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REPORTS: Roger Ailes Booted From Fox News Over Alleged Sexual Harassment, Gets $40M Parachute

Variety has the first word: Roger Ailes is officially out at Fox News, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to Variety. The former head of the network reportedly received a $40 million buyout after Gretchen Carlson and several other women accused him of sexual harassment over the past couple of weeks. From the Daily Beast: Fox News confirmed to …

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BOMBSHELL CLAIM: Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly Reportedly Says Roger Ailes Sexually Harassed Her Too

Yesterday we heard that Fox News is moving to oust their chairman Roger Ailes in the wake of a sexual harassment suit filed by recently fired anchor Gretchen Carlson. Today we learn why they might be moving so quickly. New York Magazine reports: As a chorus of prominent Fox News women have gone public defending Roger Ailes against the wave …

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REPORT: Fox News Is About To Fire Roger Ailes

An as yet unconfirmed report by New York Magazine: Roger Ailes’s tenure as the head of Fox News may be coming to an end. Rupert Murdoch and sons Lachlan and James — co-chairmen and CEO, respectively, of parent company 21st Century Fox — have settled on removing the 76-year-old executive, say two sources briefed on a sexual-harassment investigation of Ailes …

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Sarah Palin Blames Media For Dallas Attack

Sarah Palin has gone all splodey-head on the media in response to the attack in Dallas. Here’s a bit of her jillion-word Facebook rant: Shame on our culture’s influencers who would stir contention and division that could lead to evil such as that in Dallas. Shame on politicians and pundits giving credence to thugs rioting against police officers and the …

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Roger Ailes: I Never Hit On Gretchen Carlson

Fox News chairman Roger Ailes issued a statement last night in response to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. “Gretchen Carlson’s allegations are false. This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon …

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Fired Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson Sues Fox Television Chairman Roger Ailes For Sexual Harassment

Last month Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson was fired shortly after coming out in favor of gun control. But that may not be the whole story. From the Daily Beast: Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the network’s CEO Roger Ailes, alleging he fired her because she refused his sexual advances. The host of The …

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CNN Hires Former Trump Campaign Manager

Politico reports: Former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is joining CNN as a political commentator, according to a source familiar with the arrangement. It’s a salaried position and will make Lewandowski exclusive to CNN, effective immediately. Trump fired Lewandowski on Monday, ending the tenure of the fiery operative who faced a steady string of controversies while guiding Trump’s skeleton …

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Veteran Journalist Morley Safer Dies At Age 84

CBS News reports: Legendary “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer has died at age 84. His death comes just days after he formally retired after 46 seasons with the program. Safer is among the household names – along with the late Mike Wallace, Harry Reasoner, Ed Bradley, Bob Simon, and Andy Rooney, as well as Steve Kroft, Lesley Stahl and several …

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TRUCE: Trump And Megyn Kelly Make Nice [VIDEO]

The Los Angeles Times reports: Donald Trump and his Fox News nemesis Megyn Kelly made peace Tuesday in a prime-time interview that strengthened his ties with the conservative television network whose star anchor has drawn attention to his derogatory remarks about women. In a rare display of contrition, the Republican presidential candidate expressed regret for nasty comments about Kelly that …

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Twitter Tweaks Character Limits

Bloomberg reports: Twitter Inc. will soon stop counting photos and links in their 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter. The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens …

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John Oliver On Scientific Studies [VIDEO]

Yahoo recaps: On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver debunked scientific studies that make outrageous claims. Oliver pointed to an example of an all too familiar subject of studies: Coffee. “In just the last few months, we’ve seen studies about coffee that claim it may reverse the effects of liver damage, help prevent colon cancer, decrease the risk of endometrial …

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Politico: 86% Of Reporters Think Hillary Will Win

Politico polled dozens of journalists about various aspects of the presidential race. The bottom line: When it comes to actually voting, 61 percent of our respondents said they think reporters should vote in elections they cover, but just under half said they’re not registered with a party. Asked whom they’ll vote for, the largest group said they either don’t know …

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Gannett Bids $815M For Struggling Tribune Publishing

The Chicago Tribune reports: Gannett announced Monday an offer to buy Tribune Publishing, publisher of the Chicago Tribune, for $815 million, including the assumption of $390 million in debt. The unsolicited, all-cash offer, which translates to $12.25 a share, represents a 63 percent premium over Friday’s $7.52 a share closing price, as well as a premium over the $8.50 share …

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FLORIDA: Jury Awards Wrestler Hulk Hogan $115M In Invasion Of Privacy Lawsuit Against Gawker.com

The New York Times reports: The retired wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $115 million in damages on Friday by a Florida jury in an invasion of privacy case against Gawker.com over its publication of a sex tape — an astounding figure that tops the $100 million he had asked for, that will probably grow before the trial concludes, and that …

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SiriusXM Axes LGBT Channel

Sad news from Michael Musto: Last June, Sirius OutQ—SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s LGBT channel—bid farewell to the Derek and Romaine show after 12 years of news and banter. Well, that was just the tip of the gay iceberg. I hear that as of this Friday, the channel is deader than the animals worn by Sir Elton John. Tragically, they’re canceling the …

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Don’t Hold Back On Us, Huffington Post

We have a feeling that tonight’s header on Huffington Post will spawn waves of poutrage across Teabagistan tomorrow. This should prove rather enjoyable.

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REPORT: Megyn Kelly Inks $10M Book Deal

Megyn Kelly’s war with Donald Trump has turned out rather nicely for her. From the New York Daily News: Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has landed a book deal and it’s reportedly worth a fortune. The anchor dared to truly question Donald Trump — not throwing the expected softballs — during the first GOP debate. It drew his ire and …

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Al Jazeera America To Shut Down

USA Today reports: Al Jazeera America, the American cable news outlet owned by Qatar-based Al Jazeera, plans to shut down less than three years after its much-ballyhooed launch, unable to overcome low ratings, operational problems and a lack of advertisers. The cable news network will be phased out by April 30, according to a memo that was e-mailed to staffers …

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