NBC/WSJ Poll Shows Trump Trailing Multiple Democratic Candidates in Head-to-Head Matchups


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A new poll from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal shows President Donald Trump behind many of his Democratic opponents in the 2020 election. According to the July poll, former Vice President Joe Biden leads Trump by nine points and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) leads him by seven points, both outside the poll’s margin of error of 3.5 points. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) leads Trump by five points, 48 percent to 43 percent. And Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is ahead of Trump by just one percentage point, 45 percent to 44 percent. NBC News noted that Trump is fairing worse than President Barack Obama did for the same poll at roughly this point in the election cycle back in 2012. Obama held a 1-point edge over eventual Republican nominee Mitt Romney among registered voters, something Trump doesn’t have for any of the above listed candidates. According to Continue reading "NBC/WSJ Poll Shows Trump Trailing Multiple Democratic Candidates in Head-to-Head Matchups"

Lester Holt Deemed Best Democratic Debate Moderator By New Poll


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A new poll found a large majority of viewers thought NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt did the best job moderating the Democratic debates in Miami last week. A poll conducted by Morning Consult and The Hollywood Reporter reported 67% of those surveyed said he did an “excellent” or “good” job, compared with only 9% who said he did a “poor” job. In contrast, 42% of respondents rated Chuck Todd as an “excellent” or “good” moderator, while 52% of respondents said Todd did a “poor” job. Overall, Holt was apparently the most liked of all the moderators, with 29% of respondents in all age groups surveyed saying he did the best job. He was followed by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow at 18% and Today co-host Savannah Guthrie with 10 percent. The poll consisted of 1,860 respondents and respondents were polled both before and after the two-night debate. The poll’s findings Continue reading "Lester Holt Deemed Best Democratic Debate Moderator By New Poll"

Cory Booker Says Biden ‘Not Bringing People Together’ on Racial Issues: He’s Causing ‘Pain With His Words’


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Sen. Cory Booker criticized 2020 opponent Joe Biden on Meet the Press Sunday, telling NBC anchor Chuck Todd the former vice president is “causing a lot of frustration and even pain with his words.” Booker wasn’t on the NBC debate stage when Biden took fire for his record on civil rights from Sen. Kamala Harris (Booker appeared the night before), but when Todd asked him about the exchange between the two candidates, he didn’t pull punches. The New Jersey Democrat first criticized Biden for getting defensive when questioned on his comments about race. “Whoever the next president is going to be really needs to be someone who can talk openly and honestly about race with vulnerability because none of us are perfect, but really call this country to common ground, to reconciliation,” Booker continued. “I’m not sure if Vice President Biden is up to that task, given the way Continue reading "Cory Booker Says Biden ‘Not Bringing People Together’ on Racial Issues: He’s Causing ‘Pain With His Words’"

BREAKING: NBC’s Second Debate Sets Ratings Record With 18.1 Million Viewers


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NBC’s second round of DNC primary debates marked another massive ratings success for the network, with the Thursday night “Group of Death” between the party’s top contenders ringing in as the top-rated Democratic debate in history. The Thursday night ratings set a new record with 18.1 million viewers  — nearly three million more than Wednesday night, which nearly broke the party’s primary debate record itself. The Nielsen data notched 3 million viewers in the 25-54 demo and 4.4 million in the key 18-49 demo. The network announced another 9 million viewers on top of their TV numbers. The Thursday night viewer count shattered the previous top Democratic debate night record, as the 2016 election’s most viewed DNC debate earned an audience of 15.5 million. The Thursday matchup featured candidates perceived to be the election’s heavy hitters, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, and former Continue reading "BREAKING: NBC’s Second Debate Sets Ratings Record With 18.1 Million Viewers"

NBC Battled Brutal Technical Difficulties and Misbehaved Candidates. But Its First Debates Were a Success.


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MIAMI — There were high stakes! for NBC at night two of the Democratic debates down here in South Florida. Your humble Mediaite correspondent watched the second iteration of the 2020 carnival from the airy (and thank fuck, air-conditioned) halls of the NBC spin room, in the Ziff Opera House. There were some minor technical hiccups, but nothing as dire as Wednesday night’s, when Chuck Todd was forced to call an untimely commercial break after a painful few minutes of mic failures. Hurdles for NBC presented themselves early. A source told Mediaite that there was a small panic moments before the debate as staffers had to rush to fill up the hall with bodies when they realized there wasn’t enough meat in the room. The broadcast managed to slap some makeup on that snafu, and it went unnoticed on air. While NBC’s technical staff focused on smoothing out the broadcast, Continue reading "NBC Battled Brutal Technical Difficulties and Misbehaved Candidates. But Its First Debates Were a Success."

CBS’s Major Garrett Smacks NBC for Favoring Elizabeth Warren in Democratic Debate Part One


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During and after part one of NBC’s Democratic primary debate, a number of people, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, said the network was unfairly favoring Elizabeth Warren. On This Morning on Thursday, CBS News’ chief correspondent Major Garrett said the same, knocking the rival network for the apparent bias. “What is interesting to me about last night is Elizabeth Warren got five questions in the first 40 minutes,” said Garrett as they discussed the debate. “That solidified the appearance of her being the most important person on that stage.” CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King agreed. “I noticed that, too, Major,” she said. “If I was the other candidates I would say –-“ Garrett continued as King added her observation. “And other candidates were getting a little uncomfortable with it,” said Garrett. King agreed again. Garrett pointed out it was less lop-sided in the second hour of the debate, Continue reading "CBS’s Major Garrett Smacks NBC for Favoring Elizabeth Warren in Democratic Debate Part One"

CBS’s Major Garrett Smacks NBC for Favoring Elizabeth Warren in Democratic Debate Part One


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During and after part one of NBC’s Democratic primary debate, a number of people, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, said the network was unfairly favoring Elizabeth Warren. On This Morning on Thursday, CBS News’ chief correspondent Major Garrett said the same, knocking the rival network for the apparent bias. “What is interesting to me about last night is Elizabeth Warren got five questions in the first 40 minutes,” said Garrett as they discussed the debate. “That solidified the appearance of her being the most important person on that stage.” CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King agreed. “I noticed that, too, Major,” she said. “If I was the other candidates I would say –-“ Garrett continued as King added her observation. “And other candidates were getting a little uncomfortable with it,” said Garrett. King agreed again. Garrett pointed out it was less lop-sided in the second hour of the debate, Continue reading "CBS’s Major Garrett Smacks NBC for Favoring Elizabeth Warren in Democratic Debate Part One"

CBS’s Major Garrett Smacks NBC for Favoring Elizabeth Warren in Democratic Debate Part One


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During and after part one of NBC’s Democratic primary debate, a number of people, including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, said the network was unfairly favoring Elizabeth Warren. On This Morning on Thursday, CBS News’ chief correspondent Major Garrett said the same, knocking the rival network for the apparent bias. “What is interesting to me about last night is Elizabeth Warren got five questions in the first 40 minutes,” said Garrett as they discussed the debate. “That solidified the appearance of her being the most important person on that stage.” CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King agreed. “I noticed that, too, Major,” she said. “If I was the other candidates I would say –-“ Garrett continued as King added her observation. “And other candidates were getting a little uncomfortable with it,” said Garrett. King agreed again. Garrett pointed out it was less lop-sided in the second hour of the debate, Continue reading "CBS’s Major Garrett Smacks NBC for Favoring Elizabeth Warren in Democratic Debate Part One"

Beyond Audio and Technical Issues, NBC News Struggled With First 2020 Primary Debate


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The audio technical difficulties from Wednesday night’s debate may have gotten the headlines (and the Trump trolling tweet) but there were other issues that kept NBC News’ overall production tethered to the ground. The kindest thing one could reasonably say about NBC News’ presentation of the first 2020 Democratic debate Wednesday night is that the cards were stacked against them. Featuring 10 candidates — many of whom were nearly unrecognizable to a non-politically obsessed citizen — combined with the fact that it was the first debate production in over three years, proved to be tough challenges to surmount. First, however, some praise. Rachel Maddow proved herself to be a completely capable debate moderator, effectively dismissing conservative critics taking issue with an opinion show host as debate moderator.  Not only did she keep her allied point of view in check, but she effectively pushed back on candidates who wantonly ignored Continue reading "Beyond Audio and Technical Issues, NBC News Struggled With First 2020 Primary Debate"

Chuck Todd Bewildered By Trump Claim He Didn’t Lose Popular Vote: ‘What Are You Talking About?’


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NBC’s Chuck Todd was bewildered by President Donald Trump again claiming he did not actually lose the popular vote in 2016, and appearing to cast doubt on the vote total. “You didn’t like the fact that you lost the popular vote. That bothered you didn’t it?” Todd asked. “There were a lot of votes cast that I don’t believe. I look at California–” Trump said before Todd cut him off saying “Mr. President.” Trump has often bristled in interviews when it is mentioned he lost the 2016 popular vote to Hillary Clinton. “Excuse me,” Trump continued “Take a look at Judicial Watch. Take a look at their settlement. California admitted to a million votes.” Trump appeared to be obliquely referencing a settlement announced by the conservative watchdog group, which aimed to have Los Angeles County remove inactive voters from voting rolls. However, the lawsuit did not expose Continue reading "Chuck Todd Bewildered By Trump Claim He Didn’t Lose Popular Vote: ‘What Are You Talking About?’"

Trump Praises ‘Smart’ and ‘Tough’ Hillary Clinton: ‘She Was Ruthless and Vicious’


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President Donald Trump had rare praise for Hillary Clinton, his 2016 presidential opponent, in an interview with Chuck Todd that aired on NBC News Sunday. “I went to Michigan. She didn’t go to Michigan enough. I won Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. I won places that she didn’t do a good job. What can I tell you? No, maybe I did a great job. You know, I never get credit for that. They always say she was a lousy candidate,” Trump said in the interview. “I actually think that Hillary Clinton was a great candidate. She was very smart. She was very tough. She was ruthless and vicious.” Trump launched his 2020 campaign with a rally in Florida last week, where he spent much of his speech reliving the 2016 election and attacking Clinton. “You’d rather run against her again, wouldn’t you?” Todd asked. “You only talked about her Continue reading "Trump Praises ‘Smart’ and ‘Tough’ Hillary Clinton: ‘She Was Ruthless and Vicious’"

Newspaper Accuses NBC News of Asking ‘Highly Inappropriate Questions’ For Report on Their Trump Coverage


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Epoch Times Accuses NBC News of Inappropriate Questions The Epoch Times, a multi-language newspaper founded by a group of Chinese-Americans associated with the “spiritual group” Falun Gong, printed an open letter to NBC News on Thursday, objecting questions being asked by their reporters. Characterizing NBC’s questions as “inappropriate” and unduly focused on the religious practices of Epoch employees, the letter has garnered some attention on social media. The story NBC is writing, according to this public statement from The Epoch Times, is about the way in which Epoch covers President Donald Trump. As they characterize it, NBC is trying to “discredit” the website because it is insufficiently critical of the president. “The plain truth is that because The Epoch Times’ coverage of Trump differs from that of NBC, two reporters have sought to hunt for an agenda that would discredit us,” wrote publisher Stephen Gregory on Thursday. The public complaint begins with the explanation that NBC’s Continue reading "Newspaper Accuses NBC News of Asking ‘Highly Inappropriate Questions’ For Report on Their Trump Coverage"

Meet TikTok: How The Washington Post, NBC News, and The Dallas Morning News are using the of-the-moment platform


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Tired of the trolls and infinite screaming on Twitter? Try the infinite video memes on TikTok — perhaps the most successful new social platform among American young people since Snapchat more than a half-decade ago. And as with Snapchat before it, news organizations are trying to figure out a way in — wading into the duet-laden waters of the newest Next Big Thing, where Generation Z is applying makeup Michael Jackson-style to the tune of Marina and the Diamonds’ “I Am Not a Robot,” recreating their most extreme morning routine to Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” dressing up their pets of all sizes with Lizzo’s “Boys,” and more. TikTok is old enough to have guides and explainers in The New York Times, The Verge, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among others — read those if you want the full how-to. But for context, TikTok is
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Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink


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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said a remarkable set of words on MSNBC on Thursday, although you wouldn’t know it by anchor Chuck Todd’s reaction. The two were talking Trump, of course, and Todd was essentially saying to Warner that it’s obvious Republicans can’t respect the rule of law or “norms” of government, so when will Democrats realize they can’t hope for decency from the bad guys. Warner, in turn, felt it was important to indict the American people in addition to the GOP. The specific context of the exchange was the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, which Warner attempted to have passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans. Todd asked Warner to explain on what grounds Republicans would even object to such a bill, and Warner replied that the amount of fear among the GOP over angering Trump is “pretty wild.” Continue reading "Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink"

Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink


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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said a remarkable set of words on MSNBC on Thursday, although you wouldn’t know it by anchor Chuck Todd’s reaction. The two were talking Trump, of course, and Todd was essentially saying to Warner that it’s obvious Republicans can’t respect the rule of law or “norms” of government, so when will Democrats realize they can’t hope for decency from the bad guys. Warner, in turn, felt it was important to indict the American people in addition to the GOP. The specific context of the exchange was the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, which Warner attempted to have passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans. Todd asked Warner to explain on what grounds Republicans would even object to such a bill, and Warner replied that the amount of fear among the GOP over angering Trump is “pretty wild.” Continue reading "Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink"

Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink


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Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner said a remarkable set of words on MSNBC on Thursday, although you wouldn’t know it by anchor Chuck Todd’s reaction. The two were talking Trump, of course, and Todd was essentially saying to Warner that it’s obvious Republicans can’t respect the rule of law or “norms” of government, so when will Democrats realize they can’t hope for decency from the bad guys. Warner, in turn, felt it was important to indict the American people in addition to the GOP. The specific context of the exchange was the Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections (FIRE) Act, which Warner attempted to have passed by unanimous consent on Thursday, an effort blocked by Senate Republicans. Todd asked Warner to explain on what grounds Republicans would even object to such a bill, and Warner replied that the amount of fear among the GOP over angering Trump is “pretty wild.” Continue reading "Democrat Sen. Mark Warner Says ‘Shame on Americans’, NBC’s Chuck Todd Doesn’t Even Blink"

EXCLUSIVE: MSNBC Shakeup Leaves New Dayside Programming Leadership


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MSNBC quietly implemented a sweeping shakeup in programming this week, Mediaite has learned, appointing SVP of programming and development Jonathan Wald and MSNBC executive editor Dan Arnall to lead dayside. The former head of dayside, NBC News SVP Janelle Rodriguez, will take control of NBC News Now, the network’s streaming service. A source told Mediaite that the new organization returns MSNBC to its former structure: dayside will be managed in two blocks, with Wald taking over 9 a.m. to noon and Arnall taking noon to 4 p.m. Wald will also continue to oversee the network’s primetime shows, alongside MSNBC president Phil Griffin. Rodriguez will continue to lead newsgathering and editorial for MSNBC dayside, NBC Nightly News, in addition to her job for the network’s streaming service. Show producers, however, will report to Wald and Arnall. One source familiar told Mediaite the changes came amidst mounting complaints Continue reading "EXCLUSIVE: MSNBC Shakeup Leaves New Dayside Programming Leadership"

NBC News Commemorates D-Day Anniversary with Nightly News’ Lester Holt, Tom Brokaw Contributes


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NBC News is commemorating D-Day all week with special coverage that features Greatest Generation expert Tom Brokaw collaborating with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt. Two special editions of Nightly News will be anchored from Normandy with special coverage and Brokaw will be providing his own insight and expertise with Normandy. Normandy  — and D-Day — holds a special place in Brokaw’s long and distinguished career. He first went to Normandy 35 years ago for the 40th anniversary and now this will be his fifth assignment reporting from Normandy. He is, of course, also the author of the bestseller, The Greatest Generation, about the American Men and Women who served during that war. That term has now entered the lexicon of American History. Holt will anchor two special editions of NBC Nightly News from Normandy on Wednesday, June 5 and Thursday, June 6 to mark the 75th anniversary of Continue reading "NBC News Commemorates D-Day Anniversary with Nightly News’ Lester Holt, Tom Brokaw Contributes"