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It’s been a long time since the executives at CBS News have had something to cheer about in the ratings, and that trend continues despite the replacement of the previous Evening News anchor Jeff Glor with female host Norah O’Donnell. In addition, the network is paying O’Donnell at least $7 million per year, much more than the $2 million Glor received during the 18 months he sat in the anchor chair.
Even though the initial wave of #MeToo scandals have come and gone with new and shocking allegations continuing to arise, many of the early scandals continue to have an impact on those involved in the sexual harassment allegations that arose in 2017. One of the people affected most is Linda Vester, a former war correspondent who began the Silence Breakers Alliance, a foundation working towards ending workplace harassment and who stated on Wednesday that the internal investigation by NBC News “was not honest” while remaining a “cover-up” protecting “dangerous” people like former anchor Matt Lauer.
On Monday’s edition of the noontime Inside Politics program on CNN, AP Washington Bureau Chief Julie Pace used an odd word to describe Hunter Biden's exploitation of his father's last name to make money in foreign countries like Ukraine and China. She called it “confusing.”
The ongoing battle between New York Times columnist Bret Stephens and George Washington University media professor Dave Karpf took another bizarre turn on Thursday, when Stephens pulled out of a scheduled debate with Karpf because the clash would not be closed to the public. Intended as the end of a feud between the two men that began back in August -- when the professor compared the columnist to a “bedbug” in a post on Twitter -- the event was slated to take place on October 28 in Washington, D.C., until Stephens pulled out.
As is often the case with celebrities, actors, singers and other performers, many of those people believe that they somehow have a special insight into issues and conflicts that the average person does not share. An excellent example of this concept came on Wednesday, when Robyn Rihanna Fenty -- who is better known as just Rihanna -- stated that President Trump seems to be “the most mentally ill human being in America right now.”
The #MeToo scandal that began in 2017 is still producing ripples, not just to the men who have been accused of sexual harassment, but also some of the women who went public with their stories. One of those instances pitted Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski against former NBC News correspondent Linda Vester, who accused NBC anchor Tom Brokaw of sexual impropriety.
Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is best known for his role in the Watergate scandal, but that reputation didn’t help him at all when he attempted to moderate a discussion on a new book concerning the #MeToo phenomenon. Instead, Woodward ran into a buzzsaw of criticism with boos and heckling while hosting a discussion with New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, the authors of a book that describes the beginning of that sexual abuse scandal.
With the 2020 presidential election on the horizon, a recent survey has indicated that the gaps between how Republicans and Democrats view national media outlets such as CNN and Fox News continue to spread, solidifying the country’s partisan echo chambers with no change in sight.
Unfortunately, time has not softened the extreme views of Robert De Niro regarding President Trump, and his hostility has apparently only been aggravated by the impeachment inquiry currently underway in the U.S. House of Representatives. The actor made his views clear on Monday by calling the GOP occupant of the White House “such a low life” who “taints everyone around him.”
It’s been more than 18 months since Senator Al Franken stepped down from his seat in the Senate, but thoughts of a comeback ran into some turbulence on Monday. That was when yet another woman accused the former comedian of inappropriate sexual behavior, the ninth to do so and the fourth to say that Franken “groped” her “ass.”
Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A nominee for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is about to be confirmed when suddenly, women start appearing out of nowhere to accuse him of engaging in unwilling sexual escapades with them. That scenario took place last year, but the bad feelings generated by participants in the incident has led to yet another book on the matter, The Education of Brett Kavanaugh, which received enthusiastic, wall-to-wall coverage throughout the mainstream media -- but nevertheless failed to sell well during its first week on sale.
Just when it seemed that Matt Lauer had finally left the public stage, several women have come forward with “fresh claims of sexual harassment” against the former Today anchor. The new information will be revealed in an upcoming book written by Ronan Farrow under the title Catch and Kill, which will be published on October 15. In response, Lauer has hired several “high-powered lawyers” to defend himself against claims made in the book.
While most of Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ two-year tenure as President Trump’s press secretary led to many clashes with the media, her replacement -- Stephanie Grisham -- is continuing some of those traditions, including no daily briefings on a regular basis. Grisham made the announcement while a guest on the Fox & Friends morning program on Monday, when she accused reporters of turning the event into political “theater” during their attempts to “get famous.”
With the liberal media's psuedo-religious devotion for gun control, it's no surprise that they greeted the PSA from the group Sandy Hook Promise with open arms. So on Friday, our friends Charles Fain Lehman and David Rutz at the Washington Free Beacon published a study that found he video aired nine times in two days on NBC News and cable partner MSNBC.
It’s no surprise that people in the “mainstream media” in news and entertainment are tilted so far to the left that they very likely could not be much more liberal. Nevertheless, in a ridiculous effort to bring more conservative viewers to NBC’s Saturday Night Live program, producer Lorne Michaels saw his clumsy strategy blow up in his face after it was discovered newly hired “conservative” comic Shane Gillis had used his podcast to openly attack homosexuals, Asians and other minority groups.
During the past several weeks, Chris Cuomo -- host of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time program -- and Don Lemon -- anchor of CNN Tonight -- have used the weeknight “handoff” from the first show to the next as an opportunity to discuss items of interest to both liberal announcers. On Monday evening, the hosts bemoaned the fate of Shane Gillis, a comedian who was fired just days after it was announced he was going to join the cast of NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
In case you’re not clear on it, John Oliver REALLY hates conservatives. And he’d rather be nasty than funny. On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, the HBO host, again, compared Ted Cruz to a certain part of the male anatomy. Last week, he stated that Ted Cruz, a Republican senator from Texas, “can lick my balls.” This Sunday, he expanded our knowledge to include the word “scrote.”
Earlier this year, Virginia was rocked by scandals involving the top two Democratic officials in the state. First was Governor Ralph Northam, who was criticized for appearing in blackface in an old yearbook, and soon after, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax faced accusations of sexual assault. While the controversies have not resulted in either Democrat stepping down, Fairfax brought the scandals back to life on Thursday, when he filed a lawsuit against CBS for airing interviews with both women accusers. As a result, the Old Dominion official is seeking $400 million in damages.
When a conservative guest appears on CNN, he or she can expect to be hammered by a host attempting to drive a wedge between Republicans. That’s what happened early Thursday afternoon, when Rand Paul was on the CNN Right Now program and anchor Brianna Keilar attempted to use an “odd feud” between the Kentucky Congressman and Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney to accuse them of engaging in a “butt-kissing contest” that’s “unbecoming of two members of Congress.”
While Republicans were celebrating victories in both North Carolina special elections on Tuesday evening, the host of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell was yet again slamming President Trump. As always, the MSNBC host viewed the topic through an anti-Trump lens since after leaving the administration, Bolton “could write and deliver” the “most explosive Trump book ever” if he finishes it before the 2020 presidential election.