Tom Brokaw, 80, author of The Greatest Generation, was NBC’s lead anchor at Nightly News and for big events for more than 20 years before giving way to Brian Williams in 2004. He was a White House correspondent during Richard Nixon’s presidency, and began co-hosting Today in 1976. He started hosting Nightly News in 1983.
In my experience, panel discussions oversimplify, provoke outrage, and allow unchecked opinion to dominate at the expense of fact-based reporting. But in reporting the issue, I found there are more nuanced and dangerous reasons that the format dominates the airwaves.
A recap of notable moments from the historic inauguration of the 46th president … and the unusual departure of the 45th.
“Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit.”
As Trump completes his time in office with made-for-TV images, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos says, “The image in my head is Richard Nixon in 1974.”
The inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala Harris as president and vice president of the United States will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 20, with events interspersed throughout the day, highlighted by the swearing-in ceremony at noon ET, and President Biden’s inaugural address immediately after. Here’s how broadcast networks are covering the inauguration of America’s 46th president.
State capitols across the country are under heightened security after the siege of the U.S. Capitol last week. Above, a member of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police stands guard at the entrance to the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pa., on Jan. 13.
Three of CBS News’ top Washington-based journalists—Nancy Cordes, Ed O’Keefe, and Weijia Jiang—are getting new roles at the network. Cordes (center), who has covered Capitol Hill for 12 years at CBS News, has been named chief White House correspondent. O’Keefe and Jiang become senior White House correspondents.
Oliver Darcy: “As we cover D.C. politics and the fallout from last week’s attack, we should not forget that thousands of Americans continue to lose their lives each day to this ruthless virus. And while the vaccine rollout is gradually improving, the situation right now is, frankly, very alarming and urgent.”
As the historic events unfolded on Capitol Hill during the afternoon and evening of Jan. 6, people around the world tuned into news networks and social media to follow what was happening. The TV networks also harnessed social platforms such as YouTube to share breaking news, videos and more as the Capitol was thrown into chaos.
ABC News is promoting 20/20 Senior Producer Janice Johnston to the role of executive producer. She will be just the fourth person to lead 20/20 as executive producer in nearly 43 years.
From the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and George Floyd protests around the world to the contested 2020 presidential election and last week’s storming of the U.S. Capitol by insurgents, O’Donnell says “journalism is more important than ever. There’s a thirst for information because there’s so much going on in the world.”
Shawna Thomas, a veteran of upstart journalism efforts like Vice and Quibi as well as mainstays like NBC News’ Meet the Press, will take the reins of CBS This Morning, filling a role that has been empty for months. Thomas has logged hours working as a Capitol Hill producer and also covering President Barack Obama. She spent a decade at NBC News before moving to Vice News, where she spent three years as its Washington bureau chief.
Correspondents recall last week’s mob attack on the Capitol and the threat to news media.
Kristen Welker and Peter Alexander were named the new chief White House correspondents for NBC News, part of a rejiggering of some of the news unit’s personnel in the nation’s capital as many news outlets prepare to cover a new presidential administration.
A number of journalists who were at the Capitol reporting on this week’s insurrection, including NBC’s Kasie Hunt (above), offer their observations and insights from the ground during what was a historic, chaotic, and frankly, sad day for America.
Some 30 million people watched coverage during the day and evening on broadcast networks and the major cable news channels. CNN had its most watched day ever.
The pictures were stunning: security officials with guns drawn on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, people fighting with police in the Capitol Rotunda, rioters smashing windows and streaming into the building where the nation’s leaders had gathered to count votes sealing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Above, people shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
CBS’s pioneering newsmagazine is consistently one of the most-watched programs on television and its viewership is up 9% over last year, Nielsen said. That’s more than any other primetime program on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, and also one of only four to show a year-to-year increase.
The complete broadcast, cable and pay TV ratings ranker for 2020 in total viewers and adults 18-49.
The NBC Nightly News anchor frequently ends his broadcasts now with commentaries, an unusual departure for network evening newscasts that have more than a half century’s track record of playing it straight. Holt’s essays, many of them pleas for unity in troubled times, can seem mild to viewers used to the rhetorical warfare of cable news. He says he’s filling a need for voices of empathy in public life.
COVID-19, a historic election and Black Lives Matter protests kept local and national TV newsrooms in a state of perpetual vigilance this year. News executives from ABC News, Tegna and Hearst at TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum on Tuesday said the year’s challenges revealed some remarkable resiliencies in their newsrooms, but also made their journalists a bigger target.
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields, a regular analyst on the PBS NewsHour for the past 33 years, is stepping down from his weekly television perch this Friday. His semi-retirement — he will still appear on the program occasionally — comes during a period of transition in Washington and on television.
One of the most revered producers in 60 Minutes history, Bob Anderson is calling it a career. Over his 30 years at the newsmagazine, Anderson has produced more than 180 stories, with his final one airing this past Sunday — an investigation of Saudi citizens escaping American justice.
CBS This Morning could get a new sunrise perch. CBS is contemplating a move that could harness a cavernous studio facility in the New York headquarters of its corporate parent, ViacomCBS, for use by CBS News — in particular its a.m. program. The studio offers panoramic views of Times Square, was once used as a base for the legendary MTV program TRL, and can be seen from the windows of the New York building that houses ABC morning rival Good Morning America.
President Trump has waged an aggressive, unending campaign against the mainstream media in his tenure, accelerating an erosion of trust and creating a fertile ground for conspiracy theories to flourish. Even after he leaves the White House next month, his influence on media likely won’t soon wane.
Jennifer Rubin: The media should consider a simple approach to interviewing a Republican official or candidate. First ask, ‘Do you recognize Joe Biden won and that there is zero evidence of fraud that could have changed the result?’ If the answer is no, inform the audience this is delusional and send the guest home.