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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


Anthony Scaramucci Talks Trump, Charlottesville & His Own Dirty Mouth

UPDATE with video In his first interview since getting bounced from the White House, Anthony Scaramucci told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week today that President Donald Trump “needed to be much harsher” by calling out white supremacists in Charlottesville yesterday. “Well, I wouldn’t have recommended that statement,” the former (and briefly) White House communications director said of Trump’s “blame on many sides” speech yesterday. “I think he needed to be much… Read


‘A House Divided’ Host & VICE Founder Shane Smith On Political Journalism In A Post-Truth World

Imagine the job of the political journalist covering the current American landscape, at a time in which politics is more of a blood sport than a means of effecting change. This is the situation Vice founder and A House Divided host Shane Smith confronts on a daily basis, only it’s much more complicated than that—attempting to be logical and nonpartisan while history is being retroactively negated, and truth thrown out the window, is a task requiring patience, persistence… Read


Pundit Kayleigh McEnany Jumps From CNN To Team Trump

Kayleigh McEnany, perhaps best known as CNN’s most unhesitating Trump- supporting contributor who is not Jeffrey Lord, seems to have made the short leap from surrogate to campaign employee: This morning, McEnany hosted a taped news-of-the-week segment on Donald Trump’s official Facebook page. (Watch it below.) The 90-second clip features McEnany on a very patriotic-looking faux newsroom set from Trump Tower in New York, reading news items with a heavy pro-Trump skew… Read


Longtime Univision News Anchor María Elena Salinas To Step Down

Univision News anchor María Elena Salinas will leave the chair at the end of the year for what she says are “new projects to reach new and diverse audiences on multiple platforms." Salinas, described by Univision as the longest-tenured woman serving as a network evening news anchor in American television history, made the announcement at the end of last evening’s newscast. In an Instagram post today, Salinas wrote, “As I announced on Univision News, after more than 36… Read


Discovery Communications Partners With TEN Network For Auto Portfolio

Discovery Communications announced today that it has agreed to form a new consolidated joint venture with TEN: The Enthusiast Network. Discovery will take a majority controlling interest in the venture that brings together Discovery's automotive Velocity channel and TEN's automotive digital, direct-to-consumer, social and live event portfolio. The TEN portfolio includes such brands as Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Roadkill, Automobile, and more than 20 others. The venture is… Read


John Leguizamo, Katie Holmes Headline ‘One Film, One New York’ Campaign

Following up on the popularity of its One Book, One New York program, in which New Yorkers were invited to share in reading and discussing a single, New York-centric book, Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin today announced "One Film, One New York." New York Times chief film critics A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis selected five films, all shot in the city. Beginning today and all through the month of August, New Yorkers will cast their votes… Read


Michiko Kakutani, New York Times’ Powerful Book Critic, Calls It Quits

Michiko Kakutani, the chief New York Times book critic once placed by Esquire magazine at “the red-hot center of the literary universe” and “the only one who serious people take at all seriously,” is the latest iconic Times culture department byline to take a buyout and call it quits. She has been a key figure in the pantheon of young critics brought to the paper by legendary managing editor Arthur Gelb — along with Janet Maslin on film and Frank Rich on theater — since… Read


No Official White House Word If Sean Spicer Joining ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Sean Spicer Dancing With The Stars

"I hate to start the Q and A off on a low note, but I wanted to get ahead of some of the personnel-related questions," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said today in the second on-camera briefing in as many days. "Just let you guys know ahead of time that no, I can not confirm whether or not Sean Spicer will be on Dancing With The Stars upon leaving the White House," she said to laughs from the press corps. While CNN has said the soon-to-be ex-Donald Trum… Read


Donald Trump Gives Thumbs Up As ‘Fox & Friends’ & New York Times Make Nice

It is rare that denizens of Rupert Murdoch's media empire have ever anything nice to say about The New York Times, but that's exactly what happened this morning on Fox & Friends – and visa versa. Adding to the rare good vibes between the outlets, Donald Trump gave the love-in his presidential seal of approval too. The White House watched as the top0rated Fox News Channel morning show unveiled to its viewers today the full-page ad that it took out in the Gray Lady on… Read


ESPN To Air O.J. Simpson Parole Hearing Live; Nevada Braces For Media Blitz

OJ Simpson

O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada this Thursday will be carried live on ESPN as an expanded, 90-minute Outside the Lines Special, and pool cameras in the hearing room make it all but certain the proceedings will pop up at least in part on other news channels. In fact, the Nevada Board of Parole says about 30 news organizations have registered to cover the hearing at both the hearing location in Carson City and at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada… Read


Donald Trump: Media “Distorting Democracy”; Record Low Approval Rating “Is Not Bad”

Even by current presidential standards, Donald Trump’s Sunday morning tweetstorm was torrential, with five missives targeting his favorite peeves: “fake” media, polls, crowd sizes, anonymous sources and even those Hillary Clinton emails. (Read the tweets below.) “Hillary Clinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?,” Trump tweeted in this morning’s opening salvo, retooling one of his… Read