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Jesse Watters: I Don’t Ever Really Think About My Rise at Fox News

“I don’t read my own headlines, and emotionally, mentally psychologically that’s the best thing you can do.”

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Jesse Watters has worked his way up through the ranks at Fox News to now helm a primetime spot previously occupied by the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Tucker Carlson. But he doesn’t think about his ascension that often.

While talking with Watters about his new book — Get It Together: Troubling Tales from the Liberal Fringeradio host Mike Gallagher mentioned that Watters used to call him frequently to appear as a guest with Bill O’Reilly. Watters got his start with the network working for the cable news legend and has since worked his way up to appearing on The Five and Jesse Watters Primetime, two of the most-watched programs in cable news.

After telling Watters how proud of him he is, Gallagher asked if he ever wakes up and asks how he went from “the guy that used to book cars for schlubs like Mike Gallagher” to “one of the most prominent faces on Fox News Channel has ever had?”

“Do I bask in my meteoric rise to the top from the basement to the top of cable? No, it’s not something I think about very much,” Jesse Watters said. “But, Gallagher, I love you, and I love that you’re having me on. It feels like we’ve come full circle.”

Gallagher continued by sharing that Jesse Watters has earned his success. The Fox News host said one of the best pieces of advice he got was not to read his own press clippings.

“When I started at seven o’clock I went out, and I asked for advice from people,” Watters shared. “One of the things Tucker Carlson told me when I got the seven o’clock, he said don’t read the newspaper articles about you. And that was pretty smart that Tucker didn’t read newspapers about himself, because that wasn’t the nicest thing anybody’s ever said. But I don’t read it. I stay away from it. I don’t read my own headlines, and emotionally, mentally psychologically that’s the best thing you can do.”

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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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