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Ronan Farrow Claims He Also Received Threats From National Enquirer And Its AMI Parent Corp.

Investigative reporter Ronan Farrow has claimed that the National Enquirer and its parent corporation American Media Inc. threatened him over his work, echoing complaints made earlier today by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. In a series of tweets, Farrow said American Media Inc., the National Enquirer parent, had sent him and “one other prominent journalist” a warning: “Stop digging or we’ll ruin you.” Farrow wrote several stories on the Enquirer for The New Yorker, including some… Read

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Ex-NY Times Editor Jill Abramson Admits Her New Book Has Problems, Will Correct In Future Editions

Former New York Times editor Jill Abramson admitted today that several passages in her new book, Merchants of Truth: The Business of News and the Fight for Facts, might contain passages that substantially mimic the language found in other sources. Abramson has been under fire after a Wednesday night report from Vice News outlined that some of her book’s passages seemed to be taken from other sources. The accusations were made in a series of tweets by reporter Michael… Read

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Jeff Bezos Rips National Enquirer With “Extortion” Claims, Defends WaPo

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After weeks of seeing his private life flooded into the public, Jeff Bezos went online today to accuse Donald Trump's pals at the National Enquirer of attempting to strong arm him with intimate photos, texts and an intent to ruin him with Amazon shareholders. “Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there's a much more important matter involved here,” the world’s richest man and owner of the Washington Post wrote, regarding National Enquirer… Read

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How To Watch State Of The Union Address On TV & Online

Donald Trump’s latest State of the Union Address starts at 9 p.m. ET/6 PT tonight, and here is a guide on how to watch it on the small screen and online via the usually smaller screens. Have a look below. The address to both houses of Congress, the Supreme Court justices et al. was delayed by a week when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially disinvited the president from coming to her chamber during the government shutdown. At first, POTUS vowed to make the speech anyway… Read

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Tom Hanks Narrates Super Bowl Ad For The Washington Post On Journalism’s Importance

UPDATE: The video can be viewed below. Tom Hanks stepped up for The Washington Post during a Super Bowl commercial. The veteran actor narrated a 60-second spot airing during the big game about the importance of journalists. The ad featured images of some of the biggest stories since World War II, with Hanks talking about journalists as those who "gather of facts to bring you the story, no matter the cost.” The Post announced the ad would be airing the day before the spot… Read

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Hollywood Reacts To Virginia Gov. Northam, Who Refuses To Resign

The controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s alleged appearance in a racist photo in a medical school yearbook is drawing reactions in the larger Hollywood, media and celebrity world. Northam, a liberal Democrat, is under pressure to resign after a picture surfaced showing a man in blackface posing with someone in Ku Klux Klan regalia. The photo was published in 1984. Northam initially apologized, but now is denying that he is in the photo, calling the… Read

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President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

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While much of the rest of the country freezes under the polar vortex, President Donald Trump is enjoying the warmth of Florida. The Commander-in-Tweet was spending time this weekend at his Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida, but his threesome companions on the links weren’t your run-of-the-mill coworkers or beer buddies. Instead, golfing legends Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus joined Trump for a good walk spoiled. Fortunately, since Trump is not a drinker, we… Read

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Instagram Viral Egg Campaign Promises Big Reveal Following Super Bowl LIII

There’s apparently going to be some eggs-citing news on Hulu following the Super Bowl on Sunday. You’ll recall that the Instagram account world_record_egg took away Kylie Jenner’s crown for most “likes” on Instagram last month by posting a picture of an egg and asking people to hop on the bandwagon and help set a new record. In a bit of genius viral marketing, the egg steamrolled past Jenner’s 18 million likes record, wracking up more than 52 million thumbs-up signs. Now… Read

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PBS Premieres Ken Burns Country Music Doc, New News Mag At TCA

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PBS has previewed some of its 2019 launches at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Here’s the rundown: *** Ken Burns’s Country Music will premiere Sept. 15. The 16-Hour documentary chronicles the history of the genre, from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and more. The eight-part series is directed by Burns and… Read

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Vice To Lay Off About 10% Of Workforce As Digital Media Takes Another Hit

Vice Media is laying off about 10% of its total workforce, Deadline confirmed Friday. This comes a week after BuzzFeed’s similar staff reduction and is the latest signal of scale-backs in what was maybe a too-fast-growing sector. CEO Nancy Dubuc revealed the move in a memo to staff Friday. It comes after the last round of layoffs in November of about the same amount; at the time those moves including a hiring freeze at the Brooklyn-based company aiming at millennial… Read

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Comedy Central Inks First-Look Deal With Jim Jefferies, Picks Up Third Season Of Series

Comedy Central and Jim Jefferies have entered into a first-look deal for content created and/or developed for television and digital media. The deal includes a pick-up of late night series The Jim Jefferies Show for a 20-episode third season.  The deal was announced by Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, EVPs and co-heads of talent and development at Comedy Central. The Jim Jefferies Show is a weekly, topical, late night series featuring the Australian comedian's… Read

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Penske Media Buys Remaining 49% Of Rolling Stone, Taking Full Control Of Storied Publishing Brand

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Penske Media Corp. has bought a 49% stake in Rolling Stone, giving the company full control of the storied publishing brand. Terms were not disclosed for the deal, which took effect January 22,but was announced today. Along with the online and print magazine, the transaction includes all event and licensing rights, as well as the parallel entity Rolling Stone International. PMC acquired a 51% stake in Rolling Stone in December 2017 before buying the remaining the 49% from… Read