Patrick McEnroe Talks Simona Halep on Holding Court

Simona Haelp playing tennis
Simona Haelp playing tennis

By MuddHouse Media Team

The tennis world was caught by storm at the news of Simona Halep's positive drug test for a banned substance, so it should not be a surprise that Holding Court host Patrick McEnroe weighed in on the situation on a recent episode of his podcast

McEnroe stated his belief that Halep bears some responsibility for the suspension, regardless of the fact that she is a polite, respected athlete. Being nice is "neither here nor there when it comes to whether or not she actually took the drug," McEnroe said.

The International Tennis Integrity Agency said Halep, the No. 9 player in the WTA, tested positive for a banned substance called roxadustat. Halep is now ineligible to compete in or attend any event that is organized by the governing bodies of the sport. She called the impending battle with the anti-doping agency the "hardest match of [her] life." 

McEnroe called attention to her statement in this tweet, pointing out that she did not actually deny taking the drug.

"She is not saying [that] she didn't take the drug," he said. "At least in her comment, she is saying that she never knowingly took any prohibited substance."

McEnroe, addressing the speculation that someone could have given Halep the illegal substance without her knowing, said proof of this could perhaps make her ban "not quite as serious," though he did emphasize that Halep is still responsible for the situation.

"[It's] very, very open for debate [of] what could have happened here," he said. "But again, you can't really speculate on how she got it or what happened there. So, I don't think we should say that Simona, in this case, is a 'victim.' Again, you have to be, as an athlete, responsible."

For more tennis news and analysis, listen and subscribe to Holding Court with Patrick McEnroe here.

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The Podcast Producer: Here is Everything You Need to Know

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A podcast producer editing a recorded episode

By MuddHouse Media Team

A podcast producer is the creative genius behind the scenes of every podcast series. Here's what to look for when hiring a podcast producer for your branded podcast series.

What is a Podcast Producer?

Podcast producers have a lot of work to do for each podcast episode. The podcast producer manages scripts, oversees all aspects of the production, and handles all (or most) of the editing responsibilities.A podcast producer editing a new episode

But the producer's role goes well beyond the sheer technical responsibilities of podcast production. In fact, the producer's involvement begins well before an episode is even recorded. 

The Producer's Role: Pre-Production

Producers get their hands on a series at a very early stage. If you're planning to launch your branded podcast and haven't recorded yet, a producer should be involved in all your conversations to help you iron out the details of your series. They're the ones who will tell you what's realistic and what's not, and they'll make crucial creative decisions early on that can determine the success of your podcast.

In fact, you want a producer who has been involved from the beginning because it allows them to spend time researching topics and guests that will enhance the series. A good producer will become your subject matter expert, which is integral in getting your series recorded and published. Their active involvement will not only bolster your podcast, but it will also allow them to construct a better roadmap for the series.

Having all this information in place beforehand will then allow the producer to seamlessly move into the next stage of the process, recording.

The Producer's Role: Recording

Now that your series is planned and scheduled, it's time to record! This is where the producer really starts to get into the thick of it. And funny enough, the producer's role during the recording phase begins… before the recording actually starts. 

That's right — much like their role in the planning stage of a whole series, a producer needs to be in the loop for every episode before it's time to record. This can range from brainstorming (and later selecting) topics, booking guests, and finalizing the recording plan, that is, figuring out if the recording will take place in person, virtually, or a mix of both. The producer should (and must) work with the hosts to have a clear outline in place before recording. This may come in the form of a script or a rundown, but either way, the producer needs to manage that outline. 

An editing screen of a podcastWith all this in place, the recording process is then all about the technical side of things for the producer. This includes a microphone and sometimes camera setups, checking and balancing the audio, and ensuring that the recording software is working properly. It's a lot of management during this phase, meaning the producer must be able to handle a bit of pressure and manage their time wisely.

If something isn't working right, they need to be able to address the situation in a timely manner because recording schedules are oftentimes very tight with quick turnarounds. If someone's microphone sounds funky, the producer needs to step in. If the recording software is buggy, the producer needs to have a backup plan just in case. 

The Producer's Role: Post-Production

Now that the episode has been recorded, the first step is for the producer to structure the audio into a cohesive arrangement, which is a major key to cutting a podcast episode. A producer has to ensure that the entire episode, from the opening introductions to the closing remarks, resembles an organized and authentic conversation. This may mean cutting awkward silences, the "um's" and "ah's," or trimming pieces of a segment. A good producer will be comfortable reaching out to the host or a guest if there is a need to re-record a segment of the episode.

Once the raw audio is arranged accordingly, the producer can then really add their creative flair to a series. This may mean adding sound bites, music, or transitions to the episode, but it also means putting the final polish on the episode before it is ready for distribution. Again, it is their responsibility to make sure everything sounds professional.

The producer is responsible for approving the final cut of a podcast episode before it goes live, but at MuddHouse Media, we want our hosts to love the finished product. Therefore, we regularly share the final cuts of episodes with our hosts to field questions, feedback, and suggestions. We recommend having a producer who is adaptable and prepared to make adjustments before publishing.

The Producer's Role: Overall Outlook

A podcast producer has a lot on their plate. They are just as involved as the host and guests are. In fact, one could even argue that a producer is more involved in a series than anyone else. 

Not sure where to start? That’s why we’re here. 

At MuddHouse Media, we are a team of experienced media professionals who specialize in expert storytelling. We’ll help you find the right story (or stories) to tell through a podcast, and we’ll be with you every step of the way. 

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By MuddHouse Media Team

Branded podcasts have become a key marketing tool for companies as the world of podcasting continues to expand and reach more people.

A CEO talking about her business's story on their branded podcastBranded podcasts are not advertisements for your business. They are a platform to talk about the issues your clients need to solve and increase your brand awareness. 

Want to learn more about creating the right branded podcast for your brand? Check out these three tips:

1. Have a Creative and Distinctive Niche

You can best distinguish your podcasts from other brands by focusing on what makes your brand unique. What differentiates you in the marketplace? Why do people want to buy your products or services? What is your brand’s relationship with your community like? Answer these questions before deciding on a theme and structure for your branded podcast.

2. Create a Roadmap

Another important thing to keep in mind is to think long-term about how you are going to keep your audience engaged throughout your series. How are you going to divide the series into individual episodes? By guest, by topic, or both? Make sure that every episode has compelling, tangible takeaways to keep your audience engaged.A team working together to build the roadmap of their branded podcast

Also, ask your audience what they think! You can ask them to submit questions and topic ideas to you, or you can gauge their interest using polls on Instagram stories. Taking the temperature of your audience allows you to create content you know will resonate with them.

Finally, look at the back end of your branded podcast. Track what episodes are driving the most downloads and form insights from them. Was a particular episode popular because of a guest or topic, or was it because the title was really compelling? This is how you can continue to hone your strategy and set your podcast up for further growth.

3. Expand Your Branded Podcast 

Your branded podcast is a treasure trove of content for your marketing team.

Your podcasts can be turned into SEO-powered blog content. If you capture video in podcast recording, you can cut them up into short-form vertical videos for platforms like TikTok or create video clips to promote thought leadership and spur conversation on LinkedIn. Look at your podcast as a place where you continue to create marketing material for your brand.

Not sure where to start? That’s why we’re here. 

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A podcast microphone and headphones

By MuddHouse Media Team

Did you know that, on average, 59% more time is spent listening to podcasts than scrolling through social media. And while you may have an Instagram strategy and Facebook ads strategy, have you considered the power of having a podcast strategy with a branded podcast?

A branded podcast is the same as a regular podcast, but it’s created by a brand. What a branded podcast is NOT is a weekly commercial for your organization–promotional content won’t drive listenership.

A man telling his story to a podcast hostThere is a myriad of benefits to working a branded podcast into your content marketing plan. Unlike advertising, a branded podcast is content you fully own and control. Additionally, podcasts are very specific with the audience they choose, as podcasts are sought out by people who are already interested in your niche. 

Launching and sustaining a podcast can be a heavy lift, and oftentimes when companies try to do this internally, they have a difficult time succeeding because podcasting is not their core business. If you’re serious about launching and growing an engaged audience around your branded podcast, working with a podcast production company may be a great option for you.

Podcast production companies are experts in the space and can help you launch your podcast from soup to nuts–ideation and strategy, production, guest booking, editing, and sound design, SEO analysis, and distribution to popular platforms like Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 

Creating a podcast is a large undertaking, so before you make any commitments, make sure you have a good understanding of what work the podcast production company is taking on and what work you and your team are taking on. 

Here are a few benefits of working with a podcast production company to launch your branded podcast:

1. Benefit From Their Experience in Audio Storytelling

While your in-house team may be experts at content marketing on social media or video production, podcasting is a separate area of expertise. They understand the trends in podcasting and can be helpful in adapting your strategy in a world of ever-changing needs. Working with a good podcast production company will help you stand out in the crowded podcasting space. Additionally, it takes a lot of the lift off of you, so you can focus on your core business.

2. Save Time and Money

If you’re interested in launching a podcast that has professional-sounding audio, it’s not going to be as simple as recording it with a headset on Zoom. There is professional equipment that often podcast production companies will come with or loan out for your use. They’ll train you on how to use the equipment if you choose to record the podcast yourself, or they’ll provide you with a producer that can handle all your recording needs.Someone tapping into a podcast network

Rather than buying your own equipment and training your employees in podcasting, you can save both time and money by bringing in experts that have experience in it.

3. Gain Access to Their Network

The biggest advantage of working with a podcast production company is that they often have valuable connections in the space that will accelerate the growth of your podcast and your business.

At MuddHouse Media, we’ve leveraged our relationships to forge strategic partnerships between our clients and major distribution channels, such as SiriusXM. It’s these kinds of unique strategic partnerships that can make the difference in your branded podcast being heard.

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By Shannon Kurban

Podcasts have a wide array of benefits for both businesses and personal brands. If done correctly, you can create an audience of loyal listeners, drive traffic to your website, and achieve other business goals that you may be struggling with. By providing your listeners with high-quality content and working as an educational resource, you can grow your business and reach potential customers. 

At MuddHouse Media, we're experts in helping brands create their podcasts from the ground up. Our team of podcast professionals can work with you to create consistent brand messaging, determine the best topics for your episodes, and handle all of the technical editing and publishing. Continue reading to learn more about how podcasts can benefit your business. 

Podcasting as a Growth Strategy

It's no secret that podcasts are growing in popularity. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more people have been tuning into podcasts as a tool to improve their knowledge, as a way to relax during everyday life and to find others who have similar interests as them. 

For brands, podcasts work as an excellent marketing tool when it comes to growing and engaging with their audience. Hosts can ask their audience questions, interact with them in real-time using social media, or receive any type of feedback on certain topics. Happy relaxed millennial afro american business man wear wireless headphones look away rest at workplace finished work listening music podcast feel peace of mind concept sit at desk in sunny office

No matter what size your business is, podcasts can be included in any marketing strategy to help with customer acquisition, brand awareness, or lead generation. The benefits of podcasting are endless, but let's talk about some of our favorite advantages:

Generate new customers through podcasting

Podcasts help give your customers a unique perspective into your business that they wouldn't normally get elsewhere. By introducing your company and its offerings in an authentic way, you create an opportunity for new customers. Not every listener will be a customer, and not every customer will be a listener. However, creating that relationship adds a level of brand loyalty to anyone to is both a listener and a customer. 

As long as you focus on your guest (if applicable), the message of a particular episode, and ask relevant questions, your podcast will resonate with your audience. 

Build trust and authenticity for your brand with a podcast

The reason people listen to podcasts is primarily to educate themselves on topics they're already interested in. By providing your own experience and knowledge, you are able to build trust and authenticity for your brand. Asking your listeners for their feedback and engaging in conversations shows you care about their needs. 

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Create a sense of community among your listeners with a podcast

Every podcast needs to start somewhere, and you likely won't have thousands of followers in the beginning, even if your brand is highly established. All new listeners that tune in for all of your new episodes are more likely to become your highest customers since they really trust your messaging. 

As you build up your audience, put together things like a Facebook Group to help establish that sense of community and allow your listeners to interact with each other. Promoting shareable content can also help increase the level of reach your brand has, as well as connect with new listeners. 

Reap the Benefits of Podcasting for your Business with MuddHouse Media

While we touched on some of the main benefits of using a podcast for your business, there are so many more reasons to get involved. Podcasting requires an expert's touch to get everything flowing just right- that is where we come in. MuddHouse Media is a leader in podcast creation and promotion. Learn more about the corporate podcasting services we provide, and get started with yours today!

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Podcasts are an extremely effective but often overlooked marketing tool. They can help brands reach hyper-targeted audiences, create a great ROI, and provide overall value for all of the listeners. Not only are they beneficial from the audience's perspective, but they're also beneficial from a website standpoint. Podcasts with CEO names or company references on iTunes have an immediate boost in SEO, and their website page rankings reap the same benefits. 

At MuddHouse Media, we're experts in everything podcasting. We help brands connect with their audience and portray their brand message to the world. Learn more about the various benefits of podcasting and get started on creating yours today.

Podcasts and Marketing

Compared to social media, the podcasting space is significantly less competitive. With 80 million brands on Facebook and 200 million business pages on Instagram, 850,000 active podcasts are a significantly smaller space. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have turned to podcast listening in an effort to reduce their screen time and participate in something productive. Podcasts create a sense of involvement for listeners. So while they are technically marketing tools, podcasts are not conventional as they create community, promote engagement, and allow listeners to learn more about their interests.

It's within our human nature to want to learn. From health and wellness to serial killers, people want to improve their knowledge of the things that they find interesting. With the exception of paid sponsors, most podcasts are not aimed at selling products or services to their listeners. This makes podcasts an extremely effective marketing tool without really feeling like one. 

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Podcasts Effectively Benefit B2B Brands

When you're catering to other businesses, there are multiple people you need to convince. Personal and business stories don't resonate with a B2B audience the same way they do with B2C. Podcasts act as an engaging way for brands to connect with their customers and audiences on a deeper level. Highlighting struggles or celebrating wins through podcasts can help to inspire other brands, connect entrepreneurs, and show a more authentic side of a larger corporation that traditional social media can't portray.

For smaller businesses that don't have a large marketing budget, podcasts can be an affordable and effective way to garner a dedicated audience. By educating and connecting with people, you're creating more loyalty and a broader brand presence. It doesn't hurt that podcasts help drive traffic to your website and other social media platforms! 

Podcasts Build Community

Podcasts help create a sense of community, whether you're a solo entrepreneur or a Fortune 500 brand. It's also no secret that user-generated content is a great tactic to use for social media, receive raw data from a niche group, or increase your business's credibility overall. 

By inviting your listeners to follow you on social media, podcast hosts can utilize Instagram polls, share giveaways, or promote photos of their listeners in their merch. Creating meaningful dialogue leads to conversations between friends and followers, which is one of the most effective types of marketing. Resonating within a niche will result in sharing into a larger niche, which, of course, leads to an increase in audience. 

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Patrick McEnroe at the US Open!

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Patrick McEnroe went to the US Open! Listen to Holding Court now

By Matthew McGuirk

Patrick McEnroe sits in the referee chair at the US Open

The 2022 US Open wrapped up this week, and our own Holding Court host Patrick McEnroe was on the scene covering the event for ESPN.

Patrick McEnroe sits in the referee chair at the US Open
“Photo from Allison Joseph/USTA via USOpen.org.”

Early on in the tournament, McEnroe was involved in an exhibition match that was played in support of Tennis Plays for Peace, an initiative looking to bring the tennis community together to support the humanitarian relief efforts for the ongoing war in Ukraine. McEnroe took over the umpire chair as tennis legend Rafael Nadal gave a tennis lesson to staff members from Veselka, a popular Ukrainian restaurant in Manhattan. 

During a stand-up hit for ESPN, McEnroe also addressed the status of Serena Williams, who announced in an article for Vogue in early August that she’d be retiring after the US Open. McEnroe noted the “celebration of Serena” that was going to take place and applauded the tennis star for her longevity in the sport. 

 

After McEnroe previewed Williams’ position in this year’s tournament, she went on to upset the second-seeded Anett Kontaveit to move into the third round. Following the upset win, McEnroe told Newsmax that he thought Williams might have a shot at winning the entire tournament, but a loss to Ajla Tomljanovic ended her last run at a US Open championship.

McEnroe also spent some time talking with Frances Tiafoe, who was defeated by Carlos Alcaraz in a five-set match that went over four hours on Sept. 10.

 

Alcaraz, 19, went on to win the tournament, drawing praise from McEnroe.

“It’s remarkable to watch Alcaraz play this game, how he’s elevated the tempo of this game along with Sinner and Tiafoe and other young guys,” McEnroe said on ESPN, as documented by Rory Carroll of Reuters.

McEnroe is sure to be back behind the podcast microphone soon, so stay tuned for future episodes of Holding Court.

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From the death of Queen Elizabeth II to the Little League World Series, Beat the Press has you Covered

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On this episode of Beat the Press, former NECN anchor Mike Nikitas fills in for Emily Rooney to discuss the ongoing changes at CNN, the murder of Las Vegas investigative reporter Jeff German, the media coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and how a hot mic at the ESPN Little League World Series shows how far distrust of the media has gone. Joining Mike on this episode are media consultant Susie Banikarim, Joanna Weiss of Experience Magazine, and Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University.

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Episode 16 of Beat the Press with Emily Rooney

Change after change at CNN — where is the network heading now? 

The changes that Chris Licht promised months ago have started to come to fruition in recent weeks, starting with the cancellation of Brian Stelter’s media watch show Reliable Sources in August. Just a few weeks after this cancellation — which also included Stelter departing the network — longtime CNN reporter John Harwood announced on Twitter that he was leaving the network. In his last stand-up, Harwood referred to former President Trump as a “dishonest demagogue.” These moves come as CNN’s new ownership, Warner Bros. Discovery, pushes for the network to return to the middle. 

 

In this segment, the Beat the Press panelists discuss these ongoing changes to try and figure out where CNN may be headed next.

 

Mike: “The quote that was widely disseminated, he said after he fried Brian Stelter, [that] ‘there will be more changes and you might not like it or understand it.’ I think we all saw that. Now I'm okay with the management saying ‘you might not like the changes,’ but telling employees ‘you might not understand the changes,’ to me, smacks of arrogance to some degree and also shows me a lack of leadership.”

Susie: “Chris Licht came to this job, you know, his biggest job to date had been running the Colbert Report, which is, let's say, 150-200 people tops. Now he runs a news organization of four thousand people — an international news organization of four thousand other people. That's a huge learning curve. The thing that's getting the most notice is the editorial piece, but just in general he must be swimming in the number of things he needs to grasp and understand.”

Dan: “You know, if you want less talk and more news, you don't do it by axing a Sunday morning show which is all about talk. And the idea that CNN would walk away from media coverage by canceling their longest running show, something that was hosted by Bernard Kalb, by Howard Kurtz, and then by Brian Stelter, that just makes no sense whatsoever. The media are a major institution that deserves coverage and scrutiny.”

Joanna: “I think Brian Stelter was a victim of something that CNN is struggling with, and that's something that, frankly, a lot of mainstream media outlets are struggling with at this moment, which is that during the Trump era, all of these outlets could not figure out exactly how to cover someone who was so outside the norms of expected political behavior. He really did say things that were blatantly untrue.”

 

An investigative reporter is murdered — what does this mean for the safety of journalists?

A Las Vegas investigative reporter named Jeff German was murdered at the beginning of the month, and local authorities have charged a public administrator by the name of Robert Telles with the killing. Telles was the subject of an article that German was working on the week he was murdered, according to German’s paper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

 

In this segment, the Beat the Press panelists discuss German’s murder and what it means for the future of journalists, considering threats against the media have increased in recent years.

 

Mike: “I think you can, you know, dismiss this murder by saying, well, ‘It's Las Vegas and Las Vegas is Las Vegas, or it's due to very specific circumstances.’ But you can also say this is a chilling re-escalation of the backlash against journalists in this country, because this is specifically retribution, allegedly for his reporting.”

Susie: “I just want to take a moment to really celebrate the work of Jeff German. I mean, this is a guy who's doing the kind of local reporting the communities really need. And you know, we talk a lot about local journalism being endangered, usually we mean from budget cuts and from layoffs, not, you know, physical danger. And so to see someone like this who is still doing this really important investigative public accountability work, when so few newspapers are still investing in that kind of work, and to see it come to a tragic end like this feels like a real gut punch and I think it's a real loss.”

Dan: “I would caution against thinking that this is something that's growing out at the present moment. I mean, journalists have been attacked throughout history. Famously, Ida B. Wells was unable to go back to her newspaper in Memphis after a mob destroyed her paper there because she dared to speak out against racism and lynching in that area. Investigative reporters and editors grew out of the murder of Don Bolles, who covered organized crime for the Arizona Republic… We've seen TV reporting teams shot down on live Internet video, and then, of course, there was the Capital Gazette killings a few years ago. Journalism can be a dangerous field at times … But fundamentally I think that we always need to keep in mind that there are some reporters who put their lives on the line and occasionally they pay for it.”

Joanna: “I think, sadly, it's a piece of what we were just talking about, this phenomenon of outside the norm's rhetoric that has become very common over the last four or five years, where the press is the enemy, where people are out to get you. I mean, not to bring Trump into everything, but at those Trump rallies they would point to the media and say ‘those people are the enemy, they're the enemy of the people.’ So… again this politician was democratic, so this isn't a completely partisan problem, but I think it is a problem of creating a mistrust against anyone in the media, not respecting the watchdog role — the constitutional watchdog role of the media — and instead imagining individual vendetta's.”

 

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96, and the U.S. media dropped everything to cover the story — what stood out about the coverage? 

After 70 years on the British throne, Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle, the royal family’s Scottish estate, and news outlets all across the U.S. began covering the story. In this segment, the Beat the Press panelists discuss the media coverage and the future of the monarchy.

 

Mike: “Here's another lead… The Republican trend is moving in only one direction. It's just a matter of when. For example, Barbados became a republic, Jamaica soon. I talked to my daughter who is a longtime citizen of Australia with two grandchildren, and they are ready to move on and become a Republic and get the queen off their money and a lot of other things as well.”

Susie: “I mean the coverage has been, as expected, extremely laudatory. We in this country, but [also] all over the world, there's this tendency when someone dies to brush over the more complicated parts of their history and just do this outpouring of positive reporting. But one thing that's been interesting for me to watch is there's been a real controversy about that on Twitter from people of color who have rightfully pointed out that, you know, she oversaw this monarchy that has a really complicated history of colonialism. For a lot of people of color, she wasn’t this beloved monarch, but someone who represented a certain oppression for them.”

Dan: “More broadly, I guess I would agree with Susie that some of the more skeptical reporting that ought to be done about the monarchy has really not made its way onto television. But I've seen a fair amount of it in the New York Times, which is pretty much where I've been getting most of my news about this, and you do really see a sense that maybe the monarchy is just never going to be the same again after Elizabeth moves on. I think a lot of people have just been holding their breath and now that she's departed from the scene and Charles is the king, people can ask some tough questions about, you know, why do we have this institution?”

Joanna: “It is a fascinating story and I think, yes, there will be an initial respect for the deceased and an initial bow to all of that pageantry, and then will come the reckoning and it's going to be fascinating to watch. And as an American we've been dealing with that with our own history. I went a year ago or so to Monticello, which was fascinating, and what they are doing at that institution, you know, you tour [Thomas Jefferson’s] house, you honor his contributions. But then there's a whole new exhibit about slavery at Monticello, about Sally Hemings, and the idea is, if you're going to experience this, you're going to hear the entire story, and I suspect that over time that's what's going to happen with the monarchy as well.”

 

A hot mic captures one little leaguer’s claim that ESPN was rigging the Little League World Series — a moment of frustration, or a sign that distrust of media has extended more than we thought? 

During the popular Little League World Series in August, one moment caught social media by storm when a player from Iowa was caught on a hot mic saying that a walk was granted to the opposing team from Washington because ESPN said so. The coach calmed the kids down, and Iowa did go on to win the game, but this moment reveals how media distrust and conspiratorial thinking has made its way all the way down to the Little League World Series. 

 

Mike: “I don't want to make too much out of this, but it seemed to me a tiny example of just how much distrust of media has trickled down these days.”

Susie: “I mean, look, I am not a big sports fan, but who among us has not been watching a game and … has not thought to themselves, ‘Oh, they're going to have this go another round because it'll be good for ESPN to have more content?’ Like it's just like a normal human thought to have these conspiracy theories and it's just so funny to see a little kid caught on a hot mic saying that.”

Dan: “I'm gonna express a possibly unpopular opinion and say that little league games shouldn't be on television. I don't think it contributes to the psychological health of these kids to be lauded over as if they were eighteen, nineteen, twenty year old athletes at the age of eleven and twelve.”

Joanna: “Well, as a little league parent, I was just the other day at Babe Ruth Baseball Tryout, so I have more thoughts than anyone probably should about this. First of all, I will say there are bad calls. Some of these kids have small strike zones. It’s a difficult job being an ump in one of these games.” 

 

Listen to Beat the Press here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beat-the-press/id1610334235 

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Ira Rosen: Modern Day Cable News Reinforcing Consumers’ Ideas, Not Expanding Them

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On this special episode of Beat the Press, host Emily Rooney is joined by former 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen, whose new book Ticking Clock takes readers behind the scenes of the highly successful CBS program.

By Matthew McGuirk

Episode 15 of Beat the Pres

Ira Rosen: Modern Day Cable News Reinforcing Consumers’ Ideas, Not Expanding Them

Former 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen said during his appearance on Beat the Press that he prefers the traditional ways of journalism over the partisan and opinionated programming that fills much of our media landscape today. A cable news recording headquarters with a professional style camera

 

“Today it’s, ‘Here’s what you need to believe. This is what you should believe. This is the view.’ And there’s no margin for the back-and-forth. People are watching cable, for example, I think, to have their ideas reinforced, not to have their ideas expanded, or their opinions expanded. You want it to be reinforced. I don’t like that direction. I kind of like the old way, where the show gave you a story and allowed you to make your own mind up,” Rosen said. 

 

60 Minutes Lacking the End of Show Boost that Andy Rooney Provided, Says Former Producer Ira Rosen

When asked if he still watches 60 Minutes, Ira Rosen told Beat the Press host Emily Rooney that although he understands how shows evolve in the news business, he still misses the old times. As an example, Rosen pointed out the flair that Andy Rooney — who, yes, is the father of Emily — brought to the broadcast when he came on at the end of episodes. 

“You may know him,” Rosen said. “A guy named Andy Rooney. When he ended the broadcast, there’s something called minutes by minutes in TV, which you know about. When the minute by minutes hit at the 52-mark of the show when Andy came on it went straight up. What happens is in the audience, it normally drops at the back end of a broadcast, and what you want to do is you want to create a lead-in for the rest of the night, for the eight o’clock hour, for the nine o’clock hour. Andy was able to do that. The audience actually grew at the end. Now, I look at the show and there’s no reason to watch the show for the last 10 minutes of the show. There’s just nothing there.”

 

Former 60 Minutes Producer Ira Rosen Says Mike Wallace Saved ‘Many Lives’ by Disclosing His Depression 

60 Minutes on a ClockLong-time 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen recounted his days working with Mike Wallace, and told Beat the Press host Emily Rooney why he thinks Wallace’s decision to come forward with his depression had a positive effect on many people.

“Mike had always wanted his stories to help change the world, to make it a better place, [and] to have people have more understanding,” Rosen said. “And I don’t think he ever thought and realized that his illness of depression and by going public about it would become one of the most important things he did in his career. It gave a lot of people the power to suddenly now get treated for it, [to] come out and reveal their depression, and to talk about it… By Mike coming out and talking about it — he would show me the letters he would get from other people who suffered from it — he really, I think, saved many, many lives.”

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Michele Tafoya Joins Beat the Press

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On Beat the Press, host Emily Rooney is joined by a panel of media critics to take you behind the scenes of the world's biggest and most influential media outlets featuring unusual moments that capture the public's opinion.

By Matthew McGuirk

Episode 13 of Beat the Press

On this special episode of Beat the Press, host Emily Rooney is joined by longtime Sunday Night Football sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, who departed the sports world to launch a career in politics and commentary. 

Michele Tafoya Reflects on Leaving Sunday Night Football Role 

Michele Tafoya left her position as the sideline reporter for NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcasts earlier this year to launch a career in the political world, and she discussed what went into the decision and why it was the right move on Beat the Press. A football in black and white

“People have said, ‘You're crazy, Michele,’” Tafoya said. “But you know what, I had done it for so long, the better part of thirty years spent in sports broadcasting, and I knew I wasn't going to have forever to, as you put it, reimagine myself. So I had to do it sooner than later.”

 

America in a ‘Terrifying Spot’ as People Fear Expressing Beliefs, Says Michele Tafoya 

Following what Michele Tafoya described as an “ambush” on the Dan Le Batard Show, she addressed how certain members of society shy away from sharing things that resemble their beliefs for fear of being rejected. 

“I see my friends on Facebook,” Tafoya said. “I talk to people all over the place who, no matter which direction they lean, are sometimes really afraid to repost an article or to repost any kind of stance that reflects their values. And they're afraid because they don't want to lose friends, they don't want to lose family members, they don't want to lose their jobs. We are in a terrifying spot in America if that is a fear felt by so many, and I believe it is. I just want to sort of be out there for those people and speaking on their behalf or, better yet, encouraging them to speak with me.”

 

Michele Tafoya Points Out ‘Huge Gap’ in Thinking Regarding Abortion in America

Michele Tafoya recently spent time working on the campaign for Kendall Qualls, a Republican gubernatorial candidate who was running in Minnesota, and her position as a self-described “pro-choice libertarian” conflicted with the views of Qualls, who supports restricting access to abortion. Tafoya explained her stance on the matter, saying she is “pro-choice, with exceptions,” then addressed how polarized our country is on this topic. 

Protesters holding signs at a Pro Choice rally“I've really listened on this one because it is such a hot-button topic,” Tafoya said. “I wonder how we are so divided and it's caused so much heat in this country, this topic. But I think that a lot of it is because, again, we've only done the first stage thinking, and that is, you know, ‘no, abortion should never be allowed,’ or on the other side, ‘it's my right, don't you even come touch my reproductive rights.’ There's a huge gap there in thinking. So when is abortion okay? When should it not be okay? Are there exceptions? What are the exceptions? When are the exceptions? When do we start to recognize that that little human in your belly, yes, actually is a human, that is a viable life?”

 

Listen to Michele Tafoya on Beat the Press now!

 

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