MSNBC Employees Criticize MSNBC On MSNBC

You don’t see this kind of stuff on cable news all the time.

After a Friday night broadcast of Rachel Maddow’s Hubris documentary, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes hosted a panel loaded with network hosts and paid contributors to discuss subjects raised in the hour-long production — and air some footage that didn’t make the cut.

Then, something magical happened. Hayes, the newest addition to MSNBC’s prime-time rotation, got all up in the face of the network’s “statesman,” Chris Matthews.

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Hayes followed up with this haymaker.

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Ya think Hayes has heard the stories about Matthews being the driving force behind Donahue’s firing, or what?

It was a ballsy move by the rookie, but Matthews refused to bite. In the video clip you can audibly hear Matthews groan a bit when Donahue’s name is mentioned, but that’s it. Matthews instead attempted to redirect the panel’s daggers at “the objective media,” which he dismissed as “scribe journalism.”

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Hubris coauthor and MSNBC contributor Michael Isikoff was having none of Matthews’ delusions of network’s grandeur.

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Was this lively, self-critical debate a preview of things to come from Hayes in prime time? All of the MSNBC-on-MSNBC violence here lasted barely over a minute, but it gave an air of unpredictability to an hour of talk on cable news, something that is surprisingly hard to find these days.

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