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Mr. Holt’s coverage ran on MSNBC immediately after the shooting on Saturday and he was scheduled to interview Mr. Biden on Monday. The person said staff members were surprised on Monday when MSNBC ran programming from its digital news service, NBC News Now, instead of the main NBC News show, “Today,” which was not pre-empted. A spokesman for MSNBC denied that NBC had made the programming change because of political considerations. In a statement, the network said: “Given the gravity and complexity of this unfolding story, NBC News, NBC News NOW and MSNBC have remained in rolling breaking news coverage since Saturday evening. MSNBC made other programming changes after the shooting on Saturday.
Persons: Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Kristen Welker, Mr, Biden, , Joe ”, Ali Velshi Organizations: NBC, MSNBC, NBC News, NBCUniversal News, Republican Locations: Savannah, Milwaukee
The Republican Party and its conservative allies are engaged in an unprecedented legal campaign targeting the American voting system. Their wide-ranging and methodical effort is laying the groundwork to contest an election that they argue, falsely, is already being rigged against former President Donald J. Trump. The campaign involves a powerful network of Republican lawyers and activist groups, working loosely in concert with the Republican National Committee. Many of the key players were active in Mr. Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Mr. Trump’s allies have followed a two-pronged approach: restricting voting for partisan advantage ahead of Election Day and short-circuiting the process of ratifying the winner afterward, if Mr. Trump loses.
Persons: Donald J, Trump, Trump’s Organizations: Republican Party, Republican National Committee
President Biden’s resistance to pressure to end his re-election bid appears to be a strategy aimed at running out the clock, a play to leave his party so little time to come up with another candidate that his opponents stand down. Every day that Mr. Biden defies pressure to step aside, the prospects, and logistics, of replacing him become more untenable, and riskier. “It’s a mess,” said James Carville, a consultant who has been among a roster of Democrats pushing for Mr. Biden to step aside and clear the way for a new nominee. Everybody gets exhausted and just says, ‘It’s too much trouble.’”Mr. Biden’s efforts to dig in were showing signs of initial success. On Tuesday, some Democratic leaders in Congress expressed support for the president and said it was time to move on.
Persons: Biden’s, Biden, Donald J, Trump, Mr, , , James Carville, , , Diana DeGette of Organizations: Republican, Democratic Locations: Diana DeGette of Colorado
On Today’s Episode:Top Democrats, Swallowing Fears About Biden’s Candidacy, Remain Behind Him, by Catie Edmondson, Maya C. Miller, Robert Jimison and Annie KarniA Late Play by the Biden Campaign: Running Out the Clock, by Adam Nagourney and Jim RutenbergHow Mar-a-Lago Became the Center of Gravity for the Hard Right, by Karen Yourish, Charlie Smart and David A. FahrentholdAt Least 25 Reported Killed in Israeli Airstrike at School Turned Shelter in Gaza, by Liam Stack and Anushka Patil‘Rust’ Jury Chosen After Questions About Guns, Movies and Alec Baldwin, by Julia Jacobs
Persons: Catie Edmondson, Maya C, Miller, Robert Jimison, Annie Karni, Adam Nagourney, Jim Rutenberg, Karen Yourish, Charlie Smart, David A, Liam Stack, Anushka Patil, Alec Baldwin, Julia Jacobs Organizations: Biden, Gravity Locations: Gaza
With President Biden under pressure to drop his bid for a second term, his party has been thrust into uncharted territory, struggling with a long list of risks and rewards as it faces the prospect of replacing Mr. Biden less than two months before the party convention. No presumptive nominee has withdrawn this late in the process. All of this has left Democrats struggling with critical questions: Is it easier to defeat Mr. Trump with or without Mr. Biden at the top of the ticket? Is it riskier to go with a new candidate or stick with a president who appears headed for defeat? On Wednesday, a New York Times/Siena College poll found that Mr. Trump’s lead over Mr. Biden among likely voters had grown to six percentage points after the president’s halting debate performance last week.
Persons: Biden, Donald J, Trump, Trump’s Organizations: Trump, New York Times, Siena College, Mr
In the aftermath of Thursday’s presidential debate, as Jill Biden led President Biden off the stage, former Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat, raised what she called a “hard and heartbreaking” question. “You have to ask,’’ she said on MSNBC, “how did we get here?”Barely seven weeks before Democrats gather in Chicago to formally nominate Mr. Biden for a second term, the Democratic Party is in crisis. Many party leaders, donors, activists and ordinary voters, stunned by the president’s faltering debate appearance, now fear he will lose to former President Donald J. Trump and drag Democrats to devastating defeats in congressional and state elections. Mr. Biden is surrounded by a tight circle of longtime aides and family members who have encouraged his desire to seek a second term. But interviews with top party strategists, office holders and people close to Democrats seen as possible presidential hopefuls suggest that, just as crucially, party leaders were lulled into complacency or pressed to step in line at crucial moments when they might have persuaded Mr. Biden to step aside.
Persons: Jill Biden, Biden, Claire McCaskill, ’ ’, , Donald J, Mr Organizations: Missouri Democrat, MSNBC, Democratic Party, Trump Locations: Missouri, Chicago
MSNBC placed a big bet on becoming comfort TV for liberals. Time slots on the cable network once devoted to news programming are now occupied by Trump-bashing opinion hosts. On Super Tuesday, when producers aired a portion of a live speech by former President Donald J. Trump, Rachel Maddow chastised her bosses on the air. But MSNBC’s success has had unintended consequences for its parent company, NBC, an original Big Three broadcaster that still strives to appeal to a mass American audience. Local NBC stations between the coasts have demanded, again and again, that executives in New York do more to preserve NBC’s nonpartisan brand, lest MSNBC’s blue-state bent alienate their red-state viewers.
Persons: Biden’s, Jen Psaki, Donald J, Trump, Rachel Maddow Organizations: MSNBC, Trump, White, CNN, Fox News, NBC, Local NBC Locations: New York
Until Friday, at least, the cable news coverage of the first criminal trial of a former president carried a hint of anticlimax. With the dry and slow-moving proceedings inside a Lower Manhattan courtroom closed to their cameras, the networks could only offer their usual interviews with experts and analysts, set to the sights and sounds of their outdoor, on-location camera positions. That all changed on Friday when a man from Florida, Max Azzarello, set himself on fire near the courthouse — immediately bringing home the promise and perils of live cable news, especially for the network that invented the genre, CNN. The network’s legal analyst and anchor, Laura Coates, was doing a live interview with a jury-selection expert when Mr. Azzarello began throwing a batch of conspiracy pamphlets into the air, then dousing himself with an accelerant and setting himself ablaze.
Persons: Max Azzarello, Laura Coates, Azzarello, dousing Organizations: CNN Locations: Manhattan, Florida
Listen and follow The DailyApple Podcasts | Spotify | Amazon MusicRonna McDaniel’s time at NBC was short. The former Republican National Committee chairwoman was hired as an on-air political commentator but released just days later after an on-air revolt by the network’s leading stars. Jim Rutenberg, a writer at large for The Times, discusses the saga and what it might reveal about the state of television news heading into the 2024 presidential race.
Persons: Jim Rutenberg Organizations: Spotify, NBC, Republican National, The Times
Seeking Balance, Tripping Up
  + stars: | 2024-03-27 | by ( Jim Rutenberg | )   time to read: +1 min
The news that NBC had hired and then abruptly cut ties with the former Republican Party chair Ronna McDaniel this week may feel like a flashback for TV insiders and viewers. Once again, a major news network is on the defensive over an attempt to balance out its ranks of talking heads — a mainstay of the genre — with a pro-Trump surrogate whose qualifications for the role appeared to run counter to the basic tenets of journalism. McDaniel, after all, had been a prominent exponent of the false notion that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. As my colleague Alexandra Berzon and I reported yesterday, McDaniel was also at times involved in Trump’s attempts to stave off the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. While the crackup may seem as if it was inevitable in retrospect, it was also reflective of a hallmark of the Trump era: After two impeachments, a Capitol riot and numerous criminal indictments, the question of how to cover Trump is no closer to being solved.
Persons: Ronna McDaniel, McDaniel, Donald Trump, Alexandra Berzon, Joe Biden’s, Trump Organizations: NBC, Republican Party, Trump
Social media companies suspended Donald J. Trump, then the president, and many of his allies from the platforms they had used to spread misinformation about his defeat and whip up the attempt to overturn it. The Biden administration, Democrats in Congress and even some Republicans sought to do more to hold the companies accountable. Mr. Trump and his allies embarked instead on a counteroffensive, a coordinated effort to block what they viewed as a dangerous effort to censor conservatives. Waged in the courts, in Congress and in the seething precincts of the internet, that effort has eviscerated attempts to shield elections from disinformation in the social media era. It tapped into — and then, critics say, twisted — the fierce debate over free speech and the government’s role in policing content.
Persons: Donald J, Trump, Biden Organizations: Social Locations: Jan, Washington, Congress
Yep, He Did It Again
  + stars: | 2024-03-07 | by ( Jim Rutenberg | More About Jim Rutenberg | )   time to read: 1 min
Rupert Murdoch decided that at 92, it was time to give up the reins of power at his media empire — but it seems he believes age is no barrier for new love, or a new marriage. On Thursday, Mr. Murdoch’s office said that he planned to marry his girlfriend, Elena Zhukova, 67, a retired molecular biologist whom he started dating in the summer. The nuptials, scheduled for June, would culminate a topsy-turvy romantic journey to a fifth marriage for Mr. Murdoch, whose personal dramas have frequently made him the focus of the tabloid gossip industry he helped create. After he divorced Jerry Hall, the model and ex-wife of Mick Jagger, in the summer of 2022, he became engaged to Ann Lesley Smith, a retired dental hygienist, in the spring of 2023. He abruptly broke off that engagement, however, after about two weeks.
Persons: Rupert Murdoch, Elena Zhukova, Murdoch, Jerry Hall, Mick Jagger, Ann Lesley Smith
Tucker Carlson left Moscow more than a week ago, riding high from an interview with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia that returned him to the spotlight after his abrupt cancellation by Fox News last spring. But the interview with the wartime autocrat, mocked in various corners of the political-media world for its soft touch, continues to have a long and tortured afterlife — becoming a trending topic all over again on Friday after Mr. Putin’s most vocal domestic opponent, Aleksei A. Navalny, turned up dead in a Russian prison. “This is what Putin’s Russia is, @TuckerCarlson,” Liz Cheney, the former Republican congresswoman from Wyoming, wrote on X after the news of Mr. Navalny’s death broke on Friday. “And you are Putin’s useful idiot.”Naomi Biden, President Biden’s granddaughter, also weighed in, pointing to a video that Mr. Carlson had recently posted in which he contrasted the supposed splendors of Russia under Mr. Putin’s leadership with the “filth and crime” of the United States. “Has anything aged so poorly, so quickly before?” Ms. Biden wrote on X.
Persons: Tucker Carlson, Vladimir V, Putin, Aleksei A, ” Liz Cheney, Navalny’s, ” Naomi Biden, Biden’s, Carlson, Ms, Biden Organizations: Fox News Locations: Moscow, Russia, Wyoming, United States
“It seems like a great opportunity to highlight that he’s running for president,” Ms. Shanahan said. “I do think we have an environmental health crisis in this country,” Ms. Shanahan said. Stefanie Spear, the press secretary for the Kennedy campaign, did not respond to a request for comment on Monday. Mr. Mellon’s role has raised eyebrows among some Democrats, with fears widespread in the party that Mr. Kennedy could siphon votes away from Mr. Biden. “Neither of us were willing to give up on the idea of the Super Bowl ad,” Mr. Lyons said.
Persons: Robert F, Kennedy Jr, John F, Kennedy, Nicole Shanahan, Sergey Brin, Ms, Shanahan, ” Ms, , ” Mr, , ” Tony Lyons, Shanahan’s, Stefanie Spear, Brin, Biden’s, , Biden, Emily Elconin, Lyons, Gavin de Becker, de Becker, Kennedy’s, Timothy Mellon, Donald J, Trump, Mr, he’s, Jim Rutenberg Organizations: Sunday, Google, CBS Sports, Paramount, Paramount Global, PAC, Bay Area, Democratic, Democratic National, Trump, Federal Locations: Bay, United States, New York
Last spring, it seemed Tucker Carlson might have reached the end of his fiery path through American media and politics. Fox News canceled his top-rated show, depriving Mr. Carlson of his nightly platform in prime time. Under the old rules of the legacy media, Mr. Carlson would have been off the air and out of sight through the end of the 2024 election, when his contract runs out. But Mr. Carlson is no typical television star. In landing an exclusive interview with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — released on Thursday on the social network X and Mr. Carlson’s own streaming site, Tucker Carlson Network — the host returned with a vengeance to the center of American politics.
Persons: Tucker Carlson, Carlson, Vladimir V, Putin, Russia — Organizations: Fox News, Tucker Carlson Network Locations: Russia
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia will “soon” sit for an interview with Tucker Carlson, the former Fox News host said on Tuesday, a sign that the Russian leader is seeking to make a direct appeal to American conservatives as U.S. aid to Ukraine hangs in the balance. “We’re here to interview the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin,” Mr. Carlson said in a video apparently shot from a high-rise in central Moscow and posted to the social network X. “We’ll be doing that soon.”The Kremlin did not immediately confirm that the interview would take place, and has declined to comment on the possibility when asked by journalists in recent days. Mr. Carlson has been in Moscow for several days, according to Russian state media, which has delivered a blow-by-blow account of his visit, raising anticipation of a potential interview by Mr. Carlson of Mr. Putin. Mr. Carlson, whose show appears on X, did not specify the timing of any upcoming interview.
Persons: Vladimir V, Putin, , , Tucker Carlson, Vladimir Putin, ” Mr, Carlson, We’ll, Mr, Putin’s Organizations: Fox News, CNBC Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Moscow, American
Tucker Carlson, the former Fox News host, has interviewed President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, a sign that the Russian leader is seeking to make a direct appeal to American conservatives as U.S. aid to Ukraine hangs in the balance. Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, said Mr. Carlson had conducted the interview on Tuesday. Mr. Carlson has been in Moscow for several days, according to Russian state media, which has delivered a blow-by-blow account of his visit, raising anticipation of a potential interview by Mr. Carlson of Mr. Putin. On Tuesday night, he revealed that he was interviewing the Russian leader. “We’re here to interview the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin,” Mr. Carlson said in a video apparently shot from a high-rise building in central Moscow and posted to the social media network X.
Persons: Tucker Carlson, Vladimir V, Putin, Dmitri S, Carlson, Mr, , Vladimir Putin, ” Mr, We’ll, Organizations: Fox News, Kremlin Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Moscow
If so, Mr. Carlson would be the first American media figure to land a formal interview with the Russian leader since he invaded Ukraine nearly two years ago. Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, has indicated that Mr. Putin was denying requests from Western new outlets because their countries had been “stupefied” by anti-Russian propaganda. But Mr. Carlson has been a defender of Mr. Putin while attacking his Western critics, placing him at the vanguard of a pro-Putin wing of the American conservative movement. In a call with reporters on Monday, Mr. Peskov said: “Many foreign journalists come to the Russian Federation every day. Many continue to work here, and we welcome this.” He added, “As for possible interviews with the president, including with foreign media, we have nothing to report at the moment.”
Persons: Tucker Carlson, Vladimir V, Putin, Carlson, Putin’s, Dmitri Peskov, Mr, Peskov Organizations: Fox News, Putin, Russian Federation Locations: Moscow, Russia, United States, American, Ukraine
CNN —Lachlan Murdoch is stepping onto center stage. On Wednesday, his father, Rupert Murdoch, officially stepped down as chairman of News Corporation, the print publishing arm of the billionaire mogul’s powerful media empire, marking the end of an era. In his final remarks on Wednesday to the News Corporation board as chairman, Murdoch hit on a number of topics. His profile rose when he took on the role of executive chairman in 2015 at what was then 21st Century Fox. But Lachlan, whose Fox News has refrained from openly skewering the GOP frontrunner, has never made such comments in public.
Persons: Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch, Rupert, Murdoch, Evan Gershkovich, , Lachlan, ” Rupert, James Murdoch, Fox, Donald Trump, Trump, hasn’t, Jim Rutenberg, , “ Will Lachlan, ” Rutenberg, “ Murdoch, Will Lachlan Organizations: CNN, News Corporation, Fox Corporation, Fox News, Century Fox, Disney, Fox, GOP, Australian, Voting, The New York Times Locations: Russia, Lachlan, Australia, Americas
Rupert Murdoch announced he is stepping down as the leader of Fox and News Corp.His elder son, Lachlan, will take over both companies, ending a decades-long family drama. She quit the family business years ago. AdvertisementAdvertisementThat left Lachlan and James, who have passed the title of successor between the two of them over the decades. For much of the 2000s and 2010s, it seemed as if James would eventually take over the family business. AdvertisementAdvertisementMeanwhile, Murdoch's favorite son, Lachlan, has been a Roman Roy-esque wild card, with the same right-wing politics as the "Succession" character.
Persons: Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan, HBO's, Lachlan Murdoch, Murdoch, , Logan Roy, I'm, Murdoch's, Michael Wolff, — Elisabeth, James —, Murdoch didn't, Jonathan Mahler, Jim Rutenberg, Elisabeth, Siobhan Roy, James, Kendall Roy, Wolff, Kendall, Roman Roy, Fair's Gabriel Sherman, Lachlan weren't, Sherman Organizations: Fox, News Corp, Service, Fox Corp, Fox News, Street, New, New York Post, Fair, New York Times, Wall, Century Fox, latter's, New York Magazine Locations: Wall, Silicon, New York, Roman, Australia
Rupert Murdoch is retiring from the Fox and News Corporation boards, the company announced Thursday morning, making his son Lachlan the sole executive in charge of the global media empire he built from a small local newspaper concern in Australia starting 70 years ago. The elder Mr. Murdoch will become chairman emeritus of the two companies, the company said in a release. Mr. Murdoch, 92, had shown no intention to step down or even slow down — even after he named Lachlan as the operating heir to his business empire in 2019, when he sold his vast entertainment holdings to the Walt Disney Company. Even now, in his emeritus status, he will continue to offer counsel, Lachlan Murdoch said in a statement.
Persons: Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan, Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch Organizations: Fox and News Corporation, Walt Disney Company Locations: Australia
In the end, Mr. Licht’s attempt appeared to satisfy no one. In fact, Mr. Licht’s short tenure does not provide an easy answer. But it did illuminate just how hard it can be to find success where Mr. Licht was sent looking. And, several current and former CNN staff members said, that clear notion was precisely what was lacking under Mr. Licht and his boss, Mr. Zaslav, whose direction he was following. The definition was shaped more by what they did not want — all that had come before them under Mr. Licht’s predecessor, Jeff Zucker — than what they did want.
Persons: Licht’s, Licht, ” —, Zaslav, Donald J, Trump, . Licht, Jeff Zucker — Organizations: Cable, Republican, CNN
In the month since the settlement, Fox has refused to comment in detail on the case or the many subsequent setbacks. That has left a string of unanswered questions: Why did the company not settle earlier and avoid the release of private emails and texts from executives and hosts? How did Fox’s pretrial assessment so spectacularly miss the mark? Repeatedly, Fox executives overlooked warning signs about the damage they and their network would sustain, The Times found. When pretrial rulings went against the company, Fox did not pursue a settlement in any real way.
Fox News was hit on Wednesday with another defamation lawsuit, this one from a woman who said the network promoted lies about her that generated serious threats to her safety and harmed her career prospects. The suit was filed on behalf of Nina Jankowicz, the former executive director of a short-lived Department of Homeland Security division assigned with coordinating efforts to monitor and address disinformation threats to national security. Right-wing pundits and politicians falsely portrayed her group as part of an Orwellian bid to control the speech and thought of ordinary Americans. Ms. Jankowicz, a prominent specialist in Russian disinformation and online harassment, became the primary subject of their attacks. In 300 mentions over eight months on Fox last year, she was repeatedly demeaned and defamed in highly personal language, the lawsuit asserts.
A representative for Mr. Carlson said he had no comment. The contents of the text were disclosed in interviews with several people close to the defamation lawsuit against Fox. Image A page from the redacted document obtained by The Times that contains the text message from Tucker Carlson that led to his demise at Fox. In that text, Mr. Carlson described his own emotions as he watched the video of the violent clash, which he said took place on the streets of Washington. Mr. Carlson did not describe the race of the man being attacked.
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