We are one step closer to a Supreme Court decision on abortion. It can happen anytime now. More on that in a moment. But first…
Just ahead of the decision that could end Roe vs. Wade, a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll on abortion was released Wednesday.
Some of the notable findings:
- Even those who oppose reversing the landmark decision say, by a margin of 59% to 29%, the economy is more important when they vote in November. Seven in 10 say the Supreme Court ruling will not affect their vote in November.
- By more than double (61% vs. 28%), those polled oppose the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
- By a margin of 58% to 38%, respondents said they knew someone in their family or group of friends who had an abortion.
- Just about 31% said a ban would make a state less desirable, while 5% said it would make it more desirable.
When could the Supreme Court announce its decision on abortion? The next notice date is today, but the tribunal still has 13 cases left in its current term and that’s, well, a lot. So much so that the court has now added Friday as another day to issue rulings. Thus, the decision on the abortion could come on Friday, or later, like next week.
In the meantime, here are some pieces that might interest you:
The House Select Committee hearing on the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 continues today.
Mary Clare Jalonick of the Associated Press writes: “…the hearing will move on to another pressure campaign – Trump’s efforts to have Justice Department officials declare the election corrupt, and a plan within the department to go after the states to change the results. Former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen, who took over after Barr’s resignation, and his deputy, Richard Donoghue, will testify how they successfully resisted that pressure.
Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post wrote a column on Wednesday: “4 Lessons From Trump’s Lobbying Campaign on Election Officials.”
Meanwhile, in his conclusion to Tuesday’s hearing, Michael S. Schmidt of The New York Times wrote, “The hearing demonstrated the human cost of the waves of threats and intimidation unleashed by Mr. Trump and his supporters. as they lobbied state officials. and election workers to find a way to rob Joseph R. Biden Jr. of his victory.
Dominion Voting Systems can move forward with its $1.6 billion lawsuit against parent company Fox News over allegations relating to the 2020 presidential election, a judge ruled on Wednesday.
Fox Corp. had asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, but Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis ruled that Dominion’s allegations “support a reasonable inference that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch knew that Dominion had not manipulated the election or at least had recklessly ignored the truth when they allegedly pushed Fox News to propagate its claims about Dominion.
Davis also previously denied Fox News’ request to dismiss a separate lawsuit filed by Dominion.
Part of Fox’s argument is that he “did not create allegations against Dominion”, but reported on comments former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters made about of Dominion.
Dominick Mastrangelo of The Hill has more.
Speaking of Fox, here’s some gossip. Jim Rutenberg and Benjamin Mullin of The New York Times report that Rupert Murdoch, whose media empire includes Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, and his fourth wife, Jerry Hall, are set to divorce. Hall is the model/actress who was once married to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, but that marriage was called off.
Murdoch, 91, and Hall, 65, wed in March 2016. The Times reports that the divorce “is unlikely to change the ownership structure of the companies in which he has stakes.”
Earlier this year, an unrelated pair of guys named Smith rocked the media world. Ben Smith was the top media columnist for The New York Times. Justin Smith was the CEO of Bloomberg Media. But both left their destination jobs for a giant leap of faith: creating a global news agency.
The new outlet, which will be called Semafor, is expected to debut this fall with 30 journalists scattered across the globe, from Washington to New York to London and, possibly, Africa or the Middle East. . It will start with a website and newsletters.
Katie Robertson and Benjamin Mullin of The New York Times wrote an update on the company as it gears up for its highly anticipated launch.
Semafor has already hired well-known journalists (Liz Hoffman of the Wall Street Journal and Reed Albergotti of the Washington Post), and Ben Smith told the Times that he was about to hire someone to help him with the media column. .
Some of the details? Well, the opening sentence of the Robertson-Mullin story says it all: “News articles will be divided into sections distinguishing fact from opinion. The signatures of journalists will be as important as the headlines. And journalists will be allowed to offer their analysis on social networks.
We’ll see if Semafor has bitten off more than it can chew, but I have to say I can’t wait to see it, and why wouldn’t we hope it’s a huge hit?
For this article, I’ll hand over to Rick Edmonds, Business Analyst at Poynter Media.
The Radio Television Digital News Association’s annual survey of full-time local television newsroom staff, released last week, found a startling 6.3% drop in 2021 to a total of 26,250. Membership had either held steady or increased during the pandemic, but better financial conditions did not translate into newsroom expansion.
There was no obvious explanation for this decline. Industry consolidation continues and surviving companies may impose tighter cost controls. Also, 2021 was not an election year, so stations may have kept vacancies until the 2022 midterms fueled political advertising. Chief information officers were almost unanimous in saying that levels will increase slightly or remain stable in 2022.
The newspaper industry no longer does the kind of self-assessment that would generate comparable estimates. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates, as reported by Pew Research last year, found 30,800 new jobs.
According to co-writers Bob Papper and Keren Hendersen, the average newsroom staff at stations affiliated with the Big Four networks was 40 people. Stations have a relatively light commitment to their digital operations with a typical dedicated staff of 3.7.
Tony Siragusa, a 330-pound nose tackle who spent 12 years playing in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens, has died. He was 55 years old. No cause of death was given.
While he was a solid football player, Siragusa is also known as a TV analyst for Fox Sports. He first gained major recognition among football fans during the first year (2001) of the now classic HBO show “Hard Knocks,” which follows a team behind the scenes during training camp. As NFL.com’s Nick Shook recalled, Siragusa was a fan favorite for his big-heap style, neighbor style and sense of humor, once saying on “Hard Knocks,” “I mean , if I smell a burger, I gain two pounds.”
Siragusa – affectionately known as “The Goose” – joined Fox Sports in 2003 and often called games from the field, usually the end zone. He was with Fox Sports until 2015. Siragusa has also done some acting, including appearing in “The Sopranos.”
ESPN’s Jamison Hensley has more, including reaction from across the NFL.
- Washington Post editor Tracy Grant leaves the paper to become editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Grant has worked for the Post since 1993, starting as an editor. The Washingtonian’s Andrew Beaujon has more.
- Speaking of the post office, CNN’s Oliver Darcy reports that the post sent a note reminding staff members to comply with the policy of working out of the office at least three times a week, which was initially put in place in March. The memo read, “Failure to follow this policy may result in disciplinary action.
- A Reporters Without Borders investigation “… into the death of Maks Levin: ‘The information and evidence collected indicate that this Ukrainian journalist was executed.’”
- From The Rural Blog in Kentucky: “The Bowling Green (Ky.) Daily News, locally family-owned since its pre-Civil War founding and in the Gaines family since 1882, is being sold to Carpenter Newsmedia LLC, a subsidiary of Boone Newspapers. Inc., a family chain based in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Here’s more.
- Politico’s senior media writer Jack Shafer with “The Mike Pence Tragedy.”
- Singer Kate Bush – whose 1985 song ‘Running Up That Hill’ is climbing the pop charts after being used on the Netflix show ‘Stranger Things’ – has given her first interview in six years. She speaks with BBC Radio 4’s Emma Barnett. Bush said: ‘It’s such a great series, I thought the track would grab some attention. But I never imagined it would be something like this. It’s very exciting. But it’s really shocking, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world has gone mad. What’s really wonderful, I think, is that it’s a whole new audience that in many cases has never heard of me and I love that. The thought of all these very young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it is…well, I think that’s very special.
- Nieman Lab’s Sarah Scire with “Los Angeles Times Gets Fully Staffed ‘Burner Account’.”
- For The New York Times Magazine, Marcela Valdes with “Inside the Push to Diversify the Book Business”.
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