Friday, April 19, 2024

Report: NBC Ends Ronna McDaniel Deal After Less Than Week, Near Revolt from News Division


Ronna McDaniel will not be a paid consultant for NBC News.

With last night’s across the board revolt from the MSNBC anchors, Puck News reports that McDaniel out. She didn’t last a week.

The former RNC chairman was to be paid $300,000 a year to sit on panels with various anchors on the cable and broadcast networks.

But an immediate outcry from nearly everyone at the company made that impossible. See my previous story about Rachel Maddow’s brilliant takedown last night on her MSNBC show. All the anchors did likewise.

Now McDaniel is said to be consulting her lawyers. NBC will have to pay her off and get out of this quickly.

This episode is reminiscent of the Megyn Kelly fiasco a few years ago at NBC. Kelly got millions to leave after a prolonged public debate.

The networks are trying to chase conservative viewers and pick up some of Fox News’s following. It won’t work if they want to continue to maintain journalistic standards. McDaniel stood for lies and deceit, and the propagation of fake news.

How will this fiasco resonate at NBC News? It would seem like heads will roll. Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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