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Staffers at WNYW, WTTG ‘Struggling Big Time’ in Bargain Talks With Fox

IATSE spokesperson Nick Kroudis spoke with TVSpy, saying he hasn’t had a raise in over 15 years.

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Members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees who work for Fox-owned stations WNYW in New York and WTTG in Washington, D.C., say they feel the pinch of negotiations that continue to drag out for a new bargaining agreement.

IATSE spokesperson Nick Kroudis spoke with TVSpy, saying he hasn’t had a raise in over 15 years. Kroudis adds that if he compares his paycheck from 2006 to one he received a week ago, he’s “actually making less now.”

“We’ve been at the table for eleven years now trying to reach a successor agreement, and Fox has been trying to erode our ability to represent our members, erode our jurisdiction, no job protections, reduced severance, and eroding our benefits,” Kroudis, said. 

“Any raise they have put on the table results in a negative gain with all the concessions they are forcing on us. So it’s all losses for our members in their current package. Our members are struggling big time.”

In July, Fox staffers who had worked for the television station group for more than a year received at least a $2,000 bonus, which, at the time, Kroudis said was “definitely welcome.” However, the IATSE spokesperson added that there was a catch these bonuses “as they give us $2,000 in a bonus they’re trying to take away up to 30+% in benefits, severance, and jurisdiction.”

For its part, a Fox Television Stations spokesperson disclosed to TVSpy, “We’re currently in private discussions with IATSE and have always negotiated in good faith and will continue to do so.”

“Ultimately, we want Fox to come to the table to negotiate fairly and reasonably with a group of employees that have been nothing but standout employees for the last 25-30 and close to 40 years for some,” said Kroudis. 

“And we’ve been here every single day no matter what the conditions and what the circumstances including 9/11, hurricanes, disasters and pandemics.”

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Chris Wallace: Democrats Would Like Another Nominee in 2024

Wallace said Democrats don’t want Biden to run again in 2024 because of his age. 

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Chris Wallace joined CNN’s “At This Hour” to discuss a New York Times article suggesting that President Joe Biden shouldn’t run again. 

According to a transcript published on Breitbart, Wallace said Democrats don’t want Biden to run again in 2024 because of his age. 

“I think 75%of Democrats say they would like to see another Democratic nominee for president in 2024,” said Biden. 

Wallace said he’s witnessed farewells plenty of times, especially in the media, which he referred to as the gold watch sent off. 

“Look; obviously, the success after a lot of stalemate, the success of the last month or so by Joe Biden is impressive, and it will change the narrative,” Wallace said. “We will be talking about everything he has accomplished.” 

‘You know what, I’m excited by the idea of a guy who on next inauguration day would be 82 running for election again,’ I’m not so sure about that,” he added.

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News Media Reacts to FBI Searching Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort

CNN reports that the former President corroborated the information that FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago and stated, “they even broke into my safe.”

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On Monday, news broke that the FBI executed a search warrant at former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. 

The search warrant is part of the inquiry into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents, that Trump may have been brought there. 

CNN reports that the former President corroborated the information that FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago and stated, “they even broke into my safe.” He was at Trump Tower in New York when the search warrant occurred in Florida. 

There’s plenty of reaction from both sides of the news media aisle, here’s what some had to say: 

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John Oliver Takes Dig at Parent Owner Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav was also a leading force in canceling CNN’s venture into the streaming wars

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Warner Bros. Discovery has made recent headlines for its decisions regarding HBO Max and canceling in-production films, including DC’s “Batgirl,” to get future tax write-offs.

During a segment discussing Monkeypox on Sunday, HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver decided to take a shot at their new parent company for its recent decisions.

“We let the vaccine sit unused on a shelf in our reserves like an expired Chobani or a $90 million movie on HBO Max,” Oliver said, referring to the “Batgirl” film. 

“By the way, hi there, new business daddy! Seems like you’re doing a really great job. I do get the vague sense that you’re burning down my network for the insurance money, but I’m sure that will all pass.”

Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav was also a leading force in canceling CNN’s venture into the streaming wars, pulling the plug on CNN+ less than a month after the service launched. 

“On CNN+, there was no message it was a business decision,” Zaslav told CNBC in May. “We looked at it and we looked at the data, the number of users they had spent an enormous amount of money trying to sell an independent product. 

“The subscribers weren’t there, the users weren’t there. We looked at it together. We had a chance to look at all the data and when we looked at the data, it was, the business wasn’t there.”

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