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Attorney Claims “Foxitis” as Defense for Jan. 6th Defendant

Other rioters have stated influence of then-President Trump as a defense

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Joseph Hurley, an attorney for accused Capitol rioter Anthony Antonio argued that Fox News played a significant role in his client’s actions on that day in January earlier this year, Huff Post reports.

During a virtual hearing, a lawyer stated that Antonio had begun watching Fox News when he lost his job at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. After watching the network, Antonio became hooked onto what the attorney is calling “Foxitus” or “Foxmania.”

“For the next approximate six months, Fox television played constantly,” Hurley said. “He became hooked with what I call ‘Foxitus’ or ‘Foxmania’ and became interested in the political aspect and started believing what was being fed to him.”

While storming the Capitol Hill, Antonio is caught on camera saying, “You want war? We got war. 1776 all over again.”

Antonio deals with multiple accusations due to that January day, including climbing the scaffolding outside the Capitol, accessing the building through a smashed window, grabbing a riot shield and gas mask.

Then there’s the participation when it comes to threatening police and squirting water at Michael Fanone, the police officer who was hauled down a set of stairs by rioters and frequently tased and beaten.

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Julio Vaqueiro Named Anchor for ‘Noticias Telemundo’

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Jose Diaz-Balart left Telemundo’s flagship newscast Noticias Telemundo’for a larger role within NBC, hosting day-time news on MSNBC.

Julio Vaqueiro has been named his replacement, taking over the Noticias Telemundo anchor desk – effective Sept. 27.

Vaqueiro has been hosting the late night news on Telemundo.

“Julio embodies the passion for news and rigorous reporting that are at the core of what we stand for at Noticias Telemundo,” said Luis Fernandez the President of Noticias Telemundo via a report by the LA Times.

“Julio has consistently delivered impactful and rigorous journalism across multiple anchoring roles, and we’re thrilled he will be bringing his integrity, unique voice and commitment to our audience to our flagship newscast.”

He has been with Telemundo since 2017.

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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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