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Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Santa Fe High School shooting showed how TV news has become accustomed to covering mass shootings
"The increase in the number of mass shootings has resulted in a kind of template for covering such a horrifying tragedy," says Cynthia Littleton. "Interviews with shaken students and grieving parents, a rush to find biographical details about the suspected shooter and discussions with angry activists railing about the lack of curbs on the availability of guns and ammunition have become a chilling staple of TV."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
Go behind the scenes as Anthony Bourdain shoots a Parts Unknown episode
People magazine spent three days with the CNN host as he visited Lafayette, Louisiana. Bourdain and his six-person crew usually spends 10 days filming in each city.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
A Michael Avenatti-Anthony Scaramucci TV show is being pitched
The New York Times reports that a "television show featuring Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who is suing President Trump on behalf of a pornographic film actress, and the former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was pitched to two cable networks in recent weeks, people briefed on the matter said on Thursday. The prominent television agent Jay Sures discussed with executives at CNN and MSNBC the concept of a program where the two men would square off, according to three people briefed on the issue." Asked to comment, Avenatti said: “I have no interest in television right now."
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
CNN to cut down on commercials during Jake Tapper's shows
The Lead with Jake Tapper and State of the Union will both see a reduction in ad time.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
In the Trump era, print reporters are making a lot of money appearing on cable news
When Michelle Wolf scolded Washington journalists at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, she said President Trump "helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off of him. If you’re going to profit off of Trump, you should at least give him some money, because he doesn’t have any.” And now, Buzzfeed has revealed how much cable news pays print reporters to appear on TV to talk about the Trump administration. "Compensation ranges widely, but it has risen in recent years, according to reporters, agents, and network sources," according to Buzzfeed's Steven Perlberg. "Starting contributor rates for political reporters fall between about $30,000 and $50,000 a year. Top reporters can earn between $50,000 and $90,000 for their TV side-hustles, and some seasoned pros — boosted by loyalty and multi-year arrangements — make as much as $250,000."
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti: I'm not interested in a TV career
Avenatti has made so many TV appearances between CNN and MSNBC over the past two months that there's rampant speculation that his first move after the Stormy Daniels lawsuit is over will be getting his own show. But Avenatti tells The Hollywood Reporter: "I have no intention of having a career in television. My focus is on this case and my other clients." ALSO: Avenatti has received a lot of free media exposure.
Posted Sunday 4/29/18 at 1:21AM EDT
Michelle Wolf stuns the White House Correspondents' Dinner with "X-rated takedown"
The comedian -- who warned in advance "I’m expecting it to not play well in the room" -- correctly predicted the reaction to her 19-minute roast, which led some Trump administration officials to walk out during her act. Wolf dropped F-bombs, the P-word and joked about "pulling out" in what CNN termed an "X-rated takedown" of the media, the Democrats, the Republicans and, mostly, President Trump. "Taking a beat, Wolf told a shocked ballroom the White House Correspondents Association maybe they 'should have done some research before asking me to do this,'" says Lisa de Moraes. "Wolf gave the room full of press a thrashing, as Stephen Colbert had done so many years ago in a WHCD Dinner appearance that TV news talking heads were still talking about tonight, in the walk-up to Wolf’s appearance, as if Colbert’s speech had been the one that could not be topped. They were wrong."
- CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN failed to censor Wolf's F-bombs
- Wolf compared White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Aunt Lydia from The Handmaid’s Tale
- Wolf's targets included Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, MSNBC, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Rachel Maddow
- Wolf delivered a "particularly, wonderfully nasty performance, courtesy of a blistering, dare-ya-to-boo set"
- Shame on Michelle Wolf for making Donald Trump look classy!
- Kathy Griffin, who was in attendance, praised Wolf: "As a female, you’ve got to work harder, you’ve got to jump higher. And she did it. She went there - fearlessly"
- Journalists reacted with outrage on Twitter: ABC News' Terry Moran called her monologue "hateful and unfunny"
- Wolf tweeted "Thank you!" to Sean Spicer after he called the dinner "a disgrace"
- Former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus declared Wolf's performance "another" victory for Trump: "An R/X rated spectacle that started poorly and ended up in the bottom of the canyon"
- President Trump slammed the media for "phony" White House Correspondents' Dinner at a Michigan rally earlier Saturday
- Stephen Colbert's Our Cartoon President was at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, imagining what it would look like if Trump attended
- Watch Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti photobomb Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, live on CNN
# TOPICS: White House Correspondents’ Dinner, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Our Cartoon President, Kathy Griffin, Kellyanne Conway, Michael Avenatti, Michelle Wolf, Reince Priebus, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sean Spicer, Terry Moran, Cable News, Trump Presidency
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
W. Kamau Bell's United Shades of America is back on CNN Sunday for Season 3
In the eight-episode new season, the CNN host will visit with native Hawaiians, visit the U.S.-Mexico border, visit with Sikhs in America and visit his dad in Mobile, Alabama.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
60 Minutes earns two Peabody Awards, HBO's Vice News Tonight and CNN each get one
The Peabody Awards named their news winners today, handing two awards to 60 Minutes, including the institutional award for its “The Whistleblower" investigation.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain on visiting West Virginia: "I like the idea of going to the heart of 'Trump, God, and guns' country"
Bourdain says he "went right at those things -- guns, God, and Trump -- and I was very moved by what I found there." He tells Eater of his decision to visit West Virginia for Parts Unknown: "I guess for a long time I’ve been going to foreign locations like Iran, Liberia, Vietnam, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia where the culture and politics are very, very different than my own, and yet I try to go with an open mind and show some respect. And I like the idea of going to the heart of 'Trump, God, and guns' country and looking at it in exactly the same way — with an open mind, as I’ve done elsewhere. It seemed only fair and only right."
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
CNN adds six new original series, including American Dynasties on the Bush family and Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta
The cable news network is expanding its nonfiction programming slate with with the Richard Nixon-focused Tricky Dick and Vox's American Style, which will look at how America's style has changed through the decades. CNN has also ordered Once in a Great City: Detroit 1962-64 and Van Jones' The Redemption Project, which brings together crime victims and their perpetrators.
# TOPICS: CNN, American Dynasties, American Style, Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta, Once in a Great City: Detroit 1962-64, The Redemption Project, Tricky Dick, Richard Nixon, Sanjay Gupta, Van Jones, Documentaries
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
Sinclair creates a video accusing CNN of being hypocritical
A link at the top of every local Sinclair Broadcasting station's website goes to a YouTube video that asks the question, "Did CNN Attack Sinclair For Doing Exactly What CNN Has Done For Years?"
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown will try to understand Trump voters in West Virginia in an extended season premiere
The April 29 premiere will run from 9 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. ET as West Virginia "residents candidly discuss their staunch views on the second amendment, Donald Trump, life beyond the coal industry, and the reclamation of West Virginian cuisine," according to CNN. In Season 11, Bourdain will also visit Hong Kong, Bhutan, Uruguay, Newfoundland, Armenia, Berlin and rural Louisiana for Mardi Gras.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
CNN is stuck in third place, so why does it keep staging "food fights"?
The cable news network has been criticized for its "outmoded" partisan panels that are dependent on guests talking over each other. Some find the resulting blow-ups to be uninformative and uncomfortable. ALSO: Rachel Maddow topped Sean Hannity in March as the most-watched cable news host.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
FCC received 162 indecency complaints over uncensored news coverage of President Trump's "sh*thole countries" comment
CNN's uncensored use of "sh*thole" led to the most complaints, even though the FCC can't punish the cable news network for using the profanity.