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Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
"This is so nuts": TV anchors navigated one of the wildest hours of news
Source: The New York Times
At one point amid the Tuesday frenzy of news, CNN's Jake Tapper turned to the camera and said: "It’s like a Saturday Night Live skit.” The Drudge Report called it “**TRUMP HELL HOUR**.” As Michael M. Grynbaum describes its, "over the course of a whipsawing hour of television on Tuesday, journalists struggled to keep up with a developing drama that seemed to put the most outlandish House of Cards story lines to shame. President Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, was pleading guilty in a Manhattan courtroom, at the exact same time that Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted of eight counts of fraud after a trial in Virginia."
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 8:49AM EDT
Anthony Bourdain dies at 61
CNN announced the death of its Parts Unknown host, saying he was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Strasbourg, France, where he was working on an upcoming episode. "CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide," according to a CNN report. CNN also released an official statement, saying: "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time." CNN is in the midst of airing the 11th season of Parts Unknown, with three episodes remaining.
- Gordon Ramsay pays tribute: "Stunned and saddened by the loss of Anthony Bourdain. He brought the world into our homes and inspired so many people to explore cultures and cities through their food."
- "One of my idols," tweeted Chrissy Teigen. "Unapologetic, passionate and one of the best storytellers on the planet. Thank you for making food so exciting. And always standing up for everything right. Horrible. Why why why. Be at peace now :("
- Rose McGowan: "Anthony I am so mad at you. You were so loved, the world is not better without you"
- President Trump called Bourdain's death "very sad," adding that he enjoyed his show and that he was "quite a character"
- "A piece of my heart is truly broken this morning," tweeted Anthony Zimmern. "And the irony, the sad cruel irony is that the last year he’d never been happier. The rest of my heart aches for the 3 amazing women he left behind."
- Christiane Amanpour: "He was a friend, a collaborator, and family. A huge personality, a giant talent, a unique voice, and deeply, deeply human"
- "This is who Anthony was," tweeted Jake Tapper. "Asked to donate something for an auction for @HomesForOurTrps, he handed over his beloved — and pricey — watch. He’d give you the shirt off his back."
- More stars pay tribute: "Thank you for opening our eyes to parts of the world both cherished and unknown," tweeted Mandy Moore
- Bourdain was one of the leading male voices in the #MeToo movement: "Bourdain was one of the men out there doing work of reexamination & personal reflection & of truly listening to women, perhaps spurred by, but not limited to, Asia Argento," says Rebecca Traister.
- On Sunday, Bourdain tweeted a joyous video from the Hong Kong filming of Parts Unknown
- "Bourdain projected a sense of invincibility," says Kyle Koster. "There seemed no challenge too steep, no situation too uncomfortable, or location too remote for him to tackle with gusto. He seemed at ease with chaos, infinitely malleable, and, most importantly, willing to listen. And learn."
- "Viewers felt a connection to him because he spoke in such a frank, original way," says Hal Boedeker, adding that "the shock of his death will recede, and people will remember his invigorating lust for life. The life matters more than the death. He left such a rich, varied record of enjoying life."
- Anthony Bourdain was American cool: "I say this as somebody who hates the word 'cool' and all the contrived nonsense that it stirs up, but the man really was," says William O'Connor. "He could hold court with gourmand French chefs in one episode, and then gut and cook a chicken on the Congo River in the next. I was proud to have my country associated with him—he was in that brash yet debonair American mold that foreigners eat up."
- Bourdain was a great writer, and his fans are sharing their favorite passages on social media
- In February, Bourdain joked to People magazine: “I’m going to pretty much die in the saddle"
- Bourdain's death prompts celebrities to share their own experiences battling depression
- Six days ago: The Hollywood Reporter published Bourdain's essay on his "cinematic dream" filming in Hong Kong with girlfriend Asia Argento
- Bourdain told The New Yorker last year: "I have the best job in the world. If I’m unhappy, it’s a failure of imagination"
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 4/02/18 at 2:55PM EDT
Jake Tapper has written his first political thriller
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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 Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
The New York Times made a Too Many Cooks-style video to mark Rex Tillerson's firing
The Times' Opinion section made a sitcom-style montage mocking Trump's many firings at the White House with a video reminiscent of Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks, which parodied opening sequences of 1980s and 1990s sitcoms. ALSO: Jake Tapper takes President Trump to task for not living up to his "You're fired" Apprentice reputation.
Posted Sunday 2/18/18 at 7:29AM EST
CNN to host a town hall on the Florida school shooting, invites President Trump to attend
Jake Tapper will moderate Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. E.T. CNN has invited Trump, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, as well as Florida Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and Rep. Ted Deutch.
Posted Wednesday 11/29/17 at 9:21PM EST
CNN fires a senior producer for Jake Tapper’s Sunday show for sexual harassment
Source: The Hill
CNN says State of the Union producer Teddy Davis was fired over behavior "that does not align with the standards and values of CNN” after three women filed complaints. In addition, Tapper tweeted: “When CNN executives were told about these complaints, they reacted swiftly and appropriately, as they should. Workplaces need to be safe and I am fully supportive of CNN's action.”
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 1:54PM EDT
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and CNN’s Jake Tapper roasted Bill O’Reilly as if they’re Jon Stewart
Hayes followed The Daily Show playbook last night in showing an old O’Reilly Factor segment in which O’Reily preached personal responsibility to highlight O’Reilly being "angry at God' for his sexual harassment scandal. Meanwhile, Jake Tapper discussed how he “destroyed” O’Reilly on Twitter in an interview with Stephen Colbert. ALSO: Late-night hosts brought on "God" to respond to O’Reilly.
Posted Wednesday 10/18/17 at 7:01PM EDT
CNN’s Jake Tapper responds to Bill O’Reilly’s dig by bringing up the ex-Fox News star’s sexual harassment scandal
O’Reilly tweeted this afternoon, “Sean Hannity kicking serious butt in the ratings. Tapper on CNN as low as you can go.” and Tapper followed up 11 minutes later, tweeting: “‘Low’ would be sexually harassing staffers and then getting fired for it -- humiliated in front of the world. Now THAT would be low.”
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 5:55PM EDT
Why NBC News investigative reporter Ronan Farrow broke the news of Harvey Weinstein rape allegations in The New Yorker
CNN’s Jake Tapper called it “media complicity,” but there was a reason Farrow took his work to The New Yorker. According to Variety, Farrow got NBC News’ permission to do his investigative work for The New Yorker, with the thinking that sources wouldn't open up to a TV outlet fearing that they would have to speak on camera. Farrow will discuss his exclusive on tonight’s NBC Nightly News.
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 1:25PM EDT
Jake Tapper wonders why NBC News investigative reporter Ronan Farrow broke the Harvey Weinstein rape allegations in The New Yorker
The CNN anchor tweeted shortly after Farrow’s bombshell New Yorker story broke this morning: “Speaking of media complicity ask yourself why NBC reporter @RonanFarrow wrote this for The New Yorker.”