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NBC News boss Andy Lack’s leadership scrutinized as Ronan Farrow tell-all approaches

Embattled NBC News Chairman Andy Lack has managed to keep his job amid a laundry list of scandals, but a new spotlight is being trained on the media honcho as tidbits from Ronan Farrow’s highly anticipated book slowly emerge.

Already feeling the heat with the book’s publication still days away, Lack has begun his defense, penning a scathing letter to NBC News employees on Wednesday that took issue with Farrow’s claims.

“It disappoints me to say that even with passage of time, Farrow’s account has become neither more accurate, nor more respectful of the dedicated colleagues he worked with here at NBC News,” Lack wrote in the memo obtained by Fox News. “He uses a variety of tactics to paint a fundamentally untrue picture.”

That picture of Lack’s tenure as it stands is already rife with accusations of mismanagement and boys’ club behavior. Lack has been accused of botching a variety of sexual misconduct issues, ranging from his claim that Ronan Farrow’s award-winning coverage of Harvey Weinstein wasn’t fit to print to insisting that the investigation into Matt Lauer’s lewd workplace behavior be conducted by fellow NBC executives instead of an outside entity.

But allegations against Lack aren’t limited to covering up for the sexual misconduct of others, he’s also been accused of a variety of wrongdoings himself. The New York Post’s Page Six obtained an excerpt of Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill,” which has long been expected to generate an onslaught of negative publicity for the beleaguered NBC News boss.

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NBC News Chairman Andy Lack oversees a news division that has been plagued with scandals and negative publicity.

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According to the Post, the book cites an alleged victim who claims that Lack “preyed on female underlings and pursued sexual relationships with them” throughout his career.

The Post also indicated that Farrow’s book features former CBS News anchor Jane Wallace openly discussing her 1980s affair with the then-married Lack while he was her executive producer and boss. Wallace reportedly told Farrow that Lack was “almost unrelenting” in his desire to take her out to dinner and celebrate her new contract – which led to a consensual sexual affair.

“What are you gonna say? You know if you say ‘I don’t want to celebrate with you,’ you’re asking for trouble,” Wallace says in the book, according to the Post. “I got worked over.”

The extramarital affair didn’t last, and Lack reportedly turned on his former fling.

“Eventually, Wallace claimed Lack bullied her out of the job she loved — and lorded his power over her — when their relationship soured,” Page Six reporter Sara Nathan wrote before noting that Farrow’s book details Wallace’s claim that she was intimidated into signing a binding nondisclosure agreement with a “substantial payout” to protect Lack.

According to the Post, Wallace told Farrow that she “loved that job” and reluctantly walked away because of Lack’s behavior.

A source close to Lack denied Wallace’s version of events, telling the Post “the charges of retaliation are just not true.”

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Wallace isn’t the only extramarital sexual partner of Lack who spoke to Farrow, according to the Post.

A young production assistant reportedly told Farrow that she had an affair with Lack, but things got ugly once it ended. Farrow reportedly wrote that Lack wouldn’t allow her to be reassigned and “compelled her to work longer hours, and on weekends, and proposed she cancel vacations.”

Jennifer Laird told Farrow, “There’s clearly a reason you don’t get involved with your boss,” according to the Post.

“In the book, a rep denied Lack ever took retaliatory action against Laird,” Nathan wrote.

NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2018 The Daily Beast published a bombshell report headlined, “Accused sexual harassers thrived under NBC News chief Andy Lack,” which detailed how scandals always seemed to emerge under his leadership.

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Lack was the president of NBC News from 1993 until 2001 and returned to the Peacock Network in 2015 after top jobs at Sony Music and Bloomberg in between.

Citing sources, the Beast reported that Lack “protected a male employee who sexually harassed multiple women” when he was a Sony executive in between stints at NBC News.

While Lack was in power at Sony, music executive Charlie Walk reportedly sent “very graphic and totally inappropriate” pornography to female staffers, according to the Beast.

“Andy didn’t do anything,” a former Sony executive told the Beast.

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After Sony, Lack went to work running the Bloomberg Media Group, where he reportedly hinted at his longtime pal Lauer’s affairs well before he would return to NBC and fire the former “Today” co-host for sexual misconduct.

“During the Bloomberg years, according to two people who worked alongside Lack, he regularly boasted of his close friendship with Lauer and spoke of knowing that Lauer was unfaithful to his then-wife,” the Beast reported.

An NBC spokesperson disputed this when reached by the Beast last year.

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NBC News chairman Andy Lack was widely criticized for keeping the investigation into who knew about Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct in-house.

Despite all of the issues surrounding Lack, he has a powerful longtime ally in Stephen Burke, the executive vice president of NBC’s parent Comcast and CEO of NBCUniversal. Burke defended Lack to The Daily Beast and an NBC insider told Fox News prior to excerpts from “Catch and Kill” emerging that Burke buys Lack’s narrative that Farrow has an axe to grind when it comes to the Peacock Network.

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NBCUniversal did not immediately respond to a series of questions from Fox News, including whether or not the company and Burke still stand behind Lack and a request for comment on Farrow’s book in general.

Fox News has not seen Farrow’s “Catch and Kill,” which is scheduled to be released on Tuesday. In addition to new information regarding Lack’s personal wrongdoings, the book is expected to reveal other significant damaging information related to NBC News.

On Lack’s watch the now-disgraced Weinstein reportedly leveraged NBC executives to stop Farrow from exposing him as a sexual predator with scandalous information regarding Lauer.

The former “Today” anchor was ultimately fired weeks after Farrow exposed Weinstein in his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece that was published in The New Yorker after NBC passed on it.

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“Weinstein made it known to the network that he was aware of Lauer’s behavior and capable of revealing it,” Farrow wrote, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Ronan Farrow explains why NBC honchos Noah Oppenheim and Andy Lack wouldn’t air his Harvey Weinstein reporting in “Catch and Kill.” (Tolga TEZCAN)

Lack refused to allow an outside counsel to investigate who knew about Lauer’s sexual wrongdoings. Instead of enlisting a white-shoe law firm – which has been standard for other news organizations dealing with sexual harassment during the #MeToo era – NBC allowed in-house General Counsel Kim Harris to conduct the review.

Harris’ internal review eventually declared that Lack and NBC management were completely oblivious to Lauer’s pervy behavior. The heavily criticized internal review contradicted the Beast report that Lack knew “Lauer was unfaithful” to his wife years before the #MeToo movement changed corporate culture across America.

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Farrow’s book will also contradict the internal review, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Farrow uncovers seven allegations of workplace sexual misconduct by Lauer that seem to contradict the network’s stance that management had no knowledge of his behavior as well as seven nondisclosure agreements — many with hush-money payouts — to accusers of Lauer and others at NBC. Multiple Lauer accusers, including the woman whose complaint to NBC’s human resources department resulted in the star’s ouster, tell their stories in detail,” THR reporter Marisa Guthrie wrote. “NBC maintains that it had no knowledge of Lauer’s behavior before he was fired.”

Meanwhile, NBC News has still not explained how the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of Donald Trump was leaked from within Lack’s news organization to the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold just in time to potentially hurt Trump weeks before the 2016 election.

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Fahrenthold, like Farrow, won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting that NBC News passed on. The tape derailed the career of then-NBC host Billy Bush and Fahrenthold was later given a paid consultancy with NBC News.

Lack’s top deputy, NBC News president Noah Oppenheim, is an old college buddy of Fahrenthold from their time together at Harvard University. NBC has long denied that Oppenheim leaked the tape to Fahrenthold — who with Oppenheim is also tied from Harvard to investor Marc Mezvinsky, the son-in-law of Hillary Clinton.

According to THR, which got access to the book, “Catch and Kill” will reveal that Clinton’s publicist Nick Merrill informed Weinstein that Farrow was poking around lewd accusations against him in the first place.

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NFL upholds Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s season-long suspension

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The NFL on Wednesday upheld Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s season-long suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on an Indianapolis Colts receiver nearly two weeks ago.

Burfict’s suspension is the longest-ever for an on-field incident. He will miss the rest of the Raiders’ season as well as any playoff games should Oakland get to that point later in the year.

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Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks was the NFL’s appeals officer in the case. He sided with the NFL’s vice president of football operations Jon Runyan that the hit was “unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided.”

“There were no mitigating circumstances on this play,” Runyan wrote in the letter to Burfict. “Your contact was unnecessary, flagrant and should have been avoided. For your actions, you were penalized and disqualified from the game.

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Runyan continued: “Following each of your previous rule violations, you were warned by me, and each of the jointly appointed appeal officers that future violations would result in escalated accountability measures. However, you have continued to flagrantly abuse rules designated to protect yourself and your opponents from unnecessary risk.

“Your extensive history of rules violations is factored into this decision regarding accountability measures.”

The veteran has racked up more than $4 million in fines and has been suspended 10 times due to the apparent headhunting on the field. The penalties came when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Raiders signed Burfict to a one-year, $2 million contract in the offseason. It included a $300,000 signing bonus and $300,000 in guaranteed money, according to Spotrac.

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Connecticut resident is state’s fourth to contract rare tick-borne illness linked to brain infections, death

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A fourth Connecticut resident has contracted the rare tick-borne Powassan encephalitis disease, more commonly referred to as Powassan virus.

The patient, who was not identified, is from Ridgefield, according to various local media outlets. Their condition is currently unclear. The Connecticut Department of Health on its website recently updated the number of reported cases to four.

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Other cases have been reported in New Canaan, New Preston and Newton, reports NBC Connecticut.

Powassan virus — which “belongs to a group of viruses that can cause infection of the brain (encephalitis) or the membranes around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —  is typically spread to humans after they’re bitten by an infected woodchuck or deer tick. The federal agency says those who live or work near brushy or woody areas are more likely to be exposed to potentially infected ticks.

Those infected with the virus typically experience fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss.

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Patients often need support breathing and treatment for swelling around the brain, but there is no medicine to treat the virus, nor is there a vaccine to prevent it. About 10 percent of cases result in death, the CDC says.

Powassan virus is rare, with an average of seven reported cases each year in the U.S. Most cases of the virus — which was first discovered in Powassan, Ontario, in 1958 — have occurred in the northeast and Great Lakes areas of the U.S.

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Tennessee soldier found bound, shot dead in home months after returning from deployment, officials say

A Tennessee Army National Guard soldier who had recently returned home from a deployment was found earlier this month tied up and shot dead — reportedly with few clues to guide investigators toward whoever killed the father of two.

Jacob Bishop, 35, was discovered by his mother around 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 1 “physically bound and shot multiple times” inside his duplex apartment in Lenoir City. Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider said Bishop “was known to oversleep,” so his mom headed over to his place after he didn’t answer her calls.

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Once there, Bishop’s mother used a spare key to enter and found his body in the middle of the living room floor, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Deputies “arrived on scene and quickly determined that foul play was involved,” the sheriff said.

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Jacob Bishop, 35, was found bound and fatally shot in his apartment on Sunday in Lenoir City, Tenn., authorities said. (Loudon County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators are looking for information on a white SUV seen in the area in the days before Bishop’s death, which apparently left the area the day of his murder. They don’t believe his death is a random act of violence.

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“We have been pursuing multiple leads, spending countless hours around the clock, in our search for clues that we need to lead us to the party or parties responsible for the tragic killing of another,” Guider said in a press release posted to Facebook. “We continue to work tirelessly and around the clock to bring the party, or parties, responsible for the murder of a U.S. Soldier to justice, and to provide the Bishop family with some form of closure.”

Just a few months earlier, Bishop returned home from a year-long deployment in Poland, officials said. He was a U.S. Army veteran, per his obituary, and was serving in the 278th Infantry of the National Guard.

He leaves behind fiancée Brittany Kindred and two children. Kindred wrote on Facebook after Bishop’s funeral on Sunday that his loss is “unlike any.”

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“My heart is shattered and crumbles even more as I watch my boys cry and ask questions,” she wrote, according to the Sentinel.

Anyone with information on Bishop’s death is urged to contact the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office at 865-986-4823.

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NBA in China: Rockets shut down question to James Harden, Russell Westbrook about tweet fallout

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A Houston Rockets media relations official shut down a reporter’s question to stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook on Thursday amid the continuing controversy surrounding the NBA and China.

A video posted on Twitter by The Athletic’s Rockets insider, Alykhan Bijani, showed CNN’s Christina Macfarlane asking a question about whether Harden and Westbrook “would feel differently about speaking out” about geopolitical issues in the future due to the fallout from this week, which saw stars and coaches appear uncomfortable answering China-specific questions — which earned them a public rebuke from President Trump.

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But instead of allowing the two to answer the general question, the spokesperson chimed in almost immediately and told Macfarlane the questions were only going to be about basketball topics. When the spokesperson said the question had already been answered this week, Macfarlane said the question wasn’t answered and that it was a “legitimate question.”

The NBA-China controversy originated in a single tweet sent by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey supporting the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. It’s a subject Harden has been answering reporters’ questions about, telling the media earlier in the week that Morey’s tweet hasn’t been a distraction, according to The Athletic.

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“It’s not a distraction,” he said Tuesday. “We’re focusing on our team and getting better. We’re glad to see Russ [Westbrook] back out there on the basketball court. Our sole focus is on the Rockets and how we can get better every single day.”

Harden, earlier this week, apologized to China for Morey’s tweet.

“We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us, individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love.” he said. “We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization.”

Earlier in Thursday’s news conference, Macfarlane asked coach Mike D’Antoni if he had a message to Chinese fans who may have been let down by the NBA’s response to Morey’s tweet.

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“You know what, it’s a tough situation,” he said. “It’s very difficult. Adam Silver speaks for the NBA. I work for the NBA. I go with Adam…Commissioner Silver will do the right thing. You can’t answer questions like that because you’re wrong no matter what. I’m here to speak basketball. Talk basketball. Whatever I say is not right…I coach basketball, I’m not a diplomat or around the world.”

The Rockets finished up a series in Japan on Thursday.

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The team plays two more preseason games next week before the regular season begins.

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Jessie James Decker struts around in black bathing suit: ‘Just another day at the office’

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Jessie James Decker takes business casual very seriously.

The country singer posted a video of herself strutting down the street in a black bathing suit and a sun hat.

“Just another day at the office,” the mom-of-three wrote.

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The singer-songwriter recently revealed she dropped more than 25 pounds since having her third child in March 2018 — a baby boy named Forrest.

The 31-year-old credited being a follower of the South Beach Diet to her incredible weight loss. “I never feel deprived on this program and I know I’m fueling my body with tons of good protein and veggies, which has always been key for me,” she revealed.

“I’ve regained my confidence and have the energy I need to maintain this crazy life of mine!” Decker added.

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Decker and her former NFL star husband, Eric, wed in 2013 and, in 2014, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Vivianne Rose. Then, in 2015, she had the couple’s second child, a son named Eric II.

Decker has previously been open about losing the baby weight after giving birth, admitting to Fox News that feeling comfortable in her own skin again has been “tough.”

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“I feel like all women and mothers feel that way,” she told us in February. “You know they feel their best at a certain weight or they look a certain way, and it’s only natural to, after a baby, be like, ‘Ugh. I can’t fit into my jeans. This cute bump is gone now and I’m going to have to work at it to get to where I want it to be’ — it’s only natural to feel that way.

“I always try really hard to just tell myself: ‘Hey, you just grew a baby for nine months and now I have to feed this baby and breastfeed this baby,’ that should be my focus right now and not be so obsessed or focused on trying to look a certain way. There’s plenty of time for that,” she continued.

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“I’m not one of those women that’s going to drop the weight and look the way I did before three months-post. That’s just not the way my body works. It honestly takes me nine months. Nine months to grow ‘em and nine months to go back to the way that I was before.”

“So, I just think it’s patience,” she noted.

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Why is Turkey attacking the Kurds?  Expert breaks it down

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On Fox Nation’s “Reality Check with David Webb,” the president and CEO of a non-partisan international conflict resolution think tank explained why the Turkish government is attacking the Kurds, who are living in northern Syria.

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On Thursday morning, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed that his military has killed more than 100 Kurdish fighters as his troops launched airstrikes and artillery shelling on towns and villages along the Syrian-Turkey border.  The Turkish military campaign was set in motion almost immediately after President Donald Trump ordered U.S. troops to leave the area.

Fox Nation host David Webb asked Dr. William Parker, president and CEO of EastWest Institute, for a “dispassionate analysis” of the situation on the ground in Turkey and Syria.  This interview was conducted before the Turkish military action in northern Syria.

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Parker acknowledged that the reality is complicated, explaining that while the Kurds have been steadfast allies of the United States, their history with the Turks is more complicated.

“The Kurds have been our very good friends [of the United States] for a long time, back to the 1800s… and very close recently. [The Kurds] did a great job — continue to do a great job — fighting [the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria],” he said. “The reality though is we also have a very close NATO ally – Turkey.  It was the 14th country to join NATO in 1952 and is the second-largest army in NATO.”

Parker continued, “When you talk about Turkey you’re talking about a country that’s the size of Texas and Virginia together as far as square miles go.  Population [is] twice that of California… about 80 million people. They have about 79 percent are Turkish, about 11-12 percent are Kurdish and the rest are a mix of others… You have about 40 million Kurds in the area, not just in Turkey, but throughout that region.”

Turkey’s perception of the Kurds is colored by its place in the region, according to Parker. 

“When you look at where you are sitting, it makes a difference in how you look at others around you.  Realize that if you’re sitting in Ankara you have sitting around you Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Russia — the list goes on. It’s not exactly the friendliest environment in the world.”

Drilling down on the Kurds, Webb asked Parker to describe who makes up this group.

“Certainly not monolithic, and in the media… they say ‘the Kurds.’  Who are the Kurds?” Webb asked.

“All of the countries basically surrounding Turkey have Kurds of some sort in them and of course a lot in Turkey itself… You have the PKK, which most would agree is a terrorist organization and then you have the YPG…” explained Parker, breaking down some of the major political groups among the Kurdish people.

In 1978, the PKK called for an independent Kurdish state within Turkey.  Since the late 1970s, the PKK has waged an intermittent campaign to achieve that goal.

Writing in the Washington Post, Amanda Sloat–who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a former deputy assistant Secretary of State and is currently advising the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg–echoed Parker’s observation and pointed out that the U.S.-Kurdish alliance against ISIS was long a sore point for Turkey.

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“Erdoğan opposed this partnership because of the YPG’s links to Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is designated as a terrorist organization by both Ankara and Washington,” Sloat wrote. “The PKK’s armed struggle against the Turkish state for Kurdish rights has resulted in more than 40,000 deaths, including several bombings in Istanbul and Ankara that killed dozens of civilians in 2016 alone.”

Parker said that Turkey’s president sees his actions as one of self-defense against ongoing violence.

“When we really look at this and really take it seriously, we have to look at what is happening inside Turkey… multiple bombings going on, three very recently.  They kill 10, 15, 20 people at a shot… President Erdoğan has made it clear that he wants that to stop and he believes that most of those are coming from his southern border and he wants to secure his southern border,” concluded Parker.

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Alaska murder mystery twist: Memory card found along road shows man assaulting and killing woman, cops say

Alaska cops charged an Anchorage man with murder Tuesday after shocking videos found on a mysterious memory card allegedly captured the suspect assaulting and killing a woman whose remains were recently discovered near a highway.

Brian Steven Smith, a 48-year-old reportedly from South Africa, was arrested at Ted Stevens International Airport after investigators linked him to the crime.

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Nearly a week prior, on Sept. 30, someone called Anchorage Police claiming to have “an SD card containing a video of a homicide,” according to a press release from authorities. The caller told police the memory card was found laying in the middle of the street in the Fairview neighborhood of Anchorage.

Upon examining the card, police said it “contained several videos which appeared to show the assault and subsequent homicide of an adult female” and an investigation was opened. Days later, on Oct. 2, police officers found human remains on the side of a highway.

Investigators believe the remains along the highway belonged to the woman killed in the videos — and they believe Smith killed her in early September and recorded the photos and videos himself. It’s unclear who the woman is, but authorities are working to identify her and determine how she died.

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There are 39 images and 12 videos on the card, according to a charging document filed by the Alaska Department of Law. The videos show the woman being strangled and in one video, a man is heard saying, “just … die.”

Photos apparently show the woman underneath a blanket on a hotel luggage cart near a truck and in the truck bed, per the document.

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Police said the body was found near milepost 108 of Seward Highway on Oct. 2.  (Google)

Authorities who have reviewed the videos and photos said they remembered Smith from another investigation and found he was registered in early September to a room at a local hotel that has carpet that matches the one seen in the footage. There were no immediate details about the earlier investigation involving Smith.

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Smith appeared in court Wednesday, where a judge said he’d be appointed a public defender. Deputy District Attorney Brittany Dunlop said the process calls for the case to be brought before a grand jury.

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Tucker Carlson: The left accuses others of being misogynists, but they protected Harvey Weinstein for years

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It is the most reliable standard in politics.

In fact, take these words, put them on a piece of paper, put them on your fridge and leave them there because this is the Rosetta Stone to American politics and here it is: Whatever the left accuses you of is exactly what they’re doing themselves  — every time.

They’ll scream at you for being a “racist,” and yet, they’re literally the ones imposing a system of inflexible racial discrimination on the entire country. They’ll call you a “fascist” even as they work to eliminate the First and Second Amendments. And of course, they regularly attack their opponents as “sexist” while they protect actual rapists and abusers who are useful to them politically.

They guarded Ted Kennedy‘s reputation for decades, even after he killed a woman. They ran Bill Clinton for president twice. Meanwhile — this just proves the theory right here — Clinton’s wife, Hillary Clinton, has made a career out of calling other people sexist.

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Here’s one among countless examples:

Hillary Clinton, as a presidential candidate in 2016: I went to Beijing in 1995 and said women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights. And I believe that with all my heart. When I was Secretary of State, I put women’s rights at the center of our foreign policy, and I went to 112 countries for all of you. I raised it in every country. I looked across the table at dictators and authoritarians, and chauvinists and sexists and misogynists. Yes, I did. And I raised it with every one of them.

“I stared down misogynists and lived to tell the tale.” On one level, it is hilarious. Enjoy it. On another level, it is nauseating. It is the opposite of the truth.

Hillary Clinton has spent her entire life closely connected to men who abuse women. Maybe that’s why she feels the need to lecture you about feminism. It’s a kind of projection. She has to feel virtuous even as she does the very thing she claims to hate. You’d really need to be Sigmund Freud to figure it all out. It’s sick. But it’s real. And we have more detail on it.

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Excerpts from Ronan Farrow’s new book were released on Wednesday. The book is called “Catch and Kill,” and primarily it’s about Harvey Weinstein and the many famous liberals who protected him.

For years it was an open secret that Weinstein abused women. In Hollywood, they laughed about it at award shows.

“Congratulations. You five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” Seth MacFarlane said to laughter from the audience.

Whatever the left accuses you of is exactly what they’re doing themselves  — every time.

So they knew. That’s beyond dispute. They knew.

So why didn’t they do anything to stop the abuse? Well, it turns out because people like Hillary Clinton helped Weinstein get away with it.

Here’s one example of it. In the summer of 2017, according to this new book, Farrow tried to schedule an interview with Hillary Clinton for another book he was writing about U.S. foreign policy. Hillary’s publicist, a man called Nick Merrill, warned Farrow outright that a certain “big story” that he was working on was “a concern for us.”

In other words, leave Harvey Weinstein alone. If you want to get what we’ve got. Stop it. Stop bothering Harvey Weinstein. That was the message to Farrow from Hillary Clinton.

Noah Oppenheim is still the president of NBC. Andy Lack is still the chairman, despite his own documented history of sexual indiscretions with NBC employees. Neither one has ever told the truth about the Harvey Weinstein cover-up.

Now Weinstein had been a longtime fundraiser for the Clinton family. Hillary wanted to protect him, no matter how many women he was hurting and there were quite a few apparently.

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Several months later, Weinstein returned Hillary’s favor. He sent an email to an NBC executive called Deborah Turness, and he pitched a docu-series about — you guessed it — Hillary Clinton. Turness called the idea “absolutely stunning.”

But don’t be surprised. NBC News is in the tank for the Democratic Party and also in the tank for Harvey Weinstein.

When Farrow began his investigation, he may not have known this. He was still an NBC employee at the time. But he learned it when the company rejected his story on Harvey Weinstein, despite the fact he had it nailed. In the end, Farrow took the piece elsewhere and won a Pulitzer Prize with it.

So now we know why NBC passed on what turned out to be the scoop of the decade. According to Farrow’s book, Weinstein had dug up allegations against “Today” show host, Matt Lauer and threatened to expose Lauer if NBC didn’t quash the story about him.

So to protect their top talent, NBC let Harvey Weinstein get away with abusing women. And they’ve been lying about it ever since.

On Wednesday, for example, you may have seen this, NBC has been happy to talk about the brand new allegation against Matt Lauer. In fact, that allegation may be the weakest claim in Farrow’s book.

But for NBC, it doesn’t matter. That claim has been a godsend. If they can keep talking about Matt Lauer, maybe no one will notice that NBC News, at the very highest levels, covered up for Harvey Weinstein. That’s their plan. And sadly, it may work.

As revealing as Farrow’s book is — and it’s a public service — a lot of this was obvious two years ago. At that time, our sources told us that NBC News President Noah Oppenheim knew all about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior and actively worked to keep it secret.

In 2017, we at “Tucker Carlson Tonight” reported the following:

In addition to being the head of NBC News, Oppenheim is a Hollywood screenwriter with deep ties to the movie business and to the Democratic Party establishment. Could it be that Oppenheim had a business relationship with Harvey Weinstein or Weinstein’s company? It’s not a far-fetched possibility at all.

And yet as of earlier today, Oppenheim and NBC, when asked directly refuse to say. Noah Oppenheim ought to resign immediately. And if he doesn’t, he ought to be fired immediately by NBC’s parent company, Comcast.

News executives are not allowed to tell lies. They’re not allowed to participate in cover-ups. They ought to answer straightforward questions straightforwardly. When they don’t, you know, they’re corrupt. And that’s exactly what NBC News is.

So we tried. But two years later, Noah Oppenheim is still the president of NBC. Andy Lack is still the chairman, despite his own documented history of sexual indiscretions with NBC employees.

Neither one has ever told the truth about the Harvey Weinstein cover-up.

Even this week, on Wednesday, in a long and bizarre letter to employees that one of those employees just sent to us, Andy Lack was still lying about it.

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Yet remarkably, none of the self-appointed defenders of women you often see wailing on television about Brett Kavanaugh or the Christian right even seem to notice any of this. They clearly don’t care about Harvey Weinstein. They don’t care about his victims, and they don’t care about his enablers at NBC.

And that tells you everything about them.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Oct. 9, 2019.

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Cuba Gooding Jr.’s groping trial set to begin

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Cuba Gooding Jr.‘s trial on groping charges begins Thursday.

The trial was postponed in September after prosecutors said they were still waiting for evidence in the Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” star’s case. Gooding’s lawyers argued against the delay.

The actor is accused of placing his hand on a 29-year-old woman’s breast and squeezing it without her consent at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge near Times Square on June 9. The woman told police she believed Gooding was intoxicated.

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The 51-year-old Gooding was arrested four days later after turning himself in to police. He pleaded not guilty to forcible touching and sexual abuse charges and was released on his own recognizance.

Gooding later requested to have his case thrown out, but he was rejected.

The defense had filed papers saying the misdemeanor forcible touching case should be dismissed based on accounts of two witnesses who say it never happened, and that video from the bar backs up that claim. The papers argued that since there was clear evidence that no crime was committed, it was necessary to throw out the case to protect the integrity of the criminal justice system.

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The judge ruled that the conflicting accounts should be resolved at a trial. Gooding faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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