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VICE Handed $300-million Lawsuit By a Surveillance Company

Last Monday, the complaint filed in a Delaware court by ShotSpotter was due to a series of Vice articles casting skepticism on the service’s practices and effectiveness.

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Vice finds itself in a lawsuit battle as The Daily Beast reports that a ShotSpotter, a technology surveillance company and the focal point of critical coverage by Vice, is suing for $300-million in damages. 

Last Monday, the complaint filed in a Delaware court by ShotSpotter was due to a series of Vice articles casting skepticism on the service’s practices and effectiveness.

“We want to correct the record, and we want to hold them to account for their defamatory campaign, which has caused damage, compromising future contracts, damaging business relationships and our reputation,” ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark said. “It has also damaged our company’s enterprise value causing our stock price to fall.”

The Daily Beast reached out to Vice for comment, but they did not immediately respond to the lawsuit. Vice’s tech news and investigations have drafted at least six reports concerning the surveillance service in the last several years. 

Vice’s stories lean massively on publicly available court records and testimony of experts and public defenders who have a perceived issue with the reliability of ShotSpotter’s technology.

However, the audio surveillance company insisted that Vice took the quotes out of context and neglected to highlight cases where the company’s technology was used successfully during both prosecutions and defenses.

“VICE’s defamatory implications about ShotSpotter are false,” the lawsuit alleged. “ShotSpotter does not fabricate gunshots or alter evidence. No court has ever concluded otherwise, nor have ShotSpotter’s experts ever testified otherwise.”

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Keith Olbermann Scoffs At Dan Bongino’s WW III Remarks

Podcaster and political commentator Keith Olbermann took aim at media personality Dan Bongino for his comments about World War III last weekend. 

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Podcaster and political commentator Keith Olbermann took aim at media personality Dan Bongino for his comments about World War III last weekend. 

The “Unfiltered” host said on his Fox News show Saturday that he believes the U.S. government is slow-walking its people into a major conflict. 

“We’re in a really dangerous place right now,” said Bongino. “The sabotage of the crucial Nord Stream pipeline — delivers gas from Russia to Germany — is a really big deal.” 

According to Reuters, major leaks that suddenly erupted in the Nord Stream gas pipelines that run from Russia to Europe under the Baltic Sea have generated some theories. Russian President Vladimir Putin has blamed the west. 

“Who blew up the pipeline or pieces of it?” Bongino said. “That’s the multi-billion-dollar question. The blame game is already in full swing over who’s responsible.” 

“Based on this glazed look in his eyes, the question Dan Bongino SHOULD be asking is: Who knows where I parked my damn car?” Olbermann tweeted in response to Bongino’s post. 

Olbermann’s response to Bongino’s post drew plenty of reaction. 

“As usual, no evidence, just accusations,” one user said about Bongino’s comments. 

“Looking at the performance of Russian equipment in Ukraine, isn’t the culprit more likely a combination of poor construction and lack of maintenance leading to a catastrophic failure?” Another tweet read. 

Experts are reportedly calling the leaks an act of sabotage. 

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Rachel Maddow Releasing New Podcast Series

Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power.”

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A new podcast is coming soon from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Deadline reports Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra will premiere two episodes on October 10th, with new episodes being released every Monday. In a teaser of the podcast, Maddow explains the series is “an American story.”

MSNBC described the series as a podcast featured on “sitting members of Congress aiding and abetting a plot to overthrow the government. Insurrectionists criminally charged with plotting to end American democracy for good. Justice Department prosecutors under crushing political pressure. Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra is the all-but-forgotten true story of good, old-fashioned American extremism getting supercharged by proximity to power. When extremist elected officials get caught plotting against America with the violent ultra right, this is the story of the lengths they will go to… to cover their tracks.”

Under a new contract with NBCUniversal that saw Maddow scale back her nightly MSNBC program to Mondays only, she’s developing new projects like podcasts and documentaries. Alex Wagner now hosts the 9:00 PM ET primetime hour on MSNBC Tuesday to Friday.

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Keith Olbermann: American Journalism ‘Re-Invented’ During Trump Presidency

“The overwriting principle used to be: get a scoop, get in the paper or on the air as soon as possible because that’s your job, and that’s your only actual value to society as well.”

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During his Countdown with Keith Olbermann podcast Friday, the former cable news host slammed a recent opinion from Politico’s John Harris that Americans need more journalists like Maggie Haberman, among others.

Olbermann has been critical of Haberman’s decision to withhold important facts in relation to the former President Donald Trump and save them for her upcoming book rather than report them in The New York Times.

“What Harris does not understand is American ‘journalism’ did re-invent itself,” Olbermann said. “The overwriting principle used to be: get a scoop, get in the paper or on the air as soon as possible because that’s your job, and that’s your only actual value to society as well. It is also — and I speak as somebody who broke a lot of sports news including the Wayne Gretzky trade and Michael Jordan’s first dalliance with a comeback — it is the joy of doing the journalism. You have the story, and nobody else does!”

He continued by saying Harris and Haberman believe the point of American journalism is not to inform the public but rather how much money you can make in the process.

Haberman’s book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America” is expected to hit bookshelves on Tuesday, October 4th.

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