MSNBC has not renewed its contract with Joan Walsh, a political analyst who had appeared on the community for years.
Ms. Walsh, who can be a nationwide affairs correspondent for The Nation and was beforehand the editor in chief of Salon, lamented the choice on Saturday on Twitter, saying she had realized her destiny the evening earlier than whereas baking along with her daughter.
“I’ve given my coronary heart and soul to the community, from the George W. Bush years via at this time,” she mentioned. “I’m pleased with the work I did.”
Ms. Walsh mentioned in her tweet that she had labored with MSNBC for a dozen years, together with six on contract. Community officers couldn’t instantly affirm the size of her time as a paid contributor however issued a press release calling Ms. Walsh “a key voice on MSNBC for years.”
“Yearly we evaluate our paid contributors record throughout the ideological spectrum,” the assertion mentioned. “Sadly we couldn’t renew Joan, however she and her distinct perspective will nonetheless be invited on our exhibits.”
Officers mentioned she could be welcome on MSNBC however as an unpaid contributor. Officers mentioned the choice to not renew her contract was made based mostly on the community’s finances and a want to maintain a various set of voices on the air.
She had appeared usually on “Hardball” and “All In” on the community.
In a while Saturday evening, Ms. Walsh mentioned on Twitter that she could be becoming a member of CNN subsequent yr. “I’m overwhelmed by the help I’ve obtained at this time from all of you,” she wrote. “Because of everybody who made this occur. A Christmas miracle.”
Response to MSNBC’s resolution got here swiftly. Amongst these upset was the longtime information anchor Katie Couric.
“Ugh. Love Listening to Joan,” she wrote on Twitter, including the hashtag, “#KeepJoanWalsh.”
The community has leaned closely on opinionated commentators — largely facilitated by a secure of liberal anchors — and rising curiosity within the information to foster its rise. MSNBC this yr surged into the highest spot in prime-time cable information for the primary time in 17 years.
Nonetheless, Andrew Lack, the chairman of NBC Information since 2015, has insisted that the community’s mission is nonpartisan information gathering and has rejected the notion that MSNBC serves as a counterweight to the conservative Fox Information.
“I don’t purchase it,” he mentioned in a June interview with The New York Occasions. “I don’t suppose we’re an alternative choice to something. We’re dwell, breaking information in the course of the day, and the neatest, most insightful opinion area we are able to create at evening.”