MSNBC is thus continuing its amateuristic approach to news programming. When news of the Mumbai massacre broke on the Thanksgiving weekend several years ago, MSNBC offered canned documentaries about prison life. They still switch to prison coverage at 10pm every Friday - as if no real news happens after that time.
Two bright spots are the four new hours of sharp, intelligent commentary by Chris Hayes and Melissa Harris Perry every Saturday and Sunday. But as today's poor performance in covering a live press conference about one of the most important stories of the year shows, MSNBC still has a ways a to go.