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Iowa Press Host David Yepsen Announces Retirement

Yepsen started serving as host in 2017, but before taking over that position four years ago, he served as a guest panelist for decades. 

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David Yepsen, a veteran of the political reporting scene, has announced that he plans to retire as the host of “Iowa Press,” which he began hosting in 2017. Yepsen started serving as host in 2017, but before taking over that position four years ago, he served as a guest panelist for decades. 

“This show has been a part of my life for many years, and it’s hard to leave all the great people here at the network,” Yepsen said. “Iowa PBS is an important force that helps hold Iowa together by providing everyone with educational and cultural opportunities free of charge.” 

“Iowa Press also plays an important role providing voters with information they need to make intelligent decisions about the issues we face. It’s been an honor to be a part of it all.”

Yepsen first appeared on the PBS program as a panelist in the 1970s, serving as the government and politics reporter for The Des Moines Register

“Across five decades, Iowans have benefitted from David Yepsen’s journalistic persistence and political acumen,” Andrew Batt, senior producer of Iowa Press, said. 

“His historical perspective of Iowa politics is unmatched but often shared with a younger generation of journalists. Leading up to his well-earned retirement, David has left our viewers better informed about the leaders and issues that define public policy in Iowa.”

Yepsen’s final show as host will be on September 10th. 

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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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