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MSNBC, ‘Morning Joe’ Discussing Primetime Specials

Variety reported that Joe Scarborough and “Morning Joe” would like to launch a series of quarterly — possibly even monthly — hourlong primetime specials.

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MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” is one of the marquee shows for the cable news channel and it appears as though president Rashida Jones ponders having the group appear in primetime. 

Variety reported on Wednesday that Joe Scarborough would like to launch a series of quarterly — possibly even monthly — hourlong primetime specials that could take viewers on in-depth discussions into topics like voting rights or some of the challenges facing American cities. 

“It would be an opportunity to branch out and do some different things,” Scarborough said. “I really want the content to drive the placement, and as the year plays out and the ideas play out, that will drive where these things hit.”

A possible move into the primetime slot comes on the heels of “Morning Joe” adding a fourth hour to their show to catch more people on the West Coast to tune into the MSNBC program.

With the show now attempting to grab viewers in the Pacific Time zone, it now appears they are going after the primetime audience if the group does indeed push through with these specials. 

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    Pat R.

    December 2, 2022 at 9:46 am

    There may very well be an appetite for Morning Joe derivatives which are a natural evolution of politics, and “kingmaker” alternatives that would not compete or cannibalize its current format and its strengths.

    One of those might be along the lines of debating the future, or comparing the outcomes of what could, or would have been if the loser had been the winner, or if the winner had actually lost.

    The instructional value is enormous, remains squarely in the speculative space of research, and an innovation which fosters growth without losing a focus on reality. Not so many could pull this off well, but whoever does dare such a journey is likely to glean the rewards.

    For example, no one has yet expressed, or speculated what a Hillary administration could, or would have accomplished if Trump forces had not overcome and buried her campaign. It may well be the next step in each significant campaign election that was, or could have been viable, and successful. Current speculators have attempted to discuss that theory about Trump, but it has yet to be attempted with the Hillary campaign.

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CNN Asks Florida Judge to Toss Out Donald Trump’s Defamation Suit

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election.

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Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against CNN in October; now, over a month later, the cable news channel is asking a judge in Florida to toss the case (h/t The Hill).

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election. Trump’s attorneys argued CNN “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source.”

Additionally, Trump’s lawyer says that CNN attempted “to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.”

CNN lawyers have pushed back against Trump’s claims saying that the former president “seeks to silence any criticism of Plaintiff’s debunked claim that the 2020 presidential election was ‘stolen.’”

“Any alleged association resulting therefrom are also ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ and ‘pure opinion’ under well-established principles of defamation law,” CNN’s lawyers added.

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Investor Cautions Over Possible Fox-News Corp. Merger

Irenic Capital, which owns about 2 percent of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger between Fox and News Corp.

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Rumors have swirled over Fox and News Corp. possibly merging into one entity, but Irenic Capital, which owns about 2% of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger.

A merger would produce a more complicated company and turn off investors rather than increase the company’s lagging stock price, Irenic Capital stated in a letter to the News Corp. board.

“And even if such synergies do exist today, they would principally benefit Fox and reside in the News Media segment of News Corp,” Irenic Capital said (h/t Deadline). “For example, Fox Business may benefit from greater integration with The Wall Street Journal and some of Dow Jones’ other properties, but it is highly debatable whether the benefits from such an association flow both ways.

“Combining News Corp with Fox will result in a combined company that is obviously more complex than both companies left separate.” 

Irenic believes a unification would aid Fox far better than News Corp. and cautioned that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to investigate all possible routes to develop value beyond the one suggested by its primary shareholder.

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Fox News Lights All-American Christmas Tree

The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

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Fox News held its annual All-American Tree Lighting at FOX Square in New York, New York Monday during “The Five.” The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

In a release, the network said it partnered with the Police Athletic League (PAL) to host a toy drive benefiting New York City’s youth. The network also honored first responders by selecting representatives of the FDNY and NYPD to light this year’s tree.

Guests included FOX News personalities and their families along with first responders from the NYPD and FDNY, including members of NYPD Precinct 32, who lost Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera this year, and members of EMS Station 49, who lost EMS captain Alison Russo earlier this year.

FOX’s All-American Christmas tree stands at 50 feet tall and is adorned by 12,000 ornaments and 340,000 lights. The tree has 500 branches, a star topper that is over six feet tall and more than four miles of cord wrapped throughout.  Made in America, the tree features a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue decorations.

“After a busy year in America, it’s nice to, let’s just take a step back and celebrate traditions like this and remember how important it is to come together and focus on what truly matters,” said co-host Dana Perino. “This tree is not just for us to enjoy. We want you watching at home to be able to come here and make Christmas memories with your family and friends and of course, your pets, too, of course, as you can imagine.”

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