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Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Mario Batali reportedly under NYPD investigation for two separate sexual assault allegations
Anderson Cooper revealed at the end of his 60 Minutes story on Batali's sexual misconduct that the NYPD is investigating the former Food Network star for a sexual assault incident that allegedly took place at his New York City eatery The Spotted Pig in 2005. The accuser, a former Batali employee who appeared on 60 Minutes anonymously, said she joined Batali for a glass of wine, but she barely remembered what happened next. When she woke up in the morning, she says she found "deep scratches" on her leg and semen on her skirt. Meanwhile, TMZ reports the NYPD is investigating a second woman's allegation that Batali raped her in 2004 at Babbo, another of his New York City restaurants. TMZ reports the woman was a customer who went upstairs to use the bathroom at 2 a.m. The next thing she remembered is Batali allegedly on top of her. TMZ says the woman filed a police report in March of this year. Batali issued a statement to 60 Minutes denying the first allegation, saying: “I vehemently deny the allegation that I sexually assaulted this woman. My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions. I am not attempting a professional comeback."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
60 Minutes to tackle the Mario Batali sexual harassment scandal
On Sunday's episode of the CBS News magazine, Anderson Cooper interviews those who were “sexually harassed or assaulted” at one of the restaurants Batali co-owned.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
FCC received only three complaints over 60 Minutes' Stormy Daniels interview
"I tuned in to watch 60 Minutes on Sunday March 25. Somehow Pornhub showed up on my TV. Very disturbing," said one complaint. Another called the segment a "commercial" that was "disgusting" to watch. A third complaint said: "SHAME ON 60 MINUTES!! THEY ARE NOW THE T.V. VERSION OF THE NATIONALENQURIER."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel mocks Sean Hannity over the revelation that Michael Cohen was his attorney
Kimmel, eight days removed from ending his feud with the Fox News host, reacted to Monday's bombshell, describing Hannity as “chief propaganda guy for Trump’s legal team – but he never disclosed that he is also represented by a member of that legal team." Kimmel then poked fun at Hannity statement that Cohen never represented him. “That sounds normal. He has a lawyer – he doesn’t pay. By the way, I’m thinking of hiring Michael Cohen as my lawyer. He only has three clients and apparently, he works for free. He doesn’t take money from anyone.”
- In January 2017, Hannity said on Fox News he and Cohen had a personal relationship, saying: "full disclosure: a personal friend of mine, long before this election ever started"
- Anderson Cooper called out Hannity's massive conflict of interest
- Hannity opened Monday's show with a montage of cable news anchors saying his name
- Hannity said later in his show that the "media went absolutely insane. Wall-to-wall, hour-to-hour coverage of yours truly"
- Stephen Colbert's Late Show creates mash-up of Hannity admitting Cohen connection
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Kathy Griffin says she "loved" Anderson Cooper, but he became more interested in "shiny objects"
“Like, he wouldn’t do promos for me and stuff,” Griffin told Howard Stern on Tuesday. “But still, we would get together on New Year’s and the magic would happen and he’s smart and I love his mother.” She added: “I was in love with him as a friend. I loved him as a friend. (The friendship) was closer the first five years, then I think he’s the type of guy who’s into shiny objects, so later on he wasn’t as into it.” ALSO: Watch Griffin as Kellyanne Conway on The President Show.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Anderson Cooper will host a CNN town hall with former FBI director James Comey
The William & Mary College event will broadcast live on April 25.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Stormy Daniels was treated with respect on 60 Minutes, while Jimmy Kimmel treated her to "insulting capers"
Daniels' interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! stands in stark contrast to her 60 Minutes sit-down with Anderson Cooper -- obviously, because one is a comedy show and the other a newsmagazine. But Christina Cauterucci notes that on Kimmel, Daniels was playing "the role of a tabloid-cover porn actress in a political scandal" -- and Kimmel treated her with "several unsophisticated gags" that were "deployed to remind the audience that Daniels was famous for having sex." But "with Trump’s threats of a lawsuit looming and a new wave of online hate to consider," Daniels changed her approach for 60 Minutes, says Cauterucci, adding: "If Daniels appears more believable on 60 Minutes than she did on Kimmel, it’s because, for women, the distance between being a trustworthy victim of threats and being a greedy liar can be as narrow as a modest blouse and some good PR advice. Cooper lent another layer of credibility to the broadcast. Unlike Kimmel, he approached Daniels with empathy, as someone with smarts and legitimate concerns. His unflustered lines of questioning drained the blood out of the sex parts of Daniels’ story, even the spanking bit, leaving viewers to focus on the disturbing threats made against her and the Trump team’s possible violations of campaign finance law. (The studiously dull, highly edited production style of 60 Minutes helped set the sober tone too.)"
- The most radical thing Anderson Cooper did was refuse to treat Daniels as if "she was irresponsible or immoral, or as if she were less than credible simply because of what she does for a living."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 2:46PM EDT
How Stormy Daniels was "Trumpian" in her 60 Minutes interview
The porn star with the real name Stephanie Clifford "swatted Mr. Trump with a rolled-up network newsmagazine," says James Poniewozik. She was direct and conversational. She had playful one-liners. She told a story. "But most important — most, dare I say it, Trumpian — she was unapologetic," says Poniewozik. He adds: "Ms. Clifford owned her story and her life. Yes, she’s stripped and had sex on camera for a living, a 'legitimate — and legal, I’d like to point out — career.' Yes, she’s gotten job offers from her publicity: 'Tell me one person who would turn down a job offer making more than they’ve been making.' That should sound familiar. Running for president, Mr. Trump jiu-jitsued facts that would have ended other candidacies into selling points. Did he give money to candidates he later attacked? That meant he knew how to work the system, and thus could fix it. Did he avoid paying income taxes? 'That makes me smart.' His brazenness was the brazenness of reality TV, the argument of a finalist in a Survivor tribal council who tells the jury to hate the game, not the player. Just so, Ms. Clifford has used unshamability and quick-draw ripostes as a force field."
- Updated ratings: 22 million watched, a bigger audience than the Grammys and Golden Globes
- Given all the hype, Daniels' appearance was a little anticlimactic -- but it was "amazing television"
- Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti previously "locked horns" with Apprentice producer Mark Burnett and Paris Hilton
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Stormy Daniels gives 60 Minutes its best ratings in a decade
Early numbers show that 24.5 million viewers tuned in for Anderson Cooper's sitdown with the porn star, who detailed her alleged affair with Donald Trump. Those are the best ratings since Steve Kroft's interview with Barack and Michelle Obama after he won the presidency in 2008. The high ratings are despite a 35-minute delay of the interview in the Eastern and Central time zones due to NCAA basketball overtime. The delay meant that 60 Minutes was scooped by itself because CBS News allowed publications such as Entertainment Weekly, The Daily Beast and Deadline to post details of the interview at 7 p.m. E.T.
- It's not 60 Minutes' fault that the Stormy Daniels interview took us to a new level of media degradation
- The reality show president may have met his match in Stormy Daniels
- Stormy Daniels reiterates that Trump said he'll try to get her on The Apprentice
- Here is a compilation of every time CBS Sports' Jim Nantz had to say "Stormy Daniels"
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Were Donald Trump and Stormy Daniels allegedly watching Shark Week's Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever?
Slate's Matthew Dessem combed through TV listings from the 2007 Shark Week and compared it with the Daniels' recounting of her Shark Week Trump anecdote -- both on 60 Minutes and in an interview with In Touch Weekly -- to determine what the pair might have been allegedly watching in a Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow. "Here’s part of the TV listings grid for Sunday, July 29, 2007, as published in the Los Angeles Times," Dessem writes. "Slate’s crack investigative team has highlighted an entry of particular interest. That’s right, from 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. that Sunday, the Discovery Channel kicked off Shark Week with the premiere of a documentary called Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever (VCR+ code 715368). The film told the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, the ship whose fate Robert Shaw so memorably recounted in Jaws. That has to be the show Daniels is describing. Written and directed by Richard Bedser, Ocean of Fear: Worst Shark Attack Ever used a mix of reenactments and interviews and, for Jaws-related reasons, was narrated by Richard Dreyfus."
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 5:23AM EDT
Anderson Cooper's CNN interview with Playboy model Karen McDougal was a "particularly sensational moment" for Trump and the media
"If Trump’s presidency and the headlines it has generated have been considered a reality show, this was the grocery aisle tabloid rebuttal," Eli Rosenberg and Beth Reinhard write of McDougal's "emotional account" of her alleged affair with Donald Trump and her apology to Melania Trump.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
60 Minutes teases its Stormy Daniels interview with a clip of her not speaking
The 10-second clip is shorter than the ad that proceeds it on YouTube. ALSO: Fox News has never said "Trump" and "porn star" in the same sentence.
Posted Tuesday 3/20/18 at 9:40PM EDT
Anderson Cooper books ex-Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who has said she had an affair with Donald Trump
McDougal is scheduled to appear on Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, three days before his interview with Stormy Daniels is slated to air on 60 Minutes.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 10:12PM EDT
Anderson Cooper approves of his current SNL impersonator, is glad to see his CNN show cut in half
In fall 2015, Cooper expressed disapproval with what friend Andy Cohen called then-SNL cast member Jon Rudnitsky's "queened it up" impression of the CNN host. But Cooper approves of Alex Moffat's impression of him, which resurfaced two days ago on SNL's cold open. "I think he does it really well," Cooper said today. “I’d love to meet him and maybe give him one of my ties. Seth Meyers was the first one to do me on SNL. When he left, I was sad to see him go because nobody else would be doing me anymore. I’m glad somebody else has taken it up.” Cooper wouldn't discuss his Stormy Daniels interview-- slated to air Sunday on 60 Minutes -- but he did talk about Chris Cuomo taking over one of his CNN primetime hours: "I totally think it’s a great thing," he said. "I’m happy not to be doing two hours every night. Two hours in a row is a lot of live television. I think Chris is a great voice to have in prime time. It brings great energy to our prime time.”
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
CBS "tentatively" sets March 25 for airing 60 Minutes' Stormy Daniels interview
The Washington Post reports Anderson Cooper's highly anticipated sitdown with President Trump's alleged former mistress is scheduled to air 10 days from today. Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted a picture of him, Cooper and his client last Friday that "heightened the suspense" of the interview. "But the airing date remained vague," as The Post reports, "leading to speculation that CBS was embroiled in a legal battle before it could move forward with the salacious segment." Over the past week, Avenatti has helped fuel the speculation that Trump's lawyers have tried to prevent the interview from airing. CBS News president David Rhodes said earlier this week, however, that he hadn't seen any injunction, adding that the reason it didn't have an airdate was because "there’s still a lot of journalistic work to do."