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March 27, 2024

NBC Election Deniers Boot McDaniel

Peddling lies about 2016 is great. Questioning 2020 is unacceptable.

Well, that was fast.

Four days after hiring Ronna McDaniel as a token conservative, former chair of the Republican National Committee, NBC News fired her. Or, as The Washington Post creatively put it, “NBC reverses decision to hire Ronna McDaniel.”

Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” wouldn’t have been much of a success if he yelled, “You’re not hired anymore!”

Speaking of Trump, this hasn’t been McDaniel’s month. As the former president sailed to the GOP nomination for the third straight cycle, he decided that the RNC needed a change from his hand-picked leader to someone different. McDaniel resigned in early March under pressure from Trump. He even mocked her because she “got fired by Fake News NBC.”

The Associated Press summed it up this way: “The 50-year-old McDaniel was a strong advocate for the former president and helped reshape the GOP in his image. But Trump’s MAGA movement increasingly blamed McDaniel for the former president’s 2020 loss and the party’s failures to meet expectations in races the last two years.” The AP’s not wrong.

Trump bears the lion’s share of responsibility for his own loss, and every leader ought to acknowledge that “the buck stops here.” That said, McDaniel did fail to do the kind of work necessary to get out the vote and counter the Democrats’ bulk-mail ballot push, and her tenure at the RNC was not one of resounding electoral success.

But the story here is NBC News.

McDaniel’s sole appearance was on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” during which she endured a grilling from host Kristen Welker. The Federalist’s Eddie Scarry called it “a predictable segment with Welker prodding McDaniel to either defend or disavow anything she ever said as chairwoman of the RNC during Donald Trump’s tenure as president.”

Meanwhile, many of the network’s other employees threw tantrums on air about McDaniel’s presence on the payroll. We can only imagine the colorful language used behind closed doors. That made keeping McDaniel on the roster untenable.

Between NBC and MSNBC, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Chuck Todd, Joy Reid, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O'Donnell, Nicolle Wallace, and (Joe Biden’s former press secretary) Jen Psaki all decried McDaniel’s mere presence at the network. That’s not surprising, given that their job is to circle the wagons for Democrats, and you can’t do that if there’s a Republican in the wagon circle.

Along with announcing McDaniel’s firing, Cesar Conde, NBCUniversal’s News Group chairman, sent a groveling apology to all the fit-throwing toddlers who pose as journalists. “I want to personally apologize to our team members who felt we let them down,” he wrote. “No organization, particularly a newsroom, can succeed unless it is cohesive and aligned,” Conde added. “Over the last few days, it has become clear that this appointment undermines that goal.”

Now, wait just a minute. Conde is the same guy who, in 2020, said, “As a news organization, [NBC has] a unique responsibility to look like and reflect all of the people of the country we serve.” To him, that meant making sure 50% of employees would be hired on the basis of skin color and 50% on the basis of biological sex. (That was still back in the Dark Ages of gender before leftists forgot what a woman is.)

Of course, Diversity™ has nothing to do with viewpoint and everything to do with either immutable characteristics or gender confusion, depending on the circumstances.

To illustrate that viewpoint conformity is the point, Maddow huffed that NBC shouldn’t give airtime to someone who is “about undermining elections and going after democracy.” Hmm, we wouldn’t want that.

Except we’re old enough to remember when Maddow ran endless segments denying the 2016 election because of Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia. She and her fellow 2016 election denier Hillary Clinton have shared numerous gleeful moments celebrating Trump’s legal troubles and other blissfully hypocritical times lecturing about how denying elections is really bad. At least when Democrats win.

After McDaniel’s ouster, Reid was just plain giddy. “When somebody does the right thing,” she gushed, “I feel like it should be acknowledged as publicly as we acknowledge our outrage.”

Maddow agreed: “I’m grateful that our leadership was willing to do, I think, the bold, strong, resilient thing.” By that, she means caving to hysterical pressure, or, as she put it, “the essentially unanimous feeling among all the journalists in this building.”

Left-wing hacks will always have a home at NBC as long as they’re “aligned” as left-wing hacks. Reid could survive posting homophobic slurs on her blog by claiming she was hacked. Brian Williams was simply reassigned after his lies about his experience in Iraq amounted to stolen valor. NBC still employs Al Sharpton, who’s the epitome of a race-baiting hoaxer. Psaki falsely claimed Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation. We could go on, but you get the idea.

Our point here isn’t to say McDaniel is the best voice or that NBC doesn’t have the right to hire or fire. Heaven knows if anyone could get fired for saying something someone else thought was nutty, nobody would have a job.

However, the abject hypocrisy at NBC is exactly why so few Americans still trust the mainstream media.

Indeed, the real question is why McDaniel ever wanted to join that cesspool in the first place.

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