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Remembering Larry King

The industry reacted to the news with great sadness, paying homage to a man who made an indelible mark on so many lives.

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Larry King, the award-winning journalist who became cable television’s most well-known talk show host, died at the age of 87 on Saturday. He hosted Larry King Live on CNN for nearly 30 years and interviewed thousands of people during his lifetime.

The industry reacted to the news with great sadness, paying homage to a man who made an indelible mark on so many lives.

“When I was a young morning DJ, I listened to Larry King’s overnight radio show every night on my way to work,” said Jimmy Kimmel via Twitter. “He was one of the greats and I am glad to have known him.”

King was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933 as Larry Zeigler. He moved to Miami in his 20’s to pursue a job in radio. He also wrote a column for a local newspaper.

Singer Celine Dion called King a lifelong friend. “There will never be anyone like him, and he will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.”

CNN Chief International anchor Christiane Amanpour said King was an integral part of CNN’s rise to global prominence.

“He became the must-see appointment to view the program. But he also became the global confessor, he was the person who interviewed just about anybody, who was anybody at the time. That meant every single night, five days a week for 25 years while he was at CNN.”

Sentiments poured in from the world of politics as well. “Larry King was a Brooklyn boy who became a newsman who interviewed newsmakers,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “He conducted over 50,000 interviews that informed Americans in a clear and plain way.”

CNN President Jeff Zucker issued a statement saying, “we are so proud of the 25 years he spent with CNN, where his newsmaker interviews truly put the network on the international stage.”

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FOX News Employees Upset Over Network’s Shift From Center-Right to Hard Right

After ratings took a plunge, Fox News seems to be shifting towards the right.

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Fox News is trying to find its place in the post-Trump new media in the United States. The network has stated its intent in moving towards the center-right. However, The Daily Beast reports that this shift is far from accurate.

After ratings took a plunge, Fox News seems to be shifting towards the right. The media outlet provides the program Outnumbered as an example since they speculate that the network has benched its two key liberal regulars in Marie Harf and Jessica Tarlov.

“Ratings went down the tank, and they want more right-wing voices,” one current Fox News staffer told The Daily Beast.

Another Fox News employee was not pleased with this shift from center-right to right only. Furthermore, the employee stated their displeasure over adding Tomi Lahren as a panelist for prominent afternoon and evening programs like Outnumbered or The Five.

It’s an absolute joke and further proof that the show shouldn’t be taken seriously,” said one current Fox employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from management. “When I was hired, I was told that [Lahren] would never be on legitimate shows like Outnumbered or The Five, that she was only Fox Nation. I’m just as confused as everyone else. Tomi has no credibility, no résumé of experience other than screaming derogatory things on the internet.”

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Former CNN Producer Claims Double Standard With Cuomo Allegations

Former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan accused her former boss of asking her to play strip poker.

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A former CNN producer believes his former network is ignoring claims of sexual harassment leveled against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Steve Krakauer, who now serves as an editor for Fourth Watch media newsletter, told Fox News it’s clear there is a double standard.

“We’ve seen countless incidents when it comes to allegations against Donald Trump,” said Krakauer.

“When it comes to allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, when the allegations come from one direction, they are reported immediately, and in many cases, wall to wall before any further reporting is presented.”

Former Cuomo aide Lindsey Boylan accused her former boss of asking her to play strip poker. “My boss soon informed me that the Governor [Cuomo] had a ‘crush’ on me,” Boylan wrote in an essay. “Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected.”

Krakauer said media outlets should tread lightly when reporting on cases that involve sexual harassment, but he also said the mainstream media seems to run rampant with speculation and little facts when it comes to an accusation against a Republican.

“So, the issue is the hypocrisy and the double standard, not so much the lack of reporting in and of itself.”

When CNN finally covered the story Thursday with a story leading with Cuomo’s denial, critics were quick to point out that Kavanaugh did not receive the same treatment.

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Tucker Carlson and AT&T Clash Over China Telecom

AT&T wants to prevent China Telecom, a state government-owned firm, from being added to a U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List.

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Telecommunications company AT&T and Tucker Carlson are clashing over the information provided that the Fox News host presented where he called out the company for lobbying against possible U.S. government sanctions on a Chinese telecom partner.

AT&T wants to prevent China Telecom, a state government-owned firm, from being added to a U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List. The Chinese telecommunications company’s potential inclusion in the list will severely limit the trade relationships and blocks certain technology transfers between foreign entities and U.S. firms.

In the past, the Trump administration accused China Telecom of having Chinese military backing and aiding the ethnic cleansing of Uighur minorities in southern China. The telecommunications company also faces accusations of undermining U.S. national security interests in the region.

Using this information, Carlson accused AT&T and its CEO, John Stankey, of prioritizing “foreign interests over American interests” due to them lobbying against China Telecom’s inclusion on the Entity List.

“We were told China Telecom was set to be sanctioned because of its alleged support of human rights abuses by China’s government, and there are very many of those,” Carlson said.

“AT&T is a proud partner of China Telecom, has a joint venture with China Telecom. In a statement provided to this show, AT&T admitted that it does not want China Telecom on the entities list, citing ‘potential unintended consequences.'”

After the show aired, AT&T released a statement where they stated that the information presented by Carlson is misleading.

“Without a relationship with a licensed Chinese communications company, no non-Chinese provider can serve U.S. companies operating in China,” the AT&T statement noted. “In the absence of that, such support would be provided by a Chinese state-owned enterprise instead of AT&T or any other American company.” “We and other companies explained this to the Commerce Department and other government officials to inform their policy decision about potential unintended consequences of placing China Telecom on the entities list.”

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