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Mia Love: CNN Did the Right Thing in Firing Chris Cuomo

Mia Love, a political commentator for CNN, returned as a guest host on “The View,” so of course, the rest of the panel wanted Love’s thoughts regarding her former colleague.

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CNN’s decision to terminate anchor Chris Cuomo continues to dominate the headlines and discussions around news media panels.

Mia Love, a political commentator for CNN, returned as a guest host on “The View,” so of course, the rest of the panel wanted Love’s thoughts regarding her former colleague. For the political commentator, CNN president Jeff Zucker did the right thing in terminating Cuomo.

“Honestly, I think Jeff Zucker did the right thing here,” Love said. “I mean, in a world that we live in and cancel culture, it would’ve been easy for him to just fire [Cuomo] right off the bat. ”

“But he took a moment, they hired their own independent investigator, and when the facts came out, he acted swiftly. And I think that that’s good leadership.”

Love went on to say that Zucker is the type of president that goes to bat for employees, so she stated that there must’ve been more information on top of what was released by the New York Attorney General’s office.

“I’ve seen Jeff Zucker go to bat for people, even when he didn’t believe what they were saying politically,” Love said. “He went to bat for people, and for him to say ‘I’m sorry, we’re gonna have to let you go’ — there’s something different.”

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Investor Cautions Over Possible Fox-News Corp. Merger

Irenic Capital, which owns about 2 percent of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger between Fox and News Corp.

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Rumors have swirled over Fox and News Corp. possibly merging into one entity, but Irenic Capital, which owns about 2% of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger.

A merger would produce a more complicated company and turn off investors rather than increase the company’s lagging stock price, Irenic Capital stated in a letter to the News Corp. board.

“And even if such synergies do exist today, they would principally benefit Fox and reside in the News Media segment of News Corp,” Irenic Capital said (h/t Deadline). “For example, Fox Business may benefit from greater integration with The Wall Street Journal and some of Dow Jones’ other properties, but it is highly debatable whether the benefits from such an association flow both ways.

“Combining News Corp with Fox will result in a combined company that is obviously more complex than both companies left separate.” 

Irenic believes a unification would aid Fox far better than News Corp. and cautioned that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to investigate all possible routes to develop value beyond the one suggested by its primary shareholder.

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Fox News Lights All-American Christmas Tree

The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

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Fox News held its annual All-American Tree Lighting at FOX Square in New York, New York Monday during “The Five.” The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

In a release, the network said it partnered with the Police Athletic League (PAL) to host a toy drive benefiting New York City’s youth. The network also honored first responders by selecting representatives of the FDNY and NYPD to light this year’s tree.

Guests included FOX News personalities and their families along with first responders from the NYPD and FDNY, including members of NYPD Precinct 32, who lost Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera this year, and members of EMS Station 49, who lost EMS captain Alison Russo earlier this year.

FOX’s All-American Christmas tree stands at 50 feet tall and is adorned by 12,000 ornaments and 340,000 lights. The tree has 500 branches, a star topper that is over six feet tall and more than four miles of cord wrapped throughout.  Made in America, the tree features a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue decorations.

“After a busy year in America, it’s nice to, let’s just take a step back and celebrate traditions like this and remember how important it is to come together and focus on what truly matters,” said co-host Dana Perino. “This tree is not just for us to enjoy. We want you watching at home to be able to come here and make Christmas memories with your family and friends and of course, your pets, too, of course, as you can imagine.”

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Chris Licht: I Don’t Want CNN To Be Vanilla

During an interview with the Financial Times, Licht opened up regarding the changes to come and revealed his strategy for rebranding CNN

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Changes continue at CNN, but as departures and lineup shuffling to mold the cable news channel into Chris Licht’s vision, the new boss says that the network won’t be more “centrist.”

During an interview with the Financial Times, Licht opened up regarding the changes to come and revealed his strategy for rebranding CNN, as he’s in charge of revitalizing the network and cutting costs.

“One of the biggest misconceptions about my vision is that I want to be vanilla, that I want to be centrist. That is bulls–t,” Licht said.

“You have to be compelling. You have to have edge. In many cases you take a side. Sometimes you just point out uncomfortable questions. But either way you don’t see it through a lens of left or right.”

While Licht is now in charge the same report stated that many who were brought to CNN by Jeff Zucker still have a sense of loyalty to the former president, who exited the network after revealing a consensual relationship with a fellow executive.

“Licht has no superpower, not like Zucker,” an unnamed CNN executive said. 

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