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Entrepreneur Builds Beauty Business By Building On Beauty Rituals

Entrepreneur Builds Beauty Business By Building On Beauty Rituals

Adiya Dixon, founder and president, Yubi Beauty

Adiya Dixon, founder and president, Yubi Beauty

Kirk Caudill

Adiya Dixon Wiggins loves beauty rituals. It’s not just about looking good. It’s about feeling good. This was instilled in her at a very early age. “I grew up spending my summers with my grandmother in Northern New Jersey,” she said. Her grandmother had a beauty salon that was always packed with women. Women came in tired, worn out, and stressed. They left refreshed and rejuvenated.

“It was then that I realized the power of beauty,” said Dixon, founder and president of Yubi Beauty. As a working mother of two and an international counsel of a Fortune 1000 company, she started her day early and ended it late, and often had to travel. She had little time for the personal care and beauty rituals that she knew would lift her spirits.

“The beauty industry wasn’t meeting the needs of women.

Adiya Dixon Wiggins, founder and president, Yubi Beaty

“The beauty industry wasn’t meeting the needs of women,” she thought. “Something was fundamentally wrong.” Dixon combined her problem-solving skills — honed as a lawyer — with her fresh take on the beauty industry as a consummate outsider. Instead of focusing on makeup where big brands dominate the market, she would focus on makeup application tools. “I wanted to make it easier for busy women like myself to incorporate a beauty ritual into their routine,” she said. This segment of the market is highly fragmented.

The global market for makeup tools was $1.25 billion in 2018, according to technavia, a research and advisory company. The premium makeup tools segment is expected to drive the market upward.

Makeup application tools are supposed to facilitate makeup application, yet they were not taking the needs of busy women into account. The design of application tools was awkward and unhygienic. Little innovation had occurred since Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling, commented Dixon. Providing faster and easier ways to put on makeup would bring back the joyful experience of Dixon’s grandmother’s beauty salon and make beauty a daily ritual that fortified and strengthened women for the rigors of the day ahead. 

Dixon created a prototype and took it to an engineering firm. Much to her delight, the head engineer did not pooh-pooh her idea. He wanted to impress his daughter by designing the product line. Unlike traditional tools, Yubi Beauty slides onto your finger to become an extension of your hand. It’s as easy as using your fingers but more hygienic and less messy. The design of Yubi products incorporates vegan bristles and latex-free sponges. The handle is recyclable. No surprise that a founder who is also a lawyer patented the design. 

In 2018, Yubi was named by Time Magazine one of the 50 Best Inventions 2018. Inventions are judged on originality, creativity, influence, ambition, and effectiveness. 

As a securities lawyer, Dixon knows the risk and rewards of raising equity financing. It is highly likely that she will raise angel and venture capital. However, to mitigate the risk that investors will take too much control of the company, she will seek outside funding at a later stage after Dixon has built up the valuation of the company. She bootstrapped the development and used guerilla-marketing tactics. Making women aware of Yubi and educating them on its use and benefits is now Dixon’s greatest challenge. 

“Consumers, especially millennials, are more dependent on web tutorials to learn about various makeup techniques,” writes technavia. “The emergence of beauty and makeup tutorials will have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth…” 

As a scrappy, self-funded company, maximizing social media is a must. Yubi’s team posts 15-second quick videos of Dixon’s personal stories about why and how Yubi was developed on Instagram and Facebook. Sixty-second videos demonstrate how to use the product. Live events are very effective, as well. Relationships with influencers are developing. 

Video filmed by Kamilla Nichole for Yubi Beauty

Customers can buy Yubi on its website. This enables Yubi to have a direct relationship with the customer. The team can get direct feedback from customers, which feeds product development. The company is not just focused on building a high-quality cosmetic application tool. It also focuses on the ordering, shipping, and delivery process to ensure an excellent customer service experience. 

Within six months of launching, Yubi was picked up by the Home Shopping Network. It will also be available on Amazon. 

To build relationships with other distribution channels, Yubi attended Cosmoprof and other trade shows. Attending trade shows is also a way to keep track of new technologies and product innovations. At the moment, Yubi does not have a retail presence. However, long-term it will. Building relationships now will shorten the time into retail stores. Dixon has many international connections. Her long term plans for Yubi include exporting. 

Improving the lives of women can take many forms. What market opportunities will you take advantage of?

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Adiya Dixon, founder and president, Yubi Beauty

Adiya Dixon, founder and president, Yubi Beauty

Kirk Caudill

Adiya Dixon Wiggins loves beauty rituals. It’s not just about looking good. It’s about feeling good. This was instilled in her at a very early age. “I grew up spending my summers with my grandmother in Northern New Jersey,” she said. Her grandmother had a beauty salon that was always packed with women. Women came in tired, worn out, and stressed. They left refreshed and rejuvenated.

“It was then that I realized the power of beauty,” said Dixon, founder and president of Yubi Beauty. As a working mother of two and an international counsel of a Fortune 1000 company, she started her day early and ended it late, and often had to travel. She had little time for the personal care and beauty rituals that she knew would lift her spirits.

“The beauty industry wasn’t meeting the needs of women.

“The beauty industry wasn’t meeting the needs of women,” she thought. “Something was fundamentally wrong.” Dixon combined her problem-solving skills — honed as a lawyer — with her fresh take on the beauty industry as a consummate outsider. Instead of focusing on makeup where big brands dominate the market, she would focus on makeup application tools. “I wanted to make it easier for busy women like myself to incorporate a beauty ritual into their routine,” she said. This segment of the market is highly fragmented.

The global market for makeup tools was $1.25 billion in 2018, according to technavia, a research and advisory company. The premium makeup tools segment is expected to drive the market upward.

Makeup application tools are supposed to facilitate makeup application, yet they were not taking the needs of busy women into account. The design of application tools was awkward and unhygienic. Little innovation had occurred since Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling, commented Dixon. Providing faster and easier ways to put on makeup would bring back the joyful experience of Dixon’s grandmother’s beauty salon and make beauty a daily ritual that fortified and strengthened women for the rigors of the day ahead. 

Dixon created a prototype and took it to an engineering firm. Much to her delight, the head engineer did not pooh-pooh her idea. He wanted to impress his daughter by designing the product line. Unlike traditional tools, Yubi Beauty slides onto your finger to become an extension of your hand. It’s as easy as using your fingers but more hygienic and less messy. The design of Yubi products incorporates vegan bristles and latex-free sponges. The handle is recyclable. No surprise that a founder who is also a lawyer patented the design. 

In 2018, Yubi was named by Time Magazine one of the 50 Best Inventions 2018. Inventions are judged on originality, creativity, influence, ambition, and effectiveness. 

As a securities lawyer, Dixon knows the risk and rewards of raising equity financing. It is highly likely that she will raise angel and venture capital. However, to mitigate the risk that investors will take too much control of the company, she will seek outside funding at a later stage after Dixon has built up the valuation of the company. She bootstrapped the development and used guerilla-marketing tactics. Making women aware of Yubi and educating them on its use and benefits is now Dixon’s greatest challenge. 

“Consumers, especially millennials, are more dependent on web tutorials to learn about various makeup techniques,” writes technavia. “The emergence of beauty and makeup tutorials will have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth…” 

As a scrappy, self-funded company, maximizing social media is a must. Yubi’s team posts 15-second quick videos of Dixon’s personal stories about why and how Yubi was developed on Instagram and Facebook. Sixty-second videos demonstrate how to use the product. Live events are very effective, as well. Relationships with influencers are developing. 

Video filmed by Kamilla Nichole for Yubi Beauty

Customers can buy Yubi on its website. This enables Yubi to have a direct relationship with the customer. The team can get direct feedback from customers, which feeds product development. The company is not just focused on building a high-quality cosmetic application tool. It also focuses on the ordering, shipping, and delivery process to ensure an excellent customer service experience. 

Within six months of launching, Yubi was picked up by the Home Shopping Network. It will also be available on Amazon. 

To build relationships with other distribution channels, Yubi attended Cosmoprof and other trade shows. Attending trade shows is also a way to keep track of new technologies and product innovations. At the moment, Yubi does not have a retail presence. However, long-term it will. Building relationships now will shorten the time into retail stores. Dixon has many international connections. Her long term plans for Yubi include exporting. 

Improving the lives of women can take many forms. What market opportunities will you take advantage of?

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Oscars 2019: How to watch the winning movies – CNET

Oscars 2019: How to watch the winning movies – CNET

The 2019 Oscars were Sunday. If you’re feeling inspired to see some of the winning films you didn’t catch earlier, here’s a guide to where you can stream, rent or buy the majority of them. Sorry in advance, but there are still quite a few you’ll have to catch in theaters — not that you need a movie subscription service to do so, but it can’t hurt.

Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

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Now playing:
Watch this:

Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now



2:33

Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor 

Green Book

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVudu

Best Director, Cinematography, Foreign Language Film

Roma

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Nope

Best Actor, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVudu

Best Costume Design, Production Design, Original Score

Black Panther

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google PlayiTunesVuduYouTube

Best Adapted Screenplay

BlacKkKlansman

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVuduYouTube

Best Actress 

The Favourite

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Best Original Song 

A Star is Born

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Google PlayiTunesYouTubeMicrosoft StoreMovies Anywhere

A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born.


Warner Bros

Best Supporting Actress

If Beale Street Could Talk

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Vice

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Best Visual Effects

First Man

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVuduYouTube

Best Animated Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Best Documentary – Feature

Free Solo

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVuduYouTube

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Period. End of Sentence

Streaming: Netflix 

Best Animated Short Film

Bao

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: YouTube, Google Play 

RGB

Incredibles 2


Pixar

All other nominated films

A Quiet Place

Streaming: EPIX

Rent/Buy:  Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Avengers: Infinity War

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Nope

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Capernaum

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Cold War

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

At Eternity’s Gate

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

First Reformed

Streaming: Amazon, Kanopy

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Incredibles 2

Streaming: Netflix 

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Isle of Dogs

Streaming: HBO

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Mary Poppins Returns

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Mary Queen of Scots

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

Minding the Gap

Streaming: Hulu, PBS

Rent/Buy: Nope

Mirai

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Never Look Away

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Of Fathers and Sons

Streaming: Kanopy

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

cropralphbreakstheinternet

Ralph Breaks the Internet


Disney

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

RBG

Streaming: Hulu, Hoopla

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Ready Player One

Streaming: HBO

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Shoplifters

Streaming: Hoopla

Rent/Buy: Amazon, iTunesVudu, YouTube

The Wife

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunesYouTube

For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to CNET sister site TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming.

Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google Play

Video (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)RSS (SD)

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Oscars 2019: How to watch the winning movies – CNET

Oscars 2019: How to watch the winning movies – CNET

The 2019 Oscars were Sunday. If you’re feeling inspired to see some of the winning films you didn’t catch earlier, here’s a guide to where you can stream, rent or buy the majority of them. Sorry in advance, but there are still quite a few you’ll have to catch in theaters — not that you need a movie subscription service to do so, but it can’t hurt.

Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

http://www.cnet.com/


Now playing:
Watch this:

Stream these 2019 Oscar nominees now



2:33

Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor 

Green Book

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVudu

Best Director, Cinematography, Foreign Language Film

Roma

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Nope

Best Actor, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVudu

Best Costume Design, Production Design, Original Score

Black Panther

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google PlayiTunesVuduYouTube

Best Adapted Screenplay

BlacKkKlansman

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVuduYouTube

Best Actress 

The Favourite

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Best Original Song 

A Star is Born

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Google PlayiTunesYouTubeMicrosoft StoreMovies Anywhere

A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born.


Warner Bros

Best Supporting Actress

If Beale Street Could Talk

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Vice

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Best Visual Effects

First Man

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVuduYouTube

Best Animated Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Best Documentary – Feature

Free Solo

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVuduYouTube

Best Documentary – Short Subject

Period. End of Sentence

Streaming: Netflix 

Best Animated Short Film

Bao

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: YouTube, Google Play 

RGB

Incredibles 2


Pixar

All other nominated films

A Quiet Place

Streaming: EPIX

Rent/Buy:  Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Avengers: Infinity War

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Nope

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Capernaum

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Cold War

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

At Eternity’s Gate

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

First Reformed

Streaming: Amazon, Kanopy

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Incredibles 2

Streaming: Netflix 

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Isle of Dogs

Streaming: HBO

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Mary Poppins Returns

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Mary Queen of Scots

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes

Minding the Gap

Streaming: Hulu, PBS

Rent/Buy: Nope

Mirai

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Never Look Away

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Of Fathers and Sons

Streaming: Kanopy

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

cropralphbreakstheinternet

Ralph Breaks the Internet


Disney

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

RBG

Streaming: Hulu, Hoopla

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Ready Player One

Streaming: HBO

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Shoplifters

Streaming: Hoopla

Rent/Buy: Amazon, iTunesVudu, YouTube

The Wife

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunesYouTube

For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to CNET sister site TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming.

Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google Play

Video (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)RSS (SD)

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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: O’Rourke jumps into 2020 fray

The Hill’s 12:30 Report: O’Rourke jumps into 2020 fray

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–> A midday take on what’s happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.*

*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha–breaks down crying hysterically.

The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Beto O’RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O’RourkeO’Rourke to announce White House run Thursday morning: report Democratic Florida mayor launching 2020 presidential exploratory committee Conservative group targets O’Rourke in new ad amid 2020 speculation MORE jumps into 2020 race | Trump mocks O’Rourke’s ‘crazy’ hand moves | Trump braces for Senate rebuke | Last-ditch effort to sway GOP senators | Trump threatens veto on emergency resolution | Top Mueller aide leaving post | Speculation grows probe may be winding down | House votes for Mueller report to be public | Dems critical of Omar seek primary challenger | Pi Day pizza and pie deals

TALK OF THE MORNING

You Beto believe it!:

Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who ran against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2018, has jumped into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. http://bit.ly/2FbJJnw

Why Beto’s unsuccessful Senate bid is important: “While he ultimately lost to Cruz in November, O’Rourke managed to come within less than 3 points of a win in Texas, a state with a reputation as a Republican stronghold. Voters in the Lone Star State haven’t elected a Democrat to the Senate in roughly three decades.” http://bit.ly/2FbJJnw

Watch Beto’s 2020 announcement video: http://bit.ly/2UBG5bGPhoto of Beto’s Vanity Fair cover — what a glamour shot!: Tyra Banks would have nice things to say about this. Photo: http://bit.ly/2HtoRd3

Cable networks are pumped: All three major cable networks aired Beto’s campaign event in Iowa. Screenshots: http://bit.ly/2J8Ytrc

Want a quick taste of Beto’s campaign style?: Here’s a clip from his first campaign event in Iowa. Watch: http://bit.ly/2u79AGL

Something to notice about Beto’s speaking style: He uses a lot of hand motions when he speaks. A few examples of his animated speaking style: http://bit.ly/2JqG1L5

REACTION FROM President TrumpDonald John TrumpGary Cohn says Trump trade adviser the only economist in world who believes in tariffs House transportation committee chairman threatens to subpoena Boeing, FAA communication Pentagon sets new limits on transgender service members MORE:

President Trump noticed Beto O’Rourke’s animated hand movements and questioned whether O’Rourke “is crazy.” (Via Reuters’ Jeff Masonhttp://bit.ly/2HlLH6T

HOW PRIMARY COMPETITOR KAMALA HARRIS IS FUNDRAISING OFF BETO’S ANNOUNCEMENT:

Here’s a photo of a fundraising email the California senator’s campaign sent out: http://bit.ly/2O1WXGj

THAT WAS FAST — BETO’S FIRST CONGRESSIONAL ENDORSEMENT:

Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceNielsen testifies: Five things you need to know House Democrat accuses Nielsen of lying under oath to Congress Dem lawmakers to open probe into ‘complex web of relationships’ between NRA, Russia MORE (D-N.Y.) almost immediately endorsed Beto O’Rourke. She tweeted: “He’s honest, authentic and has the courage of his convictions and a bold vision for our future. Most importantly, he’ll build a movement that will rise above the toxic division in our politics and unite this country.” http://bit.ly/2W1nJRY

^Context from The Washington Post’s Matt Viser: “Perhaps it’s true that few may rival Beto’s hand movement. But Trump is certainly one who would.” http://bit.ly/2TRutEg

KEEP UP!:

Here’s a list of 2020 presidential candidates — and who still may run: https://nyti.ms/2IKvzxA

It’s a warm, beautiful Thursday in D.C. — oh and Happy Pi Day! Keep reading for celebratory deals on pie and pizza. 😉 I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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HAPPENING TODAY IN CONGRESS

We’ve been talking about this vote for so long, I’m running out of material!:

The Republican-controlled Senate is set to pass a resolution rebuking President Trump‘s national emergency declaration to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. http://bit.ly/2W125wT

Weren’t Republicans trying to avoid this vote?: Well yes, but talks within the Republican conference fell apart yesterday.

Which Republican senators are voting with Democrats: GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen Texas Dems warn of ‘land grab’ if Trump’s emergency order survives MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen Texas Dems warn of ‘land grab’ if Trump’s emergency order survives MORE (Alaska), Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisTexas Dems warn of ‘land grab’ if Trump’s emergency order survives Lee, fifth GOP senator, to vote against Trump’s border declaration GOP’s Tillis comes under pressure for taking on Trump MORE (N.C.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen Texas Dems warn of ‘land grab’ if Trump’s emergency order survives MORE (Ky.) had said before today that they would back the resolution.

^^New additions to the motley crew: GOP Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderSenate talks collapse on avoiding Trump showdown over emergency declaration GOP faces crunch time on Trump border declaration GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president’s emergency powers MORE (Tenn.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen On The Money: Trump issues emergency order grounding Boeing 737 Max jets | Senate talks over emergency resolution collapse | Progressives seek defense freeze in budget talks MORE (Utah) and Mitt Romney (Utah) have also decided to vote with Democrats. http://bit.ly/2HE7kPx

Which other Republican senators could join this camp: Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenate talks collapse on avoiding Trump showdown over emergency declaration Pence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution GOP senators unveil paid parental leave proposal MORE (Fla.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Johnny IsaksonJohn (Johnny) Hardy IsaksonPence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution Trump tries to win votes in Senate fight GOP braces for showdown on wall emergency with Trump MORE (Ga.), Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators introduce bill to rein in president’s emergency powers Trump tries to win votes in Senate fight Wisconsin GOP ties Dems Milwaukee convention pick to socialism MORE (Wis.), Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseA time for Republicans to show allegiance to Congress GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president’s emergency powers Breaking down barriers for American military families MORE (Neb.) and Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen GOP senators introduce bill to rein in president’s emergency powers MORE (Kan.) are undecided.

Spoiler alert — we know what happens next:

President Trump vowed to veto the resolution. http://bit.ly/2O2PXsC

He tweeted: “A big National Emergency vote today by The United States Senate on Border Security & the Wall (which is already under major construction). I am prepared to veto, if necessary. The Southern Border is a National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare, but it can be easily fixed!” http://bit.ly/2HlxqaB

He also defended the legality of the national emergency: “Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress,” Trump tweeted. “If, at a later date, Congress wants to update the law, I will support those efforts, but today’s issue is BORDER SECURITY and Crime!!! Don’t vote with Pelosi!” http://bit.ly/2HknhuE

OTHER NEWS THIS MORNING

A special counsel retiree:

Via NPR’s Carrie JohnsonAndrew Weissmann, a top prosecutor in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s investigation, is leaving his position. https://n.pr/2T5eBK0

What this may mean: It’s leading to speculation that the special counsel investigation is wrapping up. 

Weissmann’s position: He was a key figure in the case against President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFive things to know about Manafort’s sentencing Trump mum on Manafort pardon: ‘It’s a very sad situation’ Manafort attorney shouted down by hecklers outside courthouse MORE

Where Weissmann is headed: To teach and study at New York University. 

SPEAKING OF THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION:

This morning, the House voted for special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report to be made public. The vote: 420-0, plus four Republicans voted “present.”  Yeah, but: The resolution is non-binding. Details: http://bit.ly/2XZWp8b

This is the congressional equivalent of ‘you can’t sit with us’:

Via The Hill’s Reid Wilson, “Some Minnesota Democrats, aghast at controversial comments made by Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBernie Sanders campaign aide apologizes for ‘insensitive’ comments about ‘dual allegiance’ to Israel Rep. Omar and anti-Semitic distractions Several advertisers cut ties to Fox News shows hosted by Pirro, Carlson MORE (D), are taking initial steps to recruit a candidate to run against her in next year’s primary election, seeking to buck history in one of the nation’s most progressive legislative districts.”

Tidbit from the Capitol — cue everyone telling Sen. Murphy, ‘you should be flattered!’:

“Capitol police are in the basement checking IDs because of Irish lunch … They just stopped [Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyOvernight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi-led war in Yemen Overnight Energy: EPA moves to raise ethanol levels in gasoline | Dems look to counter White House climate council | Zinke cleared of allegations tied to special election MORE(D-Conn.)] to ask for his ID. (Young-ish senator problems?)” (Via The Hill’s Jordain Carneyhttp://bit.ly/2T3jP93

NOTABLE TWEETS

OK, fine. We’ll give you this one, WMATA:

We are currently single tracking on the Blue/Silver lines as appropriate animal resources respond to an apparently injured bald eagle on the tracks near Morgan Boulevard. Our apologies for delays as we work to get him/her to care. #wmata pic.twitter.com/PpACF06cjv

— Metro (@wmata) March 13, 2019

Details on the bald eagle incident: https://wapo.st/2Ck6svM

Oh hello there, McDreamy:

Personal news: I saw Patrick Dempsey today in person pic.twitter.com/mDOUkalzTs

— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) March 13, 2019

Earlier on Wednesday: ABC’s Meridith McGraw tweeted that Patrick Dempsey was touring Georgetown University with his daughter. http://bit.ly/2O232CF

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

8:30 a.m. EST: Vice President Pence hosts a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast with the prime minister of Ireland.

10–11 a.m. EDT: First and last votes in the House. 

10:45 a.m. EDT: President Trump meets with the prime minister of Ireland and holds an expanded bilateral meeting.

Noon: President Trump participates in a friends of Ireland luncheon at the U.S. Capitol.

March: U.S. Military Caregivers Month. Op-ed: http://bit.ly/2Hylz8i

WHAT TO WATCH

This morning: Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump budget reignites border security fight Census Bureau quietly seeking immigrants’ legal status: report The Hill’s Morning Report – Pelosi’s challenge: Getting Dems back on same page MORE testifies on preparation for the 2020 census. Livestream of the hearing: https://cs.pn/2Cj70SL

6 p.m. EDT: President Trump, first lady Melania TrumpMelania Trump‘Fox & Friends’ host calls out people trying to ‘seek and destroy’ Tucker Carlson Melania Trump spokeswoman tears into ‘The View’ for ‘petty, mean-girl spirit’ Trump accuses media without evidence of photoshopping Melania photos MORE and Vice President Pence participate in the Shamrock Bowl presentation by the prime minister of Ireland. Livestream: http://bit.ly/2FaYE1b

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF…

Today is National Potato Chip Day! It’s also National Pi Day.

Nationally: Here’s where you can find pizza deals today: http://bit.ly/2CuDnxZ

Locally: Here’s where to celebrate Pi Day in Washington, D.C.: http://bit.ly/2Co2zG9

Elsa looks so different without the smokey eye!:

Via BuzzFeed’s Loryn Brantz, here is what Disney princesses look like without their makeup: https://bzfd.it/2TzF9s5

And because you made it to the end, here’s a dog who is captain of the welcome committee: http://bit.ly/2TCOZcH

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The invisible CEO of Fox News

The invisible CEO of Fox News



The News Corp. building, the New York headquarters for Fox News, in June 2018. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Erik Wemple

Media critic with a focus on the ups and downs and downs of the cable-news industry.

Jane Mayer of the New Yorker last week wrote the definitive investigative story on the state of Fox News, which is an increasingly shrill and shameless organ for the agenda of President Trump. “Now a direct pipeline has been established between the Oval Office and the office of Rupert Murdoch, the Australian-born billionaire who founded News Corp and 21st Century Fox,” Mayer wrote, on the links between Fox News’s founder and Trump.

Through an article detailed with the symbiosis between Trump and Fox News host Sean Hannity, as well as other indicia of the network’s corruption, Mayer mentioned the current Fox News boss just once. “Under the leadership of Fox’s current C.E.O., Suzanne Scott, a longtime deputy of [former network president Bill] Shine’s, the prime-time lineup has become more one-sided than ever,” wrote Mayer toward the end of her story.

There’s no knock on Mayer here. It’s just that Scott appears to govern Fox News with no public profile whatsoever, a leadership style that has clouded the company’s handling of the ongoing crisis surrounding prime-time host Tucker Carlson. On Sunday, Media Matters for America, the anti-Fox News watchdog organization, published transcripts of radio chats that Carlson carried on with “Bubba the Love Sponge” between 2006 and 2011. The excerpts were, at their best, raunchy, and, at their worst, misogynistic and just plain sick. One woman was described as “c—y,” another as a “pig” — and Carlson professed that if Hillary Clinton “could castrate you, she would.” (Media Matters has since released a number of other offensive comments from Carlson.)

In response to such vileness, Fox News distributed a statement that “must be used in full and all must be attributed to Tucker Carlson.” It said this: “Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

Absent from the defense was a statement from the company, or from Scott. During his show on Monday, Carlson plugged this omission: “Fox News is behind us, as they have been since the very first day. Toughness is a rare quality at a TV network, and we are grateful for that. We will never bow to the mob, ever, no matter what.”

Later that night, the Erik Wemple Blog asked Fox News whether Carlson’s representation was accurate. “Yes,” came the reply. What a circuitous, butt-covering way for a company to support its employee.

Perhaps Scott & Co. didn’t want to put a defense of misogyny and sexism on Fox News letterhead. That would be bad optics, considering the misogyny and sexism that Scott & Co. have been charged with banishing from the network’s hallways. Scott herself was a dutiful lieutenant for mythic Fox News founder Roger Ailes, a man who guided his channel to cable-news supremacy while simultaneously maintaining a sexual-harassment avocation out of his bunker-like office. In July 2016, a former Fox News host, Gretchen Carlson, sued Ailes for sexual harassment, touching off a cascade of similar stories, including one in which Ailes is alleged to have psychologically tormented a network booker for two decades.

“A sexual harassment enterprise” is how Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) characterized the network under Ailes.

Scott climbed this corrupt career ladder. She served as an assistant to Chet Collier, the career television executive recruited by Ailes during the early days of Fox News. “He taught me everything I know about talent, programming, managing a crisis and dogs!” Scott said. During the 2000s, she caught on with cable-news veteran Greta Van Susteren. “She went from being assistant booker to booker to assistant or associate producer to producer,” says Van Susteren, noting that Scott then went on to an executive producer slot. Impressed with her abilities, Van Susteren recommended Scott to Ailes for a network-wide management slot, a level few women had reached. “I though he should put her in management because she knew TV inside and out. She knew control rooms, she had good business sense,” says Van Susteren.

Once in management, Scott concerned herself with . . . hair and makeup, according to several sources consulted by the Erik Wemple Blog. If your lipstick didn’t look right; if your hair was flat; if your wardrobe was too frumpy; if you were wearing glasses; if you were dressed in something very orange — a color that Ailes disliked on his network — then you’d be hearing from Scott. Or perhaps from a low-ranking staffer who’d received corrective aesthetic marching orders from Scott.

A graver picture of Scott’s duties emerges from court filings stemming from Ailes’ wretchedness. In her lawsuit, former Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky tied Scott to the campaign to stick up for Ailes following the complaint from Carlson. Along with then-host Kimberly Guilfoyle and others, says the suit, Scott “sought to recruit Fox News employees and contributors to retaliate against Carlson by publicly disparaging her.” (Scott was not a defendant in Roginsky’s suit.) In its answer to the complaint, Fox News denied these allegations; the suit has since been settled.

The Post’s Paul Farhi explained another low point:

The network’s former director of booking, Laurie Luhn, also implicated Scott in her allegations of harassment against Ailes. Luhn told New York magazine in 2016 that Ailes harassed her for years, and that she suffered a mental breakdown after Ailes’s reassigned her to a new job in 2007. Ailes allegedly attempted to address Luhn’s mental health by flying her from Texas to New York, where Scott reportedly picked her up and checked Luhn into a hotel under Scott’s name. Scott denied this account in 2016 through a spokeswoman.

In May 2017, Scott was promoted to president of programming at Fox News and Fox Business Network. A press release announcing her ascension to CEO recapped her accomplishments:

Among the highly successful changes were replacing Bill O’Reilly with Tucker Carlson Tonight at 8 p.m., moving Hannity back to the 9 p.m. timeslot and launching The Ingraham Angle at 10 p.m.

She also co-created Outnumbered Overtime w/ Harris Faulkner, The Story w/ Martha MacCallum and The Daily Briefing w/ Dana Perino. In the fall of 2017, Scott expanded the network’s schedule to provide 20 hours of live programming and is responsible for having more women anchoring and hosting shows on FNC’s lineup than any other cable news network.

The post-Ailes Fox News celebrated the expanding role of women in a workplace freed of men such as Ailes and O’Reilly:

Faulkner, one of the network’s stars, said in a video while seated in the makeup room, “We’re about to have our ‘Women at Fox’ event. We’re entering into a new chapter at Fox News Channel. So excited, and of course I’m getting my hair pinned back.”

But how new is this chapter? On one hand, the network has rebuilt its HR apparatus — once essentially a plaything for Ailes — to handle allegations of misconduct head-on.

On the other, how new is a chapter in which a clear-cut misogynist is allowed to occupy the table-setting position in the network’s prime-time lineup? And what about Tucker Carlson’s performance during Scott’s tenure as chief executive, which includes bogus, white grievance-driven information about South African land reform, a racist riff on diversity, the claim that immigration makes the country “dirtier,” and now the Media Matters scandal? Do we have what corporate people in shiny garb call a “brand risk”?

On the same weekend that Carlson got reacquainted with his old radio comments, host Jeanine Pirro made this remark about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who is Muslim: “Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro said. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Shariah law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?” The network issued a statement rebuking Pirro and insisted it had “addressed” the matter. Perhaps Scott thought she’d already addressed the matter back in the summer of 2018, when she told her producers to police inflammatory statements that harm the network’s reputation. “She said, ‘You are responsible for protecting the talent, protecting the brand,’” said an employee quoted by Politico.

Okay, but what if the brand has merged with hatred?

Nancy Erika Smith, an employment lawyer who has represented at least six women who worked at Fox News (including Gretchen Carlson). “My take is that the culture is exactly the same. It’s racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic,” says Smith. “Women selling hate is no better than men selling hate.”

Issues such as these, among many others, are fodder for an interview with Scott. We’ve asked for interviews multiple times during her tenure as chief executive, though the Fox News PR department hasn’t seen fit to arrange a Q-and-A session. Of course, it’s not as though Scott is scheduling long and probing interviews with other journalists. In fact, a professional objective of Scott’s appears to be to stay out of the headlines as much as possible; her minimal role in Mayer’s New Yorker piece met that goal.

We asked Fox News’s PR department to pass along any interviews that she has done. No reply. We asked for a list of her accomplishments and goals. No reply.

We did find this, a January 2019 interview with TVNewser for its “30 Most Impactful TV Newsers of the Past 15 Years” series. Sample exchange:

What’s your favorite professional moment of the past 15 years, and why?

Working with our incredible team here these last two years. We have been through great change and we have been able to create new initiatives, new programs and drive all of our platforms forward. It’s a new Fox News.

Had TVNewser managed to get face-to-face with Scott? It appears not, according to Adweek TV/Media Editor Justin Lynch: “Suzanne Scott talked with us as part of our ’30 Most Impactful TV Newsers of the Past 15 Years’ package, where we asked the same 5 or 6 questions to everyone on the list. Because of the uniformity of the questions in the package, and the fact that this was coming together over the crazy holiday season, we did conduct some of the interviews via email, and I believe Suzanne was indeed one of the people who did an email interview.”

Read more:

Max Boot: Tucker Carlson needs to go. Now.

Kathleen Parker: Tucker Carlson, don’t bow to the mob

Jennifer Rubin: We should be outraged by Fox and its apologists

Erik Wemple: Tucker Carlson’s valiant stand in favor of ‘dissent’

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