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Keith Olbermann: ‘Never Saw Bernard Shaw Be Nice to Anybody’

“And I’m sorry to say this under these circumstances but I never saw Bernie Shaw be nice to anybody.”

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Former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw died Wednesday, and former co-worker Keith Olbermann opined about the anchor’s death on his podcast Friday.

The Countdown With Keith Olbermann host noted Shaw gave CNN credibility when it struggled to find its footing during its first decade, but also claimed Shaw was not a kind man.

“Bernard Shaw was also the anchor of CNN’s firsts newscast of record Prime News. When I broke in at CNN, 1981-1984, I spent about a third of my time working from the Washington bureau of CNN, often for weeks at a time. And I’m sorry to say this under these circumstances but I never saw Bernie Shaw be nice to anybody.

“The newscast Bernie Shaw did was in the newsroom. In the middle of all the desks. Every person there at every desk — and there had to have been 40 of them right around the anchor desk — was on a deadline of some sorts. All I remember about Bernard Shaw from literally 100 days or more from the newsroom while he was on the air was the studio lights coming on and Bernard Shaw shouting ‘Typewriters’. And everybody there, no matter how important their task, or how pressing their deadline, stopped their typewriting. Except me, of course. I didn’t work for him.”

Olbermann then went on to criticize Shaw’s work during a 1988 Presidential debate between then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and opponent Michael Dukakis, a staunch opponent of capital punishment.

“As the opening question, this is what Bernie Shaw said: ‘The first question goes to Governor Dukakis. You have two-minutes to respond. Governor, if Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?’ There must have been a reason for Bernard Shaw to frame that question in such a way. To make another man hypothesize about the rape and murder of his own wife live, in public, on television, in a president debate. There must have been a reason to frame it that way, but I’ve been thinking about it pretty much non-stop since 1988, and I’ll be damned if I ever figured out what that reason was.”

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Alleged Fox News Hacker of Viral Tucker Carlson Clips Indicted

“We obviously emphatically deny these charges and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to defend him and exonerate him.”

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After being arrested last year as the accused hacker of the viral clips of Tucker Carlson after his exit from Fox News, former Deadspin editor Tim Burke has been indicted in a federal court.

Burke was arrested Thursday morning in Tampa Bay, and is charged with 14 crimes, including conspiracy.

Law enforcement officials allege Burke and an unnamed accomplice used “compromised credentials” to illegally access video streams from Fox News to distribute unflattering clips of Carlson after his high-profile exit from the conservative cable outlet last April.

The complaint also alleges that Buke took “specific steps” to mask how and where the clips — which were ultimately published by Media Matters — were obtained.

Attorneys representing Burke allege he did nothing wrong in obtaining and disseminating the videos.

“It’s not hacking, it’s just good investigative journalism,” Maddux told the Tampa Bay Times Thursday. “We obviously emphatically deny these charges and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to defend him and exonerate him.”

Earlier this year, the ACLU of Florida agreed, claiming the details of Burke’s case have a “chilling effect on journalism.”

The videos of Tucker Carlson were released in a steady stream by Media Matters. Over the course of several days, clips of Carlson railing against the FOX Nation streaming service, drinking on the job, asking a makeup artist if she had pillow fights during sleepovers, and his controversial interview with rapper Kanye West that featured anti-Semitic comments from the artist were all released by the media watchdog organization.

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Mehdi Hasan Joins The Guardian After MSNBC Exit

“It’s a huge honor and a privilege.”

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MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan departed the cable news network earlier this year. He now has a new home at The Guardian.

Hasan has joined The Guardian U.S. as a regular columnist, giving his commentary on politics, culture, race, and other topics for the outlet.

“I have been poring over columns in the Guardian since I was a teenager. Now I get to write some of my own in what is perhaps one of the busiest and biggest news years of my lifetime,” said Hasan told Semafor. “It’s a huge honor and a privilege.”

The outlet’s editor, Betsy Reed, said the publication is “proud to provide a platform for his incisive political commentary, relentless advocacy for human rights an

d free speech, and fearless accountability for those in power. Mehdi is the latest addition to a stellar, expanding roster of opinion writers here at Guardian US, and I look forward to his contributions in the months ahead.”

MSNBC canceled The Mehdi Hasan Show in November. The network faced charges of silencing Muslim voices after several members of the faith were removed from their posts on the network. It denied the accusations that came weeks after the October 7th terrorist attacks from Hamas against Israel.

Hasan then announced his departure from the network last month, saying it was his decision to leave MSNBC.

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Tucker Carlson on Putin Sit-Down: ‘There’s A Lot About That Interview I Don’t Really Understand’

“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do…I don’t think he was very effective.”

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Tucker Carlson is speaking about his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin and says there are portions of the interview he’s dumbfounded by.

The former Fox News host joined Glenn Beck for his BlazeTV program to discuss the high-profile interview. Carlson has received plenty of backlash for his sit-down interview with Putin, with critics calling the dialogue with the dictator ‘Pure Propaganda’ and saying he acted ‘like an eager puppy’ during the conversation.

“I was enraged because I thought — I didn’t go into the interview feeling like I had to posture, morally,” said Carlson of the first few long-winded answers from the Russian leader. “I took a look at the last interview he did with the Western journalist, and the entire interview was the reporter from some dumb news outlet being like, ‘I’m a good person, you’re a bad person!’ I’m not interested in proving I’m a good person. People can assess, God can assess. I just wanted information.

“But I was infuriated because I thought he was filibustering. So really pretty straightforward. The obvious question which is, why did you do this? Why do you send troops into eastern Ukraine? And he goes on this long answer, and so I interrupted him a couple of times, or I tried to. He got very snippy,” admitted Carlson. “And then I realized, no, this is the answer. He’s thinks differently.”

Tucker Carlson then noted he wasn’t entirely sure of Putin’s reasoning for taking the interview, but admitted if the goal was to turn Western support to Russia’s side, the leader failed in that mission.

“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do. There’s a lot about that interview that I don’t really understand. I don’t think he was very effective. If his goal was to win a Western audience to his perspective.

“It didn’t make me more pro-Putin. Not that I was. And by the way, I should just say at the outset, I’ve been accused of being pro-Putin and I’m not, but if I was, that’s okay, too, right? I’m an adult man and an American. I can like or dislike anyone I want. I can have any opinion I want. I’m not ashamed of it. And the idea that like, a small number of people in D.C. get to decide what I believe is not something I accept.”

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