MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell suggested that “we should get our cyber guys” to take over a broadcast of Fox News’s Hannity to air “evidence” of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
“Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took the witness stand on Wednesday in her defamation lawsuit against The New York Times, giving the jury a folksy overview of her family life in Alaska and ascent in Republican politics,” the AP reports.
“Palin testified for only about 20 minutes at the end of the day… She is to return to court Thursday for a chance to get into the crux of the case — her claim that the newspaper damaged her reputation with an editorial linking her campaign rhetoric to a mass shooting.”
“Chris Cuomo isn’t backing down in his battle with CNN following the ouster of his boss Jeff Zucker — the anchor intends to demand as much as a $60 million settlement,” the New York Post reports.
Former President Trump is urging his followers to boycott DirecTV over the company’s plans to drop One American News Network, The Hill reports.
Said Trump: “It is a very popular channel, far more popular than most would understand, and they are being treated horribly by the Radical Left lunatics running the networks.”
Brian Kilmeade of Fox News blasted Donald Trump over his 2020 election claims, The Wrap reports.
Said Kilmeade, speaking on his talk-radio show: “Right now, nobody cares about 2020. Nobody. And everything that he said and the challenges that he made should’ve been done before the election. And they did a recount in Arizona, and the recount showed no difference almost, and he came out and said it showed that they won Arizona. That’s an outright lie, and please stop wasting our time with that, because he’s capable of doing so much more.”
Former President Donald Trump told Joe Rogan to “stop apologizing” to the “radical left maniacs.”
Said Trump: “Joe Rogan is an interesting and popular guy, but he’s got to stop apologizing to the Fake News and Radical Left maniacs and lunatics.”
He added: “How many ways can you say you’re sorry? Joe, just go about what you do so well and don’t let them make you look weak and frightened.”
“Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was so unsettled after a 2010 meeting with then-Fox News executive Roger Ailes that she told staff members she would not meet with him alone again,” USA Today reports.
Said Palin: “I’m never meeting with him alone again.”
“The revelation about the meeting between Palin and Ailes comes from an excerpt from Jeremy Peters’ forthcoming book, Insurgency: How Republicans Lost Their Party and Got Everything They Ever Wanted.”
- Hardcover Book
- Peters, Jeremy W. (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 432 Pages - 02/08/2022 (Publication Date) - Crown (Publisher)
Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) is joining CNN as a political commentator.
Joe Rogan has responded to a resurfaced clip of him using the N-word almost two dozen times while hosting his wildly popular podcast, the New York Post reports
He called the clip “the most regretful and shameful thing I’ve ever had to talk about publicly.”
He added: “It looks fucking horrible. Even to me.”
“We prepare headlines for many scenarios and the headline ‘Russia Invades Ukraine’ was inadvertently published around 4 p.m. ET today on our website. We deeply regret the error.”
— Bloomberg News, February 4, 2022.
New York Times: “What Mr. Ailes sensed about Mr. Trump’s popularity with middle- and working-class Americans in the 1990s would stay with him, because he identified with it. ‘A lot of what we do at Fox is blue collar stuff,’ he said in 2011.”
“His understanding of those dynamics helped shape the coverage he directed for decades and led to an embrace of grievance-oriented political rhetoric that the Republican Party, and a further fragmented right-wing media landscape, is grappling with as it looks toward elections this fall and the possibility of Mr. Trump returning to politics.”
Related from the Washington Post: How an out-of-context Jen Psaki clip led to days of Fox coverage.
“Spotify pulled down at least 70 episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience from its archives on Friday,” Gizmodo reports.
“However, the disappeared episodes don’t have much to do with the platform’s ongoing controversy over covid-19 misinformation.”
Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) was being questioned by Rebecca Kheel of Military.com:
KHEEL: You were just in a briefing about the threat, do we have enough to address the threat?
YOUNG: Who are you with?
YOUNG: Okay none of my constituents read it, so I don’t feel like answering it.
Young later called Kheel to apologize, perhaps after being told the site has 130,000 readers in Indiana.
Dylan Byers obtained a recording of a CNN staff meeting with WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar to explain the network’s sudden dismissal of Jeff Zucker.
“It did not go well. The meeting, which I obtained a recording of last night, highlights the profound sense of loyalty that CNN’s on-air talent have toward their longtime leader, despite his violation of company policy, and the anger they feel regarding the circumstances of his sudden defenestration.”
“Since the start of President Joe Biden’s term, Fox News has hired at least nine editors who previously worked for former President Donald Trump’s administration, Republican campaign offices, or Republican politicians,” Media Matters report.
Margaret Sullivan: “It will all eventually be revealed — teams of reporters are racing to dig into one of the biggest media stories in recent memory. But we already know one thing: When the dust settles, Zucker’s relationship with Donald Trump will define his legacy.”
“Zucker, as much as any other person in the world, created and burnished the Trump persona — first as a reality-TV star who morphed into a worldwide celebrity, then as a candidate for president who was given large amounts of free publicity.”
Tiana Lowe: “Back when Donald Trump was a washed-up businessman, tarnished by a decade of bankruptcies, it was Jeff Zucker, then the president of NBC Entertainment, who decided to resurrect him from the ash heap of history and reinvent him.”
The Ankler: “In the annals of media mysteries, a Who Killed Jeff Zucker’s Career would be the perfect crime because there are literally three cities populated by people who have been plotting it for years.”
“Rudy Giuliani was unmasked as an exiting costumed contestant in last week’s taping of the first Season 7 episode of Fox’s popular primetime series The Masked Singer,” Deadline reports.
“As soon as they saw Giuliani, judges Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke quickly left the stage in protest.”