“NBC News journalists are troubled by and have expressed dismay to network executives about MSNBC’s intention to hire White House press secretary Jen Psaki when she exits the Biden administration,” CNN reports.
“A Turkish court ruled Thursday to suspend the trial in absentia of 26 Saudis accused in the gruesome killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and for the case to be transferred to Saudi Arabia,” the AP reports.
New York Times: “The move will almost certainly end the last trial aimed at serving justice for a heinous crime that caused global outrage.”
Biden also told an associate in mid-2021 that Rupert Murdoch was “the most dangerous man in the world.”
Interestingly, Biden has never spoken about Murdoch in public.
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The Fox News Rundown podcast reports that MSNBC and CNN had a bidding war to land White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
She’s expected to leave the White House this spring.
Matthew Yglesias reports on a new study:
“Not only did CNN and Fox cover different things during the September 2020 survey period, but the audience of committed Fox viewers, which started the month with conservative predispositions, changed their minds on many issues.”
“Switchers were five percentage points more likely to believe that people suffer from long Covid, for example, and six points more likely to believe that many foreign countries did a better job than the U.S. of controlling the virus. They were seven points more likely to support voting by mail. And they were 10 points less likely to believe that supporters of then-candidate Joe Biden were happy when police officers get shot, 11 points less likely to say it’s more important for the president to focus on containing violent protesters than on the coronavirus, and 13 points less likely to agree that if Biden were elected, ‘we’ll see many more police get shot by Black Lives Matter activists.'”
Media Matters: “Fox mentioned ‘Disney’ more than 350 times and in over 3 hours of coverage this week. Its commentators claimed the company is ‘grooming’ and ‘sexualizing children’ in order to push a ‘progressive LGBT agenda.'”
And a warning from Laura Ingraham: “When Republicans get back into power, Apple and Disney have to understand one thing: Everything will be on the table, your copyright/trademark protection, your special status in certain states, and even your corporate structure itself.”
Aaron Rupar: “There’s nothing wrong with an outlet like CBS trying to balance its stable of commentators. It’s rare that a single perspective gives the right answer on every question of tax policy, budget priorities, or foreign policy, and often those questions are of fundamental belief, rather than the simple fact of the matter. Conservative voices can represent a valid perspective in those conversations.”
“But lying and bad faith isn’t a side — it’s toxic to the constructive exchanges of ideas and information you’d hope major media outlets would try to encourage.”
Fox News announced that it has hired Caitlyn Jenner, the former athlete and reality TV star, as a Fox News contributor.
Said Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott: “Caitlyn’s story is an inspiration to us all.”
“God has intervened in my life in very significant ways to spare me from being tainted. I was taken off the air at Fox just before they went into a whole marathon of war porn in Ukraine.”
— Lara Logan, quoted by Rolling Stone, thankful that she was fired from Fox News.
“CBS News’s decision to hire former Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney as a paid on-air contributor is drawing backlash within the company because of his history of bashing the press and promoting the former president’s fact-free claims,” the Washington Post reports.
“But a top network executive seemed to lay the groundwork for the decision in a staff meeting earlier this month, when he said the network needed to hire more Republicans to prepare for a ‘likely’ Democratic midterm wipeout.”
Former CBS News correspondent and current Fox Nation host Lara Logan said that “the theory of evolution is the result of a wealthy Jewish family paying Charles Darwin to devise an explanation for what gave rise to humanity,” Rolling Stone reports.
Conservative video site, Rumble, now draws 44 million monthly visitors, “giving it a larger reach than other top destinations for conservative content, including Breitbart, Newsmax and The Daily Wire,” the New York Times reports.
“The story of Rumble’s success is instructive for both sides of the tense debate over balancing the right to free speech with the growing threat that disinformation poses to the stability of governments around the globe. For those who argue that Google and Facebook algorithms are blunt, deeply flawed instruments for policing discourse, Rumble offers a welcome alternative, albeit an imperfect one. And for those who fear that lawmakers and technology companies aren’t doing enough to tame false and fabricated information ahead of the next presidential election, Rumble has opened up a potentially dangerous loophole.”
“I’m fine with opinion: conservative opinion, liberal opinion. But when people start to question the truth — Who won the 2020 election? Was Jan. 6 an insurrection? — I found that unsustainable.”
— Chris Wallace, quoted by the New York Times, on why he left Fox News.
Jason Zengerle: “It makes sense that Masters and Vance would subscribe to national conservatism. Their former boss and patron, Thiel — who has donated millions to super PACs supporting each candidacy — is a NatCon, giving the keynote address at last year’s conference. And they come by the ideology honestly. They are products of elite institutions — Vance graduated from Yale Law School, Masters from Stanford Law — and claim to have been radicalized by the experience. Their populism is a form of contrarianism and rebellion.”
“The challenge is turning that choice into votes. Trump created a constituency on instinct, but thus far there has been no way for politicians to signal affinity with it apart from pledging personal allegiance to Trump. Now that NatCons are trying to solidify that constituency ideologically, it seems freshly possible to align instead with Carlson, whose lead Masters and Vance have followed on everything from opposing vaccine mandates to sympathizing with Vladimir Putin’s geopolitical worldview.”
Netflix has made Volodymyr Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” comedy available to American viewers again.
Chris Cuomo is seeking a $125 million arbitration award alleging that CNN wrongly terminated him, NBC News reports.
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