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Megyn Kelly Will Moderate the Next G.O.P. Debate, on NewsNation

  

Category:  News & Politics

Via:  hallux  •  7 months ago  •  19 comments

By:   Michael M. Grynbaum - NYT

Megyn Kelly Will Moderate the Next G.O.P. Debate, on NewsNation
The event, on Dec. 6, is an opportunity for an upstart cable news network to expand its relatively small viewership.

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Megyn Kelly, whose high-flying career as a Fox News anchor   fell to earth   after an ill-advised move to NBC — and then remade herself as a conservative podcaster and radio host — is set to return to the political spotlight next month as a moderator for the next Republican primary debate.

The event, set for Dec. 6 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is the fourth meeting of the party’s presidential candidates. Former President Donald J. Trump, who famously clashed (and later made up) with Ms. Kelly during the 2016 election, is unlikely to attend.

The debate will be hosted by the upstart television network NewsNation, a 24-hour cable news station that Nexstar Media Group owns. Its selection by the Republican Party is a breakthrough moment of sorts for a channel that is still unfamiliar to many viewers. The channel has aggressively hired veteran anchors and producers in recent years, but its audience remains small compared with rivals like Fox News or MSNBC.

Ms. Kelly will be joined at the moderators’ desk by Elizabeth Vargas, a NewsNation anchor, and Eliana Johnson, editor in chief of The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news site. The Free Beacon and SiriusXM, which airs Ms. Kelly’s radio show, are sponsors of the debate. The event will also be shown on digital platforms and local affiliates of the CW, the broadcast network that Nexstar owns.

NewsNation, which presents itself as a centrist, independent news service, has been  dogged in the past  by accusations of conservative bias, staff resignations and reports of dysfunction. Recently, it has added a number of familiar on-air personalities, including Dan Abrams, Ashleigh Banfield and Ms. Vargas, who was previously an anchor of “World News Tonight” and “20/20” on ABC. Chris Cuomo,  who was fired  by CNN in 2021 amid ethics concerns, is the channel’s 8 p.m. host.

The network has also hired numerous former employees of Fox News. They include Chris Stirewalt, the former Fox News politics editor   who was fired   because of his role in the network’s election night call in Arizona that enraged Mr. Trump, and Leland Vittert, a former correspondent who left the network after his critical reporting on Mr. Trump   angered Lachlan Murdoch , the chief executive of Fox News’s parent company. Cherie Grzech, who led Fox News’s politics and campaign coverage for many years, is also now at the network.

Political parties typically team up with a major broadcast or cable channel to host their primary debates, with an eye toward achieving the largest possible audience. Last month, NewsNation averaged 118,000 viewers in prime time on weeknights, up 23 percent from a year earlier. Sean Compton, the Nexstar executive who oversees NewsNation, said on Thursday that the debate would be “an opportunity to introduce more Americans” to the channel’s “outstanding journalism.”

Other participants suggested that viewers could expect a different tone. Ms. Johnson, of The Free Beacon, said the debate would occur “outside of the mainstream media echo chamber” and provide Republicans with “a debate where conservative ideas and values will be the terrain and not the target.”

Ms. Kelly promised an entertaining night. “It will be the margarita of debates,” she said in a statement. “Spicy, fun and somewhat intoxicating. Looking forward to it.”


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Hallux
PhD Principal
1  seeder  Hallux    7 months ago

Newsnation appears to be positioned somewhere in the rabidly biased middle. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1  devangelical  replied to  Hallux @1    7 months ago

I'll take the long shot bet of the orange menace showing up for this one. seeing as how he and megan have some past history...

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
1.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @1.1    7 months ago

I'd like to see that

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
1.1.2  Ozzwald  replied to  devangelical @1.1    7 months ago
I'll take the long shot bet of the orange menace showing up for this one. seeing as how he and megan have some past history...

She can make sure he doesn't have to answer any of the "difficult" questions.  Not that he would actually answer them.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.3  devangelical  replied to  Ozzwald @1.1.2    7 months ago

she's already proven at FOX in the past that she's willing to go the extra mile to get ahead...

 
 
 
cjcold
Professor Quiet
1.2  cjcold  replied to  Hallux @1    7 months ago
rabidly biased middle. 

I like that. Hope it's in public domain cause I'm gonna use it. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2  Vic Eldred    7 months ago

Is anyone paying attention anymore?

The lone takeaway from last night was that Vivek Ramaswamy finally proved himself to be a horse's ass.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    7 months ago

Vivek Ramshismommy?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1    7 months ago

I say he is now toast.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
2.1.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.1    7 months ago

Should be..................

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Guide
2.2  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    7 months ago

Finally?!  Where were you the first time he opened his mouth?

 
 
 
Ozzwald
Professor Quiet
2.3  Ozzwald  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    7 months ago

The lone takeaway from last night was that Vivek Ramaswamy finally proved himself to be a horse's ass.

So you are saying that he increased his standing with the republican nominees?

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
2.3.1  Texan1211  replied to  Ozzwald @2.3    7 months ago

what parts of what he posted is confusing?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.3.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ozzwald @2.3    7 months ago

I'm saying the field will be narrowing very soon

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.3.3  Vic Eldred  replied to  Texan1211 @2.3.1    7 months ago

He's just trolling.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.3.4  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.3.2    7 months ago

try to stay positive, he can still run for office while incarcerated for breaking his bail conditions and contempt...

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.4  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    7 months ago
Vivek Ramaswamy finally proved himself to be a horse's ass

he's disqualified at birth by the base. he's auditioning for a different position...

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.4.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @2.4    7 months ago

He is running against another Indian who was elected Governor of South Carolina and was appointed by President Trump as United States ambassador to the United Nations. He is also running against Tim Scott who was elected by Republicans as the junior Senator from South Carolina.

It is your party that has always been occupied with race.

Oh well, it looks like you stepped right into it again.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.4.2  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.4.1    7 months ago
Oh well, it looks like you stepped right into it again.

hopefully I didn't mess up your oily pompadour...

 
 

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