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Changes Coming to New York Times After Toxic Work Culture Exposed

The 7,000-word report reveals a “difficult environment” at the Times, primarily experienced by “people of color, many of whom described unsettling and sometimes painful day-to-day workplace experiences.”

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Changes will be coming to The New York Times after the publication unveiled a diversity report and plan, which will help transform the newspaper’s culture that makes it an “unwelcoming place for many people.”

The 7,000-word report reveals a “difficult environment” at the Times, primarily experienced by “people of color, many of whom described unsettling and sometimes painful day-to-day workplace experiences.”

When it comes to the Asian-American women working at the newspaper, the report states that they feel “invisible and unseen” and frequently referred to using the name of other Asian women.

Nonetheless, Black and Latino employees bear the brunt of the toxic work environment at The Times, the report states. They are underrepresented in leadership positions compared to other races inside the company. Furthermore, in a survey last year, Black employees, especially women, gave the newspaper the worst marks for fairness and inclusion.

The Times has listed four goals as they plan to improve its toxic working environment.

First, the newspaper wants to transform its culture “to create an environment where we all can do our best work. We will be explicit about how diversity, equity, and inclusion tie to our mission and values.”

Second, The Times wants to improve their leadership as they try and fix how they lead and manage. The newspaper seeks to bring people aboard with “clear expectations for leaders who manage people and for how they will be assessed.”

As a result of this goal, the company wants to increase Black and Latinos in management positions by 50 percent by 2025. The Times seeks to ensure that its news coverage benefits from diversity and inclusion in its newsroom.

“We will make our newsroom more diverse, our editorial practices more inclusive, and our news report one that provides a truer, richer and more textured portrayal of the world,” The Times wrote.

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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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