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Vice News Names New Editor-In-Chief

The post had been vacant since 2019



Vice News has new leadership as the media outlet announced that Michael Learmonth
would take over the editor-in-chief role and begin his position effectively while reporting
to Katie Drummond, senior vice president of global news.

“In my year working with him, I’ve been awed by both the neverending energy Michael
brings to each day — many of them punishing in recent months — and his vision for
both what Vice News should be now and what it has the potential to become. I can’t wait
to see where he takes it,” Drummond said.

Before taking the position, Learmonth was news director in charge of the United States
coverage. Now Learmonth’s role will expand as he will not only oversee what goes on in
the U.S. but coverage of Canada and Latin America.

Over the last two years, Vice News had the editor-in-chief role vacant after the
departure of Ryan McCarthy in 2019.

The news of Learmonth’s appointment comes off the heels of Vice Media promoting Liz
Landers to chief political correspondent and tasking her to lead on-air political coverage
for its TV newsmagazine “Vice News Tonight.”

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Wolf Blitzer Will Host Evening News Program on CNN+

Blitzer will continue to host CNN’s “The Situation Room,” which provides the audience with in-depth reports about the day’s political, international, and breaking news stories.




CNN continues to announce content for their upcoming stream platform CNN+, which will debut in the spring. The latest contributing is CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will host “The Newscast with Wolf Blitzer.”

“On “The Newscast,” Blitzer will give it to you straight, hitting the headlines you need to know on this traditional evening news show with a sleek, modern twist,” CNN said in a statement

“The old-school nostalgic approach featuring original reporting from around the world, investigations, and consumer-focused stories that matter help put the latest headlines in perspective.”

Blitzer will continue to host CNN’s “The Situation Room,” which provides the audience with in-depth reports about the day’s political, international, and breaking news stories.

It’s CNN’s second announcement this week regarding content coming to the network’s streaming platform. 

The cable news channel welcomed former NBA player Rex Champman to host an upcoming program where he’ll have “intimate conversations with athletes, entertainers, and everyday heroes as Chapman looks for the silver lining beyond today’s toughest headlines.”

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Ex-Editor Sues New York Post for Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

The lawsuit filed by Michelle Gotthelf accuses two New York Post editors of sexual harassment and retaliation.



A former digital editor-in-chief for the New York Post is suing the newspaper, former top editor Col Allan, and group editor Keith Poole, per TheWrap

The lawsuit filed by Michelle Gotthelf accuses the two editors of sexual harassment and retaliation after reporting that Allan had propositioned for sex while she was working for him.

Gotthelf alleges that in 2015 Allan sexually propositioned her by saying, “We should sleep together.”

She adds that these remarks came after years of other sex-based harassment and abuse, stating that Allan harassed and degraded women by referring to them as “skanks,” “stupid women,” or “sneaky lesbian.”

“For more than two decades, I took great pride in my work shaping coverage at one of the most widely read news organizations in the country,” Gotthelf said in a statement.

“While I never intended to become the news, the truth of what happened to me deserves to be heard. I will miss my colleagues dearly and hope that by speaking out, there can be positive change for other women at the Post.”

Furthermore, Gotthelf accuses The Post of protecting Allan and his reputation, declaring that he decided to retire instead of being forced to resign due to the accusations.

A spokesperson for The Post and News Corp. stated, “Any suggestion of wrongdoing related to the management changes announced today is meritless.”

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News Media Reacts to CNN Hiring Rex Chapman

Chapman to host a weekly program that will debut at some point in 2022 on CNN+.



The news media reacted with a mix of amusement, confusion, and praise on the hiring CNN made of former NBA player Rex Chapman for its streaming platform.

Earlier in the day, Barrett Sports Media reported that the yet-to-be-launched streaming service CNN+ hired Chapman to host a weekly program that will debut at some point in 2022.

Syndicated radio host Clay Travis tweeted, “it’s amazing how @cnn continues to make decisions guaranteed to destroy whatever limited trust they have in the media today.” 

“CNN adding Rex Chapman to CNN+. So, they’re going for MSNBC, but even more stupid. Okay then,” syndicated talk show host Erick Erickson tweeted. “Suddenly Joy Reid won’t be the stupidest person on television.”

“Lol this is a perfect fit. He’s an endless source of misinformation on this website,” tweeted Washington Free Beac.

Others were happy to see Chapman land a new gig on CNN’s streaming platform despite the criticism. CNN Business & Politics Correspondent Vanessa Yurkevich praised the hire of Chapman by her company. 

“One of my favorite new hosts coming to the platform. If you don’t follow him, he’s feel-good content, with humor, wit, and political savvy. He also has the best-curated dog videos on the web,” Yurkevich tweeted

CBS News’ Chris Wragge was another to praise the hire, asking CNN or any other news network what took so long to bring in someone like Chapman. 

“What took so long? Good work CNN and congrats Rex Chapman. Light it up!” Wragge tweeted

Last month, Chapman drew sharp criticism when he tweeted that hospitals should turn away unvaccinated patients.

“How about we all agree that hospitals have the right to turn away unvaccinated covid patients?” Chapman tweeted. “They have freedom of choice, too right.”

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