Feisty Host Dylan Ratigan Will Exit MSNBC

Big news from TV-land: Dylan Ratigan, after three years on the air at MSNBC, will say good-bye to his show in a final episode on Friday, June 22. According to the the New York Times, Martin Bashir, who hosts the 3 pm slot, will be taking over the 4 pm hour.

Ratigan began his stint on MSNBC in June 2009 after leaving CNBC's stock-picking show "Fast Money.” His energetic focus on the influence of money in politics and corporate dominance was welcome to many in the wake of the financial crisis. Ratigan’s recent book Greedy Bastards outlined the abuses of the financial sector and criticized the politicians who have failed to challenge it.

In a blog on the Huffington Postabout his departure, Ratigan stated that he is inspired by figures like 102-year old World War II veteran Bea Cohen who “create new, sustainable, tolerant, problem-solving cultures in almost every social, personal and financial system.” Ratigan noted that he is ready to join such leaders in experimentation and new forms of storytelling:

“I believe if we are honest about where we are now, honest about where we want to go and honest about how we are going to get there, we may well end up as the hero of our own stories. While I don't know exactly how my own story will develop, I hope to share some initial details with you soon. In the meantime, keep in touch at DylanRatigan.com.”

The feisty host will be missed by television viewers who got to see their own frustration at big banks and Wall Street misdeeds channeled in his spirited commentary. We'll be looking out for what this talented and fearless progressive does next. 





AlterNet / By Lynn Stuart Parramore

Posted at June 10, 2012, 5:35pm