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Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009, 1:04 pm

David Sirota, Primetime MSNBC Show Host?

By Jeremy Gantz

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It seems very possible: Last month the New York Times ran a story about MSNBC looking for a host to fill its open 10 p.m. time-slot. The slot follows "The Rachel Maddow Show" at 9 p.m. and “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” at 8 p.m. (which is currently rebroadcast at 10).

David Sirota wants the job. Join the Facebook group "David Sirota for MSNBC!" Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and ask the network to ask the man to join its increasingly popular prime-time roster. And don't be shy about blogging/twittering about his prospects.

Sirota's Open Left colleague Chris Bowers makes the case for why one of our senior editors would be the right pick here. David makes the case himself – as modestly and politely as one can possibly express interest in hosting a TV show - here.

If you've seen Sirota on CNN, "Bill Moyers Journal" or other shows you know that he's articulate and unabashed in not only offering populist critiques of Washington politics, but presenting a progressive vision of this troubled country's future. But beyond Sirota's politics and personality, the clearest reason why he should get the show is simple (as Bowers writes): Don't get angry about the media, become the media.

As Sirota himself writes:

At this moment of economic crisis, we need as many populist progressive voices in the media as possible. If we make this happen - if you help me in this campaign - we can bring all of those issues we care so much about to the forefront of the national media conversation.

Anything but another Glenn Beck. Sirota would be the opposite of a noise machine.

Jeremy Gantz is a contributing editor at the magazine. He is the editor of The Age of Inequality: Corporate America's War on Working People (2017, Verso), and was the Web/Associate Editor of In These Times from 2008 to 2012.

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