Al Sharpton Named Newest MSNBC Host; CNN International Gets Its Tripolis Confused; The Atlantic vs. The Daily


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No, sorry to disappoint, but we’re doing Press Clips today despite any geological interruptions. Weird things happened this fine Tuesday in media, and some of them didn’t involve the unusual earthquake that hit the east coast, causing our desk here at 36 Cooper Square to tremble slightly for 10 seconds.

    • Al Sharpton has been named the permanent host of MSNBC’s 6 p.m. time slot. His show will be called “PoliticsNation” starting August 29 and Sharpton will “lead a lively and informed discussion of the top headlines, bringing viewers his take on events in his signature style,” according to a press release. Sharpton has been hosting the 6 p.m. slot since the beginning of the summer as a trying-out period. He said in a statement, “”I am very happy and honored to join the MSNBC team as we collectively try to get America to ‘Lean Forward.’ It is a natural extension of my life work and growth. We all learn from our pain and stand up from our stumbling and one must either learn to lean forward or fall backwards. I’m glad they have given me the opportunity to continue my forward lean.” In related news, here is a photo of Sharpton during his Ron Jeremy phase. [Media Decoder/ NYT]
    • CNN International highlighted the wrong Tripoli on a graphic during their Libya coverage yesterday. If you’ll notice in this picture, the Tripoli they’ve pinpointed is not the one in Libya. They released a correction today. [Mediabistro]
  • The Atlantic and The Daily are sparring on Twitter right now over. . .Greek yogurt. Whatever works! It’s not as though there’s anything else to talk about apart from that damn earthquake.
  • Earthquake tweets here; earthquake tweets here (featuring our EIC Tony Ortega!) and earthquake jokes here.
  • CNN’s Don Lemon, who has a BF, mentions his inclusion on the I-will-not-link-to-it-again Observer Media Power Bachelors List in a column. He doesn’t seem to have had a strong opinion about his inclusion in the list per se, though uses the list as a way to segue into his thoughts on getting married. [CNN]