Peter Jackson: Harvey Weinstein Orchestrated a ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd

A top director is coming forward with a claim that two Harvey Weinstein accusers were effectively blacklisted by the film mogul. Peter Jackson — the Oscar-winning director of the Lord of the Rings triolgy — told the New Zealand outlet Stuff (via Rolling Stone) that the Weinstein-founded studio Miramax discouraged him from hiring Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino. “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,” Jackson said. The director believes this was a specifically orchestrated backlisting effort by the studio. “At the time, we had no reason to question what these guys were telling us — but in hindsight, I realize that this was very likely the Miramax smear campaign in full swing,” Jackson said. “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women — and as a direct result Continue reading "Peter Jackson: Harvey Weinstein Orchestrated a ‘Smear Campaign’ Against Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd"

Chris Wallace: ‘It’s Not Crazy’ for Trump to Be ‘Concerned’ About FBI Bias

“There is the old saying that even hypochondriacs get sick,” said Chris Wallace on Friday’s edition of Shepard Smith Reporting. And Wallace, the anchor of Fox News Sunday, thinks that President Donald Trump‘s constant fear that the FBI is out to get him might well be justified — thanks to a new development reported this week. Speaking with Shepard Smith, Wallace said the case of an FBI agent being taken off of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe for calling Trump an “idiot” in text messages gives Trump ample reason to fear that some at the upper levels of the Bureau have it out for him. “It’s not crazy for President Trump to be concerned by the bias that is being shown by some members of the FBI at the top levels,” Wallace said. The agent who was pulled from the Mueller probe, Peter Strzok, exchanged Continue reading "Chris Wallace: ‘It’s Not Crazy’ for Trump to Be ‘Concerned’ About FBI Bias"

Adam Schiff in Tweetstorm: I’m ‘Worried’ House Intel Committee is About to Pull the Plug on Russia Probe

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is “worried” the House Intelligence Committee is about to pull the plug on the Russia investigation. In a Friday Tweetstorm, the Committee’s ranking Democrat fretted about the future of the probe — which Schiff believes is something of a sham. “Republicans have scheduled no witnesses after next Friday and none in 2017,” Schiff wrote. “We have dozens of outstanding witnesses on key aspects of our investigation that they refuse to contact and many document requests they continue to sit on.” The California Democrat added, “It appears Republicans want to conduct just enough interviews to give the impression of a serious investigation.” Schiff’s complete Tweetstorm can be found below:

Stuart Varney Erupts at Guest Over Claim He ‘Destroyed’ Host in Prior Debate: ‘Take it Back!’

Back in November, an organization called the Patriotic Millionaires — a progressive group of high-net worth people who say they are concerned about the “destabilizing concentration of wealth and power in America” — boasted about a Varney & Co. interview with one of their members, Eric Schoenberg. In posts to social media, the group crowed that Schoenberg “destroyed” host Stuart Varney in a debate about the proposed GOP tax bill. Varney was, to put it mildly, less than thrilled with that characterization of the discussion. On Friday, the Fox Business host grilled the Patriotic Millionaire over a headline that he personally didn’t write. “You’ll apologize,” Varney said in his very first words to his guest. “Well,” Schoenberg said, laughing. “I’m definitely sorry if you’re offended by what’s transpired.” Stuart Varney was in no mood for jokes, thank you. “You did not destroy me,” the host said. “Did you?” Continue reading "Stuart Varney Erupts at Guest Over Claim He ‘Destroyed’ Host in Prior Debate: ‘Take it Back!’"

ESPN Pushes Back on Harassment Claim Against SportsCenter Anchor By Releasing Text Messages

On Thursday, we posted about a Boston Globe report which detailed sexual harassment claims against two prominent ESPN personalities. Now, ESPN is pushing back strongly against one of the claims by publishing a series of text messages between the accuser and the accused, in an effort to establish that the two were engaged in a “consensual, personal friendship.” In the Globe story, former ESPN employee Adrienne Lawrence detailed her harassment complaint against SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross. From the report:
Lawrence accused John Buccigross, a longtime SportsCenter anchor whom she viewed as a mentor, of sending unsolicited shirtless photographs of himself and calling her “dollface,” “#dreamgirl,” and “#longlegs” in messages from 2016 reviewed by the Globe. Lawrence said she tried to remain cordial in the messages but at one point responded: “You need to wear clothes, sir.”
ESPN released text messages between Lawrence and Buccigross spanning months. The messages, Continue reading "ESPN Pushes Back on Harassment Claim Against SportsCenter Anchor By Releasing Text Messages"

Don Lemon Admonishes Guest For Calling Fellow Panelist a ‘Sellout’: ‘There’s No Name Calling’

A CNN Tonight panel got so heated that host Don Lemon had to admonish one of his guests for name calling. The heated debate took place during the third segment of Thursday night’s show. Lemon was moderating a panel comprised of three African American Republicans discussing the issue of diversity (or, more specifically, lack thereof) in the White House. Shermichael Singleton — who was a senior advisor working for HUD in President Donald Trump‘s White House until he was fired after just a few weeks — slammed Trump for the dearth of African Americans in his administration. “Where in the hell are the black people?” He said. “I mean, seriously. Where are they?” Paris Dennard — who worked in President George W. Bush‘s White House — backed Trump by noting that surgeon general Jerome Adams is a person of color. Singleton went back at Dennard, saying Continue reading "Don Lemon Admonishes Guest For Calling Fellow Panelist a ‘Sellout’: ‘There’s No Name Calling’"

Watch a Simpsons Parody of Trump Trying to Pay Off Mueller: ‘I Do the Best Bribes!’

The Simpsons have not been shy about going after President Donald Trump during the first year of his administration over various things. But the latest Simpsons parody goes further than any before it. Much further. In a two-minute video posted to Twitter on Thursday, a cartoon version of the president is shown trying to bribe a cartoon version of special counsel Robert Mueller. “I wanted to share something with you,” Trump says to Mueller in the video, while pulling on a cord hanging from the ceiling. When he pulls it, stacks and stacks of cash fall below — with the two men practically drowning in money. “That’s $750 million, Bob,” Trump says. “Huge bribe! There’s never been a bigger one! I do the best bribes. Everyone says so. The best!” The Continue reading "Watch a Simpsons Parody of Trump Trying to Pay Off Mueller: ‘I Do the Best Bribes!’"