If you’re anything like me, you watch the revolving faces on MSNBC as they struggle with the daunting task of remaining impartial yet providing a clear counter-point to FOX News. From Rev. Al Sharpton and Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, to Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and Tamron Hall, the network has been a showcase for (arguably) respected and progressive black voices in media and the announcement of its new political show, The Cycle, MSNBC continues to follow that trend.

Huffington Post reports:

The new program, which the network was set to announce on Thursday, will feature a permanent cast of four: conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, author and pundit Touré, Salon writer Steve Kornacki and former Congressional candidate Krystal Ball. All were previously contributors to the network. The show launches on Monday at 3 PM.

The outlines of the show were previously reported by Politico and TVNewser.

The four hosts and Steve Friedman, executive producer of “The Cycle,” spoke to The Huffington Post about the show on Thursday afternoon.

Friedman said that plans for the new show began two or three months ago, when Ratigan told MSNBC executives he was thinking of leaving.

The hosts likened the show to a dinner party, with relatively freewheeling conversations about the news. All said they were eager to move past the kind of partisan brawling common in cable news, and to veer away from what Ball called “gaffe-fest” coverage of politics.

“Hopefully we can prevent it from turning into ‘this is a Team Blue talking point’ or ‘this is a Team Red talking point,’” Kornacki said.

Dylan Ratigan announced his departure from MSNBC earlier this month, so that he could “experiment” in the market to “seize new tools and take cultural risks to resolve our challenges,” reports Mediate.com.

I’m not sure quite to expect from Touré in this environment, but as his clashes with Piers Morgan and Roland Martin have shown, he has no fear of speaking his mind.

Weigh in, Clutchettes: Will you be watching MSNBC’s The Cycle?

  • http://gravatar.com/dginki Kim

    Toure is a confussed man who brings nothing to the table, but confussion. And since when was he conservative?

  • Mikki

    I think it’s funny how the post blackness guy get’s hired to be the black guy…

  • The Comment

    This man is an incompetent journalist. Outside of his fake profession he is just plain stupid.

  • YB

    Toure can eat shit and die.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    I won’t be watching the show. I tried to get into two other shows on MSNBC, and it didn’t work. I think what it comes down to is that politics is too complex of an issue to address in this soundbite 3-minute segment format. And regardless of what they say, MSNBC does not come across as balanced, they come across as liberal. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but that’s the truth.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    Toure-WHO IS HE?! SOMEBODY TELL ME!!!!!!!!!!! Did he ever host MTV videos at one point?! WHO IS HE?!??!????!?!?!?

  • http://gravatar.com/commentarybyvalentina commentarybyvalentina

    Okay this is the guy that said that during slavery Black women were having sex with slave owners so that they could get special favors. In other words he called enslaved Black women prostitutes. Toure is an idiot first and foremost.

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

    I think he used to host a show on BET, AM. But basically he’s just a hack wanna-be journalist.

  • danKini

    Toure is an okay dude. I think considering where he came he has come a long way. His tweets are entertaining, so I might have to check it out. A lot of people say the same thing about Kevin Powel (Real World) and he is basically doing the same thing. They are better off than Tami Roman. I think he at least deserves the benefit of the doubt.

  • cupcakes and shiraz

    Is it me, or does Touré look lighter in that pic?

  • Afrostyling

    Confused black women hating Negro. No thanks.

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