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Tucker Carlson Sidesteps the Ladies, Replaces Megyn Kelly

Just a day ago the media wash awash with speculation that Megyn Kelly’s replacement at Fox News would almost surely be one of a short list of female anchors who might be the most comparable to her show.

But this morning an insider dropped a bomb: Tucker Carlson will be moved to fill Kelly’s 9pm slot.

Here’s more from Drudge:

**EXCLUSIVE**
Thu Jan 05 2017 09:30 ET

2017 starts off with a BANG! as FOX NEWS executives will announce Tucker Carlson replaces the vacating Megyn Kelly at 9 PM ET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

The dramatic move caps Carlson’s rapid rise at the nation’s top-rated cable channel.

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“Tucker has already proven to be an audience powerhouse at 7 PM, now sky is the limit!” an insider explains.

“FOX NEWS will not be tamed.”

In recent weeks, the Carlson show hit #1 audience and demo with a mix of explosive interviews and hard-hitting topics.

Timing isn’t everything in the business, it’s the only thing, and Carlson arrives just as the Trump presidency begins.

The broadcast wunderkind previously anchored shows on CNN, MSNBC and PBS.

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Shake-up: Megyn Kelly Bolts Fox News for NBC

Rumors have been swirling for months on end about the possibility that Fox News star Megyn Kelly might jump ship from her perch of cable news dominance to join CNN.

And now it’s official…except she isn’t going to CNN after all. She was just snatched up by NBC for an undisclosed fortune.

Here’s more from the NYT:

Megyn Kelly, who arrived at Fox News 12 years ago as a television news neophyte but rose to become one of its two biggest stars, has decided to leave the network to take on a broad new role at NBC News for an undisclosed salary, NBC announced Tuesday afternoon.

The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, wooed Ms. Kelly away from Fox News by offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.

The move will herald a seismic shift in the cable news landscape, where Ms. Kelly had become the second-most watched host — after Bill O’Reilly of Fox News — and often helped define the national political debate, especially over the last year as Donald J. Trump regularly attacked her, at times in viciously personal terms.

Ms. Kelly’s exit will upend Fox News’s vaunted prime-time lineup and inject a new dose of tumult just a few months after the departure of the network’s powerful founding chairman, Roger Ailes, who was ousted after several women made allegations that he sexually harassed them.

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Charlie Sheen Pleads with God to Kill Donald Trump

Leftist actor Charlie Sheen, infamous for his on-screen meltdown and repeated Twitter tirades, has taken to Twitter again immediately after the death of Debbie Reynolds to call on God to strike down Donald Trump.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

After news broke of the death of Debbie Reynolds following a year of high-profile celebrity deaths, actor Charlie Sheen took to Twitter to call for the death of the President-elect of the United States of America.

Sheen’s tweet—which read “Dear God” followed by “Trump next, please!” six times and then two emojis showing a middle finger and then a copyright symbol—was Liked on Twitter by over 6,000 people within the first two hours of being posted.

Actor Charlie Sheen, born Carlos Irwin Estévez, was featured in 1980s films like Young Guns and the Oliver Stone-directed Platoon and Wall Street. Sheen then went onto to star in the sitcom Two and a Half Men before having a famous public meltdown after several trips to rehab for substance issues that got him booted from the successful show. A series of Twitter rants and bizarre media appearances culminated in a tour called Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option.

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George Soros Funding Facebook’s Fake News Tribunal

Less than 24 hours after the story broke concerning Facebook’s ‘fake news’ tribunal and the leftist media organs running it, the story gets even worse.

It was revealed today that the man backing the tribunal is none other than uber socialist billionaire George Soros and his friends.

Here’s more from Breitbart:

The organization partnered with Facebook to help determine whether a certain story is “disputed” is financed by billionaire George Soros and a slew of other left-wing funders.

The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) drafted a code of five principles for news websites to accept, and Facebook yesterday announced it will work with “third-party fact checking organizations” that are signatories to the code of principles.

Facebook says that if the “fact checking organizations” determine that a certain story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and, according to the Facebook announcement, “there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why. Stories that have been disputed may also appear lower in News Feed.”

IFCN is hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. A cursory search of the Poynter Institute website finds that Poynter’s IFCN is openly funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Poynter’s IFCN is also funded by the Omidyar Network, which is the nonprofit for liberal billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The Omidyar Network has partnered with the Open Society on numerous projects and it has given grants to third parties using the Soros-funded Tides Foundation.  Tides is one of the largest donors to left-wing causes in the U.S.

Another significant Poynter Institute donor is the Craig Newmark Foundation, the charitable organization established by Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark. On Monday, just days before the announcement of the Facebook partnership, Poynter issued a press release revealing that Newmark donated $1 million to the group to fund a faculty chair in journalism ethics.

Newmark funds scores of liberal groups also financed by Soros, including the Sierra Club, the New America Foundation, and the Sunlight Foundation.

Newmark also finances the investigative journalism group called the Center for Public Integrity, where he serves on the board.  Soros’ Open Society is another Public Integrity donor.

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Facebook Enlists Leftist ‘Fact Checkers’ as Thought Police

In the wake of the epidemic of so-called ‘fake news’ during the election cycle, Facebook has decided to create a tribunal through which it will filter all posts as either fake or legitimate.

But the members of that tribunal happen to be leftist media outlets. No worries at all; conservative news should be fine, right?

Here’s more from Breitbart:

Facebook has announced it will introduce warning labelson stories they deem to be “fake news,” with the help of partisan “fact checking” organisations such as Snopes and PolitiFact.

Stories deemed to be false will now be “flagged” by Facebook, with an accompanying red label claiming the story is “disputed by 3rd Party Fact-Checkers.”

Users will then have the option to “learn why this is disputed” to receive an explanation as to why Facebook believes the story is false.

“We’ll use the reports from our community, along with other signals, to send stories to these organizations,” Facebook VP Adam Mosseri wrote in the Facebook news blog. “If the fact checking organizations identify a story as fake, it will get flagged as disputed and there will be a link to the corresponding article explaining why.”

Mossieri insists that the company will not prohibit users from posting anything deemed “fake,” but “you will see a warning that the story has been disputed as you share.”

Furthermore, Facebook will prohibit paid promotion of stories that have been marked as disputed.

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