Columbus Day was this past week, and during a segment on a segment on “Fox News Primetime,” Jesse Watters welcomed his colleague Rachel Campos-Duffy, host of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” and her husband, former congressman Sean Duffy to discuss the holiday.
The trio had a round table discussion about whether the explorer should continue to be a point of celebration, citing Columbus as a victim of cancel culture. Nonetheless, the conversation then switched to issues that the Native American community faces in this country.
Campos-Duffy stated that the current circumstances facing Native Americans are due to their fault for depending on the government while leaning on other stereotypes.
“The real lie is with conditions for Native Americans right now,” Campos-Duffy said. “The conditions from Native Americans have everything to do with government dependency, cycles of poverty and alcoholism, and family breakdowns, and these are things that the Democrats don’t want to talk about.”
Nonetheless, the remarks made during the segment didn’t sit well with IllumiNative, a Native American non-profit “dedicated to battling toxic misconceptions of Native Americans.” The organization issued a statement commenting on the Fox News segment that The Daily Beast relayed.
“We are enraged. On Wednesday, Fox News hosts Jesse Watters, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and former Congressman Sean Duffy spewed outrageously false and harmful statements about Native Americans – while on national television,” founder and executive director Crystal Echo Hawk said.
Echo Hawk called for Fox News to take “responsibility” and employ in “immediate action to address the blatant racism and discrimination driven” by the network’s pundits.
“There should not be a television network in the United States that allows people like Jesse Watters, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and Sean Duffy to disseminate hate and indoctrinate this country with racism and white supremacy,” she further stated.
Fox News has yet to respond on the matter.
Anchor, Reporter Liz Collin Leaves WCCO TV
Collin spent 14 years at the television station.
A long-time face at WCCO TV is leaving as anchor and reporter Liz Collin has departed after spending 14 years at the television station.
“I want to thank you all for the support you have shown me in my home state of Minnesota,” Collin wrote in a social media post. “Thank you for trusting me to tell your stories. Thank you to the talented team who helped make that possible.”
Following the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota, Collin did find herself in the headlines as she’s married to former Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll, who came under public scrutiny after Floyd’s death.
Also, that summer, protesters gathered outside of WCCO’s studio in downtown Minneapolis. In 2019, Collin stated she did not think her marriage had a conflict of interest, adding that she hadn’t reported on the police in the last two years.
A WCCO spokesperson said the station isn’t planning on commenting on personnel matters. Collin’s post did not disclose what’s next for her career, but she wrote, “The truth makes me tick. I’ll get back to telling that soon.”
CBS News Announces CBS News Miami Streaming Channel
CBS News Miami features anchored programming and coverage of live breaking news events in the region, produced by WFOR-TV.
CBS News and Stations announced the launch of the CBS News Miami streaming channel. CBS News Miami features anchored programming and coverage of live breaking news events in the region, produced by WFOR-TV.
CBS News Miami joins the CBS News Streaming Network. CBS News Streaming is available on over 30 platforms across mobile, desktop, connected TVs for free, CBSNews.com and Paramount+. CBS News Miami is also accessible via CBSMiami.com.
“This is a historic and exciting day for everyone here at CBS Miami as the innovation and hard work of our team has paid off with the successful launch of our local streaming news channel,” Darryll Green, Vice President and General Manager, CBS Miami, said.
“The addition of CBS News Miami to the CBS News Streaming Network makes our award-winning local news content available to a much wider audience, locally and nationally, on a 24/7 basis.”
CBS News Miami joins other local markets with their streaming channel, such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc. In addition, the company will launch CBS News Detroit later this year, making it 14 streaming channels in the top markets in the country.
Brian Williams Turns Down Nightly News Position at CBS
CBS News president and co-head Neeraj Khemlani attempted to recruit Williams for the network’s flagship evening news program.
Former MSNBC host Brian Williams walked away from the network last year, ending a 30-year run at NBC News. Now a free agent, CNN reports that Williams doesn’t want to anchor the “Evening News.”
Recently, CBS News president and co-head Neeraj Khemlani attempted to recruit Williams for the network’s flagship evening news program. Furthermore, Khemlani tried at least twice; however, it was to no avail.
“Williams, the people I spoke to said, simply isn’t interested in the evening news job — which says a lot about not only Williams’ turn-of-fortune,” CNN’s Oliver Darcy wrote.
“But also the diminishing allure of anchoring a nightly broadcast news program once considered to be one of the most prestigious positions in journalism.”
The report doesn’t detail what type of position Williams wants this new chapter to be, but don’t expect it to be a return to the nightly news. In his final years at NBC, he hosted the popular “11th Hour” program on MSNBC during the Trump era, has largely rehabilitated his image.
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