The Village Times





Chris Matthews




Situated at the leftmost outpost of the Village, MSNBC's perception as the liberal counterweight to Fox News helps bring into focus the parameters of a Sensible Center for Serious People—a.k.a., the Village Common. However much it drives conservatives to distraction, the network has its true values firmly planted in our soil. But don't take our word for it. Consider what MSNBC head Phil Griffin allegedly told renegade host Cenk Uygur back in April 2011: “We're insiders. We are the establishment.”

Founded: 1996

Key Personalities: Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough, Alex Wagner, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Martin Bashir, S.E. Cupp.

Achievements: Ejected Phil Donahue in 2003 for his expressions of skepticism over the Iraq War. Subsequently gave a talk show to Michael Savage. Removed Keith Olbermann from covering live political events for being too partisan. Helped boost President Obama's charisma factor with “thrill going up my leg” performance by Chris Matthews (left). Booted Cenk Uygur for being insufficiently polite to the Obama administration.