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Sean Hannity presents new Wild West series, commencement drama at Dickinson College

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Top of the ticker: Fox News host Sean Hannity is heading to the border for the new Fox Nation series, Outlaws and Lawmen: The West. Premiering May 8, the four-episode historical drama looks back at the heroes and villains who roamed the Wild West, including Bass Reeves and Billy the Kid. “As our viewers know, I am a strong supporter of our men and women in law enforcement and I look forward to spotlighting a period crucial to their origins,” Hannity said in a statement announcing the series announced.

Start of controversy: CNN weekend host Michael Smerconish would be this year’s commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree on May 19 from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. That option has now been withdrawn after teachers and students raised concerns about Smerconish’s 2004 book, Flying Blind. An editorial opinion piece published in Dickinson’s student-run newspaper alleged that the book promoted racial profiling against Arab Americans and Muslims. Smerconish, for his part, opposes the non-invitation, writing in a blog post: “We are doing a disservice to our youth, future leaders and nation if the civil, deliberative speech of the type I would have given at Dickinson is now unwelcome because it is easier to defer to the uninformed than to invest the time necessary to make informed decisions.”

Michael Smerconish was not invited to give the speech at Dickinson College. (Courtesy of CNN)

View prices: Today Al Roker and president and CEO of CBS News and Stations and CBS Media Ventures Wendy McMahon will be one of seven nominees honored by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation as 2024 Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts. The awards luncheon, which will take place in New York on November 12, will also pay tribute to media figures such as Stephen A. Smith, Mike McVay, Patsy Smullin And Steve Jones.

Debate: Chief Correspondent of CBS News David Begnaud will host the 2024 National Speech and Debate Tournament in conjunction with the Centennial Celebration. Held in Des Moines, Iowa, it is the largest academic competition in the world, attracting thousands of students from across the country. “It brings me back to a place that was a dream for me as a high school student: the national finals tournament,” Begnaud said in a statement. “To be back as a presenter is a full-circle moment and a chance to celebrate you all.”

Profile photo of David Begnaud of CBS News

David Begnaud will host the 2024 National Speech and Debate Tournament. (Courtesy of CBS News)

New vacancy alert: CBS News 24/7 adds Lindsey Reiser as a New York-based anchor and correspondent. Resier comes to MSNBC’s streaming service, where she reports on Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral and the Covid-19 pandemic, among other things.