The Biden administration will hit the ground running by holding an on-camera press briefing on Inauguration Day, Brian Stelter reports. Eugene Daniels says the media will have to be "a lot more creative in covering this White House" because Biden won't be tweeting and "they are running a tighter ship." David Folkenflik says the Biden press operation will have to show they are "interested in transparency as a greater good for the country."
Brian Stelter discusses Fox's ratings slump and CNN's surge with Nicole Hemmer and David Folkenflik. Hemmer says Fox's recent schedule changes are "a pretty clear sign that Fox News sees Newsmax as its big problem right now." Folkenflik also reacts to James Murdoch's recent warning about disinformation. And Eugene Daniels discusses his role in relaunching the Politico Playbook newsletter franchise.
"It feels like we're living years of history every week right now," Brian Stelter says. Nicole Carroll says staffers at USA Today are thinking hard about the words they're using and the stories they're presenting because "we need to represent the seriousness" of the time. Dan Shelley weighs in on the critical role of local news in building public trust.
After numerous members of the media were assaulted in pro-Trump riots on January 6, newsrooms are stepping up security measures. Nicole Carroll says USA Today is taking many precautions to protect reporters. RTDNA executive director Dan Shelley says "this is the most perilous time for journalists in the field in the modern history of the United States," but reporters will not be deterred.
Alex Stamos discusses the links between disinformation and radicalization, and argues that tech platforms "have to turn down the capability of these conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences." His business partner Christopher Krebs also joins.
Multiple new polls indicate that most Republicans do not trust the results of the 2020 election. Brian Stelter says it is a "mainstream" view in the GOP. He asks Christopher Krebs about how election lies translate into extremist actions, and Krebs says it is important to differentiate between militia members, full-blown conspiracy theorists, and "disaffected voters" that have bought into Trump's big lie.
Maggie Haberman reflects on the "constant sense of incoming" during the Trump administration. With Trump off Twitter and almost out of the White House, Haberman says "his ability to just snap his fingers and get attention as president is obviously gone." But "he is still a dominant figure in the Republican Party, she points out.