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Physical Assaults on Journalists on the Rise

Nearly ninety percent of the news directors polled for the survey revealed how they changed newsroom procedures to protect employees. They purchased bullet-proof vests and gas masks and provided security teams for reporters.

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A joint survey conducted by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University revealed that journalists were assaulted and arrested at an alarming rate while on the job in 2020. 

Nearly ninety percent of the news directors polled for the survey revealed how they changed newsroom procedures to protect employees. They purchased bullet-proof vests and gas masks and provided security teams for reporters.

The attacks on radio reporters were less prevalent, according to the report. Four percent of radio news directors and general managers reported attacks on newsroom employees. Violence was problematic for major market outlets where the population was one million people or more.

“We faced unprecedented levels of verbal and physical violence at the hands of civilians, police and the leaders we are meant to hold accountable,” said National Association of Broadcasters president and CEO Gordon Smith. “The survey’s research team says it wanted to understand how repeated, targeted acts of violence have impacted newsrooms across the country and learned that one in five television news directors reported attacks on employees.”

This was the first year that the RTDNA conducted a survey on the dangers faced by the media while doing their jobs.

“These unacceptable attacks on our nation’s free press undermine our very democracy by preventing journalists’ ability to report the facts and keep the public informed,” Smith said. “We are grateful to the dedicated broadcast journalists bringing the truth to Americans during these dangerous times.”

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Keith Olbermann Shares Paul Harvey’s ‘Terrible, Dark, Evil Secret’

“Thus, Paul Harvey never took all the vacation time ABC owed him. Not even in year 58 of his tenure at the network.”

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During the Thursday version of his Countdown with Keith Olbermann podcast, Olbermann described in his “Things I Promised Not To Tell” segment the details of how he nearly became the successor to Paul Harvey at ABC Radio, and how he learned what Harvey viewed as his “terrible, dark, evil secret”.

“No one could mention this,” said Olbermann. “Nor the name of the other person involved. Nor the nature of the terrible thing that had happened on fear of absolute banishment from the world of Paul Harvey. The ABC executive who told me this story would not even tell it to me inside the ABC Radio news headquarters. We went and had coffee at a diner and he kept looking around to make sure nobody else was there from the network.”

Olbermann shared how ABC Radio executives liked the young newcaster so much they helped him move from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Chicago and would use him as a backup host.

“The guy that Paul Harvey backed up in the late 40s and early 50s was named H.R. Baukage. He called himself just Baukage on the air and he was already a star news reporter in this country when they invented radio. He had covered World War I for several newspapers. He had gone to work for ABC Radio’s predecessor, the NBC Blue Network, in 1932.”

In 1951, Baukage was ABC TV’s news anchor, and also did a daily 15-minute news roundup on ABC Radio. But when he went on a vacation in 1951, his role changed.

“They asked that kid from Chicago, Paul Harvey, to fill in for Baukage,” Olbermann shared. “Baukage was 62 and it was sure great that he had covered World War I but that was literally an entire World War before the one everyone was still talking about in 1951. ABC executives liked the young, brash, dramatic Paul Harvey and so when Baukage came back, they fired him. They gave Paul Harvey Baukage’s show. But you weren’t allowed to know that. It’s not on the web, except in a transcript o the obit I did when Paul Harvey died.

Olbermann then stated another secret: He updates Paul Harvey’s Wikipedia page “every couple years” to share that Harvey took over for H.R. Baukage, and waits to see how long it takes someone else to remove it. He then went on to share how Harvey feared the same situation might happen to him someday.

“This was Paul Harvey’s terrible, dark, evil secret. His big break was the guy he was filling in for got fired. I don’t think — having studied this as best I could — that Paul Harvey got H.R. Baukage fired. Nor did my boss at ABC think that. But over 50 years, Paul Harvey began to believe, not only that he got H.R. Baukage fired, but that some day God would avenge poor Baukage, and on that one day, Paul Harvey would get fired and be replaced by some guy who filled in for him while he was on vacation.

“Thus, Paul Harvey never took all the vacation time ABC owed him. Not even in year 58 of his tenure at the network. And he got up at 3:30 every morning to get to the studio or 1:30 when he was broadcasting from his other home in Arizona because he was convinced ABC would someday ‘Baukage’ him.”

Olbermann then detailed how the same ABC executive who told him Harvey’s fear of the Baukage story getting out told him they needed to plan for an eventual replacement for the venerable newsman. It centered around Olbermann beginning a Sunday format similar to Harvey’s, as someone familiar to Harvey’s listeners would be the easiest way to replace the legend…until someone mentioned the plan to Harvey.

“‘This what will now happen,” Olbermann said as he imitated Harvey. “‘You will fly to Chicago tomorrow with a new contract for me, Paul Harvey. This contract will be for the same terms and length as the current one but it will include one paragraph spelling out that Keith Olbermann will never again appear on Paul Harvey News and Comment. And another paragraph stating there will never be a seventh day of Paul Harvey News and Comment with or without Paul Harvey or I resign’.

“Paul knew in his heart the time had come. Paul Harvey’s Paul Harvey was at the door. So, he had to kill him.”

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Vice World News Launching Show on Twitch

Vice World News announced that it is launching a news channel and a news show on Twitch’s streaming platform starting on Aug. 23.

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Vice World News is heading to the digital streaming world. The company announced that it is launching a news channel and a news show on Twitch’s streaming platform.

The news show debuts on Aug. 23 via Twitch and airs live on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET. 

Dexter Thomas and Samir Ferdowsi will co-host the program with Lianne Turner, VP of global video for Vice News, serving as the executive producer.

“Our audience is young, plugged-in, and doesn’t always access news in a traditional way, so it’s a natural fit for us to take our global reporting to Twitch,” Vice World News’ senior vice president of global news and global editor-in-chief Katie Drummond said. 

“We’ve had success on Twitch with other VICE brands, including Motherboard and Waypoint, and have seen the appetite for our content when it’s carried on other Twitch channels. This is yet another way that VICE is meeting our audience wherever they are.”

The Twitch show also includes a behind-the-scenes segment where hosts go into the Vice archives and talk to producers and correspondents regarding some of Vice’s most classic works.

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InfoWars’ Alex Jones Dumps Donald Trump for Ron DeSantis

Rather than stick with Trump for a possible third election. Jones is hitching his wagon to DeSantis.

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InfoWars’ Alex Jones is switching his allegiance ahead of the 2024 President Election. Jones has been a staunched supporter of former President Donald Trump, even having him on his show; however, that’s changing. 

Rather than stick with Trump for a possible third election. Jones is hitching his wagon to current Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as many candidates will be throwing their hats for 2024. 

“I thought that we had to keep him in office because of the nightmare scenario if Hillary or Biden got in,” Jones said, per Mediaite. “With that said, I am supporting DeSantis.”

“DeSantis has just gone from being awesome to being unbelievably good. And I don’t just watch a man’s actions, as Christ said. Judge a tree by its fruits. I can also look in his eyes on HD video, and I see the real sincerity.”

Furthermore, Jones stated that DeSantis is what Trump should be, which is why the change is occurring. 

“This is what Trump should be like,” Jones added. “And I’ve been hammering this point, and he’s doing it now. And we have someone that is better than Trump. Way better than Trump.”

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