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NY Times Feels Effects of No “Trump Bump”

Report finds subscription numbers slow with former president out of office.

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There’s no denying the former President Donald Trump provided news media outlets with ratings, clicks, and subscription growth. Now that the ex-commander-in-chief is out of The White House, media outlets have faced the effects of a United States without Trump.

One of the media outlets that feel the effects of no “Trump Bump” is The New York Times. According to the New York Post, The Times is dealing with a slow subscription growth.

The report states that the newspaper added 301,000 new digital subscribers in the first quarter, its lowest addition since the third quarter of 2019.

“In February and March, our audiences declined from their historic highs last year, and we saw fewer net subscription additions in the latter part of the quarter,” Meredith Kopit Levien, President and CEO of The Times, said.

“We expect moderated growth to continue through the second quarter, traditionally our softest of the year. With lower forecasted second-quarter performance, we now expect annual total net subscription additions to be in the range of our 2019 performance, which, prior to 2020, was our best year for net additions.”

The decreased growth clouded the revenue increase of 6.6 percent to $473 million, and operating profit rose 89 percent to $51.7 million.

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Washington Post Wins Pulitzer Prize for Its Jan. 6th Coverage

The prize, viewed as American journalism’s highest award, acknowledges the work of more than 100 journalists throughout The Post’s newsroom. 

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There was plenty of news coverage regarding the January 6th insurrection when many supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 Election. 

However, The Washington Post received the highest award for its coverage last year as the newspaper announced that it had won the Pulitzer Prize. 

The prize, viewed as American journalism’s highest award, acknowledges the work of more than 100 journalists throughout The Post’s newsroom. 

“This was a seminal event in American history and democracy,” Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee said. “I’m enormously pleased and very honored that the whole breadth and sweep of the Post coverage is what was recognized.”

Furthermore, Marty Baron, the Post’s legendary executive editor who retired in February 2021, celebrated the award and expressed that The Post’s work covering January 6th reflects “journalistic teamwork at its finest.”

“The skills of every department were deployed. And I couldn’t be more gratified that it is now being recognized with journalism’s highest honor,” Baron added to the statement announcing the award.  

“It was a privilege to be part of such a remarkable newsroom, which rightly hasn’t let up in its investigation of who and what brought the United States to such a precarious point in its history.”

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“Meet the Press” Goes Daily as NBC News Now Content Grows

The new lineup will include “Meet the Press NOW,” anchored by Chuck Todd, streaming at 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 6. 

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To further grow the NBC News NOW platform, the company plans to add new anchors and original shows to its programming lineup. The company announced that “Meet the Press” is going daily in a press release.

The new lineup will include “Meet the Press NOW,” anchored by Chuck Todd, streaming at 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday beginning Monday, June 6. 

“NBC News is the leader in streaming news,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said. “Since our launch, we’ve been committed to delivering the best of NBC News’ journalism, free, to streaming audiences everywhere.”

“Chuck was one of the first broadcast anchors to see the massive potential of streaming, and bringing Meet the Press’s daily franchise to NBC News NOW reinforces the platform’s status as the destination for news on streaming.”

Furthermore, the “Meet the Press” daily show isn’t the only addition to the streaming service. NBC News senior investigative and consumer correspondent Vicky Nguyen will join NBC News NOW anchor. 

Along with Nguyen, NBC News correspondent Morgan Radford will be the co-host of “NBC News NOW Live from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on NBC News NOW. 

Finally, NBC News NOW anchor and NBC News correspondent Aaron Gilchrist is going to serve as an anchoring “NBC News NOW Live” from 2 to 4 p.m., and MSNBC Senior National Correspondent Chris Jansing will start anchoring “MSNBC Reports at 1 p.m. on May 26. 

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Alex Marlow Critical of Karine Jean-Pierre’s Appointment to Press Secretary

Karine Jean-Pierre was named Jen Psaki’s successor Thursday after Psaki revealed that she was leaving the podium on May 13.

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Some right-leaning pundits are questioning the ethical standing of the Biden Administration after naming a White House Press Secretary who’s been in a long-term relationship with a CNN correspondent. 

Karine Jean-Pierre was named Jen Psaki’s successor Thursday after Psaki revealed that she was leaving the podium on May 13. According to The Daily Mail, Jean-Pierre is a partner of CNN’s national correspondent Suzanne Malveaux, 55, and the pair share a seven-year-old daughter, Soleil.

Jean-Pierre will become the first Black and openly gay person to serve as the White House Press Secretary. 

“Karine not only brings the experience, talent, and integrity needed for this difficult job, but she will continue to lead the way in communicating about the work of the Biden-Harris Administration on behalf of the American people,” Biden said in a statement.

The conservative media wasted no time pouncing on Biden’s choice to replace Psaki. Breitbart’s Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow tweeted, ‘this is one of many examples of the corporate media LITERALLY in bed with the government it covers.”

Malveaux joined CNN in 2002, co-anchoring the CNN international news program “Around the World” and editions of “CNN Newsroom.” Malveaux also served as CNN White House correspondent and as a primary substitute to Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

“I just want to take the opportunity to celebrate and congratulate my friend, my colleague, my partner in truth Karine Jean-Pierre, the next White House Press Secretary,” Psaki said.

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