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Alleged Fox News Hacker Makes First Public Statements

“People are gonna realize what this is about. And I’m gonna get my stuff back and maybe an apology. An apology would be nice I think.”

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Former Deadspin editor Timothy Burke gave his first interview Wednesday after his home was raided in May in connection with the Tucker Carlson leaks from Fox News.

In an appearance on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, Burke would neither confirm nor deny he was ever in possession of the leaks of Carlson published by Media Matters after the host’s late April ouster from Fox News.

He did, however, note that he has made powerful enemies during his time as a digital journalist. He was asked if he thought Fox News has outsourced the federal government to serve as its quasi-internal investigator and said we will eventually know whether that is what happened or not.

“I brought this upon myself. This comes with the territory,” admitted Burke. “I don’t know what actual procedures happen to lead to 20 some FBI agents showing up in my house on Monday morning. I hope that we learned those very soon.”

Burke added that Fox News is in a delicate state after its $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems and was looking to strike back where it could.

“Let’s be honest, Fox News is in a bit of a crisis. They just had to pay out like three-quarters of a billion dollars to Dominion. Smartmatic is next in line with their defamation suit. They’ve got a long string of sexual harassment suits that they got to deal with,” Burke continued. “This is sort of a — you got the injured bear. We’ll find out eventually, but you would hope that the federal government and its policies and procedures that we have put in place to protect people who are engaging in the First Amendment like me, you would hope that those things would supersede the ability of a corporation to try to exact revenge on somebody who’s embarrassed it.”

After being without his phone or computers for 75 days, Burke said he is just ready to move on and return to his profession.

“I want to get back out there and doing the things that I’ve been doing on Twitter for more than 15 years of presenting breaking news and alerting people to what’s happening in their communities. That’s what I want to get back to and I hope and I know that eventually, cooler heads are going to prevail in this. People are gonna realize what this is about. And I’m gonna get my stuff back and maybe an apology,” he concluded. “An apology would be nice I think.”

Burke is accused of hacking into Fox News to obtain a series of videos that aimed to paint Carlson in a negative light after his April firing. In the videos, Carlson asks a Fox News makeup artist if she ever had a pillow fight. Another showed him denigrating the FOX Nation streaming service, while another showed Kanye West making misogynistic and anti-Semitic comments while appearing with Carlson for an interview.

Some conservative pundits accused Fox News executives of leaking the videos to defame Carlson. However, a Department of Justice investigation ultimately led back to Burke as the culprit.

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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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