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New York CNN —The stage is now officially set for a high-stakes showdown between the NBA and TNT parent company Warner Bros. WBD, the parent company of CNN, paid for matching rights when it struck its current deal with the NBA. In doing so, the NBA argued that WBD’s offer was not a legally valid match since it would also be broadcasting the games on TNT. And it should be noted that the contractual paperwork giving WBD matching rights is pages long and not simple. Zaslav and his deputies believe that they have a robust legal argument and that they are indeed entitled to use their contractual rights to match Amazon’s bid.
Persons: WBD’s, David Zaslav, Adam Silver, Warner, WBD, , that’s, , NBCU, Zaslav, Stephen A, Smith Organizations: New, New York CNN, NBA, TNT, Warner Bros ., Wednesday, Amazon, Warner Bros, CNN, CNBC, NBCUniversal, Disney, ESPN, Big Tech, Apple, Google Locations: New York
Washington CNN —A federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against ABC News and George Stephanopoulos over the anchor’s assertion that a jury concluded Trump had “raped” E. Jean Carroll. Trump filed the lawsuit in Florida federal court earlier this year, arguing that Stephanopoulos and the network defamed him when Stephanopoulos said during a contentious on-air interview with Rep. Nancy Mace that a jury found Trump had “raped” Carroll, a writer whose own cases against Trump led to him being found liable for sexual abuse. ABC News did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. In the Trump-ABC lawsuit, US District Judge Cecilia Altonaga, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, wrote Wednesday that these definitions were different enough to let the case move forced. His analysis necessarily focused on what Carroll had and had not proved at trial, as well as the harm Carroll experienced from (Trump’s) abuse.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, George Stephanopoulos, Trump, , Jean Carroll, Stephanopoulos, Nancy Mace, ” Carroll, Carroll, Trump’s countersuit, Lewis Kaplan, , Cecilia Altonaga, George W, Bush, , ” Altonaga, “ Judge Kaplan, Mace, , ” Altonaga ‘, Kaplan, ” Trump, Altonaga’s, CNN’s Oliver Darcy Organizations: Washington CNN, ABC News, Trump, ABC, CNN, New York Penal, WIN, “ ABC Locations: Florida, Manhattan, Carroll, New York, York
New York CNN —The right-wing media machine is throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Kamala Harris. In most of corporate America, even calling someone a “DEI” candidate would be grounds for stiff disciplinary action, if not outright dismissal. Which narrative Trump’s media allies settle on remains to be seen. That’s how right-wing media confronted Obama in 2008. What, are they just going to say if you’re not a white male, it’s a DEI candidate?” moderate Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said.
Persons: Kamala Harris, Harris, , Willie Brown, Brown, she’s, Jesse Watters, , Biden, Bernie, Sanders, Donald Trump’s, Vance, Trump’s, Barack Obama, Obama, Trump, Joe Biden, you’re, Republican Sen, Lisa Murkowski, “ I’m Organizations: New, New York CNN, Democratic, Fox News, San Francisco, DEI, Media, Democratic Party, Republican Locations: New York, California, Baltimore, America
New York CNN —The stark political reality facing President Joe Biden, prompting his unprecedented decision to exit the 2024 race, might look different had he enjoyed the support of a blindly loyal, propagandistic news media. GET RELIABLE SOURCES IN YOUR INBOX A daily digest chronicling the evolving media landscape with uncompromising reporting and analysis. “There has been so much consternation about the fight in the party but also the media coverage of the fight,” Maddow acknowledged Sunday. Contrast how the news media covered Biden’s woes with how the MAGA Media has treated Trump in recent years. But that was not the case for Biden, underscoring the ethical reality that flows through the news media and largely extends to progressive personalities.
Persons: Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Biden, , Trump, David Remnick, Rachel Maddow, ” Maddow, , Sean Hannity Organizations: New, New York CNN, Fox News, MAGA Media, GOP, White, CNN, Trump, New York Times, Biden, New Yorker, MSNBC Locations: New York, Atlanta
CNN —Lou Dobbs, the longtime business news anchor who became one of Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters in media, died on Thursday. Trump regularly praised Dobbs in return, often posting clips of his show on his social media channels. Trump on Thursday praised Dobbs as a friend and “truly incredible journalist, reporter, and talent.”“He understood the World, and what was ‘happening,’ better than others,” Trump wrote on his social media platform. After the lawsuits were filed, Fox Business canceled Dobbs’ show, taking him off the air in an abrupt move announced on a Friday in February 2021. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Lou Dobbs.
Persons: Lou Dobbs, Donald Trump’s, , , ” Dobbs, Rupert Murdoch, “ Lou, Debi, , Donald Trump, Dobbs, Trump, ” Trump, Lou, Joe Biden, Smartmatic, ” Marshall Cohen Organizations: CNN, Fox Business Network, Republican Party, Trump, Fox Business, Voting Systems, Fox, Fox News, Dominion, U.S, U.S . Constitution, ” Fox, Fox News Media Locations: U.S .
In other words: the 2024 drought appears to be over as Americans show renewed interest in a race that has suddenly been thrown into upheaval. GET RELIABLE SOURCES IN YOUR INBOX A daily digest chronicling the evolving media landscape with uncompromising reporting and analysis. The CNN debate averaged 51 million viewers, networks averaged about 19 million viewers after Trump was shot, and the first night of the RNC averaged 18 million viewers. To be clear, the television ratings and interest generated by the twists and turns of the 2024 election have not been historic by any means. But the startling news cycle has, unquestionably, breathed life into what had been a sleepy race, offering jolts to the system.
Persons: Milwaukee CNN —, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump Organizations: Milwaukee CNN, Republican National Convention, CNN, RNC, Trump
Joe Scarborough, speaking alongside co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist, offered viewers a peek behind the curtain into the conspicuous decision-making process that transpired over the weekend. Without “Morning Joe” airing on Monday, viewers rebelled against MSNBC, opting to change the channel, Nielsen data indicated. The move to bench the “Morning Joe” crew, after all, didn’t happen in a vacuum. Which is why, perhaps, Comcast is involved in cleaning up the “Morning Joe” mess. I’m told that the company’s president, Mike Cavanagh, rescheduled meetings on Tuesday to grapple with the fallout stemming from the “Morning Joe” commentary.
Persons: CNN — Cesar Conde, , Joe ”, Donald Trump, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, Scarborough, , Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Joe, , ” Scarborough, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Conde, Trump, Brian Roberts, Roberts, ” Trump, radicalizing, Donald Trump Jr, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, it’s, I’m, Mike Cavanagh, bode Organizations: CNN, MSNBC, NBC, Group chairman’s, Nielsen, NBC News Group, Comcast, RNC, NBCU, Locations: Scarborough, Savannah, Acela
CNN —The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” rebuked the network’s leadership on Tuesday, expressing dismay over the decision to pull the flagship morning show program from the air Monday and telling viewers that they were not provided clear answers about the matter. But, as he noted, “that did not happen.”“We don’t know why that was that didn’t happen. Our team was not given a good answer as to why that didn’t happen,” Scarborough said. “But it didn’t happen.”get reliable sources in your inbox A daily digest chronicling the evolving media landscape with uncompromising reporting and analysis. The decision to pull “Morning Joe” was made with that political reality in mind.
Persons: Joe ”, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, Donald Trump, ” Scarborough, Cesar Conde, Rashida Jones, Brzezinski, ” Geist, we’d, ” Brzezinski, Organizations: CNN, NBC, NBCUniversal News Group, MSNBC, NBCUniversal News, Comcast, Sunday Locations: MSNBC’s, Scarborough
New York CNN —MSNBC will not air “Morning Joe,” its celebrated politics roundtable program, on Monday, opting to instead air continued breaking news coverage of the attempted assassination of former President Donald Trump. The progressive news network confirmed the decision to preempt its influential and top-rated morning show after a CNN inquiry Sunday evening. GET reliable sources in your inbox A daily digest chronicling the evolving media landscape with uncompromising reporting and analysis. MSNBC has, in particular, been blasted by Trump’s allies, putting the network in the spotlight. Last year after Hamas executed its deadly October 8 attack on Israel, MSNBC quietly pulled three of its Muslim broadcasters from air.
Persons: , Donald Trump, Cesar Conde, Rashida Jones, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, It’s, Semafor Organizations: New, New York CNN, MSNBC, CNN, Republican National Convention, NBC News, NBCUniversal News, Trump, Comcast Locations: New York, Israel
New York CNN —Joe Biden is losing a particularly influential corner of support: Hollywood. “I love Joe Biden. “It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal’ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. I’m told that the Biden campaign has actively been making phone calls to Hollywood supporters, working to maintain their support in this turbulent moment.
Persons: New York CNN — Joe Biden, George Clooney, Joe Biden, ” Clooney, he’s, , Joe ‘, ’ Biden, wasn’t, “ Joe Biden, Clooney, Biden, Rob Reiner, Donald Trump, Reed Hastings, Damon Lindelof, Biden “, Abigail Disney, Ari Emanuel, “ Donald Trump, , ” Emanuel, , I’m, won’t, Organizations: New York CNN, Hollywood, New York Times, City of Angels, Democratic, CNN, Netflix, Trump, Democratic Party, Biden Locations: New York, Hollywood
New York CNN —Ingrid Ciprián-Matthews, a three-decade veteran of CBS News who ascended to the role of president in 2023, abruptly announced Wednesday that she will step down from her role as the news organization’s parent company prepares for a complex merger. But today, I have some news of my own to share,” Ciprián-Matthews announced in a memo to employees. The announcement also comes days after Paramount Global, the parent company of CBS News, accepted an offer from Hollywood production studio Skydance Media that will see the two companies merge. Following the merger, Skydance Media plans to install its own leadership team. When she took over as CBS News president, Ciprián-Matthews became the first Latina to hold the influential post at the network’s news division.
Persons: New York CNN — Ingrid Ciprián, Matthews, ” Ciprián, I’ve, , Tiffany, Wendy McMahon, Ciprián, I’m, , ” “ Ingrid, ” McMahon, Neeraj Khemlani, Disney, Kim Godwin Organizations: New, New York CNN, CBS News, , CBS, Paramount Global, Hollywood, Skydance Media, Ciprián, ABC News Locations: New York
CNN —Mark Thompson, the CNN chief executive appointed last year to modernize the news network, unveiled a set of sweeping changes to the iconic outlet Wednesday, announcing plans to build a billion-dollar digital business, experiment with artificial intelligence and overhaul key newsroom structures. Mark Thompson officially started on October 9 as CNN's chief executive and chairman and will also act as the network's editor-in-chief. Thompson, who is widely credited for revitalizing The Times, was appointed CNN chief executive last summer, after Licht’s tumultuous run in the job. Since then, Thompson has spoken consistently about the need to transform CNN’s business but has largely avoided offering specifics. Whether Thompson can successfully create a billion-dollar digital news business at CNN remains to be seen.
Persons: Mark Thompson, Thompson, , Art Streiber, ” Thompson, , CNN Max, Max, Ted Turner, CNN’s, Charlie Moore, “ Anderson Cooper, Jeff Zucker, Chris Licht, Zucker, Licht Organizations: CNN, Netflix, Warner Bros, Discovery, Inc, Warner Bros ., The New York Times, The Times Locations: CNN’s Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles
On Tuesday night, Stephanopoulos expressed regret for his frank remark, saying through a spokesperson, “Earlier today I responded to a question from a passerby. ABC News separately said that Stephanopoulos “expressed his own point of view and not the position of ABC News.” Regardless, any damage inflicted by the comment was already done. Many journalists simply do not buy the narrative that Biden, his campaign, and the White House are selling. The Stephanopoulos interview is the perfect example of that. Instead of helping him move forward, granting the interview has effectively backfired, with Biden failing to even convince Stephanopoulos with his message.
Persons: George Stephanopoulos, Joe Biden’s, , , Biden, Stephanopoulos, TMZ —, Donald Trump, shouldn’t, Stephanopoulos “, bode Organizations: New York CNN, New, ABC News, CNN, TMZ, Biden, ABC, The New York Times Locations: New York, New York City
CNN —Early Wednesday morning, at 2am ET, imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich’s trial commenced before a Russian court on bogus espionage charges. “WSJ Reporter Evan Gershkovich, Falsely Accused of Espionage, Is Indicted in Russia,” the headline read. “This coverage should not read or sound as if this is a legitimate process,” Cherney said, imploring other newsrooms not to legitimize the proceedings or get trapped in bothsidesism while covering the story. It could take weeks or even months for a verdict to be handed down by the Russian court. But Cherney and her colleagues at The Journal are hoping that the U.S. government will succeed in freeing Gershkovich.
Persons: Evan Gershkovich’s, Vladimir Putin, , Evan, Emma Tucker, Elena Cherney, , ” Cherney, Gershkovich, Evan Gershkovich, Cherney, Organizations: CNN, The, U.S . Locations: Yekaterinburg, Russia, bothsidesism, United States, Gershkovich
CNN —Donald Trump’s allies in right-wing media have a problem ahead of CNN’s presidential debate: They’ve set the bar too low for President Joe Biden. That might sound like an exaggeration to those who don’t tune in to Fox News or listen to talk radio, but it has been a real and constant theme in the right-wing media universe. That’s a worry for right-wing media figures, which risk seeing their bogus narrative about Biden being ripped up in real time. One such claim boosted by Trump’s media allies is the conspiracy theory — which lacks any evidence — that the president will be on performance-enhancing supplements or drugs during the debate. While it is an absurd accusation, it is one MAGA Media is gleefully pushing, even attempting to do so on CNN’s own air.
Persons: CNN — Donald Trump’s, They’ve, Joe Biden, MAGA, Biden, That’s, Megyn Kelly, ” Kelly, Barack Obama’s, Trump, , ” Trump, Jesse Watters, , Biden “, Sean Hannity, Jake Tapper, Dana Bash, Tapper, Kasie Hunt, Karoline Leavitt, Leavitt, Hunt, ” Hunt Organizations: CNN, MAGA Media, Fox News, Trump, Democratic Locations: Washington
CNN —Robert Winnett, the British journalist who was slated to take over as executive editor of The Washington Post, will no longer join the newspaper. Washington Post publisher Will Lewis broke the news to newspaper staffers in a memo Friday morning. “It is with regret that I share with you that Robert Winnett has withdrawn from the position of Editor at The Washington Post. After a scathing report from Washington Post staff, Robert Winnett will remain at the Daily Telegraph and will not join the Post as its new editor. Spokespersons for the Telegraph and The Washington Post did not immediately comment.
Persons: Robert Winnett, Will Lewis, Rob, ” Lewis, , Winnett, , Chris Evans, “ I’m, Rob Winnett, ” “, Matt Murray Organizations: CNN, The Washington Post, . Washington Post, The Telegraph Media, Washington Post, Daily Telegraph, LinkedIn, Post, London’s Telegraph, Telegraph Locations: British
New York CNN —When will Jeff Bezos actually address the upheaval roiling his newsroom? “Will Lewis needs to step down for the good of The Post and the public,” wrote Higham on Facebook. But surely the billionaire understands the dire situation gripping The Post. Staffers at The Post are very much waiting for Bezos to take some meaningful form of action. In the absence of Bezos, the stories raising questions about Lewis’ ethical integrity keep coming.
Persons: Jeff Bezos, Will Lewis, Bezos, Lewis, Robert Winnett, David Maraniss, doesn’t, Scott Higham, Lewis ’, “ Will Lewis, , Higham, it’s, He’s, Boris Johnson, Johnson Organizations: New York CNN, Washington Post, The, Facebook, CNN, Financial Times, New York Times Locations: New York, Higham
New York CNN —Elon Musk told advertisers last year to “go f**k yourself.” This year, he is showcasing a much different attitude. The erratic billionaire, realizing that he very much needs major advertisers to power X, was in the South of France on Wednesday, attending Cannes Lions, the world’s largest advertising festival. Put together, it’s is no mystery why major brands have taken their advertising dollars elsewhere. Musk even said at the time that the damage to X’s bottom line was so great, it could eventually kill the company. Musk likely does not want to see the platform go the way of the woolly mammoth, which is why he is now trying to woo advertisers back.
Persons: New York CNN — Elon Musk, Mark Read, Musk, , ” Read, Andrew Ross Sorkin, hadn’t, , ” Musk, X, it’s, , Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump Organizations: New York CNN, France, Cannes Lions, WPP, SpaceX, Associated Press, Washington Post, Democratic Party, Republicans Locations: New York, South, Israel, Mexico, Washington
CNN —Two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists at The Washington Post went on the record late Wednesday, calling for leadership change at the storied newspaper as questions swirl over the integrity of its new publisher and chief executive, Will Lewis. “Will Lewis needs to step down for the good of The Post and the public,” Higham replied in a comment on Maraniss’ post. “He has lost the newsroom and will never win it back.”Spokespersons for Bezos and The Post did not immediately comment. Inside The Post’s newsroom, morale has plunged as staffers express alarm over Lewis’ conduct and worries over the future direction of the newspaper under his leadership. “Bezos must recruit an accomplished, experienced editor whom journalists admire and trust.”
Persons: Will Lewis, , ” David Maraniss, ” Maraniss, Jeff Bezos, Lewis, ” Scott Higham, Maraniss, “ Will Lewis, ” Higham, , Lewis ’, Robert Winnett, Rupert Murdoch’s, David Folkenflik, ” Lewis, Bezos, ” Bezos, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Sonnenfeld, Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee, Marty Baron, ” Sonnenfeld, “ Bezos Organizations: CNN, The Washington Post, The, New York Times, NPR, Post, Yale School of Management
His anti-revenue campaign reached its peak/nadir last fall, when he literally told advertisers to "go fuck yourself." And that's where Musk explained that when he told advertisers to go fuck themselves last year, he didn't mean all advertisers. "It was with respect to freedom of speech," he told Read. AdvertisementMeanwhile, the exodus of big brand advertisers has pushed Twitter ad rates way, way down. And I do shoot myself in the foot from time to time," he told Read.
Persons: , Elon Musk, Mark Read, Musk, Read, Oliver Darcy, Joe Biden's, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Joe, Puck, there's, It's Organizations: Service, Elon, Business, Cannes, WPP, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, CNN, Associated Press, Washington Post, Democratic Party, Republicans, Google, Media Locations: France, Mexico, Washington
New York CNN —Donald Trump can’t quit Fox News. Comparatively, Trump posted 26 video clips from the upstart internet streamer Right Side Broadcasting Network, 11 videos from the pro-Trump cable channel Newsmax, and 5 from the far-right Real America’s Voice. He posted eight links to Real America’s Voice, only three to Breitbart, and one to the New York Post. Indeed, Polskin’s analysis pulls back the curtain on how Trump works the media. The warped feedback loop is yet another way in which he exploits the media for his own ends.
Persons: Donald Trump can’t, Trump, Rupert, Lachlan Murdoch, , Howard Polskin, Breitbart, Polskin, Biden, ” Polskin, bashed Murdoch Organizations: New York CNN, Fox News, Republican, Fox News Channel, Broadcasting Network, Trump, Real America’s, New York, Real America’s Voice, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, Associated Press, The New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, POLITICO, NBC News, Yorker, Reuters, Locations: New York,
New York CNN —Jeff Bezos has a decision to make — and it is one that will determine the future course of one of the nation’s most prestigious news organizations. Or he can side with his Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom, which is repudiating their new leader in clear and unmistakable terms. And The Post reported Sunday that a “thief” who used deceptive tactics to obtain private material had ties with Winnett. The stories landed like a one-two punch in The Post newsroom, raising even more alarm and upping the panic level at the newspaper to new heights. When Bezos first appointed Lewis, staffers at The Post understood that he needed to appoint a publisher and chief executive who would shake things up in the newsroom.
Persons: Jeff Bezos, Will Lewis, Lewis, Rupert Murdoch, Sally Buzbee, Murdoch, David Folkenflik, Robert Winnett, , Bezos, Fred Ryan, Donald Trump, they’re, we’ve, I’m, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee, Marty Baron, ” Sonnenfeld, “ Bezos Organizations: New York CNN, Washington Post, Fleet Street, CNN, NPR, New York Times, Post, Times, Good, Yale School of Management Locations: New York
CNN —Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of The Washington Post, broke his silence Tuesday on the mounting turmoil within his newspaper, expressing support for maintaining high standards at the storied publication as questions swirl over the ethical integrity of its new publisher, Will Lewis. Bezos added in the memo, which was obtained by CNN, that “it can’t be business as usual” at The Post, which has been plagued by financial and audience woes. With your support, we’ll do that and lead this great institution into the future,” Bezos wrote. “But, as the newsroom leaders who’ve been shaping and guiding our coverage, you also know our standards at The Post have always been very high. That can’t change — and it won’t.”“You have my full commitment on maintaining the quality, ethics, and standards we all believe in,” Bezos added.
Persons: Jeff Bezos, Will Lewis, , ” Bezos, Lewis, Bezos, Carlotta Cardana, , Lewis ’, Robert Winnett, Rupert Murdoch’s, David Folkenflik, ” Lewis, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Sonnenfeld, Katharine Graham, Ben Bradlee, Marty Baron, ” Sonnenfeld, “ Bezos Organizations: CNN, The Washington Post, The News, Bloomberg, Getty, New York Times, NPR, Post, Yale School of Management Locations: The, London
New York CNN —Alex Jones’ conspiracy empire is on the brink. If the judge rules in favor of Sandy Hook families, Infowars would be shuttered. In such a scenario, a court-appointed trustee would be tasked with securing the assets and then selling off Jones’ media empire, including the website, studio space, and broadcasting equipment. “Infowars would no longer exist,” Christopher Mattei, an attorney who represents some of the Sandy Hook families, explained this week to CNN’s Hadas Gold. But the attorneys representing Sandy Hook families expect that the most likely scenario is Jones’ Infowars empire will be sold off, piece by piece, with the proceeds going to their clients.
Persons: Alex Jones ’, Sandy Hook, Jones, Infowars, ” Christopher Mattei, ” Jones, Tucker Carlson, Dinesh D’Souza, Alex Jones, ” Mattei, , Organizations: New York CNN, Systems, Companies, Fox News, Voting Systems, America News, Salem Media Locations: New York, Texas, Newtown , Connecticut, Connecticut
New York CNN —Ticketmaster is linking arms with right-wing extremists, boosting their ability to reach mainstream audiences and profiting off their dangerous and hateful rhetoric ahead of the November election. That is because there is not a morsel of truth to how Ticketmaster is presenting Carlson to its customers. How can any decent person not only participate in enabling Carlson’s poisoning of the public discourse but also justify profiting off of his hateful rhetoric in the process? CNN also posed questions to the venues hosting Carlson, which include the Honda Center, T-Mobile Center, Delta Center, Dickies Arena, Intrust Bank Arena and others. Those uncomfortable decisions risk catapulting them squarely into the center of the information wars, where grifters like Carlson thrive.
Persons: Tucker Carlson, Alex Jones, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Carlson, , Donald Trump’s, White supremacists, George Soros, Rupert Murdoch, Jones, Infowars, Anthony Fauci, Trump Organizations: New York CNN, Ticketmaster, Trump, Democratic Party, New York Times, Fox News, Live Nation, CNN, Carlson, Honda Center, Mobile Center, Delta Center, Dickies, Intrust Bank, Republican Party, Companies, Republicans Locations: New York, U.S
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