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Fired Fox News Producer: Newsroom Culture Made Me Consider Suicide

“I thought I could just walk in front of a car and I wouldn’t have to go to work tomorrow.”

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Former Fox News producer Abby Grossberg — who was fired by the network after filing a lawsuit claiming she was pressured to lie in her deposition as part of Dominion Voting System’s lawsuit against the outlet — claims the culture of the newsroom made her consider ending her life.

In an interview with NBC News, Grossberg called the environment at Fox News “toxic”, adding that she was “verbally violated on almost a daily basis”. She claims she experienced rampant sexual harassment during her time with the company.

“I reached a breaking point where the harassment was so bad that I called a crisis line,” Grossberg said. “I thought I could just walk in front of a car and I wouldn’t have to go to work tomorrow.”

Grossberg also claimed she believed she and Fox News host Maria Bartiromo were being used as scapegoats as the network defends itself against the $1.6 billion lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems. The election machine company claims Fox News knowingly — or should have known — aired false claims about the 2020 presidential election that defamed the company.

Fox News denies any allegations maintained by Grossberg, saying “The assertion that Ms. Grossberg was coached or intimidated into being dishonest during her Dominion deposition is patently false. We will continue to vigorously defend Fox against her unmeritorious legal claims, which are riddled with false allegations against the network and our employees.”

The network says it has hired outside counsel to investigate Grossberg’s sexual harassment claims.

The cable outlet does have a sordid history of sexual harassment claims. In 2016, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes resigned after more than a dozen female employees at the network accused him of unwanted sexual advancements.

In 2017, it was revealed that Fox News primetime host Bill O’Reilly had settled at least 5 lawsuits accusing him of sexually harassing female co-workers, which ultimately led to his departing.

Later that same year, host Eric Bolling and Fox News “agreed to part ways amicably” after he was accused of sending lewd text messages and photos to at least three female colleagues. Bolling has continually denied any wrongdoing.

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ABC News Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku to Depart

She becomes the latest leader to leave the company after a restructuring from The Walt Disney Company earlier this year.

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ABC News has announced Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku will exit the network on Friday, June 28th.

She becomes the latest leader to leave the company after a restructuring from The Walt Disney Company earlier this year. Former ABC News President Kim Godwin left the network in May after an investigation into her practices was set to commence.

Deshishku worked closely with producers of World News Tonight, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Nightline, Good Morning America, and The View, among others of the network’s programs.

Before joining ABC, Deshishku worked as CNN’s director of coverage. She led the network’s White House unit and also oversaw breaking news coverage during her tenure at the cable news network.

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MSNBC, Newsmax, NewsNation to Simulcast CNN Debate, Report Claims

None of the networks have publicly announced their intention to partner with CNN.

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As CNN makes preparations to host the first presidential debate next week, it has added several partners to simulcast the event. A new report suggests MSNBC, Newsmax, and NewsNation will join an already growing field of partners.

A report from the Los Angeles Times claims that the CNN debate will be added by MSNBC/NBC News, Newsmax, NewsNation, Scripps News, and Telemundo.

When asked by Barrett News Media if the network was partnering with CNN to broadcast the debate, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy simply stated “True.”

Those networks would join ABC News — who will host the second presidential debate in September, Fox News, and PBS as simulcast partners. In addition to airing on Fox News, the network will also broadcast the 90-minute event on the Fox Business Network, network FOX, the FOX Nation streaming app, and will provide the debate to its Fox News Radio affiliates.

While the report from the LA Times says that the bevy of networks will also simulcast the event, none of the networks outside of Newsmax have publicly announced their intention to partner with CNN. Barrett News Media has asked each network for comment.

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Fox News to Simulcast CNN Presidential Debate

Fox News Radio will provide a simulcast of Fox News Channel for its post-debate coverage. Jared Halpern and Jessica Rosenthal will anchor coverage on the radio network.

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Fox News has become the latest network to join CNN as a simulcast partner for the upcoming presidential debate.

On Thursday, June 27th, Fox News will join ABC News and PBS as networks simulcasting the 90-minute event produced by CNN.

In its pre-debate coverage, an early edition of Jesse Watters Primetime at 7 PM ET will be followed by a special anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, alongside Dana Perino and Watters. Sean Hannity will be live on location at CNN’s Atlanta studios.

Meanwhile, senior White House correspondent Peter Doocy will provide coverage from the White House while Chad Pergram will discuss how the Commission on Presidential Debates was side-stepped by the Biden and Trump campaigns.

Shannon Bream will anchor coverage on the FOX network between 9-11 PM ET as the debate is aired.

After the debate, Hannity will host a one-hour program before Fox News @ Night with Trace Gallagher takes over coverage on the cable network.

Additionally, Fox News Radio will provide a simulcast of Fox News Channel broadcasting the CNN debate for its radio affiliates. Jared Halpern and Jessica Rosenthal will anchor post-debate coverage on the radio network.

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