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“Meet the Press” Announces Several Hires and Promotions

The network appointed Matt Rivera as MTP’s first-ever editorial director of content strategy, heading up a new MTP team.

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NBC News made many significant hires and promotions to its “Meet The Press” franchise as it eyes to grow its operations beyond television. The network appointed Matt Rivera as MTP’s first-ever editorial director of content strategy, heading up a new MTP team.

Rivera has spent more than a decade with NBC News; he has served as a senior digital producer at Meet the Press. Furthermore, Rivera and his producers assisted in making MTP the top Sunday show brand on all digital outlets, including social reach, video views, and audio/podcast audience. 

He’s also been vital in evolving the Meet the Press Film Festival, The Chuck ToddCast, and Meet the Press Reports.

“In this role, Matt’s mandate is to grow MTP’s non-broadcast portfolio, including digital, newsletters, audio, engagement, streaming, live events and more,” Meet the Press SVP Carrie Budoff Brown said in a staff memo, per Adweek

“He will help drive strategy around our existing product suite and identify new opportunities to reach more of our audience where it wants to consume us.”

Tanya Davis comes over to Meet the Press as a producer after operating as a segment producer with “Morning Joe.” NBC News also gave Sarah Dean a promotion to a producer role. Dean has been with the network since 2017 when she began as a desk assistant at the Washington D.C. bureau.

Joining Davis and Dean is Caitlin Hartman, who also received a promotion to associate producer at “Meet the Press.” Hartman has been with Meet the Press for the last two years, beginning as an intern and transitioning to a researcher role. 

After serving as an NBC News associate, Elias Miller joins the “Meet the Press” team as a researcher/production associate. Finally, Katie Harada joins “Meet the Press Daily” coming over from Nippon TV, spending time covering many Washington, D.C. beats, with a primary focus on the Department of Defense.

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Tucker Carlson on Putin Sit-Down: ‘There’s A Lot About That Interview I Don’t Really Understand’

“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do…I don’t think he was very effective.”

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Tucker Carlson is speaking about his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin and says there are portions of the interview he’s dumbfounded by.

The former Fox News host joined Glenn Beck for his BlazeTV program to discuss the high-profile interview. Carlson has received plenty of backlash for his sit-down interview with Putin, with critics calling the dialogue with the dictator ‘Pure Propaganda’ and saying he acted ‘like an eager puppy’ during the conversation.

“I was enraged because I thought — I didn’t go into the interview feeling like I had to posture, morally,” said Carlson of the first few long-winded answers from the Russian leader. “I took a look at the last interview he did with the Western journalist, and the entire interview was the reporter from some dumb news outlet being like, ‘I’m a good person, you’re a bad person!’ I’m not interested in proving I’m a good person. People can assess, God can assess. I just wanted information.

“But I was infuriated because I thought he was filibustering. So really pretty straightforward. The obvious question which is, why did you do this? Why do you send troops into eastern Ukraine? And he goes on this long answer, and so I interrupted him a couple of times, or I tried to. He got very snippy,” admitted Carlson. “And then I realized, no, this is the answer. He’s thinks differently.”

Tucker Carlson then noted he wasn’t entirely sure of Putin’s reasoning for taking the interview, but admitted if the goal was to turn Western support to Russia’s side, the leader failed in that mission.

“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do. There’s a lot about that interview that I don’t really understand. I don’t think he was very effective. If his goal was to win a Western audience to his perspective.

“It didn’t make me more pro-Putin. Not that I was. And by the way, I should just say at the outset, I’ve been accused of being pro-Putin and I’m not, but if I was, that’s okay, too, right? I’m an adult man and an American. I can like or dislike anyone I want. I can have any opinion I want. I’m not ashamed of it. And the idea that like, a small number of people in D.C. get to decide what I believe is not something I accept.”

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Fox News’ Bret Baier Scores Interview With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

The interview took place on the frontlines of the combat between Ukraine and Russia, with explosions being heard in the background throughout the interview.

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As the war in Ukraine approaches its second anniversary, Fox News anchor Bret Baier will feature a sit-down interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

On Thursday, Baier will feature his exclusive interview with Zelenskyy for his Special Report program. The interview took place on the frontlines of the combat between Ukraine and Russia, with explosions being heard in the background throughout the interview.

A portion of the interview will also feature Baier traveling with Zelenskyy through some of the areas of hardest fighting. Baier will accompany the President as he receives military briefings, presents medals to troops, and visits wounded soldiers in Ukrainian hospitals.

Additionally, Baier will shine a spotlight during the program on Fox News correspondents who have spent extensive time covering the wartorn region since 2022.

Special Report with Bret Baier airs weekdays at 6 PM ET on Fox News.

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Former CNN Analyst John Avlon Announces New York Congressional Bid

“This election is not a drill. It’s up to all of us to step up and get off the sidelines. And that’s why I’m running for Congress…”

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After departing CNN earlier this month, John Avlon has made it official: he’s running for Congress in the state of New York.

Avlon is running in the 1st Congressional District of New York, which represents Suffolk County and a large chunk of Long Island. The district is currently represented by Rep. Nick LaLota (R).

In a video posted to X announcing his candidacy, John Avlon said, “Right now, our democracy is in danger. This election is not a drill. It’s up to all of us to step up and get off the sidelines. And that’s why I’m running for Congress in New York’s 1st district. There’s just too much at stake for the country and the community that I love.”

Avlon joined CNN in 2010 as a political contributor before joining the network in a full-time capacity in 2018. He served as a senior political analyst and also served as a fill-in anchor during his tenure.

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