MSNBC debuted its newest "Lean Forward" ad featuring Tamron Hall, host of the network's daytime news show, "NewsNation."
The "Lean Forward" ads, which were originally directed by award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, have a distinct style. MSNBC anchors and hosts are filmed pontificating about the political issue of the day while seemingly in mid-conversation. Hosts Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Lawrence O'Donnell, Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton have all participated in "Lean Forward" ads.
In the new ad, Hall discusses what it was like to grow up in a military family. She offers her thoughts about patriotism and her support for America's troops. "It used to upset me, now it makes me sad to see poeple use patriotism and our troops as a pawn in their political argument," Hall says. "The troops aren't red and blue. They're not black and white. They're not male and female. They are Americans. When they put their uniforms on, they are Americans, and that's a fact."
The MSNBC "Lean Forward" ads have received a lot of attention. Sharpton's "Lean Forward" ad was mocked during a "Saturday Night Live" parody. A claim made by Lawrence O'Donnell in one of his "Lean Forward" ads was recently rated "mostly false" by fact-checking organization, PolitiFact.