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Is Trump Unfit? Racist? Ill? CNN Host Poses “Out Of Bounds” Questions

CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter began this morning’s program with a heads-up – “This was not a normal week so this is not a normal show” – before raising questions he conceded were usually posed off the air: Is Donald Trump a racist? Ill? Unfit to serve? Though Stelter’s questions – posed to a panel including reporter Carl Bernstein, presidential historian Douglas Brinkley and former Ted Cruz communication director Alice Stewart – weren’t as broadcast-verboten… Read


Boston Rally “Officially Over”, Capping Day Of Cable News Attention

With Boston police warning rally-goers to “leave the sticks and stones at home,” the city grabbed the day’s cable news coverage for what was a largely peaceful, if uneasy, stand-off between the so-called Free Speech Rally and the vastly larger-in-number anti-racist counter-protesters at Boston Common. Despite some tense moments of riot-geared police swarming potential clashes – one such incident got simultaneous coverage on CNN, MSNBC and the Fox New Channel – the… Read


Donald Trump Blows Off Kennedy Center Honors; Avoiding “Political Distraction”

If you had been hoping to see Norman Lear and Donald Trump face off at the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the former Celebrity Apprentice host just dashed your dreams and likely avoided a very uncomfortable confrontation of sorts. "The President and First Lady have decided not to participate in this year’s activities to allow the honorees to celebrate without any political distraction," coldly announced the White House early in the AM today regarding the 40th Honors… Read


‘Real Time’: Former Celeb Apprentice Hopeful Penn Jillette Slams Donald Trump

Update with Al Franken video Libertarian magician Penn Jillette, appearing on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight, had nothing good to say about his old TV near-boss Donald Trump. “I know Donald Trump,” said Jillette, a 2012 Celebrity Apprentice contestant, “and whatever you think about Donald Trump, he’s worse than that.” Jillette, sans his longtime ponytail, found one nice thing to say about the president, though. “The only good thing about Donald Trump is he’s… Read


Steve Bannon On Exit: “I’ve Got My Hands Back On My Weapons”

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon, the lightning rod strategic adviser to President Donald Trump who either was dismissed from his White House post earlier today or exited on his own, has spoken out in an interview with the conservative-leaning The Weekly Standard. In an exit interview of sorts that certainly will serve as a blueprint of what to expect now that he is back as executive chairman of Breitbart News, Bannon said he’d continue to “focus on going after the establishment” but that… Read


Carl Icahn Steps Down As Donald Trump Adviser On Regulatory Reform

Carl Icahn, the subject of countless name-checks by Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, today joined a host of other business leaders who are jumping off of the MAGA train. The billionaire investor and veteran pot stirrer sent POTUS a letter saying he is leaving his unofficial presidential advisory post because he “did not want partisan bickering about my role to in any way cloud your administration.” Read the letter in full below. Soon after Icahn was named as Trump’s… Read


Hollywood Responds To Confederate Statue Controversy; Johnny Cash Family “Sickened” By Neo-Nazi Fan

President Donald Trump might find Confederate statues “beautiful,” but Hollywood celebrities and Beltway pundits find nothing quite so charming about the Civil War signifiers. The fallout from last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville – prompted by the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee statue – has continued well into this week, with celebrities condemning Trump’s pro-statue stance. And in one of the most impassioned responses to the “hatred and bile” on display in… Read


New York Times Editor To Court: Paper Didn’t Blame Sarah Palin For Mass Shooting

Attorneys for Sarah Palin and the New York Times put the newspaper’s editorial sausage-making process under examination today, as a Manhattan federal district court judge heard testimony about how, exactly, one particularly gristly bite came into being. Insisting he did not intend to imply a “causal link” between the 2011 mass shooting that left Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona severely wounded and a notorious “crosshairs” map distributed by a Sarah Palin PAC, Times… Read


TV News Covers Charlottesville Memorial: “If I Have To Give My Child Up, We’re Going To Make It Count”

Cable news networks covered Susan Bro as she spoke at the memorial service for her daughter, Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville, VA, over the weekend. Heyer died when an Ohio man drove his car into those protesting the Unite the Right rally of white supremacist groups. Viewers also have come to expect POTUS to be in attendance at these headline-making occasions. That was not the case this morning at the downtown Charlottesville theater where the memorial… Read


Stephen Colbert Wonders If Donald Trump Will Be POTUS By Friday After Tuesday’s Bonkers Press Conference

It took two days for Trump to condemn racist hate groups in Charlottesville, and one press conference to empower them, Stephen Colbert explained to his studio audience not long after President Donald Trump on Tuesday reverted back to his initial statement that all sides were responsible for the violence in Virginia. Trump held an impromptu press conference late Tuesday “in, I believe, the seventh circle of hell,” Colbert told his studio audience. When asked by a reporter… Read


Donald Trump Presser Flies Off Rails When He Pulls Both-Sides-At-Fault Stance On Charlottesville Violence From Pocket

President Donald Trump’s infrastructure news conference flew off the rails Tuesday afternoon when he returned to his faults “on many sides” stance about the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. “There is blame on both sides. I have no doubt about it – and you don’t have any doubt about it either,” he bellowed to reporters during the gobsmacking Trump Tower presser, calling them dishonest. It was particularly stunning, coming about 24 hours after Trump delivered… Read


Hollywood & China: Does Donald Trump’s Trade Probe Impact The Film Industry?

Toning down his recent blustery stance on China, President Donald Trump on Monday nevertheless signed a memorandum to direct the U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to determine whether an investigation into the Middle Kingdom’s trade practices is merited. While just about anything China-related pricks up the ears of folks in Hollywood, the impact of this latest maneuver by POTUS on the entertainment industry is murky. The PROC's mouthpiece media, for its part… Read