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Fox News Reportedly Dissolves Investigative Unit

Multiple sources confirmed the layoffs, with one former employee speculating that the network might be cutting staff to save money due to the ongoing lawsuit.

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According to Rolling Stone, Fox News has reportedly dissolved its investigative unit and laid off reporters just one month after firing Tucker Carlson, its prominent host known for peddling election fraud claims, and settling a defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million.

A Fox employee stated that the network’s rank-and-file journalists were being let go while upper management remained unaffected, despite their responsibility for the Dominion debacle. The employee described the journalists as “sacrificial lambs”.

The original lawsuit filed by Dominion sought $1.6 billion in damages and accused Fox News of intentionally broadcasting false information regarding the 2020 election being rigged in favor of President Joe Biden. The network is currently facing another expensive lawsuit from another voting systems company.

This lawsuit also revealed that Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of Fox News’s parent company, urged the network’s CEO, Suzanne Scott, to assist in swaying the U.S. Senate race in Georgia for Republican candidates in 2020.

Scott, who has been with Fox News for 22 years and became the network’s first female CEO in 2018, has faced accusations of fostering a toxic workplace for women. However, she is not the only figure named in the lawsuit that has drawn criticism from staff.

One staffer expressed outrage that Scott and Maria Bartiromo, a Fox News opinion host who shared her interview questions with former President Donald Trump, retained their jobs while journalists were being let go.

Multiple sources confirmed the layoffs, with one former employee speculating that the network might be cutting staff to save money due to the ongoing lawsuit. However, another source claimed that some supposedly fired individuals were merely reassigned away from the investigative unit.

While there is no direct connection between the Dominion settlement and the layoffs, Fox News faces further legal challenges as the Smartmatic defamation lawsuit, currently in the discovery phase, seeks $2.7 billion in damages.

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FOX & Friends Host Lawrence Jones to Visit Diners to Speak with 2024 Presidential Voters

Jones will begin his Breakfast with Friends tour on Tuesday, April 23rd in suburban Grand Rapids.

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FOX & Friends co-host Lawrence Jones will spend three days in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic next week asking voters about the important issues of the 2024 presidential election.

Jones will begin his Breakfast with Friends tour on Tuesday, April 23rd in suburban Grand Rapids. Other stops will include suburban Milwaukee (Wednesday) and suburban Philadelphia (Thursday).

Joining FOX & Friends on a full-time basis in September of last year, Jones will be on location during the 6-9 AM ET window, which the show has led in the cable news ratings for more than two decades.

The full schedule includes:

TUESDAY, APRIL 23
The Nest Egg Café
6101 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale Charter Twp, MI

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
Brunch It Up
18895 W Capitol Dr, Brookfield, WI

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
Eagle Diner
739 Street Rd, Warminster, PA

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Lawrence O’Donnell: Jesse Watters Proves ‘How Stupid You Can Be’ on Fox News

“Jesse Watters is the newest liar to occupy the 8 PM slot on Fox, the lying channel.”

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Former President Donald Trump parrotted a talking point from Fox News primetime host Jesse Watters. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell took extreme displeasure with the situation.

During the jury selection for the first trial against Trump, a juror was asked if they believed that anyone was above the law. When they said no, Watters said “I don’t know about that,” before claiming it was an attempt to “rig this jury” with “undercover liberal activists”, which Trump cited Watters for unveiling.

On The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, the MSNBC host took Watters to task for what believed was a purposely inaccurate encapsulation.

“Jesse Watters is the newest liar to occupy the 8 PM slot on Fox, the lying channel,” O’Donnell began. “The previous occupant of the 8 p.m. slot had told so many of those lies, that even Fox decided they had to let him go. And the occupant before that one (Bill O’Reilly) … lost his job only after being exposed as a grievous serial sexual harasser at Fox.

“Jesse Watters is the same person who — last week — said publicly that he believed that the minimum wage produces an income of $100,000 a year in America. That’s how stupid you can be on Fox at 8 PM, or in the case of Jesse Watters, also at 5 PM.”

O’Donnell concluded by stating that Trump simply “rewrote” the lie from the Fox News host. He added that there is no evidence of any “undercover liberal activists” attempting to get on the jury.

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Dr. Jennifer Ashton Leaving ABC News to Launch New Company

Dr. Jennifer Ashton said that she received the support of ABC News President Kim Godwin and Networks Division leader Debra OConnell.

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ABC News is losing its Chief Medical Correspondent and co-host of GMA3, Dr. Jennifer Ashton.

When her contract expires in June, Ashton will leave the network to launch a new women’s wellness company, Ajenda, where she will serve as the CEO.

“Sometimes an important message needs the right messenger, and I feel like there is no more critical time in this country for women’s health, and for weight management,” Ashton told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re facing an obesity epidemic, and menopause and perimenopause and women’s health is literally in a spotlight like never before. And I want to be the messenger for those messages.

“And so I’m excited about finally having the opportunity to just devote 100 percent of my time and effort into that, and using the skills that I’ve learned from being at the number one network for 13 years, I think are going to be really vital in that.”

Dr. Jennifer Ashton added that she received the support of ABC News President Kim Godwin and Networks Division leader Debra OConnell.

“They both said to me, ‘Is there anything we can do to change your mind?’ And when I said there really isn’t, because I really feel strongly about doing this, they basically said you know, ‘we’re going to be behind you.’ And I think that’s really unusual in this business in this day,” she said.

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