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Reince Priebus on McDaniel: NBC should have ‘brought her in’ before signing contract

Reince Priebus on McDaniel: NBC should have ‘brought her in’ before signing contract

[ad_1] Former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Priebus said Sunday that NBC News’s management should have done a better job properly vetting former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel before deciding to hire her as a paid contributor. In a panel discussion on ABC News’s “This Week,” Priebus said that, as a paid contributor at ABC News, he was surprised to see that McDaniel, his RNC successor, had not been brought on the show ahead of time to see if she could part ways with some of her rehearsed talking points. “The case on Ronna that I find to be obvious for someone like me, who’s a contributor here, I’ve been at other places. I’ve never been hired without the management bringing me in, meeting with people, doing interviews where I wasn’t on a signed contract, finding out whether I could get off the talking points or not,” Priebus said when asked for his perspective on the controversy at NBC News surrounding McDaniel’s hiring and speedy firing after employee backlash. “The root of the problem is …

Rachel Maddow Blasts Decision by NBC to Hire Ronna McDaniel

Rachel Maddow Blasts Decision by NBC to Hire Ronna McDaniel

[ad_1] Rachel Maddow, the biggest star on MSNBC, has weighed in on the controversial decision by NBC News to hire Ronna McDaniel as an on-air contributor. Toward the tail end of an extended monologue about the history of American fascists from the 1930s and 1940s, Maddow ripped into the hiring as “inexplicable.” “I mean, you wouldn’t hire a wiseguy, you wouldn’t hire a made man like a mobster to work at a DA’s office, right?” Maddow continued. “You wouldn’t hire a pickpocket to work as a TSA screener. And so I find the decision to put her on the payroll, it’s inexplicable, and I hope they will reverse their decision.” “I want to associate myself with all my colleagues both at MSNBC and at NBC News,” Maddow added. “Who have voiced loud and principled objections to our company, putting on the payroll, someone who hasn’t just attacked us as journalists, but someone who is part of an ongoing project to get rid of our system of government. Someone who still is trying to convince Americans …

NBC’s All-Risk, No-Reward Ronna McDaniel Hire

NBC’s All-Risk, No-Reward Ronna McDaniel Hire

[ad_1] An old journalism axiom says that if everyone’s mad at you, you must be doing something right. Since NBC announced that it had hired Ronna McDaniel, the recently deposed chair of the Republican National Committee, as a paid contributor, everyone’s been mad. NBC executives are sure to be consoling themselves that they’re doing something right. It’s just hard to see what. On Sunday, Meet the Press host Kristen Welker rightly raked McDaniel over her past election denialism. Chuck Todd, Welker’s predecessor at MTP, then said the network’s bosses owed her an apology for placing her in a tough position, because he said he didn’t know whether to take McDaniel’s answers as honest. “There’s a reason why there are a lot of journalists at NBC News uncomfortable with this, because many of our professional dealings with the RNC over the last six years have been met with gaslighting, have been met with character assassination,” Todd said. David A. Graham: Republicans are no longer a political party Then on Morning Joe today, the titular Scarborough said, …

‘Morning Joe’ Hosts Bash NBC Over Ronna McDaniel Hiring

‘Morning Joe’ Hosts Bash NBC Over Ronna McDaniel Hiring

[ad_1] The fallout continues at NBC News over the hiring of former Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel. On Monday morning, MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski weighed in on her hiring as a political analyst, saying that they had been “inundated with calls” about the controversial move. “We learned about the hiring when we read about it in the press on Friday,” Scarborough said to viewers. “We weren’t asked our opinion of the hiring but if we were, we would have strongly objected to it for several reasons,” he continued, discussing her role in the aftermath of the 2020 Election to pressure election officials. “To be clear, we believe NBC News should seek out conservative Republican voices to provide balance in their election coverage,” Brzeznski continued. “But it should be conservative Republicans, not a person who used her position of power to be an anti-democracy election denier, and we hope NBC will reconsider its decision. It goes without saying that she will not be a guest on Morning Joe in her …

Chuck Todd Calls Out NBC Over Ronna McDaniel Hire on ‘Meet The Press’

Chuck Todd Calls Out NBC Over Ronna McDaniel Hire on ‘Meet The Press’

[ad_1] There is discontent within the ranks of NBC News over Friday’s hiring of former Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel. McDaniel made her first appearance on the network as a paid contributor Sunday morning on Meet the Press, though moderator Kristen Welker noted that she had been booked weeks earlier, before her hire was official. But it was a segment later in the show featuring former Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd that raised eyebrows within 30 Rock headquarters and the network’s Capitol Hill D.C. studio. Todd told Welker that he needed to “deal with the elephant in the room.” “I think our bosses owe you an apology for putting you in this situation, because I don’t know what to believe,” Todd said. “She is now a paid contributor by NBC News. Well, I have no idea whether any answer she gave to you was because she didn’t want to mess up her contract” “I think your interview did a good job of exposing many of the contradictions,” he continued. “And look, there’s a …

Ronna McDaniel Won’t Be Appearing on MSNBC: Report

Ronna McDaniel Won’t Be Appearing on MSNBC: Report

[ad_1] Just days after NBC News announced it was hiring Ronna McDaniel as a political analyst, MSNBC’s President, Rashida Jones, told employees that the former Republican National Committee chairwoman won’t be contributing on air to the cable network, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. The decision to hire McDaniel was met with intense public backlash, leading to her resignation in February as the head of the GOP. Critics pointed to her close ties to Trump and her behind-the-scenes role in his attempt to overturn the 2020 election. In a memo announcing McDaniel’s hiring, Carrie Budoff Brown, who leads NBC’s elections reporting, wrote that “it couldn’t be a more important moment to have a voice like Ronna’s on the team,” and referenced McDaniel’s leadership of the GOP “through some of the most turbulent and challenging moments in political history.” The WSJ reported that “a number of MSNBC anchors and producers have voiced concern internally” about the hire. Some current and former contributors and employees have also gone public. On Friday, MSNBC columnist Marisa Kabas posted on …

Kate Snow Exiting Sunday Edition of NBC Nightly News

Kate Snow Exiting Sunday Edition of NBC Nightly News

[ad_1] Kate Snow is exiting the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News. The NBC News Daily Anchor & NBC News Senior National Correspondent has anchored the Sunday edition of since 2015. She announced the news during Sunday’s telecast. “Before we go tonight – I want to share some personal news. For eight and a half years, I have loved being with you every Sunday night. It’s been a privilege. Many of you know that I also anchor a weekday program, it’s called NBC News Daily. It’s a fast-paced show filled with all the news that’s relevant to you highlighting our NBC News reporters. Our audience on NBC News Daily is growing fast, and I have decided after a lot of thought to focus my attention Monday through Friday, on that role. So next Sunday will be my last Sunday anchoring Nightly News,” Snow said during Sunday’s telecast. She continued, “I will miss the team that you don’t see behind the cameras here but I’ll still continue to be part of the Nightly Newsfamily, reporting and contributing. And again, you can find me …

More voters say Trump’s presidency was better than expected: Survey

More voters say Trump’s presidency was better than expected: Survey

[ad_1] More voters are looking back on former President Trump’s time in office and saying he did a better job than they expected him to do, a new survey by NBC News finds. As President Biden and Trump gear up for a likely 2020 presidential rematch later this year, the survey asked respondents to view each of their respective terms. Forty percent of voters said Trump’s presidency was better than they expected it would be. Thirty-one percent said it was “about as expected,” while 29 percent said it was worse than they had anticipated. The survey found that perspectives on Biden’s time in office were less optimistic. Just 14 percent of respondents say Biden’s presidency has gone better than expected. Forty-four percent said it has gone as expected, while 42 percent of voters said it’s worse than they thought it would. NBC News noted that it asked voters the same question in 2018 when Trump was in office. He received worse scores back then, the outlet said. Biden has struggled to maintain support within the …

Is American Journalism Headed Toward an ‘Extinction-Level Event’?

Is American Journalism Headed Toward an ‘Extinction-Level Event’?

[ad_1] For a few hours last Tuesday, the entire news business seemed to be collapsing all at once. Journalists at Time magazine and National Geographic announced that they had been laid off. Unionized employees at magazines owned by Condé Nast staged a one-day strike to protest imminent cuts. By far the grimmest news was from the Los Angeles Times, the biggest newspaper west of the Washington, D.C., area. After weeks of rumors, the paper announced that it was cutting 115 people, more than 20 percent of its newsroom. The Times was once a pillar of the American media establishment, celebrated in David Halberstam’s classic media study, The Powers That Be. Now it has become a national exemplar of what the journalist Margaret Sullivan calls the “ghosting” of the news—the gradual withering of news-gathering muscle as once-proud publications become shadows of their old selves. The biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong looked like a savior when he bought the Times from its cost-cutting corporate parent in 2018. For a few years, he was; Soon-Shiong invested about $1 billion, …

Please Stop Paying George Santos for Clout

Please Stop Paying George Santos for Clout

[ad_1] This holiday season, why not give that special someone something truly timeless: a recording of a disgraced congressman performing for your ironic viewing pleasure. Thanks to the magic of Cameo, a video platform that allows users to pay celebrities for custom messages, and the indefatigable American spirit of grift, you can commission a 30-second video of the recently expelled Representative George Santos telling you to “let the haters hate.” It costs $500. Since joining Cameo a week ago, Santos—just the sixth person in history to be expelled from the House of Representatives—has reportedly made six figures recording these videos, far outearning his congressional salary. They’re frequently ridiculous. In one, he can be seen congratulating someone on coming out as a furry; in another, he’s singing along to Taylor Swift. Senator John Fetterman’s campaign paid Santos for a video to post to his social-media accounts. The late-night host Jimmy Kimmel launched a series last week called “Will Santos Say It?” People are lapping it all up: “Turned out two videos in about 10 minutes in …