Macron hits New Orleans’ French Quarter, meets with Musk

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron arrived Friday in Louisiana, the American state most closely aligned historically with his country, to celebrate their longstanding cultural ties and discuss energy policy and climate change. Macron met with political leaders and strolled through New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, the heart of the city, stopping to … Read more

China fines former NBA star Lin over quarantine comments

BEIJING — Former NBA star Jeremy Lin, who plays for a Chinese team, was fined 10,000 yuan ($1,400) for criticizing quarantine facilities, China’s professional league and a news report said Friday, as the government tries to stop protests against anti-virus controls that are among the world’s most stringent. Also Friday, more cities eased restrictions, allowing … Read more

Provocative political cartoons on show in Canberra as Behind the Lines exhibit looks back on 2022

Political cartoons are the witty and provocative parts of news sites that offer audiences food for thought and, often, a laugh.  The cut-through visual commentary is sometimes even embraced by politicians themselves — but usually only when it’s about their political rivals, otherwise the aesthetic blows can leave a sting. And now, some of 2022’s best cartoons have … Read more

CNN boss Chris Licht guts HLN amid cost-cutting bloodbath

CNN boss Chris Licht has gutted sister network HLN, terminating all live programming as part of ongoing layoffs and budget cuts. Licht slashed HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” as well as “Weekend Express,” he announced in a memo to CNN’s remaining staff on Thursday. Meade and HLN’s live news programming staffers will be among … Read more

Disney Proposal to Restructure, on McKinsey’s Advice, Triggered Uproar From Creative Executives

WSJ News Exclusive Business Tension boiled over plans to take control of marketing, other decisions away from content chiefs

China eases virus controls amid effort to head off protests

BEIJING (AP) — More Chinese cities eased anti-virus restrictions and police patrolled their streets Thursday as the government tried to defuse public anger over some of the world’s most stringent COVID measures and head off more protests. Following weekend demonstrations at which some crowds made the politically explosive demand that leader Xi Jinping resign, the … Read more

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on advertising turnaround and Google, Facebook

Reed Hastings, co-founder, chairman, and co-chief executive officer of Netflix, arrives for the annual Allen and Co. Sun Valley media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S. July 6, 2021. Brian Losness | Reuters Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings said Wednesday he was slow to come around to advertising on the streaming platform because he … Read more

William And Kate's Visit To US Kicks Off In Boston – TODAY

William And Kate’s Visit To US Kicks Off In Boston  TODAY What goes into protecting Prince William and Princess Kate as they visit the US?  Yahoo! Voices Prince William and Kate Middleton WON’T REUNITE With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in U.S.  Entertainment Tonight President Joe Biden’s trip to Boston will coincide with Royal visit Friday Mom says … Read more

Judge tells Lachlan Murdoch’s legal team to ‘forget’ some legal argument against Crikey

The timeline for Lachlan Murdoch’s defamation case against online publication Crikey could blow out after his lawyers sought almost 200 questions be answered by the publisher before the trial gets underway.  Key points: Crikey’s editor-in-chief Peter Fray and political editor will be called to give evidence at the trial A social media expert will be called by Lachlan … Read more

Megyn Kelly blasts ‘disgusting’ Kim Kardashian over Balenciaga ties

Megyn Kelly lashed out at “disgusting, shameful billionaire” Kim Kardashian for not severing ties with high-end fashion brand Balenciaga in the wake of its controversial photo shoot in which young children are seen holding dolls outfitted with BDSM garb. Kelly told her Sirius XM audience tuning in to “The Megyn Kelly Show” on Tuesday that … Read more