I've known Mark Thompson since the mid to late 80's when he led protests at the University of the District of Columbia thru his years at WOL Black talk radio.
He's not tv ready with a head full of dreads and huge weight gain. Plus he had some issues with his ex from Somolia that got testy a while back. Too militant for MSNBC. Give Eugene Robinson a show.
........not familiar with the Mark Thompson bruh, of whom both you and Cholly speak. Don't know if his "dreads" might be a disqualifier for him to host on MSNBC, but the right-wing would have a field day with the other personal issues you mentioned.
While I personally like Eugene Robinson, I don't think his personality is suited to host an hour long program. He is thorough and analytical, but the constant "grinning" is concerning. Perhaps I'm being a little unfair to Mr. Robinson. I'm not sure whether I would feel the same way if he were non-black.
But when I see a brutha constantly "grinning" on a program surrounded by all whites, it makes me think he is too self-conscious about ingratiating himself with the whites to appear, say, a little less threatening.
Like many here, I'm old enough to remember a time when I was counseled as a young boy that, when around whites, behave in a manner that would make the white folks "comfortable" with you.
In other words, "don't show your color."