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Posted Tuesday 1/08/19 at 7:27PM EST
Why network TV should stop airing all presidential speeches -- no matter who is living in the White House
"Broadcast networks should get out of the business of covering almost all presidential addresses and press conferences, no matter who’s living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," Josef Adalian says in response to President Trump's immigration speech tonight. "This might sound like an early effort to secure a spot in the 2019 Hot Take Hall of Fame, but there’s simply zero need for broadcasters to blow up their regular schedules because a politician — any politician — is giving a preplanned speech. ABC, CBS, and NBC only do so because their respective news divisions whine loudly any time their West Coast counterparts in entertainment so much as suggest that maybe there’s no need to go live for (not really breaking) news. According to multiple Los Angeles–based suits I’ve spoken with this week and over the years, the argument always seems to boil down to competition: If Network X doesn’t cover this speech or that news conference, while the other nets do, Network X will look less committed to being seen as a primary news source and its brand will suffer. This theory is not without logic, and yet it also ignores the reality that national broadcast networks are not where most Americans turn for news these days."
- Networks will try fact-checking Trump on-air tonight, but some of the fact-checking will be done on their websites
- Broadcast networks are granting an even greater pulpit to a man who hardly needs the help
- Ted Koppel: "When the president of the United States asks for time to make an address to the American public, I don’t think you can say no"
- Fox News forced to fact check itself after claiming broadcast networks never denied a president a primetime platform
- Stormy Daniels to counterprogram Trump by folding laundry in her underwear on Instagram Live
- 10 things to watch on TV tonight instead of Trump
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
CNN founder Ted Turner reveals he has Lewy body dementia
Source: BuzzFeed News
"It's a mild case of what people have as Alzheimer's. It's similar to that,” the 79-year-old Turner tells Ted Koppel on CBS Sunday Morning. “But not nearly as bad. Alzheimer's is fatal. Thank goodness I don't have that. But, I also have got, let's – the one that's – I can't remember the name of it." Turner says the dementia has left him "tired," "exhausted" and sometimes forgetful. ALSO: Turner criticized CNN for being too heavy on politics.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 5:29PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen demands an apology from Sarah Palin via his Who Is America? character -- "Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr. PhD"
Source: The Daily Beast
"Dr. Ruddick" tweeted out a letter refuting Palin's claims that Cohen misrepresented himself as a disabled war veteran, addressed to "Vice-President Palin." Rather, he said, he said he was “in the service—not military, but United Parcel.” He added that he “only fought for our country once—when I shot a Mexican who came onto my property.”
- Judge Roy Moore admits Cohen duped him with a fake award -- and he's threatening to sue
- Ted Koppel, who didn't sign a release, explains how he got duped: "Everybody loves seeing well-known people get duped. I relish it too, when it's done well."
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Sacha Baron Cohen may have also tricked Bernie Sanders, David Petraeus and Ted Koppel
According to the Drudge Report's Matt Drudge, Showtime's Who Is America? will feature interviews with former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Howard Dean, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, former CIA director David Petraeus and former Nightline host Ted Koppel. Those are in addition to the previously revealed Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney and Republican former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh. "Lots of tricks played," tweeted Drudge. "Both Republicans and Democrats are getting caught up in the madness." None of the new people Drudge named have confirmed their unwitting participation on Who Is America? ALSO: Palin reportedly walked out on Cohen after he asked a "horrible" Chelsea Clinton question.