March 28, 2024

Ronna McDaniel

NBC News cut ties Tuesday with former Republican National Committee chief Ronna McDaniel less than a week after hiring her as an on-air political contributor, a decision that followed a furious protest by some of its journalists and commentators… NBC [had] announced [last] Friday that McDaniel would contribute commentary across network platforms. It said it wanted the perspective of someone with inside knowledge about the Republican Party and former President Donald Trump heading into the 2024 election…

“In announcing the [reversal] in a memo, NBC Universal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde apologized to staff members who felt let down by the hire, acknowledging he had signed off on it. ‘No organization, particularly a newsroom, can succeed unless it is cohesive and aligned. Over the last few days, it has become clear that this appointment undermines that goal,’ Conde said. But he said the network remained committed to centering ‘voices that represent different parts of the political spectrum.’” AP News

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From the Right

The right is critical of the decision, arguing that it reflects the mainstream media’s liberal bias.

From the Left

The left supports the decision, arguing that McDaniel is not a credible commentator.

The left supports the decision, arguing that McDaniel is not a credible commentator.

A libertarian's take

“Nowadays, McDaniel unambiguously rejects [claims that the 2020 election was stolen]… Sincere or not, McDaniel's avowed view of what happened in 2020 contradicts what most Republicans say they believe. In a Washington Post/University of Maryland poll conducted last December, just 31 percent of Republicans agreed that ‘Joe Biden's election as president was legitimate,’ down from 39 percent in a similar poll two years earlier. That reality presents a problem for TV news executives who say they are trying to present a diversity of political opinions…

“NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde said the network remains ‘committed to the principle that we must have diverse viewpoints on our programs.’ Toward that end, he said, ‘we will redouble our efforts to seek voices that represent different parts of the political spectrum.’ If those ‘different parts’ exclude Republicans who think Trump actually won reelection (which, it's worth noting, would make him ineligible to run this year), NBC already has ruled out most members of the party. And if McDaniel's acknowledgment of reality was too late or too convenient to make the cut, the options are even more limited.”
Jacob Sullum, Reason

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