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RE-OUSTED: Former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel CANNED by NBC

RE-OUSTED: Former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel CANNED by NBC

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The people have spoken, and reports indicate that the network honchos at NBC News have listened.

When Ronna Romney McDaniel, the former RNC co-chair, was announced as a new political corespondent for NBC, the backlash was massive and immediate. The public opposed placing a high-level Trump sycophant, particularly one who helped him promote disinformation about the 2020 election and even fight to overturn it, in a position of information dissemination.

The network’s employees, including past and present news anchors, also spoke up.

Other journalists have continued to address the reasons that McDaniel would be harmful to the network’s image and why she couldn’t be a trusted source of information for viewers. Now, it seems that NBC has heard the complaints and is acting accordingly.

The word isn’t official at this point, in part because the details are still being worked out, but McDaniel’s interview on Sunday with Kristen Welker could be her last appearance on the network. Puck News‘ Dylan Byers is reporting:

NBC NEWS plans to drop ex RNC-chair Ronna McDaniel as a paid contributor following on-air revolt from NBC/MSNBC talent. Execs are deliberating over details; announcement pending. Meanwhile, McDaniel is seeking legal representation.”

While other right-wing media figures have complained that it’s not fair, because other media personalities and journalists have been hired out of election campaigns or administrations, a number of respected voices have spoken up to explain the problem.

Even on Fox News’ The Five, Jessica Tarlov cut off her fellow hosts’ complaints about what they deemed a “meltdown” at the network. She said:

“She’s not a regular Republican, she’s not a regular opposition voice…She is someone who flies in the face of what has become the core ethos over at NBC and MSNBC, from refusing to say that Joe Biden freely and fairly won that election, to getting on the phone with Donald Trump and calling up GOP officials in Michigan and pressuring them not to certify the election results.”

She did frame the fact of the fair 2020 election as merely “core to [NBC‘s] viewership,” rather than as simply reality, but still stood as at least one Fox News team member agreeing that hiring McDaniel was, at best, “a poor business decision.”

On MSNBC, the Morning Joe hosts said they would not have Ronna as a guest on their show, describing her as “a person who used her position of power to be an anti-democracy election denier,” and calling on NBC to rethink the decision.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also called out the hiring, saying that McDaniel helped “set in motion the part of the plot that involved sending fake Trump electors to Congress…so that Republicans in Washington could use those fake, fraudulent elector slates to contend that maye Trump did win those states, even though he didn’t,” and made sure voters were familiar with McDaniel’s appearance in the January 6th indictment.

When there’s an official announcement from NBC, you’ll see an update here.

Below, watch Fox News‘s Tarlov explain why, even from a point of view that doesn’t recognize “stop the steal” as a passel of lies, it doesn’t make sense for NBC to give McDaniel a podium.

Morning Joe addresses McDaniel joining the network.

Maddow points out that McDaniel is named in the January 6th indictment.

 

Stephanie Bazzle
Steph Bazzle is a news writer who covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph. Sign up for all of her stories to be delivered to your inbox here:

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