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iHeartMedia Announces New True-Crime Podcast With M. William Phelps

The podcast debuts on October 12 and runs in 12-week installments, with new episodes premiering Tuesdays on iHeartRadio and other major platforms.

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True crime is one of the more popular genres for podcasts, and iHeartMedia is ready to add another program to the growing list. The media outlet announced a new true-crime podcast hosted by investigative journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author M. William Phelps. 

“Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps” is a weekly podcast tackling prominent yet sometimes polarizing topics in the true-crime space, as well as investigate obscure cold cases with the belief of revealing more information that could lead to closure.

“We are thrilled to team up with M. William Phelps again to produce a new slate of true crime podcasts,” Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer for the iHeartPodcast Network, said. “We’ve seen incredible success with ‘Paper Ghosts,’ and it’s proven that M. William Phelps isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions. 

“The new shows on this slate will no doubt continue in that success – investigating unsolved crimes and sharing untold stories that will keep listeners tuning into each episode curious for more answers.”

The podcast debuts on October 12 and runs in 12-week installments, with new episodes premiering Tuesdays on iHeartRadio and other major platforms.

“‘Crossing the Line’ pulls together 20 years of work in true crime television and books- a confluence of access and being on the frontline of investigative journalism,” Phelps said. 

“You’re going to hear the inside story of murder and missing cases from insiders — including the killers themselves — with the main focus on victims and their family’s stories, including my own.”

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Elon Musk: ‘Corporate Journalism’ is Defending The State Over People

“While Elon Musk was criticized as a hypocrite after banning journalists from Twitter himself this month while still promoting the Twitter Files in the name of transparency and free speech, their impact has not been dulled.”

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Criticizing the establishment media is nothing new for Elon Musk. The Twitter CEO continued that trend this week, asking why his release of “The Twitter Files” has been met with skepticism.

“Why is corporate journalism rushing to defend the state instead of the people?” the billionaire tweeted in response to a piece on Leighton Woodhouse’s Substack account.

Musk has provided details about Twitter’s previous leadership working with government agencies to suppress stories to independent journalists Bari Weiss and Matt Taibbi. The reports have been released one at a time since the beginning of December.

While Elon Musk was criticized as a hypocrite after banning journalists from Twitter himself this month while still promoting the Twitter Files in the name of transparency and free speech, their impact has not been dulled.

Previous editions of the Twitter Files have highlighted the platform’s role in shaping Covid-19 information, coordination between the FBI and the platform, and suppression of the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden.

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Twitter Experienced Outage for Web Browser Users

More than 10,000 affected users from the United States, about 2,500 from Japan and about 2,500 from the UK at the peak of the disruption

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Twitter had its first significant outage under Elon Musk, as most users affected faced technical issues accessing the social network via a web browser (h/t Reuters). 

More than 10,000 affected users from the United States, about 2,500 from Japan and about 2,500 from the UK at the peak of the disruption, according to Downdetector, a website that tracks outages through various sources. 

While the outage did affect many users, service did return to normal on Wednesday night as Musk commented on the cause for many to have issues with using the social media platform through a web browser. 

“Significant backend server architecture changes rolled out,” Musk tweeted. “Twitter should feel faster.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to the reporting done by Reuters; nonetheless, it didn’t stop users from going on their mobile phones, which were working for the majority, to share updates and creates regarding the situation. 

The platform’s outage on Wednesday was the latest issue since Musk completed his $44 billion takeover of Twitter. 

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Bloomberg Denies Interest in Dow Jones, The Washington Post

A Bloomberg spokesperson stated on Sunday that there’s no interest in buying either the Dow Jones or The Washington Post.

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A report last week from Axios revealed that Bloomberg was interested in buying either the Dow Jones or The Washington Post. However, days since that news came out, the company denied any interest in expanding. 

However, it didn’t take long for the media outlet to deny the reporting as a Bloomberg spokesperson stated on Sunday that there’s no interest in buying either the Dow Jones or The Post. 

“There have been no conversations with anyone or either organization about an acquisition. The company has no interest in acquiring either.” – Ty Trippet, Bloomberg LP spokesman, said on Twitter

According to the report from Axios, Bloomberg wants two purchase either of these two media outlets to form a news business empire that reaches its audience also in print form. 

Nonetheless, it appears all for not as the company owned by billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is content with where they’re now. 

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