MSNBC Cuts Off Dem. Congressman to Report on LeBron James

by Andrew Johnson

What’s the only thing more important to MSNBC’s business model than Democratic politicians? Celebrity news.

When news of LeBron James’s decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers broke this afternoon, Luke Russert abruptly cut off New York representative Steve Israel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, to report on the NBA star.

“I’m sorry, though — King James is making his decision known, so that bumps you out,” Russert said.

He said Israel, who had been on for only one minute, would return later in the show, but never went back to the congressman.

Earlier this year, MSNBC cut away from former representative Jane Harman of California to pop star Justin Bieber’s appearance before a judge: