Just as I predicted, David Shuster will be replacing David Gregory in the 6pm new hour on MSNBC, now that Gregory has moved on to the mythical land called Meet the Press. The show, still annoyingly called “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” will feature the same unwieldy format — four or five guests duke it out over the presidential topics of the day.
I didn’t now that Shuster worked at Fox News until he moved over to MSNBC in 2002. That strikes me as a very different shift than you’ve seen from some, like Bill Hemmer and Greta van Sustern, both of whom worked at CNN until Fox lured them away. I always took that to mean that a suitable conservative network had begun operation, made a name for itself and had now had the money to convince right-leaning hosts, like Hemmer and van Sustern, to make the switch.
The other way around it doesn’t make much sense — unless Shuster was desperate for a job in broadcasting, back in 1996 when he joined up with Fox, and didn’t care about the politics.
Anyway, I’m not sure Shuster really deserves his own show. I find him unpleasant for the most part, and he doesn’t seem to have the same charisma that Gregory had, or that Matthews, Olbermann and Maddow exude. We’ll see what happens.