBC sacked Phil Donahue -- even though he had the highest ratings on the network. Unfortunately, he got in the way of the run up to Iraq War II.
And Chris Mathews.
As Alternet put it:
It mattered little that Donahue had won nine Daytime Emmys and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy in 1996. MSNBC claimed Donahue’s ratings were too low to justify keeping the show on the air, even though Donahue was the highest rated show on MSNBC at the time it was canceled and beat out Chris Matthews‘s Hardball, which was then on CNBC.
(And speaking of Mathews it is always nausea-inducing to hear him act like he was an opponent of the war.)
I still tuned in from time to time, but pretty much quit for good after seeing Rachel Maddow turn into a pathetic neocon shill for Hillary Clinton. Maddow was a main player in enabling Clinton's theft of the nomination from Bernie Sanders.
Then there's the Joy Reid disaster.
Unlike Donahue, her ratings are a sinking ship. But the MSNBC rats are happily sticking with her.
And now comes Greenwald with his excellent expose, including the network's vicious lies targeting him.
Face it, where else would that brave, heroic war correspondent Brian Williams find a place to keep working?