Cable news network MSNBC launched on July 15, 1996, and has delivered its share of highs and lows over its 25-year history. The Onion looks back at the most important events in MSNBC’s history on its 25th anniversary.
- 1996: Fledgling network stumbles after premiering morning show Live With Regis & Osama Bin Laden.
- 1997: Keith Olbermann joins MSNBC to give conservatives an even easier target to make fun of.
- 1998: First MSNBC president Mark Harrington dies without an heir, sparking the so-called War of the Five Executive Vice Presidents.
- 2000: Graphics mixup displays network’s name as MNSBC for six weeks unnoticed.
- 2003: Principled opposition to invasion of Iraq replaced with more commercials for Nutrisystem.
- 2005-2008: Tucker Carlson spends three years hiding in plain sight.
- 2015: Brian Williams interrupts broadcast to announce he’s just been killed in a helicopter during the Iraq War.
- 2016: Network launches three shows focused on how crazy it’d be if Trump won.
- 2017: Maddow’s just gonna go with this Russia thing, huh?
- 2021: 100 millionth out-of-context MSNBC soundbite repeated verbatim by liberal viewer arguing with friend.