In news that should come as a surprise to no one, the Biden White House’s favorite cable news host is MSNBC’s self-declared socialist Lawrence O’Donnell.
You would never know this by looking at O’Donnell’s ratings, but his ideology fits in perfectly with the left wingers currently pulling the levers of power in DC.
Lawrence is known for going after Republicans of every stripe.
Lawrence O’Donnell was on TV life support. Now, he’s MSNBC’s most critical anchor.
When his contract renewal was in doubt four years ago, Lawrence O’Donnell begged his viewers to help keep him on the air at MSNBC.
Now, as the left-leaning network’s prime-time lineup is at its most unstable point in a decade, the 70-year-old anchor has inadvertently become MSNBC’s most valuable star; or, at least, its most dependable one, owing to the rare, direct line he enjoys into the Biden White House.
O’Donnell is, unlike virtually anyone else in cable these days, riding high.
As other programs have struggled to break out of the post-Trump slump that has tanked ratings and left some shows straining to find the urgency that drove programming during the previous administration, he has found a unique role as the Biden team’s go-to anchor on MSNBC. O’Donnell’s decades-long relationship with President Joe Biden and his chief of staff, Ron Klain, has paid off handsomely, making the MSNBC host one of the White House’s only go-to news anchors and granting him rare on-camera access.
That hasn’t saved him from the ratings doldrums plaguing nearly all news programs. But with Rachel Maddow’s decision to take a step back from her daily hosting duties at 9 p.m. and Brian Williams’ departure from the network this year, O’Donnell has become a surprising point of continuity.
In August, O’Donnell defended Biden’s exit from Afghanistan, if that gives you any idea of who this guy is.
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell two days ago: "By every measure, this evacuation is going much, much better than the Vietnam evacuation, and has been from the start." pic.twitter.com/6VMvOYKHRS
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 26, 2021
FLASHBACK: MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell openly admitting that he is a "socialist" who is to the "extreme left" of even far-left liberals. https://t.co/WDtFwP4XNS
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) January 30, 2021
He seems totally fair and balanced, doesn’t he?