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CNN Announces the Arrival of Ex-NBC Anchor Kasie Hunt

Hunt’s first assignment with CNN will be an anchor for its streaming service, CNN+, hosting a daily show covering politics. 

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Kasie Hunt is beginning her new venture with CNN as the network announced the former NBC News anchor’s arrival. Hunt’s first assignment with CNN will be an anchor for its streaming service, CNN+, hosting a daily show covering politics. 

Along with helping CNN with its social media platform, Hunt will serve as a chief national affairs analyst, covering national and breaking news. This move from Hunt to gear more towards streaming comes as various news networks shift toward streaming content.

Despite CNN announcing the news, neither side has provided a comment on the move. However, there’s information on the financial side, Variety first reported last month that CNN proposed the rising star journalist a yearly wage worth up to $1.5-million, a sum that NBC News couldn’t match. 

Hunt worked as the lead anchor for “Way Too Early,” a frequent contributor on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and a Capitol Hill correspondent for the network during her eight-year run with NBC News.

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Verizon Fios, Fox News Agree to Multi-Year Contract

The distribution agreement will allow Fox News, Fox Sports, Fox Network, and Fox Weather to air on Fios.

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Verizon Fios and Fox Corporation have agreed to a multi-year contract to keep Fox News available for Verizon subscribers, per Mediaite.

The distribution agreement will allow Fox News, Fox Sports, Fox Network, and Fox Weather to air on Fios. Furthermore, it will include Fox’s local affiliates in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York as part of their deal. 

“Fox is pleased to extend and expand our long-standing relationship with Verizon as we add Fox Weather and Tubi to our industry-leading portfolio of news, sports, and entertainment available to Verizon’s subscribers,” Michael Biard, Fox Corp.’s president, Operations and Distribution, said.

After recently ousting One America News from its platform, Verizon Fios has agreed to deals with two conservative news outlets, Fox News and Newsmax. The company stated that OAN failed to meet terms Verizon deemed fair for both parties. 

“Our negotiation with OAN has been a typical, business as usual carriage negotiation like those that routinely happen between content distributors and content providers. These negotiations were focused on economics, as they always are, but OAN failed to agree to fair terms,” Verizon said in a statement.

“Since we were unable reach an agreement, effective July 31, 2022, we will no longer have the rights to provide our customers with this programming, and it will be removed from the Fios TV lineup.”

Subscribers looking for conservative news outlets will have two to pick from on Verizon Fios. 

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Cable News More Biased Than 10 Years Ago, Study Says

The study found that CNN moved further left of MSNBC after the 2016 presidential election, with shows like Anderson Cooper 360 and CNN Tonight moving left of The Rachel Maddow Show.

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A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania has revealed something many could deduce on their own: cable news is more biased today than it was in 2012.

In the study entitled Measuring Dynamic Media Bias, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC were rated on a bias scale that utilized their guests as the unit of measurement. The study’s researchers combed through each network’s guests who appeared on a channel for more than 10 hours from 2010 through August of 2020.

The study found that CNN moved further left of MSNBC after the 2016 presidential election, with shows like Anderson Cooper 360 and CNN Tonight moving left of The Rachel Maddow Show.

“While Fox News is always to the right of CNN and MSNBC, CNN and MSNBC become more in sync over time. Between 2011 and 2015, CNN was consistently to the right of MSNBC, which is no longer the case after 2015,” the study finds.

Also, the study found more bias comes from prime-time shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight and Maddow’s.

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Chris Cuomo Accuser Slams NewsNation for Hiring Ex-CNN Host

Shelley Ross posted a message on Facebook, which the New York Post relayed, attacking NewsNation for their decision to bring Cuomo.

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A former ABC News producer who has accused Chris Cuomo of groping her in 2005 has sounded off following the announcement that the former CNN host will be hosting a primetime show on NewsNation starting this fall. 

Shelley Ross posted a message on Facebook, which the New York Post relayed, attacking NewsNation for their decision to bring Cuomo. Furthermore, Ross also called out host and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams, who had a lengthy interview with Cuomo.

“Dan, I’m a decades-long fan of yours,” Ross wrote. “But you’ve got this one wrong. The (modest) mixed reaction to Cuomo’s new job does not prove the status quo of the media is under threat.”

“Cuomo IS the status quo, same old same old arrogant, misogynistic proud member of the old boy’s club.”

Ross includes that she is rooting to see NewsNation succeed, considering the cable news scene needs new voices, but then condemns the company for bringing in someone like Cuomo. 

“No one cares what News Nation [sic] ratings are. I am rooting for something new, fresh and honest,” Ross wrote. “Just maybe some of us don’t see Cuomo as that answer… those who have been disappointed in his lack of genuine contrition.”

“As he continues to parse his words, hide behind the love of a brother, deny wrongdoing, he remains tone-deaf and phony to many of us.”

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