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Keith Olbermann: Joe Scarborough ‘One Of The Worst Human Beings I’ve Ever Met’, Worrisome of Alex Wagner

“The entire morning of MSNBC’s programming features — and is ruled with an iron fist by — one of the worst human beings I have ever met,” said Olbermann.

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While detailing his history with new MSNBC primetime host Alex Wagner Tuesday, Keith Olbermann laid into MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough with some of the harshest criticisms imaginable on his Countdown with Keith Olbermann podcast.

“The entire morning of MSNBC’s programming features — and is ruled with an iron fist by — one of the worst human beings I have ever met,” said Olbermann. “The man who, in every day in 2015 and the start of 2016, tried to mainstream Donald Trump to the MSNBC audience and only stopped when he realized Trump was not going to offer him the Vice Presidency, ‘Joey Scars’ himself, Joe Scarborough.”

Olbermann’s sentiment came after he detailed his desire for Alex Wagner, whose new MSNBC show Alex Wagner Tonight debuts this evening, to be a guest host on his MSNBC version of Countdown during the late 2000s, but in his eyes, her lack of work ethic doomed her candidacy.

“I, along with the last executive producer of MSNBC version of Countdown, Richard Stockwell, all saw Alex Wagner from Politics Daily with The Huffington Post on, I’m pretty sure, Hardball with Chris Matthews. As we TV fatheads say, she popped. Jumped right off the screen. In many ways, not unlike Maddow did, before and after all the MSNBC geniuses who claimed credit for her success now fired her in 2006. Alex Wagner was well spoken, intelligent, informed, and vivacious, and you can teach any of those things but you cannot teach all of them to the same person.”

Olbermann then noted there was just one problem with Wagner. Just like Rachel Maddow, Wagner struggled to read the teleprompter. But unlike Maddow, Wagner, according to Olbermann, wasn’t willing to put in the work to fix the issue.

“When Stockwell and I lit upon the idea that Alex Wagner might be the next great guest host of Countdown and maybe someday, like the others (Maddow and O’Donnell) host her own MSNBC show spun off from ours, we invited her up for an audition and a meet-and-greet. Stockwell handled the audition and he came back to me that night crestfallen. It wasn’t only that Alex Wagner could not read the teleprompter, Stockwell told her ‘I told her we can teach her the teleprompter. She could become as good as Maddow in 30 minutes but she said how hard could it be? I can pick it up. Anyway, I gotta go to a dinner party’. Now, I didn’t hear that. That’s what Stockwell told me. I doubt he had the imagination to make it up.

“We talked to our people at Countdown and other MSNBC shows who had produced her segments and the same message came back each time. ‘Nice person, very intelligent, mails it in.’ “

Olbermann then went on to point out the amount of shows and career stops Wagner has had over the last 12 years since her Countdown audition, while saying while it may not sound like it, he wishes her success in her new role.

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CNN Media Editor An Phung Latest to Depart From Network

The changes at CNN continue as the network’s Senior Editor of Media, An Phung, announced on Wednesday via Twitter that she would leave her position.

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The changes at CNN continue as the network’s Senior Editor of Media, An Phung, announced on Wednesday via Twitter that she would leave her position. 

Phung has spent the last five and a half years on the media desk, working closely with reporter Oliver Darcy, managing editor Alex Koppelman, and former “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter. 

“I am sad to announce that I will be leaving CNN,” Phung tweeted. There isn’t enough room here to praise all the people who made it a great place to work. 

“And there are so many people to thank for helping me tell good and important stories about the threats against journalism and democracy.”

She didn’t reveal when her last day at CNN will be; however, Phung is “spending my remaining time at CNN expressing my gratitude to them.” During her time at the media desk, Phung has credited Darcy, Koppelman, and Stelter for making her a stronger editor. 

Phung didn’t disclose what’s next for her career and, for now, is reflecting on her time at CNN, considering having a background as a refugee. 

“For a kid born on a refugee boat, a prestigious job at CNN was never a given,” Phung tweeted. “Then to be able to work with some of the most brilliant journalists in the industry—this job has just exceeded my biggest and boldest childhood dreams. I am living proof of what is possible.”

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Fox Nation Announces Debut Date for ‘Cops’

FOX Nation announced that it is expanding its library of “COPS” shows with new episodes starting next week after it was initially canceled by Paramount Network.

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FOX Nation announced that it is expanding its library of “COPS” shows with new episodes starting next week.

In a release, the network said the new season will premiere with the first three 20-minute episodes dropping on September 30th, followed by a new offering debuting every Friday at 6 PM/ET throughout the fall.

“It has been nearly one year since we greenlit COPS and the reaction has been positively overwhelming,” said Jason Klarman, president of the streaming service.

FOX Nation will continue to offer a free, one-year subscription to all first responders, including police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics (EMS personnel).
 
“Our subscribers continue to flock to the series, and we’re excited to provide our engaged audience with more of the exclusive content they have come to rely on from FOX Nation,” added Klarman.

Last year, the Paramount Network canceled “COPS” following the murder of George Floyd. In reviving the series, Fox Nation has also picked up an additional 15 episodes from the 32nd season.

FOX Nation is available at foxnation.com

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Cenk Uygur Defends Having Dennis Prager on ‘The Young Turks’

“Because we’re not afraid of right-wingers and we don’t view media as an a**-kissing exercise, like traditional media does,” Uygur tweeted.

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Cenk Uygur, the host of “The Young Turks,” is defending his decision to have radio host Dennis Prager on his Thursday show. 

When pressed about having Prager, Uygur stated that their program isn’t afraid to have an alternative view which is what the traditional media does in his eyes. 

“Because we’re not afraid of right-wingers and we don’t view media as an a**-kissing exercise, like traditional media does,” Uygur tweeted.

“If you think afterward we didn’t sufficiently challenge him, then rip us. But you assume we’re not going to challenge him because you’re used to soft media.”

The episode with Prager goes live at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday and Uygur didn’t reveal what they’ll discuss with the radio host, but he did state that the show “should be a dynamic conversation, to say the least!”

Whatever they discuss, there are plenty of ongoing situations in the country to debate, whether it’s the immigration issue with governors facing backlash for political stunts to the upcoming midterm elections that are right around the corner.

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