Melissa Harris-Perry, affectionately dubbed “Nerdland” by its fans, was certainly the only Sunday show I ever watched, partly because of its engagement with pop culture (the last segment I tuned in to was about the politics of Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, which was fantastic but apparently frustrated brass who wanted all politics, all the time). Already, her regular guests of color are mourning the singular platform the show gave them.
We don’t know what’s in the heads and hearts of MSNBC’s brass, but we do know know what we see — and don’t see — on television. I still prefer MSNBC to execrable FOX and mawkish CNN for settling in and watching election returns, though it has unquestionably lost some of the vibrance and looseness I once loved. Now the focus too often feels like it’s on Maddow and a team of white-guy imports from NBC: Chuck Todd and known fabricator Brian Williams, who are decidedly generic in approach, and have thus far failed to offer much in the way of refreshing perspectives or dazzling insights.