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Al Ortiz Will Retire After 43 Years with CBS News

Ortiz has been with the network’s news for over four decades and has been the executive producer of the evening news broadcast on two occasions.

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CBS News veteran Al Ortiz, who has recently spent time as interim executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” announced his plans to retire this summer, per Deadline

“I’m immensely proud of what we’ve accomplished on the broadcast over the past year. I’m proud of the awards we’ve won under Norah’s leadership, proud of the steady progress in the ratings and demos,” Ortiz said. 

Ortiz took over the role at the evening newscast following the departure of Jay Shaylor last year. Overall, Ortiz has been with the news division for over four decades and has been the executive producer of the evening news broadcast on two occasions.

CBS News plans to begin its search for Ortiz’s successor. Also, Norah O’Donnell, who recently upped her deal with the network, stated that Ortiz is “universally admired, respected, and loved, a true gentleman in every sense of the word who cares so deeply about journalism but cares about the people who work not only on our show, the Evening News, but everybody at CBS.”

In his 43 years with CBS News, Ortiz has held other positions with the company, serving as vice president of standards and practices, foreign editor, London bureau chief, and Washington bureau chief.

“When you ultimately retire this summer, you’ll still be on the top of your game. The job is the penultimate of the industry. You’ve accomplished it all, and CBS News is forever in your debt,” Neeraj Khemlani, co-head of CBS News and Stations, said. 

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Donald Trump Takes Shot at Fox News, Suggests CNN Go Conservative

Trump went after Fox News, saying the news outlet isn’t what it used to be in his eyes.

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Last week, radio host Dinesh D’Souza went after Fox News, claiming that the network is suppressing his new film called “2,000 Mules.” 

“Several Fox hosts want to have me on to discuss the movie but the network is blocking them. Incredibly a ‘news network’ is blocking coverage of the biggest news story in the country!” D’Souza tweeted

Then this past weekend, former President Donald Trump went after Fox News, saying the news outlet isn’t what it used to be in his eyes. Trump spoke out against Fox News, arguing that the network “won’t even show or discuss” the 2020 election fraud documentary “2000 Mules.” 

“Fox News is no longer Fox News,” Trump posted on his TruthSocial account. “They won’t even show or discuss the greatest & most impactful documentary of our time, ‘2000 Mules.’ The Radical Left Democrats are thrilled – They don’t want the TRUTH to get out.”

Furthermore, the former president recommended that CNN “go conservative” and take Fox News’ place as the go-to channel for those looking to consume a new conservative media outlet. 

“CNN should go Conservative and take over the greatest, strongest, and most powerful BASE in U.S. history,” Trump stated. “Nobody is watching CNN’s Fake News now so, as I say, what the hell have they got to lose? Sadly, they’re too stupid to make the change!”

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Stephanie Ruhle Has No Pity for Crypto Investors Amid Decline

Ruhle, a former investment banker, told crypto investors on “Morning Joe” not to expect any government help or relief.

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For those who dabble in cryptocurrency, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle has little sympathy for investors following the last week’s collapse in the value of digital coins.

During a segment on Friday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” “The 11th Hour” host, a former investment banker, also told crypto investors not to expect any government help or relief. 

She added that they have only themselves to blame for purchasing the unstable currency over more conventional assets.

“Let’s remember: The entire basis of crypto is secrecy. It is decentralization. It’s ‘Don’t tread on me. I don’t want the government. I don’t want establishment,’ so this is very much a ‘Buyer beware’ [situation],” Ruhle said, per Mediaite

On Thursday, Cryptocurrencies crashed following the tumble of TerraUSD, a so-called stablecoin, with bitcoin plunging to a 16-month low of around $25,400.

Crypto assets have also been swept up in the broad selling of uncertain investments on concerns regarding high inflation and increasing interest rates.

Ruhle stated the fall of the crypto market is distinct from the 2008 recession when large investment companies proceeded to go under and needed to be saved by the government.

“You won’t have institutions at risk here, but millions and millions of individuals, many of whom have never invested in the markets, many of whom have borrowed to bet big in crypto, losing enormous amounts of money, so what’s going to happen?” Ruhle said.

“Are people going to turn around and say, ‘The government needs to help me. I need to be bailed out for this’?”

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Abby Phillip Calls Out Tucker Carlson for Pushing “White Replacement” Theory

Phillip is calling out Carlson for pushing the “White replacement” conspiracy theory, which alleged Buffalo mass shooter Payton Gendron glorified in a manifesto.

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In the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, CNN’s Abby Phillip is calling out Fox News host Tucker Carlson for pushing the “White replacement” conspiracy theory, which alleged shooter Payton Gendron glorified in a manifesto.

Phillip moderated a panel on “Inside Politics Sunday” where she conjured Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s (R-IL) callout of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) for promoting the far-right conspiracy theory. The theory pushes the notion that there is a scheme to replace White people with immigrants. 

“Over the weekend, Adam Kinzinger highlighted the no. 3 Republican in the house, Elise Stefanik’s use of the White replacement theory,” Phillip said. 

“In an ad, he wrote, ‘Did you know Stefanik pushes white replacement theory? The no. 3 in the House GOP, Liz Cheney, got removed for demanding the truth. The Republican leader should be asked about this.”

Furthermore, she stated that the politician isn’t the only one pushing this plot, leading to her criticism of Carlson. 

“It’s not just Elise Stefanik. If you watch Fox News, this is the mainstay of their primetime hours. Tucker Carlson discusses it in sometimes euphemistic form, but not really all that euphemistic,” Phillip added. 

“This policy is called the great replacement, the replacement of legacy Americans with more obedient people from far away countries.”

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