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Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
Is Ronan Farrow banned from NBC and MSNBC?
Page Six reports the former MSNBC/NBC News correspondent was booked to talk about his New Yorker article about President Trump's alleged affair with Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show on Friday night, but he was bumped from the broadcast. NBC News insiders say he was bumped due to the Russia indictment news. Meanwhile, Maddow had tweeted that the Russia indictment news squashed her plans to take Friday off.
Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
MSNBC's Katy Tur: The concept of "News Anchor Makeup" is changing to emphasize natural beauty
"For so long," writes Tur in Glamour magazine, "there was an expectation of how you’re supposed to look when you walk into any broadcast makeup room, where makeup artists would Fox-ify—as in Fox News—any woman by adding fake lashes, bright lipstick, and lots of eyeshadow, and perfectly coiffing her hair. But that’s just not who I am. Today most of the industry, even Fox News, is moving away from that a little. It’s partially the moment we’re in: There’s a shift toward a real, more natural-looking beauty. But I also think people are taking the news more seriously."
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Harold Ford Jr. to return to MSNBC after Morgan Stanley “clarified” he wasn’t fired for sexual misconduct
The former congressman was taken off the air last month after he was reportedly fired from Morgan Stanley over an allegation of sexual harassment. Weeks later -- and after Ford publicly threatened legal action -- the company clarified that he was terminated for violating "corporate policy," not sexual harassment. “We have not received any internal allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct involving him,” said Morgan Stanley.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Joe Scarborough: SNL’s Morning Joe cold open made Mika Brzezinski and I “wince”
“Those are always interesting,” Scarborough said about Saturday Night Live's Jan. 13 Morning Joe cold open. “I think we would probably enjoy them if we didn’t have children. We get uncomfortable because of our children—so it makes us wince.” ALSO: Watch SNL transform Kate McKinnon into Robert Mueller.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 11:05PM EST
President Trump’s Fake News Awards: CNN takes home four, ABC News "wins" one
The president tweeted out his long-anticipated Fake News Awards at 8 p.m. ET tonight with a link that crashed the official GOP website, which was likely used to avoid potential ethics violations. The awards only named two networks: CNN and ABC News, the latter for Brian Ross' erroneous Michael Flynn story. An MSNBC producer was quick to point out that his liberal-leaning cable news network and NBC News didn't even merit one win (neither did Fox News). ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel had his Wolf Blitzer-lookalike father accept Trump's Fake News Award on CNN's behalf.
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
CBS allowing an uncensored “sh*t happens” in 1999 paved the way for this week’s “sh*thole” TV spectacle
The word “sh*thole” was all over TV on Thursday, thanks to President Trump. But as Sean O'Neal points out, there was a time when the word “sh*t” generated controversy when a broadcast network allowed its use in primetime. CBS OK’d Mark Harmon’s doctor character to say “sh*t happens” in an October 1999 episode of Chicago Hope, the David E. Kelley medical drama, citing artistic reasons. The Parents TV Council warned that allowing a broadcast network to say “sh*t” would result in other shows using the profanity. And the PTC was right. ER would eventually say “sh*t.” NYPD Blue would utter “bullsh*t.” Even Howard Stern was outraged that CBS would allow a word that the FCC would fine him for. "The producers felt strongly that the line was important for artistic truthfulness," CBS said in a statement. "We wanted to support their creative vision, but clearly this is not something that will happen on a weekly basis." Ultimately, the FCC bought CBS’ reasoning for airing the profanity.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 6:58PM EST
Chris Matthews apologizes after a 2016 video surfaced of him joking about the “Bill Cosby Pill” before interviewing Hillary Clinton
“Can I have some of the queen’s waters? Precious waters?” the MSNBC host said on Jan. 5, 2016 while waiting to interview Clinton at an Iowa firehouse during presidential primaries. And then, as he waits for the water, he added, “Where’s that Bill Cosby pill I brought with me?” Matthews apologized today, telling The Cut: “This was a terrible comment I made in poor taste during the height of the Bill Cosby headlines. I realize that’s no excuse. I deeply regret it and I’m sorry.” ALSO: Bill Cosby reportedly made a #MeToo joke this week.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Censor or don't censor? Networks grapple with Trump's reported use of profanity at WH meeting
Following in the lead of The Washington Post, which broke the “sh*thole” story and put it in their lead headlines uncensored, various media outlets published Trump’s reported remark without censorship. MSNBC used the profanity, while Fox News censored it. CNN varied between allowing "sh*thole" and censoring it. Lester Holt used it, warning at the top of NBC Nightly News that “this may not be appropriate for some of our younger viewers,” while his ABC World News Tonight counterpart David Muir described President Trump “using a profanity we won’t repeat.” UPDATE: Trump denies saying "sh*thole."
- Stephen Colbert’s “sh*tholes” were bleeped by CBS
- Jimmy Kimmel showed a montage of Wolf Blitzer saying “s-hole” instead of "sh*thole"
- The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah said “sh*thole" uncensored," but Comedy Central’s website opted to use asterisks
- Don Lemon tells his CNN viewers: "The president of the United States is racist”
- Anderson Cooper fought back tears as he defended Haiti against Trump’s “sh*thole” remark
- BBC Radio 4 allowed use of “sh*thole” — “a word I never thought I would utter on the BBC,” tweeted BBC’s Nick Bryant
TOPICS: CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Wolf Blitzer, Cable News, Censorship, Late Night, Trump Presidency
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
A gym chain has banned all cable news because it wasn’t conducive to a “healthy way of life”
Minnesota-based Life Time, which as 130 locations in 27 states, decided to turn off CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, a decision that was as polarizing as politics. Some accused the gym chain of censorship, other praised the decision as removing “negativity” from their workouts.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski apologizes after criticizing Mark Halperin’s accusers for not meeting with him face-to-face
“Mark Halperin is more than willing to meet with his accusers and apologize with them face-to-face,” she said on Friday’s show. “I’ve actually tried to offer him to them. They don’t want to talk to him.” In response, 10 of Halperin’s accusers released a statement saying, “we would ask for Ms. Brzezinski for higher standards of editorial judgment, compassion and human decency,” adding that “it is an unethical and harmful request to ask that sexual assault victims confront their accusers in person and, in particular, on live tv.” Brzezinski later apologized, saying: “I realize that it is not my place. It isn’t my call to make, and for that I am truly sorry."
Posted Sunday 12/17/17 at 12:55PM EST
NBC confirms it paid a former employee who accused Chris Matthews of sexual harassment in 1999
Matthews was reprimanded for his inappropriate jokes and comments at a female assistant producer, NBC confirmed after the conservative website The Daily Caller reported the story. The Daily Caller said NBC paid $40,000 as part of a separation-related settlement — a figure that an MSNBC spokesman disputed. As Michael Calderone notes, Matthews is the sixth person with ties to NBC News connected to inappropriate behavior, joining Matt Lauer, Lauer’s former Today booker Matt Zimmerman, Mark Halperin and contributors Harold Ford Jr. and Glenn Thrush.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
The problem isn’t that President Trump watches too much TV — it’s the kind of TV he watches
“I’d be happier if Mr. Trump would simply spend his morning and evening screen time with any kind of programming that wasn’t designed to make him angrier,” says James Poniewozik of the president's apparent cable news addiction. “A mindless sitcom. An old movie.”
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 6:49PM EST
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough will host a Premiere League Soccer show for NBC’s sports network
This is Football will take viewers into the history, tradition and rivalries in the sport known throughout most of the world as “football.”
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 11:19PM EST
Two female reporters broke the Harvey Weinstein story, yet they never got to visit Stephen Colbert like Ronan Farrow
Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times first reported the bombshell sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein on Oct. 5. Farrow followed up with his own story in The New Yorker five days later. Yet it is Farrow who has been receiving the bulk of the attention as “the man who took down Weinstein,” including a visit to The Late Show. “Farrow’s work has, of course, been excellent. But so has Kantor and Twohey’s,” says Emily Stewart. “Where are their profiles, or their TV appearances?“ She adds: “That a woman’s role in a major event, place, or time would be diminished is not a new phenomenon.”
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 9:04AM EST
Report: President Trump watches up to eight hours of TV a day — and views each day of work like a TV episode
A New York Times story based on 60 interviews with "advisers, associates, friends and members of Congress" -- that the paper tried to fact-check with the president himself -- revealed that Trump consumes television on his 60-inch TV set in his dining room and has a “Super TiVo" for recording cable shows. “Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals,” reports The Times. “People close to him estimate that Mr. Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television, sometimes with the volume muted, marinating in the no-holds-barred wars of cable news and eager to fire back.”
UPDATE: Trump denied on Twitter that he watches a lot of TV: "Another false story, this time in the Failing @nytimes, that I watch 4-8 hours of television a day - Wrong! Also, I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC, both of which I consider Fake News. I never watch Don Lemon, who I once called the 'dumbest man on television!' Bad Reporting."