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Jon Stewart: Donald Trump Isn’t Some Incredible Supervillain

Stewart cautions against placing too much effort toward blaming everything on former President Donald Trump.

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Comedian Jon Stewart appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with anchor Jake Tapper Saturday night to discuss the polarization in the country. 

Furthermore, Stewart states that although he believes “we still have time to save US democracy,” he cautions against placing too much effort toward blaming everything on former President Donald Trump.

“I think we make a mistake focusing this all on Donald Trump as though he’s; I don’t know, Magneto and some incredible supervillain that has changed the very nature and temperature of the United States. He’s just been an effective vessel,” Stewart said. 

Stewart added that Trump isn’t singing new melodies that his base wants to hear as it’s been done before, but only the former president provides a different tune that sees him hitting the right notes to rile up his supporters. 

“But again, he’s not singing new songs. He’s maybe singing them a little better than [the late Republican senator from Arizona, Barry] Goldwater, but I think it’s a mistake to focus it all on this one individual and not to focus it more on the idea that power is its own reward whether it be in the financial industry or government,” Stewart said. 

“Power doesn’t cede itself, and unless we can figure out a better way to balance that power for workers and voters and different groups, we’ll be vulnerable.”

The comedian ended his interview by stating that despite the polarization in the country, America still has time before democracy breaks.

“It’s bracing sometimes to hear the reality of people’s lives in other countries,” Stewart said. 

“It’s not to say that warning signs don’t exist or bells aren’t going off or that democracy is a birthright and is something that will always be with us as a kind of sash that we wear having been crowned the greatest democracy. It did remind us that we have a long way to go before we end up in those situations.”

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Tucker Carlson Takes Aim at Howard Stern Over Covid Commentaries

“Maybe it was coronavirus that broke him, maybe it was hormonal changes from middle age, he is now a coward.”

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Tucker Carlson took aim at a mega media star on Thursday night. The highly opinionated FOX News host made it clear, he views SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern as a coward.

During Carlson’s show, he focused on comments Stern made on the air on September 7th of 2021 and January 3rd and 19th of 2022 and followed up by labeling the king of all media as a coward. That was further supported on social media where Carlson tweeted out the clip of the segment where he blasted Stern.

“Howard Stern, by any measure, is one of the great radio hosts of all time,” Carlson said as he began his commentary. “He has made a huge amount of money for doing what he does but there is a reason for it. He was incredibly brave, vulgar yes, but truly talented, above all courageous.”

That was followed by Carlson mentioning a number of Stern’s accomplishments and crediting him for his prior fights against free speech and the government.

But then, Carlson described Stern as he sees him now.

“Maybe it was coronavirus that broke him, maybe it was hormonal changes from middle age, he is now a coward. His broadcast is now about cowardice. Amplifying his fears about corona over the air, and attacking, more precisely, attacking anybody else who has decided to live life as a free person.”

Carlson then aired the September clip from Stern’s show where he talked about wanting it mandated that everyone had to be vaccinated. That was then followed by a clip from Stern’s show in early January where he criticized Oprah Winfrey for holding large gatherings at her home.

From there, Tucker mocked Stern and moved into his next soundbyte from Stern’s January 19th program where he said that those who weren’t vaccinated wouldn’t be able to seek treatment at a hospital if he was in power and had his way.

The segment ended with Carlson stating ‘there is something sad about this’ before welcoming Jimmy Dore to the show, who proceeded to ridicule Stern and explain how the satellite radio host has lost his way and turned into a modern day version of Don Imus.

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Report: Gayle King to Renew Contract with CBS

King, who recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with CBS, saw her contract coming to an end this year.

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“CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King appears to be staying with the company as CNN’s Brian Stelter reports that she’ll renew her contract.  

King, who recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with CBS, saw her contract coming to an end this year. Furthermore, there was speculation whether she’d remain as her deal and that of anchor Norah O’Donnell is due to expire. 

Nonetheless, Stelter does caution that CBS hasn’t confirmed King’s renewal, and any new deal most probably never will be. Moreover, the morning show anchor is said to be discreet about contract matters.

“King’s future has been a guessing game both inside and outside CBS for months, so any end to the guessing is a step forward for CBS News boss Neeraj Khemlani,” Stelter wrote. 

A few months ago, CBS rebranded its morning show with King at the forefront, so it would be a significant loss to see her go less than a year into the new program. 

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Univision Taps Michael Schwimmer for New Exec Role

Schwimmer will help the network centralize the distribution of the company’s platform, content offerings, and sales prospects that drive revenue boost.

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Univision is welcoming a new executive as the network announced that Michael Schwimmer is taking over a newly created executive position as the President, Global Platform Strategy and Revenue.

In his new position with the company, Schwimmer will help the network centralize the distribution of the company’s platform, content offerings, and sales prospects that drive revenue boost.

“Michael will complement our team by leading global distribution for the combined library of Televisa and Univision content, including all subscription and content licensing activities, and will oversee our efforts to ensure that thousands of hours of our Spanish-language content reaches valued audiences worldwide,” Wade Davis, CEO of Univision said.

“His extensive experience leading the strategy for multicultural and AVOD offerings and his proven track record navigating corporate transformations make him the ideal addition to our team, and his expertise and passion for increasing Spanish-language representation in the media speaks to our company’s purpose.”

Furthermore, Schwimmer is assigned to facilitate Univision’s more than 300,000 hours of existing Spanish-language content to reach viewers worldwide.

“Univision is an iconic brand that embodies its mission of entertaining, informing, and empowering Spanish-speaking audiences across all facets of its business,” Schwimmer said.

“Supporting the global Spanish-speaking community has been a lifelong personal passion of mine, so I am pleased to be part of Wade’s compelling vision to bring high-quality Spanish language content to this still underserved audience in an advanced, consumer-friendly streaming format. I look forward to leveraging my experience and hitting the ground running with my new colleagues in streaming as we build on Univision’s content and create a truly unmatched global offering.”

Before joining Univision, Schwimmer served as Group President of Sling TV and Executive Vice President of DISH Media.

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