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Bill O’Reilly: Liberal Media Reaction to Trump Raid ‘Preposterous’

The biggest example of hysterical reaction, according to O’Reilly, came from longtime ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson, who compared Trump to Al Capone.

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During Monday afternoon’s episode of Bill O’Reilly’s No Spin News and Analysis, the former Fox News host called reaction from “liberal media” to the raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate by the FBI as “preposterous”.

After playing a clip of MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross saying Americans wanted to see a “perp walk” of Donald Trump, O’Reilly replied “NBC? Comcast? Paying for this kind of vitriol every single day? I don’t know.”

He then played a portion of an interview with MSNBC former California Congresswoman Jane Harmon, where she speculated Trump could have sold or given valuable nuclear weapons information to Russia or Saudi Arabia.

“Well, she’s lost her mind,” said O’Reilly, after calling her a smart woman who had appeared on his show several times before. “In her view, she can go on national, or international, television and tell the public that a former president might be selling classified information to Russia, Saudi Arabia, whatever. That’s what that woman just said. That is so irresponsible, and stupid to boot, that it’s…I don’t even have the adjective. I’m not shocked anymore. This is the kind of garbage every single day that’s on American television. Every single day. But Jane Harmon? Really. Come on.”

The biggest example of hysterical reaction, according to O’Reilly, came from longtime ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson, who compared Trump to Al Capone. Capone, a noted Chicago gangster, was accused of ordering the murder of several rivals before ultimately going to prison for income tax evasion.

“I feel bad, because in his prime, Donaldson did some good reporting,” O’Reilly countered. “He was biased to the left, everybody knows that, but he was a hard working reporter who was at ABC when I was at ABC. Hey Sam, the IRS didn’t discover Al Capone did anything. It was a Treasury operation. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Obviously didn’t read “Killing The Mob” (a book O’Reilly authored).

“And to even surmise, that the Justice Department is gonna get Trump because maybe he did other things, on this, makes the Justice Department look stupid, Sam. Not cool. It makes them look corrupt. If Donald Trump did something, by removing classified documents he should not have? Legitimate. Let’s see what did he remove. What’s the charge? What did you find out, Merrick Garland? Let’s see it. But this kind of nonsense (media reaction)? Stupid. That’s the only word I have. Yet, there they are. National TV. And people go ‘ahh Al Capone. That’s right’. You would think the whole media industry is now a Saturday Night Live skit. That’s what it is.”

O’Reilly then pointed out sound byte from America First host Sebastian Gorka he considered unreasonable, as well. Gorka declared the former President has done nothing wrong, which O’Reilly noted Gorka can’t possibly know.

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James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Hit With Layoffs

Layoffs continue to hit the media industry as James O’Keefe announced the Project Veritas dismissals in a Nov. 28 internal email.

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Layoffs continue to hit the media industry as James O’Keefe announced the Project Veritas dismissals in a Nov. 28 internal email reviewed by The Daily Beast.

Approximately six people will be laid off, according to a person familiar with the plan and the report cites that it’s not transparent how many people work for Project Veritas, but from the nonprofit’s tax returns from 2019—the most recent available—list 45 employees.

Laying off six employees would mean more than 10 percent of the nonprofit’s staff were let go. Nonetheless, Project Veritas didn’t confirm the numbers to The Daily Beast

“As a part of our annual review process, we assess the performance of our organization and manage headcount to focus on attracting, maintaining and hiring the best talent available,” the group stated to The Daily Beast.

 “We’re always looking to hire the best people to carry out the gold standard of investigative journalism.”

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BuzzFeed Axes 12 Percent of Its Workforce Due to Costs Cuts

BuzzFeed is axing 12 percent of its workforce, or around 180 staffers, as the company cites costs cuts and becomes the latest media outlet to lay off workers.

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Media outlets are following through with layoffs or at least considering job cuts to ensure particular budgets, and the latest BuzzFeed is axing 12 percent of its workforce or around 180 staffers (h/t Variety). 

The reason for BuzzFeed’s decision to axe jobs is due to cut costs as the digital media company faces headwinds, including an ad-spending withdrawal and the culmination of its integration of Complex Media.

“In order for BuzzFeed to weather an economic downturn that I believe will extend well into 2023, we must adapt, invest in our strategy to serve our audience best, and readjust our cost structure,” CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in a memo to employees about the job cuts.

The bulk of the company’s layoffs happened on Dec. 6, with only a few cases of severance extending into 2023

BuzzFeed reported a 15 percent boost in revenue, to $103.7 million, boosted by Complex Networks for the third quarter of 2022. However, its net loss increased to $27.0 million compared with a net loss of $3.6 million in the year-earlier period. 

“It is clear that advertisers are continuing to exercise caution around spending as a function of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” CFO Felicia DellaFortuna said on the earnings call.

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GE Purchases Every Ad In The New York Times

GE included more than 22 full-page color ads in the paper of record’s print edition Tuesday.

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For the first time in its history, only one advertiser is shown in today’s edition of The New York Times.

GE included more than 22 full-page color ads in the paper of record’s print edition Tuesday. The company is being split into three separate publicly traded companies, GE HealthCare, GE Aerospace, and GE Vernova, an energy division.

The first investor day, according to Sara Fischer of Axios, is scheduled for Thursday.

In addition to all of the newspaper’s advertising, GE also purchased much of the real estate on the outlet’s website, and also secured space in the company’s popular The Daily podcast.

Fischer’s report says GE spent “seven-figures” in the campaign.

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