Dylan Ratigan Is…Something

11 Jun

Dylan Ratigan I hope this isn’t just another way to say, that Dylan Ratigan is running for office.

Dylan Ratigan, the opinionated and sometimes hotheaded television host, is leaving MSNBC, the cable channel where he has worked for the last three years.


Mr. Ratigan’s current contract expires this month. He was unusually highly paid by MSNBC daytime anchor standards – about $1 million a year, according to several staff members, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the matter. Mr. Ratigan said there was no negotiation about a new contract because he told the company three months ago that he was planning to leave. He released his television agent in January, he added.


Mr. Ratigan said he would keep in touch with viewers through his personal Web site, DylanRatigan.com, which includes a campaign-style e-mail list. “Basically my plan is to meet with tons of people, learn from tons of people, and then figure out a way to take the narrative I’ve been talking about, and show the most effective ways to resolve it.”

That might take the shape of a media property, he said, but no plans have been set up yet. Returning to the Broadway play analogy, he said, “I need to write the next script.”

That’s uncharacteristically unrevealing for the articulate, successful pundit. This says even less. “Cable news, he said Sunday, ‘is designed to argue about rules and resources, and who should control them,’ especially in an election year. That’s an argument that he’s no longer interested in having, he implied, though he went out of his way to thank MSNBC and NBC News.”

Most likely, it means Ratigan has had enough of dealing with a boss.

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