OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

This is a letter I am sending to MSNBC. I suggest you draft your own version.
Dear MSNBC:
 I congratulate you on your new primetime line up.  Chris Hayes brings a youthful energy and enthusiasm that is contagious. Combined with his intellectual quickness and curiosity, he is a great lead in for Rachel's excellent show. So do us all a favor and give him a strong lead in, too.

As you know, Chris Matthews' ratings are weak. He is regularly beat by BOTH CNN and HLN. While he knows how politics are played in the Beltway, he is hopelessly out of touch with the target demographic.

Read more

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Let me illustrate. My nephew just turned 30. He was born in 1983. The only Presidents he remembers are GHW Bush (vaguely), Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama. The Clinton impeachment was when he was in high school. So was 9-11. Chris Matthews talks about Tip O'Neal; my nephew was 4 when he retired. He talks about Jack Kemp; my nephew was 6 when he left Congress, 13 when he ran for Vice President.

Matthews uses few contemporary references. Even his sports references (and they are all too frequent) are out of date. Keep him in his earlier time slot. Keep him on election night and debate night commentary. But please give Chris Hayes the support of a stronger more contemporary lead in. You have plenty of strong contenders on retainer: Alex Wagner, Joy Ann Reid, Ezra Klein, and Krystal Ball (not my favorite, but I am not in the key demographic.) If this is a contractual thing with Matthews, negotiate with him. Your network has a chance to hit the jackpot and Matthews is holding you back. You won't lose the viewers you have, but you will lose prospective viewers.

Extended (Optional)

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.