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Sunny Hostin: Bill Maher ‘Should Be Ashamed’ Of How He Talks About ‘Wokeness’

During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Maher expressed his belief that “woke” started as a “good thing” but turned into an “eye roll.”

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On Thursday, “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin criticized comedian Bill Maher for his negative views on “wokeness” and stated that he should be “ashamed.” Hostin argued that the term “woke” has been misconstrued by Maher and the political right. Maher associates the word “woke” with identity politics and a range of perspectives, a viewpoint that Hostin vehemently opposes. 

She argues that the term originated during the civil rights movement and has always been about fighting against racism and social injustice and promoting equality.

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin asked Hostin why “diversity of opinion” should not be part of the definition of “woke.” Hostin explained that this is a co-opting of the term, and the goal is to take power away from Black people standing up for what they deserve in this country. Farah Griffin then asked why “diversity of thought” would not be included if the goal is to reach as much diversity, inclusion, and equity as possible. Hostin explained that “woke” is not a political term and should not be equated with political beliefs or opinions.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg argued that Republicans need to “admit” they were “asleep” and unaware of what needed to happen. Goldberg also criticized Maher in January 2022 for comments he made about COVID-19 and masking.

During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Maher expressed his belief that “woke” started as a “good thing” but turned into an “eye roll.” He feels that Democrats can sometimes take it too far and that “woke” has become synonymous with being against diversity of ideas. He also expressed frustration that Abraham Lincoln, a figure he believes should not be controversial, has become controversial among liberals.

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Popular CNN Podcast and Newsletter ‘5 Things’ Gets Weekday Morning Slot on Max

Hosted by Kate Bolduan, the new program will debut on Monday, April 15th on the streaming service.

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CNN has announced plans to create a streaming TV news program based on its popular podcast and newsletter 5 Things on Max.

Hosted by Kate Bolduan, the new program will debut on Monday, April 15th on the streaming service.

“It’s the five essential stories of the morning in five minutes or less,” Bolduan said in a video promoting the launch of the show.

The show was set to be a tentpole of the shuttered CNN+ streaming service when it launched before Warner Bros. Discovery ended the platform mere weeks after its introduction.

A launch of a new program from CNN on the Max platform is latest expansion of the news brand’s digital focus under new CEO Mark Thompson.

In the March 2024 rankings from Podtrac, 5 Things was the 20th most listened-to podcast in the country, falling one spot from its previous month’s ranking.

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Leland Vittert: Joseph Goebbels Would Be Proud of Tucker Carlson

“He’s taking the side of terrorists. There’s no other explanation than his unabashed hatred of Jews.”

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In an interview for his digital video show, Tucker Carlson interviewed a Palestinian Christian Pastor — Dr. Munther Isaac — who claimed the Israelis, not the Palestinians, are killing members of his faith in Bethlehem. NewsNation host Leland Vittert couldn’t hold in his criticism of his former Fox News colleague after seeing the interaction.

In his takedown of Carlson, Vittert argued that the pastor he sat down with has lived and worked in an area controlled by Palesinians for “almost two decades,” so his insinuation that it is actually Israel doing the damage in his area is preposterous.

“If you wake up in the morning and decide that your Christian faith requires you to support a foreign government blowing up churches and killing Christians, I think you’ve lost the thread,” Carlson said while speaking with the reverend on his Tucker on X program published Tuesday.

Leland Vittert — after juxtaposing Carlson’s opinions with those of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart — took the opportunity to compare Tucker Carlson to one of the more prominent Nazi figures.

“Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi propaganda chief — would be proud,” said Vittert. “Tucker’s a smart guy. Yet, he’s taking the side of terrorists. There’s no other explanation than his unabashed hatred of Jews. Twenty years ago, we all remember, Stewart exposed Tucker for what he is. That ended Carlson’s tenure on CNN’s Crossfire.

“But there’s a larger lesson to take now six months since Hamas attacked Israel, since the hostages were taken. Hamas has been exposed for what they are. Stewart has been exposed for caving to his liberal viewers. Carlson’s been exposed for siding with terrorists. And now in America – and this is the sad part – hating Jews, calling for their destruction, celebrating their rape? It’s now ok. It’s hard to have peace with people who think that is ok.”

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CBS News to Rebrand Streaming Network

The network will add new programming as it comes under the full control of the division’s President and CEO Wendy McMahon.

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CBS News has announced an upcoming rebrand of its streaming network and will double the amount of live hours in the process.

On Monday, April 22nd, CBS News Streaming Network will become CBS News 24/7. The network will add new programming as it comes under the full control of the division’s President and CEO Wendy McMahon.

“CBS News 24/7 is a decidedly ambitious evolution of our streaming efforts,” said McMahon. “Data backs up our bet on a fresh, timely, and distinctive approach to breaking news and live coverage. Our audiences crave it, and we’re in the best position to deliver it.”

The network will add a show with John Dickerson called The Daily Report, as well as an extended edition of America Decides on the date of the rebranding. CBS News Roundup and CBS News Confirmed will each be added later this year.

Several “hub” cities will help contribute content to the streaming network. Those hubs will include Cleveland, Columbus, Des Moines, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, New Orleans, Phoenix, Raleigh, St. Louis, San Antonio, and Tampa.

“These news hubs will help us overall respond to stories faster during breaking news simply because we will have people there,” Senior Vice President of Domestic Newsgathering Terri Stewart told CNN’s Oliver Darcy. “Our national movement of community journalism is in response to population shifts across the country, and it’s an extension of what we did at CBS Stations to turn neighborhoods into newsrooms.”

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