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Rick Sanchez: My Online Presence Has Been Hijacked by a Cartoon

The former CNN host spoke about a cartoon character he believes he helped create during his time with the Turner-founded news channel.

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Former CNN host Rick Sanchez spoke about a cartoon character he believes he helped create during his time with the Turner-founded news channel. 

On his “Rick Sanchez News” show, Sanchez states his likeness inspired the cartoon Rick Sanchez on the highly popular Adult Swim show “Rick and Morty.” 

He says that although his name is common among Hispanics, the podcast host shared a clip of Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty Creator) riffing on his character for a new animated series for Adult Swim, which is also under the Turner umbrella. 

While Sanchez admits it’s a pretty cool homage, he says it’s been tough to compete against the animated character on Google search engine rankings, especially after CNN let him go and he tried to parlay his name into an online precence is now behind a cartoon character.

“My online presence didn’t exist. You see, Rick Sanchez, the person, had been replaced by Rick Sanchez the cartoon,” Sanchez said. 

“It sounds weird, right? That Turner Broadcasting would fire me and then give or allow my name to be placed on a cartoon character on one of their shows. I guess it’s kinda cool and maybe flattering—but most of all—really frustrating. My name was kinda hi-jacked.”

Furthermore, Sanchez says it’s the reason why he has to put “News” in his podcast title to help distinguish it from the cartoon character that he now shares a name.

“So now, when I say my name, or I hand people my credit card or try to book a flight. I get this—really, Rick Sanchez. Then I wait, and often what I hear is – wow, just like the cartoon character – yes, just like the cartoon character,” 

“And that is why we can’t call this podcast Rick Sanchez. We have to call it Rick Sanchez News. Because Rick Sanchez doesn’t belong to me anymore—even it was my brand name, and I had it first.”

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Report: More Than a Third of Twitter’s Top 100 Advertisers Have Exited

CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post that more than a third of the top 100 Twitter advertisers have abandoned the platform.

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One of Elon Musk’s most significant challenges, as he now owns Twitter, lies on the financial side as the Tesla CEO attempts to make the social media stay afloat or at least somewhat profitable. 

However, CNN’s Oliver Darcy shared the reporting done by the Washington Post in his “Reliable Sources” newsletter that more than a third of Twitter’s top 100 advertisers have abandoned the platform.

With advertisers exiting, the lack of ad revenue is one of the most significant dangers to Twitter since it accounted for approximately 90 percent of its income last year.

The reporting also reveals that the pausing of ad campaigns is getting under Musk’s skin. The new Twitter owner lashed out at brands again Tuesday for “starving” the company of revenue. 

Musk also strongly suggested he never really created a “content moderation council” due to advertisers who “broke the deal” they allegedly had with him when they began exiting the platform after he “agreed to this condition.”

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Elon Musk: Ownership of Twitter Isn’t ‘Right-Wing Takeover’

Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

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Last week saw Twitter have another mass exodus of staffers and Tesla CEO Elon Musk spoke with those who are still with the company, reassuring them that his ownership isn’t a “right-wing takeover.”

Furthermore, Musk stated that he doesn’t plan on moving the platform to Texas despite many suggesting he do so since, for him, it would send a wrong message. 

“If we want to move the headquarters to Texas, I think it would play into the idea that Twitter has gone from being left-wing to right-wing, which is not the case,” Musk said (h/t The Verge). “This is not a right-wing takeover of Twitter. It is a moderate-wing takeover of Twitter.”

However, Musk is open to the idea of having dual headquarters, one in San Francisco and another in Texas, but for now, his objective appears to be stabilizing the company after a rocky transition. 

Musk indicated he might be done with slashing employees, telling employees to refer potential staffers for engineering and sales positions.

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Blaze TV Hosts React To Controversy With Elon Musk, Twitter

Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter as the company has seen mass layoffs under Elon Musk.

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Blaze TV hosts are reacting to the ongoing controversy involving Twitter. Last week, CBS News said it was halting its activity on the platform amid layoffs and resignations at the company. 

Jeff Fisher joined Pat Gray and Steve Burguiere aka Stu, on the “Glenn Beck Show ” Monday to discuss some of the latest developments involving Twitter including owner Elion Musk banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. 

Burguiere said it’s strange to see how left-leaning pundits have demonized Elon Musk following his acquisition of Twitter. 

“This guy should be a liberal icon,” stated Burguiere. “We lose sight of this because he says things about free speech that I guess is exclusively a right-wing issue.” 

Burguiere said that Musk should be able to do anything that he wants with Twitter considering the amount of money he invested to purchase the company. 

“This whole thing that he’s the icon of free speech, I don’t know if that’s true,” added Burguiere. 

Musk announced recently that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones received a permanent ban on Twitter for his involvement in denying that the Sandy Hook massacre took place.

“He (Musk) has been a hard no on Alex no matter what,” said Fisher. 

“He has apologized for it,” Burguiere said. “He’s also been sued for billions of dollars over it.” 

“The thing about Alex Jones is that some of us don’t like what he said,” Gray remarked. “But, who cares, that’s what you call free speech.”

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