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Former Fox News pundit: Glenn Beck ‘way over the top,’ ‘scary’

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A former Fox News pundit has joined the debate over the network’s journalistic ethics, and she’s singled out one personality in particular.

Former Fox News pundit Jane Hall, who now works as an associate professor at American University, said on Sunday’s edition of CNN’s Reliable Sources that the decline of actual debate and the emergence of Glenn Beck is why she left the network.

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“There’s less of a debate and I’m uncomfortable with Beck, who should be called out as somebody whose language is way over the top,” she told CNN’s Howard Kurtz. “It’s scary.”

“The reason I had left was in part is because I think they had less debate than they used to,” she said. “But it is a fair point to say, you know, ‘How much debate is there on MSNBC?’ I mean, how many Republican strategists — we have a bifurcation of the media that I think is going on.”

When she remarked about Beck, Kurtz asked, “Was that a factor in your deciding to leave Fox?”

“Yeah, it was,” Hall replied.

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This video is from CNN’s Reliable Sources, broadcast Oct. 25, 2009.



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How The Hill’s John Solomon helped Rudy Giuliani spread his Ukraine conspiracies

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After John Solomon ran columns in The Hill that touched off a disinformation campaign against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the publication had discussions with Rudy Giuliani about a business venture.

As ProPublica revealed last month, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas had helped arrange an interview Solomon conducted with a Ukrainian prosecutor who claimed the Obama administration interfered with anti-corruption cases involving high-profile people, including Biden’s son Hunter. Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, trumpeted Solomon’s work on cable news. The Hill articles are now a central component of the Trump impeachment investigation.

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Forget the politics — for now: Follow the flowing money in the Ukraine scandal

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The Ukraine scandal is mostly viewed through the prism of politics — an attempt by President Donald Trump to gain an advantage over a political opponent. But, as most things are, it’s also about money — and we found lots of it flowing between key players in the scandal.

On this week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.,” we follow the money.

First, Let’s Meet Our Cast of Ukraine Players

Richest among them is Dmitry Firtash, an oligarch who has been battling to avoid an extradition flight to Chicago, where he faces federal charges of bribery. The Department of Justice has described Firtash as an “upper-echelon” associate “of Russian organized crime.” (He denies the charges and says the prosecution is politically motivated.)

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Televised impeachment hearings mattered during Watergate — but they may not today: John Dean associate

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I started a continuing legal education program with John Dean in 2011. We have done over one-hundred-and-fifty programs across the nation since then.

Our first program was about obstruction of justice and how Dean, as Nixon’s White House Counsel, navigated the stormy waters when he turned on the president and became history’s most important whistleblower. Unlike the current whistleblower, Dean had been involved in the cover-up, but ultimately decided he had to end the criminal activity in the White House, with no assurance of anonymity and with the almost certain expectation that he was blowing himself up in the process.

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