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Kevin Kietzman Examines Deal Done by Chiefs, Car Crash Victim’s Family

Five-year-old Ariel Young was injured when Britt Reid, son of head coach Andy Reid, smashed into her family’s car.

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newsletter and podcast from award-winning journalist Kevin Kietzman examine the motives behind a recent deal struck between the Kansas City Chiefs and the family of a baby who was injured in a vehicle collision involving one of its former coaches. 

Five-year-old Ariel Young was injured when Britt Reid, son of head coach Andy Reid, smashed into her family’s car. Reid later told police that he had 2-3 drinks and used Adderall that same day. 

Under the terms of the deal, the team has reportedly agreed to cover all of the girl’s medical bills and provide long-term financial compensation. 

“Would your former employer ever do this for you?” Kietzman asked. “Why did the Chiefs release the information on a Friday afternoon when nobody was looking and why did they release the information just one day after owner Clark Hunt had his only once per season news conference?” 

Kietzman criticized the media for not asking questions and accused the team of striking the deal to cover Andy Reid and team President Mark Donovan individually. 

“You see, these guys won a Super Bowl and didn’t call the NFL commissioner dirty names in private emails,” said Kietzman. “No, they almost certainly broke about a million NFL and team rules and regulations and threw a rager for the coaches prior to the Super Bowl as a perk.” 

Kietzman added that the NFL considers words more detrimental to the league’s image than actions.  

“Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft gets popped in Florida at a massage parlor, prostitution ring,” he added. “No biggie, it just goes away.  It’s not like he wrote an email to somebody that the NFL has lost its mind catering to the woke culture America is now rejecting at every turn.”

In 2019, Keitzman was let go from Sports Radio 810 WHB after critical comments he made on-air about Britt Reid. 

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Clarence Thomas Wants SCOTUS to Revisit Libel Laws

Thomas has urged SCOTUS to revisit the landmark First Amendment decision, which set strict standards for public figures who can claim libel.

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Justice Clarence Thomas wants the Supreme Court to revisit the definition of libel. On Monday, Thomas dissented on a decision involving a Christian media group that sought to sue the Southern Law Poverty Center (SLPC) for characterizing them as a “hate group.”

For years, Thomas has urged SCOTUS to revisit the landmark First Amendment decision, New York Times vs. Sullivan which set strict standards for public figures who can claim libel. A ruling of that magnitude would pave the way for people to sue media organizations for publishing or broadcasting statements that damage one’s reputation. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Coral Ridge Ministries Media Inc. attempted to sue the SLPC but the case was dismissed by lower courts because “it failed to overcome the standards set by Sullivan.

“This case is one of many showing how New York Times and its progeny have allowed media organizations and interest groups ‘to cast false aspersions on public figures with near impunity,’” Thomas wrote in the dissent.

Thomas argued that SPLC’s “hate group” designation lumped Coral Ridge’s Christian Ministry with groups like the Ku Klux Klan.

“It placed Coral Ridge on an interactive, online “Hate Map” and caused Coral Ridge concrete financial injury by excluding it from the AmazonSmile donation program,” said Thomas.  

Coral Ridge applied to receive donations through AmazonSmile, a separate portal from Amazon’s main site which donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchase to the charity of your choice.

Other noteworthy defamation/libel cases include the recent Johnny Depp and Amber Heard cases where Depp was seeking to recoup damages from a 2018 Washington Post op-ed penned by Heard who he claims cost him a chance to further his legacy with the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Also, former 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin sued the New York Times for linking her political action committee to the 2011 shooting of former Arizona Gabriel Gifford. 

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Futuri is Turning User Content into Video

The platform is reportedly gaining popularity among television broadcasters following the release of a new version tailored to their needs.

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Audience engagement company Futuri is helping creators through their program POST. The platform allows its users to upload audio, add texts and images and turn the content into video. 

The platform is reportedly gaining popularity among television broadcasters following the release of a new version tailored to their needs. According to Inside Radio, more television companies look to capitalize on the growing audio medium to reach their audiences. 

“Today’s audiences don’t think of media brands only in terms of ‘TV’ or ‘radio’. Quality content, be it video or audio, is what gets consumers engaged,” said Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig.

POST comes equipped with scheduling tools, video tools, and search engine optimization. In addition to ingesting and automatically editing a TV newscast’s audio feed, Futuri says the TV version of POST will also swap out the television commercials with programmatic ad markers.

“The way we’ve customized the POST podcasting systems for the unique needs of television broadcasters will help them quickly capture the audience and revenue growth opportunities that the explosive growth of audio has created,” added Anstandig. 

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Washington Post Tells Staff to “Comply Now” with Work Policy

The Post has put an ultimatum to its staffers who are not showing up to the offices for the three days they require or face the consequences.

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The Washington Post has put an ultimatum to its staffers who are not showing up to the offices for the three days they require; they can either come back or face “disciplinary action.”

In an email sent throughout the company, Post chief human resources officer Wayne Connell called on staff to “comply now” with the newspaper’s work policy. 

After re-opening its offices on March 15, the publication demands that its staff be in the office “at least three days per week.” 

“If you haven’t complied with our 3/2 policy since our March return, or you haven’t complied consistently, we’d like to underscore the need to comply now,” the statement read, per Mediaite

“Beginning this Monday, June 27, please ensure that you are in the office at least three days per week, assuming you are not on approved days off such as vacation time, sick time, etc. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action.”

Connell adds that the Post is being fair with its demands to have their staff come in three times a week, striking the right balance by allowing employees to work from home and having the office experience that a Zoom meeting can’t replicate.

“We believe this companywide policy strikes the right balance, allowing both in-office collaboration and greater levels of flexibility than before the pandemic, and it’s only fair that we enforce this policy consistently,” the statement concluded. 

“We continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the 3/2 model and reserve the right to make changes in the future. In the meantime, please do your part in helping us meet these expectations.”

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