Last week it was an anti-coal rant, this week on Apple TV+’s The Morning Show, Reese Witherspoon’s character admitted to a teenage abortion that inspired a viral moment that rallied the country behind her.
Apple TV+'s flagship series, The Morning Show, was inspired by a book by CNN's Brian Stelter and it shows. Clearly meant to be prestige television in the mold of HBO, the series is more preachy, self-indulgent Newsroom than juicy, story-driven Big Little Lies. The first three episodes of a 10 episode season were released with the premiere of Apple TV+ on November 1.
The front page of the New York Times Business Day on Monday featured two stories on Donald Trump and the media, one chiding his opinion journalism supporters, the other suggesting the mainstream press failed its mission by not stopping his election in 2016. Michael Grynbaum’s “Media Memo,” “2020 Looms, And News Faces Test Of Judgment” may have revealed more anti-Trump media bias than intended. Jim Rutenberg worries about Trump fans embracing Fox News-fostered "political conspiracy theories."
“President Obama went to Saudi Arabia for the Persian Gulf Summit. Aides say he was disappointed because when he agreed to participate, he thought it was the Persian Golf Summit.” - NewsBusted’s Jody Miller
Jennifer Aniston had some harsh words for Katie Couric Wednesday.
Appearing on the E! network’s Chelsea Lately, Aniston marvelously asked, “What’s Katie Couric? Is she like a legitimate journalist?” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
Mayer, a popular singer-songwriter, slammed the Huffington Post, after the website reported that he and Aniston were possibly rekindling their old relationship.
In a frenzied blog post titled "Huffington Post FULL OF SH*T? (Yes!)," Mayer called the liberal-leaning news website "the internet Death Star" and "dangerous."
"The reason I'm calling you out instead of all the other magazines that make stories up out of thin air is that In Touch and Star Magazine aren't concurrently writing pieces about Pat Tillman or WikiLeaks," ranted Mayer. "Those other rags know who they are, and even if they're obnoxious, I'd rather have to live with them because they (and the rest of the world) know where they stand, which doesn't make them one tenth as dangerous as you are."
Jennifer Aniston appeared on Thursday's Good Morning America and slammed Bill O'Reilly for "insulting women." The actress, promoting "The Switch," her new film about being a single mother, complained about remarks by the Fox News host.
Aniston derided, "[The comments were] also saying something – insulting women that are out there doing this on their own. I was raised by – my mother was single. You know?" [MP3 audio here.]
In fact, O'Reilly, on his August 11 program, did not "insult" single mothers. He went out of his way to respect such moms: "I want to be fair about this, because there have- there are many- there are millions of single mothers who do a great job raising their kids."
The report included sound bites of O'Reilly: "That's destructive to our society....She's throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds, okay, that 'hey, you don't need the guy. You don't need the dad." Miller followed up by noting: "It's not the first time a political conservative has lashed out at an actress for supporting single moms. In a 1992 speech, Dan Quayle questioned the choices of fictional character Murphy Brown."
She concluded the story by touting: "Aniston fired back the latest shot at O'Reilly, telling People magazine, quote, 'Of course the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age, but for those who've not yet found their Bill O'Reilly, I'm just glad science has provided a few other options.'"
After Miller's report, fill-in co-host Chris Wragge jokingly declared: "Jennifer Aniston, how dare you?" He then argued: "I mean, it's just a movie, right, at this point? I understand, I guess, both sides, but I think it's a little much about-" Fill-in co-host Erica Hill interjected: "Much ado about nothing."
The suddenly all over the newstands Jennifer Aniston -- not that there's anything wrong with that! -- was Harry Smith's guest on Friday's "Early Show," and the CBS host seemed to have a hard time hiding the little crush he has on the former "Friends" star.
In fact, the 57-year-old Smith seemed to be hitting on the 39-year-old Aniston.
Not that there's anything wrong with that (video embedded below the fold):