I Am The Best Voice Of The People! Give Me a TV Show!

David SirotaTM has put himself forward for a new television show on MSNBC.  Some people I would rather see get a teleivision show on MSNBC based on a few minutes of thought and googlesurfing:

Amy Goodman
Pankaj Mishra
Dead Prez
Ramzy Baroud
Lady Sovereign

Sirota, who called his and his colleagues and fans' efforts on his twitter feed "the campaign to put a populist voice in MSNBC's 10pm slot" , had this to say on Huffington Post:

Last month, the New York Times ran a story about MSNBC looking for a host to fill its open 10pm time-slot and many of you encouraged me to apply for the job after seeing me on programs like The Rachel Maddow Show, Bill Moyers Journal and The Colbert Report. Of course, I didn't really know what that meant - after all, how the heck do you "apply" for a TV show? Well, today, my friend and fellow OpenLeft.com writer Chris Bowers launched a formal campaign to ask MSNBC to consider me for the slot, and now I'm asking for your help - and the good news is, I'm not asking you for money, I'm just asking you to take 1 minute of your time to send an email, join a Facebook group and tell all your friends to do the same.

However, let me just say that it's ONLY a shot because of all of you. Now, I know that sounds cheesy or canned, but it's actually true. I've said this before and I'll say it again - all of my achievements in this line of work is quite literally because of all of you. Without your help - without you getting the word out, talking to your friends, emailing editors and now TV stations - there's no way in hell I would have achieved the longshot stuff I already have, which is why I know that embarking on a campaign for this television slot is not quixotic. Every opportunity I've gotten has started out with people saying it's impossible to achieve. I mean, it's not like their handing out weekly newspaper columns and platforms to get books on the bestseller list to progressives all the time. The only way I would have gotten those things is because of your work on behalf of me. It's really been humbling, and I can't say "thank you" enough.

Since we are throwing out all considerations of diversifying the American media or making sure that the person chosen is moving American politics forward in the best possible direction, I am putting myself forward as well!  I have overcome enormous obstacles to reach the stature of PTR blogger, OpenLeft Commenter, and published writer, but it was only because of YOU!  And it is with this in mind that I ask David Sirota to withdraw his candidacy and instead endorse mine!

Middling almost-middle-aged males of the world unite!  We have nothing to lose but the social and political capital we accumulated based on movement work!

By: on 28 Feb 2009


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I'm totally down with your

I'm totally down with your proposal to replace David Sirota's shameless self-promotion with yours! 

Really, it's quite unbelievable how shamelessly Sirota's doing this.  Apparently he also writes a lot at the community political blog Dailykos and the users there have even gone back and added a tag called "self promotion" to his posts!  He's all about "read my column" "now i'm going to cite myself" and other such interesting quips.  I wouldn't even mind him trying to get a show for himself if he 1) was truly interesting  2) could handle a one-hour show every night  3) had MORE than a few NEW ideas  4) wasn't all about shameless self-promotion.  I *would* like to see more diversity on the television, but even if there wasn't going to be, there are at least 20 white men I can think of who would be much more qualified and interesting than Sirota for this show.  This show follow's Rachel Maddow's show (she's one of the more interesting and quickwitted and politically savvy show hosts I know). 

And I like your suggestions about others you'd like to see with a show before Sirota.  Amy Goodman is a favorite of mine.  And ha, Lady Sovereign!  sweet :>

Shall I set up a facebook

Shall I set up a facebook group, twitter feed, and other tools to forward myself over Amy Goodman, Noam Chomsky, M.I.A., and Lady Sovereign?


I agree with you about the diversity thing - it's one of two (or several) factors for me - but they're not mutually exclusive by any stretch.  It always seems like many people who pay attention to political ideology don't pay attention to diversity and people who pay attention to diversity don't overtly specify political sensibilities (e.g. the campaign to replace Tim Russert with a woman).  Which opens the doors for a lack of attention to identity issues by progressives on the one hand and a lack of attention to politics by diversity advocates on the other.  If I can't dance AND express radical politics in a digestible way, I don't want to be a part of your faux revolution :)

It's fun being us, isn't it? :) 

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