For media, Biden news conference notable for what's missing
President Joe Biden listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)NEW YORK – Joe Biden's first presidential news conference was notable for what was missing after predecessor Donald Trump: no contentious exchanges with reporters, no Fox News and no questions about COVID-19. Before taking a question, Biden announced he was setting a new goal of having 200 million vaccine doses for the coronavirus administered during his first 100 days in office. Trump on Thursday accused the White House reporters of throwing “softballs” to Biden. AdThat quickly became an issue at Fox, where the chyron “Biden Snubs Fox News during First News Conf” was put onscreen.
Rashida Jones replaces Phil Griffin as MSNBC president
NEW YORK – Phil Griffin is stepping down as the longtime president of MSNBC, to be replaced early next year by rising NBC News executive Rashida Jones. Griffin, 64, has worked at NBC News for 35 years and has been president of MSNBC since 2008. Jones, who has been with NBC News for the past seven years, is currently chief of breaking news and major events at the network. She just led the network's coverage of the 2020 presidential election and the team preparing Kristen Welker as moderator of the third presidential debate. Cesar Conde, the new chairman of the NBC Universal News Group, has made diversity one of his top priorities.
2020 indelible TV moments: Trebek, debate bluster and Floyd
Trebek made no secret of the fight with pancreatic cancer that claimed his life on Nov. 8. Here are a selection of the defining moments of 2020 from the perspective of The Associated Press' media and television writers. ALEX TREBEKThe “Jeopardy!” host made no secret of the fight with pancreatic cancer that ultimately claimed his life on Nov. 8. Millions of viewers will see the story resolved on their own time, creating countless individual moments rather than a communal one. The actors were conciliatory toward each other about what occurred during a marital separation, but Will Smith couldn’t resist revising his wife’s description.
Disastrous first debate is one rerun Fox's Wallace avoids
FILE - Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News speaks as President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Sept. 29, 2020. Leaders of the Commission on Presidential Debates and moderators of all three debates gathered for a remote debrief Monday night. (Olivier Douliery/Pool via AP, File)NEW YORK – Nearly two months later, Chris Wallace can't bring himself to watch a rerun of the disastrous first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. George Washington University brought leaders of the Commission on Presidential Debates and moderators of all three encounters together for a remote debrief Monday night. It was a boisterous, uncomfortable fall for the debate commission, which dropped the second of three planned presidential sessions when Trump refused to agree to a remote debate following his COVID diagnosis.
Review: The final Trump-Biden debate was an exercise in exasperation
The second and final debate between President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden was an orderly affair compared to the last time the men shared a stage to argue their case for the presidency. AdvertisementThe target of his attacks, moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News, may as well have been wielding Wonder Woman’s protective shield when she finally faced off with her tormentor. Moderator Kristen Welker of NBC mostly kept the debate on track. Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse!”AdvertisementWelker was likely worse for Trump than Wallace. Trump may have fared better than during the last debate, but then again, the bar is pretty low.latimes.com
Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn., with President Donald Trump. “I don’t look at this in terms of the way he does — blue states and red states,” Biden said. Turning to foreign policy, Biden accused Trump of dealing with a “thug” while holding summits with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. “He thinks he’s running against somebody else," the former vice president said. Biden declared the discussion about family entanglements “malarkey” and accused Trump of not wanting to talk about the substantive issues.
NBC's Welker sharp in first turn as debate moderator
Moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News listens as President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)
NBC's Welker sharp in first turn as debate moderator
“I'm jealous,” said Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace, moderator of the first debate. When the candidates were allowed to more directly engage, Welker was generally successful in striking the balance between giving them room and cutting off the discussion when it was becoming unproductive. “But you're the president,” Welker replied. But she received praise for her performance from across the political spectrum, including conservative personalities Ben Shapiro and Brit Hume. “Kristen Welker is putting on a master class on how to moderate a presidential debate,” tweeted Philip Rucker, a Washington Post reporter.
Key takeaways from the second and final Trump-Biden debate
Meantime, here are some key takeaways:Trump tones downThe president’s strategy in the first debate was to never let Biden, or moderator Chris Wallace, squeeze a word in edgewise. AdvertisementAt the start, the president largely reined in his combative impulses. He interrupted less, spoke softly and even sprinkled in a few niceties toward Kristen Welker, the debate moderator, whom he had been attacking in recent days. Crisp speaking, cogent argument and linear presentation have never been the former vice president’s strong suit. After the debate, Biden felt obliged to clarify his statement calling for a “transition” away from the oil industry in favor of renewable energy.latimes.com
The Latest: Trump says he will vote in person
President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, waves as he walks from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, early Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Washington. Trump is returning from a debate in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):1:30 a.m.President Donald Trump is taking his own advice and plans to vote in person in the presidential election on Saturday in Florida. Read more:— High stakes for Trump, Biden heading into final debate— Viewers’ Guide: After chaotic 1st debate, Trump, Biden try again— Trump posts unedited ’60 Minutes’ interview before it airs___HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:10:55 p.m. ___10:05 p.m.President Donald Trump is offering rare praise to a member of the media: the moderator of the final presidential debate. Most of the attendees appeared to be wearing masks, though some proudly declared they would not while holding flags supporting President Donald Trump.
Viewer's Guide: After chaotic debate, Trump, Biden try again
Production crew member stand on stage ahead of the final presidential debate between Republican candidate President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The debate will take place Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Viewers' Guide: After chaotic debate, Trump, Biden try again
Production crew member stand on stage ahead of the final presidential debate between Republican candidate President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Biden and Trump instead participated in dueling town halls on competing television networks. CORONAVIRUSSince the last debate, Trump was diagnosed with and hospitalized for COVID-19. Biden aides anticipate Trump will again level searing personal attacks during the debate. Welker will be the first Black woman to serve as the moderator of a presidential debate since Carole Simpson in 1992.
Trump, Biden fight over the raging virus, climate and race
“I don’t look at this in terms of the way he does — blue states and red states,” Biden said. Turning to foreign policy, Biden accused Trump of dealing with a “thug” while holding summits with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. And closer to home, the former vice president laced into the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents trying to illegally cross the southern border. “He thinks he’s running against somebody else," the former vice president said. Biden declared the discussion about family entanglements “malarkey” and accused Trump of not wanting to talk about the substantive issues.
Face to face: Trump and Biden to meet for final debate
Mock debaters perform onstage as preparations take place for the second Presidential debate at Belmont University, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to debate Thursday, Oct. 22. Biden, who has stepped off the campaign trail in favor of debate prep, expects Trump to get intensely personal. The Biden campaign has rejected Trump’s assertion of wrongdoing and noted that Biden’s schedule did not show a meeting with the Burisma official. Trump’s attacks on the Biden family have been relentless, including his efforts to get Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, which led to Trump's impeachment. Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said, "Trump is still the political outsider, while Biden is the ultimate insider.
How to watch the final presidential debate between Trump and Biden
Thursday’s matchup between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will mark the end of a presidential debate season that has spanned 16 months. Since June 2019, Americans have been asked to watch more than 30 hours of robust discussion spread over 13 Democratic primary events, one presidential debate and one vice presidential debate. The final debate follows weeks of surprise illness, controversy and the Trump campaign’s feuds with both the Biden team and the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. “The same was true in 2016, when President Trump participated in the CPD debates. “The Trump campaign is lying about that now because Donald Trump is afraid to face more questions about his disastrous COVID response.”What does Trump have to say about Welker?latimes.com
Mission impossible? Welker on tap to moderate second debate
On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, Welker is scheduled to moderate the second and last Presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden. The NBC News White House correspondent is scheduled to moderate Thursday's second and last session between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. While Welker was one of four questioners at a Democratic presidential debate last fall, this is by far the 44-year-old journalist's biggest stage. She's the first Black woman to moderate a presidential debate since Carole Simpson in 1992. Andrea Mitchell, the NBC News correspondent who moderated last fall's Democratic debate with Welker, Rachel Maddow and Ashley Parker, doubted her colleague would be intimidated.
In debate countdown, Trump holds rally, Biden does prep
Democrat Joe Biden took the opposite approach, holing up for debate prep in the leadup to Thursday's faceoff in Nashville. “This is an election between a Trump super recovery and a Biden depression. Before leaving the White House, Trump taped part of an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that apparently ended acrimoniously. This time, Trump and Biden will each have his microphone cut off while his rival delivers an opening two-minute answer to each of the six debate topics, the commission announced. As Trump was on the road, Biden was huddling at his lakeside home in Wilmington, Delaware, with senior adviser Ron Klain, who is in charge of debate preparation.
The Latest: Trump tries to explain lower fundraising numbers
That’s well short of the $383 million his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, and the Democratic National Committee reported raising last month. ___HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:President Donald Trump is holding rallies in Ocala, Florida, and Macon, Georgia, on Friday night. ___5 p.m.President Donald Trump is predicting a “red wave” of Republican voting in Florida. Most polls show a close race in the important battleground state that both the Republican incumbent and Democrat Joe Biden are courting heavily. ___2:35 p.m.President Donald Trump says he’s moving “heaven and earth” to protect older people from the coronavirus.
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.
Fox, C-SPAN, NBC moderators for upcoming Trump-Biden debates
WASHINGTON Representatives from Fox News, C-SPAN and NBC will moderate the upcoming debates between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden. According to the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, the moderators will be:Chris Wallace of Fox News for the debate Sept. 29 in Cleveland. Steve Scully of C-SPAN for the town meeting debate Oct. 15 in Miami. NBCs Kristen Welker for the debate Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. Trump's team has tried to pressure the commission to move up the debates, citing increased use of early and absentee voting because of the coronavirus.
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.