Vice President – elect Kamala Harris named Symone Sanders senior advisor and chief spokesperson last week. The outspoken Sanders has made a name for herself going head-to-head with pundits and critics leading up to the 2020 election.
The Omaha native previously served as a senior advisor for Joe Biden’s campaign. RT America host Steve Malzberg believes that Sanders could end up being named Biden’s press secretary.
“But that position has gone to Jen Psaki so Miss Sanders will have to settle for a role with a much lower profile, chief spokesperson and senior advisor to Kamala Harris,” said Malzberg.
Malzberg questioned whether Sanders will be able to maintain a “lower profile” given her penchant for past dramatic on-screen confrontations. Sanders is known for her ability to stand her ground.
During a 2015 meeting with the press, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders became irritated when reporters asked him why his press secretary, then Symone Sanders, told them that they could not ask about ISIS. Sanders took questions exclusively from the local media during the presser.
“Alright, what about ISIS, guys?” Sanders said. “How often do these people talk about issues that we talked about today? Of course, I will talk about ISIS. But today what we’re talking about is we’re talking about a community where half of the people don’t have jobs. We’re talking about a community in which there are hundreds of buildings that are uninhabitable.”
Malzberg cited several examples of how Sanders can “turn up the on-screen temperature.” During a panel discussion on CNN with Kenneth Cuccinelli, President Senate Conservatives Fund, she shouted at Cuccinelli who became so frustrated with her tenacity that he told her to “shut up.” Sanders shouted back, “you don’t get to tell me to shut up on national television.”
Malzberg said what prompted him to highlight Harris’ selection of Sanders was what she said shortly after the election in 2016. “In my opinion we don’t need white people leading the Democratic party right now,” said Sanders. Malzberg called Sanders’ statement “racist.”
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Rachel Maddow Releasing New Podcast Series
Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power.”
A new podcast is coming soon from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Deadline reports Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra will premiere two episodes on October 10th, with new episodes being released every Monday. In a teaser of the podcast, Maddow explains the series is “an American story.”
MSNBC described the series as a podcast featured on “sitting members of Congress aiding and abetting a plot to overthrow the government. Insurrectionists criminally charged with plotting to end American democracy for good. Justice Department prosecutors under crushing political pressure. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power. When extremist elected officials get caught plotting against America with the violent ultra right, this is the story of the lengths they will go to… to cover their tracks.”
Under a new contract with NBCUniversal that saw Maddow scale back her nightly MSNBC program to Mondays only, she’s developing new projects like podcasts and documentaries. Alex Wagner now hosts the 9:00 PM ET primetime hour on MSNBC Tuesday to Friday.
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Keith Olbermann: American Journalism ‘Re-Invented’ During Trump Presidency
“The overwriting principle used to be: get a scoop, get in the paper or on the air as soon as possible because that’s your job, and that’s your only actual value to society as well.”
During his Countdown with Keith Olbermann podcast Friday, the former cable news host slammed a recent opinion from Politico’s John Harris that Americans need more journalists like Maggie Haberman, among others.
Olbermann has been critical of Haberman’s decision to withhold important facts in relation to the former President Donald Trump and save them for her upcoming book rather than report them in The New York Times.
“What Harris does not understand is American ‘journalism’ did re-invent itself,” Olbermann said. “The overwriting principle used to be: get a scoop, get in the paper or on the air as soon as possible because that’s your job, and that’s your only actual value to society as well. It is also — and I speak as somebody who broke a lot of sports news including the Wayne Gretzky trade and Michael Jordan’s first dalliance with a comeback — it is the joy of doing the journalism. You have the story, and nobody else does!”
He continued by saying Harris and Haberman believe the point of American journalism is not to inform the public but rather how much money you can make in the process.
Haberman’s book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” is expected to hit bookshelves on Tuesday, October 4th.
Andrew Cuomo Launches Action Committee, Podcast
Cuomo is joining his brother Chris in the news media world as the politician launches a political action committee and a podcast.
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is joining his brother Chris in the news media world as the politician is launching a political action committee and a podcast.
“I am starting a political action committee to elect the right people to office,” Cuomo said (h/t CNN). “We do not need more panderers. We need producers. We need people committed to fight for change and who get results.”
The video also featured familiar criticism of social media, which he has often blamed for fueling the backlash the led to his resignation, which effectively halted state lawmakers’ plans to impeach and remove him from office.
“It’s a Twitter mob, but the mob has power and many politicians and press are afraid to challenge it lest the mob turn on them,” Cuomo added.
Cuomo’s podcast intends to dive into what he believes is the truth and how the platform will differ from what is already out there.
“This forum will be different. My intention is to speak the full truth, unvarnished, from the inside out, frank and candid,” Cuomo said.
“As a person who’s been in the room many times for many years and knows these people and knows their games, and as a person who actually did the job.”
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