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Julian Assange Refuses to be Extradited

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Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange told a British judge that he plans on fighting extradition requests from the United States.

In the first hearing of a battle that’s expected to drag out for months, Assange has made it clear that he will not go down without a fight against the extradition charges placed against him.

The next court date in this process will be on May 30.

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Assange faces charges for conspiring with Chelsea Manning to break into a government computer.

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This charge comes with a maximum prison sentence of 5.5 years.

Assange was asked if he would agree to surrender to U.S. authorities, a proposition that Assange ended up rejecting.

According to a Washington Times report, Assange told Judge Michael Snow that “I do not wish to surrender myself for extradition for doing journalism that’s won many, many awards and affected many people.”

This appearance came the day after he received a 50-week sentence for skipping bail in 2012.

BLP covered Assange’s arrest on April 11, 2019, which received praise from establishment political figures across the political spectrum.

On the other hand, independent journalists like Paul Joseph Watson came to Assange’s defense for his valiant efforts to challenge legacy institutions and expose the political class’s corruption.

Assange’s leaks throughout the 2016 campaign season arguably played a substantial role in getting Donald Trump elected.

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Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years

A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.

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Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.

This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.

Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.

MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.

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This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:

  • The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
  • Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
  • Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
  • An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
  • A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
  • Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)

Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.

As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.

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