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Trump Campaign Removes NY Times Reporter Over Incriminating Mask Photo

“In a tweet that has since been deleted, Kathy Gray wrote “Crammed in crowd in the rain for Trump rally in Michigan. Not many masks.”

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President Donald Trump already has a tenuous relationship with the media and it became a little more so recently. On September 10th, Kathy Gray, a New York Times reporter, was removed from a Trump campaign rally in Michigan after tweeting out a photo of many in attendance not wearing masks. Those not wearing masks were in violation of Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order, which reads in part, “Michiganders are required to wear a face covering whenever they are in an indoor public space. It also requires the use of face coverings in crowded outdoor spaces. Businesses open to the public will refuse entry or service to those who decline to wear a face covering.”

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Gray wrote “Crammed in crowd in the rain for Trump rally in Michigan. Not many masks.” The tweet also included a picture containing visual evidence of her claim.

It was that picture that Gray claims led campaign officials to find her and ask her to leave the media area.

“They said because I was using my work Twitter account and since I didn’t have media credentials, I couldn’t be working there, and I had to leave” Gray told The Bridge Magazine.

Campaign officials told The Hill that Gray did not obtain press credentials through the normal process but she was allowed to see the rally from the “general public” area as long as she did not do any reporting. Gray admits she missed the deadline to request credentials, but did contact the Trump campaign numerous times, trying to attain the proper credentials. According to Gray, she never received a response from campaign officials.

The New York Times issued a statement in response to the incident.

We’re disappointed that the Trump campaign refused to credential our freelancer and then, when she registered and attended as a member of the public, they ejected her from the event. Our goal is to cover these campaign events and talk to voters about the candidates, and that’s what Kathy was trying to do.”

Mr. Trump has previously referred to The Times as “A fake newspaper” and “A true enemy of the people”, which may offer some insight as to why Ms. Gray’s credential requests were not acknowledged.

Michigan is considered a battleground state by many political pundits. Mr. Trump won the Wolverine State’s 16 Electoral College votes in 2016, but is trailing Mr. Joe Biden by an average of nearly eight points in the latest statewide polling for the 2020 General Election.

Story written by BNM contributor Jacob Conley. Follow him on Twitter @GWUJake.

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CNN Media Editor An Phung Latest to Depart From Network

The changes at CNN continue as the network’s Senior Editor of Media, An Phung, announced on Wednesday via Twitter that she would leave her position.

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The changes at CNN continue as the network’s Senior Editor of Media, An Phung, announced on Wednesday via Twitter that she would leave her position. 

Phung has spent the last five and a half years on the media desk, working closely with reporter Oliver Darcy, managing editor Alex Koppelman, and former “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter. 

“I am sad to announce that I will be leaving CNN,” Phung tweeted. There isn’t enough room here to praise all the people who made it a great place to work. 

“And there are so many people to thank for helping me tell good and important stories about the threats against journalism and democracy.”

She didn’t reveal when her last day at CNN will be; however, Phung is “spending my remaining time at CNN expressing my gratitude to them.” During her time at the media desk, Phung has credited Darcy, Koppelman, and Stelter for making her a stronger editor. 

Phung didn’t disclose what’s next for her career and, for now, is reflecting on her time at CNN, considering having a background as a refugee. 

“For a kid born on a refugee boat, a prestigious job at CNN was never a given,” Phung tweeted. “Then to be able to work with some of the most brilliant journalists in the industry—this job has just exceeded my biggest and boldest childhood dreams. I am living proof of what is possible.”

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Fox Nation Announces Debut Date for ‘Cops’

FOX Nation announced that it is expanding its library of “COPS” shows with new episodes starting next week after it was initially canceled by Paramount Network.

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FOX Nation announced that it is expanding its library of “COPS” shows with new episodes starting next week.

In a release, the network said the new season will premiere with the first three 20-minute episodes dropping on September 30th, followed by a new offering debuting every Friday at 6 PM/ET throughout the fall.

“It has been nearly one year since we greenlit COPS and the reaction has been positively overwhelming,” said Jason Klarman, president of the streaming service.

FOX Nation will continue to offer a free, one-year subscription to all first responders, including police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics (EMS personnel).
 
“Our subscribers continue to flock to the series, and we’re excited to provide our engaged audience with more of the exclusive content they have come to rely on from FOX Nation,” added Klarman.

Last year, the Paramount Network canceled “COPS” following the murder of George Floyd. In reviving the series, Fox Nation has also picked up an additional 15 episodes from the 32nd season.

FOX Nation is available at foxnation.com

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Cenk Uygur Defends Having Dennis Prager on ‘The Young Turks’

“Because we’re not afraid of right-wingers and we don’t view media as an a**-kissing exercise, like traditional media does,” Uygur tweeted.

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Cenk Uygur, the host of “The Young Turks,” is defending his decision to have radio host Dennis Prager on his Thursday show. 

When pressed about having Prager, Uygur stated that their program isn’t afraid to have an alternative view which is what the traditional media does in his eyes. 

“Because we’re not afraid of right-wingers and we don’t view media as an a**-kissing exercise, like traditional media does,” Uygur tweeted.

“If you think afterward we didn’t sufficiently challenge him, then rip us. But you assume we’re not going to challenge him because you’re used to soft media.”

The episode with Prager goes live at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday and Uygur didn’t reveal what they’ll discuss with the radio host, but he did state that the show “should be a dynamic conversation, to say the least!”

Whatever they discuss, there are plenty of ongoing situations in the country to debate, whether it’s the immigration issue with governors facing backlash for political stunts to the upcoming midterm elections that are right around the corner.

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