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Santorum Visits ‘Hannity’ After CNN Firing

Santorum was dismissed over the weekend, following a brief suspension

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A few days ago, CNN decided to part ways with political commentator Rick Santorum after making disparaging comments about Native Americans. In his first appearances since his firing, Santorum made an appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity” and blames “cancel culture” for his dismissal. 

“CNN has a right to fire me if they don’t like what I’m saying or what I’m doing,” Santorum said. “I have no animus at all toward CNN; I appreciate the opportunity that they gave me, but it does shows that the left is intolerant.”

“They are worried, I’m sure that their viewership, which is obviously very left, was going to pay a price. And the intolerance of the left is really the issue in the cancel culture that is flowing from it. And I hear from a lot of liberals, in fact, many CNN contributors, who talked to me afterward who were very, very concerned about the cancel culture that is now hitting them.”

Santorum did attempt to do damage control, making an appearance at the time with Chris Cuomo’s program, stating that he had misspoken. 

“What I was talking about is, as you can see from the run-up, I was talking about the founding of our country. I had given a long talk about the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the ideas behind those, and that I was saying we sort of created that anew if you will,” Santorum said

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Anchor, Reporter Liz Collin Leaves WCCO TV

Collin spent 14 years at the television station. 

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A long-time face at WCCO TV is leaving as anchor and reporter Liz Collin has departed after spending 14 years at the television station. 

“I want to thank you all for the support you have shown me in my home state of Minnesota,” Collin wrote in a social media post. “Thank you for trusting me to tell your stories. Thank you to the talented team who helped make that possible.”

Following the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, Collin did find herself in the headlines as she’s married to former Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll, who came under public scrutiny after Floyd’s death.

Also, that summer, protesters gathered outside of WCCO’s studio in downtown Minneapolis. In 2019, Collin stated she did not think her marriage had a conflict of interest, adding that she hadn’t reported on the police in the last two years. 

A WCCO spokesperson said the station isn’t planning on commenting on personnel matters. Collin’s post did not disclose what’s next for her career, but she wrote, “The truth makes me tick. I’ll get back to telling that soon.”

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CBS News Announces CBS News Miami Streaming Channel

CBS News Miami features anchored programming and coverage of live breaking news events in the region, produced by WFOR-TV.

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CBS News and Stations announced the launch of the CBS News Miami streaming channel. CBS News Miami features anchored programming and coverage of live breaking news events in the region, produced by WFOR-TV.

CBS News Miami joins the CBS News Streaming Network. CBS News Streaming is available on over 30 platforms across mobile, desktop, connected TVs for free, CBSNews.com and Paramount+. CBS News Miami is also accessible via CBSMiami.com.

“This is a historic and exciting day for everyone here at CBS Miami as the innovation and hard work of our team has paid off with the successful launch of our local streaming news channel,” Darryll Green, Vice President and General Manager, CBS Miami, said. 

“The addition of CBS News Miami to the CBS News Streaming Network makes our award-winning local news content available to a much wider audience, locally and nationally, on a 24/7 basis.”

CBS News Miami joins other local markets with their streaming channel, such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc. In addition, the company will launch CBS News Detroit later this year, making it 14 streaming channels in the top markets in the country. 

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Brian Williams Turns Down Nightly News Position at CBS

CBS News president and co-head Neeraj Khemlani attempted to recruit Williams for the network’s flagship evening news program.

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Former MSNBC host Brian Williams walked away from the network last year, ending a 30-year run at NBC News. Now a free agent, CNN reports that Williams doesn’t want to anchor the “Evening News.”

Recently, CBS News president and co-head Neeraj Khemlani attempted to recruit Williams for the network’s flagship evening news program. Furthermore, Khemlani tried at least twice; however, it was to no avail.

“Williams, the people I spoke to said, simply isn’t interested in the evening news job — which says a lot about not only Williams’ turn-of-fortune,” CNN’s Oliver Darcy wrote

“But also the diminishing allure of anchoring a nightly broadcast news program once considered to be one of the most prestigious positions in journalism.”

The report doesn’t detail what type of position Williams wants this new chapter to be, but don’t expect it to be a return to the nightly news. In his final years at NBC, he hosted the popular “11th Hour” program on MSNBC during the Trump era, has largely rehabilitated his image.

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