CNN’s Joe Biden Town Hall Trails Fox News, MSNBC In Total Viewers; Audience Falls More Than 50% Vs. February Event

Biden suggested that he was “feeling better” because “one of those other networks is not a big fan of mine,” but “if you notice, as they say in the southern part of my state, they have had an altar call, some of those guys. All of the sudden they are out there saying, ‘Let’s get vaccinated. Let’s get vaccinated.’" Speaking to reporters later, Biden thanked the Fox News personalities for doing do.
CNN's town hall with President Joe Biden trailed the two other cable news networks in total viewers, drawing 1.46 million viewers.
CNN did better in the rankings for the 25-54 demo, with 297,000. That was ahead of MSNBC with 197,000, but well behind Fox News with 475,000.
Fox News topped the night, with an average of 2.36 million viewers, compared to 1.63 million for MSNBC and 1.28 million for CNN. In the 25-54 demo, Fox News averaged 400,000, compared to 279,000 for CNN and 209,000 for MSNBC.
“I think once the realization occurred that this virus is only killing primarily those who had not been vaccinated, I think it was sort of, as we Catholics say, a bit of an epiphany for them," Biden said.
Fox News topped the 8 PM ET to 9:15 PM ET time frame with Tucker Carlson Tonight and the first part of Hannity, who was having his own town hall event with Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio, Maria Salazar and Francis Suarez. MSNBC averaged 1.47 million with All in with Chris Hayes and The Rachel Maddow Show. The network averaged 2.76 million total viewers during that time period.
His first address to a joint session of Congress in April drew 26.9 million across multiple networks. By contrast, Trump's first address to a joint session drew around 48 million.” /> Cable news audiences in general have fallen significantly since last year, with the unending sensational headlines from the Trump White House, the excitement of a presidential election campaign and the ongoing restrictions and lockdowns because of Covid-19. Audiences also traditionally fall during the summer. But Biden also is not the ratings draw of his predecessor — something that is not altogether surprising.
That's down significantly from CNN's town hall with Biden in February, which drew 3.5 million viewers, topping the audience on Fox News and MSNBC.
The early numbers are from Nielsen and were released by Fox News.
The town hall from Cincinnati was moderated by Don Lemon, and including a number of newsworthy moments, including an instance where Biden commented on Fox News hosts pro-vaccine statements.

CNN’s Jake Tapper Calls Out Colleague Chris Cuomo: “He Put Us In A Bad Spot”

Chris Cuomo never covered the sexual harassment allegations made against his brother on his program.” />
Last week, Chris Cuomo said on his CNN show Cuomo Prime Time that he had been "looped into calls" regarding his brother, who is facing several sexual harassment accusations and is under pressure to resign.
I would also agree with that." "Chris, in his apology that he delivered on air, said that he put us in a bad spot. "I cannot imagine a world in which anybody in journalism thinks that that was appropriate,' Tapper said in a Friday interview.
"I understand why that was a problem for CNN,' Chris Cuomo said. "It will not happen again."
Tapper told the New York Times that Chris' behavior put network employees in "a bad spot."
CNN analyst Chris Cuomo placed the news organization in a bad spot, according to the network's Lead Washington Anchor, Jake Tapper.
but that was not a fun day." Tapper added that he personally works hard to be fair and ethical and not cross lines. "And I certainly understand the love that Chris has for his brother…
By doing so, he called into question whether the network, in particular Chris Cuomo, could impartially cover the governor's crisis Cuomo was slammed for advising his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations.

Peter Bart: As TV News Is Critiqued For Blurring Fact & Rumor, CNN’s Jake Tapper Confuses Us Further With Novel That Blends RFK, Sinatra & Jeffrey Epstein

Further, the Times now is recycling its much-contested rewriting of the American Revolution, titled The 1619 Project, in podcasts and documentary form, thus giving important play to its own version of the nation’s founding (1619 is now self-described as "a Times initiative," not merely an extended news article). The New York Times produced and publicized a podcast about a Middle East spy master who, it turns out, was a complete fake (which it now admits).
All of this, to be sure, is intermixed with a plot about the political allegiances of the Rat Pack and their supposed interactions with Sam Giancana and his mafia allies. The mob’s intimate connection to Hollywood celebrities seems to be a given in Tapper’s rendition.
Also at his incidental character descriptions: “His wit was deployed like a surgeon with a scalpel.” Again, having been around at the time and hung with most of the real, but fictional, principals, I wince as Tapper’s characterizations fall into pedestrian caricature.
And the inside story of how Sinatra almost committed suicide when Ava Gardner dumped him. But then the ubiquitous CNN anchor also gives us first-person accounts of long-secret events: There is Janet Leigh’s intimate version of how the shower scene in Psycho was shot by Hitchcock. And how Tippi Hedren survived her traumatic scene when she was under attack in The Birds. Or how John Wayne threatened to out the congressman, the book’s hero, as a draft dodger.
I read it in a new book by Jake Tapper, the CNN anchor who, like some other TV newsmen, cheerfully invents dialogue between famous people. In doing so, he (and they) further contribute to the blur between the real and unreal that characterizes the media today. Tapper, to his credit, at least labels some of his inventions as fiction, albeit well-researched fiction.
Jake Tapper Talks About ‘The Outpost’ And What It Says About The Ongoing U.S. Mission In Afghanistan: Q&A
Having had many personal encounters with Sinatra in years past, this particular reader (and one-time reporter) found Tapper’s depiction of the star to be, once again, fictional. At least he’s usually combative and rude in his chapters and greets most women as "doll."
Despite all this, Tapper clearly enjoys writing his thrillers (this is his second) and his readers may relish the confusing mix of intrigue with celebrity gossip. At what point are we, as viewers or readers, simply expected to shake our heads and dismiss all of it?” /> Readers also might find it a challenge, however, to select which elements of the story to follow and which merely to dismiss. And that, indeed, translates into a similar dilemma on Tapper’s newscasts, or those of his fellow TV anchors.
The novel thus veers uncertainly between intense Washington intrigue and Hollywood shtick. In telling this multi-tiered story, Tapper mixes his cast of fictional characters with re-imagined versions of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr and just about every other star of the period.
True to form, some critics are applauding Tapper’s literary work: It’s “buoyant,” says the New York Times, with its critic, Janet Maslin, praising Tapper for “humanizing Sinatra as a hapless victim of forces he never understood.” Further, Sinatra emerges as “less racist” than Martin, or his other compadres, she reports.
Across the media landscape, documentaries ranging from Tiger King to My Octopus Teacher occupy an increasingly prominent role on the home screen, even though they are often steeped in "re-enactments" and "re-imaginings." Most of last year’s Oscar contenders also depend on fictionalized re-creations of past events, from trials to nightclub performances. For that matter, viewers of Sean Hannity on Fox News or Rachel Maddow on MSNBC regularly receive streams of rhetoric that are passed off as "hard news." And then there’s the much-hyped domain of deepfake videos that flawlessly deliver celebrities like Tom Cruise (or their carefully crafted look-alikes) selling products or ideas that they’ve never endorsed or even heard of.
The buddy talk between Martin and Davis, he assures us, stems from an actual onstage recording at the Sands. Some lines about underage girls are taken from the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, as though lending credibility to this fictional exercise. Tapper’s professional background as a newsman encouraged him to "source" the book with assorted footnotes.
Tapper admits up front that he is delivering fiction. His new novel The Devil May Dance is a thriller set in 1961 about a congressman who is recruited by Bobby Kennedy for an urgent mission: He must embed with the Rat Pack to determine whether they’re involved with the mafia in a scheme that could endanger the president.
Tapper is a competent, if often clunky, novelist. His invented characters play out credibly, but his depictions of Hollywood personae are scandalously ludicrous in word and comportment. Thus his novel, heavily promoted and soon to be translated to the screen, illustrates the dilemma of most "news" shows: Truth becomes a blur.
“Gossip nowadays passes for news,” the late Bobby Kennedy once told me. Except I never met him and he might never have said that.

Midwin Charles Dies: Legal Analyst Remembered By NYC Mayor, CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, ‘The View’ Host Sunny Hostin, Others – Update

A sampling of reactions to Charles' death follows:
A cause of death and other details were not specified. Her death was announced by her family on social media.
“She was known to many as a legal commentator on television, but to us she was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin. Our lives are forever changed and we will miss her for a lifetime." “It is with a profoundly heavy heart and the deepest sadness that we announce the untimely passing of our beloved Midwin Charles,” her family said in a Twitter statement.″ />
She was 47. UPDATE, with reactions Legal analyst Midwin Charles, familiar to viewers for her frequent appearances on CNN, MSNBC, HLN and Bloomberg TV, died yesterday.

"Midwin dear heart," tweeted MSNBC host Joy Reid last night, "you were a brilliant spirit and beautiful soul. I’m just stunned, and have been since I learned of this today. You were such a blessing. Blessings to your mom and family. To all, please live every moment like it’s your last, and OVER-appreciate your friends."

"I am DEVASTATED!," tweeted Maya Wiley, formerly of MSNBC, currently NYC mayoral candidate. My heart goes out to her family and we have all lost a Sister." "Midwin Charles is someone I am deeply grateful to for her heart and her head. And she was someone I valued at MSNBC!
Leon Higginbotham, Jr. She earned her law degree at American University, Washington College of Law, and later served as a law clerk for U.S. Clay and as the A. Research Fellow in Social Justice at Harvard Law School. Charles was the founder of law firm Midwin Charles & Associates LLC, a contributor at Essence Magazine and provided regular commentary on law, pop culture and politics for CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and TV One. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit Judge Eric L.

May she rest in peace." "What a terrific analyst and a kind soul. "Beyond saddened to learn of the passing of Midwin Charles," tweeted MSNBC anchor Jonathan Capehart.

Stephanie Ruhle paid tribute to Charles on MSNBC.

CNN’s Jim Acosta Is Accosted By Hecklers At Conservative Political Action Conference

Even before meeting Marcus, Acosta had to deal with an unfriendly welcome. Acosta endured chants of "CNN sucks" upon arrival
CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, who built a reputation as a bulldog at White House Press briefings during the Trump administration, got a taste of his own medicine Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Fla.
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A conservative journalist confronted Acosta over the network's coverage of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, currently embroiled in controversies over his handling of nursing homes during the pandemic and sexual harassment charges, the latter vigorously denied by Cuomo.
CPAC is being held through Sunday, with former President Donald Trump set to keynote on Sunday in his first major speech since leaving the White House.
Watch the video for the Marcus/Acosta confrontation.
The governor's brother, Chris Cuomo, works for CNN. Marcus badgered Acosta over CNN not covering the Cuomo scandals. Acosta was cut-off in mid-interview by David Marcus, a correspondent for conservative magazine The Federalist.

CNN’s Don Lemon Takes Sour View Of Hollywood’s “Strangely Quiet” Stance On Protests

"As long as we're being honest," Lemon began, "nobody wants to hear from the White House or the attorney general right now."
CNN commentator Don Lemon was at it again on Saturday night, tweeting out a lament that "Hollywood" was not doing enough to support street protesters.
He's also missed the commentaries by many entertainment executives on the situation. Lemon probably didn't realize before he tweeted that many celebrities has already supplied monetary support for bail funds, or that "Insecure" actor Kendrick Sampson was among those hit by rubber bullets as he took part in Los Angeles street protests.″ />
Lemon had said on Thursday during his broadcast time that no one wanted to hear from the White House or Attorney General on the protests.
Lemon then rolled through a laundry list of what he saw as President Trump's race baiting.
Strangely quiet,” says @DonLemon. “What about Hollywood? “Why aren’t they helping these young people? These young people are out there standing on a platform on the edge of an abyss by themselves.”

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Says She’s Now “Virus Free,” Plans Return To Work On Monday

In a post, Baldwin wrote that in recovering from the virus, "Some days crawled by tortuously slowly, while others disappeared unaccounted for in my memory, lost in the wash of emotion, sleep, and illness." Other CNN on-air figure  Chris Cuomo and Richard Quest also are recovering after testing positive for the virus.
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That has kept her from anchoring the 1 PM to 3PM ET slot since then, with other CNN figures like Anderson Cooper filling in. Baldwin has chronicled her experience with the virus on Instagram and since testing positive earlier this month.
I am virus free! And in order to do that, I need an antibody test. So… they call the coronavirus test a “brain tickler” for a reason.)" In an Instagram post Baldwin wrote, "UPDATE — My 🦠 test just came back negative. And to get an antibody test, I needed a negative #COVID19 result. there ya go. I would like to DO SOME GOOD as a result of this: ideally donate my🩸plasma to those who are very sick. (And if you watch this video… Thank you again to the docs and the nurses on the frontlines doing the real work.
The video, below, shows her going through the uncomfortable procedure of getting a test.
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin said that her latest coronavirus test came back negative, meaning that she is "virus free" and can return to work on Monday.

CNN Announces Lineup and Moderators for LGBTQ Town Hall

The network has so far allotted 4 1/2 hours to the event, which is less than the seven hours CNN telecast for its climate town hall earlier this month.
10 town hall will take place at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles and is being organized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The Oct.
Some of the candidates already are scheduling fundraising events around the town hall. Joe Biden is scheduled to headline a lunchtime fundraiser on Oct. 10 at the home of producer Michael Lombardo and his husband, architect Sonny Ward.
The plans are for two candidates to appear back to back each hour, and to answer questions from an audience.
HRC sponsored a candidates forum in August, 2007, also held in Los Angeles and aired on Logo.
to 8 p.m. Then Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are scheduled with Anderson Cooper, followed by Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg with Chris Cuomo, Beto O'Rourke and Amy Klobuchar with Don Lemon and Julian Castro with Cooper at 11 p.m. Tom Steyer and Cory Booker will appear in the first hour, from 7 p.m. ET, with Dana Bash interviewing and moderating.
HRC may extend additional invites if a candidate meets the threshold by Sept. 25. Candidates have polled at least 2 percent in at least four national or early state polls. The criteria for participation is the same as it has been for the third and fourth presidential debates. They also have to draw at least 130,000 unique donors in at least 20 states. Bernie Sanders and Andrew Yang declined an invite to participate, citing scheduling conflicts, according to CNN.
Nine presidential candidates are scheduled to participate in a CNN town hall on LGBTQ issues on October 10, an event that will focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.
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White House Press Secretary, CNN PR Spar Over Hurricane Maps″ />
She was dinging CNN for making a mistake after its coverage of Trump's claim earlier this week that Alabama was at risk. In fact, by Sunday the storm was no longer threatening that state, as National Weather Service forecasters charted its courts up along the southeast coast. The message was clear.

CNN's PR department returned with its own irreverent response to Grisham.
As President Trump continues to insist that he was right to say in a tweet that Alabama was in Hurricane Dorian's path, his press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, lashed out at CNN for one of its mistakes.
On Thursday he again tweeted messages and maps of the threat that the state once faced — although that was last week.

You all should try it sometime." And now we are admitting it. Yes, we made a mistake (which we fixed in less than 30 seconds). "Thanks, Stephanie.
She tweeted out a screenshot of a CNN-created map that identified Alabama as Mississippi.
geography?" she wrote on Twitter. "Hi @CNN, I know you guys are busy analyzing lines on a map, but perhaps you use your time to study up on U.S.
Trump continued to insist that he was correct, even after displaying a doctored weather map in which someone used a Sharpie to extend the hurricane's path into Alabama.
The Fake News Media was not!" "I was with you all the way Alabama.

Fox News Tops Basic Cable In Primetime For Third Month In A Row, CNN Rises, MSNBC Remains At Trump Era Low

While FNC was No. 1 in primetime viewership in all of basic cable this month and celebrated its 38th consecutive month as tops in total-day audience, that other cable newser, MSNBC, got burned this hot August.
2 again with 3.1 million viewers. The Ingraham Angle’s audience of 2.6 million, The Five’s viewership of 2.5 million and, once again the only non-FNC show in the cable news top 5, The Rachel Maddow Show’s 2.3 million, saw all the same shows in the same place compared with last month with small variations in their results. Weathering a series of advertiser losses and outrage over incendiary remarks about the true scope of white supremacy in America, Tucker Carlson Tonight was No.
In science, an experiment usually must be conducted three times with the same result to be considered a success. By that measure and metaphor, the latest monthly cable ratings results make Fox News Channel look very successful this summer.
Down 16% in total day viewers from last August to 870,000, and down 20% in primetime viewers from last year to 1.48 million, the NBCUniversal-owned outlet beat CNN in total viewers in both categories. However, this month also saw MSNBC garner just 222,000 in the 25-54 primetime demo to match July as the channel’s worst result since Donald Trump entered the White House.
Also worth noting: With 14 months to go until the 2020 Presidential election, FNC, CNN and MSNBC will be coming out swinging from the respective corners to get more and more of those well-paying and highly competitive political ad dollars – which will be the real on-air battlefield next year.” />
Worth noting: In that highly charged 9 PM ET slot, CNN's Chris Cuomo pulls in less than half of Maddow with 1.11 million viewers.
That was undoubtedly in no small part due to the well-watched two-night and two-part Democratic debates that CNN aired at the end of July. In the key news demo of adults 25-54, FNC had 375,000 viewers, an 11% decline year over year. That marks the best August result CNN has ever had, a 13% rise in 25-54s over last year, and a 95% uptick over July 2019’s demo viewership. In fact, the Jeff Zucker-led outlet not only was up 40% over last August in total viewers for a 1.5 million result, but it also beat FNC in the demo with 391,000.
Up a smidge from July in overall audience, Fox News rose 6% in primetime viewership compared with August 2018. Fueled by the advertiser-afflicted Tucker Carlson Tonight, cable news big dog Hannity and The Ingraham Angle, FNC drew 2.4 million viewers for August on average, according to Nielsen. For a third month in a row, the Rupert Murdoch-owned cable newser has topped all of basic cable in primetime viewership.
1 for a fifth month in a row with 3.3 million tuning in, even with last month. Sean Hannity’s 9 PM ET perch was still No. Similar to MSNBC’s primetime demo result, not a lot changed in the cable news show rankings from July to August.

Mail Bomber Who Targeted Donald Trump Critics Sentenced To Prison

None of the devices detonated, no one was hurt, and several were intercepted before reaching their intended targets.
Donald Trump Condemns “White Supremacy”, Warns Of Internet “Perils”, Calls Dayton “Toledo”; Video Game Group Responds – Update” />
Sayoc was labeled "the MAGA Bomber" after photos circulated of his van that was covered in pro-Trump stickers and posters, along with other images including Trump's 2016 Democratic presidential challenger Clinton in crosshairs.
Sayoc also sent explosive devices to CNN headquarters in Manhattan.
The Florida man who mailed bombs last year to high-profile critics of President Donald Trump including Democratic politicians, cable news outlets and pundits and Robert De Niro was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison.
Cesar Sayoc, 57, whose own legal team called him a "Donald Trump superfan," was arrested October 28 and had pleaded guilty to 65 criminal charges in March. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence.
Maxine Waters, former CIA director James Brennan (in care of CNN) and billionaire Dem contributors George Soros and Tom Steyer — the latter now a presidential candidate. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Rep. More than a dozen bombs were mailed to prominent Democrats including Barack and Michelle Obama, 2016 presidential nominee Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, former VP Joe Biden, Sens.

AMC Closing New Orleans & Baton Rouge Theaters As Tropical Storm Barry Approaches

Flash flood watches are in effect for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
In regards to the box office, distributors aren't expected a major fallout from Barry with that portion of the Gulf Coast region generating less than 1% of the weekend's ticket sales.” />
Don't expect moviegoers in Louisiana's Gulf Coast to head to Sam Raimi's Category 5 hurricane/alligator movie Crawl this weekend, or any title for that matter. With Tropical Storm Barry expected to dump 25 inches of rain after it reaches landfall Saturday as a Category 1 hurricane, AMC is shutting down all New Orleans and Baton Rouge locations at 6 p.m. local time tonight, and they'll stay closed through Saturday.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is asking New Orleans residents to take shelter beginning at 8 p.m.
Bernard, Plaquemines and St. States of emergency have been declared in the Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles parishes, with mandatory evacuations ordered in Jefferson and Plaquesmine parishes. New Orleans has a system of pumps that go into effect in flooding situations, but they'll only remove an inch of rainwater in the first hour of the storm, CNN reports.
Parts of New Orleans already are underwater with the Mississippi River, which is usually at 6 to 8 feet in midsummer, now at 16 feet. Barry is poised to push the river's level to 19 feet — a measure not seen since February 1950, per CNN and the Weather Channel.

CNN Host Don Lemon Doubts His Ability To Withstand “Toxicity” And Stay On Air Through 2020 Election

But I wonder how long I want to do this particular job in the way that I do it." He later clarified, "It doesn't mean I don't have a commitment to journalism, it just means I may want to do it a different way." Moderator Matthew Garrahan, the news editor of the Financial Times, relayed an audience question posted online , wondering whether Lemon would stay on the air despite it all. … "I absolutely love what I do. "I don't know," he said.
While the 20-minute session touched on a few other topics, Lemon's misgivings about the current era in cable news and popular political culture proved a dominant theme.
He added, "Everything catches up with you. I don't know if I can deal with this level of toxicity for so long."
"When people would come up to me, I would give them a hug. When someone asks me for a selfie, I say, 'Do you mind if I put my arm around you?' I am very careful about that. But that's where we are." And I shouldn't be. Somebody could accuse me of making them uncomfortable or being inappropriate with them or touching them inappropriately. I don't do that anymore because you don't know what someone's motives are. "I'm such a gregarious person," he said.
Don Lemon, who has been on CNN since 2006, says the "toxicity" of social media and the balkanized, vocal state of the nation in the Trump era make him uncertain whether he will remain on the air doing his current show through the 2020 election.
Lemon said the lack of "personal safety" has "taken a toll." At 53, the host of a two-hour nightly show on CNN, said he has become concerned about changes in his day-to-day reactions. Not only sparring with guests and pushing back on the Trump administration, but being what Garrahan described as a "unicorn" — an openly gay, black host in primetime has made him an unusually big target.
"I was doing a shoot in the park the other day and someone shouted at me, 'I'm sick of watching you. We built this country. I don't go on social media any more, it's so toxic." I can't wait for CNN to fire your black a–, you f—-t,'" he recalled during a keynote session at the FT Future of News Summit. "So, all of those sorts of people call you on the phone and say those things, or they write you.
I didn't have to talk politics. Lemon did show many flashes of humor during the conversation. He remembered thinking, "My gosh, this is so refreshing I didn't have to talk about the president. I just had to judge someone's hamburger."” /> He recalled getting invited to be a celebrity cooking event hosted by Bobby Flay.

Michael Avenatti Charged With Stealing From Stormy

Today's legal development goes a long way in explaining why Daniels, back in March, abruptly ended her professional relationship with Avenatti, saying he had "dealt with me extremely dishonestly."
Last August, Avenatti said he might make his own run at the White House.
Avenatti shot to fame representing the porn star who claimed she had an affair with Donald Trump years ago and was paid hush money prior to the presidential election.
Daniels eventually contacted her publisher directly about the money, and discovered Avenatti's rannygazoo, according to the indictment. But Avenatti insisted to her that the publisher had skipped those payments, the court docs claimed, using the money toward law firm payments, a lease payment on a Ferrari, dry cleaning, plane tickets, etc.
He also tweeted, “I was entitled to any monies retained per my agreement with the client. My agreement for representation and compensation included a percentage of any book proceeds.”” />
The latest charges were filed in the Southern District of New York, where Avenatti already has been accused of extortion targeting Nike.
A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted hot-shot attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday, charging him with stealing about $300,000 of ex-client Stormy Daniels' advance on her book and using that money to pay employees of his law firm and his coffee business.
Avenatti became a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC and was such a hot commodity that, about this time last year, Morning Joe panelist Donny Donny Deutsch reported Avenatti was "already auditioning" for CNN chief Jeff Zucker and MSNBC president Phil Griffin while Avenatti himself told Vanity Fair that more than one network had approached him about doing a show.
She directly paid only $100.00 for all that she received. "She received millions of dollars worth of legal services and we spent huge sums in expenses. I look forward to a jury hearing the evidence” “No monies relating to Daniels were ever misappropriated or mishandled," Avenatti tweeted in anticipation of Wednesday's indictment.
Manhattan federal prosecutors charged Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen with campaign-finance violations for the hush-money payment. Cohen  pleaded guilty to that, and other crimes, and is in the slammer serving a three-year sentence, while Trump denies the alleged affair.
As Daniels' attorney, Avenatti helped negotiate a $800K advance for the book "Full Disclosure," published last September. According to the indictment, Avenatti allegedly told Daniels lit agent to send two payments to an account controlled by him, then forged her signature on a letter authorizing that payment.

FNC’s Pete Buttigieg Town Hall Beats Competition, Generates Headlines, Irks Donald Trump

To that point, a few hours before FNC's Buttigieg town hall, Trump had tweeted his displeasure.
Explaining his decision, Buttigieg said Dems "have to find people where they are,” and “connect with Americans from coast-to-coast.”” />
Asked how he would handle President Donald Trump's debate insults and tweets, Buttigieg paused, then told Wallace, "I don't care."
Oh, and covering candidates of both parties is part of the job of a news channel.” FNC's Brit Hume was having none of that. He tweet-slapped Trump, writing, "Say this for Buttigieg. He’s willing to be questioned by Chris Wallace, something you’ve barely done since you’ve been president.
You can’t look away." Look, it is mesmerizing. It is the nature of grotesque things. I get it. We need to make sure we are changing the channel from this show that he’s created. And when Wallace argued that Trump's tweets are extremely effective at reaching the country, Buttigieg countered, “It is an effective way to command the attention of media.

“I get where that’s coming from, especially when you see what goes on with some opinion hosts on this network," Buttigieg said during the event. "I mean, when you’ve got Tucker Carlson saying that immigrants make America dirty, When you’ve got Laura Ingraham comparing detention centers with children in cages to summer camps — summer camps — there is a reason why anybody has to swallow hard and think twice before participating in this media ecosystem.”
Buttigieg's FNC encounter also outstripped his earlier town hall on CNN, which logged 545K total viewers including 169K in the demo, on a Sunday back in March.
Fox News Channel's Sunday headline-grabbing, POTUS-pissing-off town hall with Dem 2020 hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg scored 1.1 million viewers, 172,000 in the news demo, at 7 PM ET.
But Buttigieg kind of got Trump's point, when he talked to Wallace about agreeing to a town hall on FNC, while other Dems have declined.
Buttigieg's sit-down with Chris Wallace clocked bigger numbers in both metrics than combined time-slot stats for MSNBC's Kasie DC (621,000 77K) and CNN's Newsroom (447K, 96K).
But Butttigieg might have outrun Sanders in the headline department.
Sanders' April FNC town hall with Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum remains the most watched town hall of this election season to date. In fairness, Sanders scored his nearly 2.6 million viewers from 6:30-7:30 PM on a Monday night, instead of a more challenging Sunday. Sanders' haul included 489,000 in the 25-54 news demographic. Buttigieg's no Bernie Sanders.

At Least 1 Dead, 3 Others Injured In Shooting At San Diego Area Synagogue

The shooting comes six months to the day after a gunman opened fire at a temple in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people and wounding half a dozen others.
The violence at the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018, is considered the deadliest attack ever on the Jewish community in the U.S.
Witnesses reported hearing dozens of shots as families gathered inside the house of worship on the final day of Passover.
Twenty minutes later, the San Diego County Sheriff's Office took to Twitter to advise area residents to avoid the 16000 block of Chabad Way in Poway, just north of San Diego. In a subsequent tweet, officials said the suspect had been taken into custody.

A parishioner, whose husband was inside the building at the time of the shooting, was interviewed and said "they can't break us."
Vaus noted that people in the building prevented the gunman from causing more carnage.
Meanwhile earlier this month, three historically black churches were set on fire in Louisiana. Officials said they found “suspicious elements” in all three cases.” />
PT: One person has died following the shooting. Updated at 2:20 p.m.
The incident occurred at the Chabad of Poway just before 11:30 a.m. PT.
A shooting Saturday afternoon in California at a San Diego County synagogue left at least one person dead and three others injured, according to local media reports.

In an interview on CNN shortly after the shooting, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus said the synagogue takes its security "very seriously."
There are injuries," the sheriff's department tweeted at 12:30 p.m. @SDSOPoway Deputies were called to Chabad Way just before 11:30 a.m. "A man has been detained for questioning in connection with a shooting incident at the Chabad of Poway synagogue.
The synagogue was hosting Passover services when the violence unfolded. Authorities said the victims were taken to Palomar Medical Center in nearby Escondido.
"This shooter was engaged by people in the congregation and those brave people certainly prevented this from being a much worse tragedy," he stated, adding that the shooter had "hate" in his heart.

Lee Daniels Offers Some Details About ‘Superbitch’, His Gay Superhero Film

He does backflips and he has a cape and he does karate and, oh my God, he's going to be a hero!" I found him on Instagram of all places. After moderator Van Jones of CNN asked in the waning seconds of the conversation if the "rumor" about the project are true, Daniels exclaimed, "It's true!" He elaborated, "It's called Superbitch.
While "I'm not putting that much money behind it," Daniels noted, "a couple million dollars for a gay superhero movie is pretty f–king exciting!"
Jones replied, "With a name like Superbitch, you ain't gotta promote it."
He said he will produce and put several million dollars into the modest-budgeted film, but will not direct, scouting instead for an up-and-comer to step behind the camera. He announced it in January in an Instagram post that featured the film's progenitor, a performer who posts videos on the social network. That memorably titled project is also known as the Daniels-shepherded gay superhero movie.
At the end of a 12-minute conversation at the Time 100 Summit that glided past the most conspicuous issue in his career — the fate of Empire in the wake of the Jussie Smollett case — Lee Daniels offered a few new details about Superbitch.
As he sought to get his career on track, he looked for financing sources wherever he could find them. "You do what you do."” /> "Some of it was drug money," he shrugged. After Jones offered a laudatory introduction, he and Daniels spent the bulk of the session recalling the oft-told tales of how Daniels has bucked convention at every turn. "I was disruptive at birth," Daniels said.

‘CBS This Morning’ Co-Host Bianna Golodryga Leaving the Network – Update

“Bianna Golodryga has decided to leave the network," a CBS News spokesperson said in a statement. "We thank her for her many contributions during her time here at CBS News and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”
UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 1:20 PM: CBS News just made it official, confirming that CBS This Morning co-host Bianna Golodryga will be leaving the network.
This latest game of morning show chairs comes as Gayle King nears inking a new multi-year deal with CBS News. As Deadline reported last month, while King will remain the main anchor of CBS This Morning, she may get a new set of co-hosts. In addition to Golodryg's pending exit, current co-hosts Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson have long been rumored for other possible gigs within CBS News, CBS Evening News, whose current anchor Jeff Glor had been under pressure amid ratings declines, and 60 Minutes, respectively.
PREVIOUS TUESDAY 10 AM: Bianna Golodryg will be exiting CBS after a six-month stint as co-host of the network's CBS This Morning program, a source close to the now Susan Zirinsky-run CBS News confirmed to Deadline.
Kelly.” /> After a couple of years of ratings gains, CBS This Morning has struggled following the ouster of co-host Charlie Rose over sexual harassment allegations. The program recently scored a major coup with a headline making King interview with R.
According to HuffPost, which first reported on Golodryga's likely exit, Zirinsky “felt that the show had too many anchors” and had hoped to keep the well known journalist at CBS but Golodryga plans to exercise her contract option to leave the network if taken off CBS This Morning. Golodryga is expected to continue in her role as CNN contributor.
"We're declining to comment on this as we have with other stories," a CBS News spokesperson said of Golodryga's rumored departure.

Turner Offers Voluntary Buyouts To Long-Tenured Employees, Following HBO

Here is the full text of Santone's internal memo:
The makeover began in earnest once the federal government lost its appeal of a lawsuit challenging AT&T's $81 billion takeover of Time Warner. While the deal was permitted to officially close last June by a federal judge, who rejected the Department of Justice lawsuit, the appeals process restrained the company from operating as a fully merged entity. Turner is undergoing significant changes under a reshuffling announced last month by CEO John Stankey.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your HR Representative. We know this is an important decision for those who are eligible to participate.
In recent weeks, Turner boss David Levy, a 32-year company veteran, said he was stepping down, and the company put CNN chief Jeff Zucker in charge of Turner as well as CNN. That eight-month delay created a bottleneck, a series of announcements has been flooding out almost daily about comings and goings. Under the terms of a settlement with the DOJ, Turner remained in a silo pending the outcome of the appeal. Richard Plepler and two senior executives have left the fold at HBO, and those exits are unlikely to be the last as changes continue to take full effect.
Today, employees meeting these eligibility requirements will receive a confidential, personalized email detailing the program, its benefits, and deadlines for acceptance, which is strictly voluntary.
As WarnerMedia continues to implement its restructuring plan, select Turner employees have been offered voluntary buyouts, following the same model of the plan introduced last month by HBO.
As part of these efforts, we have decided to offer a Voluntary Separation Program to regular status U.S. Turner employees who are at least age 55 and have 10 or more years of service as of December 31, 2019, excluding on-air talent and union employees.
WarnerMedia declined to comment when contacted by Deadline.
Part of the Turner network portfolio, including Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, shifted to Warner Bros. control in the reorg., putting a greater emphasis on CNN, TNT and TBS as Turner's main profit centers. Many operations in areas like distribution and marketing at Turner and HBO have been consolidated. John Stephens, CFO of AT&T, told a Wall Street investor conference last month that the parent company would seek to shield WarnerMedia from "a finance bean-counter from a telephone company." At the same time, AT&T still has billions in debt from the Time Warner deal it is looking to pay down, as it also looks to hit announced targets of $1.5 billion in cost savings and $1 billion in synergies.
The Wall Street Journal had the first report on the Turner buyouts.
Angela Santone, EVP and head of HR for Turner, sent a memo today to employees, according to a Turner insider. Workers who accept the voluntary offer will receive four weeks' pay for every year of service, up to a limit of two years' pay. The memo outlined the opportunity for workers 55 years old and older with 10 or more years of service as of the end of 2019.
This is a very important and historic time for our company. As the industry evolves, our focus is to ensure we continue to be as successful in the future as we have been in the past. Recently, John Stankey shared his new organizational structure and strategic priorities for WarnerMedia. Across the company, we are identifying opportunities for savings to drive growth and profitability.
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Michael Cohen Testimony: 14 Million Watch Donald Trump’s Former Fixer Dish

After the testimony, and with President Trump's summit in North Korea unraveled, Fox News Channel dominated primetime punditry, averaging 3.447M viewers, besting MSNBC's 3.137M and CNN's 1.788M.
About 14 million people watched prison-bound Michael Cohen testify that his former boss President Donald Trump is racist, a conman and a cheat, and warn that if he loses in 2020 there will "never be a peaceful transition."
Another 2.4M caught one committee member tell Cohen "Liar, liar, pants on fire" via Fox News Channel.
ABC, however, logged 760K in the age bracket, and CBS averaged 666K, besting CNN.
MSNBC had the edge on the news demo in primetime, 645K viewers to FNC's 629K and CNN's 5.77K.” />
But CNN logged the largest crowd among cable newsers in the 25-54 age bracket that is the currency of TV news sales.
ABC was followed closely by CBS’s 3.050M.
It does not include data on other TV outlets such as C-Span etc, nor does it include the testimony's considerable audience watching via various livestreams. That's how many people watched him testify before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday across ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News Channel.
About 2.8M viewers watched committee Republicans blast Cohen for considering movie, TV or book deals about his experience on that Comcast cable network.
ABC's numbers may be higher than competitors in part because its news coverage wrapped at 3 PM when the committee took a break. Data for the other networks runs through 5:15 PM, when the hearing wrapped.
The gap between broadcast and cable news networks was slim.
CNN averaged 2.2M viewers who caught the hearings' wild Whose A Racist exchange between committee members Mark Meadows and Rashida Tlaib.
Republicans throwing spitballs at him for being there in the first place that if they  continue to blindly follow Trump like he did they are "going to suffer the same consequences that I am suffering. Look at what happened to me."
Among networks reporting in early Nielsen data, ABC clocked the largest crowd. About 3.097M ABC viewers warn
MNBC logged the largest cable news crowd.

CNN’s Amy Klobuchar Presidents Day Town Hall Ratings Thumped By MSNBC & Fox News

CNN’s 10-11:15 PM sit-down with the Dem presidential candidate clocked 1.139M viewers. Only 294K of them fell into the 25-54 demo that is the currency of news programming.
CNN’s Don Lemon-hosted town hall with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar came in third on Presidents Day to MSNBC and Fox News Channel, both in total viewers and in the news demo.
During the New Hampshire town hall, Klobuchar said she would sign the U.S. She declared herself a non-advocate of free four-year college for all. She also denied she had abused her staff, as some former staffers have claimed, acknowledging she is a “tough boss" who has sometimes pushed people too hard but added "the big point for me is I want the country to meet high expectations because we don’t have that going now.”” /> back into the international climate change agreement on Day 1 of her presidency, and believes President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to circumvent Congress in funding his border wall is an abuse of executive power.
Similar story in the news demo, with MSNBC (441K) and FNC (435K) running a lap ahead of CNN.
Running more than a million viewers ahead of Klobuchar: MSNBC with 2.391M viewers, ahead of FNC (2.390M).

Kamala Harris’ CNN Town Hall Sets Demo-Viewership Record

Meanwhile, Fox News noted today that it now has been the No. FNC first became No. 1 across the board in primetime and 24-hour total viewers and in the 25-54 demo at the end of the Nielsen month in January 2002.” /> 1 cable news network for 17 consecutive years.
ET. MSNBC had 2.35 million and Fox had 2.26 million total viewers at 10 p.m. In total viewers, the Town Hall with the newly announced Democratic White House hopeful averaged 1.96 million, a 75% gain over CNN’s prior four (1.12 million).
ET, easily beating Fox News and MSNBC. Kamala Harris boasted 712,000 adults 25-54 from 10-11 p.m. The Town Hall with Sen. CNN also led all of primetime cable news in the demo Monday.
Kamala Harris drew 20,000 people to her first campaign rally Sunday in Oakland, and it looks like she has drawing power on the small screen as well. CNN said today that its Monday night event with the junior senator from California was "the most-watched cable news single-candidate election town hall" ever among the 25-54 news demo.

Donald Trump’s Former Fixer Michael Cohen To Testify Publicly Before Congress On February 7

So this is finally putting a face on somebody who can talk with authority about these events," Dean said. "Michael Cohen has deep and wide knowledge of President Trump and what happened during the campaign.
Asked if he expects Trump supporters, including Republicans in Congress, to attack Cohen's testimony, as his own testimony had been dismissed as outrageous by Nixon supporters, Dean chuckled, "I was attacked not only by Nixon supporter and surrogates – I was attacked by Nixon in a number of his national addresses."
Before that hearing, Cohen will meet, behind closed doors, with the House Intelligence Committee at which he will be asked questions relevant to Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian rannygazoo in the presidential election.
"The tapes certainly resolved who was telling the truth," Dean acknowledged of his situation decades earlier, referencing Nixon's famous Watergate tapes that backed up Dean's testimony.
The public hearing is scheduled for a month before Cohen is set to report to prison, after pleading guilty to making  campaign finance related payments to silence two women who claim to have had affairs with Trump years earlier.
CNN pundit Van Jones translated: "When your homeboy starts snitching, you are in trouble."
Cohen also admitted to lying to Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow project, acknowledging that effort went on later than he previously testified, into summer of 2016 when Trump was clearly the GOP candidate.” />
"in furtherance of my commitment to cooperate and provide the American people with answers, I have accepted the invitation by Chairman Elijah Cummings to appear publicly on February 7th before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform," Cohen said in a statement.
"I look forward to having the privilege of being afforded a platform with which to give a full and credible account of the events which have transpired," Cohen added.
February 7 will be a red-letter day for President Donald Trump with news his former fixer Michael Cohen has agreed to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee that day about the work he did for the man he said he would take a bullet for.
"I think it' s healthy for the public understanding of what is going on," Dean, now a contributor at CNN, said Thursday afternoon of Cohen's Big Day Before Congress.
"But I understand Michael Cohen has tapes as well," Dean said, adding, "I'm sure Trump doesn't know which ones he does and does not have, since it was Cohen doing the taping."
Word of Cohen's date with the committee triggered talk of John Dean, Richard Nixon's White House counselor, whose testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee did so much to convince Nixon to resign.
It will be a public hearing, according to Dem Rep. Trey Gowdy. Elijah Cummings, head of the committee formerly helmed by GOP Rep.

TV Controversies In 2018: #SexualHarassment, #Racism, #Bombs, #Guns, #BabySnatching

But, when NRA tweeted a GIF of Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope to thank Loesch for her bravery…
Here are the sordid details:
But, when pressed, Brown could not remember who was behind the project she had been pitched to produce.
"I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda," co-creator Michael Schur tweeted, also relaying message to NRA from star Amy Poehler: "f*ck off." Cast member Nick Offerman chimed in too, writing "Leslie Knope represents the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda. Take it down and please eat s—”:
In May, Full Frontal's late-night political satirist Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" in demanding that the First Daughter live up to her self-described official White House job as advocate for children to get Daddy to cease his baby-snatching border policy. Daddy then demanded TBS cancel Bee's show and the White House chimed in, calling Bee's language "vile," and adding, inaccurately, that the "collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling," though she had been much berated by hosts and commentators at cable cousin CNN.
Former Veep Dick Cheney was happy to sign a waterboarding kit.
…the NBC comedy’s cast and crew took aim and fired.
Showtime's Who Is America? hit the motherlode when Sacha Baron Cohen convinced Georgia state lawmaker Jason Spencer that exposing his bare buttocks, imitating a Chinese tourist using racial stereotypes and repeatedly yelling the N-word on-air were good career moves. Spencer apologized and refused to step down but eventually resigned.
“Some things will be dealt with at a later date,” Marge hints.
You want me back,” Spacey/Underwood smiled. “They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true, and that I got what I deserved. “I know what you want. I can promise you this: If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn’t do!”” />
Comedian Hari Kondabolu’s truTV documentary The Problem with Apu triggered a lot of talk when it debuted in 2017. The Simpsons added lighter fluid to the fire when it “addressed” the controversy in this past April; in an episode in which Marge reads a book to Lisa, in which the cisgender girl heroine is already evolved and “doesn’t really have an emotional journey to complete,” Lisa complained, leaving the book with “no point.”

When Marge asks what she is supposed to do about that, Lisa responds:
I’m not going to do it man. Hart at first, appearing shirtless and defiant via Instagram, insisted he had dealt with those past statements and would not apologize now, saying, "We feed Internet trolls and we reward them. … If it goes away, no harm, no foul.” But two days later, he was out, after Hart's decade-old homophobic social media posts were dug up and went viral. I’m going to be me.
As one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary "Just Do It" campaign, Colin Kaepernick sparked renewed backlash, with some fans urging a boycott of the company and cutting the Nike logo out of gear they already own.
“There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media,” said Zucker, whose company received multiple package bombs in New York and Atlanta. “The President, and especially the White House Press Secretary, should understand their words matter. Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.”
In early December, with no host yet named and the 2019 Academy Awards little more than two months away on ABC, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reported Kevin Hart was host-elect. Couple hours later, Hart confirmed via Instagram that he was hosting, calling it the “opportunity of a lifetime.”
Fox News recently seems to have tried adding some daylight between Trump and his fave morning show Fox & Friends; but when one of the curvy-couch crowd actually takes issue with a Trump move, it is considered so extraordinary as to make headlines.
Loesch’s fear stemmed from the number of people in the audience who expressed their support for gun control measures. NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch claimed she feared for her life when she participated in CNN’s February town hall on gun violence, which was attended by grieving students and parents from Parkland, FL, where 17 students and adults had been killed in the country’s latest school mass shooting. Next day, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, Loesch announced “many in legacy media love mass shootings" because "crying white mothers are ratings gold.”
Moonves was deeply and directly involved in the payout, Deadline reported. Those "cultural issues" also included a $9.5M payment made to Eliza Dushku to resolve claims that CBS retaliated against her for complaining about sexual harassment on the set of Bull. Dushku alleged Michael Weatherly remarked about her appearance, made a rape joke and commented about a threesome, NYT reported.
But, Nike stock jumped 5% since the company named the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback the star of its 30th anniversary ad campaign, CBS reported.
White's royal scoop did not sit well with some, despite Mackie’s assurance that “going forward, no one gets paid more than the queen.”
Deadspin released a chilling video compilation of local anchors at Sinclair TV stations around the country being compelled to read the same script warning viewers of the danger of “fake stories” being foisted on an unsuspecting public by unnamed media outlets that are “dangerous to democracy.” Some Sinclair talent likened it to a “hostage” video, but Sinclair bigwigs defended its must-run segments.
Bill Shine, who resigned as co-president of Fox News in May 2017 after being criticized for his handling of various sexual harassment claims at the network, was named to run Trump's communication operations, while Trump's former communications aide Hope Hicks became Chief Communications Officer at New Fox. And FNC's primetime star Sean Hannity long has been called Trump's Shadow Chief of Staff. President Trump already was known to watch and promote Fox News Channel shows via Twitter. And fingers were wagged when FNC stars Hannity and Jeanine "Democrats Are Demon Rats" Pirro appeared onstage a Trump rally to foam over, with Hannity declaring all members of the media covering, from the back of the hall, to be "Fake News." But eyebrows rose and stayed that way in 2018's unprecedented display of President-on-News Network-iness.
After an invited White House crowd pretended in October not to understand why bombs were being mailed to CNN and prominent Democrats, giving Trump a standing ovation because he had just said, “We have to unify" and "Acts or threats of political violence have no place in the United States of America,” CNN chief Jeff Zucker issued a statement blasting POTUS' hypocrisy.
The first Fortune 500 CEO toppled by allegations of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era, Moonves' CBS career ended abruptly after a dozen women accused him of various unwanted acts, including forced oral sex. After his ouster in September, the company board announced in December that Moonves will get none of the $120M severance he had expected, citing the findings of its investigation into Moonves, CBS News and "cultural issues at CBS."
A month later, The Daily Mail reported Foy would receive $275K in back pay to bring her to pay parity with Smith.
When Corey Lewandowski made a sad-trombone "womp, womp" noise on Fox News Channel during a segment about a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome separated from her mother at border as part of Trump's baby-snatching border policy, he was invited back on Fox News Channel next day, to double down and refuse to apologize:
Country music star John Rich, a former contestant on Donald Trump's The Celebrity Apprentice, tweeted a picture of one of his crew members holding the tops of a cut pair of Nike socks, with the caption: “Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions.”
And it was about us!" President Donald Trump chest-thumped next day, to make sure headlines about the show's triumphant return made mention of him. Over 18 million people! “Look at Roseanne! Roseanne Redux, in which the lead character had evolved into a fervent member of Donald Trump’s base, as had star Roseanne Barr in real life, was a ratings hit, clocking more than 18M viewers Live+Same Day (and 22M in L+3).
that's because the Palin segment failed as comedy. Cohen also told Fleming the show was not coming back because you can't do a second season of lightning in a bottle – or words to that effect. never aired her interview. Sarah Palin threatened to sue, but Who Is America? Cohen told Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr.
The Crown producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries revealed in March that Matt Smith, who played Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Phillip, got a bigger paycheck for two seasons' work on the female-led Netflix drama than did Claire Foy — who played, you know, the queen. That was due to his higher profile coming off Doctor Who, they explained at an industry panel moderated by Deadline's Peter White.
Then, on Christmas Eve, Spacey kneecapped Rose, posting a video on his Twitter account, in character as House of Cards' Frank Underwood.

Roy Moore filed a defamation suit claiming he was tricked into appearing on the show, which caused him to suffer "extreme emotional distress," kind of like those women who had accused him of inappropriate sexual contact with them they were teens in the 70s.
Spacey's video was unveiled shortly after word broke that the actor had been charged with indecent assault and battery, and would be arraigned in early January for allegedly grabbing the genitals of an 18-year-old at a Nantucket nightclub back in 2016. (Spacey also is under investigation in the UK regarding multiple sexual assault allegations.)
Also in January, an anonymously created TV writers survey circulated asking writers, their assistants and showrunners' assistants to share their salaries. The Crown's pay flap wasn’t the first, though maybe it was the most regal. The gender pay disparity results were eye-opening. In January, Mark Wahlberg announced in he would donate, in Michelle Williams' name, the $1.5M he got paid for doing reshoots on the film All the Money in the World – reshoots for which Williams only got the $1,000 per diem.
There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me," as CBS Evening News reported the next night: Those "cultural issues" included allegations of harassment at newsmag 60 MInutes, including unwanted advances by veteran EP Jeff Fager. But when Fager got the hook in September, it was not for those allegations, but for sending a threatening text to a female journalist on staff as she covered the story, warning Jericka Duncan to, "Be careful.
Kaepernick is suing the NFL, alleging collusion to keep him out of the league over his protests. Kaepernick was the first to kneel before NFL games to protest police brutality resulting in the deaths of unarmed black Americans. President Trump is among those insisting Kaepernick and colleagues are dissing the American flag.
Chen never returned, except briefly by pre-taped message about a week after the season launch, to announce she was stepping down from the program:
This time, announcing he was withdrawing from the hosting gig, he added, “I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.” "Goes away" it did, two days after Hart confirmed the offer.
As of late July, however, Foy said that report still was “not quite correct.”
“Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” she says, looking at a framed photo of Apu, who operates the Kwik-E-Mart convenience store in Springfield, inscribed with the message, “Don’t have a cow.”
In 2018, a TV actor gender pay parity still was being debated, a TV journalist thought blackface could be defended on grounds of "Halloween," and a TV ad campaign featuring a man known for kneeling to protest deaths of unarmed U.S. citizens triggered a national outbreak of gym sock logo cutting. Also, a network fired its hit sitcom star for behaving like the president, and the CEO of CBS learned what “consensual” most certainly does not mean.
Hank Azaria announce he would be “willing and happy” to step aside as voice of Apu on The Simpsons or help transition the character into “something new,” calling it “the right thing to do.” He even threw out the idea of killing off Apu Nahasapeemapetilon while guesting on Stephen Colbert's Late Show.
Among Cohen's other targets:
“If at all,” Lisa adds.
Charlie Rose, tossed out of CBS News and PBS in 2017 over allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, seemed to have a lock on the prize for Year's Craziest #MeToo Comeback Bid since April. That's when Tina Brown told a gathering at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy Women's Luncheon that she had been pitched a program in which Rose, who got canned by PBS and CBS News after reports of inappropriate behavior, would interview other high-profile men who, like him, had been kicked to the curb by their #MeToo scandals.
Making Kondabolu's point, this past November a news channel in Argentina announced the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the G20 summit, by broadcasting a picture of Apu with the caption “Apu arrives."
Obviously the man has a problem.” Chen’s Talk co-hosts discussed her absence on the September 10 premiere when Moonves' ouster was topic du jour, with Sharon Osbourne noting, “It’s very embarrassing and upsetting to have to talk about [Julie’s] husband, but … we feel it’s right. Moonves' ouster, in turn, led wife Julie Chen to exit The Talk.
Even so, he appeared in his "Let Me Be Frank" video in character and in a Christmas apron. Spacey got fired from his Underwood role on Showtime's political drama in '17.
At its May upfront/Rosanne Victory Lap, ABC/Disney chief Ben Sherwood preened, "You are welcome" to any advertisers in the hall who were playing an If Anyone Mentions Roseanne Drinking Game.
But, in addition to sharing Trump’s politics, Barr shared his penchant for making racist remarks. When, just a few weeks after the upfront presentation, Barr posted a tweet that described former President Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes,” ABC canceled the country's top-rated new comedy. The network later brokered a deal to bring back the reboot, minus any Barr involvement, renaming it The Connors.
Lousy ratings had former Fox News Channel It Girl Megyn Kelly on the endangered list over at NBC, but it was her defense of Halloween costume blackface that caused NBC News to kick the host of Today's third hour off the air, despite her on-air apology:
Postal Inspection Service were seen on screen surrounding and covering Sayoc’s van with a blue tarp, in order to cover windows plastered with photos of Trump and Veep Mike Pence, the Presidential Seal, and a bumper sticker that read “CNN Sucks.” And, as news operations brought viewers up to date, law enforcement officials with the FBI and U.S. Two days later, authorities arrested Floridian Cesar Sayoc Jr.
Bee, unlike Lewandowski, apologized, as did TBS, and the segment was pulled.

CNN’s Don Lemon Tweaks President Trump For 2013 Comments On Obama

CNN's Don Lemon last night dug into the archives for 2013 footage of Donald Trump saying President Obama should be fired over a government shutdown.
Lemon, well-known for his disdain for the president, had a deadpan response after airing the clip. Hmmm.” “Starts from the top. If anyone should get fired, the president.
Last week, he aired a clip of Trump bragging on campaign finance, an issue that has been in the news lately thanks to the president's former attorney, Michael Cohen, who has been sentenced to three years in prison for several criminal charges, including violating campaign finance laws. Lemon has been on a roll with found footage.
2014, in effect kicking the can down the road. 1-17 and centered on the Republican and Democrat divide over the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. That impasse ended when Congress passed a bill suspending the debt limit until Feb. The 2013 government shutdown over budgeting during the Obama administration lasted from Oct.
The president’s the leader. “If you say, ‘Who gets fired?’ it always has to be the top,” Trump said on an episode of Fox & Friends that aired in September 2013 (comments at the 4:23 mark on the video above). He’s to get everyone in a room and he’s got to lead.” “I mean, problems start from the top and they have to get solved from the top.″ />
The day after President Trump pranked former President Barack Obama by retweeting his 2011 quote calling for taking on illegal immigration, The Art of the Deal co-author had his own ghost of comments past haunting him.
Priceless." He added: “Donald Trump suggesting that President Barack Obama should have been fired for a government shutdown.

Gobsmack-iest Donald Trump Moments Of 2018

Trump, clearly was irked at Dem gains in the House, in gubernatorial races, etc., held a morning after presser to claim victory, owing to GOP gains in the Senate. Key members of House took to Sunday Beltway shows to signal they might investigate Trump's campaigns against CNN, WaPo owner Jeff Bezos and other media outlets violates any laws, after Trump's post-midterm press brawl that left CNN's Jim Acosta stripped of his press credentials.
The real estate developer turned reality star who spent years complaining that the world was laughing at the United States prompted laughter among world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, when he spoke there for the second time as POTUS.
"We did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, because for seven days nobody talked about the elections…It stopped a tremendous momentum." While taking credit for midterm election turnout he boasted is "breaking every single record," Trump old those attending a Missouri rally covered on TV.
Turns out, rather than settling in to his role as President of the United States after a year learning the ropes of politics, and spelling, President Donald Trump was just warming up in his first year in office, and it was 2018 when he really began to foam over.
Later, Trump blames the deadliest wildfire in California history on improper raking.
And former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright pronounced Trump to be Putin’s “useful idiot.” Borrowing a Mussolini gag, she described Trump’s Russia strategy to date: “If you pluck the chicken one feather at a time nobody will notice.” “We have just plucked a lot of feathers here,” she said of Trump's Helsinki groveling.
And, when PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor asked Trump about calling himself a “nationalist” which is seen by some to mean “white nationalist,” he shot back at the African American reporter, “That is such a racist question!”
Trump seemed to endorse the suspect's move on CNN, bellowing, “When you report Fake News, which CNN does, you are the Enemy of the People!” Acosta jumped back up and, minus microphone, could be heard talking “pipe bombs” – three of which had been sent to CNN, allegedly by a rabid Donald Trump supporter in Florida who had been arrested.
As happens in even the very best of romantic relationships, Kim Jong Un continues to fawn over POTUS but describes his effort to denuclearize North Korea as "delusion" unless Trump first removes all of its military assets from South Korean and Japan.
"Very unfortunate, what is going on,' Trump said, telling Republicans, "go out and vote!"
In October, Melania Trump lost much of her mystique when she complained, while touring Africa, that she considers herself to be the
It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!” Trump then took to Twitter to blast those, including a growing number of Republicans, and on-air talent at Fox New, the Wall Street Journal, etc., who "HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia,”  scoffing, “They would rather go to war than see this.
"most bullied person in the world."
It’s beautiful, though!” West enthused. “My dad and mom separated, so I did not have lot of male energy in my home,” the husband of Kim Kardashian told Trump. “Also, I’m married to a family that does not have a lot of male energy.
It is instead, intended to blast them. So much for media speculation that campaign was sending a message to her social media bully-in-chief husband, POTUS Donald Trump. This sense of being the "most bullied person in the world" is what led her to create her anti-bullying "Be Best" initiative.
Though he had repeatedly dismissed reports Russia interfered in our 2016 election, pundits were shocked when Trump stood onstage in Helsinki with Russian ruler Vladimir Putin and accepted the former KGB officer's denials regarding interference in the election. He just said it's not Russia. Trump nodded as Putin denied any involvement. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be." Asked directly if he believes his own intelligence community or Putin, Trump said his advisers, including director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, have told him "they think it's Russia," but "I have President Putin.
citizen and held office illegally. Remember how he won the election, despite getting caught boasting he was so rich he could grab women by "the pussy" without paying a price, because his seasoned political opponent forgot to visit a couple key states because she was so busy appearing on late night TV shows and raising cash for the party in California? Remember how 2017 was going to have been the wildest in U.S. political history, what with the country having just elected president a real estate developer turned reality TV star who launched his political career championing the wackadoodle conspiracy the sitting president was not a U.S.
And they’re great letters. "He wrote me beautiful letters. And then we fell in love.”
When Acosta aggressively poked the presidential bear with his trademark line of chastising, Trump shouted back, “That’s enough! Put down the mic!” and adding, “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person."
When even Newt Gingrich called that performance "a mistake," Trump wanted a do-over, telling reporters that when he said he did not see any reason why Russia "would" be involved in election tampering, he had meant to say "wouldn’t” and that they should add that into their coverage to clarify.
“I didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s okay,” Trump smiled, before getting back on script.
Trump’s clothing line is made in China, but West did not mention that.
He blamed news outlets for "Not talking politics" while they instead covered the two domestic terror incidents.

"I want to show them that I don't care," she told ABC News, of the media.
“You know what? That makes sense. Then Noah clarified: “Sorry, what I meant to say was ‘Get the fuck out of here, man!'” I believe Trump on this,” The Daily Show's Trevor Noah said that night.
After his address, Trump held a presser where, among other gobsmacking moments, he called a reporter from Kurdistan "Mr Kurd" and insisted China has great respect for his "very, very large brain."
Ironically a man who appears, based on his van's many bumper stickers and signs, to be an ardent Trump supporter was arrested in Florida for the bomb mailings.″ />
He bragged about having “the balls to put on this hat” when he appeared on Saturday Night Live, adding, “What I need Saturday Night Live to improve on, the liberals to improve on – if he don’t look good we don’t look good!" West said, pointing at Trump.
He moved up the planned release date of the report, dumping it on the day after Thanksgiving, aka Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, to make sure it would come and go with as little notice as possible. When asked about the report, and the timing, Trump responded, simply, "I don't believe it," and that he had only bothered to read "some" of the report. Master media manipulator Donald Trump pulled a classic  "take out the trash" move on his own administration's latest study about the catastrophic impact of climate change.
THAT’s voter suppression!” A question about voter suppression triggered Trump to proclaim "Take a look at the CNN polls, how inaccurate they were.
Meanwhile, Trump, who had made the call to televise the encounter, was looking like a guy who has gone looking for a leak in the White House gas line with a lit match, as the room full of journalists recorded every expletive-laden moment.
CNN sued and Acosta's badge was returned. Secret Service confiscated Acosta's press badge that afternoon and Trump threatened to do same of more reporters.
Speaking at a televised October rally in West Virginia about the circumstances leading up to his June summit in Singapore with Russian ruler Kim Jong Un, Trump said he had been very tough on Un and Un reciprocated in kind.
“But the campaign ‘I’m With Her’ did not…make me feel like a guy that could play catch with his son,” West complained. “I love Hillary – I love everyone, right?” West rambled on, about the former Democratic presidential candidate who Trump has suggested should be locked up.
Here are some of the highlights, though we're sure we missed some you think should have made the list, and hope you will let us know: Trying to winnow Trump's wildest, most memorable known moments of 2018 was an impossible task.
Morning after Saturday Night Live's It's a Wonderful Life-esque cold open,envisioning our world if Hillary Clinton had visited Wisconsin "just once" while campaigning and won the White House, Trump took to Twitter to question whether the skit was legal, and demanding it be challenged in court.

Kanye West took over the Oval Office in October, declaring Trump to be the father he never had, thanking POTUS for making him feel like Superman.
And then we fell in love, ok? “And we would go back and forth. No really," Trump said to assure attendees it was no joke.
"This is our president!…He has to be the freshest, the flyest, have the flyest plane… We have to bring jobs into America,” West added, scolding “when we make everything in China and not America, we are cheating the country.”
Trump “is on his hero’s journey right now” West insisted, while conceding, “he might not have thought he’d have a crazy motherf*cker like [me].” Trump said he could come back any time, being a "smart cookie" who "gets it."
Presidents and CNN, and the slaughter of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue in October stalled Trump's momentum in the midterm elections, POTUS complained during one of his many rallies in support of GOP candidates. Pipe bombs mailed to two former U.S.
“There is something about when I put this [MAGA] hat on that makes me feel like Superman! That’s my favorite superhero. You make a Superman cape for me,” Kanye gushed at Trump, who was sitting with his desk between him and Kanye, and seemed happier for it.
“I’m not a big fan of yours either!” Trump next hissed at NBC’s White House Correspondent Peter Alexander, who came to Acosta’s defense, telling Trump that the CNN reporter is “a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us.”
The guffawing erupted early in his address as Trump boasted he had accomplished more than almost any other administration in U.S. history.
southern border, bore a message she wanted to deliver to "the people and the left-wing media who are criticizing me." It read "I Really Don't Care Do You?" That cheap Zara jacket she wore when she went to to visit migrant children her husband had separated from their parents at the U.S.
Same day POTUS reversed his decision to sign a bill keeping the government funded into February when Ann Coulter objected, ordered a full troop withdrawal from Syria and partial withdraw from Afghanistan, and as the stock market plunged, Trump tweeted a clip of his Green Acres theme-song performance at the 2005 Emmy Awards – because he was about to sign a farm bill:
Putin rewarded Trump for his presser performance with a World Cup soccer ball.

Melania Trump Spokesperson To CNN: “Reports Focus On The Trivial And Superficial”

Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham complained of unfair coverage on Melania Trump after an opinion piece by Kate Andersen Brower on a recent FLOTUS interview with Sean Hannity. In the piece, Brower argued that Trump "doesn't understand what it means to be first lady."
Grisham said in her own CNN piece late Saturday that "Of course, absurdity abounds in the media's coverage of our first lady. Reports focus on the trivial and superficial, rather than the deeper issues facing our country that the she has tirelessly worked to address."
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Responding to a recent CNN opinion column castigating First Lady Melania Trump's job performance, the FLOTUS communications director has penned a defense of her actions.
In fact, her strength, individuality and integrity should be celebrated." "She has and will continue to demonstrate her commitment to helping children and advancing the causes she is passionate about," Grisham wrote. "But there is nothing wrong with staying true to herself along the way.
The piece went on to list examples of Melania Trump's community outreach, including visits to Pittsburgh, Las Vegas and Parkland, Fla., to meet with shooting victims. She also cited visits with military personnel, and Trump's "Be Best" campaign, which has made stops at children's hospitals.
Do U?" coat on her border visit, and her choice of a Pith helmet during a visit to Africa, which some saw as a reminder of the Colonial era. She has also received comments on her fashion choices, including the infamous "I really don't care. The First Lady has experienced criticism from the media on "Be Best" because of her husband's social media attacks on his perceived enemies.

The Weekly Standard To Close; Anti-Trump Conservative Magazine Was Cable News Pipeline
While Hayes thanked Anschutz for backing the magazine for nine years, Podhoretz, a contributing editor to the magazine, fired off a series of irate tweets, and in a column for rival Commentary magazine suggested that the closure was prompted not by political issues but to allow the publishing company an opportunity to "harvest the Standard's subscriber-base riches…"
"The murderers are Philip Anschutz and Ryan McKibben," tweeted an angry and "heartbroken" Podhoretz (billionaire Anschutz, who owns Clarity, bought the Standard in 2009 from Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation). Nothing like this has ever happened in my half-century of experience with publishing." "They could have sold the Weekly Standard. They refused to.
"Guess who isn't getting severance," Podhoretz tweeted, in response to CNN's tweet that magazine staffers were told that social media posts could put severance in jeopardy.″ />
Here are some various responses to the day's news:
Rather, I believe the fissures in the conservative movement and the Republican party that have opened up since Trump’s rise provided the company man with a convenient argument to make to the corporation’s owner, Philip Anschutz, that the company could perhaps harvest the Standard’s subscriber-base riches and then be done with it. "There would at least be a larger meaning to the Standard’s end if it were being killed because it was hostile to Donald Trump," Podhoretz wrote. "But I do not believe that is the case.
According to a CNN report, Weekly Standard employees have been informed that they'll be paid through the end of the year, with the amount of subsequent severance depending on factors including seniority. CNN says the severance will be reliant on signing non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements, and that employees were instructed to clear out their desks by the end of today.
Publisher Clarity Media Group announced the closing this morning, drawing the ire of high-profile staffers and the disappointment of readers who stayed loyal to the 23-year-old publication throughout its recent never-Trump era. The Weekly Standard magazine, one of cable news' trustiest suppliers of traditional conservative voices, is shuttering.
The decision didn't sit well with John Podhoretz, who co-founded the magazine in 1995 with Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes and, like them, is a familiar face on cable news, opinion programs and networks including Fox, CNN, MSNBC and HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, providing a voice of conservative opposition to President Donald Trump.
Kristol took a more sanguine "all good things" approach:
17. The final print edition will be published Dec.
"That this is an entirely hostile act," continued Podhoretz, "is proved by the fact that [McKibben] and Anschutz have refused to sell the Standard because they want to claim its circulation for another property of theirs. This is without precedent in my experience in publishing, and I’ve been a family observer of and active participant in the magazine business for half a century."
While praising the magazine's "dedicated and talented staff," Clarity CEO Ryan McKibben said in a statement that the Weekly Standard “has been hampered by many of the same challenges that countless other magazines and newspapers across the country have been wrestling with,” and that despite "investing significant resources into the publication, the financial performance of the publication over the last five years — with double-digit declines in its subscriber base all but one year since 2013 — made it clear that a decision had to be made."
Stephen Hayes, the magazine's editor in chief, released a statement expressing his disappointment with the decision to close, noting that the Standard's "unapologetically conservative and fiercely independent voice" is "needed now more than at anytime in our previous 23 years."

And for good measure:

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CNN Worldwide Chief Jeff Zucker Appears On Net Podcast, Sends Message Seeking Next Gig

"Interesting," responded soft-spoken, much-respected Axelrod, who is maybe best known for being chief strategist for Barack Obama's presidential campaigns.
"Okay. You could put me in touch with the right people?” Zucker added, do-you-know-who-I-am-ily.
CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker appeared Monday on CNN contributor David Axelrod's podcast to put out word of other jobs in which he would be interested.
"No. 1, if the Miami Dolphins call, that's where I'll be," he began.
"I’m still interested in that,” Zucker clarified, adding, "it’s something that I would consider
"Well, give me a call if you are thinking about it," Axelrod added.
"I'm trying to send a message," Zucker agreed. Axelrod interrupted to note it was the second time Zucker had mentioned that during the interview, noting "they" are big listeners of his podcast, so Zucker might be shortening his career at CNN.
Axelrod informed his listeners Zucker turned down the chance to work with Al Gore in 2000, adding that Zucker has talked in the past about potentially running for office himself.
After first saying he could not say, Zucker added he knew two things for sure. Wrapping up his Zucker chat, Axelrod asked with the traditional "where will you be in five years" beauty-pageant question.
2 thing Zucker said he knows for sure about his next five years? The No. “I still harbor somewhere in my gut that I’m still very interested in politics.”
"You know somebody who could help?Zucker responded somewhat patronizingly.
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MAGA TV? Donald Trump Floats Idea Of State-Run U.S. Network For Global Audience

No word on whether Fox News would be involved.
MAGA TV? Or, most likely, Trump TV? news network be called? RFN: The Real Fake News Network? It will be fun to watch whether this becomes a thing or is just another "plan" Trump vomited forth to grab a headline, ideally a news cycle. So, Deadline commenters, what might the new global U.S.
We'll pause a moment to let you digest that.

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So just as NASA was making an ultra-rare successful Mars landing that was carried live on some outlets, the president of the United States decided to float the idea of a state-run television network "to show the world the way we really are, GREAT." Donald Trump, as we've known for 40 years, hates to cede the spotlight.
And serious. Trump's idea — or that of whomever he heard say it this morning — would be laughable if it weren't so ludicrous. His first tweet is a slam at CNN, which "doesn't do great based on ratings, outside the U.S.," and he appears to think the real ratings gold could come from Citizens of the World being told what's really going on here in 'Murica. OK, so you've read the authoritoiran news-via-tweet above, now it's time to unpack it.