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High Praise for Hunter Biden Memoir from CNN’s Brian Stelter

“I’ll tell you what, I’ve read a lot of memoirs, I’ve never read a memoir like this one before,” Stelter told viewers.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter hailed Hunter Biden’s new memoir as “extraordinary” and “breathtaking” during his show Reliable Sources Sunday.  Among the revelations in his new book, the 51-year-old son of the president writes that he first bought crack cocaine at age 18. He first fell in love with alcohol in high school and started drinking heavily after work in his 20s.

“I’ll tell you what, I’ve read a lot of memoirs, I’ve never read a memoir like this one before,” Stelter told viewers. “Take out the last name Biden, this is about addiction, and how to help people and it’s going to resonate for that reason.”

Biden writes that his addictions entered a particularly dark phase after Beau died of brain cancer in 2015.

“You’ve heard all the tabloid coverage, you think you know his story, we know that right-wing media is obsessed with him,” Stelter said. “This book. This book is about addiction. About how many times Hunter Biden could have died, the president’s son, it’s breathtaking.”

President Joe Biden’s son Hunter dodged several questions in a new interview about his laptop that was seized by the FBI in 2019.

Hunter Biden told CBS News in an interview clip released on Friday that he has “no idea whether or not” the laptop belongs to him, but acknowledged that it was “certainly” a possibility, before raising several other theories.

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Dan Abrams Calls NPR’s Mask Report Hotline “Ridiculous”

NPR recently announced a hotline that would allow staffers to report maskless colleagues, leading to the host on “The View” clashing over this issue.

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NPR recently announced a hotline that would allow staffers to report maskless colleagues. During a segment on “The View,” the hosts clashed over what the radio station is implementing. 

Co-host Joy Behar kicked off the discussion by stating she would never report a colleague, citing she’s “Italian” and that they “don’t snitch.” However, Sunny Hostin was on the other end, calling the new hotline a good thing. 

“It’s a good thing,” Hostin said, per Mediaite. “We’ve been terrible to each other during this pandemic. So I just think you have this mechanism now where you can just call and snitch and protect yourself as opposed to taking it on yourself.”

Nonetheless, co-host Ana Navarro and guest co-host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams pushed back at Hostin for her claims. Abrams called the hotline “ridiculous.”

“How do you know it’s not somebody just snitching on somebody they don’t like?” Navarro said. Hostin did push back when pressed by Navarro, saying that it would be up to HR to investigate.  

“We’re at a different point in Covid now,” Abrams added. “We’re not at the point we were two years ago. What if I’m living with someone that’s immunocompromised or my parents and you give it to me and I go home and kill my dad or kill my mom or I kill my husband?”

“It’s not about just following the rules. There are a ton of risks people take every day, right, in going to work, exposing themselves. We’re going to have to live with Covid.”

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Digital Exec Meredith Artley Exits CNN

Meredith Artley’s departure comes as CNN president Chris Licht begins morphing the cable news channel into his and Warner Bros. Discovery’s into their vision.

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CNN is saying goodbye to its longtime SVP and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, Meredith Artley, whose departure was announced in a memo to staff that Axios obtained. 

Artley’s departure comes as CNN president Chris Licht begins morphing the cable news channel into his and Warner Bros. Discovery’s into their vision. During her more than 12-year stint with the company, she served as a top executive under former CNN President Jeff Zucker.

“I’m so proud to have played a role in guiding, growing and championing CNN’s journalism across our digital platforms all these years,” Artley said. “There is so much CNN is doing right. How exciting to think about how much farther you will go.”

Furthermore, she became the latest executive to leave the company since the merger was finalized. Longtime CNN digital lead Andrew Morse left last month after directing the efforts at CNN’s now-defunct streaming service CNN+.

According to Axios, Artley was frustrated in the wake of the shakeups occurring at the network. The merger and other corporate issues led to several leadership modifications. 

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Jen Psaki: I Never Encourage Protests Outside of Chief Justices’ Homes

A University of Chicago journalist asked Jen Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside the Supreme Court Justices’ homes.

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A University of Chicago journalist went full “Peter Doocy mode” on former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a forum at the school Wednesday.

According to a transcript published on Mediate, Daniel Schmidt asked Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside of the Supreme Court Justices’ homes in the wake of the leaked draft opinion that purports to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Let me first say because I think facts matter and facts are important,” Psaki said. “I never encouraged anyone to protest. I encouraged them to engage peacefully, and to do it without violence, without threats, and without intimidation.”  

According to The Hill, Protesters have gathered at the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Samuel Alito. 

“If they’re breaking the law, of course, they shouldn’t do that. And I also said that, too. Thank you for your question!” Psaki added.

Last month, another University of Chicago student confronted CNN host Brian Stelter regarding the network’s role in disseminating alleged fake news.

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