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Katie Phang: I’m Not Playing Favorites With My Two Shows

Phang will be hosting two shows, one on MSNBC and the other on Peacock.

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As cable news channels are utilizing streaming services to fill content on those platforms, there are many receiving opportunities to host a show and provide their analysis on certain topics going on in the United States and the world.

This past weekend marked the launch of “The Katie Phang Show,” airing on MSNBC on weekends in the 7 a.m. hour hosted by MSNBC legal analyst Katie Phang. Furthermore, she will also debut a show on Peacock next week under the same name, airing Thursdays and Fridays in the 2 p.m. hour.

Despite both shows having the same name, Phang states in an interview with TV Newser that they are entirely different. 

“Here’s the reality: I have more time on Peacock. I think one of the things you’ll see that’s a little bit different about MSNBC’s new hub on Peacock is the fact that I’ll have a little bit more of a longer-form interview format.” 

“I can have a little bit longer of a segment or a block with a guest on Peacock. That being said, Peacock is video on demand. It’s different platform; it’s a different format.”

Furthermore, Phang discussed how she plans to divide her time between her two new commitments to MSNBC. 

“I think I’m not going to be playing favorites because the common denominator is it’s The Katie Phang Show. I will be devoting as much time, resources, and energy as I can to both programs.”

“It’s a different beast because MSNBC is live, and the MSNBC hub on Peacock is going to be VOD. But, I think the issues are going to be constantly evolving, and I think that’s why my devotion of time and energy is going to have to be the same for both.”

This venture also marks the first time Phang will be in the hosting chair, so she touched on the advice she’s been given leading up to the debuts of her two new programs. 

“Everyone I have spoken to, from a line producer to an executive producer, to on-air talent, to the people that are making a lot of the higher-level decisions at MSNBC, has given me good advice,” Phang said.

“The advice they’ve all shared, the common denominator is: “Be yourself.” They’ve said, “Katie, there’s something about you that we think works. There’s something about you that that really shines through, and that’s what we want; we just always want you to be yourself.”

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Chris Stirewalt Joins NewsNation as its Political Editor

Stirewalt will deliver what NewsNation calls “balanced and accurate political analysis” throughout the election season.

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NewsNation will be welcoming a familiar face to their network as Fox News’ former political editor Chris Stirewalt joins the company as its political editor.

In his new position, Stirewalt will deliver what NewsNation calls “balanced and accurate political analysis” throughout the election season.

“Chris Stirewalt’s analytical abilities are the best in the business, and his insights during election season will prove to be an invaluable resource for viewers,” NewsNation’s Michael Corn, president of news, said, per TV Newser

Stirewalt comes aboard NewsNation during a time when the network is strengthening its political operations. 

The company has inked a broadcast partnership agreement with the digital news site Decision Desk HQ to deliver election data and exclusive polling results for the 2022 midterm primaries and general election.

“With honest reporting and data analysis, along with up-to-the-minute results from Decision Desk HQ, we are building upon our mission at NewsNation to become the leader in election night coverage you can trust,” Corn said.

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Jeanine Pirro Wants a “Hardening Perimeter” for Each School

Pirro voiced support for “hardening the perimeter” of each school in the country and stationing security guards at them.

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The latest mass shooting occurred at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 18 students and three adults. Much like in the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings, many are voicing their opinions about how the country can avoid these incidents.

During a segment on “The Five,” co-host Jeanine Pirro voiced support for “hardening the perimeter” of each school in the country and stationing security guards at them.

“I mean, these children are–they’re babies,” Pirro said, per Mediaite. “They really are babies.”

Pirro suggested that many retired law enforcement officers would be willing to contribute their time to supply security at schools across the United States. 

“I think that you’ve got a lot of people now – retired cops, retired sheriffs – who’d be more than happy to protect kids. I think right now – and I don’t want to get into the politics of it – but we’ve got to make sure that people understand, especially the schools and the teachers, that we need this,” Pirro said. 

“It is a crazy world today. It’s very different than it was five years ago. But we need to do something about it I think this is one of the only ways to actually protect the school and the children.”

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Bill Melugin Details What He Saw at Robb Elementary School

Melugin left his regular assignment covering the crisis at the Southern Border to cover a mass school shooting

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Fox News reporter Bill Melugin left his regular assignment covering the crisis at the Southern Border to cover a mass school shooting that left at least 21 people dead in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday.  

Melugin spent hours appearing on the network’s primetime lineup reporting from the scene. The correspondent addressed rumors that the shooting at the school began as a border patrol chase. 

“We’re not hearing anything about a chase, there were rumors flying around that this was a sort of border patrol chase, I have not heard anything of the sort, I have not confirmed any of that information and have no reason to believe any of those rumors are credible at this moment,” he said. 

Melugin described what he saw at Robb Elementary School and the scene inside the school. 

” We went in, there is a room full of parents, a private room where they are waiting on information for their loved ones, some are walking the hallways, some are crying, hugging, emotional, some have been given horrible news,” Melugin said. “There is a room full of parents necessary there waiting on information.”

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