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Roland Martin: Dan Abrams ‘Owes Me an Apology’ for Putting Tweets Out of Context

Martin could not see the exact tweets cited on-air since there was no monitor in his remote studio and appeared not to recall the context of the remarks.

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Political commentator and television host Roland Martin is going after NewsNation’s Dan Abrams. The two sparred the “defund the police” movement in the wake of President Joe Biden calling for the police to be funded in his State of the Union address during a segment on “Dan Abrams Live.”

Abrams displayed several tweets of Martin’s from recent weeks during the segment. One of them was a reaction to a Black transgender woman, Ju’Zema Goldring, being awarded $1.5 million by a jury after being wrongfully arrested for jaywalking and drug possession, in which he said, “Every cop should be fired.”

Another tweet cited in the interview was Martin saying, “Every cop should be prosecuted for murder,” a reply to an Al Jazeera+ story regarding the killing of Amir Locke by the Minneapolis Police Department.

The NewsNation host and Mediaite founder asked Martin about the tweets during their NewsNation interview. However, only Martin’s comments were shown when airing the tweets, not the stories that resulted in his response.

Martin could not see the exact tweets cited on-air since there was no monitor in his remote studio and appeared not to recall the context of the remarks. Martin requested Abrams for the context of the tweets he responded to, asking, “in response to what?”

“It’s not a response, it’s your tweet, it was an original tweet, it wasn’t a response to somebody else,” Abrams said. 

Martin tweeted screenshots of his tweet and what was shown on-air following the show. He called for Abrams to apologize, saying that the host took his tweets out of context.

Despite the screenshots and calling for an apology, Abrams argued the meaning of his and Martin’s comments remained the same.

Abrams provided further comment on the matter to Mediaitewith the two going back and forth on Twitter. 

“If Roland didn’t mean ‘every cop should be fired,’ he can say that,” Abrams said. “Of course, I wish I had had the actual tweets in hand during the segment and then would have responded to him that his words were on top of a linked story about police misconduct.

“But those words were quoted accurately and still seem unambiguous and much broader than about a single story. But I am always open to criticism, and Roland can certainly come back on the show to do so.”

Martin also had a response to Abrams’ remarks to Mediaite on Twitter. 

“So Dan Abrams-owned site Mediaite has this write-up of our segment, and he CONTINUES to lie about my tweets. He is disingenuous and sounds like a Fox News host,” Martin tweeted.

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CNN Asks Florida Judge to Toss Out Donald Trump’s Defamation Suit

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election.

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Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against CNN in October; now, over a month later, the cable news channel is asking a judge in Florida to toss the case (h/t The Hill).

Trump filed the lawsuit against CNN because he accuses the network of defaming his character during the 2020 Presidential Election. Trump’s attorneys argued CNN “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source.”

Additionally, Trump’s lawyer says that CNN attempted “to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.”

CNN lawyers have pushed back against Trump’s claims saying that the former president “seeks to silence any criticism of Plaintiff’s debunked claim that the 2020 presidential election was ‘stolen.’”

“Any alleged association resulting therefrom are also ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ and ‘pure opinion’ under well-established principles of defamation law,” CNN’s lawyers added.

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Investor Cautions Over Possible Fox-News Corp. Merger

Irenic Capital, which owns about 2 percent of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger between Fox and News Corp.

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Rumors have swirled over Fox and News Corp. possibly merging into one entity, but Irenic Capital, which owns about 2% of News Corp., has taken issue with its potential merger.

A merger would produce a more complicated company and turn off investors rather than increase the company’s lagging stock price, Irenic Capital stated in a letter to the News Corp. board.

“And even if such synergies do exist today, they would principally benefit Fox and reside in the News Media segment of News Corp,” Irenic Capital said (h/t Deadline). “For example, Fox Business may benefit from greater integration with The Wall Street Journal and some of Dow Jones’ other properties, but it is highly debatable whether the benefits from such an association flow both ways.

“Combining News Corp with Fox will result in a combined company that is obviously more complex than both companies left separate.” 

Irenic believes a unification would aid Fox far better than News Corp. and cautioned that the board has a fiduciary responsibility to investigate all possible routes to develop value beyond the one suggested by its primary shareholder.

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Fox News Lights All-American Christmas Tree

The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

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Fox News held its annual All-American Tree Lighting at FOX Square in New York, New York Monday during “The Five.” The event was hosted by Greg Gutfeld, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Dana Perino, Jessica Tarlov and Jesse Watters

In a release, the network said it partnered with the Police Athletic League (PAL) to host a toy drive benefiting New York City’s youth. The network also honored first responders by selecting representatives of the FDNY and NYPD to light this year’s tree.

Guests included FOX News personalities and their families along with first responders from the NYPD and FDNY, including members of NYPD Precinct 32, who lost Wilbert Mora and Jason Rivera this year, and members of EMS Station 49, who lost EMS captain Alison Russo earlier this year.

FOX’s All-American Christmas tree stands at 50 feet tall and is adorned by 12,000 ornaments and 340,000 lights. The tree has 500 branches, a star topper that is over six feet tall and more than four miles of cord wrapped throughout.  Made in America, the tree features a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue decorations.

“After a busy year in America, it’s nice to, let’s just take a step back and celebrate traditions like this and remember how important it is to come together and focus on what truly matters,” said co-host Dana Perino. “This tree is not just for us to enjoy. We want you watching at home to be able to come here and make Christmas memories with your family and friends and of course, your pets, too, of course, as you can imagine.”

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