Michael Smerconish Joins CNN as Saturday Morning Host

Michael Smerconish Joins CNN as Saturday Morning Host

Smerconish was most recently an MSNBC contributor

Michael Smerconish is joining CNN as host of a new weekly program that will air live on Saturday mornings.

Smerconish, who worked most recently as an MSNBC contributor and guest-host for “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” will also provide analysis and opinion on CNN throughout the week.  He joins the network this month.

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“We are thrilled to have Michael join CNN,” said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker.  “At a time when the cable news landscape has become increasingly polarized, his independence and passion for reasoned dialogue makes him the perfect fit for CNN.”

Smerconish will continue hosting his radio show “The Michael Smerconish Program” on SiriusXM Radio and writing a weekly column for the “Philadelphia Inquirer.”

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 ”I've long wanted to host a program of my own and I'm appreciative of Jeff Zucker for making that dream a reality,” he said.  “I think the type of content I seek to provide is perfectly suited for CNN's non-ideological brand.”

Smerconish has interviewed five U.S. presidents including Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as Vice Presidents Al Gore, Dick Cheney and Joe Biden.

 

  • hupto

    Smerconish is one of the few conservative hosts who's sane and intelligent, and I always appreciated his work on MSNBC. I wish him well on his new gig.

    • contrarian35

      If you only know his work from MSNBC, I have no idea how you could ever call him conservative. I have never seen him any more conservative than moderate “leaning” right, but I hope to see him go back to the center where he does the best job of putting things into perspective. His most recent pandering to this president has left me wondering how far he would go for a regular spot on tv. I guess we'll see. Ironically, this is the same man who, in 2003, 2004 was all for “profiling for peace.” This is the same man who was a VERY outspoken advocate for slain police officer Danny Faulkner but who has not, as much as I have seen, said word one about the lawyer defending Faulkner's killer being tapped by the President. Again. We'll see. I suspect he will provide CNN with more of the same as he continues to blow where the wind takes him. I really hope I am wrong.

      • hupto

        I've listened to his radio show on occasion. He describes himself as a conservative, but he acknowledges that he's disgusted by the crazies on the far-right. It's not so much that he's moving left as it is the party lurching right.

  • Rick Ayers

    I happen to like Michael Smerconish. I feel that he often presents a fair and balanced presentation of the facts, as they stand. Can't ask for more!
    But, I'm curious……why doesn't this article list what time-slot Mr. Smerconish's show will be airing?? Could they (CNN) still be figuring this out??