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News Media Reacts to the Deaths of Pierre Zakrzewski, Oleksandra Kuvshynova

Plenty of people from the news media shared their thoughts on the two latest journalists to die while covering the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.

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The coverage media outlets are providing for audiences on the Russian invasion of Ukraine has claimed the lives of two journalists, Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova. 

Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova were traveling with Benjamin Hall, who’s also battling his injuries, gathering news. The two now become the second and third journalists to die thus far in the war, with former New York Times contributor Brent Renaud being the first this past weekend. 

These deaths highlight the dangers of covering a warzone to bring the information on the ground to news television audiences. Plenty of people from the news media shared their thoughts on the two latest journalists to die. 

“America Reports” co-anchor John Roberts stated that Zakrzewski was a “treasure” to work with as both men had worked together on several occasions.

Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin stated that Kuvshynova’s dream was to unite people worldwide and tell their stories, and she fulfilled that via her journalism.

While many are saddened at Fox News regarding the death of Zakrzewski, the network’s national correspondent Lauren Blanchard decided to share a good memory she had with the cameraman while they were working in Singapore.

Brian Stelter shared his thoughts regarding the deaths of the two journalists stating that even people working at CNN loved Zakrzewski.

Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Marcus Yam shared a photo of how he plans to remember Zakrzewski, calling the cameraman “kind, generous & radiates an upbeat can-do energy.”

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson shared a photo of their last correspondence in Ukraine with Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova.

CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward shared her thoughts with Anderson Cooper on the deaths of Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova.

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel spotlighted the efforts of the three journalists who have died in Ukraine to tell the stories about the ongoing events in the country.

Vice News’ International Correspondent Ben C. Solomon also spotlighted the efforts that collaborators such as Kuvshynova do for foreign journalists to help them navigate the country to tell the stories to their audience.

Finally, Fox News’ Foreign Correspondent Trey Yingst shared a photo of himself alongside Zakrzewski while sharing a few words about his colleague.

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Programming Chief Michael Bass Latest to Exit CNN

“He has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced,” Licht wrote in a memo to staff. 

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The changes continue at CNN as Michael Bass, the cable news channel’s longtime programming chief, exits the company at the end of this year, per TheWarp

“Michael has demonstrated incredible leadership and perseverance” in his nearly decade-long tenure at the network, CNN boss Chris Licht said when announcing the news of Bass’ departure. 

When former CNN president Jeff Zucker exited CNN after revealing a consensual relationship with a fellow executive, Bass was part of a group of executives tapped to help lead the network on an interim basis. 

Additionally, Bass was named to Licht’s team, which includes CNN Worldwide’s executive vice president for talent and content development Amy Entelis and CNN U.S.’ executive vice president Ken Jautz.

“He has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced,” Licht wrote in a memo to staff. 

“Along with a brilliant and courageous team, Michael kept CNN live and on air as COVID-19 shut the world down … And as a part of the “Trio,” Michael, Amy, and Ken guided CNN through a difficult transition period while simultaneously overseeing our exceptional coverage of the war in Ukraine.”

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Stephanie Ruhle: Elon Musk Isn’t Trying to ‘Tank’ Twitter

On Sunday, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, one of Musk’s sharpest critics, tweeted that she doesn’t believe Musk is trying to ruin the company. 

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Billionaire Elon Musk issued pink slips at Twitter last week which prompted thousands of resignations at the platform.  

On Sunday, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, one of Musk’s sharpest critics, tweeted that she doesn’t believe Musk is trying to ruin the company. 

“I don’t buy the argument that @elonmusk is trying to tank twitter,” she said. “No one knows how it will turn out…but clearly, he’s putting in A LOT of hours wrestling with this beast.” 

In July, The Hill reported that Ruhle branded Musk a “bully” after he posted a meme making fun of Hunter Biden. 

“Imagine the positive impact you could have on the world if you used the extraordinary amount of influence and power you have to spread decency, kindness and positivity?” Ruhle said.
“Imagine if MSNBC did that,” Musk responded. 

Twitter users responded to Ruhle Sunday by sharing some thoughts of whether they feel Musk is trying to “tank” the company. 

If Twitter doesn’t make enough revenue to cover debt payments, how many shares of Telsa will Elon have to sell to cover the payments?” One user said. 

“He’s clearly trying to tank it! He or someone who pays him sees it as a place where the truth gets out, people have some power, and liberals work together. He bought it to take a wrecking ball to it, nothing he’s done looks otherwise,” posted another user. 

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Benjamin Hall Accepts Award for Courage, Commitment to Newsgathering

Hall appeared at the 4th annual Patriot Awards last week to accept an award for his courage and commitment to newsgathering.

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Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall appeared at the 4th annual Patriot Awards last week to accept an award for his courage and commitment to newsgathering. 

In March, Hall was injured in a Russian artillery attack in Kyiv, Ukraine. Pierre Zakrzewski and local Ukrainian producer Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed in the attack. 

The award was presented by Harris Faulkner and Johnny Joey Jones. 

“Benjamin Hall has been and continues to be an inspiration to all of us. He is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met in my life and one heck of a journalist,” Faulkner said. 

“I wish I could be there in person to pick it up, but I can’t yet. I am doing very well now. I’m walking a lot better,” stated Hall. “I’m seeing better. My injuries are getting better and that is all thanks to the people who came to save me.”  

The blast resulted in Hall losing right leg and left foot. He has lost use of one eye, one ear, and his left hand. 

“It’s thanks to the people who put me back together. The doctors, the nurses, the airmen, the soldiers who all in some sense risked their own lives to save me. So, I want to lift this award to them, I want to lift his award to them, to all of us and to everyone who is doing the same sort of things out there. Thank you all. I’ll see you soon,” he added. 

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