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Geraldo Rivera, Greg Gutfeld Spar Over Abortion Rights

“The Five” saw a heated debate regarding the draft opinion by The Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Wednesday’s broadcast of “The Five” saw a heated debate regarding the draft opinion by The Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Co-hosts Geraldo Rivera and Greg Gutfeld traded jabs while debating abortion.

Rivera, who’s pro-choice, criticized Republicans who have responded to the draft opinion by expressing anger at the leak rather than at the impact it will have on women. 

“What this shows is that the Senate confirmation process by which a nominee is interrogated by both parties and give their reasons why they are fit to be on the high court is absolutely deeply flawed,” Rivera said, per Mediaite.

Furthermore, the Fox News host stated that he has three daughters and has to explain this decision and tell them they don’t have control over their bodies, considering they live in Ohio, which has a governor who wants to revive a “fetal heartbeat” bill. 

“What am I going to tell my daughters now? That they don’t have control over their body? That they can’t make those choices for themselves?”

After Rivera’s remarks, co-host Greg Gutfeld stepped in and pushed back, saying that pro-life is somewhat upfront with their beliefs.  

“You ask somebody why they’re pro-life, they will say because abortion takes a life and we believe life is sacred,” Gutfeld said. “You could disagree with that, but you can’t disagree with the simplicity of it.”

Gutfeld then noted the pro-choice cause as being, “I prefer freedom over fetuses.” As a result, it led Rivera to cut him off and say, “My body, my choice. How much simpler could you get?” Rivera interrupted.

“Let me finish,” Gutfeld protested. “You already did your ad hominem.”

Ad hominem? It was not,” Rivera fired back at his co-host. Gutfield then responded, “You insulted a few people there.”

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Sinclair CEO Says Political Environment Is “Very Good for Our Business”

Sinclair’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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The midterm elections are here, and according to one television executive, it’s the best time considering the amount of political advertisement money pouring into stations at the local and national. 

One key beneficiary of that cash inflow is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

“Some of these primary races are crazy,” Ripley said, per Deadline. “On the one hand, I lament that we’re in the political environment that we are. On the other hand, it’s very good for our business.”

Ripley used an example to make a point with his claim, citing U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance who won his primary race after spending a heavy amount ont television ads. 

Furthermore, the television executive adds that the $75 million spent on TV ads for the primary was 40 times more than what was spent on the primary in the last election. Ripley also added that spending on ballots is also up and should continue to increase as issues like abortion and legal gambling arise. 

“More and more issues are going on direct ballots,” he said. “With what’s going on with abortion rights, that’s going to just even add to that category.” Legalizing sports betting or cannabis are other issues generating significant ad spending.

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NBC News Correspondent Pete Williams to Retire

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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NBC News has announced Justice Department and Supreme Court correspondent Pete Williams will be retiring from the company. The reporter has been with the network for nearly three decades and has been at the forefront of many breaking news stories in Washington, DC. 

“Pete has been one of the nation’s foremost authorities covering the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice for nearly three decades,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a memo to staff

“His career has been defined by his reputation for accuracy, reliability, and unmatched expertise in the subjects he covers.” 

Williams has covered various topics for NBC News, including the court cases dealing with the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality. Earlier this year, the correspondent was the one who reported the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer would retire at the end of the current term.

“In short, for generations of NBC News reporters, working alongside Pete has been a daily masterclass in journalism. But perhaps more importantly, it has been a masterclass in what it means to be a good colleague,” Oppenheim added.

“Pete’s decency, kindness, and generosity are unmatched. For those that know Pete well, it’s his warmth, humor, wit, and compassion that will be missed most.”

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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Chris Licht: CNN Must Be Beacon of Journalism to Functional Democracy

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said

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CNN’s new president Chris Licht shed some light on the direction he plans to take the company at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront. 

Licht spoke at the presentation alongside Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who expressed that CNN will be organized “to advocate for journalism first” and deliver for viewers “seeking more accurate information and less yelling and conflict.”

Furthermore, Licht proposed similar aspirations as he summarized his plan for the cable news channel to double down on what many might call sane news. 

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said, per Mediaite.

“In a time where extremes are dominating cable news, we will seek to go a different way — reflecting the real lives of our viewers and elevating the way America and the world views this medium.”

The new CNN president also vows to “challenge the traditional philosophy of cable news, delivering programming and commentary that questions the status quo, shatters group-think, holds our leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to facts, and fights fearlessly to get to the truth.”

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