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Report Spotlights Toxic Work Culture At TheWrap

20 current and former TheWrap staffers spoke to The Daily Beast regarding the work environment and culture of fear at the prominent outlet.

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TheWrap found and CEO Sharon Waxman finds herself in hot water following a report from The Daily Beastrevealing a toxic work environment for the media outlet. 

20 current and former TheWrap staffers spoke to The Daily Beast regarding the work environment and culture of fear at the prominent outlet. According to the report, Waxman has forced out one staffer after another and left current employees searching for their way out of the company. 

Most of the former staffers speaking out had left the media outlet within the past two years.

“It was very The Devil Wears Prada. It was really demoralizing and degrading. I would have to emotionally shut down and smile and nod,” the ex-employee said. 

Waxman has reportedly screaming outbursts at employees. In addition, she engages in demeaning conduct while berated employees for dealing with family emergencies during work hours. Furthermore, the founder and CEO threatened one employee due to them working from home while taking care of an injured child.

“I’ve been around CEOs and politicians and like, actually important powerful people, and people that should be scary, like prisoners, and she is the scariest person I’ve ever met,” another former TheWrap writer said

Furthermore, these former and current employees don’t feel they can turn to human resources due to Waxman’s ex-husband serving as the department for TheWrap

After The Daily Beast reached out for comment, Waxman assembled workers for a meeting, promising to do better and bring in outside advising to develop a better workplace culture.

“I was very sorry to learn that some current and former employees have had experiences at TheWrap that are not consistent with our values or the environment we work to foster. Providing a safe, enjoyable, and thriving workplace is essential to any business, and something we have always made a priority from the time we started 12 years ago,” Waxman wrote in a statement to The Daily Beast. 

“While I don’t believe these allegations accurately reflect our current work environment, it’s clear that we have some work to do, and I am committed to doing it.”

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Anita Hill, Christine Blasey Ford Reflect on Their Testimonies

Hill states that watching Ford’s 2018 testimony against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; she felt a “spiritual solidarity that is hard to articulate.”

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The Meteor and Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios announced an exclusive first discussion between Professor Anita Hill and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in a press release on the third episode of “Because of Anita” Podcast out now on various platforms.

Hill states that watching Ford’s 2018 testimony against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; she felt a “spiritual solidarity that is hard to articulate.”

“The thing that I think about when I think about your testimony was how generous you were,” Hill said. 

“How you were so going out of your way to help us all understand what you had experienced and why it was important I guess with me — it was 27 years later [still] wanting to grab certain folks on the stage by the shoulders and say, ‘Why can’t you get this? Why aren’t you getting this?'”

The podcast is hosted by The New York Times’ Dr. Salamishah Tillet and Cindi Leive, co-founder of The Meteor. After premiering on October 4th, the four-part series examines the aftermath of Professor Hill’s testimony from 1991 to 2021. 

Furthermore, the series digs into the hearings’ impact and their enduring result 30 years later from our political systems, journalism, ideas about violence, safety, race, and gender. 

The series features interviews with eyewitnesses, journalists, legal experts, and real women whose lives changed due to this transformative event in American history. 

“Because of Anita” is available on AppleAudacy, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are available.

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Facebook Reducing Presence of Politics for People’s Experience

The spokesperson adds that the decision originates from user feedback seeking “more friends, less politics.”

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Last week was a terrible one for Facebook. First, Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistle-blower, gave an in-depth interview on “60 minutes,” then the company saw a six outage to its platforms. 

As a result, the social media giant has decided to come out on the offensive and make drastic changes. During an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Facebook spokesman Nick Clegg stated that changes are coming to the platform and its cousin, Instagram.

Clegg reveals that the company plans to reduce the presence of politics on people’s feeds following its lift of safety measures installed for the 2020 US election. The spokesperson adds that the decision originates from user feedback seeking “more friends, less politics.”

“One of the things we have heard from users both from the US and around the world since the election is people want to see more friends, less politics,” Clegg said. “So we have been testing ways in which we can reduce the presence of politics for people’s Facebook experiences.”

Clegg didn’t provide any specifics as to when these changes will be coming into effect on both platforms. 

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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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