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Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Fox News, Lou Dobbs to Proceed

A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit against Fox News and host Lou Dobbs filed by a Venezuelan businessman to proceed. 

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A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit against Fox News and host Lou Dobbs filed by a Venezuelan businessman to proceed. 

Majed Khalil filed the suit last year, alleging remarks made on Dobbs’s Twitter account and by Sidney Powell on Dobbs’s program defamed Khalil by accusing him of conducting an “electoral 9/11” and aiding change ballot counts in voting machines.

Dobbs, the Fox Corporation and Fox News argued the comments are protected under the First Amendment and not said with actual malice. However, U.S. District Court Judge Louis Lee Stanton denied the action on Monday. 

“Defendants repeatedly maintained their claims about Khalil long after Powell’s election fraud theories were challenged,” Stanton wrote in the ruling (h/t The Hill). 

“Numerous reports that declared the falsity of the claims against Dominion and Smartmatic and rejected Powell as an accurate source of information gave Defendants reasons to doubt Powell’s veracity and the accuracy of her reports.” 

The complaint is due to a tweet from Dobbs in Dec. 2020 listing Khalil as one of “four names” that people need to get familiar with. 

Dobbs accused him of being a liaison with Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the “effective COO” of an election rigging plan using Smartmatic and Dominion voting machines.

This case isn’t the only lawsuit concerning defamation in connection with the 2020 Presidential Election, as suits by Dominion have also been brought against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and Fox News.

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Greg Gutfeld: Debate Partnership Between Fox and Univision A Disaster

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After the second 2024 Republican Presidential debate Wednesday, many questioned the inclusion of Univision’s Ilia Calderón as a moderator. Greg Gutfeld of Fox News — who produced the debate — is in that camp. 

“My problem with the debate wasn’t really the candidates at all, because the outcomes you get are created by the design. And Fox joining Univision, perhaps, was the worst partnership I’ve ever seen since Bud Light hired Dylan Mulvaney,” Gutfeld joked during The Five Thursday.

“I mean, you have a host unload a litany of clichés, whose premise is, we challenge successfully every day, and yet they were treated as approved truths. She had no follow-up to each one, which was weird, so it was like a deliberate list prepared by the DNC to tweak the candidates and to tweak the audience. It didn’t feel like a journalism debate to me. It felt like The View without pastries.”

Gutfeld’s comments came after he commended Fox News anchor Dana Perino for her performance during the debate.

“I did not envy you,” Gutfeld said. “I was watching it. You were pretty much shouldering the load for two hours, and you didn’t break a sweat. It was amazing.”

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Erika Josephson Named Executive Producer for NBC News Daily

On Thursday afternoon, Janelle Rodriguez, the executive in charge of NBC News Now, shared a behind-the-scenes update. 

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NBC News Daily will have a new executive producer as Erika Josephson takes over the position. Josephson comes from within the NBCUniversal umbrella, working as a senior producer on the program from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports

On Thursday afternoon, Janelle Rodriguez, the executive in charge of NBC News Now, shared a behind-the-scenes update. 

Before taking on the executive producer role on the show hosted by Kate Snow and Zinhle Essamuah, Josephson also served as a line and segment producer at MSNBC and spent seven years at CBS News, producing news and feature pieces.

Furthermore, Josephson started on the assignment desk at NBC News and later became a producer for Weekend Today and Today.

There’s been plenty of movement at NBC News, as the network is reportedly teaming up with Salem Media Group to host a 2024 Republican presidential debate later this year.

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CNN Scores 10 News Emmy Award Wins

The network took home 10 wins on the night, setting a new record for itself in the process.

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The first night of the 44th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards was held Wednesday, and CNN was the big winner of the evening.

The network took home 10 wins on the night, setting a new record for itself in the process.

Additionally, longtime CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his distinguished career in news media. The network’s Washington Bureau Chief and Senior Vice President Sam Feist presented the award to Blitzer.

CNN won categories of Live Breaking News Coverage and Continuing News Coverage: Short Form for its reporting on the war in Ukraine. Additionally, Anderson Cooper 360 won three awards for Investigative News Coverage: Short Form, Hard News Feature Story: Short Form, and Live Interview: Short Form.

Christiane Amanpour was awarded the honor for Outstanding Live Interview: Long Form for her work with Russian Presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

Selina Wang took home the award for Outstanding Emerging Journalists.

Meanwhile, the network also won honors for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction.

The second night of the awards ceremony will take place this evening and will center upon documentaries.

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