Names in the News, March 31, 2022 | News

Fox News hires Caitlyn Jenner as contributor and commentator

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel has announced that it has hired Caitlyn Jenner as a contributor, with her first appearance scheduled for Thursday on Sean Hannity’s show.

Jenner, the former Olympic decathlete, ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of California last year. The network said it would offer commentary and analysis on various Fox News Media platforms.

“Caitlyn’s story is an inspiration to us all,” said Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media. “She is a trailblazer in the LGBTQ+ community and her illustrious career spans a variety of areas that will be a tremendous asset to our audience.”

Jenner won Olympic gold in the decathlon in 1976. She later came out as transgender and identifies as female.

She said in a statement that she was “humbled by this unique opportunity” to speak directly to Fox audiences.

Alex Jones faces fines for skipping Sandy Hook deposition

HARTFORD, Conn. – A Connecticut judge said Wednesday that Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will be fined for each weekday that passes without him appearing for a deposition in a lawsuit filed by relatives of some victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The penalties were in response to Jones defying court orders to attend a deposition last week, when he cited a medical condition including dizziness that later turned out to be a sinus infection. His testimony is being sought before a trial to determine how much he should pay in damages to the families for pushing a conspiracy theory that the massacre never happened.

Penalties will start at $25,000 per weekday beginning Friday and increase by $25,000 per weekday until he appears for a deposition, Judge Barbara Bellis said. She found Jones in contempt of court orders and repeated her view on Wednesday that letters submitted by Jones’ doctors did not contain enough evidence that he was too ill to attend the week’s deposition. last. She noted that Jones appeared on her show on the website — either in person or by phone — every day for the past week.

“The court finds clear and compelling evidence that the defendant, Alex Jones, willfully and in bad faith violated without justification several clear court orders requiring his attendance at his depositions,” Bellis told a hearing held by video conference.

Waterbury Superior Court Judge Bellis also ordered the deposition to be held in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the families’ attorneys’ office, instead of Austin, Texas, where it was scheduled for last week. Austin is home to Jones and Infowars.

The judge, however, again denied a request by attorneys for the Sandy Hook families to order Jones’ arrest and detention until he could appear for a deposition. Lawyers first made the request last week.

Jones’ attorney, Norman Pattis, criticized Bellis’ decision and planned to appeal Thursday to the Connecticut Supreme Court.

“The judge’s order is shocking and an insult to the doctor who advised Alex not to attend court proceedings,” Pattis said in an email to The Associated Press. “We view the order as anarchic and unprecedented.”

— Associated Press