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Jeff Flake In Talks for Position at CBS

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Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is said to be negotiating with CBS for a role with the mainstream news outlet as a contributor or host, according to reports. The former Senator was seen at the network’s New York offices last week.

A position at CBS could create an opening for Flake to evolve into the network’s equivalent of MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough- a former Republican-turned-reactionary existing for nothing more in the media world than denouncing Trump, largely lacking of any policy substance or independent thought.

Flake was driven out of office as Arizona’s U.S Senator after spending all of his political capital on empty personal disputes with President Trump and conservatives. In the final months of his Senate career, Flake instead sought to genuflect to progressives, having lost a Republican constituency, but ended up alienating the liberals he aimed to appeal to when he refused to vote to derail Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation. It’s likely that a Flake hiring at CBS would be met with a considerable backlash from Democrats and liberals, despite his efforts to appeal to a left-leaning constituency.

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However, a role at CBS could provide Flake with an avenue to fully divorce himself from conservative ideals at large, becoming nothing more than a pure ‘token Republican’ in the mold of Joe Scarborough. It likely wouldn’t be good enough to fool anyone but the most easily manipulated mainstream media sycophants, who remain fully aware that he never truly represented a conservative perspective throughout his time in Congress, despite his assertions to the contrary. Flake frequently maintained that he was the true standard bearer of conservative principles, despite voting to confirm Loretta Lynch and voting for a massive amnesty package in 2013.

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CBS can have him, honestly. It’d be entertaining to see him show his true colors as a dollar store progressive equivalent of Joe Scarborough — with equally lousy ratings.

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SILVER LINING? Coronavirus Economic Fallout Expected to Destroy Hundreds of Main Stream Newspapers, Magazines

The fake news media is dying even more quickly because of coronavirus.

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The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause massive economic damage throughout many sectors, and what remains of the legacy journalism industry may be wiped out as a result.

The Seattle Times serves as a microcosm for what is happening to local papers throughout America in the age of coronavirus. As they deal with a community ravaged by the pandemic, their advertising budget has completely dried up, and they may not be able to remain in business for much longer.

“Virtually all entertainment advertising is gone, restaurants gone. Automobile advertising is starting to get impacted,” said Alan Fisco, the president and CFO of the paper, to BuzzFeed News.

Even though the paper’s “online traffic has been at times off the charts,” they are unable to properly monetize that traffic. They fear that the ad revenue may be lost forever by the time the coronavirus pandemic comes to a close.

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“If you go back to events in the past where you’ve seen some big impacts [to ad spending], does all of it come back? It hasn’t,” Fisco said.

Ken Doctor, who analyzes the news industry with the firm Newsonomics, believes that the economic impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic will be much worse for the media industry than the 2008 financial crisis, which resulted in a 19 percent decline in revenue for newspapers.

“[Newspaper] advertising revenue is getting just wiped out,” Doctor said to BuzzFeed News, adding that the situation is already “worse than in 2008 and 2009.”

For many media entities, Doctor believes that this will be the end. He said that “this seems like for them truly it is the full extinction event. I don’t know how they come back.”

The Seattle Times may be able to survive due to rising subscriber fees. Other big-name dailies – like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post – are expected to weather the storm as well. However, all of the smaller local newspapers and digital providers will likely be wiped out completely.

“I think there we will unfortunately see more closures of newspapers, more news deserts as a result of this,” Fisco said.

Media companies and reporters are already reporting on the early damage that has been caused because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A spokesperson for BuzzFeed News, who published the initial story about how the media industry is hurting because of coronavirus, said their provider is working to avoid firing staffers in these trying times.

“BuzzFeed’s leadership team is exploring a range of ways to support employees while protecting our business,” said Chief Communications Officer Carole Robinson. “Our goal is to avoid layoffs, with an alternative plan that requires some sacrifice from all of us — and especially those on the executive team — ultimately allowing us to remain a strong company over the long-term.”

The coronavirus pandemic is a worst case scenario come to life, but the economic fallout from the crisis may prove to be fatal for the fake news industry.

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