This is MSNBC’s second major lineup change in a row.
A new name for Chuck Todd’s Meet the Press Daily, which is an offshoot of NBC’s venerable news show Meet the Press, is being given to the streaming service NBC News NOW. On Monday, June 6, at 4 p.m. ET, the newly renamed hour will begin streaming.
Chris Jansing, MSNBC’s Senior National Correspondent, will begin hosting MSNBC Reports at 1 pm on Thursday, May 26 as a result of the change.
CEO Noah Oppenheim of NBC News said that his company was “the leader in streaming news” on Friday. The best of NBC News journalism has been delivered free to streaming audiences everywhere since our beginning,” says the company. This is an exciting development for NBC News NOW, which has been a leader in the news-streaming industry from its inception, and Chuck was one of the first broadcast anchors to recognize its enormous potential.”
Morning Joe has added a fourth hour (at 9 a.m.) to MSNBC’s daytime program, only days after Craig Melvin left the 11 a.m. hour to focus on NBC’s Today. Primetime has also seen some changes, with Rachel Maddow pulling back from five nights a week to Mondays alone, and Stephanie Ruhle taking over as host of The 11th Hour from Brian Williams.
In addition, beginning May 7, Symone Sanders, the former main spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, will debut Symone, a new weekend show airing Saturdays at 4 p.m. Jill Biden, the First Lady, will be her first guest.
Critical race theory is dismissed by NBC’s Chuck Todd as a “fake debate.”
‘It keeps people watching or clicking… That’s the issue,’ says the author.
Chuck Todd, an anchor for NBC, was quick to downplay the rising controversy about critical race theory, which is at the center of a heated discussion between parents and school boards around the country.
The moderator of “Meet the Press” was asked if the shift toward opinion-dominated media is “dangerous” in an interview with Mediaite published Thursday. He responded by expressing concern about news organizations “catering” to their audiences in order to increase clicks and views.
“So my fear is that you continue to corrupt the news cycle as you do this over time, right?” Todd remarked. “Take, for example, the so-called debate over critical race theory. And I say’so-called controversy’ because it’s a construct of sorts… It’s a phony controversy that’s been created. And, I suppose, it simply attracts attention. It keeps people watching, clicking, or doing whatever else they’re doing. That is the source of concern.”
He went on to say, “And then, all of a sudden, there’s this perceived- and then, all of a sudden, yadda, yadda, yadda- school board meetings are being disrupted, right? After that, you’re just like, “Wait a minute.” Are you reporting on breaking news that people need to know about?”
The leftist MSNBC host emphasized that news companies’ “fundamental purpose” is to enlighten viewers about “what they need to know, not simply what they want to know.”
“This is something I discuss with my coworkers. And it’s as if you have a collective accord that says, ‘Yeah, this is a problem.’ But, hey, I have to do this for my audience,’ she says.” Todd told Mediaite about it. “We know it’s awful collectively, but I believe there are too many of us behaving individually, and I believe part of the reason is that the incentive system in this case favors the individual rather than the collective.”