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In Rare Interview, ABC’s Muir Failed To Hold Trump Accountable

In Rare Interview, ABC’s Muir Failed To Hold Trump Accountable

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

When you are a mainstream journalist and you have a rare one-on-one sit-down interview with President Donald Trump during a pandemic that has killed 70,000 people in this country alone, you need to do better than David Muir did.

It's not Muir's fault that Trump almost never does a one-on-one sit-down interview with the mainstream media. If you look through Trump's televised interviews, there's a lot with Fox News, a good helping of Sinclair, and the occasional quick local hit. The national mainstream journalist interviews are rare; the last ones were in June of 2019 with George Stephanopoulos (ABC), José Díaz-Balart (Telemundo), and Chuck Todd (NBC).

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Trump Disputes Ominous Death Projections With Fox News Talking Points

Trump Disputes Ominous Death Projections With Fox News Talking Points

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

In an interview with ABC anchor David Muir, President Donald Trump repeated Fox News talking points about coronavirus models. This was his first broadcast network television interview since he spoke to NBC's Chuck Todd in June 2019.

Fox News personalities have been using the wide array of COVID-19 models and projections to cast doubt on all modeling predicting the number of coronavirus-related cases and deaths. In response to rising projections of COVID-19 deaths in the country -- and seizing on confusion about the number of the models, what they mean, and which ones are used by whom -- Fox figures are downplaying the accuracy of models in general, calling them "a bit of a crapshoot," and dismissing their predictions since "we don't factor in human ingenuity."

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Top Female U.S. News Anchor Steps Down

Top Female U.S. News Anchor Steps Down

Washington (AFP) – Diane Sawyer, the only female anchor of a major U.S. network newscast, said Wednesday she was signing off from ABC’s “World News Tonight” to pursue new projects with the Disney-owned network.

“After wonderful years at ‘World News,’ I decided it is time to move to a new full-time role at ABC News,” the 68-year-old journalist said in a statement.

Succeeding her on September 2 at the helm of the nightly newscast will be David Muir, 40, the network said in a statement. He is currently the weekend “World News” anchor and co-host of the “20/20” news magazine.

“This is an incredibly humbling day,” said Muir on his Twitter feed.

George Stephanopoulos, one-time advisor to president Bill Clinton, will meanwhile become ABC’s chief anchor, “driving our live network coverage for the biggest stories,” ABC News said.

A one-time TV weather girl in her native Kentucky, Sawyer joined CBS News in Washington in 1978 after a stint on the staff of disgraced president Richard Nixon.

In 1984 she began a five-year run as the first female co-anchor of CBS’s flagship “60 Minutes” news magazine, then moved to ABC in 1989 where, after two decades hosting current affairs programming, she assumed the “World News” hot seat.

“I’ll see you right back here again tomorrow night,” was her folksy signature sign-off.

In her new role, Sawyer — who has interviewed the likes of Fidel Castro and Saddam Hussein as well as successive US presidents — will help create “original reporting, big ideas and interviews for all platforms,” said ABC News president James Goldston.

In a memo to staff, he said it was Sawyer who initiated “a conversation” at the end of 2013 about a new role.

Last month Barbara Walters, the first woman ever to host a US network newscast, also on ABC, resigned from day-to-day TV broadcasting at the age of 84 after a remarkable career that spanned six decades.

Another top female anchor, Katie Couric, 57, who helmed the “CBS Evening News” from 2006 to 2011, shifted to new media as global anchor for Yahoo! News after ABC canceled her eponymous daytime talk show.

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