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15 hours ago, DRW50 said:

Alan Merrill has passed due to complications from the virus. He was a big name in Japan many years ago, but may be best known for writing "I Love Rock and Roll."



@OzFrog @Roman the network that airs BBCanada pulled the plug last week as Canada is moving into only essential productions. I think the episodes where they learn and leave will air next week. (BBCan has been a mess for many years anyway but this is not the right thread for that discussion...)



Sorry if this was already posted. And [!@#$%^&*] you, Falwell.



Lovely from James McAvoy.



thank you so much for this. I was scared for them...being away from home, not knowing what was going on outside....

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Had planned to avoid this thread today (sometimes I need a break) but thought others might like this piece of news, that seems like it will be music to many people's ears.


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The handmaiden had to take the fall.




Fox Business announced Friday that the cable news network "parted ways" with anchor Trish Regan, after she called the novel coronavirus a "scam" on-air March 9.

The big picture: Conservative commentators, including syndicated radio personality Rush Limbaugh and Fox News' Sean Hannity, have come under fire for minimizing the threat of COVID-19. "For two crucial weeks in late February and early March, powerful Fox hosts talked about the “real” story of the coronavirus: It was a Democratic- and media-led plot against President Donald J. Trump," The New York Times writes.

  • Meanwhile, Lachlan Murdoch, CEO of Fox Corporation, was focused on the $440 million acquisition of streaming company Tubi. He failed to "to pry its most important voices away from their embrace of the president’s early line: that the virus was not a big threat in the United States," per the Times.

Now, the network's leadership is trying to reel its hosts in to mitigate the spread of misinformation.

"The decision by Fox Business to remove Ms. Regan’s show took some journalists and anchors at the network by surprise: Fox executives are accustomed to withstanding public pressure, and rarely make personnel moves that can be construed as validating criticisms of the network," the Times wrote.

Context: Regan's show "Trish Regan Primetime" aired during Fox Business' 8 p.m. hour through March 13. The network initially said the show was on hiatus because of "the demands of the evolving pandemic crisis coverage," The Wall Street Journal writes.

What they're saying:

  • Fox Business, per a statement: “FOX Business has parted ways with Trish Regan - we thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors. We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the Coronavirus crisis.”
  • Regan released a statement via the network saying, “I have enjoyed my time at FOX and now intend to focus on my family during these troubled times. I am grateful to my incredible team at FOX Business and for the many opportunities the network has provided me. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career.”

What to watch: Fox Business replaced Regan’s time slot with general-interest programming.


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7 hours ago, Khan said:

Yeah, right, George.  And if he were alive right now, and if he were to test positive for the coronavirus, he'd be scared shitless, just like the rest of us.

Yes, his video was ridiculous. What about Ecoli? It used to be called "Summer complaint" in the early 1900's, and my great grandmother had 2 children die of it at the age of 3. 

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Samantha Newark, the original voice of Jem/Jeraca from 'Jem and the Holograms' has redubbed an old PSA to help people understand the proper steps that should be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19!

I think that we should bring PSAs like this back!

People would probably listen to a cartoon character over actual people! 



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