CNN and MSNBC Somehow Interview Same Guest ‘Live’ at Same Time


In an apparent contravention of the laws of space and time, MSNBC and CNN managed to interview the same guest at the same time "live" Wednesday evening.

Beginning at 7:05 p.m. Eastern, MSNBC's Chris Matthews began interviewing Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.). But somehow CNN's Kate Bolduan began to interview the San Francisco Democrat two minutes later, while she was still being interviewed by Matthews.

One of the interviews had to be pre-recorded. But the banner on both broadcasts indicated the events were occurring "live." Neither host disclosed that the interview was recorded ahead of time, in line with standard industry practice.

So who fudged it? Judging by Speier's Twitter account, it was CNN. She tweeted about that interview at 6:25, but tweeted about the Matthews interview at 7:08 as it was airing.

Alex Griswold

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Alex is a staff writer at the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. Before joining the Free Beacon, he was a writer for Mediaite and The Daily Caller. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, but regrettably now lives in Washington, D.C. He can be reached at

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