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News Orgs Urge US To Drop Charges Against Assange

The New York Times reports: The New York Times and four European news organizations called on the United States government on Monday to drop its charges against Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, for obtaining and publishing classified diplomatic and military secrets. In a joint open letter, The Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El País said the prosecution …

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Shapiro’s Streamer Claims Over 1M Paid Subscribers

Axios reports: The Daily Wire, a conservative media and entertainment company, says it now has more than 1 million paid subscribers to its streaming service DailyWire+. The company has been positioning DailyWire+ as a conservative alternative to mainstream entertainment companies, particularly Disney. In March, Daily Wire execs said the company was planning a significant push into kids entertainment in response …

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Man With Sword And Axe Tries To Enter NYT Newsroom

New York City’s Fox affiliate reports: A man with an axe and a sword went into the lobby of the New York Times building on Thursday and asked to speak the political section, authorities said, then handed over his weapons and waited for emergency personnel when he was denied entry. When officers arrived, building security told them the man had …

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OAN Furious After Getting Shitcanned By Third Carrier

Media Matters reports: One America News has been dropped by yet another carrier. As of November 1, the network is no longer available on Frontier. On November 2, OAN host Dan Ball responded to a piece of viewer mail about the news by lashing out at Frontier and other providers that have also recently dropped the network. “Folks, yes, Frontier …

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Newsmax Bans Lara Logan After Blood Libel Rant

CNN reports: The right-wing channel Newsmax has banned Lara Logan from its air after she went on a QAnon-style rant during an appearance on the network this week. In a bizarre interview, Logan told host Eric Bolling that “the open border is Satan’s way of taking control of the world,” and later added that the world’s elites “want us eating …

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Fox Executives Hunt Leaker Of Carlson/West Outtakes

The Daily Beast reports: Fox News executives are “full-on freaked out” about the leak of never-aired clips of Tucker Carlson’s interview with Kayne West, Confider has learned, and the network is closing in on the “mole” who was the source of the embarrassing breach. Despite the Fox News celebration of West’s supposed intellectual heft, unaired snippets leaked to Vice’s Motherboard …

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Veteran Former CNN Anchor Bernard Shaw Dies At 82

Variety reports: Bernard Shaw, who was CNN’s lead anchor for 20 years and distinguished the network’s coverage of such landmark events as the Gulf War, died Wednesday, the Warner Bros. Discovery-backed outlet disclosed. He was 82, and had contracted pneumonia that was not related to the coronavirus pandemic. “Bernie was a CNN original and was our Washington Anchor when we …

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Russia Bans One Of Its Last Independent News Outlets

Reuters reports: Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia’s last independent news outlets, was stripped of its media licence on Monday, and in effect banned from operating. Russia’s media watchdog Rozkomnadzor had accused the publication of failing to provide documents related to a change of ownership in 2006. Speaking outside court, editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov, a Nobel Peace laureate for his efforts to …

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Brian Stelter To Depart CNN As Network Drops Show

Deadline reports: CNN is dropping its Sunday show Reliable Sources while its host, Brian Stelter, is exiting the network. A spokesperson for CNN said, “CNN will end its Reliable Sources program on Sunday, August 21st. As a result Brian Stelter will leave the company. We appreciate his contributions to the network and wish him well as he embarks on new …

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News Outlets Ask Court To Unseal Search Warrant Docs

CNN reports: CNN, joined by The Washington Post, NBC News and Scripps, asked a court on Thursday to unseal documents connected to the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence this week — including documents not covered by the Justice Department’s own bid to unseal a selection of the warrant materials. Specifically, CNN and the other outlets are …

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Former Student Loses Suits Against Five Media Outlets

Law & Crime reports: After years of politically charged litigation, former Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann has lost a round of high-profile defamation lawsuits against five mainstream media companies at the summary judgment stage. That’s according to court dockets and an opinion and order signed by a federal judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky on Tuesday. CNN …

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ABC’s “The View” Apologizes To Turning Point [VIDEO]

“On Monday we talked about the fact there were openly neo-Nazi demonstrators outside the student action summit of the Turning Point USA. “We want to make clear these demonstrators were gathered outside the event and that they were not invited or endorsed by Turning Point USA. “A Turning Point USA spokesman said the group, ‘100 percent condemns those ideologies’ and …

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Florida Paper Sorry For Op-Ed Defending Proud Boys

From the editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: The Herald-Tribune erred Sunday in publishing a guest column on our opinion page and website with the headline “Attacking Proud Boys does disservice to caring parents.” A guest column from June 24 had criticized the author of Sunday’s column, and an editor felt it fair to give her a chance to respond. We …

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UK Murdoch Outlet Sorry For Lying About Charity

Deadline reports: TalkTV has been forced to make a public apology to mental health charity Mind after claiming live on air that it funded the legal fees of asylum seekers. On June 10, presenter Mike Graham said on his show, ‘The Independent Republic of Mike Graham’ that the charity claimed to fund mental health support while actually paying migrants’ legal …

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MSNBC Taps Alex Wagner For Maddow’s Time Slot

The New York Times reports: MSNBC has named Alex Wagner to succeed Rachel Maddow as the weekday host of its 9 p.m. hour four days a week, turning to a political news veteran to fill one of the network’s most important time slots. Ms. Wagner, 44, is a fixture of Washington journalism with roots in progressive news and opinion outlets. …

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Seven Colbert Staffers Arrested For Being Inside Capitol

The Hollywood Reporter reports: A number of people working for CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert were arrested Thursday night at a U.S Capitol office building after taping a skit involving Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Among those arrested was Robert Smigel, the former Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Conan O’Brien writer best known for portraying Triumph. Smigel …

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MSNBC Formally Announces Hiring Of Jen Psaki

The Hill reports: MSNBC on Tuesday announced the hiring of former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Psaki, who left the White House earlier this month, will appear on NBC’s various channels and platforms as part of its politics coverage this fall and will eventually host a new original program on MSNBC. The new program, slated to launch in the …

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Ex-Fox Anchor Chris Wallace To Host New CNN Show

Axios reports: Warner Bros. Discovery, CNN’s new parent company, plans to announce during its upfront presentation to advertisers on Wednesday that Chris Wallace will host a Sunday evening show on CNN. The longtime Fox News host had recently moved to CNN to launch a show on its now-defunct streaming service, CNN+. Wallace, who was hosting an interview show four days …

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Doocy Praises Psaki: “She Made Me A Better Reporter”

The Hill reports: Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy called press secretary Jen Psaki’s exit from the White House “the end of an era” on Friday, her last day at the press secretary’s lectern. Doocy credited her for making him a better reporter. “It’s not just me asking questions. She would ask me questions right back. When I would …

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Fired Fox News Host Drops Suit Against CNN And NPR

The Daily Beast reports: Former Fox News anchor Ed Henry, who was fired by the network in 2020 amid sexual misconduct allegations, has dropped his defamation lawsuit against NPR and CNN. Henry initially alleged last year that journalists at the two outlets—which induced NPR media reporter David Folkenflik, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter and anchor Alisyn Camerota—had “longstanding grudges …

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