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News Media Reacts to the First Anniversary of U.S. Capitol Riot

Several news media members have reflected on the date, thinking back at the incident and how this date will go down in American history. 

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Thursday marked the first anniversary of the January 6 U.S. Capitol Riot, in which supporters of former President Donald Trump sought to overturn the 2020 election result. 

Leading up to the anniversary, several news media members have reflected on the date, thinking back at the incident and how this date will go down in American history. 

Fox News Capitol Hill reporter Chad Pergram wrote a column for the network, recalling his thoughts when he saw the large group storm the building. Pergram states that he will give a tour of what he saw that day in the future. 

“I’m confident I will give tours again at some point. And when I do, I’ll have a lot of other things in my repertoire to show people,” Pergram said. 

“Things on the East Front. In Statuary Hall. On the edge of the Speaker’s Lobby. Dark memories. Grim memories. It’s all part of the story now. I remember these things because I was here on January 6. And I hope you remember them, too.” 

Former Trump White House Press Secretary and Communications Director Stephanie Grisham appeared on CNN and gave details as to what the former president was doing during the incident.

Former Newsmax anchor Steve Cortes cited a poll by CBS in which Americans believe that Jan. 6th was a protest gone too far and not an insurrection.

MSNBC’s Kailani Koenig decided to share a video of where she was covering the event as Trump supporters were around the Capitol building.

Spectrum News reporter Taylor Popielarz decided to share some photos of where he was covering the incident in the nation’s capital.

CNN political analyst Joe Lockhart doesn’t believe that the events on Jan. 6th should be considered a riot.

Some of the nation’s top opinion leaders also had a lot to say it as well.

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Mark Levin Angered By Early Exit From Hannity Appearance

While waving his hands in frustration, Levin said, “Oh Christ, you’re cutting me off early. I’m done.”

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Mark Levin couldn’t hide his frustration with both the Department of Justice and what he perceived as an early exit from Tuesday’s episode of Hannity.

Levin, who was appearing on the Fox News show for a second consecutive day to discuss the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, was deep into a monologue when he heard the universal cue to wrap up.

“They are in search to try and destroy Trump!”, Levin shouted. They conducted a criminal investigation! They failed! They have an investigation in New York with the attorney general that’s gonna to fail! They have a Democrat…”

As Levin got to that point, music began to wrap up the segment and head to a commercial break.

While waving his hands in frustration, Levin said, “Oh Christ, you’re cutting me off early. I’m done.”

Hannity insisted Levin finish his point, but after a back and forth that saw Levin say “no, I’m done”, the segment concluded.

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Former CNN+ Staffer Lands Streaming Role at CBS News

Allison Sandza would be leading the company’s streaming Washington D.C.-based coverage

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A former CNN+ staffer is jumping over to CBS News as the network announced Allison Sandza would be leading the company’s streaming Washington D.C.-based coverage, per TV Newser

Sandza will officially hold the title of executive producer for streaming beginning on Sept. 19. She joins CBS News from CNN, where she was supervising producer for The Source with Kasie Hunt on CNN+.

“This newly-created role serves the dual purpose of working with bureau correspondents, producers and off-air journalists to amplify the bureau’s reporting across the stream throughout the day, as well as leading our flagship politics show, Red and Blue,” CBS News streaming chief Anthony Galloway said on Monday in a memo to staffers. 

Before heading to CNN, Sandza spent time at NBC as a senior producer for Meet the Press and in Austin, where she produced Overheard with Evan Smith for PBS stations and covered state politics.

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Rhiannon Ally Named Co-Anchor for World News Now, America This Morning

She joins Mona Kosar Abdi and Andrew Dymburt as ABC News attempts to create unity across its weekday and weekend morning shows with the three-anchor format.

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ABC News has a new co-anchor for its “World News Now” and “America This Morning” coverage, as the network announced in a press release Rhiannon Ally is taking over the role.  

She joins Mona Kosar Abdi and Andrew Dymburt as ABC News attempts to create unity across its weekday and weekend morning shows with the three-anchor format.

“In this new role, Rhiannon will work alongside our talented overnight team,” ABC News president Kim Godwin wrote in a statement. 

“I am extremely proud of this dedicated group whose work continues to shine as “ATM” dominates the competition in all demos, and “WNN” is consistently a strong performer in overnight.”

Rhiannon has been with ABC News since December 2021, joining the company as a freelance correspondent for NewsOne and a fill-in anchor for ABC’s overnight news shows.

Furthermore, she has previous experience at WCBS in New York as a substitute news anchor and entertainment reporter and co-hosted Meredith Broadcasting’s nationally syndicated lifestyle program “Better TV.”

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