|Cenk Uygur and Sam Seder lobby MSNBC|
MSNBC viewers lobby for a liberal hostAnyone who has been listening to Sam Seder's or Cenk Uygur's programming will be aware of the full court press the hosts and their fans have been putting into scoring this coveted spot.
The grass-roots campaigns were triggered by the news that the cable channel (MSNBC) is contemplating creating a new show for its 7 p.m. time slot, currently occupied by a repeat of "Countdown With Keith Olbermann." That prompted the launch of independent Facebook groups extolling the merits of two radio hosts: Cenk Uygur of the Internet show "The Young Turks" and Sam Seder of Air America...
Huffington Post does an exhaustive report on the campaign's run by the two front-runners, Sam Seder and Cenk Uygur
Progressive Hosts Vie For MSNBC's 10PM SlotIn case you're wondering why Marc Maron (Sam Seder's current co-host) isn't mentioned amongst the contenders. Marc recently offered this insight on a recent show.
With MSNBC announcing that it was looking to fill its 10PM time slot with original broadcasting, two prominent self-avowed liberals are positioning themselves for the post.
Cenk Uygur, of the Young Turks Show, and Sam Seder, who headed a popular eponymous show on Air America, aren't taking the traditional route to the recently announced opening. Rather than rise through the cable news structure, they are using new media tools to organize their supporters and put pressure on MSNBC brass. In Uygur's case, the effort is billed as an election-year style campaign (think: Barack Obama meets "30 Rock.")
MARON: Look at you getting dressed up for your boyfriends at MSNBC
SEDER: Who me?
MARON: I can’t be talking about me. Noone even – I’m not even in the running. Apparently Keith Olbermann thinks I’m crazy