James Murdoch

James Murdoch resigns from the board of News Corp, citing ‘disagreements over certain editorial content’ – CNN

New York (CNN Business)James Murdoch, the youngest son of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, resigned on Friday from the board of News Corp in a dramatic break from the family business.

In his brief resignation letter, James Murdoch said he was exiting the company over “disagreements over certain editorial content published” by its news outlets and “certain other strategic decisions.”
A spokesperson for James Murdoch said there would be no immediate further comment and that the letter spoke for itself.
In a joint statement, Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch said, “We’re grateful to James for his many years of service to the company. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”
James Murdoch, whose older brother Lachlan Murdoch serves as the head of Fox Corporation, had already left part of the media empire, due to his disgust of Fox News. The younger Murdoch has also previously expressed disagreement with his father’s conservative political views.
But he had remained on the board of News Corp — something that had intrigued friends of the family. His Friday resignation from News Corp represents the growing distance he has placed between his brother and father’s media businesses.
While he no longer serves on the boards of the family companies, however, he is still connected to the empire through the Murdoch Family Trust, which holds key voting shares in both companies.
The News Corp umbrella includes papers such as The Wall Street Journal and New York Post. It also includes the book publisher HarperCollins.
News Corp also owns a large chunk of Australia’s media, which was criticized earlier this year for its coverage of climate change as it related to the recent wildfires that swept through the country.
A spokesperson for James Murdoch said in January that he and his wife, Kathryn Murdoch, had “well established” views on climate change and were “particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”
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LeBron James’ ‘Decision’ reimagined: What if LBJ chose to be King of New York and signed with Knicks in 2010? – CBS Sports

In honor of the 10th anniversary of “The Decision,” CBS Sports is reexamining LeBron James‘ 2010 decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat by wondering what might have happened had James signed elsewhere. In today’s edition, James fulfills the prophecy that followed him for the first seven years of his career and signs with the New York Knicks.

The Rationale

The Knicks give James two things no other team can. The first is a unique legacy. Championships anywhere are special, but championships in New York are something greater entirely. The idea of being the player that revives the Knicks appeals to LeBron, but so too do the financial advantages of playing in the Big Apple. Already the NBA’s most prolific marketer, moving to New York would have put James in the Michael Jordan tier of athletic advertisers and helped him toward his dream of one day owning an NBA team. With two max cap slots, a top coach and a highly regarded GM, the basketball situation was pretty promising too. 

The (geographically incorrect) quote

“I’m taking my talents to Broadway and joining the New York Knicks.”

How does the next decade of NBA history change? 

LeBron’s first order of business is securing a running mate. Almost immediately after “The Decision,” Dwyane Wade announces that he will be joining James with the Knicks. The ripple effect of that decision changes virtually every major move of 2010 free agency. Chris Bosh signs with the only option left on the board that gives him a chance to compete against the Knicks, the Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls. With Chicago’s power forward slot filled, Carlos Boozer remains with the Utah Jazz. The then-New Jersey Nets eagerly scoop up Amar’e Stoudemire, who, in this scenario, the Knicks choose not to pursue because of the hints LeBron and Wade dropped about their interest in teaming up. 

But in the days following “The Decision,” the best potential free agent of the 2011 class also takes his name out of consideration. Carmelo Anthony informs the Denver Nuggets that he would like to be traded to the Knicks alongside James and Wade, and that he will depart in free agency if his wish is not granted. James Dolan is so happy with team president Donnie Walsh’s free agency coup that he does not interfere in negotiations with the Nuggets. A deal is completed before the start of training camp. The Knicks get Anthony. The Nuggets get Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and the expiring contract of Eddy Curry. In this scenario, the Knicks keep Timofey Mozgov, who slots in as their starting center. As talented as this Knicks team would have been at the top, its depth would have been sparse

While that would prove problematic in the postseason, the regular season goes exactly as planned. James, playing in Mike D’Antoni’s fast-paced system alongside two elite scorers, becomes the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double. That wins him the MVP award over Derrick Rose, who leads the Bulls to 64 wins alongside Bosh. The Knicks win their Eastern Conference finals showdown, but lose to the Dallas Mavericks as James, apparently struggling with the weight of becoming the NBA‘s preeminent villain, falls short in the NBA Finals. They rectify that a year later, winning the 2012 championship over the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. As promised, LeBron becomes a New York legend. 

But the reign of King James doesn’t create a dynasty. The trio of James, Wade and Anthony, while preposterously talented, is fairly redundant. The simplest explanation for why would come in Game 6 of their 2013 NBA Finals series against the San Antonio Spurs. In reality, the second James-Wade championship boiled down to Chris Bosh getting the rebound that led to Ray Allen’s game-tying shot. Anthony is three inches shorter than Bosh, has a wingspan four inches shorter, and most pertinently, is not a center. In the same scenario for these Knicks, D’Antoni leaves a traditional center (Mozgov) on the floor, which allows Gregg Popovich to keep Tim Duncan in the game, and when LeBron misses the game-tying 3-pointer, Duncan comes down with the rebound to secure San Antonio’s championship. A year later, The Spurs defeat the Knicks again, giving Duncan six total championships, three of which have come over LeBron. 

From there, the LeBron journey largely follows the original script. With Wade declining, he writes his famous letter to Cleveland in Sports Illustrated and rejoins the Cavaliers. They quickly trade for Kevin Love. Two years later, James blocks Andre Iguodala, Kyrie Irving hits the game-winner, and the 52-year Cleveland drought ends with the first Cavaliers championship. Even though the James story is largely unchanged after 2014, Miami’s path changes drastically … and not necessarily for the worse. 

Losing out on James, Wade and Bosh forces the Heat into a rebuild. As impossible as that is to believe, remember that the Heat had only one player under contract when they actually signed their three stars, and that was Mario Chalmers. Short of making incredibly short-sighted moves, even Pat Riley couldn’t build an entire winning roster from scratch with most of the league’s best free agents already signed. So he tanks for two solid years. In Year 1, his Heat have the NBA’s worst record, resulting in the No. 4 overall pick. They use it on Tristan Thompson. Things get far more interesting in Year 2, as the Charlotte Bobcats post the worst record in NBA history, leaving the Heat to settle for the second-worst lottery odds. That gets them the No. 3 overall pick. The No. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft was Bradley Beal

The team that was most interested in Beal at the time didn’t even have a lottery pick to use on him. That would be the Thunder, who, in reality, offered James Harden to the Washington Wizards for him. The Wizards passed. Riley, the NBA’s foremost star hunter, would not have. the Heat get Harden. the Thunder get Beal. As tempting as it might be to suggest this would drastically change Oklahoma City’s fortunes, the truth is that it likely wouldn’t. Beal didn’t make his first All-Star team until after Kevin Durant left in real life, and Steven Adams actually posted better value stats than Beal in those early years, leading him in Win Shares and VORP during the 2015-16 season. Throw in Beal’s somewhat redundant role with two other elite scorers, and the Thunder still lose to Golden State in 2016. 

Miami’s fortunes change entirely with Harden, though. As much as he enjoys the South Beach nightlife, Riley’s maniacal approach to player fitness keeps him running at peak efficiency deep into the playoffs. It takes Riley several years to give Harden a worthy supporting cast, but when he pairs him with Chris Paul for the 2017-18 season, Miami makes it back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006. There, they upset the Warriors with Durant and Stephen Curry, thanks to improved all-around play from Harden, which in turn lowers Paul’s load and prevents him from getting injured as he did in Houston’s 2018 upset bid against the Warriors. Erik Spoelstra’s more holistic approach to offense prevents an 0-for-27 stretch on 3-pointers, and Miami stuns Golden State in seven games. That title cements Harden as the greatest player in Heat history. 

Durant’s relationship with the Warriors is renewed by his desire to avenge the Miami loss. He still gets hurt in the 2019 playoffs, but re-signs with Golden State afterward. LeBron still lands with the Los Angeles Lakers and brings Anthony Davis with him. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George join the Los Angeles Clippers to challenge him. And Kyrie Irving signs with the Brooklyn Nets even without Durant. It goes predictably poorly. 

Was this outcome better than LeBron’s reality?

It’s hard to say at this point. To a normal player, one New York title is worth more than two Miami titles, and five consecutive MVP awards, as he would have won in this scenario, is unparalleled in league history. But LeBron is held to a different standard than most players. If the goal is to catch Michael Jordan, every championship counts. His GOAT claim in the eyes of most fans would be pretty flimsy with only two championships entering his Lakers tenure. However, his Lakers tenure is far from over. Winning multiple championships in purple and gold could get him close enough to Jordan in raw ring count that the circumstances of those rings would come into play. Saving the Knicks, ending Cleveland’s drought and pushing the Lakers past the Celtics in total championships is about as impressive as a resume can get. So for now, we’ll say TBD. Check back again when LeBron hangs up his Lakers jersey. 

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James Van Der Beek Reveals Wife Kimberly Recently Suffered a Miscarriage at 17 Weeks Pregnant – Yahoo! Voices

“The soul we’d been excited to welcome into the world had lessons for our family that did not include joining us in a living physical body,” James Van Der Beek said

James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly are mourning another loss.

On Saturday, the actor shared the heartbreaking news that his wife had suffered another miscarriage.

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“After suffering a brutal, very public miscarriage last November, we were overjoyed to learn we were pregnant. This time, we kept the news to ourselves. But last weekend, once again, 17 weeks in… the soul we’d been excited to welcome into the world had lessons for our family that did not include joining us in a living physical body,” he wrote on Instagram.

In November 2019, he revealed the news of their miscarriage during his season of Dancing with the Stars and dedicated his dance to his wife. “My wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parent’s worst nightmare. We lost the baby. The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond,” he said.

The couple share children Olivia, 9, Joshua, 8, Annabel, 6, Emilia, 4, and Gwendolyn, who turned 2 earlier this month. This is Kimberly’s fifth miscarriage in 9 years.

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Kimberly Van Der Beek

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Speaking of the heartbreaking experience, Van Der Beek said on Saturday that he felt “helpless.”

“We rushed @vanderkimberly to the hospital by ambulance for another harrowing night of blood transfusions,” he continued. “And as I stood by, grateful for the good people who navigated the maze of regulations to save her life – but helpless to do much for the woman I loved other than massage her feet and try to keep her warm (with my #DWTS robe, ironically) – something kept running through my head, again and again, which I now feel compelled to share: We’ve got to take better care of each other.”

Van Der Beek added, “The world is in pain right now. There’s denial, shock, numbness, anger – all the old patterns we cling to when deep trauma is unearthed. And there are no words to ease that pain… to make the process hurt less or to solve it quickly. But the way out of it? Starts with an open, broken-hearted contemplation of this question: How can we take better care of each other?”

As his message came to an end, the star simply wrote, “To all the families who have gone through this… you are not alone.”

James Van Der Beek, Kimberly Van Der Beek and children

James Van Der Beek/ Instagram

The couple has been candid about the miscarriages they endured on their road to expanding their family, as well as their respective recovery processes.

Last Thanksgiving, Van Der Beek expressed his appreciation for his wife. “In a place of newfound gratitude to have @vanderkimberly in this world today. Got really scary for a minute there — scary enough to wake me up to how much appreciation I have for so many things I just take for granted,” he wrote on Instagram, referring to his wife’s miscarriage, during which she said she “nearly lost my life.”

“I’d never been so open (especially with tragedy) as I’ve been these last few weeks, and you responded with love and support and prayers and shared your own stories, and we felt the energy … and it helped. So thank you,” he added.

And in early December, the actor opened up about the healing process in an Instagram post. “Still in repair,” he wrote alongside a photograph of him and his wife together at the beach.

“Discovering that healing happens at its own pace. Not the pace you’d like, and definitely not the pace at which the world keeps on moving… But it happens. And there’s beauty in allowing yourself to be exactly where you’re at,” he said.

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James Bennet resigns from New York Times after Cotton op-ed backlash – CNN

New York (CNN)The editor of The New York Times’ editorial page, James Bennet, has resigned, publisher A.G. Sulzberger announced Sunday. Bennet’s resignation comes after the publication of a controversial op-ed from Republican Sen. Tom Cotton earlier in the week drew significant criticism, including from dozens of the newspaper’s staffers.

Sulzberger also said that Jim Dao, a deputy editorial page editor who had publicly taken responsibility as overseeing the editing of the piece, would be stepping off the masthead and reassigned to the newsroom. Katie Kingsbury, another deputy editorial page editor, will oversee the editorial page through the 2020 election.
The tectonic restructuring capped a week of turmoil inside the nation’s paper of record, with staff engaging in debate over the publication of Cotton’s op-ed and grilling The Times’ leadership over the process that led up to it.
“While this has been a painful week across the company, it has sparked urgent and important conversations,” Sulzberger wrote employees in the memo announcing the changes.
Cotton’s piece, published Wednesday with the title “Send In the Troops,” argued the Insurrection Act could be invoked to deploy the military across the country to assist local law enforcement with unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd.
The op-ed was published in The Times’ opinion section, but staffers from both opinion and the newsroom — which operate separate from one another — publicly dissented.
Bennet initially defended running the op-ed, but later said his section was wrong to have published it and blamed a break down in the editorial process for the blunder.
Sulzberger’s announcement that Bennet would depart stunned staffers, people familiar with internal conversations at The Times told CNN Business.
One Times staffer said the episode had prompted meaningful conversations about systemic racial biases and diversity inside the newsroom. The person said such conversations have gone deeper than simply ensuring a diverse staff and have been about larger issues regarding race and The Times’ role in society.
At a town hall with employees on Friday, Sulzberger and Bennet both said that the op-ed process was inadequate for the current moment and had structural problems, a person who was on the call told CNN Business.
“Last week we saw a significant breakdown in our editing processes, not the first we’ve experienced in recent years,” Sulzberger wrote Sunday, referencing other major debacles that had taken place at the opinion section under Bennet’s leadership. “James and I agreed that it would take a new team to lead the department through a period of considerable change.”
Bennet’s tenure had been marked by a series of high-profile blunders.
The Times’ opinion section was left reeling in September after it fumbled a story about an allegation of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The opinion vertical faced heat last summer for the actions of columnist Bret Stephens.
And last April, the opinion section apologized after publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon in its international edition.
The latest debacle resulted in criticism from Republicans who contended that the newspaper was exhibiting bias against them.
Cotton sharply criticized The Times for saying his op-ed didn’t meet its standards, noting that Bennet had initially defended the op-ed. Cotton told Fox News the newspaper had caved to a “mob of woke kids.”
“My op-ed doesn’t meet the New York Times standards,” Cotton said. “It far exceed their standards which are normally full of left-wing, sophomoric drivel.”
President Trump on Sunday responded to the news by attacking the newspaper in a tweet.

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LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick and Stephen Curry among athletes speaking out after George Floyd’s death – CBS News

National Guard activated in Minneapolis after unrest

LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick and Stephen Curry are among several high-profile athletes speaking out after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after his arrest in Minneapolis.

James on Tuesday night shared a side-by-side image of the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck and Kaepernick kneeling on the sidelines during the national anthem. James, who is often vocal about issues facing African Americans, wrote: “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??”

Floyd was a suspect in a forgery case. All four responding officers have now been fired from the force. But, Floyd’s family says they want the officers charged.

On Wednesday, James posted a 2014 photo of himself wearing a black and white “I can’t breathe” shirt. Those words were embraced by activists and public figures after the death of Eric Garner, a black man who said “I can’t breathe” as he was placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer.

Other sports figures, including Kaepernick, have spoken out after Floyd’s death. The free-agent quarterback shared a version of James’ split image on his Instagram Story that was tweeted by former NFL receiver Nathan Palmer.

Kaepernick on Thursday responded to protests in the city that turned violent for the second night in a row. “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance,” he tweeted. We have the right to fight back!”

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors expressed how Floyd’s death is a reminder of the “same reality we live in.”

“George has a family. George didn’t deserve to die,” Curry said on Instagram. “George pleaded for help and was just straight up ignored, which speaks loud and clear that his black life didn’t matter. George was murdered. George wasn’t human to that cop that slowly and purposefully took his life away.”

J.J. Watt of the Houston Texas called the video “disgusting” in an interview with a local television station. “I don’t understand how that situation can’t be remedied in a way that doesn’t end in his death,” Watt said.

VIDEO: @JJWatt on the death of #GeorgeFloyd

“I’ve seen the video and I think it’s disgusting…I don’t understand how that situation can’t be remedied in a way that doesn’t end in his death…”

— Ari Alexander (@KPRC2Ari) May 27, 2020

Protesters and police clashed  Tuesday night over the death of Floyd. While the initial protest was mostly peaceful, videos emerged of officers in riot gear throwing tear gas and demonstrators throwing rocks or other objects at authorities.

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Ex-LeBron James teammate Channing Frye calls Michael Jordan just a scorer in embarrassing take – Yahoo Sports

LeBron James stans to the table.” data-reactid=”16″ type=”text”>Among other things, “The Last Dance” has done a fine job of bringing the LeBron James stans to the table.

Count Channing Frye among them.

Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA championship showed up Friday to NBC Sports’ Talkin’ Blazers podcast with a ridiculous takedown of Jordan’s game.” data-reactid=”18″ type=”text”>The 13-year NBA veteran who played alongside James when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA championship showed up Friday to NBC Sports’ Talkin’ Blazers podcast with a ridiculous takedown of Jordan’s game.

“He only had really one job,” Frye said. “And that was to just score. And he did that at an amazing, amazing rate.

“But I don’t feel like his way of winning then would translate to what it is now. Guys wouldn’t want to play with him.”

OK, Channing.

Jordan’s credentials (as if you need them)

Yes, Jordan was a phenomenal scorer. The 10-time scoring champion averaged 30.1 points per game over the course of his 15-year NBA career. That average increased to 33.4 points per game in the playoffs.

So Frye got one thing right.

He wantonly overlooked Jordan’s career averages of 6.4 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He skipped Jordan leading the league in steals three times, his nine NBA All-Defensive Team honors and his Defensive Player of the Year trophy in 1988 while claiming that Jordan “only had one job.”

Also, those contributions to the basketball court apparently don’t translate to 2020.

The LeBron-stan is strong with this one. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

About that bad teammate thing

Yes, Jordan was a well-documented difficult teammate who openly targeted lesser-talented players in hard-nosed practice sessions. There are certainly players in today’s game and in the ’90s who wouldn’t be around that. But here’s guessing a poll of players from both eras would lean heavily “yes” on playing with a guy who will absolutely win you rings.

Phoenix Suns fan swayed him away from Jordan. Then he listed Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and James (of course) ahead of Jordan all-time before backtracking on the equally absurd and already put-to-bed Bryant argument when challenged by host Dan Sheldon.” data-reactid=”44″ type=”text”>In the clip above, Frye claims his growing up a Phoenix Suns fan swayed him away from Jordan. Then he listed Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and James (of course) ahead of Jordan all-time before backtracking on the equally absurd and already put-to-bed Bryant argument when challenged by host Dan Sheldon.

He then goes on to say that championships can’t count in this argument (again — OK, Channing), “because if we use championships, then Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell should be above them.” He then stumbled to correct his bad Chamberlain (two championships) take.

The MJ-LeBron debate is fine, but …

the LeBron arguments are clearly wrong.” data-reactid=”47″ type=”text”>The LeBron-MJ argument is perfectly reasona
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