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Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Samantha Bee tries to prove that Sean Hannity is a serial killer
"I know what you’re thinking: You can’t just throw together a bunch of scary buzzwords and out-of-context clips to support an outrageous conclusion," Bee said on this week's Full Frontal. "And normally I would agree with you, but you know who does that all the time? Sean Hannity." ALSO: Fox News held Hannity to a higher standard eight years ago.
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 Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Fox News is giving Sean Hannity its "full support," despite being unaware Michael Cohen was his lawyer
“While Fox News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support,” the cable news network said in a statement.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
MSNBC removes its news ticker so viewers can have "a cleaner view" of the screen
"We’re removing the scrolling ticker at the bottom of the screen for a cleaner view that puts our reporting more front and center," an MSNBC spokesperson said in a statement of the decision, which took effect this morning. "As a network, we focus on up-to-the-minute breaking news showcasing our team’s smart reporting and in-depth analysis, and we want viewers to get the best possible experience.”
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 11:33PM EDT
Sean Hannity accepts Jimmy Kimmel's "forced" apology, says "I will punch back even harder" next time
Hannity addressed Kimmel at the top of his Fox News show Monday night, saying Kimmel's Sunday apology seemed more like a "forced, Disney apology" to the LGBT community than an apology for making fun of First Lady Melania Trump's accent. Nevertheless, Hannity said "I think every person should accept apologies, and that’s what I’m going to do here." As Matt Wilstein points out, however, Hannity never offered his own regrets for comparing Kimmel to Harvey Weinstein. Hannity did invite Kimmel on his show and promised "no name-calling, no anger, no rehashing of the Twitter fight." But, says Wilstein, "in the next breath, he was issuing a threat." “Jimmy, if you do want to start up again, I promise I will punch back even harder,” Hannity said. “And my producer spent all weekend compiling a lot of your highlights, or lowlights, in your career. They don’t make you look too good. Instead of airing them, we will put them in storage and we have more important pressing issues like what’s happening in Syria and gassing of women and children.”
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Fox News inadvertently shows a graphic that it's the least-trusted news network
Upon realizing the error on Sunday morning, Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz said: "That is not the graphic we are looking for. Hold off. Take that down, please." UPDATE: Kurtz responds to the "false impression" -- the graphic was put up at the wrong time, and he used it later.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Sean Hannity calls Jimmy Kimmel "Poor man's Colbert," Kimmel responds that Hannity is the "Poor Woman's Rachel Maddow"
The Hannity-Kimmel Twitter feud went on all day Friday and into the night as Hannity promised "must see TV!!" on his Fox News Show. “I don’t take joy in this. But I have just had it with the utter hypocrisy," Hannity said in devoting his entire opening segment to Kimmel, while repeatedly calling the late-night host a "pervert" and "Harvey Weinstein Jr." Kimmel responded on Twitter to Hannity's segment, tweeting: "Dear @SeanHannity thx for the trip down Man Show memory lane. The idea that YOU'd call ANYONE a 'pervert' while slobbering over Trump, Ailes, O’Reilly and, YES, Roy Moore – who you DID SUPPORT is, to quote a fella you love very much, 'Sad!'"
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.
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Jake Tapper has written his first political thriller
The CNN anchor is getting literary with The Hellfire Club, which will be released on April 24. Set in 1950s Washington, D.C., the novel follows an "unlikely congressman" who is thrust "into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
CNN president Jeff Zucker calls Fox News “state-run TV” and “a pure propaganda machine"
The CNN boss said Fox News does a "disservice to the country," noting that it has changed dramatically since Fox News founder Roger Ailes was forced to depart two years ago. “What has happened there in the last two years is somewhat shocking frankly. It really is state-run TV,” Zucker said on a panel discussion about the future of TV news. “It is a pure propaganda machine and I think it does an incredible disservice to this country.”
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Why is cable news so reliant on panels?
The problem with the panel model employed by CNN, Fox News and MSNBC is that pundits share the screen with journalists, and viewers are left confused with what is news and what are opinions.
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.”