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ABC News Denies President Kim Godwin Told Staffers ‘I’m Still in Charge’ After Executives Added Above Her

“It is not true. She didn’t say that.”

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Last month, The Walt Disney Company added executives above ABC News President Kim Godwin in a move that many viewed as a demotion for the embattled leader. However, the network is defending her after a report claimed she told employees she’s still the top dog.

The New York Post reports that someone privy to a call with ABC News staffers said Godwin ensured them she was the leader of the outlet.

“Kim said on the call: ‘I’m still in charge. This is my network. And if anyone has a problem with that, you can come see me,’” the employee said. “There was dead silence after that.”

However, ABC News denied that encapsulation, saying “It is not true. She didn’t say that.”

A second source told the Post that Godwin did, in fact, say that she was still “in charge” of “my network” on the call.

Debra OConnell, a long-time Disney executive, was tabbed to lead a new division for the company, overseeing ABC News. When her addition was announced, the company said Godwin, who has served as President of the network’s news operation since 2021, had signed a new contract, but would report directly to OConnell.

“Debra is an excellent executive who has succeeded in a wide range of leadership roles around our company and knows very well the extraordinary power of ABC News and its world-class journalists,” Disney Entertainment co-chairman Dana Walden said in a February statement announcing the move.

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Dan Abrams: Covering the O.J. Simpson Trial Launched My Career

“The reality is his cases jumpstarted my career, and yet he was a murderer. It’s sort of a troubling reality I’ve always had to live with.”

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NFL legend and the subject of the “Trial of the Century”, O.J. Simpson, died Wednesday. NewsNation host Dan Abrams had mixed feelings about the situation.

“O.J. Simpson died today and, for me, it’s actually an incredibly odd day, because I covered every day of both his criminal and civil cases from inside the courtroom, and there weren’t many of us,” the Dan Abrams Live host said. “The reality is his cases jumpstarted my career, and yet he was a murderer. It’s sort of a troubling reality I’ve always had to live with.”

Abrams went on to say that he began working as a courtroom correspondent for Court TV at the age of 27, when he was thrust into covering the Simpson case. He shared that he was unaware of what the court proceedings would mean to the nation and also his career.

“I had no sense that I was about to devote the next two years of my life to covering the trial of a generation,” said Abrams.

He concluded by noting that he wasn’t feeling sorry for Simpson’s family on the day of his death, as much as he felt empathy for the families of the victims Simpson was accused of murdering.

“At the end of the day, it’s also true the deaths of two totally innocent people helped make my career, and I have guilt about that. I always have,” he admitted.

“So today I’m not thinking about the family of O.J. Simpson. I’m thinking about the families of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown. It breaks my heart that I benefited my career so much as a result of their loved ones being killed by O.J. Simpson.”

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Popular CNN Podcast and Newsletter ‘5 Things’ Gets Weekday Morning Slot on Max

Hosted by Kate Bolduan, the new program will debut on Monday, April 15th on the streaming service.

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CNN has announced plans to create a streaming TV news program based on its popular podcast and newsletter 5 Things on Max.

Hosted by Kate Bolduan, the new program will debut on Monday, April 15th on the streaming service.

“It’s the five essential stories of the morning in five minutes or less,” Bolduan said in a video promoting the launch of the show.

The show was set to be a tentpole of the shuttered CNN+ streaming service when it launched before Warner Bros. Discovery ended the platform mere weeks after its introduction.

A launch of a new program from CNN on the Max platform is latest expansion of the news brand’s digital focus under new CEO Mark Thompson.

In the March 2024 rankings from Podtrac, 5 Things was the 20th most listened-to podcast in the country, falling one spot from its previous month’s ranking.

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Leland Vittert: Joseph Goebbels Would Be Proud of Tucker Carlson

“He’s taking the side of terrorists. There’s no other explanation than his unabashed hatred of Jews.”

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In an interview for his digital video show, Tucker Carlson interviewed a Palestinian Christian Pastor — Dr. Munther Isaac — who claimed the Israelis, not the Palestinians, are killing members of his faith in Bethlehem. NewsNation host Leland Vittert couldn’t hold in his criticism of his former Fox News colleague after seeing the interaction.

In his takedown of Carlson, Vittert argued that the pastor he sat down with has lived and worked in an area controlled by Palesinians for “almost two decades,” so his insinuation that it is actually Israel doing the damage in his area is preposterous.

“If you wake up in the morning and decide that your Christian faith requires you to support a foreign government blowing up churches and killing Christians, I think you’ve lost the thread,” Carlson said while speaking with the reverend on his Tucker on X program published Tuesday.

Leland Vittert — after juxtaposing Carlson’s opinions with those of The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart — took the opportunity to compare Tucker Carlson to one of the more prominent Nazi figures.

“Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi propaganda chief — would be proud,” said Vittert. “Tucker’s a smart guy. Yet, he’s taking the side of terrorists. There’s no other explanation than his unabashed hatred of Jews. Twenty years ago, we all remember, Stewart exposed Tucker for what he is. That ended Carlson’s tenure on CNN’s Crossfire.

“But there’s a larger lesson to take now six months since Hamas attacked Israel, since the hostages were taken. Hamas has been exposed for what they are. Stewart has been exposed for caving to his liberal viewers. Carlson’s been exposed for siding with terrorists. And now in America – and this is the sad part – hating Jews, calling for their destruction, celebrating their rape? It’s now ok. It’s hard to have peace with people who think that is ok.”

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