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Janai Norman Joins Weekend Edition of GMA as Co-Anchor

Norman will begin her new role effective immediately. 

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Good Morning America’s Saturday and Sunday will have a new co-anchor as ABC News president Kim Godwin announced that Janai Norman is joining the broadcast. 

Norman already is a familiar face for those who watch the show on the weekend as she handled the pop news assignments during the lighter segments of Good Morning America’s weekend show.

She has been with ABC News full-time since 2016 joining the network as a multi-platform reporter based in Washington D.C., then transferred to New York, where Norman became the overnight anchor for World News Now and America This Morning.

“Janai is a versatile and talented journalist, whether she is anchoring at the desk, conducting a one-on-one interview with a newsmaker of the day, or reporting in the field on breaking news,” Godwin said in a statement, per TV Newser

“She puts her heart into her work and makes it a priority to cover the most important underreported issues of our time, including the maternal mortality crisis facing Black women and the stigma of mental health.”

Furthermore, Norman will begin her new role effective immediately. 

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More Than 60% of Americans Plan to Watch CNN Presidential Debate, New Survey Shows

56% of those polled said they would like to see independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. be allowed to participate in the June event.

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As CNN prepares to host the first presidential debate next week, a new poll shows it should expect a big audience for the made-for-TV event.

A poll conducted by Puck News and Echelon Insights shows that 63% of respondents plan to watch the first debate on Thursday, June 27th. The poll was conducted between June 10th and 12th, and included more than 1,000 respondents.

Of those asked about the debate, 46% said they expected former President Donald Trump (R) to perform better than President Joe Biden (D). 37% thought Biden would be the top performer, while 17% were undecided.

Additionally, 56% of those polled said they would like to see independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. be allowed to participate in the June event. Due to the rules agreed upon by the Biden and Trump campaigns, Kennedy has until Thursday, June 20th to eclipse 15% in a national poll to be included in the debate. As of this publication, he has yet to garner that support.

The June 27th event will not only be available on CNN. Both ABC News and PBS have joined the network as simulcast partners for the 90-minute debate.

Respondents in the poll were also asked about where they get their news. 50% said from local TV outlets. In cable news, 37% said Fox News, 36% said ABC News, and 35% said CNN, before outlets like MSNBC, NBC News, CBS News, Newsmax, and OAN.

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ABC News Joins PBS as Simulcast Partner for CNN Presidential Debate

In addition to airing the entire debate live, ABC News will feature a one-hour pre-debate special at 8 PM ET led by ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir.

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CNN will host the first presidential debate on Thursday, June 27th. ABC News was scheduled to broadcast the second debate. Now, it will have access to both.

The network will simulcast the 90-minute debate next week, joining PBS as a partner to make the event more accessible.

In addition to airing the entire debate live, ABC News will feature a one-hour pre-debate special at 8 PM ET led by ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir. The network will also provide a post-debate analysis show hosted by Muir and Linsey Davis — the two moderators for its September debate. The network will also have analysis from democrat strategist Donna Brazile and republican strategist Reince Priebus in its post-debate coverage.

Mary Bruce, Martha Raddatz, Jonathan Karl, Pierre Thomas, Matt Gutman, Rebecca Jarvis, Rachel Scott, Terry Moran, James Longman, Mireya Villarreal, and Rick Klein will all also contribute to coverage of the debate featuring former President Donald Trump (R) and President Joe Biden (D).

The announcement that ABC News would serve as a simulcast partner for the debate comes on the heels of a similar announcement by PBS. PBS NewsHour anchors Geoff Bennett and Amna Nawaz will be on-location in the CNN studios to host coverage. 

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Harris Faulkner: CNN in ‘Litgeous Territory’ For Criticizing Fox News for ‘Cheap Fake’ Videos

“Got to be careful with that. That’s a felony.”

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called videos purporting to show the cognitive decline of President Joe Biden “cheap fakes.” On CNN, Anderson Cooper claimed some of the videos — including those airing on Fox News — were “selectively edited.” That caught the ire of Harris Faulkner.

On Tuesday morning, Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade dismissed the criticism from Cooper as purely partisan, stating that the anchor gets his show content directly from the Biden administration.

Faulkner took issue with the statement from Cooper that video clips were “selectively edited,” arguing that CNN may be guilty of slander.

“That is litigious territory where they’re going there. They better have some proof of that,” Faulkner said before noting that her Outnumbered co-host Emily Compagno had previously shown unedited footage. “Got to be careful with that. That’s a felony.”

The criticism from Faulkner of CNN wasn’t the first back-and-forth of the two cable networks Tuesday. On Monday, The Five’s Jeanine Pirro claimed CNN was attempting to help President Joe Biden in the upcoming televised debate by allowing the candidates to appear at the event seated. However, CNN has denied that assertion.

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