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Why NBC Is Suddenly in Full Meltdown Over Ronna McDaniel Hiring Fiasco

The revolt among NBC personalities is extraordinary—and could force a real debate about all the ways the media enables Donald Trump and MAGA.

Ronna McDaniel at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
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Ronna McDaniel, now the former Republican National Committee chairwoman, speaks on April 20, 2023, in Simi Valley, California.

NBC News is taking heavy fire over its decision to hire former Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel as a political analyst. McDaniel actively participated in Donald Trump’s effort to steal the 2020 election, pressuring state officials not to certify the outcome, and personalities like Joe Scarborough and Chuck Todd have been harshly critical. We chatted with New York University’s Jay Rosen, one of our most incisive media critics, about whether the uproar will prompt the media to grapple with its failure to capture the true threat Trump and MAGA pose to our democracy.