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Has MSNBC been covering the tar sands protests?
08-23-2011, 07:27 PM
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Has MSNBC been covering the tar sands protests?
Maddow and Sharpton are the only MSNBC hosts I watch, and I don't catch them every day. I haven't seen them cover the White House tar sands pipeline protests yet, but I could have missed it. Has anyone seen something I missed?

I was just wondering if they had covered it when they ran a commercial from an oil company in support of the pipeline. A cynic might think that the constant commercials from the fossil fuel industry are influencing their coverage of energy issues.
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08-23-2011, 07:31 PM
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RE: Has MSNBC been covering the tar sands protests?
As far as I know, the only time the words "tar sands" are uttered are in the commercials.

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08-23-2011, 11:17 PM
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RE: Has MSNBC been covering the tar sands protests?
I was hoping these freak Earthquakes would be a reminder that anything can freakin' happen and it's not smart to tempt Mother Nature.

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08-24-2011, 04:22 PM (This post was last modified: 08-24-2011 04:33 PM by Willinois.)
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RE: Has MSNBC been covering the tar sands protests?
I just left sent this email to Rachel Maddow's show and posted a similar comment on her blog...

First, yours and Al Sharpton's shows are the only cable news programs I watch anymore (other than Stewart and Colbert). Thanks for all of the excellent work you do!

I thought maybe I had missed your coverage of the mass civil disobedience happening at the White House over the keystone tar sands pipeline. But when I searched your MSNBC site I got "no results found."

A cynic might think that MSNBC's inadequate coverage of this major story has something to do with all the ads oil companies are running on the network. Why is it that the only thing I hear about the issue on MSNBC is when a company runs ads in favor of the pipeline?

This protest is a historic moment for the environmental movement. I'm sure MSNBC has someone sitting around in the White House press room who can step outside to interview Bill McKibben and other protesters. I can assure you that young people and environmentalists see this as one of the top stories of the week even if MSNBC news execs don't. If even you won't cover this issue on your show then who will?

I wonder what impact Martin Luther King Jr. could have had if the major networks of his day ignored civil disobedience like cable news channels do today?
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08-25-2011, 10:02 PM
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RE: Has MSNBC been covering the tar sands protests?
Ok, credit where it's due. Bill McKibben is on the Lawrence O'Donnell show talking about the pipeline tonight. The guest host (Chris Hayes?) did a good interview.
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08-25-2011, 10:12 PM
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RE: Has MSNBC been covering the tar sands protests?
I thought of your post when I saw Bill on Lawrence's show tonight. I'm glad they explained why it was so potentially bad for the environment - I bet not 5% of the population understands this issue.

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