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Murdoch Scion Quits News Corp Board Of Directors

Reuters reports: James Murdoch resigned from the board of News Corp on Friday, citing disagreements over editorial content at the company founded by his father, conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch. The company owns The Wall Street Journal, known for its conservative editorial page, and Rupert Murdoch has counseled world leaders, espousing his philosophy, but son James over the years has …

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Sarah Palin’s Defamation Suit Against NYT Gets Hearing

Courthouse News reports: Some three years after Sarah Palin sued The New York Times over an editorial about toxic political rhetoric, the paper’s attorney told a federal judge that the former Alaska governor’s hunt for evidence has turned up empty. “Governor Palin does not have one iota of evidence that the allegations are true,” Time attorney Jay Brown told a …

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Fox News Canned Host For Coming In “Visibly Sick”

CNN Business reports: Fox News has parted ways with a host who dismayed fellow staffers when she came to work while visibly sick in the early days of the coronavirus crisis. Heather Childers, who had been an early morning host on Fox since 2012, was benched after the incident in late March. She was not put back on the air …

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Reporters To Sue Bolsonaro Over Exposure To COVID

The Latin American Herald Tribune reports: The Brazilian Press Association announced  today that it will file a lawsuit before the Supreme Court against President Jair Bolsonaro, whom it accuses of “endangering” the journalists who attended the announcement of his positive COVID-19 test result. “Despite knowing he was infected with COVID-19, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to act in a criminal manner …

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Former Fox Anchor Shepard Smith Lands CNBC Show

CNBC reports: CNBC announced on Wednesday that former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is joining the network to host a one-hour evening news program on weekdays at 7 p.m. ET. The newscast, which will be called “The News with Shepard Smith,” is set to launch in the fall. Smith joins CNBC after spending 23 years at Fox News Channel, where …

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Veteran Broadcaster Hugh Downs Dies At Age 99

The Hollywood Reporter reports: Hugh Downs, the congenial broadcaster whose thousands of hours on network television included two decades on the ABC primetime newsmagazine 20/20 and nine years as the head man on NBC’s Today Show, has died. He was 99. Downs, who also served as Jack Paar’s announcer/sidekick for five years on The Tonight Show and hosted the game …

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CNN Sees Biggest Audience In Its 40-Year History

This will surely enrage Trump: An extraordinary stretch of news with the coronavirus pandemic and racial reckoning triggered by George Floyd’s death has led CNN to its biggest audience for any three-month period in the network’s 40-year history. CNN’s weekday prime-time audience of 1.95 million was up 120% over the same period last year, Nielsen said. Fox News, which has …

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Fox Anchor Ed Henry Fired For “Sexual Misconduct”

Variety reports: Fox News Channel said it had terminated veteran anchor Ed Henry after investigating a complaint about “willful sexual misconduct in the workplace.” Henry, a longtime Washington correspondent who was recently made co-anchor of the Fox Corp.-owned network’s mid-morning program “America’s Newsroom,” was let go quickly after the network received a complaint on June 25 from a former employee, …

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NYT Regrets Tom Cotton’s “Send In The Troops” Op-Ed

Axios reports: A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to “send in the troops” in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards. The shift comes after Times employees began a …

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Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: The President Is “Debasing His Office” With Scarborough Murder Smear

Business Insider reports: The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board publicly condemned Trump for pushing the conspiracy theory in a column on Tuesday, saying his comments about Scarborough are “nasty stuff” and “ugly even for him.” “Mr. Trump always hits back at critics, and Mr. Scarborough has called the President mentally ill, among other things. But suggesting that the talk-show host …

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NYT Fills Front Page With 1000 COVID Obituaries

The New York Times reports: Instead of the articles, photographs or graphics that normally appear on the front page of The New York Times, on Sunday, there is just a list: a long, solemn list of people whose lives were lost to the coronavirus pandemic. As the death toll from Covid-19 in the United States approaches 100,000, a number expected …

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Court Boots Cultist Network’s Defamation Suit Against Maddow Because She Called Them Russian Propaganda

Deadline Hollywood reports: A federal judge in San Diego dismissed One America News Network’s defamation lawsuit against Rachel Maddow, MSNBC and Comcast, concluding that Maddow was stating her opinion when she said that the right-leaning channel “really, literally is paid Russian propaganda.” “Considering the totality of the circumstances—including the general context of the statements, the specific context of the statements, …

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Trump Cultists Hurl Abuse At Local Reporter [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: A local news correspondent was subjected to verbal abuse, threats, and was even stalked while trying to report from a demonstration protesting the lockdown in New York State Thursday. Kevin Vesey, a reporter for News 12 Long Island, posted the footage to his Twitter feed Thursday evening. It depicted an unruly group of protesters, in the Commack section …

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Pro-Trump Sinclair Group Hit With Record $48M Fine

Deadline reports: Sinclair Broadcast Group will pay $48 million in a civil penalty — the largest in the FCC’s history — to close three open government investigations, including of its conduct as it sought to acquire Tribune Media in 2018. The fines, however, do not revoke FCC licenses, a sanction that some critics of the broadcaster should be imposed given …

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Don Lemon Asks Trump Why He’s So Obsessed With Obama: Is It Because He’s Smarter And Better Looking?

“What is it about President Obama that really gets under your skin? Is it because he’s smarter than you? Better-educated? Made it on his own, didn’t need daddy’s help? Wife is more accomplished? Better looking? I don’t know, what is it, what is it about him? That he’s a Black man that’s accomplished being president? That he punked you on …

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Anderson Cooper Announces Birth Of Son [VIDEO]

From Anderson Cooper’s Instagram account: I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son’s middle name is Morgan. It’s …

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US Ranks 45th In Press Freedom Amid Pandemic

ABC News reports: Reporters Without Borders released its annual ranking of countries based on the strength of their press freedoms last week, highlighting several countries – including Iran (ranked 173rd) and China (ranked 177th) – whose poor rankings reflect the way those governments “censored their major coronavirus outbreaks extensively.” In Hungary (ranked 89th), for example, parliament passed a “coronavirus” law …

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ABC Anchor George Stephanopoulos Tests Positive

The New York Post reports: George Stephanopoulos tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend, nearly two weeks after his wife, Ali Wentworth, confirmed her diagnosis. Stephanopoulos, who has been broadcasting “Good Morning America” from home, told his co-hosts Monday morning that his diagnosis is “really no surprise,” but that he has been “basically asymptomatic” — unlike Wentworth, who previously described …

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CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin Sick With Coronavirus

CNN reports: CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin announced on Friday that she tested positive for coronavirus after experiencing symptoms a day earlier. “I am OKAY,” Baldwin said in an Instagram post announcing her diagnosis. “It came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever.” Baldwin became the second CNN anchor to test positive for the virus. Chris Cuomo tested positive earlier in …

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Judge Okays Lawsuit Over Trump’s Threats To Press

The Hill reports: A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that some of the claims in a literary advocacy group’s lawsuit against President Trump over his threats to retaliate against critical media coverage can proceed. U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield wrote in a 24-page opinion that PEN America had a “constitutional standing” to pursue claims for declaratory relief against Trump’s practice …

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