Chris Hayes: Brett Favre Scandal is ‘Cartoonish’
On Wednesday’s edition of “All In with Chris Hayes,” the MSNBC host labeled the scandal involving the former Green Bay Packers star Brett Favre as “cartoonish.”
Brett Favre finds himself in hot water after new text messages reveal how deeply former Mississippi governor Republican Gov. Phil Bryan was involved in one of the former NFL quarterback’s projects.
The text shows that the state paid more than $1 million in welfare money that was piped via a nonprofit group and spent on a new $5 million volleyball facility at The University of Southern Mississippi.
On Wednesday’s edition of “All In with Chris Hayes,” the MSNBC host labeled the scandal involving the former Green Bay Packers star as “cartoonish.”
After reading one of the text messages from Favre showed that the former quarterback had concerns about the media finding out what the money would be used for by the two.
“I mean, even by the standards of a state that I think is very poorly governed by the ruling Republican Party, this is an almost cartoonish scandal,” Hayes told his viewers. “We’re not so devastating a multimillionaire football star, a guy who doesn’t lack for money, who could, I don’t know, give his daughter to school a check.
“This guy MAGA Brett Favre, Republican governor, appeared to be involved in a scandal with the misuse of federal dollars. Federal dollars for the poorest members of the poorest state diverted to a volleyball facility even as then Governor Phil Bryant, of course, preached the gospel of so-called fiscal responsibility when he was in office.”
Favre and Bryant have not been criminally charged after news showing the text messages exchanged between the two.
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Lester Holt: No Need to Reinvent the Wheel Moderating Presidential Debates
“It’s a big crowd on that stage, and you really are wanting them to reveal themselves.”
As the prospective 2024 Republican presidential field continues to grow, media outlets have started preparations for how they will cover the nomination process. NBC News anchor Lester Holt says it’s easy to overcomplicate the process.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the NBC Nightly News anchor was asked about a report that the RNC was “impressed” by his pitch to moderate a debate featuring the prospective candidates. When asked how he would approach it, he argued the simpler the better.
“I probably wouldn’t reinvent the wheel. It’s a big crowd on that stage, and you really are wanting them to reveal themselves,” Holt said. “You have to let them kind of suss each other out and stake their game. But you know, those are always potential turning points in the direction of these elections.”
He was also asked about the run-up to the 2024 presidential election. Holt said there used to be some downtime in the race. However, he believes that simply doesn’t exist any longer.
“We used to think of this as the bye year, but there is no time off. We are into it. I always think the challenge in covering any election is to try to get the candidates to reveal themselves. And that’s really the most important thing,” the NBC Nightly News anchor shared.
“No matter what anyone else is saying around them, there will be those moments along the campaign trail that they’re going to define themselves. We want to be there to capture those moments.”
Chris Plante: I Left CNN in Disgust
“I was at the Pentagon covering the military and intelligence community most of the time, and I eventually left in disgust because I came to my senses.”
Chris Plante recently launched a primetime panel show on Newsmax, and after spending 17 years at CNN, he shared his knowledge of what is happening behind the scenes as the network continues going through a tumultuous time.
During Chris Plante The Right Squad Wednesday, the panel discussed the departure of Chris Licht, when Plante felt it was important to note that “I actually worked for CNN for many years back in that era.”
He then clarified his duties at the network before sharing that he departed for what he viewed as a liberal bias.
“I was at the Pentagon covering the military and intelligence community most of the time, and I eventually left in disgust because I came to my senses,” Plante concluded.
Plante’s comments came after panelist Kelly Sadler said that the “rebellion in the newsroom” was what led to Licht’s downfall, claiming that reporters and hosts didn’t want to move from their left-leaning positions.
“They were happy in their left-leaning lane that got zero ratings, and they want to be there, and no matter what leadership does, unless they fire their anchors and their news reporters, there’s going to be no change whatsoever at CNN,” said Sadler. “They’re just gonna fall to the leftist mob.”
CNN Appoints Trio of Executives to Temporarily Lead in Chris Licht’s Absence
They will receive support from the recently appointed Chief Operating Officer, David Leavy.
Chris Licht’s tenure as the head of CNN came to an abrupt end on Wednesday, just over a year after assuming the position.
As the network searches for a permanent replacement, a group of three editorial executives – Amy Entelis, Virginia Moseley, and Eric Sherling – will manage CNN on an interim basis. They will receive support from the recently appointed Chief Operating Officer, David Leavy.
Amy Entelis, 72, is a seasoned cable news executive who has been with CNN since 2012. Currently serving as the Executive Vice President for Talent and Content Development, Entelis is responsible for overseeing CNN’s documentary series and films, as well as recruitment for on-air talent.
She played a key role in the network’s recent Academy Award win for the documentary Navalny, which focuses on the imprisoned Russian dissident Aleksei A. Navalny. However, her division underwent downsizing as part of cost-cutting measures implemented by Chris Licht, who announced that CNN would cease purchasing original TV series and documentaries, according to The New York Times.
Virginia Moseley, 61, holds the position of Executive Vice President of Editorial at CNN. In this role, she oversees news gathering for television and digital platforms across the United States. Moseley joined CNN’s Washington bureau ten years ago as a deputy and was promoted to her current position in July 2022 by Chris Licht.
She is responsible for managing all U.S. bureaus and crafting coverage plans for reporting teams, including those covering the White House and Congress. Moseley previously worked at ABC News for 18 years, serving as a senior Washington producer for Good Morning America. She is married to Thomas R. Nides, the U.S. ambassador to Israel.
Eric Sherling, 48, has spent the majority of his career at CNN and currently serves as the Executive Vice President for U.S. Programming. He is responsible for overseeing all live programs, including morning shows, prime time, and special events.
Sherling, who has received Emmy, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards, played a pivotal role in the launch of CNN News Central, a daytime news program initiated under Chris Licht’s direction. Prior to his current position, Sherling led Washington programming and oversaw the launch of The Lead With Jake Tapper. He initially worked at CNN for nine years as Wolf Blitzer’s executive producer before a brief two-year stint at ABC’s Good Morning America. Sherling returned to CNN in 2011.
David Leavy, 53, was recently appointed as CNN’s Chief Operating Officer, indicating growing concerns about Chris Licht’s leadership. Leavy has worked for Discovery, now Warner Bros Discovery, for over two decades, most recently as the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. He served as a trusted deputy to David Zaslav, the company’s CEO. While taking on his new role at CNN,
Leavy will continue overseeing public policy and social responsibility at Warner Bros. Discovery. Earlier in his career, he served as a spokesman for the National Security Council and a deputy press secretary for foreign affairs during the Clinton administration.
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