NBC won’t pay election liar Ronna McDaniel to lie on air after all

NBC won’t pay election liar Ronna McDaniel to lie on air after all

Well, she’s out. Just a day after NBC and MSNBC hosts publicly blasted the company’s hiring of Donald Trump-allied former Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel, the network’s executives reversed course. 

NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde on Tuesday sent company employees a memo confirming the decision:

There is no doubt that the last several days have been difficult for the News Group. After listening to the legitimate concerns of many of you, I have decided that Ronna McDaniel will not be an NBC News contributor.

No organization, particularly a newsroom, can succeed unless it is cohesive and aligned. Over the last few days, it has become clear that this appointment undermines that goal.

I want to personally apologize to our team members who felt we let them down. While this was a collective recommendation by some members of our leadership team, I approved it and take full responsibility for it.

Our initial decision was made because of our deep commitment to presenting our audiences with a widely diverse set of viewpoints and experiences, particularly during these consequential times. We continue to be committed to the principle that we must have diverse viewpoints on our programs, and to that end, we will redouble our efforts to seek voices that represent different parts of the political spectrum.

While the memo offers up a personal apology and nods toward unspecified “legitimate concerns” about McDaniel’s now-aborted hiring, it’s still not clear Conde understands the scope of NBC’s bungle here. 

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