Jun 22, 2017

Hugh Hewitt lands his own MSNBC show

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Conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt will helm his own live weekly news program on MSNBC beginning this Saturday, per TVNewser.

Hewitt's show will air on Saturdays at 8 am. MSNBC will also be expanding their nightly live weekend coverage by two hours until 9 pm with programming anchored by Thomas Roberts.

Why it matters: MSNBC has seen a big boost in its ratings under the Trump administration — with wins for weeknight hosts Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell — so they're aggressively expanding their coverage, including bringing in hosts like Hewitt from across the political spectrum, to build on that success.

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Trump's week of viral quicksand

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Stories about President Trump's photo op at St. John's church after peaceful protesters were forcefully cleared from the area averaged the most online attention of any issue about the president this week.

Why it matters: Trump's force-over-compassion approach to the demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd had Republican allies backpedaling to keep a distance — and led to a wave of condemnations that got plenty of online traction on their own.

Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.