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Michael Smerconish to Fill-In Chris Cuomo Timeslot This Week

Smerconish is a seasoned media veteran as he’s a popular radio host and also leads a Saturday-morning hour on CNN. 

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CNN needs someone to fill the time slot occupied by former anchor Chris Cuomo. This past weekend, the network decided to part ways with Cuomo, following the details of how involved he was in his brother’s, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, sexual harassment case.

However, before parting ways with Cuomo, who was on temporary suspension at the time, a CNN spokesperson announced that Michael Smerconish would be filling in this week for the timeslot. 

Smerconish is a seasoned media veteran as he’s a popular radio host and also leads a Saturday-morning hour on CNN. 

It will be interesting to see if Smerconish decides to be the temporary host for the time slot as CNN ponders what to do long-term or if the network has someone else in mind for a stopgap solution.

Cuomo provided a statement on being terminated by the company over the weekend. 

“This is not how I want my time at CNN to end, but I have already told why and how I helped my brother,” Cuomo said. 

“So now let me say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.”

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Stephanie Ruhle: Elon Musk Isn’t Trying to ‘Tank’ Twitter

On Sunday, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, one of Musk’s sharpest critics, tweeted that she doesn’t believe Musk is trying to ruin the company. 

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Billionaire Elon Musk issued pink slips at Twitter last week which prompted thousands of resignations at the platform.  

On Sunday, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle, one of Musk’s sharpest critics, tweeted that she doesn’t believe Musk is trying to ruin the company. 

“I don’t buy the argument that @elonmusk is trying to tank twitter,” she said. “No one knows how it will turn out…but clearly, he’s putting in A LOT of hours wrestling with this beast.” 

In July, The Hill reported that Ruhle branded Musk a “bully” after he posted a meme making fun of Hunter Biden. 

“Imagine the positive impact you could have on the world if you used the extraordinary amount of influence and power you have to spread decency, kindness and positivity?” Ruhle said.
“Imagine if MSNBC did that,” Musk responded. 

Twitter users responded to Ruhle Sunday by sharing some thoughts of whether they feel Musk is trying to “tank” the company. 

If Twitter doesn’t make enough revenue to cover debt payments, how many shares of Telsa will Elon have to sell to cover the payments?” One user said. 

“He’s clearly trying to tank it! He or someone who pays him sees it as a place where the truth gets out, people have some power, and liberals work together. He bought it to take a wrecking ball to it, nothing he’s done looks otherwise,” posted another user. 

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Benjamin Hall Accepts Award for Courage, Commitment to Newsgathering

Hall appeared at the 4th annual Patriot Awards last week to accept an award for his courage and commitment to newsgathering.

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Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall appeared at the 4th annual Patriot Awards last week to accept an award for his courage and commitment to newsgathering. 

In March, Hall was injured in a Russian artillery attack in Kyiv, Ukraine. Pierre Zakrzewski and local Ukrainian producer Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed in the attack. 

The award was presented by Harris Faulkner and Johnny Joey Jones. 

“Benjamin Hall has been and continues to be an inspiration to all of us. He is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met in my life and one heck of a journalist,” Faulkner said. 

“I wish I could be there in person to pick it up, but I can’t yet. I am doing very well now. I’m walking a lot better,” stated Hall. “I’m seeing better. My injuries are getting better and that is all thanks to the people who came to save me.”  

The blast resulted in Hall losing right leg and left foot. He has lost use of one eye, one ear, and his left hand. 

“It’s thanks to the people who put me back together. The doctors, the nurses, the airmen, the soldiers who all in some sense risked their own lives to save me. So, I want to lift this award to them, I want to lift his award to them, to all of us and to everyone who is doing the same sort of things out there. Thank you all. I’ll see you soon,” he added. 

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Joshua Johnson Exits NBC News After Networks Cancels Show

The final broadcast occurred on Friday and TV Newser adds that Johnson and NBC News Now chief Janelle Rodriguez delivered the cancellation news to show staff on that day too. 

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Changes continue to occur at NBCUniversal as NBC News’ Joshua Johnson is leaving the network after the company announced that it was canceling the NBC News Now show, “Now Tonight.” 

“Now Tonight” has streamed weekdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT since debuting in Dec. 2021, but less than a year after launching, the network wants to move in a new direction with the program. 

“We’re heading in a new programming direction, which we’ll announce soon. We thank Joshua for his contributions and wish him all the best,” an NBC News spokesperson said in a statement (h/t TV Newser). 

The final broadcast occurred on Friday and TV Newser adds that Johnson and NBC News Now chief Janelle Rodriguez delivered the cancellation news to show staff on that day too. 

In addition, Rodriguez clarified that no one else’s employment at NBC News would be negatively impacted.

“Creating and anchoring @NBCNowTonight has been an honor,” Johnson tweeted. “[Friday, Nov. 18], that journey ends. This is my last day @NBCNews … Thank you so much for supporting me on @NBCNewsNOW & @Peacock. Onward!”

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