Having Al Sharpton guest host live on Hardball when Breaking News happens. Setting aside for the moment the fact that MSNBC picked a liberal activist to guest host that program, I don’t know how Sharpton managed to restrain himself and play it straight when the news broke that President Bush had commuted Scooter Libby’s sentence. His lips must be made of stainless steel. It was actually kind of thrilling watching the show at that point because I kept waiting for him to blow up but as far as I know he never did. Apparently that happened the next hour during Tucker when David Shuster was commenting (though I never saw it happen, that’s the impression I got when Pat Buchannan was referring to Shuster later on)
FNC (The Big Story with John Gibson) and MSNBC broke the news almost simultaneously at 5:45 pm ET. CNN came in last 2 minutes later with Suzanne Malveaux in The Situation Room reporting an AP wire story.