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Matt Gaetz Demands Retraction from CNN

The network’s report suggested that Trump and other Republicans are distancing themselves from Gaetz amid concerns that he broke sexual trafficking laws by having sex with a 17-year-old girl.

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Embattled congressman Matt Gaetz is demanding a retraction from CNN after the network said that former President Donald Trump refused to meet with him. Gaetz is reportedly the target of a federal sex trafficking investigation.

Gaetz took to social media to defend himself from the report which he called a lie. “No such meeting was denied nor sought. … When can we expect a retraction?” he tweeted.

The network’s report suggested that Trump and other Republicans are distancing themselves from Gaetz amid concerns that he broke sexual trafficking laws by having sex with a 17-year-old girl.

Gaetz has denied the claims, saying they are part of an attempt to exort $25 million from his family.

“This @CNN story is complete fake news,” said Trump’s top aide Jason Miller. “No such scheduling or meeting request was ever made, and therefore, it could never have been declined. Take note that this story has zero on-the-record sources. It’s literally made-up.”

CNN’s report, citing two people familiar with the matter, said Gaetz, one of Trump’s most vocal supporters in Congress, tried to arrange a meeting after news of the investigations first broke, but aides for the ex-commander-in-chief advised against it.

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Joe Freni Named Vice President and Station Manager of KSTW-TV

Since 2017, Freni has held the position of vice president and director of sales and marketing for The CW Seattle.

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CBS Stations President Tom Canedo has announced that KSTW-TV Seattle executive Joe Freni is taking over the role as Vice President and Station Manager of CBS News and Stations’ local businesses in Seattle. 

“Throughout his nearly 10-year career with The CW Seattle, Joe has done a terrific job of earning the respect and trust of his colleagues, the station’s clients, and community partners,” Canedo said. 

“With Kevin Walsh – the longtime general manager of both our San Francisco and Seattle businesses – now 100 percent focused on the Bay Area; we are pleased to place the leadership responsibilities for our Seattle properties in Joe’s experienced and very capable hands.”

Since 2017, Freni has held the position of vice president and director of sales and marketing for The CW Seattle, and he first joined KSTW in 2012 when he came aboard to become their national sales manager.

“I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to lead The CW Seattle and work with Tom and the rest of the team at CBS News and Stations,” Freni said. 

“I am excited to partner with my colleagues both here in Seattle and across our group to strategize future growth opportunities for The CW Seattle in terms of local content development, community engagement, and making sure our station continues to be a place where our team members feel valued and respected.”

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Mark Thompson: News TV in Trouble as It Loses Audiences Under 60

A challenge that all television news stations face is producing serious journalism for a smartphone generation. 

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Former New York Times CEO Mark Thompson spoke at a Freeview Outside the Box event, per Deadline, where he put out a warning signal for those who run television news stations in the United States. 

Thompson stated that television news in the country is in “dead trouble” as it loses audiences under 60. 

“News feels like a particularly old-fashioned style of broadcasting aimed entirely at older audiences,” Thompson said. “I live in the US, and [TV news] seems completely unchanged since the 1980s. I think it is in dead trouble.”

A challenge that all television news stations face is producing serious journalism for a smartphone generation. 

So during Thompson’s tenure as The Times CEO, the company launched shows such as “The Daily” to bring the younger audience that “didn’t like speech radio” for years. 

“In the UK, the biggest threat to Public Service Broadcasters comes from the behavior of younger people everywhere and whether or not you’re moving fast enough to move or reimagine your great content for them,” Thompson said. 

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Julie Unruh Announces Departure From WGN-TV After 20 Years

Unruh’s last day with the Nexstar-owned company will be Nov 24. 

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WGN-TV’s Emmy award-winning anchor Julie Unruh is leaving the television business to spend more time with her family. 

According to media writer Roger Feder, Unruh’s last day with the Nexstar-owned company will be Nov 24. 

“I’ve been proud to work alongside you as I’ve watched Channel 9 grow from a few small, local newscasts each day to broadcasting nearly non-stop, earning our rightful place in a competitive news market,” Unruh wrote in an email to coworkers. 

Unruh first joined WGN-TV in 2001. In her time with the station, she has covered everything from human interest stories to political corruption. 

Before joining the WGN news team, Julie spent two years as an anchor and reporter on Chicagoland TV (CLTV). Previously, Julie spent a year as weekend anchor and general assignment reporter at KTKA in Topeka, Kansas.

I’m looking forward to stepping aside and spending more time with my family. The time is right,” she said. 

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