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Jesse Watters: It’s About Time CNN Criticized The Biden Administration

“Is the media frustrated with The Binder? Because The Binder has been babbling for a year, and the media said nothing.”

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It’s been a long couple of weeks for the Biden administration after a classified documents scandal. Fox News host Jesse Watters said it is about time CNN joined other media outlets in criticizing the administration.

“The media has let Biden get away with too much for too long,” the Jesse Watters Primetime host said. “They ignored inflation, gas prices, crime, the border, and they didn’t care. Those were your problems. But finally, the media’s mad about something. Why now? Because they were lied to about the only thing Washington takes seriously: classified documents.”

Watters then turned his attention to a report from CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy, who profiled the White House press corps growing discontent with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

“CNN just put a hit-piece out on The Binder (Jean-Pierre) saying she’s not well-equipped. She’s the least effective White House Press Secretary of the TV era, they say. CNN is even bashing The Binder for her binder, saying she struggles to take questions in the briefing room, and relies on her binder of talking points to respond to a simple question. Is the media frustrated with The Binder? Because The Binder has been babbling for a year, and the media said nothing.”

Darcy’s report detailed several members of the media’s frustration with Jean-Pierre. “I think you can tell the temperature has gone up a lot in the last few days,” one source told Darcy after the Press Secretary fielded questions about whether or not she lied to reporters after claiming there were no more classified documents from Biden’s time as the Vice President to be concerned about. 48 hours later, more documents were discovered that Jean-Pierre reportedly knew about.

“Are you upset that you came out to this podium on Friday with incomplete and inaccurate information? And are you concerned that it affects your credibility up here?” NPR correspondent Tamara Keith asked Jean-Pierre.

One White House reporter told Darcy they feel as if the press briefings from Jean-Pierre are “a painful waste of time”.

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Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes Negotiating Exits From GMA3

ABC News has reportedly been negotiating with the anchors this week about an amicable exit, with talks advancing “to the final stages”.

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According to a report from CNN’s Oliver Darcy, Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes are negotiating their exits from GMA3.

The anchors of Good Morning America’s third hour have been embroiled in a monthslong controversy after a reported romantic relationship between the anchors was revealed. The pair — who are each separately married — have remained off the air since the relationship was uncovered by The Daily Mail.

ABC News has reportedly been negotiating with the anchors this week about an amicable exit, with talks advancing “to the final stages”.

One source told Darcy that blame lies at the feet of both the anchors and ABC.

“There is a lot of frustration on all sides that it could have been handled better,” the source claimed.

A December report from The Confider claimed that ABC News staffers had grown tired of the coverage and the actions of the anchors, with one source saying “It’s an f—ed-up situation and there’s probably going to have to be some sacrificial lambs.”

After Robach and Holmes were temporarily removed from their positions, GMA3 saw a slight decrease in viewership.

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Cenk Uygur: Forcing DirecTV to Carry Newsmax Isn’t Capitalism

Cenk Uygur outlined why forcing a company like DirecTV to carry Newsmax doesn’t align with the United States’ capitalist views.

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Newsmax is no longer available for DirecTV subscribers and while the CEO Chris Ruddy believes that the company’s goal was to censor the network, “The Young Turk’s” Cenk Uygur doesn’t think that’s the case.

Uygur put together a thread on Thursday where he outlined why forcing a company like DirecTV to carry Newsmax doesn’t align with the United States’ capitalist views. 

“I don’t know how much Newsmax asked for, but ten cents per subscriber is in the ballpark of a channel of that size,” Uygur tweeted. “That would mean they were asking for $66 million a year. Now conservatives are saying @DIRECTV should be made to pay that ransom because of political correctness.

“… When the government forces one company to pay another company because they like the politics of the second company is that socialism or communism?”

Uygur corrected the math on the second tweet as he roughly estimated how much Newsmax wants to reach an agreement with DirecTV. 

“Number of households I used for this calculation is wrong,” Uygur tweeted. “@DIRECTV is in 13.5 million households, so in this hypothetical the right-wing is demanding that they give just a $16.2 million to Newsmax. Forcing a company to pay someone else $16M is still not anywhere near capitalism.”

On Wednesday, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy appeared on The Howie Carr Show to discuss the situation and claimed DirecTV got exactly what it wanted.

“This is a blow. Their de-platforming of us was more than symbolic. It was vicious,” Ruddy said. “We’ve been on AT&T DirecTV for over five years, never had a real problem. We were up for renewal on our cable agreements — and like a lot of start-up channels — we weren’t paid a license fee.”

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CNBC Reshuffles Lineup, Brian Sullivan Takes Over Shepard Smith’s 7 pm Hour

CNBC president KC Sullivan announced several programming and anchor changes to the network, including naming the replacement for Shepard Smith’s 7 pm Hour.

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CNBC president KC Sullivan announced several programming and anchor changes to the network (h/t TV Newser).

Sara Eisen moves from Closing Bell to co-anchor the 10 am. ET hour of Squawk on the Street, joining Carl Quintanilla and David Faber. As part of Eisen’s arrival, Squawk on the Street will be extended to a second hour, 11 am-12 pm. 

The second hour will replace TechCheck, and be co-anchored by Quintanilla and Eisen from the New York Stock Exchange, where the pair will continue to bring the analysis of the markets and economy.

Morgan Brennan will shift from Squawk on the Street to Closing Bell: Overtime, co-anchoring the broadcast with Jon Fortt from Englewood Cliffs HQ. Senior markets commentator Michael Santoli will provide daily analysis into Closing Bell: Overtime from the New York Stock Exchange. 

Fortt recently co-hosted TechCheck, which will take on a different form — a franchise with several daily segments across Business Day anchored by Deirdre Bosa from the San Francisco bureau.

Scott Wapner transitions as host of Closing Bell: Overtime (4 pm) to Closing Bell at 3 pm and continues to host Halftime Report at Noon ET. Halftime Report will now broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Furthermore, Frank Holland will anchor Worldwide Exchange.

Nonetheless, the most notable announcement concerns CNBC’s 7 pm hour, which has been vacant since the network decided to cancel The News with Shepard Smith back in November. The business news channel is filling that hour with a new show named Last Call, anchored by Brian Sullivan.

“Last Call is a fast-paced, entertaining business show that explores the intersection of money, culture and policy,” Sullivan, the network president, wrote in a staff memo. 

“Through panels, debates and newsmakers, Last Call will not only deliver fresh takes on the biggest business topics of the day, but also shine a light on the other important stories that our viewers may have missed, all with an eye on what’s going to matter to the markets the next day.”

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