PBS NewsHour is seeing some new changes as Puck’s new Washington correspondent Tara Palmeri reported the news on Judy Woodruff stepping down from her position.
Woodruff will remain with the program through the 2022 midterms this fall, after which she’ll step down.
The report adds PBS NewsHour weekend anchor Geoff Bennett and Woodruff’s primary substitute/the newscast’s chief correspondent Amna Nawaz will co-anchor the hour-long newscast upon Woodruff’s exit. Furthermore, the media outlet is constructing a new studio for the duo.
TV Newser confirmed with a source that Woodruff informed the staff Friday afternoon that she plans to continue as the anchor for PBS NewsHour until the end of the year.
“After that, as I’ve planned for a while, I’ll transition to reporting longer pieces, doing projects and specials for WETA, and maintaining a regular presence on the NewsHour, at least through the 2024 presidential election,” Woodruff said.
“Bottom line, I’m thrilled to be part of this vibrant, most extraordinary news organization, and to help the NewsHour remain that way well into the future.”
Regarding her future after the midterm elections, Woodruff is reportedly preparing to remain at the network in a position that has yet to be defined and is backed by PBS leadership.
Abby Phillip Calls Out Tucker Carlson for Pushing “White Replacement” Theory
Phillip is calling out Carlson for pushing the “White replacement” conspiracy theory, which alleged Buffalo mass shooter Payton Gendron glorified in a manifesto.
In the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, CNN’s Abby Phillip is calling out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for pushing the “White replacement” conspiracy theory, which alleged shooter Payton Gendron glorified in a manifesto.
Phillip moderated a panel on “Inside Politics Sunday” where she conjured Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s (R-IL) callout of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) for promoting the far-right conspiracy theory. The theory pushes the notion that there is a scheme to replace White people with immigrants.
“Over the weekend, Adam Kinzinger highlighted the no. 3 Republican in the house, Elise Stefanik’s use of the White replacement theory,” Phillip said.
“In an ad, he wrote, ‘Did you know Stefanik pushes white replacement theory? The no. 3 in the House GOP, Liz Cheney, got removed for demanding the truth. The Republican leader should be asked about this.”
Furthermore, she stated that the politician isn’t the only one pushing this plot, leading to her criticism of Carlson.
“It’s not just Elise Stefanik. If you watch Fox News, this is the mainstay of their primetime hours. Tucker Carlson discusses it in sometimes euphemistic form, but not really all that euphemistic,” Phillip added.
“This policy is called the great replacement, the replacement of legacy Americans with more obedient people from far away countries.”
Peter Doocy: Jen Psaki Was Very Effective at Her Job
Doocy spoke on “Fox & Friends” about the exit of Psaki from her White House press secretary role.
This past Friday marked the final briefing for White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who will reportedly be heading to join MSNBC now that she’s left her position within the Biden Administration.
During her stint in the White House, Psaki clashed with Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy on various occasions. During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” he spoke about her exit and stated that Psaki made him a better reporter.
“It’s not just me asking questions. She would ask me questions right back. When I would go in there with something that was not part of the White House talking point for the day, she would ask me every single time ‘Who was saying that about us?’ or ‘Where are you getting that from?’” Doocy said.
“And so I always had to have it ready right away, and I think that all that extra homework that I knew I had to do because, when I challenged her she would challenge me right back, probably has made me a better reporter. And so, I am grateful to her for that.”
Furthermore, Doocy went on to say that despite the memorable dialogues during her stint, the reporter credited Psaki for consistently calling on Fox News correspondents and noted that, as a White House administrator, she was effective at her job.
“A lot of the time, when people will ask ‘Why don’t we hear from Joe Biden more?’ they’ll say, ‘Well, Jen Psaki’s at the podium,’” Doocy added.
“So there have been times that they have sent her out to give him cover, and she has done that very effectively, if you are a White House official looking at this and so that ends today, we hope.”
Enes Kanter Freedom: Elon Musk Buying the NBA Would Be a Dream
Freedom was on Fox News, where he was asked his thoughts about a hypothetical situation in which Musk purchased the NBA.
Many are praising Elon Musk for his takeover of Twitter since, for some, it would mark the return of free speech to the platform. However, there are those such as basketball free agent Enes Kanter Freedom, who would want the Tesla CEO to dabble in other ventures like sports, particularly the NBA.
During an appearance on Fox News, Freedom was initially on the channel to discuss the NBA’s hypocrisy related to doing business with the United Arab Emirates. The league has encountered criticism for deciding to stage games in the UAE, where homosexuality is punishable by death.
This agreement conflicts with the NBA’s message from a few years ago when they decided to pull its All-Star Game out of Charlotte over North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law.
Nonetheless, the conversation shifted over to Musk, and Freedom was asked whether he would like to see him also buy the entire league. The 29-year-old stated that it would be his dream to see that as Musk could bring change as he’s likely to do so with Twitter.
“That would be my dream, you know,” Freedom stated, per The Daily Beast. “I think, you know, what he’s doing for free speech is amazing, and I think, you know, he can bring some justice to the NBA, and finally, maybe I can get to play basketball.”
Meanwhile, co-anchor John Roberts contemplated that the richest man in the world might be able to own every team in the league. “Hmmm. Thirty franchises, $2.8 billion apiece, maybe he could buy them,” Roberts concluded.