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Joe Biden: I Didn’t Say Sanctions Would Deter Vladimir Putin

Biden was answering a question about whether sanctions imposed on Russian President Vladimir Putin were working to deter him from continuing to invade Ukraine.

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President Joe Biden is drawing scrutiny for the way he addressed CBS News reporter Christina Ruffini Thursday in Brussels, Belgium following a meeting with NATO leaders.

Biden was answering a question about whether sanctions imposed on Russian President Vladimir Putin were working to deter him from continuing to invade Ukraine.

“Sir, deterrents did not work,” she said. “What makes you think Vladimir Putin will alter course based on the action you’ve taken today?”

“Let’s get something straight. You remember, if you covered me from the very beginning, I did not say in fact the sanctions would deter him,” Biden said. “Sanctions never deter. You keep talking about that. Sanctions never deter.”

The President’s answer was in direct contrast to what Vice President Kamala Harris said was the purpose of the sanctions imposed at the beginning of the invasion.

“Purpose of the sanctions has always been and continues to be deterrence,” Harris said in February.

“The maintenance of sanctions, increasing the pain and the demonstration [is] why I asked for this NATO meeting today, is to be sure that after a month, we will sustain what we’re doing, not just next month, the following month, but for the remainder of this entire year,” Biden said.

Biden has had multiple run-ins with members of the White House Press Corps over the past several months.  In January, Biden called Fox News White Correspondent Peter Doocy a stupid son of a b–h” following a question about inflation. 

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NBC News Has Major Plans for “Meet the Press'” Digital Shift

NBC News will put out its new digital products in June simultaneously with the daily “Meet the Press” streaming show launch on NBC News Now.

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NBC News is putting stock in the digital transformation of its marquee show, “Meet the Press.” by rebranding its separate website for the franchise.

The network’s overhaul of its political newsletter and adding a new blog comes days as they plan to shift the “Meet the Press” show from MSNBC at 1 p.m. to the network’s 24/7 news streaming service NBC News Now at 4 p.m.

“Really where we are putting a lot of our time, attention, and investment is on these other platforms,” Carrie Budoff Brown, senior vice president of “Meet the Press” at NBC News, said to Axios. “This is where we see our growth.”

NBC News will put out its new digital products in June simultaneously with the daily “Meet the Press” streaming show launch on NBC News Now. Furthermore, next month, the franchise will add a new show podcast for the “Meet the Press” daily show, moving over to streaming.

“We’re taking the entrepreneurial, experimental point of view that Chuck has shown for the past seven-eight years and turbo-charging that,” Budoff Brown said. 

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Joe Scarborough Wants Media to Focus on Losses by Donald Trump-backed Politicians

The morning show host added that “two-thirds of Republicans in Pennsylvania voted against Donald Trump.”

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MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough wants a bigger spotlight from the media on losses than wins of candidates backed by former President Donald Trump. 

Scarborough’s statement comes as multiple Trump-backed candidates lost in primaries on Tuesday, including Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), Idaho Lt. Gov Janice McGeachin, and candidate for Nebraska governor Charles Herbster, lost.

“Every time a Trump candidate wins, I think the media makes such a huge deal about it,” Scarborough said, per Mediaite. “He picked a crazy governor, gubernatorial candidate, in Pennsylvania, that was on his way to winning anyway, which is why Trump jumped on the bandwagon there.”

The morning show host added that “two-thirds of Republicans in Pennsylvania voted against Donald Trump.”

“So, again, I’m not saying Donald Trump doesn’t have sway in the Republican Party, but I’ll tell you what, it’s nothing like it was in 2020, and I think the media needs to focus more on those massive losses instead of having the headlines about that his endorsement really means something significant,” Scarborough said. “Because I’m not so sure it does this year.”

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Dan Abrams Calls NPR’s Mask Report Hotline “Ridiculous”

NPR recently announced a hotline that would allow staffers to report maskless colleagues, leading to the host on “The View” clashing over this issue.

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NPR recently announced a hotline that would allow staffers to report maskless colleagues. During a segment on “The View,” the hosts clashed over what the radio station is implementing. 

Co-host Joy Behar kicked off the discussion by stating she would never report a colleague, citing she’s “Italian” and that they “don’t snitch.” However, Sunny Hostin was on the other end, calling the new hotline a good thing. 

“It’s a good thing,” Hostin said, per Mediaite. “We’ve been terrible to each other during this pandemic. So I just think you have this mechanism now where you can just call and snitch and protect yourself as opposed to taking it on yourself.”

Nonetheless, co-host Ana Navarro and guest co-host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams pushed back at Hostin for her claims. Abrams called the hotline “ridiculous.”

“How do you know it’s not somebody just snitching on somebody they don’t like?” Navarro said. Hostin did push back when pressed by Navarro, saying that it would be up to HR to investigate.  

“We’re at a different point in Covid now,” Abrams added. “We’re not at the point we were two years ago. What if I’m living with someone that’s immunocompromised or my parents and you give it to me and I go home and kill my dad or kill my mom or I kill my husband?”

“It’s not about just following the rules. There are a ton of risks people take every day, right, in going to work, exposing themselves. We’re going to have to live with Covid.”

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