The Latest: Nancy Pelosi reelected speaker of the House
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks to the media, Wednesday Dec. 30, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The group of House and Senate Republicans are echoing President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud. Democrat Nancy Pelosi was set to be reelected as House speaker by her party, which retains the majority in the House but with the slimmest margin in 20 years. Hawley specifically defended himself against criticism from GOP Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania as he challenges that state’s election results. Rep. Nancy Pelosi is set to be reelected as House speaker by fellow Democrats, who retain the House majority but with the slimmest margin in 20 years.
Debate commission says it will make changes to format
(Olivier Douliery/Pool vi AP)NEW YORK – The presidential debate commission says it will soon adopt changes to its format to avoid a repeat of the disjointed first meeting between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. The next presidential debate is a town hall format scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami. That was the most-watched presidential debate ever. He called on the debate commission to act. Wallace is the only presidential debate moderator this cycle with prior experience, after receiving praise for handling the final Clinton-Trump debate in 2016.
Complete Virginia Senate debate between Sen. Mark Warner and Daniel Gade
Complete Virginia Senate debate between Sen. Mark Warner and Daniel GadePublished: September 23, 2020, 7:24 pmSen. Warner and his Republican challenger, Daniel Gade, took part in a debate on Sept. 23, 2020. NBC News' Chuck Todd moderated the debate, that was hosted by NBC4 in Washington, D.C.
Trump complains of roll call coverage; nets cut speech off
President Donald Trump points out into the audience after speaking during the first day of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. President Donald Trump complained about spotty coverage of the roll call vote that renominated him as the Republican candidate for president, and some television networks abandoned Trump's informal, 54-minute acceptance speech for aggressive fact-checking. Democrats turned the traditional roll call vote into a well-received television production, with delegates stationed in their home state or territory to proclaim allegiance to Joe Biden. Republicans had 336 delegates a fraction of the normal amount support Trump at the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina. Trump specifically complained about CNN and MSNBC, although he also grumbled that Fox News Channel had announcers talking over the vote.
TV's unconventional night capped by raves for Michelle Obama
(Scott Olson/Pool via AP)NEW YORK After a night in which television struggled to keep up with the Democrats' virtual convention, networks were rewarded with the most traditional of political events a powerful speech. This will not be like any convention we have seen before, ever, CNNs Anderson Cooper said at the opening of his networks coverage. Segments spent on broadcast networks previewing speeches by Obama and Sanders seemed like time-wasters when there were other things to show. Wallace's colleague, Dana Perino, stumbled into an unfortunate word choice in an effort to convey enthusiasm for Obama's address. Four years ago, when Hillary Clinton was nominated, 25 million people tuned in to the first night.
NBC News apologizes for 'inaccurately' quoting William Barr
This combination photo shows Chuck Todd at the 2018 NBCUniversal Upfront in New York on May 14, 2018, left, and Attorney General William Barr speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville Tenn., on Feb. 26, 2020. NBC News is apologizing for a "Meet the Press" segment that cut a portion of an interview with Attorney General William Barr that left a false impression. When Barr was asked by reporter Catherine Herridge what history would say about the decision, Barr replied that “history is written by the winner. “Earlier today, we inadvertently and inaccurately cut short a video clip of an interview with AG Barr before offering commentary and analysis. The remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error.said that “the remaining clip included important remarks from the attorney general that we missed, and we regret the error,” the tweet said.
Trump again pressures U.S. regulator on news programming
REUTERS/Yuri GripasOn Monday, Trump said NBC News Meet the Press host Chuck Todd should be fired, suggesting the program misleadingly aired only part of U.S. Attorney General William Barrs answer to a question. Trump tweeted at FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and said Todd knew exactly what he was doing. Pai said in an April 7 letter that absent very narrow circumstances, the government cannot and should not investigate stations or revoke licenses based on programming the station airs.Pai also urged Democrats to reject calls to investigate broadcasts for airing Trump press conferences on coronavirus. In October 2017, Trump suggested the FCC could challenge the license of NBC after stories Trump declared were not true, but Pai said it had no authority to do so. Courts have held that a station exercising its First Amendment rights is not adequate grounds to challenge a license.feeds.reuters.com
Democratic primary debate a win for NBC as 15.3 million viewers watch
With 20 qualifying candidates in the debates, the Democratic National Committee split them into two groups of 10 through a lottery. The result put Biden on the same night as several of his top competitors, while Warren was among a group of candidates all polling with 5% or less.latimes.com
Trump's Meet the Press interview fails to deliver ratings bump for NBC
The interview drew 3.1 million viewers according to Nielsen data. In the first quarter of 2019, it averaged 3.729 million viewers per episode. A primetime ABC interview with Trump June 16 pulled in 3.91 million viewers, down nearly 50% from previous ABC interview in 2017. His August 16, 2015 appearance -- his first as a candidate -- drew 3.612 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Two Trump episodes in early 2016 broke 4 million viewers, but both also featured a number of other candidates.cnbc.com