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MSNBC Hosts Refuses To Apologize For Islamophobic Comments

“Although Reid did not offer a direct apology, she did demonstrate a level of empathy in relation to the situation.”

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NBC has employed damage control measures after one of its hosts made comments on her show that were perceived as “Islamophobic.”

During a recent edition of “The ReidOut,” MSNBC Host Joy Reid accused President Donald Trump of “radicalizing” his supporters, comparing them to Islamic extremists.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) criticized Reid for not apologizing for her comments, saying her refusal to “say that{she was wrong} was telling and disappointing.” The council did credit Reid for a segment in which she discussed Islamophobia with Dalia Mogahed of the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding.

Although Reid did not offer a direct apology, she did demonstrate a level of empathy in relation to the situation. 

“The dialog mirrored the real emotions of people that have been subjected to the type of stereotyping that I simply described,” Reid said. “And we should always all be delicate to that. And I actually ought to have been delicate to that.”

Network executives met with members of CAIR who came away from the conversation unhappy after the network refused to force Reid to apologize. 

“We recognize your pledge to keep away from Islamophobia in all kinds,” the group wrote on the social media platform,” CAIR wrote in a Tweet. 

Several key politicians have called for Reid to apologize for her remarks. Among those, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)

There’s no word on whether Reid plans to offer a formal apology.

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Jake Tapper Will Interview Trevor Reed to Discuss Russian Imprisonment

Reed will share with Tapper the realities he faced while being a prisoner for 985 days

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U.S. Marine Trevor Reed spent nearly three years in a Russian prison, and now he will discuss for the first time what he experienced since his release with CNN anchor Jake Tapper. 

The company announced that the exclusive interview will air as a CNN Special Report, “Finally Home: The Trevor Reed Interview,” airing this Sunday, May 22, at 8 pm ET.

Reed will share with Tapper the realities he faced while being a prisoner for 985 days; furthermore, they will discuss wanting to free other Americans who are wrongfully imprisoned in Russia and other countries. 

“Viewers will also hear from Reed’s family, whose steadfast crusade to get him out of Russia is a large part of why he is now safely home,” CNN said in a statement for the special. 

“In addition, the special will feature the families of other Americans who are still being held by foreign governments, including the family of fellow US military veteran Paul Whelan, currently detained in Russia, as they continue to fight bravely for their loved ones who they desperately hope will come home.”

For those who cannot watch the special when it airs, the interview with Reed will stream live for pay TV subscribers via CNN.com and CNN OTT and mobile apps under “TV Channels” or CNNgo.

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Peabody Organization Gives Career Achievement Award to Dan Rather

Past career award recipients include Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson, and Sam Pollard.

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Dan Rather’s career in journalism spans over six decades, and for over 20 years, he was the anchor of “CBS Evening News from 1981 to 2005. The Peabody organization now recognizes him for his contributions to media with the Peabody Career Achievement Award.

The Peabody organization states that the award is handed out to people whose profession and dedication to broadcasting and digital media have left a memorable impact on the field and in American culture. 

“Dan Rather’s remarkable career — from local news reporter and international correspondent to network anchor — is a textbook example not just of what quality reporting looks like, but how journalists serve democracy well,” Jeffrey Jones, executive director of the Peabody Awards, said. 

“Spanning over six decades, Rather helped viewers understand and interpret some of the most traumatic historical events in our nation’s history, from the Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam War to 9/11 and more. We are happy to call attention to and celebrate his life’s work.”

Past career award recipients include Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Cicely Tyson, and Sam Pollard. Furthermore, the Peabodys are preparing to announce its 30 winners on June 6-9. 

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WGA Members at CBS News Ratify New Agreement

The new agreement was approved by 89% of those CBS News members who voted on the deal

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Roughly 260 Writers Guild of America members who are employed at CBS News have chosen to vote and overwhelmingly authorize a new three-year contract. The new agreement was approved by 89% of those CBS News members who voted on the deal, per Deadline.

Those members in the WGA from East to West from the news media outlet see the new deal cover who work as news writers, producers, graphic artists, desk associates, and others at the network’s news operations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

“In a challenging environment, we were able to make real gains,” said WGA East executive director Lowell Peterson. “Because our members at CBS News mobilized and made their voices heard.”

“We won a solid contract that raises pay, includes a hefty boost in pension contributions, increases fees, and makes transformational gains for longer-term ‘temporary’ employees – severance pay and parental leave.”

The WGA states that this new contract for the WGA members at CBS News includes:

• Staff will get 2% minimum salary increases each year and a full pension rate increase will be paid by the company.

• Temporary employees pay goes up 3.50% in year one, 3.0% in year two, and 3.25% in year three.

• Producer fees increase to $50 in Los Angeles and New York in the second year of the contract, and to $50 by the third year at WBBM in Chicago.

• Fee for filling in for executive producer or senior producer in many but not all circumstances.

• Acting editor fee rate increases by 15%.

• Severance pay for long-term full-time temps.

• Parental leave for long-term full-time temps.

• Improved comp day calculation for a small number of temps.

• Increased severance pay for long-term staff employees; up to 48 or even 72 weeks for certain layoffs.

• Side letter on company process for requesting work from home.

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