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Good Morning, It’s Thursday, 20 April 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.
It’s over at Fox News. Bill O’Reilly, cables top news personality, is out and will not “be returning to the show”. No way to spin the problems in the “No Spin Zone”. O’Reilly was brought very publicly down by a massive onslaught of sexual harassment charges–the same type of problem that forced his boss and the founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes, out last year. O’Reilly’s problems had already forced Fox to make $13 million in payouts. O’Reilly has said the allegations are part of a vast plot to undermine him by liberal media. Right. Spin it. From the reports leaking out about the case, it appears that O’Reilly undermined himself. His loss to the business of Fox News will be massive. because O’Reilly’s show contributed 10% of the revenues and 25% of the operating income for the company. Despite the allegations–which Bill O’Reilly calls “unfounded”–his audience remained loyal and was continuing to grow. Anyway it’s parsed, this is a major change in the media landscape and it deprives the conservative right with perhaps their most effective on-air spokesperson. What type of change will that bring about in the American political landscape?
China is ramping up pressure on North Korea to stop all the trash talk and bellicose actions; this is coming at the same time that the U.S. is moving a naval contingent into the area (it’s there somewhere) doing some trash talking of its own. From China’s viewpoint, maybe North Korea has outlived their usefulness. China is North Korea’s major trading partner–what little North Korea has to trade–and has been backing increasingly erratic North Korean regimes for decades. But the reality of the situation is that China is not going to risk their economic growth and world influence for a country that doesn’t have anything to offer anyone but trouble.
And, as if North Korea and Syria weren’t enough of a problem, the administration is now talking tough (again) about the Iran Nuclear Deal. Might want to set that one aside for a while, because there are plenty of other simmering hotspots that require attention.
Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, convicted of one murder and acquitted in two others, committed suicide in prison in Massachusetts, less than 10 days after winning a legal victory in the double murder charges. There were the inevitable questions from family and friends about the circumstances of his death. He was serving life in prison without parole on the murder conviction.
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