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Done. Good. Now those who hired her in the first place need to resign.

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Rachel certainly did just as you predicted this evening, brilliantly. Hope she prevails.

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Agree or disagree with her, but Maddow is very good at what she does. Now word is out that NBC executives have agreed to reverse course on McDaniels' hiring.

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I hope you are correct. They should.

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Tempest in a teapot--although I did enjoy your peek behind the curtain, Terry.

From 30,000 feet, here's another angle: a Republican appears on a cable network not Fox, and there's immediate bed-wetting and hand wringing. So she won't appear on Morning Joe? Big deal. He's an idiot. I do understand where you're coming from re: her about face on Jan 6, e.g. My fervent hope is that she won't be corrupted by her new colleagues like Micheal Steele has been. Honestly, these cable networks could use a few honest voices from the "other side", because right now it's an echo chamber.

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Hi Sharon. You're right that for the general public, this is indeed a tempest in a teapot. I write as a journalist ensconced in the media-world bubble, so I plead guilty. :-) I really don't think the problem people at NBC have is that McDaniel is a Republican. I can think of several GOPers who appear on NBC off the top of my head: e.g. Joe Scarborough, the aforementioned Michael Steele and of course Nicolle Wallace, who has her own show and used to be GW Bush's communications director and formerly worked for Sarah Palin. Numerous conservatives appear as guests (Charlie Sykes, David Frum, Brett Stephens, Steve Schmidt). The one thing they all have in common is they don't like Donald Trump and they did not cooperate with a sitting president to strong-arm local officials into changing the results of an election or heap praise on rioters who were trying to do the same at the nation's Capitol. I really think that's what caused the internal uproar, not the fact that another conservative voice would be added to the line-up. Thanks so much Sharon for subscribing, reading and commenting. I do appreciate it. -TC

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Given the news that Ronna McDaniel is already out the door at NBC, I'm curious to know your thoughts.

First though, I have to respond to your characterizations of the on-air talent (and I use that term loosely) at NBC and MSNBC. Morning Joe and Nicole Wallace may be Republicans--or perhaps they were at one time--but they are about as far away from a Republican ethos as we are from San Antonio. What they, and the others you mentioned, have in common is that they may be "Republicans", but they are all Never Trumpers. What would have been the harm in allowing a Trump supporter say something on air? I noticed that Nicole Wallace made a comment about "sanctified air waves" or some such twaddle. I laughed out loud. I get it that Ronna McD supported Trump's absurd January 6 stuff, but the network might be stronger for having an outside opinion. Instead, the talent threw a hissy fit and Ronna is gone--no doubt straight to her lawyer where she will initiate a breach of contract suit. More power to her, I say. It's embarrassing.

Not for nothing, but how does this look to the general television/streaming viewing public? Take a look at Ari Fleisher's comment today on X about this. Spot on.

Thanks for your time, Terry, and I do enjoy your commentary. I don't always agree with it, but you are an excellent writer and make me think about our political fortunes through a different lens. -SD

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Thanks Sharon. Words of wisdom on Threads from some guy named Dave Pell. I'll bet we can agree on that!

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"Maybe news orgs should stop hiring pundits altogether and hire reporters instead."

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