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Meghan McCain Calls GOP AZ Governor Candidate “Unhinged”

McCain is continuing her war of words with GOP candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake. 

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Former “The View” co-host and Daily Mail columnist Meghan McCain is continuing her war of words with GOP candidate for governor of Arizona, Kari Lake. 

Lake was recently on One America News Network going after McCain, saying “she’s irrelevant” and continuing by saying her section of the Republican Party has its days numbered. 

“Bottom line is Meghan McCain, you know, she couldn’t even sell 300 copies of her book. Nobody’s interested. She’s irrelevant. And she’s part of that establishment swamp section of the Republican Party,” Lake said.

“And they know their days are numbered. They know it’s over. And like a rabid dog who’s been cornered, she’s thrashing around and trying to throw a fit.”

McCain shot back, retweeting the clip and stating, “This is psycho, unhealthy and unhinged. If I ever go missing, please check this woman’s basement first please.”

That wasn’t the initial response that McCain had to the Lake remarks from her appearance on OAN, as a new deleted tweet relayed by Mediaite showed a much more upset version of the columnist. 

“Keep obsessing over me like an exboyfriend qanon b—h @KariLake.

Why exactly can’t you keep my name out of your head or mouth? This is daily,” McCain tweeted. “Once again, are me and my Twitter account really the most pressing issues for Arizona and their voters? I just don’t believe that.”

It will be interesting to see whether Lake will respond to these tweets as the two have sparred on various occasions leading up to the midterm elections. 

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10% of Daily Wire Revenue in 2023 Came From Commerce Sales

The majority of its revenue in that division came from razors and other bathroom products.

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As The Daily Wire continues to become a conservative media powerhouse, the digital outlet also has seen marked improvement in its product sales, earning more than $20 million in 2023.

According to a report from Axios’ Sara Fischer, the company saw $22 million from commerce in 2023, garnering 10% of the company’s total revenue for the year.

The majority of its revenue in that division came from razors and other bathroom products. The company jumped into the razor business after razor blade company Harry’s pulled its advertising more than two years ago for what it called “misaligned values” with the conservative outlet.

“We launched Jeremy’s Razors for the same reason we launched a general and kids entertainment business and a news, commentary, and podcasting business: because in order to win we have to rip the economy in two,” Daily Wire co-CEO Jeremy Boreing told Axios.

Jeremy’s Razors earned $19 million of the $22 million the company secured during the calendar year. That figure represents a jump up from the $10 million it made in the previous year.

According to Axios, the additional $3 million in commerce sales came from merchandise from the company’s conservative t-shirts and other branded items.

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New Rules to Limit the Reach of State-Affiliated Media Accounts on TikTok

“The social media giant released a statement Thursday, outlining its new rules.”

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TikTok is taking a stand against state-affiliated media accounts attempting to manipulate global audiences. The social media giant released a statement Thursday, outlining its new rules. They don’t bode well for state-affiliated media accounts.

According to the news rules, reach will be limited, preventing those accounts from appearing on users’ main feeds. TikTok began labeling state-affiliated media accounts two years ago. The new measures build upon that policy, and come in advance of the 2024 U.S. election.

The platform will also no longer allow state-affiliated media accounts to advertise outside of their home country. The decision comes after a study by the Brookings Institution revealed an increase in usage of TikTok by Russian state-affiliated accounts, with a particular focus on spreading messages in English and Spanish.

Other social media platforms have also struggled with foreign propaganda. However, Meta-owned Facebook and Instagram, as well as Elon Musk’s X have faced less scrutiny. TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, has raised concerns over national security due to its Chinese ownership. The company has continually denied these claims and is currently suing the federal government over a law that would require it to sever ties with its parent company in order to continue operating in the U.S..

In addition to these measures, TikTok announced it will regularly update its efforts to combat covert influence operations on the platform. The company has disrupted fifteen operations during the first four months of the year. Among them, one that targeted audiences in Indonesia during their presidential elections.

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FCC Proposal Would Require Disclosure of AI Use in Political Advertising

“…Consumers have a right to know when AI tools are being used in the political ads they see…”

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The rise of Artificial Intelligence has been a hot-button topic in media circles. Now, the FCC is looking at requiring political advertising to disclose if a commercial utilized the technology.

The proposal from FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel would not prohibit the use of AI-generated content in political advertising. Instead, it would simply require the advertiser to use both on-air and written notification that the content was created by the technology.

Rosenworcel shared her thinking behind the proposal.

“As artificial intelligence tools become more accessible, the Commission wants to make sure consumers are fully informed when the technology is used,” she said. “Today, I’ve shared with my colleagues a proposal that makes clear consumers have a right to know when AI tools are being used in the political ads they see, and I hope they swiftly act on this issue.”

According to results from TechSurvey 2024 from Jacobs Media, 3/4 of respondents said they would support regulations of the technology, with another 39% saying they had major issues with AI-voiced spots.

FCC commissioners will vote on a proposal, and if enacted will allow public comment on any proposed regulations.

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