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News Media Reacts to the Deaths of Pierre Zakrzewski, Oleksandra Kuvshynova

Plenty of people from the news media shared their thoughts on the two latest journalists to die while covering the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.

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The coverage media outlets are providing for audiences on the Russian invasion of Ukraine has claimed the lives of two journalists, Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova. 

Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova were traveling with Benjamin Hall, who’s also battling his injuries, gathering news. The two now become the second and third journalists to die thus far in the war, with former New York Times contributor Brent Renaud being the first this past weekend. 

These deaths highlight the dangers of covering a warzone to bring the information on the ground to news television audiences. Plenty of people from the news media shared their thoughts on the two latest journalists to die. 

“America Reports” co-anchor John Roberts stated that Zakrzewski was a “treasure” to work with as both men had worked together on several occasions.

Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin stated that Kuvshynova’s dream was to unite people worldwide and tell their stories, and she fulfilled that via her journalism.

While many are saddened at Fox News regarding the death of Zakrzewski, the network’s national correspondent Lauren Blanchard decided to share a good memory she had with the cameraman while they were working in Singapore.

Brian Stelter shared his thoughts regarding the deaths of the two journalists stating that even people working at CNN loved Zakrzewski.

Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent Marcus Yam shared a photo of how he plans to remember Zakrzewski, calling the cameraman “kind, generous & radiates an upbeat can-do energy.”

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson shared a photo of their last correspondence in Ukraine with Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova.

CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward shared her thoughts with Anderson Cooper on the deaths of Zakrzewski and Kuvshynova.

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel spotlighted the efforts of the three journalists who have died in Ukraine to tell the stories about the ongoing events in the country.

Vice News’ International Correspondent Ben C. Solomon also spotlighted the efforts that collaborators such as Kuvshynova do for foreign journalists to help them navigate the country to tell the stories to their audience.

Finally, Fox News’ Foreign Correspondent Trey Yingst shared a photo of himself alongside Zakrzewski while sharing a few words about his colleague.

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Sinclair CEO Says Political Environment Is “Very Good for Our Business”

Sinclair’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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The midterm elections are here, and according to one television executive, it’s the best time considering the amount of political advertisement money pouring into stations at the local and national. 

One key beneficiary of that cash inflow is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

“Some of these primary races are crazy,” Ripley said, per Deadline. “On the one hand, I lament that we’re in the political environment that we are. On the other hand, it’s very good for our business.”

Ripley used an example to make a point with his claim, citing U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance who won his primary race after spending a heavy amount ont television ads. 

Furthermore, the television executive adds that the $75 million spent on TV ads for the primary was 40 times more than what was spent on the primary in the last election. Ripley also added that spending on ballots is also up and should continue to increase as issues like abortion and legal gambling arise. 

“More and more issues are going on direct ballots,” he said. “With what’s going on with abortion rights, that’s going to just even add to that category.” Legalizing sports betting or cannabis are other issues generating significant ad spending.

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NBC News Correspondent Pete Williams to Retire

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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NBC News has announced Justice Department and Supreme Court correspondent Pete Williams will be retiring from the company. The reporter has been with the network for nearly three decades and has been at the forefront of many breaking news stories in Washington, DC. 

“Pete has been one of the nation’s foremost authorities covering the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice for nearly three decades,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a memo to staff

“His career has been defined by his reputation for accuracy, reliability, and unmatched expertise in the subjects he covers.” 

Williams has covered various topics for NBC News, including the court cases dealing with the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality. Earlier this year, the correspondent was the one who reported the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer would retire at the end of the current term.

“In short, for generations of NBC News reporters, working alongside Pete has been a daily masterclass in journalism. But perhaps more importantly, it has been a masterclass in what it means to be a good colleague,” Oppenheim added.

“Pete’s decency, kindness, and generosity are unmatched. For those that know Pete well, it’s his warmth, humor, wit, and compassion that will be missed most.”

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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Chris Licht: CNN Must Be Beacon of Journalism to Functional Democracy

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said

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CNN’s new president Chris Licht shed some light on the direction he plans to take the company at the Warner Bros. Discovery upfront. 

Licht spoke at the presentation alongside Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, who expressed that CNN will be organized “to advocate for journalism first” and deliver for viewers “seeking more accurate information and less yelling and conflict.”

Furthermore, Licht proposed similar aspirations as he summarized his plan for the cable news channel to double down on what many might call sane news. 

“Now, the next chapter of CNN is one where we aspire to be a beacon for the kind of journalism essential to a functioning democracy,” Licht said, per Mediaite.

“In a time where extremes are dominating cable news, we will seek to go a different way — reflecting the real lives of our viewers and elevating the way America and the world views this medium.”

The new CNN president also vows to “challenge the traditional philosophy of cable news, delivering programming and commentary that questions the status quo, shatters group-think, holds our leaders on both sides of the aisle accountable to facts, and fights fearlessly to get to the truth.”

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