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Chandra Zeikel Named Executive Producer for ABC News Live

Zeikel spent 32 years at CNN before heading to work for the CDC.

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Longtime producer Chandra Zeikel heads to ABC News as she becomes the executive producer for ABC News Live.

Zeikel joins the network following a stint with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked on the Covid-19 Vaccine Task Force as a health communications specialist.

However, before her tenure with the CDC, she spent 32 years at CNN. She became a Murrow award-winning producer, helping launch CNN New Day, its predecessor American Morning, and Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien.

“Chandra will play a leading role in producing the streaming news channel’s breaking news, live event coverage, and special projects,” ABC News president Kim Godwin said in a statement. “She will partner with David Hatcher and Seni Tienabeso as ABC News Live continues its work on expanding its live, original programming lineup.”

“They, along with Justin Dial and Catherine McKenzie, will push toward ABC News Live’s goal of full 24/7 coverage as the go-to news destination for the streaming audience anytime, anywhere and on any device. Chandra will also work closely with Marc Burstein to continue growing the seamless collaboration and coordination between ABC News Live and the special events team.”

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Geraldo Rivera: America Can’t Go Attacking Agencies Like the FBI

Rivera went at Trump supporters, who have spewed “hatred and vitriol,” which he says led to motivation for the attack on an FBI office in Ohio.

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Fox News host Geraldo Rivera went on a rant towards Trump supporters, who have spewed “hatred and vitriol,” which he says led to motivation for the attack on an FBI office in Ohio.

Monday’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence has created a lot of tension towards the department, with some smearing the FBI over the search. 

“I hope and pray that this is not related to Mar-a-Lago because the vitriol and the tone of the rhetoric and the hatred being directed against the bureau by supporters, fringe supporters of the former president is very alarming,” Rivera said on Thursday afternoon’s edition of Fox News’ America Reports, per Mediaite

“I grew up believing that the FBI was you know, they, we had all these TV shows and this, watched, they were flawless. Of course, they’re not flawless in real life, but they are a magnificent law enforcement agency doing its best.”

Rivera continued by saying if Americans begin targeting agencies like the FBI with violence, the country is heading down a slippery slope that it cannot turn back from because of the danger. 

“We can’t, and again, we’re, I’m assuming this. Ted and I are just using, you know, best guesses on this. We don’t know for sure what the motive was of the, of the assailant, but we can’t go there as a country,” Rivera said. 

“Once we start, you know, being so disrespectful and filled with vitriol against an agency that is so central to so many Americans’ lives, I think we, Sandra, run into danger.”

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Chris Wallace to Have Show Air on CNN Sunday at 7 PM

Wallace came to CNN from Fox News to host his show, but the veteran anchor is about to land on his feet. occupying the Sunday 7 p.m. slot on the network.

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CNN+ flopped after new owners Warner Bros. Discovery pulled the plug on the network’s streaming service. As a result, many wondered what would come of the talent who jumped to be part of the launch.

Chris Wallace came to CNN from Fox News to host his show, but the veteran anchor is about to land on his feet at the network. The New York Times’ Ben Mullin reported that Wallace would own CNN’s Sunday 7 p.m. timeslot this fall.

The report states that CNN CEO Chris Licht told staff regarding the changes coming to Sunday night at a company town hall held Thursday morning.

Licht announced in May at CNN’s upfront that Wallace’s interview streaming program on CNN+ named “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” will be streaming on HBO Max—and air on the network weekly on Sunday evenings. So now the show has a timeslot. 

“A big part of the CNN brand is respectful, authentic and impactful interviews—and one of the best interviewers in the business is Chris Wallace, who is here with us this morning,” Licht remarked at the time. 

“We’re excited to announce that Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace? will return to production this fall, with episodes on HBO Max and on our CNN linear channel on Sunday evenings. Chris’s show will be part of what we’re calling ‘CNN Sunday.’ It’s a unique opportunity for your brands to appear alongside our premium content.”

Furthermore, Wallace’s old show, Fox Sunday News, also has a new host as the company named Shannon Bream to the position. 

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Financial Times Apology Mocks CNBC’s Jim Cramer

Cramer is going after the Financial Times following a spat over the latest US inflation reading for July, leading to the host demanding an apology.

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CNBC’s Jim Cramer is going after the Financial Times following a spat over the latest US inflation reading for July. The feud emerged following the Labor Department informing that consumer prices jumped by 8.5% last month, a slight downtick compared to June.

The Financial Times “Alphaville” blog had earlier ridiculed Cramer for proposing the US had hit the pinnacle of inflation, writing in a July 13 post that his prognosis “leads us to worry that it hasn’t.”

When the latest figures surfaced, Cramer immediately requested that the publication apologize for its past mockery.

“Waiting for the Financial Times to apologize for trashing me when I said we have peak inflation,” Cramer tweeted. “I think their insulting words actually are NOT funny.”

Following Cramer’s tweet, the “Alphaville” blog responded with a post entitled “Jim Cramer: An Apology” but came with a sarcastic tone, which is likely not what the CNBC host wanted. 

“In a previous Alphaville post, we may have implied that Jim Cramer’s peak-inflation call was a reverse indicator for our readers. We regret the error. It was not our intention to give Cramer’s opinions any credence whatsoever,” the publication wrote.

“Today we learned that US consumer prices rose 8.5 percent in July from last year. That is, manifestly, lower than the 9.1-per-cent reading from June. Based on this single data point, and having now accepted that the core measure of CPI is likely to prove more transient than a CNBC presenter’s umbrage, we pledge to never again try to predict “peak Jim Cramer.”

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