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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 Wednesday 7/25/18 at 3:24AM EDT
Report: President Trump raged at his staff after spotting CNN on Melania's Trump's TV set aboard Air Force One
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times reports that Trump's recent reaction caused a "bit of a stir" aboard Air Force One. The Times says it's a White House rule that Trump and his entourage's TV sets are tuned to Fox News at the beginning of each flight. The Times obtained an email confirming that all TVs would be tuned to Fox News as standard operating procedure going forward. The same email also called for the president and the first lady to have separate TV set Tivo-like streaming device Beam in their separate hotel rooms when they travel.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
Michael Cohen denies working with Tom Arnold on his new Viceland show: "He asked for a selfie"
In an interview with NBC News, Arnold said President Trump's former attorney was helping with his new Viceland show The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. He even posted a selfie to claim Cohen's involvement. "This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything," he said. And in a bonkers CNN interview on Friday, Arnold said: “I’m going to spend the weekend with Michael Cohen. I’m spending the weekend hanging out with Michael Cohen. And there’s a lot going on.” Cohen responded by tweeting that, no, he's not working with Arnold: "Appreciate @TomArnold kind words about me as a great father, husband and friend," Cohen tweeted. "This was a chance, public encounter in the hotel lobby where he asked for a selfie. Not spending the weekend together, did not discuss being on his show nor did we discuss @POTUS. #done #ridiculous."
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 11:17AM EDT
Tom Arnold says he interviewed Michael Cohen for his Viceland show: "This dude has all the tapes"
Source: NBC News
Arnold posted a photo of him and President Trump's embattled former attorney that he was says was part of an interview for his new show The Hunt for The Trump Tapes. "This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything," Arnold tells NBC News. "I say to Michael, 'Guess what? We’re taking Trump down together, and he’s so tired he’s like, 'OK,' and his wife is like, 'OK, f*ck Trump,'" Arnold said, laughing.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 4:32PM EDT
Seth Meyers: Donald Trump sent Michael Cohen to demand an on-air apology for my White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes
On Politico's Off Message podcast, Meyers recalled running into Trump at SNL's 40th anniversary special in February 2015, four months before he launched his presidential campaign. Meyers tried to patch things up and invited him on his show after mocking him at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2011. So Trump sent his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to negotiate a Late Night appearance. But Meyers says Cohen had a non-negotiable demand that he make an on-air apology for his White House Correspondents' Dinner jokes.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
SNL shows Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro's transformation into Michael Cohen and Robert Muelle
Go behind the scenes of the April 14 "Meet the Parents" cold open.
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Inside Fox News' "surreal moment" learning of Sean Hannity's attorney-client connection to Michael Cohen
Source: Vanity Fair
Monday's revelation was "shocking, even to those inside Fox News," according to Gabriel Sherman, who specializes in reporting on Fox News. “What the f*ck? This is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen,” one staffer told him. “This is bad,” another Fox staffer said. “It violates every rule of journalism.” Still, "Hannity’s closeness with Trump has given him immense power at the network, and he’s not afraid to show it," says Sherman, which is likely why he wasn't punished. ALSO: Inside Hannity's very close relationship with Trump: "He basically has a desk" in the White House.
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 Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Did Sean Hannity get his idea for "attorney-client privilege" from Breaking Bad?
Source: The Washington Post
In explaining his attorney-client relationship with Michael Cohen, Hannity said on his radio show Monday, “I might have handed him 10 bucks (and said,) ‘I definitely want your attorney-client privilege on this.' Something like that.” Breaking Bad fans were immediately drawing a comparison between Hannity and Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, who told Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to “put a dollar in my pocket” to become their attorneys in a Season 2 episode. But as Kyle Swenson points out, citing a New Mexico Law Review article, that Breaking Bad scene and Hannity's comment are incorrect because there's no reason to exchange money to establish attorney-client privilege. “There is simply no reason to exchange a dollar,” according to the law review article by Armen Adzhemyan and Susan M. Marcella. “To invoke the privilege, Saul only needs to confirm that Walt and Jesse seek his legal advice as potential clients.”
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel mocks Sean Hannity over the revelation that Michael Cohen was his attorney
Kimmel, eight days removed from ending his feud with the Fox News host, reacted to Monday's bombshell, describing Hannity as “chief propaganda guy for Trump’s legal team – but he never disclosed that he is also represented by a member of that legal team." Kimmel then poked fun at Hannity statement that Cohen never represented him. “That sounds normal. He has a lawyer – he doesn’t pay. By the way, I’m thinking of hiring Michael Cohen as my lawyer. He only has three clients and apparently, he works for free. He doesn’t take money from anyone.”
- In January 2017, Hannity said on Fox News he and Cohen had a personal relationship, saying: "full disclosure: a personal friend of mine, long before this election ever started"
- Anderson Cooper called out Hannity's massive conflict of interest
- Hannity opened Monday's show with a montage of cable news anchors saying his name
- Hannity said later in his show that the "media went absolutely insane. Wall-to-wall, hour-to-hour coverage of yours truly"
- Stephen Colbert's Late Show creates mash-up of Hannity admitting Cohen connection
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Fox News reacts to Sean Hannity-Michael Cohen bombshell, calling it "the elephant in the room"
Shepard Smith, who was recently feuding with Hannity, was on Fox News when the revelation was made that Hannity also was a client of Trump's attorney Michael Cohen. "For us, the elephant in the room is that Sean Hannity is said to have been a third client of Michael Cohen,” Smith said in briefly addressing the bombshell news, adding: "A lot of people here know his number. We’ll get on that.” After a commercial break, Shepard said, "we spoke with his publicist here at Fox News who says that he says they have been friends a long time. He never denied he was his lawyer. That he did some legal work for him along the way. And that’s the extent of that." Hannity later released a statement saying "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any manner. I never retained him, received an invoice or paid legal fees." Fox News has yet to formally comment on Hannity's connection with Cohen.
- For Fox News, Hannity's high ratings come with huge headaches
- Hannity texted MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace while he she was on-air to make a denial
- Jimmy Kimmel's wife/co-head writer Molly McNearney "Can't. Stop. Laughing."
- Stephen Colbert "Can't Wait!" until tonight's Hannity
- Seth Meyers on the Hannity revelation: "As someone who hosts an hour of television a night, I can’t IMAGINE also hosting three hours of radio in the afternoon. WHY ISNT ANYONE TALKING ABOUT THAT???"
- Here are six times Hannity defended Cohen on Fox News
Posted Sunday 4/15/18 at 3:10AM EDT
SNL gets Robert De Niro to interrogate Ben Stiller as Robert Mueller and Michael Cohen
Source: The Daily Beast
Saturday Night Live reunited the Meet the Parents co-stars in this week's cold open to recreate the classic lie detector scene from their 2000 hit movie. "You broke the law. And now we’re going to catch all of you little fockers, you got that?” De Niro’s special prosecutor Mueller told Stiller, playing Trump attorney Cohen. Stiller, who was briefly an SNL cast member in 1989, said as Cohen: "You know how much evidence I have in my office? I’m Donald Trump’s lawyer! I’ve got a whole hard drive that’s just labeled ‘yikes.’”
- Donald Glover to pull double duty on May 5, hosting SNL and performing as Childish Gambino
- SNL spoofs Netflix's Wild Wild Country with the help of alum Nasim Pedrad
- SNL parodies Les Miserables with an insane lobster dinner sketch
- Why did announcer Darrell Hammond mispronounce John Mulaney's name as "John Mulvaney" not once but twice in the intro?
- SNL mocks "Hollywood's reboot fever"
- Mulaney tweets a 2008 pic of the SNL cast and writers dressed as Mad Men for then-host Jon Hamm
- SNL tweets video of Mulaney's closing remarks that NBC cut off
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 5:23PM EDT
FBI agents sought records relating to Trump's Access Hollywood tape in their raid of Michael Cohen's office
Source: The New York Times
The infamous 2005 tape in which Donald Trump is heard saying vulgar remarks with Billy Bush on a bus was connected to Monday's raid of the president's attorney's office, reports The New York Times, which adds: "It is not clear what role, if any, Mr. Cohen played regarding the tape, which was made public a month before the election. But the fact that the agents were seeking documents related to the tape reveals a new front in the investigation into Mr. Cohen that is being led by the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan."