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Top Podcast Likens Vaccine Passport to “Dictatorship”

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As of Monday morning, the No.1 Podcast on Spotify is “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

Per MSNBC, Rogan has an estimated 11 million listeners to new episodes that are posted multiple times per week.

Last Friday, Rogan offered his opinion on vaccine passports, amongst other Covid-19 related topics, and called out CNN’s Don Lemon while doing so.

“You can’t do what you want to do unless you do what I want you to do. Don Lemon was talking about that openly on CNN,” Rogan said. Then in a mocking Lemon impression, said the following:

“Don’t have a vaccine, can’t go to the supermarket. Don’t have a vaccine, can’t go to work.”

Rogan’s guest host, Evan Hafer of Black Rifle Coffee Company, questioned why people would want to say something like that.

“Because they’re dumb,’ Rogan replied quickly. “They’re dumb, they don’t understand history, they don’t understand human beings, they don’t understand human nature and they don’t understand the history of every single country that has ever existed other than the United States.”

He doesn’t pump the brakes there. Rogan further explains his beliefs on American freedoms and how close we are as a country to having a “mini-dictator” due to vaccine passports and limiting individuals ability to go certain places without being properly vaccinated first.

Check the video posted below from Jon Katz on Twitter for the full rant.

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Joshua Johnson to Host Primetime Streaming Show for NBC News

The network announced that beginning Dec. 6th, Johnson will host a program called “NOW Tonight with Joshua Johnson.”

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NBC News has jumped into the streaming content game with their NBC News Now platform, meaning they need to fill it with shows for its audience, and anchor Joshua Johnson is the latest to be hosting a show. 

The network announced that beginning Dec. 6th, Johnson will host a program called “NOW Tonight with Joshua Johnson.The one-hour, deep-dive show begins streaming at 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday on NBC News NOW. 

Johnson’s show dives into the how and why behind the biggest news of the day. In addition, the anchor will have various expert guests and NBC News reporters and correspondents on the program to elaborate on the day’s topics. 

“I’ve always been encouraged to speak freely, connecting with people from many backgrounds. This program is built on that foundation. It’s the perfect outlet for viewers in these divisive times, curating their insights and feedback,” Johnson said.

“My show will be a welcoming space, grounded in the universal values of curiosity and empathy.” When it comes to those behind the scenes for the show, Lisa Crivelli is the executive producer of “NOW Tonight with Joshua Johnson.” 

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Jack Dorsey: It Was My Decision to Resign as Twitter CEO

Dorsey’s resignation takes effect immediately and he’ll be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey abruptly resigned from the company citing his belief that the company is ready to move on from its founders. 

According to CNBC, Dorsey’s resignation takes effect immediately and he’ll be replaced by CTO Parag Agrawal.

“My trust in Parag as Twitter’s CEO is deep. His work over the past 10 years has been transformational,” Dorsey tweeted. “I’m deeply grateful for his skill, heart, and soul. It’s his time to lead.”

Dorsey founded Twitter and was forced out as CEO in 2008. He returned as CEO in 2015 when Dick Costolo departed.

“I want you all to know that this was my decision and I own it,” he tweeted. “It was a tough one for me, of course. I love this service and company, and all of you so much. I’m really sad, yet really happy. There aren’t many companies that get to this level.”

Dorsey plans to remain on Twitter’s board for the next six months or so to help with the transition before fully departing the company.

Twitter missed Wall Street expectations on revenue and earnings per share last quarter. 

In September, the company agreed to pay $809.5 million to settle a class-action suit, in which investors accused the company of providing misleading numbers about engagement.

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NY Daily News Announces Andrew Julien as Its Executive Editor

Since September, Julien had been supervising the Daily News editorial department following ousting of editor-in-chief Robert York in a surprise shakeup. 

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The New York Daily News has some new leadership as the New York Post relayed the announcement that Andrew Julien is the new executive editor of the newspaper. 

Since September, Julien had been supervising the Daily News editorial department following ousting of editor-in-chief Robert York in a surprise shakeup. 

“I am honored, humbled, and thrilled,” Julien said. “The New York Daily News is a vital and vibrant part of the media landscape that hums each day with stories and photographs that engage and inform readers in the city and across the nation.”

“Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the chance to see up close the passion and commitment of our journalists, and it’s clear that everyone in the organization is deeply committed to our mission. We will continue to honor that commitment as we seek new readers — both in print and online. On a personal note, it’s great to be heading back to the city where I grew up.”

Before taking over this role, where it would see Julien relocate to New York, he served as editor in chief and publisher of Daily News sibling newspaper The Hartford Courant, where he’s been for the past three decades.

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