MSNBC Partners With HotSoup Web Site

Oct 31, 2006  •  Post A Comment

MSNBC.com and MSNBC TV are partnering with HotSoup.com, a new Web site for political and public issue debate.

HotSoup’s “Hot Loop” by editor-in-chief Ron Fournier will be posted daily on MSNBC.com. Mr. Fournier, who broke a number of big political stories when he worked for the Associated Press, also will write a weekly analysis piece for MSNBC.com. The new feature can be found at Politics.MSNBC.com.

Since going live Oct. 19, HotSoup has already attracted thousands of members some very high-powered politicians, including both Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and her husband, former president Clinton.

HotSoup.com co-founders Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, and Joe Lockhart, Mr. Clinton’s former press secretary, will make weekly TV appearances on “Hardball With Chris Matthews” and other MSNBC programs.

“We’re excited to be able to tap into the HotSoup community,” Tammy Haddad, MSNBC’s Washington VP and “Hardball” executive producer, said Tuesday. The relationship “will allow MSNBC to bring the voice of the voter into our political coverage,” she said.