The reason he turned down the MSNBC deal, Uygur told reporters, "is because I had to tell the story at least to our audience because this is exactly what we were worried about when I was outside of the mainstream media: that they're obsessed with access. And that you have to play ball to get access [to public figures]. And what we've been saying all along here is, access is the means to an end. The end is information [that is of interest] to your audience. But if we've forgotten that, and the end is access...then you're willing to say whatever the person you're talking to wants to say, and deliver their message, and not get at the truth...and I didn't want to go in that direction."
There have been plenty of times that I've disagreed with Cenk Uygur. He's actually too patriotic for me (I have issues with the vision of the "Founders") and too risquÃ© (now that I've grown up a bit), but I admire that he walks his talk.