Why Dan Abrams Can’t Get Laid (or How To Guarantee Failure In The 21st Century)

I want to like MSNBC.

But those folks are cowards.

I remember watching Chris Matthews during the Howard Dean phenom. And getting pissed as Chris did everything but say what he really felt.

It defines the network in my head.

It’s interesting that Dan Abrams is at the helm of the network now. Rocketboom had more viewers than his show.

His first move was to add more documentaries to primetime.


Dan Abrams is a year older than me. But he has a completely different way of looking at media. He thinks like them.

His move is smart if your goal is profits.

His move is dumb if you are trying build something relevent. Something people care about.

No matter who you are and what your product is, it has to mean something.

I may hate Fox and think they are a mouthpiece for the worst President in the history of the universe.

But I know where they stand.

And there is value in that.

Say what you want about about Rupert Murdock. He get’s it.

He knows that getting an audience is just like getting a girl.

You gotta make her feel something.

Here is a tip for the MSNBCs of the world.

Everything is a commodity. The barrier to entry in everything is almost nil.
In a commodified universe decisions will be made at an emotional level.

People will choose products that they feel represent them.

If you don’t have an emotional response with your audience (and it doesn’t matter what the emotion is as long is it isn’t apathy) you will lose.

MSNBC stands for…

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10 Comments on “Why Dan Abrams Can’t Get Laid (or How To Guarantee Failure In The 21st Century)”

  1. range Says:

    I watch BBC news from time to time. But that’s pretty much it.

  2. Brian Says:

    Decisions have always been made at the emotional level. What you’re saying is that there’s no place for objectivity in journalism.

    That’s where the real debate is. Murdoch has made his choice, and he chose profits over journalism in the name of pleasing an audience. Smart for him, bad for journalism IMHO.

    I guess I’m a little unclear on your actual postion with respect to journalism, ethics, and the illusion of objectivity the news media at least used to pretend to maintain.

  3. chartreuse Says:

    Brian, you’re asking the wrong question.

    It’s not a question of objectivity. It’s a question of the truth. That’s what the public really wants.

    I’m a big beleiver in authenticity and truth. You have to be careful with ethics. They change with the times.

    I prefer truth.

    That never changes.

  4. Jennifer Says:

    If Dan is having a problem getting laid he should give me a call!

  5. VampireFeet Says:

    MSNBC is dull.
    As we move into WWIII MSNBC will be the last place I go to find out what’s happening. I think I would put MTV in front of them.

  6. Brian Says:

    So what you’re saying is Fox News tells the truth? This is where you’re confusing me.

    Fox News tells certain people what they want to believe. That’s not truth.

  7. range Says:

    I’ve moved to a totally digital media format for now. No commercials.

  8. […] Chartreuse on Why Dan Abrams Can’t Get laid. […]

  9. Liz Strauss Says:

    I don’t think you can say that the truth never changes. The sun is shining is the truth sometimes. Sometimes it’s not. I love you is true today and then it’s gone away one day. He’s alive is true. Then he’s dead is true and he’s alive is not.

    Authentic on the other hand is authentic. There is no faking that. Tracy Chapman or not.

  10. shain Says:

    I’m with Jennifer. God damn, the man is hot. Send him my way for a little TLC. Maybe Jennifer wants to share…

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