Behind the Scenes

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ICYMI – Philly.com had a nice behind the scenes story on NBC’s Olympics coverage operation being run out of Stamford, Connecticut.

The Ailes Watch

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The drama sweeping over Fox News following the sexual harassment suit filed by Gretchen Carlson against Roger Ailes is turning into a long-running catastrophic public relations event for the network.

New revelations are surfacing every day.

One of the most shocking comes Thursday from Politico which is reporting Ailes once threatened to send someone to rough up New York magazine writer Gabriel Sherman during the period in which Sherman was writing a book on Ailes.

Dark arts: Ailes’ black ops tactics against New York magazine reporter and Ailes biographer Gabe Sherman were apparently more menacing than just online smears and negative Google ads. A source close to high-level Fox News executives told Morning Media that during a private conversation with Ailes at an event in the period when Sherman was reporting his 2014 book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” Ailes said to this source, “I know where he lives, and I’m gonna send people to beat the shit out of him.” (A second source within the Fox News orbit confirmed hearing the same account and a third said Ailes has said some version of this before.)

Weather Notes

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We are told that high temperatures today will reach the mid-90’s, but with the humidity the heat index will make it feel like 105.

The wind chill factor will bring that back down to 99.

Strong thunderstorms are possible across the area, effecting as many as 3.5 million people in Connecticut. You may want to keep an umbrella handy, but not necessarily nearby. The collision of warm and cool air masses will produce a remote chance for snow flurries in the Litchfield Hills. It will be cooler by the shore.

Making the Rounds

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Former Connecticut Republican Congressman Chris Shays continues to make the rounds of cable TV networks announcing his support of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.

Thursday morning he appeared on CNN. He also authored an op-ed explaining his position on the CNN website.

John Saunders, 61

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John Saunders, a fixture at Bristol based ESPN for nearly 30 years, is dead.

ESPN announced the news Wednesday. He was 61. The network did not say how Saunders died. His passing was announced on ESPN by anchor Hannah Storm.

Saunders hosted SportsCenter and handled other studio based and play-by-play reporting.

…also from Morning Joe…

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New Canaan resident Joe Scarborough has an op-ed piece in the Washington Post calling on the Republican Party to take immediate steps to remove Donald Trump as its nominee for president.

The host of Morning Joe on MSNBC and potential future candidate for office in Connecticut or nationwide, says Trump’s comments on Second Amendment supporters and Hillary Clinton go too far. He calls for party leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan to “un-endorse” Trump and for the party to take steps to “get this political train wreck off the tracks.”

A bloody line has been crossed that cannot be ignored. At long last, Donald Trump has left the Republican Party few options but to act decisively and get this political train wreck off the tracks before something terrible happens.

 

Shays for Clinton

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Former Connecticut Congressman Chris Shays(R) appeared on MSNBC Wednesday morning and announced he will be voting for Hillary Clinton for president.

Shays told Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski(Fox 61/WFSB) that the decision to vote against GOP nominee Donald Trump is easy. “He does and says everything my mom and dad taught me never to say and do.” Shays also described Trump as “dangerous.”

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