msnbc premiered 15 years ago today. Lawrence was actually there from day one, on set in Fort Lee, New Jersey. He was on a panel discussion with Laura Ingram to talk about the recent poll numbers between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. Seriously, Bill Clinton and Bob Dole! Everybody has The Friends haircut, it’s a total VHS time warp.
We’ll show you that vintage clip of Lawrence tonight in the Rewrite. Here’s a longer promo version, counting down to msnbc’s debut. For the record, there were no blogs back then. My job didn’t exist. As I just learned from this ’96 segment, the closet thing to it would have been a "cyber journalist." Enjoy!