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Fox News in ‘exit talks’ with CEO Roger Ailes amid harassment case: CNN

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Fox News CEO Roger Ailes (AFP)

Conflicting reports on Tuesday afternoon suggested that Roger Ailes has either agreed to stepping down as CEO of Fox News or was on the way to doing so.

The Daily Beast initially reported that the conservative network confirmed Ailes’ departure following a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him by former Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson. Ailes has reportedly called for that case to be brought to an arbitrator, rather than a regular court proceeding.

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NPR, citing two unnamed sources, also reported that Ailes was out. In addition, Business Insider reported that conservative blogger Matt Drudge deleted a tweet showing what he called a separation agreement between the network and Ailes, which can be seen below:

However, according to the Huffington Post, the network later “walked back” its initial statement. And CNN host Brian Stelter said that a spokesperson for Rupert Murdoch told him, “Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement.”

Stelter later said that, according to his source, “exit talks ARE underway but are not yet complete.”

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That was no debate — it was a brawl

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Do we really have to pick a debate winner in a brawl? Do the rules matter?

Didn’t we know ahead of time that Donald Trump would slash viciously and personally and pretend that he is an outsider to Washington and that Joe Biden would try to look presidential,  mostly stick to his message while wryly noting that Trump was lying once again? If there was a substantive question or response that was a surprise, it slipped by me.

It may have been important to election prospects, but as a debate, it was a pretty sad commentary on our times. And yes, the fact-checking industry was hard at work (yes, Mr. President, there are 100 million Americans with health pre-conditions.)

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Here are 5 stunning moments from Biden and Trump’s first debate

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President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off for the first time Tuesday night in the inaugural presidential debate of the 2020 general election.

It was a catastrophe. Trump was belligerent, mendacious, and overbearing, refusing to let Biden answer questions most of the time without interruption. Biden managed to get in several good moments, but he was often bulled over by the president's bluster and was unable to make a complete argument.

But Trump didn't really seem to get the better of Biden. By being so aggressive, he came off desperate, dishonest, and out of control. It was not a good look for a sitting president. And it completely undermined the supposed point of the debate: informing voters about the issues. Instead, it showcased the candidates' respective personalities, at least to some degree. While unpleasant, it may have been informative in its own way.

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Trump blasted for ‘avalanche of lying’ in brutal takedown by CNN fact-checker

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CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale provided a brutal dose of reality after President Donald Trump constantly mislead Americans with his false claims during the first 2020 general election presidential debate.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer introduced Dale by recapping that, in his opinion, "clearly this debate was an embarrassment for the United States of America -- a clear embarrassment."

"How much was fact?" Blitzer asked. "How much was false?"

"Well, it depended Wolf on who we were listening to," Dale replied.

"I think it's important for us as journalists to say when both sides are not alike -- and they were not alike tonight," he explained.

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