Former La Jolla resident’s doctor causes layoffs at Fox News

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Two longtime Fox News contributors recently withdrew due to a controversial documentary by a former La Jolla resident.

Jonah Goldberg, who also contributes a weekly column to the Los Angeles Times’ opinion pages, resigned along with Stephen Hayes. The couple wrote on their Substack page that they went because “the voices of those responsible are drowned out by the irresponsible” opinion hosts on the cable news network.

They pointed to “Patriot Purge,” a three-part series by Tucker Carlson, who was born in San Francisco and grew up in the San Diego neighborhood by the ocean. The series claims – among other that the January 6 uprising at the Capitol escalated with the involvement of the FBI.

There is no evidence of such involvement of the agency, a fact that has been reported by journalists on Fox News.

In a recent interview with New York Times, Carlson called the dismissals “good news” and added that “our viewers will be grateful.” On Monday, Jonah Goldberg did not hold back as he discussed his resignation in a column in the Los Angeles Times, calling the documentary “a perfect example of propaganda weaving half-truths into a whole lie.”

The series is not the only reason Carlson has sparked outrage. On Monday, the Fox News host aired a conversation with Kyle Rittenhouse, who was recently acquitted of murder charges after killing two men and wounding another in Kenosha last year. Previously controversial moments on his prime-time Fox News program have led to an emigration of major sponsors.

Tucker Swanson McNear Carlson is the son of Dick Carlson, a wealthy media executive who used to direct Voice of America. When Tucker was 10, Dick married Patricia Swanson from Swanson’s frozen dinner fortune.

When he was 22, Dick Carlson worked as a “copy boy” for the LA Times, he told C-SPAN. As a TV newsman, he won many prestigious awards, including Emmys and a Peabody. Elder Carlson ran for mayor of San Diego in 1984. He also played a role in excursion transgender tennis player Renee Richards.

Dick Carlson influenced his son’s decision to pursue a career in the media. As reported by the Columbia Journalism Review (my former employer), Tucker Carlson applied to the CIA, but his application was rejected, so he became a journalist.

“You should consider journalism,” his father told him, according to CJR. “They will take anyone.”

How did Tucker Carlson become Tucker Carlson? There is much more to know.

And now, Here’s what’s happening in California:

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THE STORIES

How a high-flying thief harvested millions from a Coachella resort she never built. Serena Shi’s taste for luxury seemed insatiable. She spent $ 133,000 on clothes at Valentino. Her two Mercedes-Benzers – a sports car and an SUV – cost $ 294,000. She recently admitted in a federal courtroom in Los Angeles that she had tricked dozens of investors in China into making payments on condominiums in California. They thought they were buying units at a trendy resort that Shi allegedly built on a 47-acre desert in Coachella. Shi raised $ 23 million, but the project never broke down. Los Angeles Times

Serena Shi is doing a sales presentation in Beijing for condominiums at her proposed Coachella resort in November 2015.

Serena Shi is doing a sales presentation in Beijing for condominiums at her proposed Coachella resort in November 2015.

(James D. Clark)

Earlier this month, José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles Archbishop, addressed a Catholic conference in Spain on “awake” culture and social justice movements. He called such movements “deeply atheistic … pseudo-religions” pushed on the world by an “elite leadership class” that uses the media to eradicate Christianity. The Times ‘Gustavo Arellano writes: “As a Catholic himself who has covered a generation of church leaders who covered pedophile priests, I have been waiting for a local prophetic voice in my faith that can follow Pope Francis’ guidance and inculcate against our time. rising inequality. Instead, we have Archbishop Gomez. ” Los Angeles Times

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POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Latino, Asian-American, LGBTQ activists want to help shape California’s convention card. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, set up by voters to end biased gerrymandering, is in the midst of public marathon meetings, taking hours of public testimony from elected officials, advocates and residents. Minority groups claim that the Commission’s draft card, approved earlier this month, is failing because it deprives marginalized communities. “Our goal is fair maps, and fair maps mean that we have to follow the process that lies ahead of us, that we do it in a transparent way, and that the public is meaningfully engaged and has the opportunity to influence the maps and line drawing on a public way, “said Pedro Toledo, a member of the commission.” Not everyone will be happy. ” Los Angeles Times

CRIMINALITY AND JUDGMENTS

A Santa Cruz County man who was arrested last year pleaded guilty to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter after the man he beat outside a fast food restaurant died. Jose Figueroa Gonzalez, 31, took the blame Thursday for the December 2 meeting that left a 43-year-old man dead. At the time, Watsonville police said video surveillance from the area showed Gonzalez hit the victim once in the head, leaving him unconscious on the ground. The department qualified the incident as a “random act of violence” on social media. Mercury News

Police are searching for dozens of suspects following a series of outrageous thefts Friday and Saturday in the Bay Area aimed at advanced retailers in large-scale smash-and-grab robberies. Walnut Creek police said Sunday that three people, including one in possession of a firearm, were arrested after an organized theft that involved about 80 people in a Nordstrom store in the city center shortly before noon. 21 Saturday. Videos posted on social media showed some of the suspects fleeing the scene in cars parked outside the store. In October, pharmacy chain Walgreens announced it would close stores in San Francisco over retail theft, though city leaders questioned the accuracy of the company’s stated motives. Los Angeles Times

HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT

Colorado’s COVID-19 rise is an urgent warning for California. California is entering the holiday season with an uncertain view. New weekly cases of coronavirus have become stable and the vaccination rate is higher than many other states. But deteriorating conditions in Colorado provide a warning story of how things can go south quickly, even in a state where many residents are vaccinated. Colorado “may be a precursor to what we could eventually see here in California as things get cooler for us,” said UCLA epidemiologist Dr. Robert Kim-Farley. Los Angeles Times

An RN provides SARS-CoV-2 vaccination in Los Angeles, CA.

A registered nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccination in Los Angeles.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

How common are bird attacks at airports? A bird attack during takeoff recently forced a plane to make an emergency landing at Sacramento International Airport. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, birds (and other wildlife) strikes are actually very common. So far in 2021, Sacramento Airport has seen 74 bird and wildlife attacks, according to the KCRA. By comparison, San Jose has seen 46, Oakland has 48 and San Francisco International has reported 62, according to FAA figures. The TV station has an interactive graphic that explains the events. KCRA

CALIFORNIA CULTURE

Money – many of it – fell from an armored truck and strewn across the motorway in Carlsbad, and several drivers stopped and started scooping it up. Cash covered the northbound lanes of 5 Freeway near Cannon Road, which started just before noon. 9:15 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt. “For some reason, money fell out of an armored car,” Bettencourt said. “It was free-floating notes all over the highway.” The money that fluttered across the runways was primarily $ 1s and $ 20s, authorities said. Los Angeles Times

Students at California School for the Deaf in Riverside have gone undefeated this season. The players and coaches rely on American sign language to communicate. The Cubs Varsity football team had 11-0 this season and has now won the division championship. They are a victory away from the championship. “It is honestly inspiring for the deaf community. 11 and 0, we have never experienced it so far in the playoffs, coach Keith Adams tells ABC News. “Society is so excited, morale has been raised, our players’ self-esteem – you can see a big difference.” ABC News

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CALIFORNIA ALMANAC

The angels: 73 San Diego: 69 San Francisco: 62 San Jose: 65 Fresno: 65 Sacramento: Hear the story of “klepto kitty.” 63

AND FINALLY

Today California memory is from Jim Colton:

I moved from Minnesota to California in June 1967. I drove across the country in my ’63 Bonneville convertible wearing my “California” clothing, which I bought for the trip – mostly Bermuda shorts and T-shirts. Everything was good all the way to LA. Then I set course for my ultimate destination San Francisco. On June 19, 1967, I arrived there in my Bermuda shorts and T-shirt. When I got out of the car it was foggy and 45 degrees. This was not California Dreamin ‘- this was reality. What a physical and mental shock!

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