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VP Harris Finds Common Ground with Sen. Scott in ‘GMA’ Interview

Harris appeared on the ABC morning news program Wednesday, the day after President Biden spoke to a joint session of Congress

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Vice President Kamala Harris made an appearance on “Good Morning America” where she spoke with host George Stephanopoulos. The vice president went on to say that “America is a racist country.”

These comments from Harris come after President Joe Biden’s joint speech to Congress last Wednesday, where he recognized white supremacy as a significant threat facing America today.

Stephanopoulos asked the vice president over GOP’s rebuttal to Biden’s speech, made by Sen. Tim Scott, where he stated that “America is not a racist country.” The “Good Morning America” host proposed the question to Harris, where he agreed with the senator’s statement. 

“Senator Tim Scott said last night that America is not a racist country. Do you agree with that, and what do you make of his warning against fighting discrimination with more discrimination?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Well, first of all, no, I don’t think America is a racist country,” Harris responded. “But we also do have to speak truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.”

Harris also went on to thank President Biden for “always having the ability and the courage, frankly, to speak the truth about [racism in America]. He spoke what we know from the intelligence community, one of the greatest threats to our national security is domestic terrorism manifested by white supremacists.”

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Portland’s KATU Halted News Coverage for Stress and Trauma Training

Portland TV station KATU halted all of its news coverage Monday so its staff could attend training for on-the-job stress and trauma. 

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2020 and even 2021 have seen many media members deal with a dramatic presidential election, a deadly global pandemic, a national discussion over race and police brutality. 

As a result, 2021 is called the year of the “Great Resignation,” following a published report by the Online News Association over its findings regarding media work culture. The ONA informed that journalists and media workers are departing the field, resulting in a talent gap.

Due to these findings, a Portland TV station KATU halted all of its news coverage Monday so its staff could attend training for on-the-job stress and trauma. 

“NO NEWS MONDAY,” KATU News photojournalist Mike Warner tweeted. “Just a heads up, the @KATUNews morning and afternoon shows have been preempted and will NOT air on Monday, Sep. 27th.”

This training has garnered appreciation from media members across the country. Seattle’s KCPQ anchor Travis Mayfield tweeted, “Wow, this is really heartening to see. Thank you to the KATU management team for doing this.”

Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s WLWT Shaun Elliott also tweeted, “Good for KATU. Other stations should be following.”

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John Oliver: Solution to Voter Suppression Can’t Be Just Vote

Oliver described the actions of states making it difficult to vote “some of the biggest efforts to undermine voting rights”

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Next year, the United States will see citizens voting in the nation’s mid-term elections, which is why “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” decided to tackle the ongoing topic regarding voting rights

John Oliver called out Democrats and Republicans, telling the politicians that the system is broken and President Joe Biden needs to take real action toward fixing the issue. 

Oliver described the actions of states making it difficult to vote “some of the biggest efforts to undermine voting rights” following the 2020 election. In addition, the HBO host points out how these new laws disproportionately affect specific populations, primarily people of color.

He then shifted his wrath toward President Biden for claiming that people would show up and show out because 2020 had a large voter turnout.

“Sure, Joe! Maybe! Or maybe they’ll show up and get turned away because of everything that we’ve been talking about here!” Oliver said. 

“Biden’s White House even reportedly told voting rights groups that it is possible to ‘out-organize voter suppression.’ But the problem is, it isn’t. It just isn’t. That is what voter suppression is.”

Oliver then stated that because 2020 saw a vast voting turnout, it’s the reason why these voting laws were put into place, and the solution shouldn’t only be to vote. 

“The solution to voter suppression cannot be to ‘just vote’ — for the same reason that the solution to being locked out of your home can’t be to tell someone ‘Just go inside and get the keys,'” Oliver said. 

“What the f— are you talking about? I’m locked out! How are you not understanding this situation?”

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Stephen Colbert Pokes Fun At Arizona Following Audit on Election

The comedian then tossed it over to MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, who has been “standing” by since November, waiting to crunch the numbers. 

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Stephen Colbert opened up his monologue for “The Late Show,” poking fun at Arizona’s election audit. The inspection was led by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann of the 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County. 

The Republican Party and Fann confirmed that their review of the overall vote tally matched the initial results in November, which means that President Joe Biden did indeed win the state of Arizona during the 2020 election. In addition, the audit helped debunk former President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud. 

On the show, Colbert announced that Biden has officially won Arizona and can continue to be president of the United States. The comedian then tossed it over to MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, who has been “standing” by since November, waiting to crunch the numbers. 

“We go now live to election headquarters to our Number Cruncher, Steve Kornacki, still standing by since last November. Steve, what do you have for us?”

However, when the camera panned over to Kornacki, it was a skeleton with the map of the counties in Arizona, insinuating that the MSNBC political correspondent died waiting for the audit results. 

“Dammit,” Colbert said. “I told you. I forgot to feed him. Should have got him one of those cat fountains!”

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