Dylan Ratigan, the notoriously opinionated television host, will be leaving MSNBC on June 22, after a stint of only three years.
According to the New York Times, Ratigan explained in a phone interview "that he was electing to leave cable so that he could put into practice what he has talked about on TV."
“Once you’ve said your piece," Ratigan told the Times, "you can either keep saying it, and then it’s a job, good job, pays well, everybody knows your name, it’s great — or you can decide what you’re going to do about it. And the answer is, I don’t know. But I do know, in order to figure it out, I have to dismount.”
"I left a fifteen year career in financial journalism amid the crisis of 2008," Ratigan writes at his own website. "I did this to join the traditional cable news ranks with a clear goal of revealing the ruthless truth about our biggest problems and telling the inspiring stories of those who are resolving them despite all odds. ... My objections to our current political process and our dominance-at-all-costs culture that gives us all less, while we pay more is well documented."
He goes on to point to people like "Marine Veteran Colin Archipley who after serving 3 tours in Iraq, started “Archi’s Acres” with his wife in San Diego to teach returning veterans how use low-cost, hydroponic, organic farming techniques to create good jobs that produce twice as much food, at a higher quality, using 90% less soil and water."
"They are pointing us — through their actions in history and today — on a clear mission – to seize new tools and take cultural risks to resolve our challenges," he explains. "It is in this context that I have decided to leave cable news to collaborate and join with some of these leaders to experiment and explore new ways to tell their stories."
Ratigan told the Times that he intends 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.”
He said he had informed MSNBC three months ago that he planned to leave when his contract expired, so money was apparently not a factor in his decision. He will be replaced by Martin Bashir, whose show presently precedes his, while members of Ratigan's current staff will work to create a new show for the earlier time slot.
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