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Tom Hanks to Host Biden Inauguration Night TV Special

The show, called Celebrating America, will honor frontline workers, teachers, and health care workers. It will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST.

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Tom Hanks will host a national television special on inauguration evening featuring President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with performances from Justin Timberlake and Jon Bon Jovi and others. 

Details of the show were first reported by Politico and confirmed by a Presidential Inaugural Committee official to CNN

The show, called Celebrating America, will honor frontline workers, teachers, and health care workers. It will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST. 

“Our first priority is safety — so while many of us will be watching safely from our homes, we are creating real moments of connection that highlight a new inclusive American era of leadership that works for and represents all Americans,” said PIC CEO Tony Allen. 

Washington, D.C. officials have urged people not to travel into the city to view the inauguration which is set to take place on January 20. 

The Pentagon has authorized up to 15,000 National Guard troops to meet current and future requests for Biden’s inauguration next week in the wake of bloodshed at the U.S. Capitol building last Wednesday. 

The special will be streamed live on PIC social media channels: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch. Amazon Prime Video, Microsoft Bing, NewsNow from Fox, and AT&T DIRECTV and U-verse will also be carrying the program live. 

After Biden and Harris are sworn in to office next Wednesday at a significantly scaled-down ceremony, there will be a virtual parade that features performances in communities across the country.

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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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