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MSNBC Hosts Continue to Push Back Against Hiring of Ronna McDaniel

“I find the decision to put her on the payroll inexplicable, and I hope they will reverse their decision.”

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The controversial decision by NBC News to hire former RNC chair Ronna McDaniel as a political analyst continues to receive pushback from MSNBC hosts and contributors.

After Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski shared their displeasure with the hiring Monday morning, a chorus of colleagues joined the dissension.

Nicolle Wallace, host of Deadline: White House, shared her thoughts on the situation. A former Communications Director for Republican President George W. Bush, Wallace shared her displeasure with the entire situation.

“This show has dedicated itself to a jarring pursuit of the uncomfortable truths about our politics and our political leaders, and our justice system, and, yes, the media. Today, this network is part of that story,” Wallace shared.

Later in the day, Rachel Maddow hosted her weekly program and urged her bosses to rescind the contract offer to the former RNC chair.

“I want to associate myself with all my colleagues, both at MSNBC and at NBC News, 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,” Maddow said during her opening monologue.

She continued by commending the leadership of MSNBC for supporting the angry employees.

“It’s my understanding that MSNBC’s leadership did not object to Ronna McDaniel being hired by NBC News when the matter first arose, but when the hiring was announced, and MSNBC staff essentially unanimously and instantly expressed outrage, our leadership at MSNBC heard us, understood, and adjusted course.”

Finally, she made her plea to leaders at the outlet.

“You wouldn’t hire a made man like a mobster to work at a D.A.’s office, right? You wouldn’t hire a pick-pocket to work as a TSA screener,” Maddow said. “So I find the decision to put her on the payroll inexplicable, and I hope they will reverse their decision.”

Lawrence O’Donnell added his comments during his primetime program.

“She called me a propagandist, but I’ve been called worse,” the host said of McDaniel. “I stopped inviting Trump liars like her on this program in 2016 because I’ve never seen a satisfying, successful interview of a Trump liar and have never thought that I alone could crack the code of how to interview a Trump liar. They are fast and furious liars, and I doubt that I could keep up.

“I would never interview Ronna McDaniel as an expert on Republican campaigns like I would my longtime friend Stuart Stevens, who ran her uncle Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign.”

He continued by noting that if he were ever forced to have McDaniel on the program, he would give her the questions ahead of time. Included in his queries were “Why did you change your name for Donald Trump?” McDaniel — who previously went by Ronna Romney McDaniel — dropped her maiden name in 2017, reportedly at the behest of Trump. The RNC denied that Washington Post report.

“How does that feel, to change her name to curry favor with the madman because he doesn’t like your uncle?”

He continued by stating he would ask about “everything she did” to try to overturn the 2020 election in favor of Donald Trump, and ask why, four years later, she is just now admitting the Republican did not win and that the election wasn’t “rigged” against him.

Ronna McDaniel joined NBC News last week after resigning her position as chair of the Republican National Committee, reportedly at the behest of Trump. She had served in that capacity since 2017. After her hiring was announced, however, MSNBC President Rashida Jones informed staffers McDaniel would not be appearing on the cable news outlet.

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Popular CNN Podcast and Newsletter ‘5 Things’ Gets Weekday Morning Slot on Max

Hosted by Kate Bolduan, the new program will debut on Monday, April 15th on the streaming service.

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CNN has announced plans to create a streaming TV news program based on its popular podcast and newsletter 5 Things on Max.

Hosted by Kate Bolduan, the new program will debut on Monday, April 15th on the streaming service.

“It’s the five essential stories of the morning in five minutes or less,” Bolduan said in a video promoting the launch of the show.

The show was set to be a tentpole of the shuttered CNN+ streaming service when it launched before Warner Bros. Discovery ended the platform mere weeks after its introduction.

A launch of a new program from CNN on the Max platform is latest expansion of the news brand’s digital focus under new CEO Mark Thompson.

In the March 2024 rankings from Podtrac, 5 Things was the 20th most listened-to podcast in the country, falling one spot from its previous month’s ranking.

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Leland Vittert: Joseph Goebbels Would Be Proud of Tucker Carlson

“He’s taking the side of terrorists. There’s no other explanation than his unabashed hatred of Jews.”

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In an interview for his digital video show, Tucker Carlson interviewed a Palestinian Christian Pastor — Dr. Munther Isaac — who claimed the Israelis, not the Palestinians, are killing members of his faith in Bethlehem. NewsNation host Leland Vittert couldn’t hold in his criticism of his former Fox News colleague after seeing the interaction.

In his takedown of Carlson, Vittert argued that the pastor he sat down with has lived and worked in an area controlled by Palesinians for “almost two decades,” so his insinuation that it is actually Israel doing the damage in his area is preposterous.

“If you wake up in the morning and decide that your Christian faith requires you to support a foreign government blowing up churches and killing Christians, I think you’ve lost the thread,” Carlson said while speaking with the reverend on his Tucker on X program published Tuesday.

Leland Vittert — after juxtaposing Carlson’s opinions with those of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart — took the opportunity to compare Tucker Carlson to one of the more prominent Nazi figures.

“Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi propaganda chief — would be proud,” said Vittert. “Tucker’s a smart guy. Yet, he’s taking the side of terrorists. There’s no other explanation than his unabashed hatred of Jews. Twenty years ago, we all remember, Stewart exposed Tucker for what he is. That ended Carlson’s tenure on CNN’s Crossfire.

“But there’s a larger lesson to take now six months since Hamas attacked Israel, since the hostages were taken. Hamas has been exposed for what they are. Stewart has been exposed for caving to his liberal viewers. Carlson’s been exposed for siding with terrorists. And now in America – and this is the sad part – hating Jews, calling for their destruction, celebrating their rape? It’s now ok. It’s hard to have peace with people who think that is ok.”

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CBS News to Rebrand Streaming Network

The network will add new programming as it comes under the full control of the division’s President and CEO Wendy McMahon.

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CBS News has announced an upcoming rebrand of its streaming network and will double the amount of live hours in the process.

On Monday, April 22nd, CBS News Streaming Network will become CBS News 24/7. The network will add new programming as it comes under the full control of the division’s President and CEO Wendy McMahon.

“CBS News 24/7 is a decidedly ambitious evolution of our streaming efforts,” said McMahon. “Data backs up our bet on a fresh, timely, and distinctive approach to breaking news and live coverage. Our audiences crave it, and we’re in the best position to deliver it.”

The network will add a show with John Dickerson called The Daily Report, as well as an extended edition of America Decides on the date of the rebranding. CBS News Roundup and CBS News Confirmed will each be added later this year.

Several “hub” cities will help contribute content to the streaming network. Those hubs will include Cleveland, Columbus, Des Moines, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, Phoenix, Raleigh, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Tampa.

“These news hubs will help us overall respond to stories faster during breaking news simply because we will have people there,” Senior Vice President of Domestic Newsgathering Terri Stewart told CNN’s Oliver Darcy. “Our national movement of community journalism is in response to population shifts across the country, and it’s an extension of what we did at CBS Stations to turn neighborhoods into newsrooms.”

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