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Martha Raddatz, Ian Pannell Discuss Human Side of Ukraine Conflict

Raddatz, Pannell spoke to Deadline about the challenges of capturing the human side of what is happening in the country.

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Plenty of news outlets in the United States have correspondents in various parts of Ukraine covering the conflict with Russia. 

ABC News has two journalists in the region reporting the Russian invasion chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz, stationed in Lviv, and senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell, based in Kyiv. 

The two reporters providing coverage for the news network spoke to Deadline about the challenges of capturing the human side of what is happening in the country. 

“One of the things that has always been important to me in covering war is the cost of war, and I don’t mean in dollars,” Raddatz said. “I mean in human treasure. I mean life-altering changes.”

Raddatz shared a quick note regarding a local journalist in Lviv who has been helping ABC News with coverage in Ukraine, telling her of having to console his 7-year-old daughter on Thursday morning after she woke up to the sound of air-raid sirens.

“There are parents out there who are terrified for their children right now and whether their lives will change,” she said. “Those are real people who are going to go through a horrible experience. The line of refugees right now, I’m told, is 25 to 30 hours.”

“That’s now. Imagine what it will be in a week. Frankly, I tell all the young people I work with, ‘Don’t ever forget the cost of war. Don’t get caught up in the bombs and the explosions and talking about equipment and military this and that.’ There are people involved in this, and I think we always have to remember that.”

Meanwhile, Pannell informed Deadline that “getting people to care I think is the hardest thing. Seeing stories of conflict through the eyes of people who are affected always resonates much more with people.”

The U.S. and its allies have levied more sanctions against Russia, but President Joe Biden has stated that it will not be drawn into war. As a result, Pannel says it is pressing for journalists covering the Ukraine conflict to illustrate why it is still important to Americans.

“Ukrainians are very much like us,” Pannell said. “They expect tomorrow is going to look like today. And Ukrainians have had the same guarantee, and they have just suddenly had the rug pulled from beneath their feet, and it is trying to show that shock on people’s faces as they realize what is going on.”

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Jen Psaki Will Officially Join MSNBC This Fall

Psaki will appear across all MSNBC cable and streaming programming.

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What was the worst kept secret in news media became official as former White House press secretary Jen Psaki officially joined MSNBC following her stint with the Biden Administration. 

MSNBC president Rashida Jones states Psaki’s official move to the network will come in the fall when she will appear across all the network’s cable and streaming programming. 

“Jen’s sharp wit and relatability combined with the mastery of the subjects she covers have made her a household name across the nation,” Jones said in a statement, per TV Newser

“Her extensive experience in government and on the campaign trail and perspective as a White House and Washington insider is the type of analysis that sets MSNBC apart. She’s a familiar face and trusted authority to MSNBC viewers, and we look forward to her insight during this consequential election season.”

Psaki will also host a new streaming show for the network, which will launch in early 2023. The program “will bring together her unique perspective from behind the podium and her deep experience in the highest levels of government and presidential politics to MSNBC viewers,”

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Greta Van Susteren Will Get Back to Her Roots with Newsmax Show

“The Record” will debut on June 14 and be based in Washington D.C.

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Greta Van Susteren is a news anchor veteran who has worked for CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC during her journalism career; now, she’s heading to Newsmax, where she will host “The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” which will lead the outlet’s nightly lineup.

“The Record” will debut on June 14 and be based in Washington D.C. Furthermore, this show will be Van Susteren’s third cable news show with “Record” in the title, following “On the Record” on Fox News and For the “Record” on MSNBC.

“With all that is going on in the world, I am getting back to my roots: a daily live news show with real reporting from the places where things are happening,” Van Susteren said in a statement obtained by Barrett News Media

“I have been friends with [Newsmax CEO] Chris Ruddy for years, and he is giving me this great opportunity to return, giving me the complete freedom to cover the news that really matters to people. I have been impressed by Newsmax’s team and their success—and would love to be part of a news network that is really growing.”

Van Susteren has been doing work for Newsmax already, including hosting a debate between candidates from Pennsylvania for the U.S. Senate earlier this month.

“No one in journalism better exemplifies Newsmax’s mission to provide fact-based news and fact-based opinion than Greta Van Susteren,” Newsmax Media CEO Chris Ruddy said. “We are so pleased and honored to have Greta lead our nightly news lineup of programs.”

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Magaret Sullivan: You Can’t Split the Strands of Tucker Carlson, 4chan

CNN host Brian Stelter spoke to The Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan about the “replacement theory” ideology.

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It’s been over a week since an alleged gunman went inside a Tops supermarket in Buffalo and killed ten people. Since then, there’s been plenty of conversation regarding the “replacement theory” ideology. 

CNN host Brian Stelter spoke to The Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan about the matter. The two discussed the effects that strains like Fox News host Tucker Carlson and websites like 4chan help push the ideology, leading to some mass shootings. 

Furthermore, Sullivan states that Carlson and those websites cannot differentiate the two strains that play in further growing the “replacement theory.”

“The gunman was motivated by the same kind of broad and growing ideology that we’re seeing in these other places that you’re talking about, this idea that white people are being replaced by Jews, by black people, by the others,” Sullivan said.

“And it is a very ugly and clearly a very destructive and a very disturbing tendency. And you cannot really separate the strands of Tucker Carlson on Fox News and 4chan and all the other ways that this ideology is making its way into our society in very, very disturbing and very destructive ways.”

Some media members have come to the defense of Carlson, such as former Fox News and current SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly. 

“Why can’t we spend two f***ing minutes mourning the people who are dead and trying to understand that we have insane people in this country. We have lunatics. It’s a huge country!” Kelly said. 

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