Riffed from the Headlines: The Rise of Toobin as He Takes a Slot at CNN by Brad Slager

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06.11.21

Legalize Press-titution – CNN

It was with a pure mixture of amazement and predictability that CNN welcomed Jeffrey Toobin back into its open relationship. It is unclear if he will undertake a new position or if he will be partnered with anyone in particular. Certainly, there are some levels of protection mandated to be put in place.

One thing certain to come to an end with his return is that cute practice of showing anchors at their broadcast desk not wearing slacks.

You can clearly see one of the negotiated mandates by the network in order for Toobin to return on the air:

''Any time you are on camera both hands MUST be visible on the desk, at all times.'' pic.twitter.com/u6tvMco70Q — Brad Slager - Media Antagonist / Bad Movie Curator (@MartiniShark) June 11, 2021

Pounce Of Prevention – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Jonathan Weisman wrote about the recent comments made by Rep. Ilhan Omar, and you get his sense of struggle dealing with the facts early on. Saying that, she "appeared to equate U.S. and Israeli 'atrocities' with those of Hamas and the Taliban." That is a curiously veiled description of what she actually equated in her quote. "We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban."

As he struggled mightily to both report on the comments by the Democrat and not appear overly critical, Weisman then did hit upon a proven tactic for his mission.

- "Republicans seized on Ms. Omar's language, eager to stoke outrage and turn the tables on Democrats after anti-Semitic comments by one of their own members, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, whose recent comparisons of the Holocaust to pandemic safety policies drew condemnation from both parties."

Presentation Paradox – AXIOS

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