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DOJ Appeals Merger Of AT&T And Time Warner

CNBC reports: The Justice Department will appeal the AT&T-Time Warner merger approval, according to a court document filed Thursday. Shares of AT&T slipped more than 1 percent in after-hours trading Thursday. AT&T General Counsel David McAtee said the company was surprised by the appeal. “The Court’s decision could hardly have been more thorough, fact-based, and well-reasoned. While the losing party ...

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Former MSNBC Host Ed Schultz Dies At Age 64

The Bismarck Tribune reports: Longtime broadcaster Ed Schultz has died, multiple sources say. Sources say that Schultz died of natural causes. He was 64. Schultz started his broadcast career in TV and radio in Fargo in the early 1980s, including time as sports director at WDAY-TV in Fargo. He went on to host a show at MSNBC and most recently ...

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MSNBC Cancels Hugh Hewitt’s Weekly Show [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: MSNBC has cancelled that weekly television show hosted by right-wing pundit Hugh Hewitt, the conservative explained at the end of his final show on Saturday. “This has been the last Hugh Hewitt Show on Saturday mornings,” Hewitt explained. He said that NBC News would continue to employ him as a contributor and he said he expects to ...

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Russell Crowe To Play Roger Ailes in Showtime Series

Deadline Hollywood reports: Showtime has given an eight-episode order to a limited series about Roger Ailes, with Oscar winner Russell Crowe set to star as the controversial Fox News founder in his US television debut. The as-yet untitled series, a Blumhouse Television and Showtime co-production, is based on Gabriel Sherman’s bestselling book The Loudest Voice in the Room and his ...

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Fox News Contributor Charles Krauthammer Dies At 68

Fox News reports: Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, has died. He was 68. His death had been expected after he wrote a heartbreaking letter to colleagues, friends and viewers on June 8 that said in part “I have been ...

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ABC News Apologizes For Botched Manafort Graphic

Deadline reports: ABC News has apologized for the botched graphic that appeared at the bottom of the screen during its coverage of President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would sign an executive order ending his baby-snatching southern border policy, while sticking with the “zero tolerance” strategy. As Trump was talking, ABC viewers could read, at bottom of screen, “President Trump: ...

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Maddow Breaks Down During Migrant Story [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow broke down in tears on-air over a report about the Trump administration operating “tender age” shelters for migrant babies and toddlers. Maddow choked up while reading the first lines of the Associated Press’ report on the three facilities where children under the age of 13 are being sent after being separated from their parents ...

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Merger Complete: Time Warner No Longer Exists

The Los Angeles Times reports: Time Warner Inc. is no more. Late Thursday, AT&T Inc. announced that it completed its $85-billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc., just two days after a federal judge in Washington gave the deal the green light. AT&T wasted little time consolidating its hard-fought prize — a blockbuster purchase that instantly transforms the phone company into ...

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Fox News Sued Over 2015 Ax Demo Incident [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: He’s not willing to bury the hatchet after getting whacked by an ax on “Fox & Friends.” Jeff Prosperie filed a negligence lawsuit in Manhattan Tuesday after he was injured during the blade tossing TV stunt back on June 14, 2015. The Orange County resident was performing as a West Point drummer for the ...

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Judge Approves Merger Of AT&T And Time Warner

The New York Times reports: A federal judge on Tuesday approved the blockbuster merger between AT&T and Time Warner, rebuffing the government’s effort to block the $85.4 billion deal, in a decision that is expected to unleash a wave of takeovers in corporate America. The merger would create a media and telecommunications powerhouse, reshaping the landscape of those industries. The ...

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Fox’s Charles Krauthammer Reveals Terminal Illness

The Hill reports: Fox News conservative commentator, best-selling author and Pulitzer-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer revealed in a letter on Friday that he only has “a few weeks to live” due to cancer. Krauthammer has not been on Fox News since August of 2017 after undergoing surgery. He had said in a statement released in May that he was “finally getting ...

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CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Dead At 61 In Suicide

CNN anchor Brian Stelter reports: Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61. CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide. “It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said in a ...

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Hugh Hewitt Defends Anti-LGBT Hate Group On MSNBC Without Revealing They Sponsor His Salem Radio Show

Media Matters reports: During his most recent MSNBC program, host Hugh Hewitt defended the anti-LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in its fight with Amazon. But Hewitt did not disclose that ADF is a major sponsor of his radio programs. Hewitt has had prior conflict of interest problems on MSNBC. The network gave him a “verbal warning” last month ...

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Fox News Apologizes For Implying That Philadelphia Eagles Players Knelt During Anthem (None Ever Did)

Media Matters reports: After President Donald Trump falsely implied that players of the Philadelphia Eagles protested during the national anthem, Fox News aired a segment that furthered Trump’s lie. At 10:55 p.m. on June 4, Trump tweeted that a planned White House event with the Eagles was canceled, writing, “Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National ...

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Joy Reid Apologizes Again For Decade-Old Blog Posts

NBC News reports: MSNBC host Joy Reid apologized on Friday for a blog post published more than a decade ago that included an image of Sen. John McCain’s head photoshopped on top of the body of the Virginia Tech shooter. “While I published my blog, starting in 2005, I wrote thousands of posts in real time on the issues of ...

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Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine Shuts Down

The New York Post reports: Interview magazine, the culture and arts publication founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, has folded, The Post has learned. The glossy periodical owned by billionaire Peter Brant — which lately has been mired in legal spats with former employees, as well as a dispute with its former landlord — has filed for a Chapter 7 ...

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Bill O’Reilly In Talks For New Cable Show

The New York Post reports: Bill O’Reilly is in talks to head back to cable news in his old 8 p.m. slot, but this time at Newsmax TV, sources exclusively tell Page Six. A year after O’Reilly’s abrupt exit from Fox News, where he was the top-rated host in cable news, the controversial anchor — who was forced out after ...

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MSNBC And Washington Post Reprimand Hugh Hewitt For Brokering Meeting With EPA Chief Scott Pruitt

From the Hollywood Reporter: MSNBC said on Wednesday that it gave Saturday morning show host Hugh Hewitt a “verbal warning” after learning a day earlier that he helped broker a meeting between EPA administrator Scott Pruitt and lawyers representing a California water district, which the network said is a “violation” of the company’s standards. The revelation came from a batch ...

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Comcast Readies Hostile Bid For Fox Assets

Reuters reports: U.S. cable operator Comcast Corp is asking investment banks to increase a bridge financing facility by as much as $60 billion so it can make an all-cash offer for the media assets that Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has agreed to sell to Walt Disney Co for $52 billion, three people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Comcast ...

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Fox News Host Reads Hate Mail After Slamming Trump

Mediaite reports: On Thursday, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto called out President Donald Trump over his repeated inconsistent statements and claims that simply did not hold up to facts. Many of his Trump-supporting viewers were not at all impressed. Noting his words left “a lot of you clearly ticked off,” Cavuto ended his Friday show by addressing the viewers’ anger and ...

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