NBC erred on McDaniel. But partisan news gap still needs bridging

A significant contributor to what's dividing "red" and "blue" Americans is the inability or unwillingness to settle on a shared set of facts. Consumers need to seek out a variety of opinions. And producers need to provide them.

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April 1, 2024 - 2:36 PM

NBC News changed its mind to give former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel a megaphone after it became clear McDaniel's efforts to overturn the 2020 election results was a dealbreaker for fellow NBC hosts. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)

NBC made the right decision in reversing course on hiring former Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel to be a regular contributor.

McDaniel’s support for Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him in the lead-up to the appalling Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol made her unfit to opine on political matters for a platform aiming to inform both sides of the yawning political expanse these days.

But that doesn’t change the reality for NBC or any other national news platform seeking to be something more than an echo chamber for one side or the other. Giving air time to a variety of voices, including those expressing views some might find unacceptable, is the bare minimum needed to have even a chance of regaining the kind of bipartisan credibility broadcast media enjoyed decades ago.

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