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Ken Jennings Named First Interim Jeopardy! Host

Variety reports: Weeks after the passing of legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, Sony Pictures Television has announced that popular contestant and “Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time” tournament winner Ken Jennings will serve as the first of a series of interim guest hosts when the trivia game show returns to production on Monday, Nov. 30. “Alex believed in the importance of …

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Emotional Rachel Maddow Reveals Partner’s Struggle With COVID: “We Really Thought That It Might Kill Her”

CBS News reports: After being off the air for two weeks, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow made an emotional return Thursday night, telling viewers her partner, Susan Mikula, “the center of her universe,” has COVID-19. Maddow said that “at one point, we really thought there was a possibility that it might kill her,” and urged viewers to “do whatever you can to …

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MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki Sends Khakis Sales Soaring

Mediaite reports: “Chart throb” Steve Kornacki has been making headlines for his impressive election coverage and his Big Board skills, and now even his fashion choices are getting attention. Kornacki wore the same outfit every day of his election coverage: A button-down, a striped tie, and khakis — and the simple outfit eventually became iconic enough for fans to emulate. …

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Rachel Maddow In Quarantine After COVID Exposure

“Everything happens all at once. I’ve had a close contact test positive for COVID – I’ve tested negative thus far but will be at home quarantining ’til it’s safe for me to be back at home without putting anyone at risk. You’ll be in good hands tonight with Nicole and Joy and Brian and the Great and Good Mr. Kornacki …

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Fox Plays “Ring Of Fire” To Accompany Wildfires Report

Mediaite reports: At the end of its A-Block on Friday night, Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier made a bizarre choice of bumper music, playing Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire as the show segued out of a news brief about a raging Colorado wildfire. “That’s tonight’s live look outside the beltway from Special Report,” Baier concluded seconds later, as …

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MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch Compares Trump To Hitler

“What was going on in early 30s Germany? Well, basically you had a destruction of the belief in the free press, you had a blurring between the executive branch and the Justice Department. “You have creating an other, whether it’s Muslims, whether it’s Mexicans, whether it’s congressmen who weren’t born in this country. “And then you have the destruction of …

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CNBC Host Calls Pelosi “Crazy Nancy” During Interview

The New York Post reports: CNBC host Jim Cramer called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “Crazy Nancy” to her face during an interview on Tuesday morning — a taunt for the California liberal typically used by President Trump. The outlandish host of “Mad Money” and former hedge fund manager was interviewing Pelosi on stalled negotiations on a fourth coronavirus stimulus package …

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Lawsuit Alleges Fox News Analyst Andrew Napolitano Sexually Abused 20 Year-Old Male Defendant In 1980s

The New York Daily News reports: Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano sexually abused a man accused of arson in his court in the 1980s, a shocking lawsuit charged Friday. The federal lawsuit filed by South Carolina resident Charles Corbishley alleges that Napolitano sexually abused him at the judge’s Hackensack, N.J. home. Corbishley seeks $10 million under the New …

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MO Radio Host Pulled Off Air After Slur Against Kamala

The Springfield News-Leader reports: A Missouri sports radio host was off the air Monday morning after making offensive comments Friday about vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, according to three people with knowledge of the situation. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Nate Lucas, who hosts “The Nate Lucas Show” on Springfield’s Jock radio stations, …

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Palin To Get Jury Trial In Defamation Suit Against NYT

Politico reports: A federal judge has ordered a jury trial in former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s libel suit against the New York Times over an editorial linking her to the 2011 Arizona shooting rampage that badly wounded then-Rep. Gabby Giffords and killed six others. In the latest round of litigation in the case, U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff rejected …

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NYT CEO Doubts Print Edition Will Exist In 20 Years

The Hill reports: Outgoing New York Times CEO Mark Thompson said he would be “surprised” in the newspaper still offered a print edition in 20 years, adding that he’s skeptical if advertising will ever return at pre-pandemic levels. “I believe the Times will definitely be printed for another 10 years and quite possibly another 15 years — maybe even slightly …

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“Failing” New York Times Adds 669K Subscribers In Q2

The New York Times reports: Over a three-month period dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and a slowdown in advertising, The New York Times Company for the first time reported quarterly revenue that owed more to digital products than to the print newspaper. As much of its staff worked remotely, The Times brought in $185.5 million in revenue for digital subscriptions …

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Federalist Backer Revealed As Major Trump Donor

The New York Times reports: The Federalist is often contrarian, sometimes to excess. Twitter briefly locked the site’s account in March after it shared an article with the headline “How Medical ‘Chickenpox Parties’ Could Turn The Tide Of The Wuhan Virus.” Critics have asked who is funding the site, since ad revenue alone wouldn’t be enough to sustain its staff …

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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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