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Joe Scarborough: Right-Wing Populists Are Coming to an End

“It looks like the age of the right-wing populist with Johnson’s departure may be coming to a short, short end,” Scarborough said.

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On Thursday, news broke that Boris Johnson resigned from his position as U.K. Prime Minister. The decision sent shockwaves through global politics, leading to “Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski being hopeful that it might signify the end of a political era.

“The rise of right-wing populism in the West may soon be limited to the confines of cable news hosts and a dwindling number of dimwitted representatives in Congress,” Brzezinski said, per The Wrap.

The MSNBC morning show illustrated a through-line between Johnson, France’s presidential election (which witnessed the loss of Marine Le Pen), and growing unease about former U.S. President Donald Trump here in the United States. 

“It looks like the age of the right-wing populist with Johnson’s departure may be coming to a short, short end,” Scarborough said. “It’s interesting: We keep hearing, and we’ve heard about the rise of the authoritarians and Western democracy on the skids.”

“We’ve heard about the rise of the right-wing populist and [how] it’s going to overtake Western democracy. But we saw it with Boris Johnson, we saw it with Brexit, we saw it with Donald Trump: There is without a doubt a growing sense of exhaustion.” 

Scarborough continued by saying Trump losing the election in 2016, Johnson resigning, and Le Pen losing her election in France show that right-wing populism is reaching its conclusion. 

“Boris Johnson getting the boot from his own party suggests that it’s not just happening here because we’re starting to hear more and more about it with Donald Trump,” Scarborough said. 

“It’s not just happening in France, where the French people said yeah, we don’t like Macron, but man, we’re not voting for the crazy woman. And we’re seeing it really across Great Britain and across a lot of Europe. It looks like the age of the right-wing populist with Johnson’s departure may be coming to a short, short end.”

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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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