FOX NEWS, NEWSMAX WALK BACK COMMENTS ABOUT TECH COMPANIES IN ELECTION
NEW YORK (AP) – Both Fox News and Newsmax have backtracked on recent reporting they’ve done on two companies that handle the technology behind electronic voting machines. The walk-back comes after Smartmatic and Dominion cried foul over reports and suggestions by Trump supporters that the companies had a hand in an unproven plot to flip the presidential election from President Donald Trump to former vice president Joe Biden. The segments that aired over the weekend and yesterday came after the companies raised the prospect of legal action to fight the false information that they were in cahoots to deny Trump a second term. Neither network would elaborate on the contents, beyond what was said to back off from the allegations against the voting system companies.
SHONDA RHIMES’ FIRST SERIES FOR NETFLIX DEBUTS FRIDAY
UNDATED (AP) – Imagine a TV series described as a mix of “Downton Abbey” and “Gossip Girl.” That’s how Shonda Rhimes’ first scripted series for Netflix is being touted. And you can find out soon whether it lives up to that odd hype. The series is titled “Bridgerton” – and is based on the series of romance novels by Julia Quinn. It centers on romantic entanglements of English society’s upper crust – and features voiceover work by Julie Andrews. Season one debuts Friday.
KANSAS CITY NEWSPAPER FACES ITS RACIST PAST
NEW YORK (AP) – The Kansas City Star is making a retraction. But it isn’t for a single news story – but for its coverage of Blacks through much of its 140-year history. The newspaper says it has done an investigation and saw that for many decades, Blacks were rarely mentioned in its pages in anything other than crime stories – and overall was a newspaper produced by, for and about white readers and advertisers. Current president and editor Mike Fannin says everyone was “a little stunned by how egregious the coverage was.” But he says he’s sure that if other newspapers were to conduct similar studies of their archives, they’d find similar issues.
NEW CHAIRMAN OF DISNEY STUDIOS NAMED
UNDATED (AP) – There’s a new person in charge at Disney Studios. Alan Bergman has been named chairman of the studios, taking over for Alan Horn, who will remain chief creative officer. Horn and Bergman have been operating as co-chairs since May 2019. Bergman’s job involves handling everything involving all Disney Studios content, including Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Studios.