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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Indicates Changes Coming in Social Justice Imagery for 2021

“My sense is there’ll be somewhat a return to normalcy,” he said referring to the overall look of the league and how players wear their jerseys.

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that he understands the criticism about the league’s very public stance on social justice. Silver told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that those messages will “largely be displayed off the court” next season.

Silver made the remarks before Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Florida. “My sense is there’ll be somewhat a return to normalcy,” he said referring to the overall look of the league and how players wear their jerseys.

For whatever reason, the league’s ratings have plummeted. Game 1 between the Lakers and Miami Heat posted the worst viewership of any Finals game in NBA history with just 7.41 million viewers, a 45% free fall compared to last year’s Game 1 between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors.

Nichols did not press Silver on exactly why social justice messages would not be delivered on the court like they are now, but the commissioner did acknowledge that there’s a time and place for advocacy to occur.

“I understand those people who are saying ‘I’m on your side, but I want to watch a basketball game,'” said Silver.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals averaged a 3.1 rating and 5.94 million viewers. Those numbers made Game 3 the least watched and lowest rated NBA Finals game on record. 

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E.W. Scripps Co. Relaunching News Network Oct. 1st

Newsy plans to have five primetime programs, three that will occur during the week and two on weekends.

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Beginning October 1st, the E.W. Scripps Company plans to relaunch its national news network Newsy, per Adweek. “I look at it as both horizontal and vertical,” TV news executive Kate O’Brian told TVNewser

“The horizontal side is, we’re creating a 24/7 network, which is extremely exciting. But we’re creating this 24/7 news network for an entirely new audience to 24/7 news, and that is the over-the-air audience.”

The operations of the channel are going to be in Atlanta, GA, where its main studio, newsroom, control room, and significant of its employees will be based. 

Despite much of the operations based in Atlanta, Newsy will have other locations ranging from Washington D.C. and Chicago to Missoula, Mt., and Tulsa, Okla. Programming will begin early morning and run until 8 p.m. ET, with an additional hour of news airing at 11 p.m. for its West Coast audience. 

Newsy plans to have five primetime programs, three that will occur during the week and two on weekends. Three of the shows are headed out of their Washington location. Meanwhile, the other two will air from Chicago, and the other is a documentary.

The network is a free, ad-supported service. O’Brien stated Newsy “will be looking at sponsorship with an editorial frame of mind. We do have advertisers, we will continue to have advertisers, but at the moment, we haven’t really opened the door yet for sponsors to come in.”

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Tucker Carlson Named to Time’s 100 Most Influential People List

Time called Carlson the most influential conservative in America

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Whether people love or hate him, there’s no denying that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson is an influential figure in news media. Time announced that the network host was named to the magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list for 2021. 

Time called Carlson the most influential conservative in America, and for a good reason. The anchor draws millions of viewers each night for his weekly primetime program, as he is breaking rating records on Fox News.

“As Republicans have lost nearly all their political power on the federal level, Carlson has emerged as the de facto cultural leader of the right. His diatribes against “the elites,” the federal government, and the scientific consensus shape the belief system of millions,” Charlotte Alter wrote in Carlson’s biographical blurb. 

“If it seems like Americans can’t agree on anything—including whether COVID-19 vaccines work and whether Joe Biden won the presidential election—that’s partly the evidence of Tucker Carlson’s influence.”

Carlson joins other figures in politics, entertainment, sports, and other industry leaders such as President Joe Biden, Spanish music artist Bad Bunny, and MLB player Shohei Ohtani. 

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Jason Whitlock: MSNBC Host Joy Reid Is a Phony

Whitlock made his comments while referencing a social media spat involving Reid and rapper Nicki Minaj who tweeted that a family friend developed swollen testicles and impotence after getting the COVID vaccine shots. 

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Political commentator Jason Whitlock is calling out MSNBC host Joy Reid as a phony who will do and say anything to gain acceptance from the left.

The Fearless podcaster said Reid “doesn’t say anything she really believes.” and that she “sold out for money” and “needs to shut up.” 

Whitlock made his comments while referencing a social media spat involving Reid and rapper Nicki Minaj who tweeted that a family friend developed swollen testicles and impotence after getting the COVID vaccine shots. 

Whitlock said Reid was raised to think differently.  “She was raised in a church and had church values, now she’s down with any and everything the left tells her to be down with.”

Reid said that she was disappointed with how Minaj used her platform of 22 million followers.

“For you to use your platform to put people in the position of dying from a disease they don’t have to die from, oh my god, as a fan, as a hip-hop fan, as somebody who’s your fan, I’m so sad that you did that.”

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