OutKick’s Charly Arnolt says people have become increasingly weary of speaking their minds, which has shifted in the media landscape and has impacted free speech in America.
“We got here because people are afraid to say anything,” she said. “It’s not that they do not feel that’s how things are and how things should be; I just think people are afraid of being labeled transphobic, or hateful, or bigoted because that’s what happens.”
Arnolt appeared on a segment with Clay Travis recently. The pair spoke about Sage Steele, the former ESPN anchor who announced recently that she was leaving the network to have more freedom to exercise her First Amendment rights.
ESPN suspended Steele in October 2021 for comments made about former President Barack Obama and the network’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In April 2022, she sued ESPN and its parent company, the Walt Disney Company, for breach of contract and violation of her right to free speech.
According to The New York Post, Arnolt left ESPN, feeling “stifled”. On Fox News’ America’s Newsroom on Apr. 20, she accused ESPN of contradicting their political policy regarding transgender athletes.
“Even when I started speaking up about it, as much as many people would come to me quietly and say, ‘Oh my gosh, thank you so much for saying this,’ there were all the other people that publicly told me, ‘I can’t believe you’re saying this.’
Charly Arnolt reiterated that she has no problem with people in the LGBTQ community but added that everybody should have the same rights.
“It’s the same playbook page that the left always uses,” she added. “They try to come at you immediately with you’re hateful, you’re transphobic, and then you suddenly get scared to speak up, and then that forces you not to take a hard stand.”
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Alleged Fox News Hacker of Viral Tucker Carlson Clips Indicted
“We obviously emphatically deny these charges and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to defend him and exonerate him.”
After being arrested last year as the accused hacker of the viral clips of Tucker Carlson after his exit from Fox News, former Deadspin editor Tim Burke has been indicted in a federal court.
Burke was arrested Thursday morning in Tampa Bay, and is charged with 14 crimes, including conspiracy.
Law enforcement officials allege Burke and an unnamed accomplice used “compromised credentials” to illegally access video streams from Fox News to distribute unflattering clips of Carlson after his high-profile exit from the conservative cable outlet last April.
The complaint also alleges that Buke took “specific steps” to mask how and where the clips — which were ultimately published by Media Matters — were obtained.
Attorneys representing Burke allege he did nothing wrong in obtaining and disseminating the videos.
“It’s not hacking, it’s just good investigative journalism,” Maddux told the Tampa Bay Times Thursday. “We obviously emphatically deny these charges and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to defend him and exonerate him.”
Earlier this year, the ACLU of Florida agreed, claiming the details of Burke’s case have a “chilling effect on journalism.”
The videos of Tucker Carlson were released in a steady stream by Media Matters. Over the course of several days, clips of Carlson railing against the FOX Nation streaming service, drinking on the job, asking a makeup artist if she had pillow fights during sleepovers, and his controversial interview with rapper Kanye West that featured anti-Semitic comments from the artist were all released by the media watchdog organization.
Mehdi Hasan Joins The Guardian After MSNBC Exit
“It’s a huge honor and a privilege.”
MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan departed the cable news network earlier this year. He now has a new home at The Guardian.
Hasan has joined The Guardian U.S. as a regular columnist, giving his commentary on politics, culture, race, and other topics for the outlet.
“I have been poring over columns in the Guardian since I was a teenager. Now I get to write some of my own in what is perhaps one of the busiest and biggest news years of my lifetime,” said Hasan told Semafor. “It’s a huge honor and a privilege.”
The outlet’s editor, Betsy Reed, said the publication is “proud to provide a platform for his incisive political commentary, relentless advocacy for human rights an
d free speech, and fearless accountability for those in power. Mehdi is the latest addition to a stellar, expanding roster of opinion writers here at Guardian US, and I look forward to his contributions in the months ahead.”
MSNBC canceled The Mehdi Hasan Show in November. The network faced charges of silencing Muslim voices after several members of the faith were removed from their posts on the network. It denied the accusations that came weeks after the October 7th terrorist attacks from Hamas against Israel.
Hasan then announced his departure from the network last month, saying it was his decision to leave MSNBC.
Tucker Carlson on Putin Sit-Down: ‘There’s A Lot About That Interview I Don’t Really Understand’
“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do…I don’t think he was very effective.”
Tucker Carlson is speaking about his interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin and says there are portions of the interview he’s dumbfounded by.
The former Fox News host joined Glenn Beck for his BlazeTV program to discuss the high-profile interview. Carlson has received plenty of backlash for his sit-down interview with Putin, with critics calling the dialogue with the dictator ‘Pure Propaganda’ and saying he acted ‘like an eager puppy’ during the conversation.
“I was enraged because I thought — I didn’t go into the interview feeling like I had to posture, morally,” said Carlson of the first few long-winded answers from the Russian leader. “I took a look at the last interview he did with the Western journalist, and the entire interview was the reporter from some dumb news outlet being like, ‘I’m a good person, you’re a bad person!’ I’m not interested in proving I’m a good person. People can assess, God can assess. I just wanted information.
“But I was infuriated because I thought he was filibustering. So really pretty straightforward. The obvious question which is, why did you do this? Why do you send troops into eastern Ukraine? And he goes on this long answer, and so I interrupted him a couple of times, or I tried to. He got very snippy,” admitted Carlson. “And then I realized, no, this is the answer. He’s thinks differently.”
Tucker Carlson then noted he wasn’t entirely sure of Putin’s reasoning for taking the interview, but admitted if the goal was to turn Western support to Russia’s side, the leader failed in that mission.
“I’m not sure I understand exactly what he was doing. So I shouldn’t pretend that I do. There’s a lot about that interview that I don’t really understand. I don’t think he was very effective. If his goal was to win a Western audience to his perspective.
“It didn’t make me more pro-Putin. Not that I was. And by the way, I should just say at the outset, I’ve been accused of being pro-Putin and I’m not, but if I was, that’s okay, too, right? I’m an adult man and an American. I can like or dislike anyone I want. I can have any opinion I want. I’m not ashamed of it. And the idea that like, a small number of people in D.C. get to decide what I believe is not something I accept.”