There were times — as during the interview segment above — that I wished Melissa Harris-Perry asked tougher questions of her guests.  (See Let’s Sharpen Up The Questions & Corrections, Interviewers).

But she’s far from the only TV host who treats folks who show up as guests rather than subjects.

And at least she was willing to air segments about tough issues (closing neighborhood schools in Chicago), unlike, hmm, Rachel Maddow or Chris Hayes. See here for the long list of education-related segments she’s aired on the show.

So it was sad news to find out over the weekend that MHP was being fired from MSNBC (see the NYT After Tense Weeks, Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC Show Is Canceled).

Also, in case you missed it over the weekend: Just How White Is Education Journalism — & How To Encourage More #edJOC?

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Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at