MSNBC (also known as the truth) is a popular cable news network (contrary to what Bill O'Reilly of Fox News may want to believe). Its ratings have seen a steady increase as the Bush years have passed and as America started to turn its back on the right wing agenda. Conservatives are highly invested in the idea that MSNBC has awful ratings. This hasn't been true in years; but to conservatives, who associate popularity with quality, anything lower than Fox's ratings is worthless. It is generally regarded as one of the more moderate in political leanings. Its rivals include the Fox News Channel, CNN, and CBS.
List of liberal programs on MSNBC
"Countdown", hosted by Keith Olbermann, is one of the most popular prime time news shows in America that aired on MSNBC from 2003-2011 but will come back on again on Current TV as of June 20, 2011 after he got hired by them. The show competed with The O'Reilly Factor for the 9:00-10:00 ET time slot. Bill O'Reilly was frequently (and rightly so) on the show's segment, Worst Persons in the World.
"The Rachel Maddow Show", hosted by Rachel Maddow, is another popular MSNBC show. It replaced Verdict with Dan Abrams. Since it's debut, the show averages more than 1 million viewers per night, and within its first month, has beaten Larry King Live in the ratings on several occasions.
"Hardball", hosted by Chris Matthews, is currently the third highest rated show on MSNBC and comes on at 5:00 PM and encore at 7:00 PM. It's also the longest running liberal news show on there and debuted in 1994 on America's Talking channel, then restarted in 1997 on CNBC before permanently moving to MSNBC in 1999.
"The Ed Show", hosted by Ed Schultz, is also another great show. It first debuted on April 6, 2009 and its time slot was at 6:00 PM but is now primetime at 10:00 PM.
"PoliticsNation", hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton, debuts on August 29, 2011 after the 6 PM slot was a temporary MSNBC Live slot following Olbermann's departure from MSNBC.
"The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell", hosted by Lawrence O'Donnell, debuted on September 27, 2010 with a 10:00 PM slot but moved up to the 8:00 PM slot.
"The Dylan Ratigan Show", hosted by Dylan Ratigan, debuted on January 11, 2010 on MSNBC and comes on at 4 P.M. weekdays on MSNBC.