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Rashida Jones Reportedly Named President of MSNBC

The reported hire of Jones marks the first Black executive to run a major cable news network. MSNBC has yet to confirm the news of Jones’ promotion, but The Wrap published a memo from NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde announcing Griffin’s departure and Jones’ new role.

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Longtime MSNBC President Phil Griffin will be departing the network in late January. In his place, The Wall Street Journal and Variety report that the current senior vice president of MSNBC, Rashida Jones, is taking over for Griffin.

The reported hire of Jones marks the first Black executive to run a major cable news network. MSNBC has yet to confirm the news of Jones’ promotion, but The Wrap published a memo from NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde announcing Griffin’s departure and Jones’ new role.

“Rashida knows and understands MSNBC, in part because it’s where she started when she first joined NBCU seven years ago,” Conde said in the memo. “She knows that it is the people who work here that make it great, and she understands its culture. She also appreciates the impact and potential of the brand.”

Furthermore, Conde wrote that Griffin had pondered a departure after the 2020 Presidential Election. “After the presidential election, Phil and I spoke about his desire to depart at a time of his choosing and when he felt confident about the strength of the network he loves,” Conde said.

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Enes Kanter Freedom: Elon Musk Buying the NBA Would Be a Dream

Freedom was on Fox News, where he was asked his thoughts about a hypothetical situation in which Musk purchased the NBA.

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Many are praising Elon Musk for his takeover of Twitter since, for some, it would mark the return of free speech to the platform. However, there are those such as basketball free agent Enes Kanter Freedom, who would want the Tesla CEO to dabble in other ventures like sports, particularly the NBA.

During an appearance on Fox News, Freedom was initially on the channel to discuss the NBA’s hypocrisy related to doing business with the United Arab Emirates. The league has encountered criticism for deciding to stage games in the UAE, where homosexuality is punishable by death. 

This agreement conflicts with the NBA’s message from a few years ago when they decided to pull its All-Star Game out of Charlotte over North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law.

Nonetheless, the conversation shifted over to Musk, and Freedom was asked whether he would like to see him also buy the entire league. The 29-year-old stated that it would be his dream to see that as Musk could bring change as he’s likely to do so with Twitter. 

“That would be my dream, you know,” Freedom stated, per The Daily Beast. “I think, you know, what he’s doing for free speech is amazing, and I think, you know, he can bring some justice to the NBA, and finally, maybe I can get to play basketball.”

Meanwhile, co-anchor John Roberts contemplated that the richest man in the world might be able to own every team in the league. “Hmmm. Thirty franchises, $2.8 billion apiece, maybe he could buy them,” Roberts concluded.

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CBS News Adds Four Journalists to Its Local News Innovation Lab

The new hires will be tasked with next-generation storytelling, including data journalism, and test new products, workflows, and production models for the future.

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CBS News will add four investigative journalists to its newly established local news innovation lab in Dallas, Texas. 

According to TVNewsCheck, the new hires will be tasked with next-generation storytelling, including data journalism, and test new products, workflows, and production models for the future.

The hires include Stephen Stock, national investigative correspondent; Nicole Vap, executive producer of content development; Chris Hacker, investigative data journalist; and Aparna Zalani, who has been named an investigative producer.

“We are excited to assemble a team with such passion, experience, and dedication to solutions-oriented reporting that effects change and drives impact,” said Adrienne Roark, president of CBS Stations, and Chad Cross, vice president of content development.

Roark said the quartet would be given the tool to dig deeper to bring light stories that haven’t been told.

“We are pleased to establish the foundation of our innovation lab by bringing on board these four investigators who possess track records of exceptional reporting that enlightens and improves local communities,” said Chad Cross, CBS Stations VP, Content Development.

“We look forward to having Stephen and Nicole draw on their many years of experience, and we are excited to promote from inside our stations Chris and Aparna as team members who will help us find new ways to unearth stories,” he added. 

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Former Fox News Anchor Ed Henry Drops Lawsuits Against CNN, NPR

Henry filed a defamation lawsuit against NPR media reporter David Folkenflik, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, and anchor Alisyn Camerota

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A former Fox News anchor who was fired for alleged sexual misconduct has dropped two lawsuits filed against media outlets in the wake of the events. 

Ed Henry was fired by Fox News nearly two years ago following an outside investigation of “willful sexual misconduct in the workplace.” According to NPR, which reported on the incident at the time, Henry was suspended on June 25, 2020, and fired on July 1, 2020. 

According to the Daily Beast, Henry turned around and filed a defamation lawsuit against NPR media reporter David Folkenflik, CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, and anchor Alisyn Camerota, who he alleged had long-running grudges against Fox News. 

NPR reported that Henry “was given more prestigious roles by the network despite a colleague’s warning to top executives that doing so could damage Fox’s efforts at reforming its workplace culture.” 

In a statement to the Daily Beast, Folkenflik said lawsuits of this nature are “driven by a public relations strategy.” 

“I admire NPR’s unflagging commitment to providing its audiences with such coverage – and appreciative of the hard work people do behind the scenes to protect the space to do it,” he added. 

Henry still faces charges of rape and retaliation from former co-worker Jennifer Eckhart. 

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