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NBC News Announces Special Series of Republican Candidate Interviews

Dasha Burns, correspondent for NBC News, and Brianne Pfannenstiel, chief politics reporter for The Des Moines Register, will host a series of 30-minute interviews.

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The Iowa Caucus marks the inaugural significant presidential contest of the extended election season. As a result, NBC News is gearing up with its series called Closing Arguments: Iowa.

Closing Arguments: Iowa is a series featuring in-depth interviews with three Republican presidential candidates. Additionally, the series will be co-moderated by NBC News and The Des Moines Register.

Dasha Burns, correspondent for NBC News, and Brianne Pfannenstiel, chief politics reporter for The Des Moines Register, will host a series of 30-minute interviews in the Register newsroom. These sit-downs will feature Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), former UN Ambassador and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), and businessman and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy (R-OH).

Burns and Pfannenstiel will delve into candidates’ endgame plans in Iowa, evaluate early state prospects leading into the New Hampshire primary, explore the sustained polling strength of former President Donald Trump, and analyze additional issues.

Both outlets invited former President Trump and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to participate in this series. However, the two declined. 

The interviews will be broadcast across NBC News platforms, commencing with Meet the Press Now on NBC News Now at 4 PM ET on Wednesday, Jan. 3.

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Greg Gutfeld Moves to Top of Cable News Ratings in February

In the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.

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Greg Gutfeld has long billed himself as the King of Late-Night. Now, he can bill himself as the king of cable news after his showing in the February ratings.

Gutfeld! — the Fox News late-night program — finished as the highest-rated program in all of cable news in the second month of 2024, averaging 2.2 million viewers for the month, according to Nielsen Media Research. Additionally, in the 25-54 demographic, Gutfeld topped the cable news landscape with 325,000 viewers.

Fox News garnered the top 13 slots in the demo, with The Five, Jesse Watters Primetime, Hannity, and The Ingraham Angle rounding out the top five.

In the late-night ratings, Gutfeld! narrowly defeated The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which averaged 2.1 million viewers. Also, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon finished with 1.45 and 1.3 million viewers on average, during the month.

It is also worth noting that the Fox News program hosted by Greg Gutfeld now airs at 10 PM ET after the network’s shuffle following the high-profile departure of Tucker Carlson last year. The other late-night programs it is measured against all begin at 11:35 PM ET.

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CPAC Poll Shows Newsmax Most Trusted Cable News Outlet Among Attendees

Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America.”

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The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held last week, and McLaughlin & Associates conducted a poll asking attendees which cable news channel they trusted most. Newsmax was the victor by a wide margin.

Of the nearly 1,500 attendees surveyed, 49% said Newsmax was the outlet they “trust the most.” 15% said Fox News was their most trusted channel. 29% of those in attendance said they did not trust a cable news outlet, with CNN and MSNBC each receiving 1% of support.

Those surveyed were asked a bevy of questions, including what was the best way to “combat woke elites”, as well as questions about which big tech CEO was “doing the most to undermine America”, with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg compiling 55% of the vote.

In total, 1,478 conservative attendees were polled, with the company utilizing a PIN system to ensure there were no multiple votes or outside voting to impact the results of the survey.

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Nicolle Wallace Returns to MSNBC’s Deadline: White House

“It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone.”

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After spending time away from her MSNBC program for maternity leave, Deadline: White House anchor Nicolle Wallace returned to the anchor desk Monday.

“Well hello there everybody. It’s 4 o’clock in New York. I’ve missed saying that. It is so very, very, very good to be back with you. I have missed everyone,” Wallace said to begin Monday’s show.

Wallace and her husband welcomed a daughter via surrogate in November. In her place, Alicia Menendez anchored the program.

The former George W. Bush administration official began hosting the show in 2017. The program was expanded to two hours in 2020, and is one of the network’s highest-rated offerings.

On Friday, Wallace revealed she would make her return Monday, adding that she will start a new feature during her show entitled “American Autocracy”, which “is something the whole country should be grappling with, because that is certainly the head of the Republican party is running on this time,” she told Menendez.

Deadline: White House airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on MSNBC.

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