The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill faces criticism over its decision to deny
tenure to award-winning New York Times Magazine writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, lead
author of The 1619 Project. NC Policy Watch first reported the university’s decision.
Conservative groups came out against her hire at the school last month, leading to
UNC-Chapel Hill’s decision not to offer her tenure. Throughout her career, Hannah-
Jones has received the Pulitzer Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship “Genius Grant.”
Despite support from the school’s chancellor and faculty, Hannah-Jones won’t obtain a
tenured teaching position at her alma mater. The decision led to many news media
members calling out the university; MSNBC’s Joy Reid said UNC-Chapel Hill is “dead
wrong” on Twitter.
“Universities should not be denying tenure based on right wing sensitivities to the
uncomfortable truths of history. That just goes flat out against the supposed goals of a
university education,” Reid tweeted.
PBS White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor was another vocal news media journalist
who took to Twitter to provide her thoughts on the university’s decision.
“UNC’s decision to deny tenure to @nhannahjones is absurd & a reminder of how hard
some work to deny the hard truth that is Nikole’s life work & the 1619 Project. She is a
Pulitzer Prizer winner & a MacArthur genius. What more needs to be said?” Alcindor
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Defends Her Interview Policy
The Chicago Mayor believes she’s starting a long and overdue process of media outlets diversifying their staff and news coverage.
Recently, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) revealed her policy to grant one-on-one media interviews solely to people of color.
The decision to grant access to journalists and reporters of color isn’t sitting well with some. The Daily Caller filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois over this policy.
“Defendant is aware that Plaintiff Catenacci is not a ‘journalist of color,’ and Defendant has denied Plaintiff’s interview request pursuant to her announcement that she will only grant interview requests from ‘journalists of color,'” the suit states.
Lightfoot defended her stance during an interview with CNN. The Chicago Mayor believes she’s starting a long and overdue process of media outlets diversifying their staff and news coverage.
“Here’s the thing: I’m the mayor of the third-largest city in the country. I’m an African American woman, to state the obvious. Every day when I look out across my podium, I don’t see people who look like me. But more to the point, I don’t see people who reflect the richness and diversity of the city,” Lightfoot said.
“You all are the mirrors on society. You reflect with a critical and important lens the news of the day. You hold public officials like me accountable. You must be diverse. It can’t be that in the city of Chicago with all of the talent that we have that we can’t find diverse journalists of color.”
YouTube Suspends Sen. Johnson for COVID-19 Misinformation
YouTube’s policy states it doesn’t permit content that spreads medical misinformation opposing local health authorities or the World Health Organization’s information regarding COVID-19.
YouTube has suspended Sen. Ron Johnson for one week after the company announced the politician violated its COVID-19 “medical misinformation policies.”
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the digital platform that Johnson had his account suspended due to comments the senator made during a June 3 Milwaukee Press Club event, which got uploaded to YouTube.
Johnson scrutinized the Trump and Biden administrations for “not only ignoring but working against robust research (on) the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of COVID.”
“We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,” a YouTube spokesperson said.
YouTube’s policy states it doesn’t permit content that spreads medical misinformation opposing local health authorities or the World Health Organization’s information regarding COVID-19. Nonetheless, the company’s decision didn’t sit well with Johnson.
“YouTube’s ongoing COVID censorship proves they have accumulated too much unaccountable power,” Johnson said in a statement.
“Big Tech and mainstream media believe they are smarter than medical doctors who have devoted their lives to science and use their skills to save lives. They have decided there is only one medical viewpoint allowed, and it is the viewpoint dictated by government agencies.”
Johnson is one of many to see their YouTube accounts suspended due to spreading COVID-19 misinformation. In the last year, channels such as those from One America News have received a suspension.
BuzzFeed Raising About $200M to Purchase Complex Networks
BuzzFeed has held discussions with Complex, which Verizon and Hearst control, for the last few months.
Last month, reports surfaced over BuzzFeed potentially having interest in purchasing Complex Networks.
Now that appears to be occurring as the media outlet raises about $200 million in convertible bonds. The Information reports that BuzzFeed is preparing to make an offer for the modern entertainment company.
According to the report, the financing helps BuzzFeed fund the acquisition of Complex Networks. Furthermore, negotiations between both parties occur at an equity value of around $300 million, meaning the company’s value hasn’t risen much.
BuzzFeed has held discussions with Complex, which Verizon and Hearst control, for the last few months. Should the deal be completed, the purchase would grow BuzzFeed’s revenue by about 30-percent in advertising and commerce-related marketing.
The Information adds that that the two sides are “getting close to a resolution.” An announcement from both media outlets is “possible in the next few weeks,
Complex Networks owns various sites, such as Complex, which emphasizes pop culture news and sports; Sole Collector, a website for hardcore sneaker collectors; and Pigeons & Planes, specializing in music news.
“We have no news to announce today and can’t confirm or comment on potential acquisitions or other plans,” a BuzzFeed spokesman said when requested for comment last month over the company’s interest in Complex Networks.
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