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CBS Reporter Apologizes for Saying Ukraine More “Civilized”

Charlie D’Agata apologized for depicting Ukraine as “relatively civilized, relatively European” compared to countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.

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CBS foreign correspondent Charlie D’Agata is in some hot water after depicting Ukraine as “relatively civilized, relatively European” compared to countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.

D’Agata is on the ground reporting on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, reporting from the capital of Kyiv, where he stated that the Eastern European country is more “civilized.”

“Tens of thousands of people have tried to flee the city; there will be many more. People are hiding out in bomb shelters,” D’Agata said. “But this isn’t a place, with all due respect, like Iraq or Afghanistan, that has seen conflict raging for decades.”

“You know, this is a relatively civilized, relatively European – I have to choose those words carefully, too – city where you wouldn’t expect that or hope that it’s going to happen.”

These remarks went viral on social media, leading the correspondent to apologize for his comments when comparing Ukraine to other Middle Eastern nations. 

“I spoke in a way I regret, and for that, I’m sorry,” D’Agata said. “You should never compare conflicts anyway; each one is unique…I used a poor choice of words, and I apologize for any offense I may have caused.”

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NBC News Adds Sacramento, Washington D.C. Correspondents

On Thursday, NBC News announced the additions of two new correspondents as the network added Dana Griffin and Marissa Parra.

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On Thursday, NBC News announced the additions of two new correspondents as the network added Dana Griffin and Marissa Parra.

Griffin will be based in Sacramento; meanwhile, Parra will be heading to Washington, D.C. As part of their new roles with the network, both will appear across NBC News and MSNBC platforms.

After spending time as a reporter and fill-in anchor for NBC7 in San Diego, Griffin heads to the national media stage, where she tweeted her excitement to start the new position. 

Griffin is familiar with the Northern California market as she spent nearly three years reporting for KCRA in Sacramento and was a weekend anchor and reporter for KIEM-TV up in Eureka.

Parra joins NBC News from CBS2 in Chicago after spending three years as a general assignment reporter. Parra will also be heading to a market she knows after spending three years as a freelance producer for ABC News’ Washington, D.C. bureau.

“A lifelong dream,” Parra tweeted on Thursday. “I’ll be an NBC Correspondent covering the same states I once called home. See you soon, East Coast!”

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Ari Melber Refers to Fox News as ‘MAGA Snowflake Bubble’

The MSNBC host had a guest to discuss the topic, but before he tossed it over to the attorney and former FBI agent Asha Rangappa, Melber took a shot at the network.

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MSNBC host Ari Melber went after Fox News and its contributor Lara Trump, appearing on the network criticizing a lawsuit by the New York attorney general against her family’s company.

On Wednesday, New York AG Letitia James publicized a $250 million suit against the Trump Organization, accusing them of overinflating assets to get low-interest loans.

The MSNBC host had a guest to discuss the topic, but before he tossed it over to the attorney and former FBI agent Asha Rangappa, Melber took a shot at the network.

Melber referred to Fox News (h/t Mediaite) as a “MAGA snowflake bubble where you’re not going to be triggered. You’re not going to be pressed and shout out to anyone who needs a bubble. You know you can live in a snowflake bubble if you want.”

Neither side is immune to these types of criticisms when having people of Trump’s status where a rival network believes that the host isn’t asking the tough questions. 

Fox News has done this in the past when members of the Biden administration go on CNN or MSNBC. 

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Alyssa Farah Griffin Praises Christiane Amanpour For Not Wearing Hijab

“The View’s” Alyssa Farah Griffin, applauded Christiane Amanpour’s decision to walk away from the interview with the Iranian president rather than wear a hijab.

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On Thursday, CNN Chief International Anchor Christiane Amanpour shared details of an interview with Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, which didn’t happen. 

Raisi insisted that Amanpour wear a hijab while conducting the interview despite the location being in New York and not Iran. Still, the CNN anchor declined the request leading to the president skipping the interview. 

Many in the news media, including “The View’s” Alyssa Farah Griffin, applauded Amanpour’s decision to walk away from the interview rather than wear a hijab. 

“Iranian President Raisi demanded @amanpour wear a headscarf for their scheduled interview,” Farah Griffin tweeted

“In a powerful display of solidarity with the women of Iran, she declined, & he refused to do the interview. Stand with the women of Iran & say her name #MahsaAmini.

This with Amanpour would have been Raisi’s first interview after protests are sweeping Iran with women burning their hijabs after the death last week of Amini, following her arrest by the “morality police.”

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