Last week, Reuters reported that AT&T backed the creation and funding of One America News, a far right-wing network that spreads conspiracy theories regarding various topics such as the COVID-19 pandemic and 2020 election.
AT&T is reportedly financing OAN to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Furthermore, once the network launched, AT&T carried OAN on U-verse, then on DirecTV.
The report also states that OAN founder and chief executive Robert Herring Sr. claimed that AT&T executives were the ones who advised him to create the network.
Herring says in a 2019 deposition that AT&T wanted a conservative network. “They only had one, which was Fox News, and they had seven others on the other [left-wing] side. When they said that, I jumped to it and built one.”
During his opening segment, “Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver went after the telecommunications giant.
“While we are still technically related, let me say this. You’re a terrible company. You do bad things, and you make the world worse,” Oliver said.
“Please don’t bother keeping in touch once the merger is complete. Although that really shouldn’t be a problem for you: You’re AT&T. It isn’t like your messages go through anyway.”
AT&T announced in May a deal to spin-off HBO parent WarnerMedia and merge it with Discovery, so Oliver is taking his shots at his “Business Daddy” as he exits.
Records Show Chris Cuomo Had Greater Role in Helping Andrew Cuomo
Cuomo asked Melissa DeRosa, the top aide to his brother, to assist the team in developing the former governor’s response to accusations of improper conduct made against him late last year.
CNN host Chris Cuomo continues to find himself when it comes to his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who resigned from the position following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
Records released Monday by the New York Attorney General’s office revealed that the CNN anchor was more involved in his brother’s situation.
The communication via emails and text where Cuomo asked Melissa DeRosa, the top aide to his brother, to assist the team in developing the former governor’s response to accusations of improper conduct made against him late last year.
“Please let me help with the prep,” Cuomo wrote to DeRosa in a text message on March 3. Then on March 7, DeRosa sent Cuomo a text stating, “Rumor going around from politico 1-2 more ppl coming out tomorrow.”
Cuomo didn’t discuss these documents released by New York’s attorney general showing how involved he was in advising his brother. However, a CNN spokesperson did provide comment on the matter as Deadline relayed the remarks.
“The thousands of pages of additional transcripts and exhibits that were released today by the NY Attorney General deserve a thorough review and consideration,” a spokesperson said.
“We will be having conversations and seeking additional clarity about their significance as they relate to CNN over the next several days.”
Joe Scarborough Calls Out Rep. Ronny Jackson Over Omicron Tweet
“The stupidity is remarkable,” Scarborough said.
The Omicron COVID-19 variant is the latest to mutate and make its way to various countries.
Nonetheless, as with the original virus and Delta variant, the Omicron has already become a political talking point despite recently surfacing in South Africa.
This past weekend, Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson tweeted out a conspiracy of a Democratic plot to “cheat” in the midterm elections.
“Here comes the MEV – the Midterm Election Variant!” Jackson tweeted.
“They NEED a reason to push unsolicited nationwide mail-in ballots. Democrats will do anything to CHEAT during an election – but we’re not going to let them!”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough addressed these remarks made by Jackson on “Morning Joe.”
“The stupidity is remarkable,” Scarborough said. “I guess you have to lay the stupidity at the feet of the people who actually would believe the stupid lies because it’s all out there.”
Scarborough went on to question whether Jackson’s constituents could fall for these claims made by the politician. “It’s just absolute, complete stupidity,” the “Morning Joe” co-host would add.
KMBC, KCWE President & General Manager Sarah Smith Retires
Smith’s career spans nearly four decades
KMBC-TV and KCWE-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, announced that they are saying goodbye to its president and general manager, Sarah Smith; she will be retiring after a decade run with the two stations.
Smith’s career spans nearly four decades, making stops at various stations such as president and general manager at KETV, the company’s Omaha ABC affiliate.
“I’ve been blessed to work with so many great people,” Smith said in a statement. “Their creativity and commitment have been crucial to the ongoing success of KMBC/KCWE, as well as KETV, and I have had the wonderful support of the nurturing culture of Hearst Television.”
During her tenure, KMBC received recognition for six straight years as the top television newsgroup in the Kansas and Missouri market by the Radio Television Digital News Association.
Furthermore, their news coverages earned three regional Edward R. Murrow awards, including the Overall Excellence Award and Best Newscast.
“Throughout her impressive career, Sarah has tirelessly advocated for the power of local television in our communities,” Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb said in a statement.
“She did an outstanding job leading and growing three important properties, including two of the highest-rated ABC affiliates in the country. She has been an important voice in our company and leaves a tremendous legacy that will continue to be felt in the years ahead. We wish her great success in her well-deserved next chapter.”
The stations don’t have an immediate replacement to take for Smith as the announcement of an eventual successor will be shared at a later date.
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