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Jared Kushner pressured Washington Post to fire editor over Russia, book says

NYPost editor pressured by Jared Kushner
  • Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, tried to persuade the publisher of the Washington Post to fire its editor over coverage of the Russia investigation, that editor, Marty Baron, writes in a new book.

    “With no delay and without pause during his four years as president,” Baron writes, “Trump and his team would go after the Post and everyone else in the media who didn’t bend to his wishes.

    “In December 2019, Kushner would lean on [Fred] Ryan to withdraw support for me and our Russia investigation.

    “… ‘He aims to get me fired,’ I told Ryan.”

    Baron’s book, Collision of Power: Trump, Bezos and the Washington Post, will be published next Tuesday. The Guardian obtained a copy.

    The book arrives amid renewed attacks on the press by Trump. Last week, the former president turned Republican frontrunner promised action against Comcast, owner of MSNBC and NBC, for “country-threatening treason”.


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  • Trump Warns Critical News Media Will 'Pay A Big Price' If He's Reelected

    Trump rants againFormer President Donald Trump warned that media organizations he believes are “corrupt and dishonest,” like NBC News and MSNBC, will “pay a big price” if he is reelected next year.

    In one of several angry posts to his TruthSocial account on Sunday, Trump said these media companies “should be investigated for its ‘Country Threatening Treason.’” He also questioned whether they deserve “free” access to U.S. airwaves.

    “I say up front, openly, and proudly, that when I WIN the Presidency of the United States, they and others of the LameStream Media will be thoroughly scrutinized for their knowingly dishonest and corrupt coverage of people, things, and events,” he posted. “The Fake News Media should pay a big price for what they have done to our once great Country!”

    Trump criticized ABC News in a separate post, calling it “fake” news because it didn’t report on his poll numbers during a weekend news program.

    TVNL Comment:  He just spits on the Constitution every single day.  Read the first Amendment, Idiot.  Just once.


    Rupert Murdoch’s surprise exit from Fox leaves son Lachlan in line of succession at media empire

    Rupert Murdoch and sonMagnate Rupert Murdoch’s surprise announcement Thursday that he’s stepping down as leader of his two companies leaves his son Lachlan firmly in line of succession at Fox and the rest of the media empire.

    The 92-year-old Australian billionaire’s creation of Fox News Channel has made him an enduring force in American politics. He inherited a newspaper in Adelaide, Australia, from his father in 1952 and eventually built a news and entertainment enterprise dominant in the United States and Britain.

    Fox said Murdoch would become chairman emeritus of both the news network’s parent company, Fox Corp., and the News Corp. media holdings, effective in November. Lachlan will become News Corp. chairman and continue as chief executive officer of Fox Corp.


    An Iran mouthpiece’s ‘scoop’ draws Republican ire

    Teheran Times got scoop

    Republican lawmakers are calling for the State Department to probe how the Tehran Times, an Iranian state-run media outlet, obtained a purported memo informing U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley that his security clearance was suspended.

    House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Mike McCaul (R-Texas), said Monday in a statement that Foggy Bottom “needs to do a top to bottom security review, because I am concerned they have a leak.”

    McCaul also touched on concerns that the Tehran Times has again obtained information that has eluded lawmakers who have demanded to know more about an ongoing investigation into Malley, which involves questions about whether he should be allowed to handle classified information. Last month, McCaul threatened to subpoena the State Department for details of the case.

    “If this memo is authentic, it is extremely concerning, especially since this is not the first time the Iranian regime’s mouthpiece has appeared to have sensitive U.S. government information recently while Congress is kept in the dark,” McCaul said.


    Kansas newspaper raided by police to have seized items returned

    Kansas apaper to have seized items returned

    Authorities have announced the controversial search warrant of a local Kansas newspaper office has been withdrawn.

    The Marion county attorney Joel Ensey announced that following a review of the search warrants made last Friday at multiple locations in Marion county, he has “come to the conclusion that insufficient evidence exists to establish a legally sufficient nexus between this alleged crime and the places searched and the items seized”.

    On Friday, local police raided the office of local newspaper Marion County Record, the home of publisher Eric Meyer and his mother, as well as the home of the vice-mayor, Ruth Herbel. As part of the raid, the city’s police force seized computers, cellphones and reporting materials.

    The raid has triggered widespread criticisms by press freedom advocates who likened the move to seizures by authoritarian regimes and a violation of first amendment rights. In a letter to the chief of the Marion police department on Sunday, over 30 news organizations as well as the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said that there “appears to be no justification for the breadth and intrusiveness of the search”.


    ‘Stressed beyond her limits’: co-owner of Kansas newspaper dies after police raid

    Marion County Record raided

    The co-owner of a small Kansas newspaper whose offices and staff were raided by local police officers conducting a leak investigation has died after the situation left her “stressed beyond her limits”, according to the publication.

    Joan Meyer, 98, collapsed on Saturday afternoon and died at her home a day after she tearfully watched officers who showed up at her home with a search warrant cart away her computer as well as an internet router, reported the Marion County Record, which she co-owned. After officers also photographed the bank statements of her son, Record publisher Eric Meyer, and left her house in mess, Meyer had been unable to eat or sleep, her newspaper said.

    Meyer was “in good health for her age”, the weekly newspaper asserted. And the headline of its report on her death said the police’s decision to raid the Marion Record’s offices along with the homes of its reporters and publishers was not only illegal – but had also contributed to bringing on the end of Meyer’s life.


    Ray Epps sues Fox News and Tucker Carlson for ‘defamatory attacks’ after January 6

    Ray Epps sues FOX and Tucker Carlson for defamation

    The man at the centre of a right-wing conspiracy theory surrounding January 6 and the attack on the US Capitol has filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News and Tucker Carlson for amplifying a “fantastical” story alleging he is an undercover federal agent who incited a riot.

    A lawsuit from Ray Epps follows a cease-and-desist letter sent to the network earlier this year, demanding that Carlson retract his “false and defamatory” statements about him and deliver a “formal on-air apology” for the “lies” he promoted.

    “Fox’s role in creating and disseminating destructive conspiracy theories has already been well documented,” according to the lawsuit filed in Delaware Superior Court on 12 July.

    Mr Epps and his wife Robyn – who both voted for Donald Trump and were “loyal” viewers of Fox and its now-former most-watched personality – were subject to campaign of “falsehoods” that “have destroyed Ray’s and Robyn’s lives,” according to the complaint, which seeks unspecified damages.



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