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Swati Sharma to Become the Next Vox Editor in Chief

Sharma’s arrival serves as a replacement for the outgoing replaces Lauren Williams, who announced in a tweet in November that she would leave Vox in February.

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According to The New York Times, Swati Sharma, a managing editor at The Atlantic, will head to Vox as she’ll become the editor in chief of Vox.com beginning next month.

Sharma’s arrival serves as a replacement for the outgoing replaces Lauren Williams, who announced in a tweet in November that she would leave Vox in February. Williams will be departing to the media outlet to start a national nonprofit news organization called Capital B, serving Black audiences.

“Vox provides clarity,” Sharma said. “That’s the most important thing we need in our industry and that we can provide readers. The work I want to do at Vox with the team in place is figure out how to keep sharpening it, making it more distinctive.”

Before arriving at The Atlantic, Sharma worked as a deputy general assignment editor at The Washington Post and as an online editor at The Boston Globe, where she helped cover the Boston Marathon bombing. As for Sharma’s former position with The Atlantic, the media outlet did not immediately comment on its plans.

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Gannett Warned About Interfering in Employee Efforts to Unionize

New Jersey’s Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Democratic Reps. Bill Pascrell, Josh Gottheimer, Mikie Sherrill, and Tom Malinowski sent a letter to Gannett CEO Michael Reed.

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Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper publisher, is receiving a warning from six senate democrats to stop preventing its journalists from three northern New Jersey newspapers from unionizing.

New Jersey’s Democratic Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Democratic Reps. Bill Pascrell, Josh Gottheimer, Mikie Sherrill, and Tom Malinowski sent a letter to Gannett CEO Michael Reed.

In the statement, they asked him to stop blocking employees’ efforts at The Record and its online counterpart NorthJersey.com, The Daily Record, and New Jersey Herald, who want to unionize.

“We are concerned to learn that Gannett has engaged in anti-union campaigning and procedural delay tactics designed to exert influence and poison the union election process,” the letter stated in part. “Such union-busting is anathema to democracy and has no place in New Jersey, where there is a proud and long history of unionized labor.” Gannett didn’t respond to the government officials’ letter over its concerns that they’re preventing its journalist from unionizing.

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Washington Post Editorial Board Critical of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

The Post called Abbott’s decision to end all coronavirus protocols “premature and reckless.”

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Many showed concerns over Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) decision to lift the state’s mask mandate and the relaxation of other restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The Washington Post editorial board put together a piece where they criticized the governor’s decision.

The Post called Abbott’s decision to end all coronavirus protocols “premature and reckless.” Furthermore, the editorial board added that the Texas governor is taking a gamble with his state’s health.

“The governor’s decision may cheer those feeling rebellious, fatigued, and impatient with the year-long pandemic restrictions,” wrote the editorial board. “But the result of opening too soon will be viral spread and more suffering.”

“The winter holidays and the third surge were awful. A fourth surge — which could spread beyond Texas — is the last thing the country needs, just as vaccines are being rolled out. Mr. Abbott is throwing a match on kindling.”

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Keith Olbermann Turns Heads With Tweet About Texas

“Why are we wasting vaccinations in Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus,” Olbermann said.

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Political commentator Keith Olbermann is no stranger to making controversial comments. On Tuesday, Olbermann received major pushback when he tweeted that Texas should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine. His comments came after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the state’s mask mandate.

“Why are we wasting vaccinations in Texas if Texas has decided to join the side of the virus,” Olbermann said. “What I wrote here was a question: if the authorities in Texas are clearly and belligerently siding with the virus against humanity, why are we sending the vaccines there now?”

Former Obama administration official Brandon Friedman urged Olbermann to delete his tweet. Members of the media weighed-in as well. Most thought it was unacceptable and untimely for the former ESPN and MSNBC anchor to send out something that could be construed as insensitive.

“I just think it’s wrong to make gross generalizations about the lives and potential deaths of an entire population. It is mean-spirited and unhelpful on every front,” said Dallas Morning News reporter, Evan Grant.

Last October, Keith Olbermann left ESPN to launch a nightly political talk show on YouTube. A month later he called former President Donald Trump “a whiny little Kunta Kinte.”

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