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Breitbart News Editors and Reporters Clash Over Trump

According to the report, international news editor Frances Martel stated on the media outlets Slack account that Trump’s support for the MAGA mob had undone a decade’s worth of conservative politics.

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Editors and reporters at conservative outlet Breitbart News privately clashed over whether President Donald Trump carries some blame for the riot at the Capitol earlier this month, The Daily Beastreports.

According to the report, international news editor Frances Martel stated on the media outlets Slack account that Trump’s support for the MAGA mob had undone a decade’s worth of conservative politics.

“He set us back like ten years,” Martel wrote. “We have worked so hard to promote our values, values that made him president when he hawked them, and now he does this, leaving everything in shambles? Nah, destroy him. Let it be a lesson to every other ‘populist.'”

However, The Daily Beast states that others at Breitbart, like columnist John Nolte, stood by President Trump. Nolte says that the president called for a peaceful protest on January 6th.

Furthermore, when the protest became violent, that Trump went on social media to ask for these actions to stop, Nolte added.

When asked toThe Daily Beast reached out for comment over the matter, Breitbart stated it was a channel in which a healthy discussion was occurring.

“These conversations are leaked from an internal communications channel literally called ‘Hot Takes,’ created for healthy internal discussion, dialogue, and debate on any and all subject matters,” Breitbart stated. “They are not a reflection of our editorial directives or decisions, and they are also hardly remarkable as these kinds of conversations happened all across America as people processed the attack on our nation’s Capitol as events unfolded.”

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White House Reporter Tests Positive for COVID-19

“As soon as we were notified, we disbanded the Vice President’s pool and sent them home. They will be tested again tomorrow,” The White House statement said.

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After an unidentified reporter tested positive for the coronavirus, several media members covering Vice President Kamala Harris were sent home. Testing reporters, as is anyone who enters The White House, is done at a site off of Lafayette Square.

“As soon as we were notified, we disbanded the Vice President’s pool and sent them home. They will be tested again tomorrow,” The White House statement said.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we made arrangements for the briefing room to be cleaned. We have also begun the process of contact tracing​. This individual did not have any contact with the Vice President or White House staff​.”

Typically, reporters scheduled to be in the White House on a given day undergo a test before entering. Upon getting a negative result, they receive a wristband permitting them to come and go throughout the day. Every day, the print representatives are responsible for writing public notes about events. On this day, the president’s press pool gathered to cover Harris’ day, including a 2 p.m. meeting Biden and the vice president have to discuss supply chain issues with House and Senate members.

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Changes Coming to New York Times After Toxic Work Culture Exposed

The 7,000-word report reveals a “difficult environment” at the Times, primarily experienced by “people of color, many of whom described unsettling and sometimes painful day-to-day workplace experiences.”

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Changes will be coming to The New York Times after the publication unveiled a diversity report and plan, which will help transform the newspaper’s culture that makes it an “unwelcoming place for many people.”

The 7,000-word report reveals a “difficult environment” at the Times, primarily experienced by “people of color, many of whom described unsettling and sometimes painful day-to-day workplace experiences.”

When it comes to the Asian-American women working at the newspaper, the report states that they feel “invisible and unseen” and frequently referred to using the name of other Asian women.

Nonetheless, Black and Latino employees bear the brunt of the toxic work environment at The Times, the report states. They are underrepresented in leadership positions compared to other races inside the company. Furthermore, in a survey last year, Black employees, especially women, gave the newspaper the worst marks for fairness and inclusion.

The Times has listed four goals as they plan to improve its toxic working environment.

First, the newspaper wants to transform its culture “to create an environment where we all can do our best work. We will be explicit about how diversity, equity, and inclusion tie to our mission and values.”

Second, The Times wants to improve their leadership as they try and fix how they lead and manage. The newspaper seeks to bring people aboard with “clear expectations for leaders who manage people and for how they will be assessed.”

As a result of this goal, the company wants to increase Black and Latinos in management positions by 50 percent by 2025. The Times seeks to ensure that its news coverage benefits from diversity and inclusion in its newsroom.

“We will make our newsroom more diverse, our editorial practices more inclusive, and our news report one that provides a truer, richer and more textured portrayal of the world,” The Times wrote.

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Australia Bans News Sharing on Facebook

Over the last few months, tensions between Facebook and the Australian government have boiled over due to proposed legislation requiring tech platforms to pay news publishers for content.

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Australians are barred from finding and sharing news on Facebook, whether local or international, as the social media giant is in a fight with the government. Nonetheless, Facebook’s stance appears to be the most restrictive move the company has taken against content publishers.

Over the last few months, tensions between Facebook and the Australian government have boiled over due to proposed legislation requiring tech platforms to pay news publishers for content.

“What the proposed law introduced in Australia fails to recognize is the fundamental nature of the relationship between our platform and publishers,” Campbell Brown, Facebook’s vice president of global news partnerships, wrote in a blog post.

“Contrary to what some have suggested, Facebook does not steal news content. Publishers choose to share their stories on Facebook. I hope in the future; we can include news for people in Australia once again.”

The decision to ban news on Facebook in Australia is causing confusion and criticism in the country. Fire and emergency services, domestic violence charities, state health agencies, and other organizations have stated that they’re affected by the restrictions. As a result, the social media network has mentioned its intentions to reverse pages “inadvertently impacted” by its move.

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