As MSNBC’s Ratings Sink, CNN’s Stelter, Dan Rather Debate Future of Liberal TV

Former CBS News anchor and now roaming elder statesmen Dan Rather and former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan debated the future and viability of liberal news in the wake of MSNBC’s sinking ratings on CNN’s Reliable Sources Sunday morning, with Rather arguing that the left/right divide of news was being replaced an old/young binary, and Ratigan arguing that corporate media was always strong enough to reinvent itself in the face of temporary headwinds.

For his part, host Brian Stelter predicted that “MSNBC will play up more culture and less Washington,” something that’s been echoed in Mediaite’s talks with president Phil Griffin. “They believe they’ll find more of a progressive audience if they play into the culture of progressivism. They recently broadcast a concert from Central Park. I think we’ll see more of that in the future.”

“Nobody’s asking me,” Rather said, before adding that if he were in charge he would cut graphics budgets and can commentators and rely instead of in-depth reporting.

“That’s why no one’s calling you,” Ratigan said.

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