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Staffers Call CBS News Co-President Rude, Micromanager

The New York Post reports that there’s some grumbling from employees that co-president Neeraj Khemlani is “rude” and “micromanaging.”

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In 2021, CBS News made some changes at the top as it appointed Neeraj Khemlani as its co-president along with ex-ABC executive Wendy McMahon. 

The hiring isn’t a year old, but the New York Post reports that there’s some grumbling from employees that he is “rude” and “micromanaging.” The network is reassessing budgets, and there’s some concern that its top talent could be departing. 

Big-name anchors like Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, who are currently renegotiating their contracts, could be on the way out if the new presidents decide to prioritize budget cuts. 

“There has never been a more unpopular news division president,” said one CBS veteran. “I don’t think people would be surprised if he’s not here in a couple months.”

Multiple sources told The Post that Khemlani’s sharp elbows have not only provoked several employees to file human resources complaints. 

As a result, it led agents for CBS staffers to complain on their clients’ behalf to CBS CEO George Cheeks, who hired Khemlani after taking the helm last January. However, it’s unclear whether any disciplinary action is going to occur.

“Neeraj and Wendy are in the process of leading CBS News and Stations into a dual broadcast and streaming future,” Cheeks told The Post in a statement. 

“At every turn, their moves have been thoughtful, strategic and forward-thinking. Change is hard. Evolution is necessary. I support their vision for a next-generation news operation.”

Meanwhile, some staffers in the trenches say they are growing exhausted of evading bullets from Khemlani. One employee recounted a video conference that the exec held with roughly 200 staffers on the call during his first week on the job. 

Despite being new to his position, Khemlani took jabs at various news teams, complaining how slowly they got on the air to report breaking stories, among other harsh critiques.

“You’ll be seeing several new hire announcements in the coming weeks that will build on this momentum. Part of any successful transformation is change, and that involves deploying resources in different ways,” a CBS spokesperson said.

“Make no mistake, this is not about cutting; it’s about building and positioning CBS News and its prestigious brand to compete and succeed in a broadcast and streaming world.”

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John Oliver Takes Dig at Parent Owner Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav was also a leading force in canceling CNN’s venture into the streaming wars

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Warner Bros. Discovery has made recent headlines for its decisions regarding HBO Max and canceling in-production films, including DC’s “Batgirl,” to get future tax write-offs.

During a segment discussing Monkeypox on Sunday, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver decided to take a shot at their new parent company for its recent decisions.

“We let the vaccine sit unused on a shelf in our reserves like an expired Chobani or a $90 million movie on HBO Max,” Oliver said, referring to the “Batgirl” film. 

“By the way, hi there, new business daddy! Seems like you’re doing a really great job. I do get the vague sense that you’re burning down my network for the insurance money, but I’m sure that will all pass.”

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav was also a leading force in canceling CNN’s venture into the streaming wars, pulling the plug on CNN+ less than a month after the service launched. 

“On CNN+, there was no message it was a business decision,” Zaslav told CNBC in May. “We looked at it and we looked at the data, the number of users they had spent an enormous amount of money trying to sell an independent product. 

“The subscribers weren’t there, the users weren’t there. We looked at it together. We had a chance to look at all the data and when we looked at the data, it was, the business wasn’t there.”

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Trey Gowdy: InfoWars’ Alex Jones Tells Lies for Money

Gowdy tore into Jones, recounting the horror of Sandy Hook and the grieving process from the parent’s perspective in his monologue.

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Last week, a verdict announced that InfoWars’ Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to the parents of 6-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was murdered in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Fox News host Trey Gowdy tore into Jones on Sunday, recounting the horror of that day and the grieving process from the parent’s perspective in a lengthy monologue. 

“How does someone capable of exploiting the pain, of denying the obvious gain any audience in this country?” Gowdy said of Jones. “Why would anyone go on his show? On the list of despicable things to do – telling the parents of murdered children that their children really weren’t murdered ranks pretty high.”

“We shouldn’t need a jury, or a judge or a courtroom to condemn that kind of person and behavior. He tells lies for money and then when his own money is on the line, he admits the obvious. The only war he is waging is on the truth.”

Gowdy became the latest cable news media host to rip into Jones as MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan went after the talk show host and the Republican Party for giving him legitimacy to Jones by appearing on his program.

“Alex Jones should have been rejected by Republican leaders and lawmakers, but instead, he was shamefully embraced,” Hasan said. 

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Rachel Maddow Details Demands to NBCUniversal During Contract Talks

It wasn’t “some sort of, like, hostile, heated negotiation with NBC,” Maddow said.

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This year, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has transitioned from being a daily news host to a weekly timeslot on Mondays while she focuses on other projects as part of her new contract. 

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Maddow shed light on the behind the scene details that went into the discussions with NBCUniversal, resulting in a new contract that will see her stay with the company through the 2024 election and a reported $30 million per year salary. 

It wasn’t “some sort of, like, hostile, heated negotiation with NBC,” Maddow said. “What I asked for, and I realize it’s a really hard thing to ask for from a big corporate entity, is flexibility, fluidity, and forgiveness.”

“Like, I want us to handle this in a way that we don’t have to map every second of it. And I want my staff to all stay employed, and I want them to be able to shift between different types of projects, just as I am.”

Alex Wagner takes over for Maddow Tuesday through Friday, as her show debuts on Aug. 16 at 9 PM ET. 

“This is not a show where our hair is on fire, and we’re yelling past each other, and we’re creating these manufactured moments of tension,” MSNBC President Rashida Jones said regarding the show’s format under Wagner in a June interview with The New York Times

“I really want the takeaway from this show to be a better understanding of what’s happening in the world.”

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