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Arnon Mishkin Returning to Fox News for 2022 & 2024 Elections

Mishkin called Arizona for President Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential election.

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Fox News’s Decision Desk Director Arnon Mishkin called Arizona for President Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential election. Despite the backlash from some, the network plans to bring him back for their coverage of the 2022 and 2024 elections, per The Hollywood Reporter

During the 2020 election, President Biden won Arizona by merely a percentage point, becoming the first Democrat to win the state in over 20 years. 

However, Mishkin’s decision to call the race didn’t sit well with the Trump administration. As a result, campaign members reportedly conducted operatives to call the network directly and request them to rescind the call.

“Suzanne and I don’t have those relationships with [the Trump] White House. We weren’t sitting there hemming and hawing over Arizona. At the time, it was just another state,” Fox News president Jay Wallace said

“It wasn’t until the next day that we really started to get this amazing heartburn coming in, a lot of it generated by the White House. That was the start of a long week. But I have to say, Suzanne could not have been more supportive of the [Arizona] call. And we stuck with it.”

The following week, Fox News media correspondent Howard Kurtz reported Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, reached out to the network’s owner Rupert Murdoch to express his displeasure about Mishkin’s call of Arizona.  

Members of the Trump campaign published a statement denouncing Mishkin as a “[Hillary] Clinton-voting, Biden-donating Democrat.”

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Stephen Labaton Named EVP of Communications for NBCU News Group

Labaton comes over from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he spent three years as an executive vice president for the management and information technology consulting firm. 

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NBCUniversal News Group has some new leadership as Stephen Labaton takes over the company’s executive vice president of communications position, per Deadline

Labaton comes over from Booz Allen Hamilton, where he spent three years as an executive vice president for the management and information technology consulting firm. 

“He brings a considerable amount of experience in media relations, crisis management, and brand-building and has a strong reputation for skillfully navigating high profile organizations through industry challenges and change,” Cesar Conde, chairman of the newsgroup, said. 

“Prior to Booz Allen, he spent six years at a global strategic communications firm, Finsbury, where he was President-North America and chairman of its worldwide crisis practice.”

The new NBC News executive has experience working in news media, spending time with The New York Times, serving as a senior writer and correspondent. Labaton covered regulatory, legal, political, technology, and economic issues.

Labaton is officially joining NBC News on Monday, October 11th, and will report to Conde. 

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Rachel Maddow Announced She Underwent Surgery for Skin Cancer

The MSNBC host urged people with skin moles to get them checked early and frequently.

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow decided to let her viewers into her personal life. During Wednesday’s broadcast of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” the host stated that she underwent a procedure to remove a cancerous mole from her neck.

“I am going to be absolutely fine,” Maddow said. “But that is why I have a Band-Aid.” Maddow provided an update on how she feels since the procedure to remove the mole from her neck was done last weekend. 

“I could’ve come back right away. I could’ve been on the air Friday night. I didn’t want to do that because I didn’t want to weird you out because of the visual of me having the Band-Aid,” Maddow added. 

Maddow was out the weekend and three days this week before returning on Wednesday. Furthermore, the MSNBC host urged people with skin moles to get them checked early and frequently.

“You should get checked,” Maddow said. “If you’ve got moles like I do, just get on a schedule with your doctor. Schedule a check now with your doctor. I’ve always been blowing off stuff like that forever because I’ve assumed it will always be fine. Do not blow it off.”

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Monica Lewinsky: Cancel Culture Is Very Much About Power

Lewinsky is an executive producer for the documentary “15 Minutes of Shame,” referring to herself as “patient zero” for public shaming.

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Monica Lewinsky appeared on The Daily Show Wednesday, where she discussed various topics with host Trevor Noah, one of them being cancel culture. 

Lewinsky is an executive producer for the documentary “15 Minutes of Shame,” referring to herself as “patient zero” for public shaming. During her conversation with Noah, she discussed her struggles with moving past her scandal while addressing cancel culture and its wide-reaching effects.

“Are there people in power who should face consequences? Absolutely,” Lewinsky said. “But are there people who are not in positions of power who are facing the same consequence and its ruin their lives in a way that is very different? Yes to that too.”

“15 Minutes of Shame” explores various real-life accounts of non-celebrities who have been canceled or publicly shamed by multiple means. The documentary also studies the history of shaming, which dates back several centuries.

Lewinsky says that in today’s world, public shaming and cancel culture is “very much about power.” Furthermore, she states that cancel culture and the phrase itself “has become a little too broad” for her taste.

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