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Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
White House bans CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins for shouting questions at President Trump
Source: The Daily Beast
Collins was serving as the official "pool reporter" this morning when she asked the president questions about recent news concerning him. “Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?” she asked. “Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors? Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?” When Trump declined to answer, she tried, “Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?” Collins was later summoned to the office of Trump's new communications chief, former Fox News executive Bill Shine, and banned from future events. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended the move, saying she was acting “inappropriate.” Collins responded on CNN: “I was there to represent all of the networks and therefore asked about the questions of the day along with the other reporters and my colleagues in that room." ALSO: The White House's move is unusual and possibly unprecedented.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
Report: New White House communications chief Bill Shine used his Fox News expertise on President Trump's Supreme Court announcement
Source: Vanity Fair
“Shine brought in all new lights,” a person briefed on the production tells Fox News expert Gabriel Sherman. “He gave Trump what’s called a ‘downlight.’ Trump’s a little fat, but that made him look younger.” Sherman also reports that Shine, the former Fox News executive who was ousted for allegedly facilitating sexual harassment at the cable news network, rewarded Sean Hannity by timing Monday's announcement to the beginning of the Hannity show at 9 p.m. ET. Thanks to the announcement, Hannity beat The Bachelorette to become Monday's most-watched show with 5.82 million viewers.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 12:09AM EDT
President Trump again used reality TV tropes to announce his U.S. Supreme Court pick
Like the Neil Gorsuch announcement in January 2017, President Trump used primetime to make his selection of Brett Kavanaugh look like a reality TV reveal. The White House even tweeted a reality-style teaser less than a half an hour before the announcement. It was as if the entire event was, as Lisa de Moraes describes it, a Survivor: SCOTUS primetime special -- one that disrupted real reality TV shows like The Bachelorette. Still, Trump's reality-style announcement didn't seem as controversial this time around. Back in January 2017, says de Moraes, "Trump’s decision to summon both men to Washington, and his primetime TV special reveal seemed to shock some TV news talking heads and Supreme Court scholars not familiar with reality-TV tropes. (A year and a half later), the same reality-TV treatment for his second pick barely raised eyebrows."
- Stephen Colbert, who taped earlier in the day, covered his mouth and used a voiceover to dub in the name "Brett Kavanaugh"
- Yes, Kavanaugh resembles Crashing's Pete Holmes
- Fox News anchor Shannon Bream canceled plans to broadcast live from U.S. Supreme Court steps due to "volatile" protests
- Report: Some White House staffers felt ex-Fox News exec/new Trump communications chief Bill Shine picked 9 p.m. to boost Sean Hannity's ratings
- The Bachelorette fans were annoyed by Trump's interruption, despite being forewarned by Chris Harrison
- Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss retweeted The Onion's take on Trump's disruption of The Bachelorette
# TOPICS: U.S. Supreme Court, Fox News Channel, The Bachelorette, Hannity, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Bill Shine, Brett Kavanaugh, Mike Fleiss, Neil Gorsuch, Pete Holmes, Shannon Bream, Stephen Colbert, Reality TV, Trump Presidency, White House
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 12:34PM EDT
White House officially hires Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive accused of facilitating sexual harassment
Shine, who was ousted from Fox News in May 2017 amid a sexual harassment scandal, will serve as deputy chief of staff for communications, the White House announced today. Shine was named in at least three lawsuits against Fox News, accusing him of being former Fox boss Roger Ailes' enforcer who allegedly facilitated and covered up a climate of workplace sexual harassment.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 1:16PM EDT
A former Fox news exec who was forced out over his handling of sexual harassment scandals may become the new White House communications director
Source: The New York Times
President Trump has offered Bill Shine, who was close to Roger Ailes when he served as co-president of Fox News, the job as head of the White House communications department . But the move hasn't been finalized, reports The New York Times. Shine's potential hiring has already raised concerns on Twitter because he was accused of enabling rampant sexual misconduct at the cable news network.