Bloomberg Reports: A group of journalists protesting outside the offices of a New York City hedge fund recently shined a light on a little-known fact about the state of the local American newspaper: Behind the scenes, financial firms often hold all the cards.
Investors like Alden Global Capital LLC and Fortress Investment Group LLC have acquired ownership stakes in newspapers that have struggled to adapt in an online world, from the Denver Post to the Providence Journal. Funds have brought their cost-cutting know-how to help restructure several newspaper chains in heavy debt after the 2008 financial crisis.
But the evolving ownership picture has sparked fresh questions over whether investment firms can really help save local newspapers by making them profitable again — or if they’ll starve them to the point that they collapse instead. The journalists who traveled from cities like Denver and St. Paul earlier this month to join the protests outside Alden Global’s offices are convinced it’s the latter. Some analysts agree.
Comedian Owen Benjamin Banned From Buford, Georgia Community Center
Owen Benjamin, a long-time Comedian and proud Christian, featured in several times in both Comedy Central Specials and Jay Leno, as well as several Movies and TV-Shows such as Sullivan & Son and ‘The House Bunny’, has been banned from a tax payer funded community center in Buford, Georgia after attempting to use the venue for an upcoming tour.
The venue is notable as one he has previously performed at and was asked to come back to. This came as a surprise to Owen as Georgia is a notably ‘conservative’ state. Currently he does have a show lined up in Portland with more shows coming by the day.
WATCH: Jesse Watters Says Democrats Angry That There’s No Collusion
Fox News personality Jesse Watters, who hosts the show, “Watters World,” and is a big supporter of President Donald Trump, said Saturday that Democrats are angry that Robert Mueller found out that Trump is not a Russian agent.
Watters made the remarks Saturday as part of his opening remarks, during his weekly show on Fox News Channel.
“Mueller found [President Trump] wasn’t a traitor after Democrats for two years falsely accused him of being a traitor,” Watters said. “Instead of being relieved, they’re angry.”
“[He] was fighting back against their false allegations,” he continued.
This was an attempted take-down or Coup D’Etat!
.@JesseBWatters: "Mueller found [President Trump] wasn't a traitor after Democrats for two years falsely accused him of being a traitor. Instead of being relieved, they're angry."
"[He] was fighting back against their false allegations."
Attempted take-down of a President! pic.twitter.com/TMTdOVEZP7
— Harry Cherry (@TheHarryCherry) April 22, 2019
Lewandowski Contradicts Mueller, Says Trump Never Asked Him to Help Fire Special Counsel
President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Friday on Fox News that he did not receive a request from the president to help fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller alleged in a report of his findings released on Thursday by Attorney General Bill Barr that the president asked for Lewandowski to help with getting Mueller terminated as Special Counsel.
Lewandowski refuted that allegation, however, in an appearance Thursday with Ed Henry on “Fox News at Night.” Henry was filling in Thursday for the show’s host, Shannon Bream.
The special counsel detailed the allegation that President Trump asked Lewandowski for assistance firing Mueller in his report, which said:
Two days after directing McGahn to have the Special Counsel removed the President made another attempt to affect the course of the Russia investigation. On June 19, 2017, the President met one-on-one in the Oval Office with his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, a trusted adviser outside the government, and dictated a message for Lewandowski to deliver to Sessions. The message said that Sessions should publicly announce that, notwithstanding his recusal from the Russia investigation, the investigation was “very unfair” to the President, the President had done nothing wrong, and Sessions planned to meet with the Special Counsel and “let [him] move forward with investigating election meddling for future elections.” Lewandowski said he understood what the President wanted Sessions to do.
One month later, in another private meeting with Lewandowski on July 19, 2017, the President asked about the status of his message for Sessions to limit the Special Counsel investigation to future election interference. Lewandowski told the President that the message would be delivered soon. Hours after that meeting, the President publicly criticized Sessions in an interview with the New York Times, and the issued a series of tweets making it clear that Sessions’s job was in jeopardy. Lewandowski did not want to deliver the President’s message personally, so he asked senior White House official Rick Dearborn to deliver it to Sessions. Dearborn was uncomfortable with the task and did not follow through.
“This notion in the report that the president asked you to go and help fire Robert Mueller — true or fake news,” Henry asked Lewandowsky. “No, the president never asked me to help him fire Robert Mueller,” Lewandowski replied.
“Look, Ed, as you know and have articulated well, I’ve been a friend of the president’s for many many years now and he and I have had multiple conversations, which I always respect the privacy of those conversations,” Lewandowski continued. “And we talk through things all the time, whether it’s any issue that presidents [sic] want to talk about, but never did the president ask me to go and fire Robert Mueller, nor do I have any authority or did I have any authority to do so.”
“So, did you talk to Robert Mueller’s investigators about this point?” Ed Henry asked Lewandowski.
“You know, I have a very candid conversation with the people who were asking questions … I told them exactly what happened … that on numerous occasions, over the course of the last two and a half years, I’ve had the privilege and honor of going into the White House, and speaking to the president, sometimes in private and sometimes with other people,” Lewandowski said.
He told Fox News host Ed Henry that he always keeps the content of his conversations with the president private.
.@CLewandowski_ contradicts Mueller, says that President Trump never asked him to help fire Robert Mueller.
"No, the president never asked me to help him fire Robert Mueller," Lewandowski says. "I've been a friend of the Presidents for many many years now." pic.twitter.com/vZcUVM40Dm
— Harry Cherry (@TheHarryCherry) April 20, 2019