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Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Anderson Cooper and CNN launch a daily Facebook Watch show
The CNN host's Full Circle premiered today on Facebook with an aim to get Cooper and CNN "where everybody is and increasingly will be. On their mobile phone."
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Anderson Cooper calls President Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin "disgraceful"
"You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader truly that I’ve ever seen,” Cooper said. The CNN host's unusually harsh sentiment was echoed by his CNN colleagues, including chief national correspondent John King. Even Fox News' Neil Cavuto was shocked. "I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to maybe jet lag and time differences, but holy moly,” he said. ALSO: Fox & Friends Weekend's Abby Huntsman -- the daughter of Trump's Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman -- accuses the president of throwing "your own people under the bus."
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
CNN's Brianna Keilar will host her own show, replacing Wolf Blitzer's Wolf
Keilar, a CNN senior Washington correspondent, will take over Blitzer's 1 p.m. daily timeslot this fall. Blitzer will continue hosting The Situation Room weekdays at 5 p.m.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Today fails to ask Robin Wright about "toxic" Kevin Spacey allegations on House of Cards set
In her first interview promoting the final season of House of Cards, Wright told Savannah Guthrie that the cast and crew were “all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened” by the sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey. “Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut, and in between setups where we would giggle,” Wright said. “I didn’t really — I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.” But as David Zurawik points out, Guthrie failed to ask Wright about a CNN report, sourced to eight current and former House or Cards staffers, that the set of the Netflix drama was "toxic" with Spacey’s abusive and predatory sexual behavior. "One of journalism’s primary jobs is providing clarity by trying to resolve such contradictions — not serve up the kind of questions that allow someone who was in a position of authority and responsibility on that set to avoid taking the contradiction on," says Zurawik. "Wright was a director, executive producer and co-star. She was not as powerful as Spacey, but she had enough power to say something if any part of what CNN alleged about that set was true." ALSO: The interview exposed several absurdities about the show’s decision to keep going.
Posted Saturday 7/07/18 at 10:36AM EDT
Anthony Bourdain was wealthier than the $1.2 million that his estate is worth
The news that the late CNN host's will stated that his estate was worth only $1.2 million was a head-scratcher, particularly since previous estimates pegged his fortune to be $16 million. But as TMZ explains, it appears Bourdain "created a trust outside the will which contained an undisclosed amount of assets. It's very common for rich folk to create trusts outside of their will ... partly for tax purposes and partly for privacy."
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
CNN roasts Fox News over "nothing story" about a CNN reporter who bashed CNN in old tweets
CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy's old CNN-bashing tweets surfaced in a Fox News story published this morning. "Old tweets sent by CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy in which he mocked his current employer for everything from its chyrons to accusing the network of allowing guests to make stuff up on its airwaves have been unearthed," Fox News reported. In responding to Fox News, CNN took the opportunity to take a shot at the conservative cable news network: "Oliver was critical of CNN before, just as he is now," CNN said in a statement. "CNN is a place where opinions and ideas are valued. And we encourage staff to share their thoughts about the organization — both positive and critical. While this might seem like an exotic concept to you, we’d headline it ‘Media Reporter Does Job.’ This is a nothing story.”
Posted Thursday 7/05/18 at 8:54PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain's will left the bulk of his $1.21 million estate to his 11-year-old daughter
Court documents revealed details of the late Parts Unknown star's estate.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 1:27PM EDT
CNN's Jim Acosta: I turned down Sean Spicer's proposed new talk show
"We politely turned that down," the CNN White House correspondent, who has battled with the former White House press secretary, said on CNN's Reliable Sources. He added: "My sense of it is that Sean has crossed the line from being somebody who was a former press secretary to somebody who wants to resurrect his career and go on Fox News and bash CNN. And if he’s going to do that, I don’t think we should give him time to do that."
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 5:15PM EDT
Ed Asner, who famously played newspaper editor Lou Grant, slams Marco Rubio's complaint over F-word use in Annapolis shooting coverage
"The fact that people are seriously questioning the use of a word after watching 5 colleagues die in extreme violence underscores that we have some f*cked up people in this country," tweeted the 88-year-old former Lou Grant star, without naming the U.S. senator. Rubio tweeted a complaint about the F-word use, apparently after hearing the profanity uncensored on CNN.
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Marco Rubio expresses outrage that CNN aired a pre-taped uncensored F-word as part of its newspaper shooting coverage
"Sign of our times... the F word is now routinely used in news stories, tweets etc It’s not even F*** anymore. Who made that decision???" the U.S. senator tweeted this morning, apparently in reaction to CNN's decision not to censor Anderson Cooper's pre-taped interview with a Capital Gazette newspaper shooting survivor. Rubio's comment was immediately met with ridicule on Twitter, including by U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, who tweeted: "Dear Senator Marco Rubio: I agree with you that using the F word without asterisks should not be routine. But perhaps you should be concerned about the F*cking evil situation of thousands of children ripped away from their parents by our government. Who made that decision???" ALSO: Tom Brokaw calls for a "new crusade" against gun violence after "our dear friend carl hiaasen lost his brother" in Annapolis newspaper shooting
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan: "Maybe it’s time for heroes again" on TV
“I watched a lot of TV growing up, a lot of ’50s and ’60s re-runs," Gilligan, creator of the antihero Breaking Bad, said on a CNN panel last night promoting the upcoming The 2000s docuseries. "Back then, the order of the day was you had folks wearing white hats and you had folks wearing black hats. There were good guys and bad guys. But real people are various shades of grey. With Walter White, and loving The Sopranos and The Shield, maybe now we’ve got so many of them that maybe it’s time for heroes again.”
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 10:16PM EDT
David Simon lashes out at President Trump while tweeting that two friends are "unaccounted for" in Capital Gazette newspaper shooting
The Wire creator was a reporter at The Baltimore Sun prior to working in television. The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where five people were shot and killed today, is owned by the The Sun. In response to the shooting, Simon lashed out at Trump for calling the press the "enemy of the people." Simon told one Twitter user who urged him to stop blaming Trump, "Two of my friends are still unaccounted for because they were working in that newsroom as 'enemies of the people' according to this US president." One of those friends was assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, whom Simon later learned died in today's shooting. Simon tweeted of Hiaasen: "Husband, father of three, careful reporter and editor. Committed, lifelong newspaperman and journalist. Fine, wonderful soul." ALSO: CNN decided not to censor the F-word in Anderson Cooper's pre-taped interview with a shooting witness.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Outgoing U.S. Senator Jeff Flake might become a cable news pundit
The Republican senator, who is in his final months representing Arizona, reportedly met with the heads of CNN and MSNBC for a possible pundit gig. Flake is one of the rare prominent Republicans who have denounced President Trump.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
President Trump boasts he's boosting cable news viewership: "We're making them rich. They never had ratings like this"
"When the NFL is down 20 percent, it’s the flag. But it’s also the fact that everybody’s watching us on the different cable networks," the president said tonight at a rally in Fargo, North Dakota.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
Could Mark Halperin be preparing a TV comeback?
The disgraced former NBC News political pundit, who was fired last October over his sexual misconduct past, "has been spotted with a string of powerful media industry pals," according to Page Six. Those "pals" included people from CNN and PBS. A source tells Page Six, however, that the meetings were just between friends, and discussion of future television opportunities wasn't involved.