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Keith Olbermann: ‘Never Saw Bernard Shaw Be Nice to Anybody’

“And I’m sorry to say this under these circumstances but I never saw Bernie Shaw be nice to anybody.”

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Former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw died Wednesday, and former co-worker Keith Olbermann opined about the anchor’s death on his podcast Friday.

The Countdown With Keith Olbermann host noted Shaw gave CNN credibility when it struggled to find its footing during its first decade, but also claimed Shaw was not a kind man.

“Bernard Shaw was also the anchor of CNN’s firsts newscast of record Prime News. When I broke in at CNN, 1981-1984, I spent about a third of my time working from the Washington bureau of CNN, often for weeks at a time. And I’m sorry to say this under these circumstances but I never saw Bernie Shaw be nice to anybody.

“The newscast Bernie Shaw did was in the newsroom. In the middle of all the desks. Every person there at every desk — and there had to have been 40 of them right around the anchor desk — was on a deadline of some sorts. All I remember about Bernard Shaw from literally 100 days or more from the newsroom while he was on the air was the studio lights coming on and Bernard Shaw shouting ‘Typewriters’. And everybody there, no matter how important their task, or how pressing their deadline, stopped their typewriting. Except me, of course. I didn’t work for him.”

Olbermann then went on to criticize Shaw’s work during a 1988 Presidential debate between then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and opponent Michael Dukakis, a staunch opponent of capital punishment.

“As the opening question, this is what Bernie Shaw said: ‘The first question goes to Governor Dukakis. You have two-minutes to respond. Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?’ There must have been a reason for Bernard Shaw to frame that question in such a way. To make another man hypothesize about the rape and murder of his own wife live, in public, on television, in a president debate. There must have been a reason to frame it that way, but I’ve been thinking about it pretty much non-stop since 1988, and I’ll be damned if I ever figured out what that reason was.”

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CNN Defends Jake Tapper, Dana Bash Amid Criticism of Political Bias

“There are no two people better equipped to co-moderate a substantial and fact-based discussion…”

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CNN has defended both Jake Tapper and Dana Bash amid backlash and criticism of their perceived political biases.

In a statement to The Hill’s Dominick Mastrangelo, the network stood behind its decision to choose the pair to moderate the first presidential debate from its Atlanta studios this week.

“Jake Tapper and Dana Bash are well-respected veteran journalists who have covered politics for more than five decades combined. They have extensive experience moderating major political debates, including CNN’s Republican Presidential Primary Debate this cycle,” a network spokesperson said. “There are no two people better equipped to co-moderate a substantial and fact-based discussion and we look forward to the debate on June 27 in Atlanta.”

The defense of the moderators comes after CNN This Morning host Kasie Hunt prematurely ended an interview with former President Donald Trump’s national press secretary Karoline Leavitt after she continually levied criticisms against Tapper.  

Hunt fiercely defended her colleagues both on the air in ending the interview with Leavitt and also in a social media post.

“You come on my show, you respect my colleagues. Period,” wrote Hunt on X. “I don’t care what side of the aisle you stand on, as my track record clearly shows.”

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MSNBC Announces First Live In-Person Show Featuring Rachel Maddow, Jen Psaki and More

There are two separate sessions scheduled for that day, with a 1-3 PM show and a 5-7 PM show.

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Late last year, MSNBC announced plans for a series of live events leading up to the 2024 presidential election. It has now made plans for its first event featuring Rachel Maddow and Jen Psaki, among others.

On Saturday, September 7th, Maddow, Psaki, and Steve Kornacki are part of a panel who will appear on the stage at the Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

There are two separate sessions scheduled for that day, with a 1-3 PM show and a 5-7 PM show.

In the afternoon timeslot, Psaki, Kornacki, Chris Hayes, Joy Reid, and Alex Wagner will “lead deep-dive discussions on the issues that matter most to voters: the state of the 2024 presidential race, the changing electorate, and the critical stretch of the campaign,” the network says.

In the evening session, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ari Melber, Stephanie Ruhle, Micahel Steele, Alicia Menendez, Symone Sanders Townsend, and more will discuss “where things stand less than two months from Election Day,” before Maddow closes things out “the way only she can,” MSNBC said.

Tickets for the first session start at $128.50 while tickets for the evening show will begin at $168.50. Tickets for the event went on sale Monday morning.

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Kasie Hunt: You Must Respect My CNN Colleagues to Come On My Show

“I don’t care what side of the aisle you stand on, as my track record clearly shows.”

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Monday morning, CNN host Kasie Hunt ended an interview with the national press secretary for former President Donald Trump’s campaign after she attacked anchor Jake Tapper. Hunt took to social media to make one thing clear.

“You come on my show, you respect my colleagues. Period,” wrote Hunt. “I don’t care what side of the aisle you stand on, as my track record clearly shows.”

During the CNN This Morning interview, Hunt asked Karoline Leavitt a pair of questions about the former President’s debate preparation. In each answer, Leavitt turned the attention to Tapper, which Hunt quickly shot down.

“Ma’am, we’re going to stop this interview if you’re going to keep attacking my colleagues,” Hunt said as the pair talked over one another.

After Leavitt said that she was “stating facts” by mentioning that CNN has been biased in its coverage of Trump, especially from Tapper, Hunt ended the interview.

“I’m sorry … Karoline, thanks very much for your time. You are welcome to come back at any point,” said Hunt.

On social media, Leavitt took issue with Hunt’s conduct during the exchange.

“You cut off my microphone for bringing up the debate moderator’s history of anti-Trump lies,” she wrote. “This proved our point that President Trump will not be treated fairly on Thursday.”

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