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Jedediah Bila Leaves Fox & Friends Weekend

Bila had worked two stints with the network

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Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Jedediah Bila is leaving the network, People reported Friday.

Bila began working at the network in 2013 but left to pursue opportunities with ABC’s The View for the 2017-2018 season. She would return a year later to the position that she held with Pete Hegseth and Will Cain.

Both parties confirmed the amicable split in separate statements late Friday.

“We have mutually and amicably parted ways with Jedediah Bila and wish her all the best,” a Fox News spokesperson said in a statement shared with People. “The new co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend will be named soon.”

Bila was criticized for speaking out against former President Donald Trump and tweeting support for Wyoming’s embattled Senator Liz Chaney earlier this year. 

“I would like to thank the Fox News reporters, anchors, contributors, and producers who have been an absolute pleasure to work with these last two years,” Bila tweeted.

Last year, Bila was diagnosed with the coronavirus. While her husband was also infected, their infant son Hartley was not.

“I’m deeply grateful for you and hopeful you’ll join me on my next adventure,” Bila said. “I’m really excited for what’s to come.” 

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Gavin Newsom: Fox News ‘Ruthless’, ‘Dominates With Illusion’

“Facts become secondary to narrative. They dominate with illusion. We are getting crushed.”

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Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) made interesting comments about cable news outlets, specifically Fox News, during a weekend appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival.

Newsom said Fox News drives the political discourse in the nation, and pointed to people in his personal life whose beliefs are shaped by the network.

“These guys are ruthless on the other side,” Newsom said. “That prime time line up by Fox, they are ruthless. They dominate the most important thing in American politics today, and that’s the narrative. Facts become secondary to narrative. They dominate with illusion. We are getting crushed.”

Fox News has dominated the cable news ratings, especially in the primetime hours that Newsom alluded.

The clip of Newsom’s comments aired during CNN’s New Day Monday morning. Anchor John Avlon felt Newsom was correct in his opinion.

“He has a good point about the unified narrative of Republicans that tends to put Democrats on defense because they are saying ‘Gosh, look at all those lies. It goes back to that saying of Will Rogers almost a century ago, ‘I’m not a member of an organized political party. I’m a Democrat,’” Avlon joked.

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CNN Sees Another Exit as Rachel Crane Leaves Correspondent Role

Crane announced on Twitter Thursday that she would be leaving her position as the innovation and space correspondent.

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CNN is seeing another departure from the network as Rachel Crane announced on Twitter Thursday that she would be leaving her position as the innovation and space correspondent. 

Crane joined CNN in April 2014 as a digital correspondent covering pop culture and innovation across the network’s platforms, but after nearly a decade with the cable news channel, she’s ready for a new venture. 

“Some personal news: my career at CNN has been filled w too many pinch-me moments to count & certainly more rocket launches than I could have ever dreamed but I realized it was time to let my dreams and priorities evolve and change and step away from CNN & tomorrow is my last day,” Crane tweeted.

“Too many people to thank & choosing a favorite story is simply impossible but I came across this video and it perfectly encapsulates everything I loved about this job. CNN let me be my dorky enthusiastic self, and I got to be on the frontlines of space history all the damn time.”

Before joining CNN, she was a tech and innovation reporter at Bloomberg, acting as host and producer of Bloomberg Brink. 

Furthermore, Crane stated that she would take some time off rather than jump into a new role with a new company immediately. 

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CNN’s Spanish Network Taken Off the Air in Nicaragua

CNN’s Spanish language network is no longer on the air in Nicaragua. From Wednesday to Thursday, CNN en Español wasn’t available for viewers in the country.

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CNN’s Spanish language network is no longer on the air in Nicaragua. From Wednesday to Thursday, CNN en Español wasn’t available for viewers in the Central American country. 

The network stated that it was not known to them why CNN is no longer available in Nicaragua, nor have they received a response from the government.

“Today the government of Nicaragua pulled our television signal, denying Nicaraguans news and information from our television network, which they have relied upon for 25 years,” CNN said in a statement. 

“CNN stands by our network’s reporting and our commitment to truth and transparency. At CNN en Español we believe in the vital role that freedom of the press plays in a healthy democracy.”

Before going off the air in Nicaragua, CNN’s Spanish network had been one of the last cable news channels critical of President Daniel Ortega. Additionally, it spotlighted examples of repression by the Ortega government.

“Taking CNNE’s signal off the air is a sign of fear, clumsiness, and arrogance,” tweeted Arturo McFields, Nicaragua’s former ambassador to the Organization of American States.

“They want to have a society of sheep that would only listen to and obey the official narrative.”

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