Saturday, June 23, 2012

MSNBC launches "The Cycle" to Replace Ratigan

Dylan Ratigan

On Monday MSNBC will launch a new afternoon news and talk show called The Cycle, and journalist and pop culture commentator Touré will be one of new the hosts.

 The Huffington Post reports:
"MSNBC has found its replacement for Dylan Ratigan’s show: “The Cycle.”
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."


Sarah Elizabeth "S. E." Cupp is an American conservative political commentator and writer. She is a co-author of Why You're Wrong About the Right, with Brett Joshpe, and the sole author of Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media's Attack on Christianity. She is a contributor to's The Arena as well as a frequent guest of CNN, Fox's Hannity, Fox & Friends, America Live with Megyn Kelly, Strategy Room and Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld, and MSNBC's Now with Alex Wagner, Morning Joe and Martin Bashir.
Her writings have appeared at The Washington Post, New York Daily News,, The American Spectator, Townhall, Newsmax, Human Events, Slate, Maxim, The Daily Caller,, and

Touré is an American novelist, essayist, music journalist, cultural critic, and television personality based in New York City. He is the host of Fuse's Hiphop Shop and On the Record.

Touré has written four books: The Portable Promised Land (2003), a collection of short stories, Soul City (2004), a novel about life in an African-American Utopia, and Never Drank the Kool-Aid (2006), a collection of his published writing between 1994 and 2005. In September 2011 Free Press published Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?, a look at modern Black identity.

His career began in the late 1990s with occasional appearances on talk shows like The Today Show. In 2004, he became CNN's first pop culture correspondent, covering the Oscars and the Grammys. He has worked for BET,as well as  CNN, and became a contributor to MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show.

Steve Kornacki (born 1979) is the senior political writer at, having joined its writing staff in February of 2010. Educated at Boston University, Kornacki formerly co-hosted a political news series at News 12 New Jersey and previously also had reported on the U.S. Congress for the newspaper Roll Call. He has been published in the New York Observer, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Boston Globe, and the Daily Beast. In June 2012, he will be a co-host of the MSNBC program The Cycle.

Krystal Marie Ball is a businesswoman, certified public accountant, and political commentator. She was the Democratic Party nominee for United States Congress in Virginia's 1st congressional district.

Ball has made multiple appearances as a political commentator and Democratic strategist on television news channels, including Fox News Channel, CNN, CNBC, and is a contributor under contract for MSNBC. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.

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