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SAG-AFTRA Lets Employees Go Due to Financial Impact by COVID

Union president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White penned a letter to its members stating that the organization is well positioned to endure a financial hit like this.

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The union representing 160,00 media professionals worldwide fired 45 people Thursday. SAG-AFTRA has now laid off 171 employees since the COVID-19 pandemic started to wreak havoc on industry back in March. Officials said the moves were made “in response to the union’s current and future financial condition.”

Union president Gabrielle Carteris and national executive director David White penned a letter to its members stating that the organization is well positioned to endure a financial hit like this.

“However, as we are all painfully aware, the production shutdown over the last 7 months has shattered earnings across nearly all sectors of our membership,” Carteris and White said.

The union said it is extending dues relief for members financially impacted by the pandemic, beginning on Oct. 26. “Members experiencing COVID-19-related financial hardship can request and will be granted a dues relief extension and an installment plan,” the union’s notice said. “No late fees will be assessed and there will be no adverse impact on members’ work eligibility during this time.”

Earlier this year, SAG-AFTRA permanently laid off 60 employees in Los Angeles, according to a notice filed with the state of California in August. In New York, 30 employees were cut, per an amended notice filed with the state’s Department of Labor in July.

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New Yorker Reporter is No Stranger to Covering Sexual Misconduct Cases

Jane Mayer wrote a controversial piece about Democratic Sen. Al Franken who resigned amid accusations that he forcibly kissed someone 11 years earlier.

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Reporter Jane Mayer was on the infamous Zoom call when her colleague Jeffrey Toobin was allegedly masturbating, according to a report.

This is not the first case of sexual misconduct that The New Yorker reporter has been involved with. Two years ago, Mayer reported on the sexual escapades of former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In 2018, she wrote an article accusing then-Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

The Toobin story was first reported by Vice Monday. The news prompted The New Yorker to suspend Toobin and for CNN, where he is the chief legal analyst, to grant him a leave of absence.

Toobin told Vice that the mistake was “embarrassing” and “stupid” and said that he thought he had muted the Zoom video. He was on the call acting out an election simulation with several high-profile reporters when the incident happened. Toobin was reportedly playing the role of the courts.

Mayer and Toobin have worked together for more than two decades. She joined the New Yorker in 1995 right at the same time as when Toobin was reporting on the OJ Simpson case. Mayer wrote a controversial piece about Democratic Sen. Al Franken who resigned amid accusations that he forcibly kissed someone 11 years earlier.

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Jimmy Kimmel Takes Swipe at NBC for Trump Town Hall

Jimmy Kimmel escalated his feud with NBC on his late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when he criticized the network for giving into President Trump’s demands and air a town hall with him at the same time as Joe Biden’s.

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On Thursday night, President Trump held a town hall meeting on the networks of NBC Universal, which coincided with Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden, who was hosting his town hall meeting on ABC.

Jimmy Kimmel escalated his feud with NBC on his late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when he criticized the network for giving into President Trump’s demands and air a town hall with him at the same time as Joe Biden’s.

“Presidential debate number two was scheduled for this evening, but instead we got two dueling town halls—Joe Biden on ABC, Donald Trump on NBC,” Kimmel said.

“NBC pulled a very sneaky move. After Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate, they swooped in and gave him his own hour opposite Joe Biden. While many are wondering why NBC would schedule this at the same time as Biden’s town hall instead of on another night—or even just in another time slot so we could see what both candidates have to say—the answer to the question is: NBC sucks.”

Kimmel concluded his monologue by taking one final shot at NBC. “You should never watch that channel. It was a real Peacock-block, is what it was,” Kimmel said.

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