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CNN PR Executives Ousted Amid Fallout of The Atlantic Exposé

The announcement that Dornic and Coratti Kelly are leaving the organization comes just hours after it was revealed that Licht would no longer be leading the organization.

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Reverberations from The Atlantic’s feature story on now-former CNN CEO Chris Licht continue to be felt.

After Licht’s ouster Wednesday morning, it has been revealed that CNN Senior Vice President of Communications and Event Marketing Matt Dornic and CNN Global Head of Communications and Marketing Kristine Coratti Kelly have both also departed the network.

Dornic was prominently featured in Tim Alberta’s exposé on the “meltdown” at CNN, and was seen as an integral figure in giving Alberta as much access as he was allowed during his nearly yearlong assignment getting a behind-the-scenes look at Licht’s attempt to build a “new CNN”.

The announcement that Dornic and Coratti Kelly are leaving the organization comes just hours after it was revealed that Licht would no longer be leading the organization. After being hired as Jeff Zucker’s replacement in late February 2022, Licht helmed the cable outlet during one of the more tumultuous periods in its history.

The news of Dornic and Coratti Kelly’s departure was first reported by Puck News’ Dylan Byers.

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Cynthia McFadden Announces Departure From NBC News

She thanked her colleagues and wished them well as she announced that next week would be her final one with NBC News.

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Veteran TV news anchor and reporter Cynthia McFadden has announced her intention to leave the industry and NBC News behind.

McFadden previously anchored ABC News’ Nightline during her 20 years at the network before joining NBC News as a senior legal analyst and investigative correspondent 10 years ago.

“It is hard to leave a job you love but this is the right time- I have a list of things I have often said I wanted to do ‘someday,’” she wrote in a post on Instagram. “Well, someday is now, while I am still raring to go— and playing with a relatively full deck. Maybe I’ll even surprise you (and myself!).”

She thanked her colleagues and wished them well as she announced that next week would be her final one with NBC News.

“To my NBC friends and colleagues, thank you: for your support, guidance, and wisdom. You are a special group of talented people and I will be watching with pride as you carry on,” McFadden wrote.

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Rudy Giuliani At Risk of Losing Newsmax Show, New Report Says

He was not allowed to appear live on the network for several months due to continually alleging misconduct by election machine companies Dominion and Smartmatic.

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After seeing his New York news/talk radio show canceled last week, Rudy Giuliani could be in jeopardy of losing another media job, this time at Newsmax.

Last week, 77 WABC canceled The Rudy Giuliani Show after the former New York Mayor and Donald Trump attorney refused to cease discussions about the validity of the 2020 election. Now, a report from Mediaite claims Giuliani could be on the chopping block at conservative cable news outlet Newsmax for similar issues.

America’s Mayor Live, hosted by Giuliani, airs on Newsmax2 and is regularly edited to remove the conspiracy theories touted by the former mayor. Reportedly, he was not allowed to appear live on the network for several months due to continually alleging misconduct by election machine companies Dominion and Smartmatic. Fox News famously settled a defamation lawsuit brought forth by Dominion for $787.5 million last year. Cases with other conservative media outlets that touted similar falsehoods continue.

Sources told Mediaite that Giuliani’s conduct has left top network leaders considering axing his show. In a statement, a spokesperson for the former mayor denied there was any acrimony between the two parties.

“Mayor Giuliani enjoys a fantastic relationship with Newsmax and its audience. Newsmax has grown into the successful network it is today, because its audience knows it is getting accurate and relevant information on the news that matters. We appreciate Mr. Ruddy and Newsmax’s commitment to free speech and allowing a vast array of views and perspectives on the air.”

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Jen Psaki ‘Skeptical’ CNN, ABC News Presidential Debates Actually Happen

She added that some of the stipulations of the debate could be a sticking point for the Trump camp that could ultimately lead to him reneging on his pledge to appear.

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Yesterday, CNN and ABC News both announced dates for presidential debates. MSNBC host Jen Psaki is skeptical the events actually take place.

While appearing on Pod Save America, the former Biden Press Secretary was asked about the surprise announcements that both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump would be debating one another after both had been hesitant to participate.

“I’m still a skeptic, a little bit,” she said.

When one of the co-hosts agreed that she was right to hold that position, the MSNBC host said that the play by the Biden campaign to put the ball in Trump’s court was an “interesting” development.

However, Jen Psaki added that some of the stipulations of the debate could be a sticking point for the Trump camp that could ultimately lead to him reneging on his pledge to appear.

“Trump could certainly say, ‘I never agreed to those specifics in the letter,’ and he probably will, and that’s how this all falls apart even though he’s basically said, ‘I would debate him anytime,’” said Psaki.

As currently constructed, CNN will host the two candidates at its Atlanta studios on Thursday, June 27th. ABC News is set to host its debate on Tuesday, September 10th. Neither event will feature a live audience, and both networks have yet to announce a concrete format or debate moderators.

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