In a smart scramble for younger demographics, MSNBC, I'm sure you know, has moved "The Ed Show" out and Chris Hayes in. The NY Times' Brian Stelter notes the latter's superiority in substance and style:
[Hayes'] conversations usually project a liberal worldview, in line with MSNBC as a whole. But Mr. Hayes and his producers also try to book guests who don’t often get on television, including conservatives; a recent discussion with Mr. Hayes and four conservatives lit up the blogosphere.
Many of MSNBC's regular evening viewers may experience brief fainting spells as Mr. Hayes attempts to introduce debate and actual controversy to the network's primetime programming. That's OK. Better to experience widespread vapors from Hayes' "Up" than suffer imminent brain death from one more season of "The Ed Show."
Schultz seems like a sweet guy, heart of gold, all that; but he's also a radio talker, not a serious cable-network host, never was. His bottomless outrage and sophomoric boosterism are almost always emotion- rather than intellect-based, which is Fox News territory, and indeed much better left to Fox News.
Stelter labels Hayes "a protégé of Rachel Maddow," which is questionable. I recall first seeing Hayes as a guest of Keith Olbermann, pre-breakdown (his, not mine). At any rate it would seem that Maddow could now learn from the quasi-newcomer. I have on occasion heard Maddow bemoan conservatives' resolute unwillingness to have themselves booked on her show, but somehow, somehow Chris Hayes entices them, just as Chris Matthews regularly does. My guess: most critters of the political species will countenance just about anything for some network television airtime, except furtive smugness.
But, whatever. With the addition of Hayes to its weekday schedule, at least MSNBC is on a classier track.