MEDIA

Hannity: ‘Depraved media mob’ has plunged America into an ‘information crisis’

Now that the Electoral College has declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election, anyone who doesn’t immediately bow before the Democrats will “face the wrath of the media mob,” Sean Hannity warned Monday. 

The “Hannity” host began his show by highlighting the hypocrisy of the “depraved media mob” who have attacked President Trump and his supporters for questioning election irregularities and making voter fraud allegations —  despite repeatedly crying foul over the results of the 2016 vote.

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“They want to lecture all of us, 75 million, about the 2020 election,” Hannity said. “They want you and they want everybody to ignore any and all claims of fraud and abuse. And that would mean they want you to forget about … state laws [that] were absolutely not followed and they were broken in many cases.”

“Unequal treatment, partisan observers, they weren’t

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Ingraham: Trump proves the ‘media-medical cartel’ wrong yet again with Operation Warp Speed success

President Trump proved the “media-medical cartel” wrong yet again with the success of Operation Warp Speed, an initiative once dismissed as nothing more than impractical wishful thinking by the administration, Laura Ingraham said Monday.

“When President Trump in May launched Operation Warp Speed, promising to deliver a vaccine to the American people by the end of the year, remember how the media and medical establishment reacted?” the “Ingraham Angle” host asked viewers.

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Ingraham cued up a montage of liberal commentators and “medical experts” who chastised the president for setting an “irresponsible” “reckless,” “impossible,” and “preposterous” goal for the development and approval of a safe and effective vaccine by the close of 2020. 

“I love that montage. It’s impossible?” the host mocked.

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Monday saw the distribution of the first doses in of

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Amazon Orders ‘I’m A Virgo’ Starring Jharrel Jerome From Boots Riley & Media Res

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I’m a Virgo, a dark absurdist comedy from Sorry to Bother You writer-director Boots Riley, has been ordered to series by Amazon.

When They See Us star Jharrel Jerome is leading the cast of the half-hour series, which is a co-production between The Morning Show producer Media Res and Amazon Studios.

The show is an absurdist, coming-of-age joyride about a 13-foot-tall Black man who lives in Oakland, CA.

Created and written by Riley, it marks The Coup frontman’s first project since Sorry to Bother You. He will also exec produce along with Media Res founder Michael Ellenberg, Little America’s Tze Chun and Jerome.

Riley teased the project earlier this summer after signing a script deal with Media Res in 2018.

Jerome won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his performance in Ava DuVernay’s When They See Us. He

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Medea for the Social Media Age

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[Editor’s Note: This review contains spoilers for Season 1 of Amazon Prime Video’s “The Wilds,” including the ending. For a spoiler-free review, click here.]

Now, I’m sure you all did what I suggested in my spoiler-free review of “The Wilds” and refrained from blowing through all 10 episodes in two days, right?

Of course you didn’t. So welcome to the review with spoilers.

On the surface, “The Wilds” is about a group of troubled teenage girls who are en route to a female empowerment retreat in Kona, Hawaii, when their plane crashes. They wind up on a deserted tropical island in the middle of nowhere and are forced to join together to survive, despite their disparate backgrounds and personalities.

That is, in fact, about 30 percent of what “The Wilds” is about. But creator Sarah Streicher’s work is more “Euphoria” than “Lost,” and

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Group Nine Media Explores Blank-Check Company for Digital-Media Acquisitions

Group Nine Media, owner of websites such as The Dodo and NowThis, is considering using a blank-check company to acquire some of its competitors, according to people familiar with the matter, as the digital-media sector continues to consolidate.

In recent weeks, Group Nine Media has consulted with advisers about the possibility of pursuing deals through a special-purpose acquisition company, also known as a SPAC, the people said. Those blank-check companies raise capital by going public and can put the proceeds into deals.

Group Nine Media is interested in acquisitions that could grow its audience and give it more bargaining power with online advertisers.

The venture-backed company, which formed in 2016 through the merger of several digital-media businesses, has already begun buying competitors. Last year, it purchased PopSugar, a women-focused digital publisher, adding its site and web properties to a portfolio that includes animal-focused The Dodo and NowThis, a news publisher.

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Hulu Sends U.S. Media Responsibilities to Publicis Imagine

Disney has awarded media buying and planning responsibilities in the U.S. for streaming service Hulu to Publicis’ Disney-dedicated Publicis Imagine. The media duties were awarded to Publicis Imagine without a review, sources familiar with the matter told Adweek.

Publicis deferred to the client for comment. Hulu has yet to respond. (We will update if the streaming service issues a statement.)

The holding company created the Publicis Imagine unit, led by media agency Zenith, during Disney’s global media review in 2019. That review concluded with the entertainment colossus sending the majority of media responsibilities to Omnicom and Publicis. Among the properties for which Publicis Imagine was tasked with handling media buying and planning was Disney+, with the appointment arriving shortly before the streaming service’s launch.

This move sees Publicis gaining another piece of the puzzle heading into 2021 as Disney’s streaming push moves ahead with full force. It also follows Disney

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Irving ends media silence, praises Nash in first interview

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving spoke to reporters Monday for the first time this season, clarifying that he wasn’t referring to the media last week when he said he doesn’t talk to pawns.



Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives between Washington Wizards guard Garrison Mathews (24) and forward Troy Brown Jr., (6) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


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Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives between Washington Wizards guard Garrison Mathews (24) and forward Troy Brown Jr., (6) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

A day after making a strong preseason debut for the Brooklyn Nets, Irving spoke for more than 15 minutes on a Zoom interview, explaining why he has been guarded in his comments.

Irving had not done any interviews since NBA teams began holding media sessions on Dec. 1. Both he and the Nets were fined $25,000 last week for his refusal to do league-mandated media availabilities.

He responded with an Instagram

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Voting machine company demands retractions over conservative media’s ‘disinformation’

On Monday, electronic voting system company Smartmatic demanded three conservative media outlets to retract claims that its machines skewed votes in favor of President-elect Joe Biden in November’s US presidential election.



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Smartmatic issued retraction demand letters to Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network, according to a press release published by the Florida-based company Monday. In the letters, Smartmatic identifies several “factually inaccurate statements” made by the three conservative outlets throughout the 2020 presidential election cycle. These demands are often a precursor to a defamation lawsuit, although it is unclear whether Smartmatic will pursue litigation.

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“They have no evidence to support their attacks on Smartmatic”

“They have no evidence to support their attacks on Smartmatic because there is no evidence. This campaign was designed to defame Smartmatic and undermine legitimately conducted elections,” Antonio Mugica, Smartmatic CEO, said in a statement Monday. “This campaign is an attack on

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Smartmatic voting technology company sends legal notices to Fox News and other right-wing media outlets over ‘disinformation campaign’

A voting technology company swept up in baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election said on Monday that it had sent legal notices to Fox News and two other right-wing media companies for participating in a “disinformation campaign” aimed at damaging it.



a close up of a sign: NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: The News Corp. building on 6th Avenue, home to Fox News, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, on March 20, 2019 in New York City, New York. Disney acquired Fox today in a $71.3 million deal. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)


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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 20: The News Corp. building on 6th Avenue, home to Fox News, the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal, on March 20, 2019 in New York City, New York. Disney acquired Fox today in a $71.3 million deal. (Photo by Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

The company, Smartmatic, said that Fox News, One America News, and Newsmax have helped spread false and defamatory claims that are not supported by real evidence and could easily have been debunked with basic research.

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“They have no evidence to support their attacks on Smartmatic because there is no evidence,” Smartmatic chief

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FTC kicks off sweeping privacy probe of nine major social media firms

A scalpel labeled FTC is surrounded by the logos of social media giants.

The Federal Trade Commission is stepping up its digital privacy work and has asked just about every major social media platform you can think of to explain what personal data it collects from users and why.

The requests for information went out today to nine platforms (or their parent companies, where applicable), including Discord, Facebook, Reddit, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitch, Twitter, WhatsApp, and YouTube, according to the press release. The companies that receive the orders have 45 days to explain to the FTC:

  • How social media and video streaming services collect, use, track, estimate, or derive personal and demographic information
  • How they determine which ads and other content are shown to consumers
  • Whether they apply algorithms or data analytics to personal information
  • How they measure, promote, and research user engagement
  • How their practices affect children and teens

A sample order (PDF) shows the depth and specificity of the information the FTC

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