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Three CNN Journalists Resign In Wake Of Retracted Russian Investment Fund Report

Three CNN journalists have resigned after the cable news operation had to retract a published report of a “Russia-related” article, CNN said this evening. The yanked article reported that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials”; it cited a single anonymous source. Out are Thomas Frank, who wrote the report; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in CNN’s new investigative unit under which it was reported; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the… Read


‘The Earliest Show’s Ben Schwartz Discusses His Short-Form Roots & Finding Guests For A Fake Talk Show

With Funny or Die’s The Earliest ShowParks and Recreation alum Ben Schwartz finds himself amongst a venerable group of comedians venturing out as creators in the short-form space, though for Schwartz in particular, this is nothing new. A well-known presence at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and other venues around Los Angeles, who has sold a series of scripts in between notable turns in film and television, Schwartz started out by building his own online… Read


CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Calls ‘Fox & Friends’ A Trump “Infomercial”

Two days after Fox & Friends‘ Ainsley Earhardt complimented President Donald Trump over his public bluff about non-existent secret tape-recordings, CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter is calling the Fox morning show “an informercial” for the president. In a critical if light-hearted piece on this morning’s Reliable Sources, Stelter called Fox & Friends a “celebration of the Administration each and every single day.” After first making a Barney the Dinosaur analogy… Read


Bart & Fleming: Megyn Kelly, Hulk Hogan, Gawker & Journalism’s Secret Peril

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: As I was pondering this Megyn Kelly/Alex Jones mess, I thought of the Pentagon Papers movie Steven Spielberg’s making with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. It struck me that he has a subject that is to journalism what Saving Private Ryan was for WWII soldiers: one of the last… Read


Bill O’Reilly Teases “Grisly” Explanation Of Fox News Ouster, Sans Details – Report

Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News host-turned-podcaster, has vowed again to reveal the left-wing conspiracy behind his firing. According to a report on CNN’s website, O’Reilly told a Long Island, New York, crowd of fans yesterday that details could be forthcoming in “weeks to come.” “In the weeks to come, there will be a bunch of news stories that will explain what happened and why it happened,” O’Reilly said from the stage of his “The Spin Stops Here Tour” at the NYCB Theatre… Read


Tight Tony Races, Classy Contenders & Kevin Spacey Hosting = Must-See TV On Sunday Night

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The 71st annual Tony Awards are Sunday night, telecast live on CBS beginning at 8 PM New York time (delayed in CA). Even if Golden State fails to nail the NBA championship tonight, Broadway won’t be facing down b-ball, which would adjourn till Monday. So along with Saturday afternoon’s Belmont Stakes, the biggest sporting event of the weekend will be the Tonys. Why? If last year was all about Hamilton, this year is all about the most nail-biting races in recent Tony… Read


How To Watch Former FBI Director James Comey Testify At Senate Intel Committee Hearing Today

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James Comey is going to testify today before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill. He is the FBI Director who was sacked by President Donald Trump in May, having decided Comey was a "showboat" and "grandstander" who needed to go and that the “Russia thing” Comey was investigating was a Democratic excuse for losing the election. At 7 AM PT, the issue won’t be how to watch Comey’s testimony so much as how to avoid it. It’s going to be everywhere, making it hard… Read


Kathy Griffin Gets “Gratitude” From BillOReilly.Com For Trump Decapitation Photo

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After posing with a fake decapitated head of President Donald Trump this week, Kathy Griffin has earned the wrath of the First Family and others, lost her annual New Year’s Eve CNN gig and endorsements, and seen venues pull out of her comedy tour. But she's received the gratitude of Bill O'Reilly's crew, kind of. “So why would anyone want to thank this odious woman, who has a history of making crude and tasteless remarks?” asked a “Thank You Kathy Griffin” column today… Read


New York Times Offers Buyouts To Trim Edit Ranks, Fires Public Editor And Kills The Position

SECOND UPDATE, with comment from inside the Times on the Public Editor decision, below. UPDATED with NewsGuild statement, info on the buyouts: In a memo to the Times staff that had been expected for several months, executive editor Dean Baquet and his heir apparent, managing editor Joseph Kahn, wrote that "backfielders" and copy editors — who have different tasks before a story is published — will be replaced by a single group of editors responsible for all aspects of a… Read


Leah Remini Is The Thorn In Scientology’s Side — Deadline Disruptors

Long before she became famous teaming with Kevin James and Jerry Stiller on The King of Queens, Leah Remini was a teenager from Brooklyn who followed her mother into Scientology. After finally leaving the organization in 2013 and publishing a controversial memoir, Troublemaker, two years later, she has become a true thorn in the side of the controversial religion through the A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. Armed with her wit and a… Read


Sean Hannity Still Shilling DNC Staffer Murder Story As Fox News Retracts

After repeated pleas from Seth Rich's family and more hearsay than evidence, Fox News Channel today finally retracted a May 16 story that suggested a greater conspiracy was behind the fatal shooting of the DNC staffer in Washington DC last summer. However, while the cable newser is stepping back, one of its biggest stars is not, as Sean Hannity today took to social media again on the tragic matter. Hannity said yesterday that his heart was "not troubled in the least" over… Read


The New York Times And Newsguild In Face-off Over Newsroom Staff Cuts

Lines are being drawn in a face-off over proposed staff cuts at The New York Times. The Newsguild of New York on Friday afternoon circulated a member email responding to a morning memo from Times managers promising a plan by the month's end for a long-expected reduction among editors and others. "Of course, the Guild believes that downsizing—at a time when quality journalism and the New York Times has never been more important to this country—is a horrific idea," the… Read