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Detained Journalist’s Parents Appear on CNN and Ask For His Release

Danny Fenster was taken into custody by authorities before he boarded a flight to the U.S.

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The parents of American journalist Danny Fenster made an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with a simple request to the local authorities in Myanmar, release their son. 

“It’s a total nightmare; it’s a total feeling of no control. It’s heart-wrenching,” Rose Fenster, the mother of the Frontier Myanmar editor, said. “I just want my son home no matter what it takes. Please release him and send him home to his family.”

Fenster, a Detroit native, was arrested last week at the Yangon airport as he tried to embark on a flight out of the country. Fenster wanted to return home to surprise his parents.

Two weeks ago, Fenster stated to his family how quickly the situation in Myanmar was worsening for journalists following February’s military coup.

“He voiced concern: ‘All the reporters; all the journalists are leaving this country,” Buddy Fenster said. “I got a feeling he thought it may be time to start heading home.”

Fenster’s family is now petitioning and putting pressure on American politicians to get their son back to the United States.

“It’s just about awareness; it’s getting the word out,” said Buddy Fenster. “It’s not letting this story slide away in the news cycle. We want people talking about this story every day.”

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Don Lemon: Nikki Haley Didn’t Show Me Grace, So Why Should I Give It to Her?

“She didn’t offer me that same grace, immediately and very publicly took me to task, and then fundraised off of it.”

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Former CNN host Don Lemon was fired earlier this year after a series of high-profile missteps, one of which included a comment about Nikki Haley being “past her prime”. But Lemon isn’t going to show the Republican Presidential candidate grace after her recent gaffe when she didn’t offer it to him.

During a town hall event, Haley didn’t point to slavery as one of the causes of the Civil War, which was widely panned. She later attempted to clarify her statement by claiming she didn’t mention slavery because it was the “obvious” answer. However, videos uncovered have shown Haley has continually failed to point out slavery as the focal point of the conflict, claiming the war was fought over “freedom”.

In response, Lemon chastised Haley for her inability to point to the clear cause of the Civil War, and noted she fundraised off of his misstep earlier this year.

“Nikki Haley wants grace for using a poor choice of words when, after I misspoke in some comments involving her, she didn’t offer me that same grace, immediately and very publicly took me to task, and then fundraised off of it,” Lemon wrote in a post to X. “However, I’m glad she clarified what she should have said. And, In the spirit of the season, let’s see if her actions match her corrected words moving forward.

Don Lemon was fired in April days after a contentious interview with Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. His firing came after he returned from a suspension after claiming Haley was “past her prime” due to being 51 years old.

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Jake Tapper: I Am Immensely in Debt to My CNN Staffers

“Yes, some of the hard work is mine, but the lion’s share of course is that of my amazing teams.”

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CNN anchor Jake Tapper, like many news media members, is reflecting on 2023 as the year ends on Sunday. Rather than talk about his experience, the host decided to spotlight his staff.

Tapper hosts The Lead and State of the Union, and so much behind-the-scenes movement goes into helping him anchor both programs. On Thursday, Tapper went on Substack and wrote a heartfelt message to his staffers. 

“So much hard work goes into every episode of The Lead — two hours every weekday — and State of the Union, one or two hours every Sunday, depending on whether we go live and do a whole new show at noon when the 9 am is scheduled to re-air,” Tapper wrote. 

“Yes, some of the hard work is mine, but the lion’s share of course is that of my amazing teams, from interns to desk assistants to producers to writers to senior producers to EPs to directors to audio technicians to bookers to stage managers to make up artists.”

The CNN anchor concluded by saying that he owes a lot to his staffers for both shows, which allows him to deliver the news to the audience. 

“I’m not going to list them because I don’t want the bad actors out there to pounce but to a person they are smart and lovely and kind and earnest and devoted to journalism and I am immensely in their debt,” Tapper concluded. 

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Lester Holt: The News Cycle in 2023 Has Been Exhausting

“I’m reminded of how often we’ve taken Nightly News on the road.”

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As 2023 ends in a few days, news media anchors are reflecting on this year’s cycle. NBC News host Lester Holt recalled the several cities and countries the news had taken him.

Holt has been in several locations this year, from Los Angeles, CA, to Tel Aviv, Israel. While it’s his job to report and convey the news to his audience, Holt admitted that the news cycle proved to be tiresome this year.

“Reflecting on the past year, I’m reminded of how often we’ve taken Nightly News on the road, taking you to the news for big stories and interviews,” Holt said in his monologue posted on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt X account. 

“Proximity is at the heart of journalism, and this year, I’ve anchored the broadcast from Florida to Alaska—Tehran to Los Angeles, Maine to Tel Aviv. Along the way, I’ve sat down with the leaders of Iran, the U.K., and South Korea. The unrelenting news cycle of 2023 has been, at times, exhausting.”

Whatever the location, Holt adds that he intends to continue taking his audience on the road.

“As we head into a presidential election year, we remain energized and determined to meet the moment wherever it takes us,” Holt said. “That’s who we are and what we do.”

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