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Fusion CEO Lauds Network’s First Month, Tells Staff to Reach ‘Beyond the Conventional’

Fusion304x200Fusion launched one month ago today, and TVNewser has obtained an internal email network CEO Isaac Lee wrote to the staff praising while urging continuing innovation.

“Our content continues to drive a national conversation,” Lee wrote. “Fusion is already playing a prominent role in shaping our nation’s dialogue.”

Fusion, which is not in enough homes to be publicly rated by Nielsen, is depending on Web traffic. Lee’s email highlights Fusion.net’s traffic—half of which comes from mobile devices—as well as Fusion TV’s headline-grabbing interviews.

Some of those interviews Lee refers to were “Glee” star Alex Newell taking on Bill O’Reilly for calling him “dopey” and an on-air feud between hosts Alicia Menendez and Leon Krauze over who gets to interview actress Jennifer Lawrence first — neither has so far.

He also warned employees to not pat themselves on the back too much:

“We must remember we are one month into a very long journey and we cannot stop here.  The challenges we faced in the days and weeks leading up to launch have not gone away, but the last month has shown me that we are more than ready to tackle them.”

Lee’s email after the jump.

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‘Glee’ Star to Bill O’Reilly: ‘You Can’t Call Kids Dopey’

Glee Star“Glee” star Alex Newell appeared on Fusion’s “Alicia Menendez Tonight” last night, and responded to Bill O’Reilly calling his transgender character “dopey.”

“It’s wrong to call people dopey,” he says. “When it’s something this poignant and such a big part of the society, you can’t call kids dopey because this is something that they’re actually going through, this is what they feel on the inside, there’s nothing dopey about it.”

Newell was responding to comments O’Reilly made about his transgender character, the first transgender teen character in the history of American TV: “If you make it glamorous in a program like Glee, which is undeniably a good program, a lot of these dopey kids are confused about who they are,” O’Reilly said on his show last year.

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