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Courtney Kube Shares Tales From Her Reporting in Afghanistan

Kube spoke about her experience reporting from the middle east, where she made plenty of friends from her time there covering various issues for the past years. 

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NBC News national security and Pentagon correspondent Courtney Kube has plenty of stories covering politics in Washington D.C. However, she also spent time in Afghanistan, reporting dozens of times since 2006. 

In an interview with Bethesda Magazine, she spoke about her experience reporting from the middle east, where Kube made plenty of friends from her time there covering various issues for the past years. 

“I’ve made friends there over the years, people who I got to see every single time,” Kube said. “It was hard to leave that last time. I definitely feel connected to Afghanistan. I feel very blessed, as strange as that sounds, that I was able to see those places.”

The magazine asked Kube to recall her first time heading over to Afghanistan, where she felt nervous. However, she stated that every time she went over to the country, the NBC News report felt more comfortable.

“My first trip was with a pool. You travel with the secretary of defense, so it’s very safe, it’s very choreographed. I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous—I admit it. I was single at the time, so that, I think, made it a little bit easier. Every time, I got more and more comfortable going,” Kube said. 

“We were doing several different stories about troops at Christmas. I remember for the first time thinking, if I get killed, my husband’s going to be a widower. I always hated how upset my parents would get when I would travel. Then the first time I went back after I had the twins—it’s a very different responsibility because you think you’re leaving people behind.”

Reporting from Afghanistan does come with risk, and Kube shared some times when she did feel a little bit fearful while doing her job from the middle eastern country. 

“There have been several. There was one time when we were riding in a helicopter at night over Kabul; I think it was 2012. All of a sudden, half of the lights went out in the cockpit. When we landed, the pilot said to me, ‘We lost all comms. We lost everything for a little bit.’” Kube said. 

“Once, we were driving from Kabul to Bagram. It’s all dirt roads. I can see ahead there were a couple of guys on the side of the road with guns. It was clearly a checkpoint, but we didn’t know if it was a legit checkpoint. Given the area, we figured it probably wasn’t the Taliban, but you never really know. There are times like that when you get a little nervous, but there’s never been a time when I thought, oh, this is the end.”

Finally, Kube details one of the more memorable stories she reported during the years of going to and from Afghanistan. The NBC News reporter told of a time when she was in Nawzad. 

“One of my favorites was in Nawzad. The Marines had secured this town, and we went to this marketplace. There were little kids running around us while we were getting video. All the shacks had pockmarks and bullet holes in them,” Kube said. 

“It was one of my most vivid memories of Afghanistan because I felt the humanity of the moment. I couldn’t communicate with them, but I had some candy in my bag, and I was giving them things, and they were poking through my bag.”

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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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