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VICE Handed $300-million Lawsuit By a Surveillance Company

Last Monday, the complaint filed in a Delaware court by ShotSpotter was due to a series of Vice articles casting skepticism on the service’s practices and effectiveness.

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Vice finds itself in a lawsuit battle as The Daily Beast reports that a ShotSpotter, a technology surveillance company and the focal point of critical coverage by Vice, is suing for $300-million in damages. 

Last Monday, the complaint filed in a Delaware court by ShotSpotter was due to a series of Vice articles casting skepticism on the service’s practices and effectiveness.

“We want to correct the record, and we want to hold them to account for their defamatory campaign, which has caused damage, compromising future contracts, damaging business relationships and our reputation,” ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark said. “It has also damaged our company’s enterprise value causing our stock price to fall.”

The Daily Beast reached out to Vice for comment, but they did not immediately respond to the lawsuit. Vice’s tech news and investigations have drafted at least six reports concerning the surveillance service in the last several years. 

Vice’s stories lean massively on publicly available court records and testimony of experts and public defenders who have a perceived issue with the reliability of ShotSpotter’s technology.

However, the audio surveillance company insisted that Vice took the quotes out of context and neglected to highlight cases where the company’s technology was used successfully during both prosecutions and defenses.

“VICE’s defamatory implications about ShotSpotter are false,” the lawsuit alleged. “ShotSpotter does not fabricate gunshots or alter evidence. No court has ever concluded otherwise, nor have ShotSpotter’s experts ever testified otherwise.”

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ABC Audio Promotes Liz Alesse to Director/Exec. Producer of Podcast

The company released a statement about Alesse’s promotion which comes after she served in the same role in an interim capacity for the past 11 months. 

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ABC Audio has elevated Liz Alesse to Director and Executive Producer of Podcast Programming. 

The company released a statement about Alesse’s promotion which comes after she served in the same role in an interim capacity for the past 11 months. 

“What started as a six-month stretch assignment has turned into a permanent role,” said ABC Audio Vice President and General Manager Stacia Philips Deshishku. “Liz is a skilled producer in the control room, edit bay, and in the field.” 

Alesse began her career at ABC six years ago working on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Prior to coming to ABC, she worked in Albany, New York before moving to Boston, Massachusetts where she worked at New England Cable News. 

“Liz has been a true force since her arrival, from learning the intricacies of the business and the editorial nuances of podcasting to hiring and inspiring new team members,” said Philips Deshishku. 

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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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