On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily Rooney and the panel discuss the implication of the National Weather Service’s choice not to publicly downgrade storm estimates this week, even though they knew it wouldn’t turn out to the be blockbuster they once predicted. The panel then weighs in on the popular podcast “Missing Richard Simmons” and discuss whether the host’s goal to find the fitness guru is driven by concern for his friend or is an invasion of privacy. Finally, the panel will discuss MSNBC Rachel Maddow’s scoop on President Donald Trump’s tax returns and why the fanfare around it quickly fell flat. And in a lightning round, the panel gives their opinions on whether partisan media outlets should participate in White House pool reports. Emily (@EmilyRooneyWGBH) welcomes Dan Kennedy (@dankennedy_nu) of Northeastern University, WGBH News’ Callie Crossley (@CallieCrossley), Lylah Alphonse (@WriteEditRepeat) of U.S. News and World Report, and Tom Fiedler (@thomasefiedler) of Boston University.
Fake Forecast - National Weather Service withholds information
Prying vs. Privacy - Popular podcast motive called into question
Much Ado - Rachel Maddow’s scoop falls flat
Pool Problems - Should partisan outlets participate?
Rants & Raves - The panelists offer their rants and raves over some of what happened in the media world this past week