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Report: Rachel Maddow Extends Contract with MSNBC

The MSNBC anchor will also have an expanded role to develop other projects for NBCUniversal. 

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Over the last few weeks, there have been various reports regarding MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s future with the network. However, The Hollywood Reporter reports that multiple sources confirm that the anchor plans to extend her deal with MSNBC. 

The MSNBC anchor recently hired Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel and president Mark Shapiro to better represent her in discussions with the cable news outlet. Her deal was due to expire in early 2022.

Maddow has hosted her show from the 9 pm slot since 2008, and she’s one of the first significant on-air talents to extend her deal under new president Rashida Jones.

There were reports regarding Maddow possibly departing MSNBC and working on her digital media outlet, but it seems as though the anchor will remain a vital part of the network. 

Neither party has commented on the reported contract extension, nor is there any information on how long the deal is for Maddow. Nonetheless, a source states the MSNBC anchor will also have an expanded role to develop other projects for NBCUniversal. 

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CNN Analyst: Fox News Executives Believe They Will Lose Dominion Lawsuit

“I don’t see how any person in their right mind could look at this and say that this is going to be easy for Fox to win.”

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The revelation that Fox News employees — from hosts to executives and to chairman Rupert Murdoch — knowingly parroted false narratives that the 2020 election was “stolen” from then-President Donald Trump has created questions on whether the network can defend itself in a lawsuit brought forth by Dominion Voting Systems.

CNN media analyst and Axios reporter Sara Fischer claims that prominent Fox News executives believe — behind the scenes — that the network will ultimately lose its case with the election machine company.

While appearing on CNN This Morning, Fischer was asked what the defense from Fox News would be, after the network claimed it never endorsed any of the falsehoods peddled by Trump allies. However, Murdoch admitted in his deposition that certain hosts — namely Jeanine Pirro, Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, and Sean Hannity — did endorse the claims.

“I have sources inside Fox in the C-Suite level; they tell you they think it is likely that they will lose this case, and that’s because of this discrepancy,” Fischer said. “They might say there was newsworthiness in covering what Donald Trump was saying, but there is a clear difference in newsworthiness versus peddling and having people peddling those lies on your show.”

“But Sara, you are hearing from sources,” CNN This Morning co-host Kaitlan Collins said, “they think they are going to lose this?”

“I am hearing that. And Rupert Murdoch’s deposition, which was unsealed yesterday, kind of concedes that,” argued Fischer. “When you look at what Fox’s Chief Policy Officer, and legal officer, said yesterday, the plaintiff asked, and the lawyers asked ‘Do you think Fox had a responsibility to tell the truth here?’ and he said ‘yes.’

“I mean, you have your own executives admitting that there was a discrepancy between what the hosts were saying, what they knew, and what was being aired, and what the responsibility was. I don’t see how any person in their right mind could look at this and say that this is going to be easy for Fox to win.”

A statement from Fox News, however, contends that the lawsuit brought against the network by Dominion Voting Systems “has always been more about what will generate headlines than what can withstand legal and factual scrutiny.”

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Rupert Murdoch Admits Fox Talent Knowingly Pushed, Endorsed False Election Narrative

“The documents further allege that Murdoch helped the Trump campaign by providing Biden television ads to Jared Kushner before they were run on Fox News.”

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New court documents released on Monday in Dominion Voting System’s defamation lawsuit against Fox News have revealed that Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox News, admitted under oath that top hosts promoted false election claims at the cable news network. 

According to Mediate, despite evidence that many hosts privately knew the claims made by then-President Donald Trump and his surrogates to be false, they were promoted on air. Murdoch acknowledged that Jeanine Pirro endorsed the claims, Lou Dobbs supported them “a lot,” and Sean Hannity did so “a bit.”

Murdoch also admitted that he could have told Fox to stop inviting Trump lawyers Sydney Powell and Rudy Giuliani on the air but chose not to do so. The documents further allege that Murdoch helped the Trump campaign by providing Biden television ads to Jared Kushner before they were run on Fox News.

Initially, Fox News was reportedly trying to tamp down election denialism. Still, after traditional Fox News viewers were unhappy with its coverage, Murdoch met with Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott and Lachlan Murdoch to strategize how to win back viewers. No longer booking Democrats was allegedly part of the strategy.

Fox News issued a statement refuting Dominion’s lawsuit and contended that it infringed on the First Amendment. The statement maintained that the lawsuit was more focused on sensationalism than legal and factual rigor and that Dominion’s attempts to malign Fox for reporting on allegations made by a sitting US President were evident.

The Dominion lawsuit against Fox News seeks $1.6 billion in damages, but more than half a billion dollars have slashed the damages demand after their expert debunked its implausible claims. According to Fox News, Dominion’s summary judgment motion took an extreme, unsupported view of defamation law that would prevent journalists from basic reporting.

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Fox News Reporter: Covering War in Ukraine ‘Has Changed My Life and Mind Forever’

“Let’s take care of our own minds, so that we can keep telling the stories that matter.”

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Fox News reporter Trey Yingst has spent the past year covering the war in Ukraine and published an op-ed in USA Today Sunday detailing the toll the fighting has had on his mental health, claiming he has been dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder due to the images he’s witnessed.

“War changes you as a person,” wrote Yingst. “I’ve reported around the world, but the invasion of Ukraine has been especially difficult to bear witness to.”

Yingst added that seeing bombings, “lifeless bodies strewn across landscapes”, interviewing people on the worst days of their lives, and dealing with the constant adrenaline rushes have been a challenge to his mental healthy.

“I decided I would stay, even when most of our crew pulled out. It wasn’t a question for me,” continued Yingst. “I don’t regret my choice, but the decision has altered my life and mind forever.”

The Fox News reporter added he feels a duty to “normalize the discussion around mental health” as the chief reason for penning the op-ed.

“Let’s take care of our own minds, so that we can keep telling the stories that matter,” concluded Yingst.

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