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News Media Reacts to Kim Potter Guilty Verdict

Potter was convicted of both first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright

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Former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, police officer Kim Potter was convicted of both first-degree and second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright earlier this year while conducting a traffic stop.

Many in the new media world followed the high-profile case, and when the conviction came down on Thursday night, there was plenty of reaction. 

Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro stated that she was “stunned” upon learning the guilty verdict during her appearance on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.

“I must tell you; I was stunned at the verdict. It is a kind of verdict that, you know, none of us really expected, especially manslaughter in the first degree,” Pirro said. 

“This woman clearly didn’t intend to cause any harm to Daunte Wright. But we know what the law is, and the law talks about recklessness and culpable negligence. She was negligent. There’s no question about it.”

Meanwhile, CNN correspondent Josh Campbell stated that he hopes this verdict is a lesson to police departments across the nation to train their officers properly. 

“One thing I keep thinking about after covering the Potter trial: She couldn’t recall BASIC details about a Taser, seeming to show no interest in mastering a weapon she carried on behalf of the public,” Campbell tweeted

“Let’s hope departments around the nation draw lessons and train their people.”

Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley wrote a column on the network’s website, where he provided his thoughts over the verdict. 

“There was no question in the case that Potter made a terrible and fatal mistake. It is also clear that she did so unintentionally. She called out, consistent with her training, “taser, taser, taser” before firing her service weapon by mistake,” Turley wrote

“She was then shown collapsing at the scene, sobbing that she killed Wright by mistake. The prosecutors did not question that she thought she was grabbing her taser but demanded a long criminal sentence under the ambiguous standard of involuntary manslaughter.”

NBC News legal analyst Barb McQuade stated on Twitter that police departments need to re-examine their training policies due to this verdict.

“Kim Potter testified that she would not have pulled over Daune Wright over an air freshener if she had not been training another officer,” McQuade tweeted

“For the safety of citizens and officers, police departments should re-examine their policies on the permissible bases for stopping motorists.”

Finally, CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates shared her thoughts on Twitter over the verdict. 

“Kim Potter just found guilty on both counts of manslaughter in the killing of Daunte Wright. Intent was never an element of either crime and her own testimony confirmed the elements the prosecution was required to prove. She will be held until sentencing,” Coates tweeted

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Tony Dokoupil Reportedly Extends Deal With CBS News

Dokoupil spent several years writing for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and NBC News’ digital side before coming aboard at CBS News

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CBS News is keeping its “CBS Mornings” co-anchor Tony Dokoupil as Variety reports that the two parties have reached a contract extension that would keep him alongside Gayle King and Nate Burleson.

With Dokoupil now inked to a new deal, the morning news show wars are on as CBS attempted to close the gap with their rivals NBC, who has the “Today Show,” and ABC with “Good Morning America.”

Usually, “Today” conquers the critical demographic. Meanwhile, “CBS Mornings,” with a new format launched last September, has seen its share boost among female viewers in that age range. Furthermore, the top executive at CBS News considers a unique opportunity in the A.M.

“The re-imagined ‘CBS Mornings’ — which distinguishes itself everyday through its hard-hitting reporting, longer-form storytelling, and exclusive interviews – is hitting its stride,” says Neeraj Khemlani, co-president of CBS’ news-and-stations unit.

“The program is closer to its competitors now more than at any point in the history of the franchise — more than 10 years ago, more than 5 years ago. Gayle, Tony, Nate, and Vlad have incredible chemistry, and under the strong leadership of Shawna Thomas, the entire anchor, reporting, and producing teams have the wind at their backs…and the audience is clearly responding.”

Dokoupil spent several years writing for Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and NBC News’ digital side before coming aboard at CBS News as a correspondent and contributor to “Sunday Morning.”

In his time as “CBS This Morning,” co-host Dokoupil has often been dispatched to big breaking-news scenes, and he emphasizes “talking to regular people where the story is happening and happening to them.”

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Christi Paul: I Couldn’t Be Who I Needed for My Family

Sunday marked the final “News Day” broadcast for CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul

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Sunday marked the final “News Day” broadcast for CNN weekend anchor Christi Paul, who bid an emotional goodbye to her colleagues and audience.

Paul will be returning to her home state of Ohio to begin in a new position, but before that, the show aired a retrospective of Paul’s time at the cable news channel. Furthermore, she received messages from several coworkers, including her former co-anchor Victor Blackwell and her current one, Boris Sanchez. 

She told the viewers that the decision was “part of the Great Resignation,” choosing to step back from the high-profile but highly-demanding weekend anchor role.

“I love these people. I love this place. I am so grateful, and I’m so tired. I’m so exhausted. We’re up between 1:00 and 2:00 every Saturday and Sunday. And I just could not be who I needed to be for my family, is what it really came down to,” Paul said. 

Also, the experience of her husband’s battle with Covid-19, which had him go to the ER at one point in 2020 and separated from their parents during the pandemic, made her and her husband rethink their priorities. 

“It was really bad for about three-and-a-half weeks, and there were moments I thought I was going to be a single mom,” she added. 

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Chuck Todd: SCOTUS Credibility ‘Has Never Been More in Question’

Todd voiced uncertainty over the political fallout from Friday’s ruling but expressed that the public has credibility worries about the Supreme Court.

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On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that they were overturning Roe v. Wade in a decision to hand abortion rights back to the states, with some having illegal or strict laws prohibiting the process of terminating a pregnancy. 

During Sunday’s broadcast of “Meet the Press,” host Chuck Todd stressed the stakes of the 2016 election, which placed three conservative justices on the bench and culminated in the ruling that occurred a few days ago. 

“The court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and nearly five decades of abortion rights that gripped the nation in celebrations and bitterness from coast to coast,” Todd said. “We know is abortion is likely to be banned in roughly half the states.”

“And Justice Clarence Thomas suggested birth control, gay rights, and same-sex marriage could be next. And we now know that Donald Trump’s 2016 election, which gave him three Supreme Court picks, all of whom voted to overturn Roe, is easily now among the most consequential ever in our nation’s history.”

Furthermore, Todd voiced uncertainty over the political fallout from Friday’s ruling but expressed that the public has credibility worries about the Supreme Court. 

“Thanks to how this court was put together, its credibility has never been more in question,” Todd said. “And this decision came at a time when the country is already dangerously divided.”

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