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Former Fox News, CNN Pundit Bob Beckel Dies at 73

Beckel first made a name for himself as the campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign.

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Former Fox News and CNN pundit Bob Beckel has died at 73. Veteran political pundit Cal Thomas reported his passing Monday evening on Facebook.

“My friend and spiritual brother, Bob Beckel, has passed into the presence of the Lord he loved. We did so many things together, and I hope we modeled what two people of different political persuasions can be like when they love one another,” Thomas wrote. 

“For ten years, we wrote the “Common Ground” column for USA Today and a book by that title. The name of his ironically titled autobiography is “I Should Be Dead.” It is a highly readable book about a difficult life that was dramatically changed in the last 15 years. I will see you soon, Bob. You are loved.”

Beckel first made a name for himself as the campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign. After the loss to then-President Ronald Reagan, Beckel stayed active in Democratic Party politics.

In 2011 Beckel joined Fox News and experienced popularity as a co-host of “The Five.” He would depart Fox News in the middle of 2015 when the network noted it could not be held “hostage to one man’s personal issues.”

The pundit would return in 2017 but would leave shortly after being accused of making an “insensitive” comment to a Black colleague. Beckel also worked for CNN from 2015 to 2016.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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Judy Woodruff Reportedly Stepping Down From PBS NewsHour

Woodruff will remain with the program through the 2022 midterms this fall, after which she’ll step down. 

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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. 

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