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The Hill’s Founding Publisher, Martin Tolchin, Dies at 93

Tolchin would found The Hill in 1994 and would retire from his publication in 2003.

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The Hill’s founding publisher, Martin Tolchin, has died at the age of 93. Tolchin’s partner, Barbara Rosenfeld, told the Times that he died of cancer.

The 40-year veteran of The New York Times worked the New York City Hall, and Congress beat for the newspaper. Furthermore, he wrote various books on trade power in politics during his journalism career. 

He would found The Hill in 1994 and would retire from his publication in 2003. Jimmy Finkelstein took over as owner of The Hill from his father, Jerry Finkelstein, and sold it to Nexstar Media Group for $130 million last year and described Tolchin as a reporter who “knew Washington from top to bottom.”

“Before I had anything to do with The Hill, Marty would call me up and ask just dozens of questions, how do you improve things, how to make it better. He truly loved his work,” Finkelstein said. “He appreciated completely all sides of Washington, and anybody he touched felt better for knowing him.”   

Tolchin encouraged the young reporters in his newsroom to make full use of their cost accounts to create sources and explore behind the scenes to see who was tugging the levers of power and why. His frequent exhortation to journalists he worked with was to “follow the money.” 

“He was probably one of the kindest, most accepting human beings I ever met,” Sheila Casey, The Hill’s chief operating officer, said. When Casey had doubts concerning accepting the position, Tolchin persuaded her, “you won’t be bored — newsrooms are exciting.” 

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Report: Layoffs of CNN+ Staffers Has Begun

Approximately 23 staffers in CNN’s Hudson Yards offices were notified that their positions were being eliminated.

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It’s been nearly a month since CNN decided to pull the plug on its streaming service CNN+ and while many were hired to help with the production of the various shows, now they’re being laid off.

TV Newser reports that the cable news channel began laying off affected staffers on Tuesday. The outlet adds that there’s no concrete number of people who won’t be working at CNN.

However, approximately 23 staffers in CNN’s Hudson Yards offices were notified that their positions were being eliminated. Furthermore, another source confirmed to the outlet that layoffs had occurred. 

Despite laying off some staffers, the company is still trying to place those impacted CNN+ employees in other positions around CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery.

When the network announced it was pulling the plug, CNN Worldwide chairman and CEO Chris Licht said in an internal memo that they would continue to receive pay for 90 days and benefits along with helping them find opportunities within the company. 

“All CNN+ employees will continue to be paid and receive benefits for the next 90 days to explore opportunities at CNN, CNN Digital, and elsewhere in the Warner Bros. Discovery family,” Licht said. 

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Insider Editor Stands By Sexual Harassment Accusation Story on Elon Musk

The accusation was made by an unnamed source, a friend of the flight attendant, in the Business Insider story, but Carlson said the allegation fulfilled the outlet’s criteria for publishing. 

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is going on the offensive following the Insider report alleging the entrepreneur sexually harassed a flight attendant on a SpaceX corporate jet in 2016. 

He’s going after the media outlet, but Insider’s global editor-in-chief Nicholas Carlson is standing by his team’s reporting. 

The accusation was made by an unnamed source, a friend of the flight attendant, in the Business Insider story, but Carlson said the allegation fulfilled the outlet’s criteria for publishing. 

“Anytime you have a very powerful man and there are credible accusations that he’s done something wrong the way that he was accused of doing in this story,” Carlson said on CNN. “That’s absolutely and sort of obviously newsworthy.”

Musk touched on the fact that he has never been accused of anything, even during the MeToo movement, but the allegation surfaced as soon as he attempted to purchase Twitter to restore free speech. 

“They began brewing attacks of all kinds as soon as the Twitter acquisition was announced,” Musk tweeted Friday. “In my 30-year career, including the entire MeToo era, there’s nothing to report, but, as soon as I say I intend to restore free speech to Twitter & vote Republican, suddenly there is …”

Carlson stated Insider reporters asked Musk’s team for comment on the allegations before the Tesla CEO went to Twitter to offer his remarks. Furthermore, Carlson adds that the news media outlet has yet to face any legal matters due to the story. 

“I reached out to him personally a few times,” Carlson added. “[I] said come talk to us; we want to hear from you.” Musk declined Insider’s offer to grant him more time to respond.”

“We are prepared to defend the story vigorously. It’s the truth that we stand by our story, which is based on documents and interviews. It speaks for itself.”

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Lulu Garcia-Navarro to Host Opinion Podcast for NY Times

“When a lot of us hear the word “opinion” we think of hot takes — points of view in reaction to the news. But what about the experiences that shape our opinions?” The Times said in a press release. 

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The New York Times will have a new opinion podcast coming out soon called “First Person.” The company announced that Peabody Award-winning journalist Lulu Garcia-Navarro will host this new show beginning June 9th. 

“When a lot of us hear the word “opinion” we think of hot takes — points of view in reaction to the news. But what about the experiences that shape our opinions?” The Times said in a press release

“That’s the question we’re exploring in “First Person,” a new podcast from New York Times Opinion with Lulu Garcia-Navarro. In each episode, Lulu sits down with people living through the headlines for intimate and surprising conversations that help us make sense of our complicated world.”

Garcia-Navarro will bring plenty of experience to her new podcast as a two-time Peabody Award-winning journalist with years of interviewing world leaders, authors, artists, and people living on the front lines of a changing world.

“This show is a new way of understanding where people’s opinions come from. It’s urgent and intimate and takes someone who is living through something incredible and asks them how they came to believe what they believe,” Garcia-Navarro said per Radio Ink

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