Exclusive: ABC News - Toxicity and Racist Comments

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For the past six months I've been investigating a very powerful media executive you've never heard of: ABC News head of talent Barbara Fedida. What I uncovered is millions in confidential settlements, racist and inappropriate statements, over a dozen HR complaints, and a news division referred to as the most toxic in the business.

Link to my story: https://bit.ly/2zxBjqA

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Yashar

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Coronavirus Info

Friends,

I have been consumed by the Coronavirus crisis in so many ways. I am the kind of person who thrives during a crisis…so in my element. But that doesn’t mean I don’t spend a lot of time being angry over how it’s been handled.

I wrote this thread last night about what so many people are missing and it would mean so much to me if you would read it: https://bit.ly/2UOCZm3

Also, I’ve spent the last 10 days raising money for a fund I put together with the Robin Hood Foundation and Tipping Point Foundation.

Our fund will provide immediate cash grants to hourly and tipped workers who have lost their jobs due to this crisis.

Your donations to our fund are fully tax-deductible. So far we’ve raised $862,560!

Donate Here: http://bit.ly/2U6YP5n

Will send more updates this week

With Gratitude,
Yashar

Exclusive: NBC and Gabrielle Union

Good Evening,

In a story I have been working on for several days, I have some new details on the ouster of actress and producer Gabrielle Union from NBC’s hit talent show “America’s Got Talent”

Link to my story: http://bit.ly/2OPhajt

Union was fired from the program Friday after sources told me Simon Cowell and the producers deemed her to be “difficult.”

The difficulty?

  1. Union repeatedly registered complaints about Simon Cowell’s smoking indoors (she’s highly allergic to cigarette smoke)…which is a violation of California law

  2. She raised objections to racist jokes and commentary made my guest host Jay Leno and producers.

  3. Union was told that a 10-year-old black rapper who was popular with the audience wouldn’t make the cut to the next round. And when a group of white women high kicking dancers were suggested instead and she objected, she was allegedly told “we need an act America can get behind”

Many more details in my story: http://bit.ly/2OPhajt

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Exclusive: Anonymous Trump Book

I've obtained passages from “A Warning,” the book by Anonymous, the current or former Senior White House official who authored the New York Times op-ed.

In the book, Anonymous claims that senior officials had no doubt that Pence would support invoking the 25th amendment if the majority of the cabinet agreed. The discussions about invoking the 25th amendment occurred, according to Anonymous, during the period after Bob Mueller was appointed as Special Counsel.

More Details In My Story: http://bit.ly/2oTB3ga

Scoop: ABC News/Epstein

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Scoop: ABC News Execs Have Identified Former Employee Who Accessed Amy Robach Hot-Mic Footage, Sources Say

ABC News executives believe they know the identity of the former employee who accessed footage of anchor Amy Robach expressing frustration that her story about convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein had been shelved.

Two sources with knowledge of the situation tell me that ABC News executives know who the former employee is but don’t know if that person leaked the footage to Project Veritas, the right-wing activist group, or if they shared it with others who leaked the footage.

What ABC News executives do know is that the former employee is now working at CBS News, the sources said. I’m told that ABC News executives have informed their counterparts at CBS News that this person accessed the footage of Robach. It’s unclear if CBS News plans on taking any action against the employee.

In a statement, a spokesperson for ABC News told me, “We take violations of company policy very seriously, and we’re pursuing all avenues to determine the source of the leak.”

In an email, a CBS News spokesperson declined to comment. 

This is a developing story…this edition of my newsletter will be updated.

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