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Joe Scarborough: Mark Zuckerberg is Like Big Tobacco

The comparison to big tobacco stems from a ruling that tobacco companies lied about the harmful effects of their product to people. 

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MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took aim at Facebook Monday following an explosive 60 Minutes interview with a whistleblower who claimed that the platform is intentionally damaging its young users.

The Morning Joe host compared Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg to “big tobacco” and noted that his popularity is on par with former President Donald Trump whose image took a major public relations hit following the U.S. Capitol riots on Jan. 6.

The comparison to big tobacco stems from a case 15 years ago that ended with a judge ruling that tobacco companies lied about the harmful effects of their product to the American people. 

Monday, Facebook was dealt another blow when it suffered an outage that brought down WhatsApp and Instagram as well. The outage lasted more than six hours, affecting billions of users. Those difficulties kicked off Sunday when former Facebook employer Frances Haugen, the woman behind an explosive Wall Street Journal report said the company knows how badly its services are damaging the minds of young people.

“The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again,” Haugen told Scott Pelley, “was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money.”

“You go to any college; they’ll tell you that’s a problem they have,” Scarborough added. “You go to any high school counselors, and the same with middle school.”

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Julie Unruh Announces Departure From WGN-TV After 20 Years

Unruh’s last day with the Nexstar-owned company will be Nov 24. 

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WGN-TV’s Emmy award-winning anchor Julie Unruh is leaving the television business to spend more time with her family. 

According to media writer Roger Feder, Unruh’s last day with the Nexstar-owned company will be Nov 24. 

“I’ve been proud to work alongside you as I’ve watched Channel 9 grow from a few small, local newscasts each day to broadcasting nearly non-stop, earning our rightful place in a competitive news market,” Unruh wrote in an email to coworkers. 

Unruh first joined WGN-TV in 2001. In her time with the station, she has covered everything from human interest stories to political corruption. 

Before joining the WGN news team, Julie spent two years as an anchor and reporter on Chicagoland TV (CLTV). Previously, Julie spent a year as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at KTKA in Topeka, Kansas.

I’m looking forward to stepping aside and spending more time with my family. The time is right,” she said. 

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Emerald Robinson’s Days at Newsmax Are Numbered

According to the information, Newsmax will be tapping former Fox News chief D.C. correspondent James Rosen to take over the role.

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Newsmax’s White House reporter Emerald Robinson could be counting her days with the network as The Daily Beast reports that there’s a replacement lined up to replace Robinson. 

According to the information, Newsmax will be tapping former Fox News chief D.C. correspondent James Rosen to take over the role. Rosen is currently a political reporter for Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

Twitter banned Robinson following a tweet regarding the COVID-19 vaccine stating that it carries a “bioluminescent” tracking device with satanic powers. As a result, the social media platform handed her a seven-day suspension.

The network would then pull her off any on-air duties, and then after her suspension was over it resulted in the permanent ban from Twitter. 

The Daily Beast spoke to a current staffer who stated that the consensus view amongst Newsmax employees is that “she’s just going to be gone” but “nothing definitive.” Another source told the media outlet that Robinson is almost unquestionably done with Newsmax. 

Furthermore, two sources also told The Daily Beast that Newsmax is negotiating with Rosen to become their new chief D.C. correspondent. “Unfortunately, we cannot comment on personnel issues,” a Newsmax spokesperson stated on the report. 

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CBS Mornings Deletes Tweet Regarding Kyle Rittenhouse

Rittenhouse stands accused of murder and is currently on trial in connection with an incident that occurred during a Black Lives Matter protest last August. 

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The Twitter account to CBS Mornings was forced to delete a tweet last week calling Kyle Rittenhouse a “murderer.” 

Rittenhouse stands accused of murder and is currently on trial in connection with an incident that occurred during a Black Lives Matter protest last August. 

The tweet read, “Kyle Rittenhouse testified in his own murder trial yesterday, breaking down in tears as he told the jury he murdered two men at a Black Lives Matter protest last year in self-defense.”

Last week, Rittenhouse testified that he was running to put out a fire when a man named Joseph Rosenbaum allegedly ambushed him.

Rittenhouse claimed one man, Joshua Ziminski, walked toward him with a pistol while Rosenbaum was closing in on his right side.

Closing arguments in the trial are scheduled to begin on Monday. 

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