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MSNBC 15 Apr 2020

Florida Governor Under Fire For Declaring WWE 'Essential'

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is under fire for declaring pro wrestling an "essential service," clearing the way for performances, without audiences, to resume. Reporter Dave Zirin tells Chris Hayes that this "stinks with the words ‘quid pro quo.'" Aired on 04/15/2020.


Katrina Pierson, a senior adviser for Team Trump, blasted Joe Biden for saying "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."

One America's Adonis Albright discussed the incident with her and has more.
As protest continue in the U.S. over the death of George Floyd, other countries have also joined in protest against police brutality. This includes Mexico. One America's Lilia Fifield spoke to Victor Lagunas, director and reporter for Tijuana Comunica, for an update on the lastest coronavirus news in the region.
U.S. attorney Aaron Zelinsky, who prosecuted charges against Trump aide Roger Stone, testified before the House Judiciary Committee that the Justice Department pushed to get Stone a lighter sentence. Zelinsky said his boss, who was appointed to the job by Attorney General Bill Barr, was pressured by "the highest levels of Justice to cut Stone a break." The committee is preparing to subpoena Barr's testimony, and many legal watchers are eager for him to explain what sounds like an inappropriate display of favor toward President Trump's friends. Aired on 6/24/2020.

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>>> TONIGHT IN CALIFORNIA THERE
>>> TONIGHT IN CALIFORNIA THERE IS NEWS THAT THE MAYOR OF LOS
IS NEWS THAT THE MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES ERIC GARCETTI HAS TOLD
ANGELES ERIC GARCETTI HAS TOLD CITY OFFICIALS LARGE GATHERINGS
CITY OFFICIALS LARGE GATHERINGS SUCH AS CONCERTS OR SPORTING
SUCH AS CONCERTS OR SPORTING EVENTS MAY NOT BE APPROVED IN
EVENTS MAY NOT BE APPROVED IN LOS ANGELES FOR A YEAR.
LOS ANGELES FOR A YEAR. L.A. IS A CITY WITH AT LEAST 10
L.A. IS A CITY WITH AT LEAST 10 PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISES
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS FRANCHISES AND GO HUGE COLLEGE FOOTBALL
AND GO HUGE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAMS AND THE ROSE BOWL.
PROGRAMS AND THE ROSE BOWL. THEY ARE TAKING THE FURTHER
THEY ARE TAKING THE FURTHER SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS
SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS SERIOUSLY AND THERE IS FLORIDA
SERIOUSLY AND THERE IS FLORIDA WHERE GOVERNOR RON DEANNEeSANTIS
WHERE GOVERNOR RON DEANNEeSANTIS UNDER FIRE HAS DECIDED
UNDER FIRE HAS DECIDED PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING IS AN
PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE AND THEREFORE
ESSENTIAL SERVICE AND THEREFORE EXEMPT FROM STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS.
EXEMPT FROM STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS. >> OBVIOUSLY, WWE THERE IS NO
>> OBVIOUSLY, WWE THERE IS NO CROWD OR ANYTHING.
CROWD OR ANYTHING. IT’S A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF
IT’S A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE, SO WE JUST KIND OF LOOK
PEOPLE, SO WE JUST KIND OF LOOK AT IT ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS.
AT IT ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. I THINK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STARVED
I THINK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN STARVED FOR CONTENT.
FOR CONTENT. WE HAVEN’T HAD A LOT OF NEW
WE HAVEN’T HAD A LOT OF NEW CONTENT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF
CONTENT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF MARCH.
MARCH. IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, WE’VE
IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, WE’VE NEVER HAD A PERIOD LIKE THIS IN
NEVER HAD A PERIOD LIKE THIS IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE
MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE YOU’VE HAD SUCH LITTLE NEW
YOU’VE HAD SUCH LITTLE NEW CONTENT, PARTICULARLY IN THE
CONTENT, PARTICULARLY IN THE SPORTING REALM.
SPORTING REALM. PEOPLE ARE WATCHING LIKE RERUNS
PEOPLE ARE WATCHING LIKE RERUNS FROM LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE EARLY
FROM LIKE, YOU KNOW, THE EARLY 2000s.
2000s. >> SO YOU SEE DEFINITIVE BY
>> SO YOU SEE DEFINITIVE BY SAYING THERE IS NO CROWD, WHICH
SAYING THERE IS NO CROWD, WHICH IS TRUE, AND PEOPLE ARE STARVED
IS TRUE, AND PEOPLE ARE STARVED FOR NEW SPORTS CONTENT, WHICH
FOR NEW SPORTS CONTENT, WHICH AGAIN, WE GET IT.
AGAIN, WE GET IT. I, TOO, AM STORVEGEDARVED FOR SP
I, TOO, AM STORVEGEDARVED FOR SP CONTENT.
CONTENT. ON MONDAY WWE DID SHOW IT AND NO
ON MONDAY WWE DID SHOW IT AND NO SOCIAL DISTANCING AMONG
SOCIAL DISTANCING AMONG PERFORMERS BUT ALSO, THERE’S A
PERFORMERS BUT ALSO, THERE’S A LOT MORE TO THIS STORY IN TERMS
LOT MORE TO THIS STORY IN TERMS OF WHO IS BACKING IT AND HOW
OF WHO IS BACKING IT AND HOW THEY MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN IN THE
THEY MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN IN THE GOVERNOR’S EAR.
GOVERNOR’S EAR. HERE TO EXPLAIN, SPORTS EDITOR
HERE TO EXPLAIN, SPORTS EDITOR OF THE NATION WHO HAS BEEN
OF THE NATION WHO HAS BEEN COVERING THIS STORY CLOSELY AND
COVERING THIS STORY CLOSELY AND THE RISK IT CARRIES FOR THOSE
THE RISK IT CARRIES FOR THOSE INVOLVED.
INVOLVED. SO DAVE, WALK ME THROUGH HOW
SO DAVE, WALK ME THROUGH HOW THIS EXEMPTION CAME ABOUT.
THIS EXEMPTION CAME ABOUT. >> THIS STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN
>> THIS STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN WITH THE WORDS QUID PRO QUO.
WITH THE WORDS QUID PRO QUO. ON APRIL 9th GOVERNOR DeSANTIS
ON APRIL 9th GOVERNOR DeSANTIS DECLARES WWE WRESTLERS ESSENTIAL
DECLARES WWE WRESTLERS ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN THE STATE.
WORKERS IN THE STATE. THAT SAME DAY ON APRIL 9th.
THAT SAME DAY ON APRIL 9th. LINDA McMAN, THE CO-FOUNDER OF
LINDA McMAN, THE CO-FOUNDER OF WWE WITH HER HUSBAND VINCE McMAN
WWE WITH HER HUSBAND VINCE McMAN AND A FORMER MEMBER OF DONALD
AND A FORMER MEMBER OF DONALD TRUMP’S CABINET ANNOUNCES THAT
TRUMP’S CABINET ANNOUNCES THAT HER SUPER PAC IS GOING TO BE
HER SUPER PAC IS GOING TO BE DROPPING $18.5 MILLION INTO THE
DROPPING $18.5 MILLION INTO THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
STATE OF FLORIDA. THAT SAME DAY.
THAT SAME DAY. NOW WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT?
NOW WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? BECAUSE ON APRIL 10th, THAT’S
BECAUSE ON APRIL 10th, THAT’S THE DAY VINCE McMAN DECIDED TO
THE DAY VINCE McMAN DECIDED TO RESUME LIVE PROGRAMMING.
RESUME LIVE PROGRAMMING. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT?
WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? BECAUSE BY SHOWING LIVE
BECAUSE BY SHOWING LIVE PROGRAMMING, HE IS NOT IN
PROGRAMMING, HE IS NOT IN VIOLATION OF HIS CONTRACT WITH
VIOLATION OF HIS CONTRACT WITH EITHER FOX SPORTS OR THE USA
EITHER FOX SPORTS OR THE USA NETWORK.
NETWORK. THESE CONTRACTS ARE WORTH
THESE CONTRACTS ARE WORTH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DLRS AND
HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DLRS AND AND HE’S ONLY ALLOWED THREE LIVE
AND HE’S ONLY ALLOWED THREE LIVE SHOWS PER YEAR AND HE’S NOT IN
SHOWS PER YEAR AND HE’S NOT IN VIOLATION OF THE CONTRACT --
VIOLATION OF THE CONTRACT -- >> WAIT A SECOND, WAIT A SECOND,
>> WAIT A SECOND, WAIT A SECOND, WAIT A SECOND.
WAIT A SECOND. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I HAVE
I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I HAVE THE -- I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT
THE -- I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I HAVE THE TIMING RIGHT HERE.
I HAVE THE TIMING RIGHT HERE. SO WHAT YOU’RE SAYING IS THAT
SO WHAT YOU’RE SAYING IS THAT THE DECOLORATION, OF THEM AS
THE DECOLORATION, OF THEM AS ESSENTIAL WORKERS, DID WE LOSE
ESSENTIAL WORKERS, DID WE LOSE HIS AUDIO?
HIS AUDIO? YOU’RE SAYING THE DECOLORATION,
YOU’RE SAYING THE DECOLORATION, OF THEM AS ESSENTIAL WORKERS BY
OF THEM AS ESSENTIAL WORKERS BY DeSANTIS HAPPENS BEFORE THEY
DeSANTIS HAPPENS BEFORE THEY ANNOUNCED THEY’RE GOING TO
ANNOUNCED THEY’RE GOING TO ACTUALLY BE DOING THIS?
ACTUALLY BE DOING THIS? >> YOU KNOW, IT’S THE SAME DAY
>> YOU KNOW, IT’S THE SAME DAY THAT IT’S ANNOUNCED THEY ARE
THAT IT’S ANNOUNCED THEY ARE DROPPING $18.5 MILLION INTO THE
DROPPING $18.5 MILLION INTO THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
STATE OF FLORIDA. NOW ON APRIL 10th, THAT’S WHEN
NOW ON APRIL 10th, THAT’S WHEN VINCE McMAN STAYING WE’RE GOING
VINCE McMAN STAYING WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE WITH LIVE
TO CONTINUE WITH LIVE PROGRAMMING WHICH IS CRITICAL TO
PROGRAMMING WHICH IS CRITICAL TO HIS TV DEALS.
HIS TV DEALS. ON APRIL 13th, THIS IS REALLY
ON APRIL 13th, THIS IS REALLY BIZARRE.
BIZARRE. THIS IS WHEN GOVERNOR DEeSANTIS
THIS IS WHEN GOVERNOR DEeSANTIS PRODUCES DECOLORATION, THAT
PRODUCES DECOLORATION, THAT CLAIMS WRESTLERS WERE ESSENTIAL
CLAIMS WRESTLERS WERE ESSENTIAL WORKERS.
WORKERS. NOBODY SAW THIS DECOLORATION, ON
NOBODY SAW THIS DECOLORATION, ON APRIL 9th.
APRIL 9th. IT WASN’T POSTED TO WEBSITES OR
IT WASN’T POSTED TO WEBSITES OR ANNOUNCED.
ANNOUNCED. IT WAS ONLY ANNOUNCED ON APRIL
IT WAS ONLY ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 13th WHEN THERE WAS ALL THESE
13th WHEN THERE WAS ALL THESE QUESTIONS AND THESE QUESTIONS
QUESTIONS AND THESE QUESTIONS WERE COMING UP BECAUSE A MEMBER
WERE COMING UP BECAUSE A MEMBER OF THE WWE’S PERFORMING TEAM HAS
OF THE WWE’S PERFORMING TEAM HAS THE CORONAVIRUS.
THE CORONAVIRUS. AND SO THERE IS THIS QUESTION
AND SO THERE IS THIS QUESTION THAT ARISES OF HOW ARE YOU
THAT ARISES OF HOW ARE YOU HAVING LIVE EVENTS, HOW ARE YOU
HAVING LIVE EVENTS, HOW ARE YOU HAVING PEOPLE NOT SOCIAL
HAVING PEOPLE NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING?
DISTANCING? HOW ARE YOU LETTING BUSINESS GO
HOW ARE YOU LETTING BUSINESS GO ON AS USUAL IF SOMEBODY HAS THE
ON AS USUAL IF SOMEBODY HAS THE CORONAVIRUS BUT IT IS GOING ON
CORONAVIRUS BUT IT IS GOING ON AS USUAL AND TODAY, APRIL 15th,
AS USUAL AND TODAY, APRIL 15th, TO TOP IT OFF -- SORRY, GO
TO TOP IT OFF -- SORRY, GO AHEAD.
AHEAD. >> WELL, JUST WE SHOULD NOTE
>> WELL, JUST WE SHOULD NOTE HERE THAT SORT OF PLAYER SAFETY
HERE THAT SORT OF PLAYER SAFETY ISSUE IS REALLY, I MEAN, YOU
ISSUE IS REALLY, I MEAN, YOU HAVE THE CROWD AND PLAYER SAFETY
HAVE THE CROWD AND PLAYER SAFETY ISSUE.
ISSUE. THE NBA, WHAT HAPPENED IS THEY
THE NBA, WHAT HAPPENED IS THEY WERE GOING TO KEEP GOING AND A
WERE GOING TO KEEP GOING AND A MAJOR STAAR TESTED POSITIVE
MAJOR STAAR TESTED POSITIVE BEFORE A GAME.
BEFORE A GAME. THEY CANCELLED THE GAME AND
THEY CANCELLED THE GAME AND THERE IS NO MORE NBA BECAUSE YOU
THERE IS NO MORE NBA BECAUSE YOU CAN’T HAVE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE
CAN’T HAVE A BUNCH OF PEOPLE PLAYING BASKETBALL AGAINST EACH
PLAYING BASKETBALL AGAINST EACH OTHER INFECTING EACH OTHER WITH
OTHER INFECTING EACH OTHER WITH CORONAVIRUS.
CORONAVIRUS. CLEARLY THERE IS AN ANALOG HERE.
CLEARLY THERE IS AN ANALOG HERE. >> ABSOLUTELY.
>> ABSOLUTELY. AND THEN TODAY ON APRIL 15th,
AND THEN TODAY ON APRIL 15th, THEY ANNOUNCED TONS OF LAYOFFS
THEY ANNOUNCED TONS OF LAYOFFS FROM WWE, LET A LOT OF PEOPLE
FROM WWE, LET A LOT OF PEOPLE GO, FIRED A LOT OF PERFORMERS
GO, FIRED A LOT OF PERFORMERS WHILE ANNOUNCING THEIR STOCK
WHILE ANNOUNCING THEIR STOCK PRICE REACHED A GOOD HIGH ON THE
PRICE REACHED A GOOD HIGH ON THE UP AND THEY HAD $500 MILLION IN
UP AND THEY HAD $500 MILLION IN CASH RESERVES.
CASH RESERVES. LET’S REMEMBER THAT THE PERSON
LET’S REMEMBER THAT THE PERSON BEHIND ALL THESE QUID PRO QUO
BEHIND ALL THESE QUID PRO QUO ALL THIS MONEY BEING DROPPED IN
ALL THIS MONEY BEING DROPPED IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THIS IS VINCE McMAN JUST NAMED
THIS IS VINCE McMAN JUST NAMED THAT HE’LL BE ON THE COUNSEL
THAT HE’LL BE ON THE COUNSEL THAT WILL DECIDE WHEN TO REOPEN
THAT WILL DECIDE WHEN TO REOPEN OUR ECONOMY.
OUR ECONOMY. HE’S ON THAT COUNSEL.
HE’S ON THAT COUNSEL. DONALD TRUMP CALLED HIM THE
DONALD TRUMP CALLED HIM THE GREAT VINCE McMAN IN YESTERDAY’S
GREAT VINCE McMAN IN YESTERDAY’S PRESS CONFERENCE.
PRESS CONFERENCE. AND SO THIS PERSON WHO IS
AND SO THIS PERSON WHO IS PUTTING HIS OWN WRESTLERS AT
PUTTING HIS OWN WRESTLERS AT RISK BECAUSE SOMEONE ON HIS
RISK BECAUSE SOMEONE ON HIS STAFF HAS THE CORONAVIRUS IS
STAFF HAS THE CORONAVIRUS IS GOING TO DECIDE WHEN IT’S SAFE
GOING TO DECIDE WHEN IT’S SAFE FOR THE REST OF US.
FOR THE REST OF US. >> THAT IS REALLY, REALLY,
>> THAT IS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY WILD.
REALLY WILD. SO TO GO BACK TO THE FINAL POINT
SO TO GO BACK TO THE FINAL POINT ABOUT THE CONTRACT, YOU KNOW,
ABOUT THE CONTRACT, YOU KNOW, THE CONTRACTS ARE AN ENORMOUS
THE CONTRACTS ARE AN ENORMOUS DEAL FOR EVERYONE RIGHT NOW,
DEAL FOR EVERYONE RIGHT NOW, RIGHT?
RIGHT? THERE ARE ALL THESE CONTRACTS
THERE ARE ALL THESE CONTRACTS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY BEING
THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY BEING VIOLATED BECAUSE NOBODY IS
VIOLATED BECAUSE NOBODY IS BROADCASTING LIVE SPORTS SO THIS
BROADCASTING LIVE SPORTS SO THIS IS CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT FOR
IS CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT FOR McMAN’S BOTTOM LINE FOR HIM TO
McMAN’S BOTTOM LINE FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO HAVE EVENTS THAT
BE ABLE TO HAVE EVENTS THAT ESSENTIALLY ALLOW HIM TO UPHOLD
ESSENTIALLY ALLOW HIM TO UPHOLD HIS END OF THE CONTRACT AND GET
HIS END OF THE CONTRACT AND GET PAID.
PAID. >> EXACTLY.
>> EXACTLY. HE COULD HAVE DONE BULK TAPINGS
HE COULD HAVE DONE BULK TAPINGS WHICH OTHER WRESTLING
WHICH OTHER WRESTLING FEDERATIONS ARE DOING, BASICALLY
FEDERATIONS ARE DOING, BASICALLY TAPE SIX, SEVEN SHOWS AND HAVE
TAPE SIX, SEVEN SHOWS AND HAVE CONTENT FOR THE NEXT SEVENTH
CONTENT FOR THE NEXT SEVENTH WEEKS BUT IT’S SPECIFICALLY THAT
WEEKS BUT IT’S SPECIFICALLY THAT LANGUAGE ABOUT LIVE PROGRAMMING
LANGUAGE ABOUT LIVE PROGRAMMING WHICH IS WORTH LITERALLY
WHICH IS WORTH LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITH HIS CONTRACTS WITH USA AND
WITH HIS CONTRACTS WITH USA AND FOX AND NOW HE’S ABLE TO FULFILL
FOX AND NOW HE’S ABLE TO FULFILL THE AIMS OF THOSE CONTRACTS IN A
THE AIMS OF THOSE CONTRACTS IN A WAY THAT’S VERY SHADY AND I GOT
WAY THAT’S VERY SHADY AND I GOT TO SAY, IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE A
TO SAY, IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE A STATE OTHER THAN FLORIDA WHERE
STATE OTHER THAN FLORIDA WHERE HE COULD HAVE GOTTEN SOMETHING
HE COULD HAVE GOTTEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS DONE.
LIKE THIS DONE. IT’S A CASE OF QUID PRO QUO, IF
IT’S A CASE OF QUID PRO QUO, IF THEY WERE OPERATING ON ALL
THEY WERE OPERATING ON ALL RAILS, THEY WOULD BE SUBJECT TO
RAILS, THEY WOULD BE SUBJECT TO INVESTIGATION FOR THIS BEHAVIOR.

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