Ari Melber Talks 2020 Election Chaos, Trump and Barr, Criminal Justice Under Biden-Harris, and Kanye West on The Interview
Added 09-17-20 02:34:07pm EST - “Ari Melber, the anchor of popular MSNBC show The Beat, and an omnipresent legal analyst for the network at a time when such commentary is in high demand.” - Mediaite.com
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Ari Melber is well suited to the current moment. He’s the anchor of popular MSNBC show The Beat, and an omnipresent legal analyst for the network at a time when such commentary is in high demand. And now, as yet another national news story (this time the presidential election) becomes consumed by legal questions, he joined The Interview to discuss his The Beat, the news cycle and what we can expect from election day.
Melber’s idiosyncratic show — which pairs savvy analysis with the occasional rap lyric — has carved out a comfortable spot in the network’s lineup, and distinguished itself with thought-provoking segments like a recent long-form report on cell phone videos exposing police brutality. The Beat picked up an Emmy nomination for a particularly riveting interview with four Trump campaign staffers who served as witnesses for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The show handily beats the ratings of CNN time slot rival Wolf Blitzer.
Melber’s expertise has come in handy for the network throughout the rolling legal drama that has been the first term of the Trump administration. After the Russia investigation came an impeachment trial, during which Melber hosted a popular Sunday night special on the inquiry that beat Fox News in the ratings — no mean feat in cable news.
“We aim to be a one stop shop for news, politics, law and culture,” Melber says. That diversity is apparent in his other ventures: Melber is the host of Nevuary Radio, a new hip-hop show on Apple Music, and “Mavericks,” an interview show that runs on NBC.com that has featured music producer Swizz Beatz, record exec Lyor Cohen, and director Judd Apatow.
With the November presidential election gearing up to be a mess of legal challenges — Trump has all but declared the process illegitimate and Biden has reportedly assembled a “legal war room” to fight for votes — I called Melber up after his show on Tuesday night to ask what we all have in store for November 3rd.
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