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Commentators have described MSNBC as having a bias towards left-leaning politics and the Democratic Party.In November 2007, a New York Times article stated that MSNBC's prime-time lineup is tilting more to the left.was headquartered on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington while MSNBC operated out of NBC's headquarters in New York City.Microsoft divested its stakes in the MSNBC channel in 2005 and in in July 2012.MSNBC and its website were founded in 1996 under a partnership between Microsoft and General Electric's NBC unit, hence the network's naming.Although they had the same name, and MSNBC maintained separate corporate structures and news operations.MSNBC and Microsoft shared the cost of a 0 million newsroom in Secaucus, New Jersey, for The network took over the channel space of NBC's 2-year-old America's Talking (AT) network, although in most cases cable carriage had to be negotiated with providers who had never carried AT.

MSNBC is owned by the NBCUniversal News Group, a unit of the NBCUniversal Television Group division of NBCUniversal (all of which are ultimately owned by Comcast).

Five days later, Dan Abrams, a nine-year veteran of MSNBC and NBC News, was named general manager of MSNBC with immediate effect.

NBC News senior vice president Phil Griffin would oversee MSNBC, while continuing to oversee NBC News’ Today program, with Abrams reporting to Griffin.

On June 29, 2006, Abrams announced the revamp of MSNBC's early-primetime and primetime schedule.

On July 10, Tucker (formerly The Situation with Tucker Carlson) started airing at 4 p.m. ET (taking over Abrams' old timeslot), while Rita Cosby's Live & Direct was canceled.

NBC executive Tom Rogers was instrumental in developing this partnership.

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