Search Results

MSNBC

54 posts

Burmese American journalist Alex Wagner to succeed Rachel Maddow on MSNBC prime time slot

  • MSNBC President Rashida Jones announced during several interviews with various media outlets on Monday that Burmese American journalist Alex Wagner will succeed Rachel Maddow during MSNBC’s prime-time slot at 9 p.m. for four days a week beginning on Aug. 16.
  • Wagner, 44, will host her own show from Tuesday to Friday, succeeding Maddow, 49, who announced in April that she would be scaling back her duties at MSNBC after signing a deal with NBCUniversal.
  • A graduate of Brown University in 1999, Wagner, who was initially an analyst for MSNBC, hosted “Now With Alex Wagner” at the network from 2011 until 2015, then joined “CBS This Morning Saturday” as a co-anchor in 2016.
  • MSNBC stated that Wagner will be the only Asian American host of a prime-time cable news channel program.
  • “I’m honored to be anchoring a key hour of television in such a critical time for American democracy,” Wagner told The Hollywood Reporter. “In many ways, the stakes have never been higher, and there’s no better place to explore this moment than MSNBC. I’m thrilled to be coming home."

Burmese American journalist Alex Wagner is set to become the only Asian American to host a prime-time cable news channel program starting on Aug. 6.

Wagner will succeed Rachel Maddow during MSNBC’s prime-time slot at 9 p.m. for four days a week.

MSNBC Deliberately Declined Interview With Andrew Yang, Ex Producer Confirms

A former producer with MSNBC has revealed that the network deliberately chose to decline an interview with Andrew Yang ahead of the Democratic presidential debates.

The first debates, which took place from June 26 – 27, 2019 in Miami, triggered the earliest speculations of a “#YangMediaBlackout” after the candidate’s mic temporarily failed to function.

Andrew Yang’s Finance Director Blasts MSNBC For ‘Systemic Racism’

A fundraising director for Andrew Yang criticized MSNBC for “silencing” the candidate in the latest Democratic presidential primary debate, describing the move as a case of “systemic racism.”

The debate, which took place in Atlanta on Wednesday, saw the 44-year-old tech entrepreneur wait for roughly 32 minutes before having the chance to speak — and for the shortest amount of time among all 10 candidates present.

Asian American advocacy groups oppose nomination of US attorney candidate in Tennessee

groups opposes nominee
  • Casey Arrowood, an assistant U.S. Attorney, is one of Biden’s nominees to serve as the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Tennessee.
  • Asian American advocacy groups are calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Biden administration to reject the nomination of Arrowood following his role in the wrongful prosecution of a University of Tennessee professor.
  • Arrowood was the lead prosecutor of professor Anming Hu, an internationally renowned nanotechnology expert who was targeted by the FBI under the Trump administration’s “China Initiative.”
  • Hu was the first person to be prosecuted and tried in a wire fraud case before he was acquitted of all charges after the government’s evidence was deemed insufficient.

Asian American advocacy groups have opposed President Joe Biden’s nomination of Casey Arrowood to serve as U.S. Attorney.

Arrowood, an assistant U.S. Attorney, is one of Biden’s nominees to serve as the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Tennessee. On July 29, the president announced his candidacy to hold the top position in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Knoxville.

Armed man accused of threatening to kill Rep. Pramila Jayapal outside her Seattle home charged

  • Brett Forsell, the 49-year-old man who allegedly threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) outside her Seattle home, was charged with felony stalking on Wednesday.
  • Forsell was previously arrested on suspicion of a hate crime on July 9, but he was released when prosecutors did not file the alleged hate crime charges in time due to a lack of evidence.
  • Prosecutors noted that Forsell was armed with a deadly weapon and said that he stalked Jayapal because of her position as an elected official.
  • The man told police that he had driven past Jayapal’s house and directed profanities at her multiple times since late June.
  • A judge approved a bail amount of $500,000 for Forsell, according to prosecutors.

The armed man who allegedly threatened to kill U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D, WA-07) outside her Seattle home has been charged.

Brett Forsell, 49, was previously arrested on suspicion of a hate crime on July 9 after Jayapal reported unknown individuals in a vehicle yelling obscenities outside her home in the Arbor Heights neighborhood.  

Amerie Jo Garza: BTS fans unite to honor the life of 10-year-old Uvalde hero and fellow Army

  • On Tuesday, May 24, Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, suffered a mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
  • One of the victims was Amerie Jo Garza, a 10-year-old fourth grader seen in one picture wearing a BTS shirt.
  • “I just want people to know she died trying to save her classmates. She just wanted to save everyone,” Angel Garza shared.
  • In response to the tragedy, BTS fans have also taken to social media and GoFundMe to honor their fellow Army.

BTS fans are coming together to honor Amerie Jo Garza, the 10-year-old Army who lost her life trying to save her classmates.

On Tuesday, May 24, Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, suffered a mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead. The shooter, now identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, opened fire at the elementary school at approximately 11:30 a.m. with an AR-15-style rifle. Ramos was fatally shot at the scene of the deadly incident at around 1 p.m.

Las Vegas man, 68, identified as suspect in deadly mass shooting at California Taiwanese church

California church mass shooting
  • David Wenwei Chou, 68, has been arrested for shooting multiple people at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on Sunday.
  • The incident, witnessed by 30 to 40 people, occurred during a lunch banquet held to commemorate a former pastor visiting from Taiwan.
  • A man in his 40s was killed during the shooting, while five others — all senior citizens of Asian descent — were wounded and brought to the hospital.
  • Chou, who is originally from Las Vegas, is being held on a $1 million bail at the Orange County Intake Release Center.

A man in his late 60s has been arrested for killing one churchgoer and wounding five others while opening fire at a church in Laguna Woods, California.

The fatal shooting, which left four of the five wounded victims with critical injuries, occurred at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church during a lunch banquet held to commemorate a former pastor visiting from Taiwan.

16 Republicans oppose House bill on educating the public on Japanese American incarceration during WWII

  • Sixteen House Republicans voted against a bill that seeks to educate the public on the history of Japanese Americans in World War II, including their incarceration experience.
  • The legislation, which passed with 406 yeas, will direct the Secretary of the Interior to create a “Japanese American World War II History Network” within the National Park Service.
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman (Ark.), the leading Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee, said the bill will ensure that Japanese American history, “no matter how painful it may be, is always remembered.”
  • The House also passed a bill that would preserve the concentration camps and create a grant program to promote education on Japanese American incarceration.

Sixteen GOP lawmakers voted against a House bill that seeks to promote public education on the history of Japanese Americans in World War II, including their incarceration in so-called “internment camps.”

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jay Obernolte of California — who is also a Republican — ultimately passed with 406 yeas on Wednesday, while 10 others did not vote.

NBA fans shown Chinese ambassador’s message amid criticism of players allegedly benefiting from Xinjiang forced labor

chineseambassadornba2
  • The Washington Wizards hosted their annual “Chinese New Year” celebration during a match with the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 25.
  • As part of the celebration, Qin Gang, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, recorded a video message for the event’s basketball players and their fans, praising the strong ties between the NBA and the Chinese market.
  • Qin’s message comes amid claims that some NBA players are working with companies tied to the alleged human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region.

Fans who attended a recent NBA game were subjected to watching a video message from a Chinese official amid allegations that some of the league’s players are benefiting from human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. 

On Jan. 25, the Washington Wizards hosted their annual Lunar New Year celebration – which they refer to as “Chinese New Year” – during a match with the Los Angeles Clippers. The event featured performances, activities and a special matchup animation. Prior to the start of the game, the U.S. national anthem was performed using the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument.

Lisa Ling talks aftermath of receiving death threats, what its like being a journalist covering anti-Asian hate

Lisa Ling docu-series Vincent Chin

Award-winning investigative journalist and CNN host Lisa Ling tackles a history of anti-Asian rhetoric in the U.S. while adding a personal lens on the hate she and her children have experienced during the pandemic in the first episode of the newest season of her docuseries, “This Is Life With Lisa Ling.”

Titled “The Legacy of Vincent Chin,” the episode opens on the surge of violence hitting the Asian American community since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 and the similarities it shares to the historic murder.