In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Alec Baldwin, who begins hosting his own weekly program on MSNBC in October, explained his role at the liberal news network:
Many people blame cable news for debasing political discourse. Now you are part of cable news. Do you agree?
I don't think of myself as a part of anything, really. The people at MSNBC said, 'We want you to do something different, with a different tone.' I think they're trying to diversify what they have. It's highly unlikely that it's going to be me exhorting people at the end of some commentary. The show may change, the show may grow, but we're not going to do any of that.
Think Al Sharpton's show (if you watch) but without the out-and-out political activism.
Read the full interview with Baldwin here.