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Remembering Larry King

The industry reacted to the news with great sadness, paying homage to a man who made an indelible mark on so many lives.

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Larry King, the award-winning journalist who became cable television’s most well-known talk show host, died at the age of 87 on Saturday. He hosted Larry King Live on CNN for nearly 30 years and interviewed thousands of people during his lifetime.

The industry reacted to the news with great sadness, paying homage to a man who made an indelible mark on so many lives.

“When I was a young morning DJ, I listened to Larry King’s overnight radio show every night on my way to work,” said Jimmy Kimmel via Twitter. “He was one of the greats and I am glad to have known him.”

King was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1933 as Larry Zeigler. He moved to Miami in his 20’s to pursue a job in radio. He also wrote a column for a local newspaper.

Singer Celine Dion called King a lifelong friend. “There will never be anyone like him, and he will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.”

CNN Chief International anchor Christiane Amanpour said King was an integral part of CNN’s rise to global prominence.

“He became the must-see appointment to view the program. But he also became the global confessor, he was the person who interviewed just about anybody, who was anybody at the time. That meant every single night, five days a week for 25 years while he was at CNN.”

Sentiments poured in from the world of politics as well. “Larry King was a Brooklyn boy who became a newsman who interviewed newsmakers,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “He conducted over 50,000 interviews that informed Americans in a clear and plain way.”

CNN President Jeff Zucker issued a statement saying, “we are so proud of the 25 years he spent with CNN, where his newsmaker interviews truly put the network on the international stage.”

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Jen Psaki: I Never Encourage Protests Outside of Chief Justices’ Homes

A University of Chicago journalist asked Jen Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside the Supreme Court Justices’ homes.

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A University of Chicago journalist went full “Peter Doocy mode” on former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a forum at the school Wednesday.

According to a transcript published on Mediate, Daniel Schmidt asked Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside of the Supreme Court Justices’ homes in the wake of the leaked draft opinion that purports to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Let me first say because I think facts matter and facts are important,” Psaki said. “I never encouraged anyone to protest. I encouraged them to engage peacefully, and to do it without violence, without threats, and without intimidation.”  

According to The Hill, Protesters have gathered at the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Samuel Alito. 

“If they’re breaking the law, of course, they shouldn’t do that. And I also said that, too. Thank you for your question!” Psaki added.

Last month, another University of Chicago student confronted CNN host Brian Stelter regarding the network’s role in disseminating alleged fake news.

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Sinclair CEO Says Political Environment Is “Very Good for Our Business”

Sinclair’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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The midterm elections are here, and according to one television executive, it’s the best time considering the amount of political advertisement money pouring into stations at the local and national. 

One key beneficiary of that cash inflow is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

“Some of these primary races are crazy,” Ripley said, per Deadline. “On the one hand, I lament that we’re in the political environment that we are. On the other hand, it’s very good for our business.”

Ripley used an example to make a point with his claim, citing U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance who won his primary race after spending a heavy amount ont television ads. 

Furthermore, the television executive adds that the $75 million spent on TV ads for the primary was 40 times more than what was spent on the primary in the last election. Ripley also added that spending on ballots is also up and should continue to increase as issues like abortion and legal gambling arise. 

“More and more issues are going on direct ballots,” he said. “With what’s going on with abortion rights, that’s going to just even add to that category.” Legalizing sports betting or cannabis are other issues generating significant ad spending.

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NBC News Correspondent Pete Williams to Retire

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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NBC News has announced Justice Department and Supreme Court correspondent Pete Williams will be retiring from the company. The reporter has been with the network for nearly three decades and has been at the forefront of many breaking news stories in Washington, DC. 

“Pete has been one of the nation’s foremost authorities covering the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice for nearly three decades,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a memo to staff

“His career has been defined by his reputation for accuracy, reliability, and unmatched expertise in the subjects he covers.” 

Williams has covered various topics for NBC News, including the court cases dealing with the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality. Earlier this year, the correspondent was the one who reported the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer would retire at the end of the current term.

“In short, for generations of NBC News reporters, working alongside Pete has been a daily masterclass in journalism. But perhaps more importantly, it has been a masterclass in what it means to be a good colleague,” Oppenheim added.

“Pete’s decency, kindness, and generosity are unmatched. For those that know Pete well, it’s his warmth, humor, wit, and compassion that will be missed most.”

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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