Headline RoundupMarch 25th, 2024

Journalists Criticize NBC After Hiring of Ronna McDaniel

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Friday, NBC News announced that former Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel would be joining NBC News (online news rated Lean Left) as a political analyst, and top personalities there are speaking out against the hiring.

Key Details: NBC News' Chief Political Analyst Chuck Todd spoke out against McDaniel after the hiring was reportedly supported unanimously by NBC News leaders. At MSNBC (online news rated Left), producers and anchors have been reassured that they have editorial independence in choosing who they book.

Key Quote: “There’s a reason why there’s a lot of journalists at NBC News uncomfortable with this,” Todd said, “because many of our professional dealings with the RNC over the last six years have been met with gaslighting.” On "Morning Joe," host Joe Scarborough said, “We hope NBC will reconsider its decision. It goes without saying that she will not be a guest on ‘Morning Joe’ in her capacity as a paid contributor.”

For Context: McDaniel left her RNC post on March 8, and former RNC general counsel Michael Whatley and Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump, were selected as co-chairs.

How the Media Covered it: Axios (Lean Left bias) noted that networks are "trying to reflect the MAGA perspective without giving a platform to election deniers." The Federalist (Right bias) noted that MSNBC has also awarded Jen Psaki, President Joe Biden's former press secretary, a prime-time show.

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