Ever since Designated Survivor debuted on ABC on September 21, 2016, television viewers dared hope that the program, which starred Kiefer Sutherland – the actor who portrayed heroic counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer for eight seasons on the popular Fox series 24 -- would give the audience a fair representation of both conservative and liberal political views. However, it wasn't long before the lead character began touting liberal views on a variety of issues, including gun control, racism and amnesty.
Busy Philipps is set to bring her big pop culture perspective to a new late night show on E! “Who?” you doubtless ask. Busy Philipps is a slightly less known Hollywood actress, who’s used to smaller roles. You might recognize her as a former star of the cult-famous Freaks and Geeks, or you might remember as a campaigner for Hillary Clinton, and that lady who wigged out when she was confused with Sarah Huckabee Sanders in a photo.
On Thursday night, former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw was the latest journalist to find themselves under fire for accusations of sexual misconduct. In a very detailed and eerie report, entertainment magazine Variety published the accusations from former NBC correspondent Linda Vester, who was 28 at the time and “[nearly] 30 years younger than him.” She accused the former NBC Nightly News anchor of trying to force her into “an affair of more than passing affection,” as Brokaw himself allegedly told her. Brokaw denies the allegations.
On Wednesday morning, CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta cried foul in a tweet concerning a Variety interview released Tuesday in which he insulted the intelligence of the American people by claiming that “[t]hey don’t have all their faculties in some cases” when it comes to the rise of fake news and rhetoric from the President or his advisers about the liberal media.
These people just make me detest Washington. On Tuesday, Variety published an absurdly gooey profile of the liberal media ahead of Saturday’s White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCA) and focused on three journalists, two of whom (CNN’s Jim Acosta and American Urban Radio Networks correspondent/CNN political analyst April Ryan) are perhaps the most arrogant journalists period.
On Tuesday, Variety posted an interview with ESPN's new president, Jimmy Pitaro. The former Disney executive who recently replaced John Skipper was not in for an afternoon of softball questions, though, because interviewer Brian Steinberg hurled difficult questions his way. Pitaro bobbed and weaved those questions and portrayed ESPN as an amazing organization that is serving its fans exceedingly well.
In a gushy interview with Variety magazine, Hollywood entertainer Barbra Streisand revealed she still is very much suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Talking about the Parkland shooting, the singer and actress blamed the president, saying he inspired the shooter. “[He] brings out the violence in people!” she gushed. Streisand also bizarrely claimed the election was rigged and that Hillary Clinton was the one who actually won the election.
Variety reported on Monday about Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosting a fundraiser next week for six vulnerable Democrat senators. Although the story did point out the irony of Disney pushing for the tax cuts that every one of the senators voted against, it skipped the more controversial detail that the senators would be receiving money from a fundraiser hosted by an executive who pushed for replacing American Disney employees with H1B visa foreign workers.
Variety published a review of Joe Kennedy III's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address but very noticeable avoided any mention of the elephant drool in the room. It was especially strange since Variety is an entertainment magazine in which images are important. Yet despite the fact that even completely political publications such as Politico published articles about what appeared to be either drool or very glossy lip balm on Kennedy's mouth which took the viewers' attention away from what he was saying, Variety's review of his speech sounded like a dull policy wonkish PR release from Kennedy's congressional office that quoted extensively from a speech that few paid much attention to due to the disturbing visual images.
Hours after NBC fired Today co-host Matt Lauer over allegations of sexual misconduct, Variety published their long-awaited story on Wednesday afternoon, detailing disturbingly lewd stories about Lauer. They ranged from exposing himself to lewd texts to having a button on his desk to lock his office door.
On Thursday night, Variety penned a brief item revealing that actress Sandra Bullock has accepted the role of abortion activist, far-left Texas Democrat, and liberal media darling Wendy Davis in a possible film about Davis’s career. Reporter Justin Kroll wrote that Bullock “will star in the spec ‘Let Her Speak’ as Texas senator Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour filibuster helped stall an anti-abortion bill in the Texas state house.”
Show business is just that: a business. When a business tries to offend and isolate customers, there is a fairly decent chance that it will go out of business.
In an interview with Variety, the cast of Will and Grace, as well as the creators, took on Trump and identity politics, and promised a vast score of political jokes to come in the popular sitcom’s reboot. Actor Eric McCormack stated, “We’re going to be as progressive and offensive as we can be. If we don’t offend somebody with every show, we’re probably getting a little safe.”