Gov. Ralph Northam Tells CBS He’s ‘Not Going Anywhere’: Virginia ‘Needs Someone That Can Heal’


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Embattled Virginia Governor and moonwalking expert Ralph Northam says he’s “not going anywhere” because the people of his state need “someone that can heal.” On Face the Nation on Sunday, host of CBS This Morning Gayle King was on to preview her interview, airing Monday, with the governor. In the clip, King asked Northam why he still thinks he deserves the job “when so many people are calling for you to step down?” “Virginia needs someone that can heal,” Northam said. “There’s no better person to do that than a doctor. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass. And that’s why I’m not going anywhere.” Northam has admitted to wearing blackface while impersonating Michael Jackson at a 1984 dance contest, but has denied that he was in a yearbook photograph depicting a man in blackface Continue reading "Gov. Ralph Northam Tells CBS He’s ‘Not Going Anywhere’: Virginia ‘Needs Someone That Can Heal’"

Watch Troops Joke With Super Bowl Commentators About Raining Hellfire On Them


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There was a funny moment in pre-game coverage on CBS on Sunday, after sportscasters Ian Eagle and Nate Burleson, along with Broncos linebacker Von Miller and brought in by satellite U.S. troops stationed in South Korea to comment on the big game. “While it’s Super Bowl Sunday here in Atlanta, it’s Super Bowl Monday morning in South Korea,” said Eagle, introducing 2nd Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Scott McKean. He asked if the general had any questions for them. Maj. Gen. Mckean responded with a question about 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, as well as 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. “I’ll ask it to Nate, since he’s the commentator here,” said Maj. Gen. Mckean. “John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are starting their third year. Will the 49ers be able to compete next year with the Rams? And the second part is that, is Jimmy Continue reading "Watch Troops Joke With Super Bowl Commentators About Raining Hellfire On Them"

25 newsrooms have attempted to bridge divisions — in person. Here’s what they’ve learned


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A bunch of strangers walk into a room, and journalists try to get them to get to know — or at least not hate — each other. That’s not a joke; it’s the goal of 25 news organizations’ engagement initiatives studied by the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. The 2016 (and 2018) elections effed up a lot of people and their trust in media, as we all know, and news organizations have been experimenting with ways to improve trust face-to-face and across wrenching divisions. But…what comes out of those events besides a lot of extroversion and handshake germs? How many gatherings are needed to finally start whittling away at stereotypes? Is convening community members with drastically different views a service or a spectacle used for reporting? Can these meetings possibly change people’s perceptions of “the media” — and each other? Looking Continue reading "25 newsrooms have attempted to bridge divisions — in person. Here’s what they’ve learned"

New Indictments in Mueller Probe Reportedly Expected As Soon As Today


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Tuesday could bring a fresh set of indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation. According to a report from CBS, new indictments could be handed down in the Mueller probe as early as Tuesday — per sources identified as having knowledge of the special counsel’s investigation. The CBS report comes one day after Jerome Corsi — the conspiracy-spreading political pundit with ties to Roger Stone — said he expects to be charged. “I fully anticipate that in the next few days I will be indicted by Mueller for some form or other of giving false information to the special counsel or to one of the other grand jury,” Corsi said Monday during a live YouTube broadcast. “But I’m going to be criminally charged.” Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen was also in Washington on Monday to speak with Mueller’s team, according to CBS. And last week, Politico reported that Continue reading "New Indictments in Mueller Probe Reportedly Expected As Soon As Today"

Colbert: Dem Message Prevailed Over Trump’s, Which Was ‘Latinos Are Coming to Hit You in the Face With Rocks!’


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As he did two years ago, Stephen Colbert went live on election night Tuesday. And this time, he was an a bit more of an upbeat mood — taking time out from a Democratic victory lap in his monologue to rip President Donald Trump‘s campaign messaging. During his show opener Tuesday, the CBS Late Show host blasted the president for his fear-mongering campaign surrounding the migrant caravan heading north through Mexico to the U.S. Southern border. “Voters responded to the Democrats’ call to expand health care, more than Trump’s core message: ‘Latinos are coming to hit you in the face with rocks!'” Colbert also mocked Fox News — the first network to call the House for Democrats on Tuesday night. “Is Trump right?” Colbert said gleefully. “Is Fox the only non-fake news?” Watch above, via CBS. [featured image via screengrab]

Stephen Colbert Fact Checks Chris Wallace in Lively Caravan Debate: You’re ’50-60% Wrong’


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Chris Wallace appeared on The Late Show for a lively debate with Stephen Colbert in which the two sparred over immigration and the migrant caravan that President Donald Trump has made the centerpiece of his midterm election messaging. Colbert called out Trump’s fact-challenged, “fear-stoking speech” on immigration Thursday, and challenged the Fox News anchor to argue the “good part” of the president’s comments. “Fear of the caravan is not good,” Wallace said, “but the idea that three, or five, or seven thousand people from another country can just walk up to our border, knock on the door, and say, ‘We want in. We want to take jobs here, we want to work here.’ No.” “A country does need to have borders and there does need to be some kind of system that determines whether people are allowed in the country or not,” he continued. “Seriously, do you believe Continue reading "Stephen Colbert Fact Checks Chris Wallace in Lively Caravan Debate: You’re ’50-60% Wrong’"

CBS Reporter Responds to New Secret Service Statement on Agent Who Blocked Him from Asking Jared a Question


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On Wednesday, the reporter who was blocked from trying to ask a question to Jared Kushner spoke out on CNN. Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett  said this about what happened:
Well, Jake, this seemed to me much ado about nothing, initially. I’m boarding a plane from Washington, D.C., to New York, a flight I take regularly. I saw that Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were the final two people to board this flight, surrounded by Secret Service agents and in communicating with my bureau, CBS, in Washington, D.C., it was simply agreed that, look, there are burning questions we have for this administration on its response to Saudi denials that the Saudi royal family had nothing to do with the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, so this was an opportunity to ask Jared Kushner, who is key in the Trump Administration’s Continue reading "CBS Reporter Responds to New Secret Service Statement on Agent Who Blocked Him from Asking Jared a Question"

Joe Biden on Trump: He ‘Seems to Have a Love Affair with Autocrats’


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Former Vice President Joe Biden lamented in an interview with CBS This Morning‘s Norah O’Donnell that President Donald Trump “seems to have a love affair with autocrats.” “I just don’t know why this administration seems to feel the need to coddle autocrats and dictators from [Russian President Vladimir] Putin to [North Korean dictator] Kim Jong Un to, you know, [Philippine despot Rodrigo] Duterte. I don’t understand it,” Biden said in the wake of Trump comparing the disappearance of a Washington Post journalist to the sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday. He added that he fears Trump just doesn’t get it. “I don’t want to speculate on my worst fears,” Biden continued on. “But, either he doesn’t know what he’s doing or he has an absolutely convoluted notion of what allows America to lead the world.” Biden also pushed back against Trump’s implication that Khashoggi was Continue reading "Joe Biden on Trump: He ‘Seems to Have a Love Affair with Autocrats’"

Mitch McConnell Gets Heated with CBS’s Dickerson Over Merrick Garland: ‘You’re Not Listening to Me, John’


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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Fox News Sunday that, historically speaking, it’s standard practice not to confirm a Supreme Court nomination made by a President in a presidential election year if the Senate is controlled by the opposing party, explaining that this shows the GOP’s obstruction of the Merrick Garland nomination was usual and not extraordinary. On Face the Nation, host John Dickerson took him to task over that claim. Following some discussion about various legislation, McConnell disputed the idea that the Senate during the Trump administration has been overly partisan or that it might be in a dire place after the confirmation hearings. “So the notion that the Senate is somehow broken over this is simply inaccurate,” he said. Dickerson responded — around the 5 minute mark — that “Democrats are pointing not only to the way this was handled but in the history of partisanship Continue reading "Mitch McConnell Gets Heated with CBS’s Dickerson Over Merrick Garland: ‘You’re Not Listening to Me, John’"

CBS WH Reporter Weijia Jiang Dings Trump in Pregnancy Announcement: ‘When a Man Orders You to Sit Down,’ Don’t


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CBS White House correspondent Weijia Jiang took a jab at President Donald Trump on Monday — following an incident at last week’s news conference during which the president snapped at Jiang and told her to sit down. Jiang, on Twitter, announced that she is pregnant with a girl due in January. The reporter noted that her daughter made her television debut at last week’s news conference with Trump, and wrote;
Can’t wait to teach her when a man orders you to “sit down” because he doesn’t like what you’re saying, do anything but :)

ABC World News Tonight With David Muir Beats Out NBC’s Lester Holt to End Season as No. 1 Newscast


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ABC’s World News Tonight, the network’s flagship evening newscast helmed by David Muir, finished the 2017-2018 as the number 1 show in total viewers — beating NBC’s Nightly News with Lester Holt by the largest margin in 22 years. World News Tonight, averaging 8.63 million viewers, stormed to its second year as the first place evening newscast. Per ABC News, that average is the newscast’s largest average audience since 2004-2005. NBC’s Nightly News, meanwhile, trailed behind by more than half a million in total viewers, with an average of 8.15 million. Holt edged out ABC News in the advertiser coveted 25-54 demo, however, taking home 1.85 million to Muir’s 1.77 million. CBS’s Evening News with Jeff Glor finished the season in third, with 6.20 million in total viewers and 1.28 million in the demo. Whereas CBS and NBC saw drops
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Julie Chen Bids Emotional Farewell to The Talk: ‘I Need to Spend More Time at Home’


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As first reported by CNN’s Brian Stelter, Julie Chen did indeed announce her departure from the CBS roundtable show The Talk on Tuesday. In a two-minute video played at the end of the broadcast, Chen made one brief reference to her husband, Les Moonves — who was ousted last week as CBS chief as he faces a host of sexual harassment allegations. “I have been at the The Talk since the day it started nine years ago and the cast, crew and staff have become family over the years,” Chen said. “Right now, I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son. So I have decided to leave The Talk.” Chen’s voice cracked at one point during the address when she said goodbye to her staff. “To everyone behind the scenes, I send you my love, and I will miss you all Continue reading "Julie Chen Bids Emotional Farewell to The Talk: ‘I Need to Spend More Time at Home’"

Julie Chen Reportedly Leaving The Talk Amid Les Moonves Misconduct Allegations


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A new report indicates that Julie Chen is about to walk away from her co-hosting gig on The Talk in light of the allegations against her husband, recently-ousted CBS chief Les Moonves. According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, Chen will deliver a video message tomorrow to confirm her departure from CBS’s midday roundtable show. “She has decided that her main focus needs to be clearing her husband’s name from accusations made 25-30 years ago and tending to her son,” a source told CNN. Chen’s absence from The Talk has been noteworthy in the last few days since Moonves, her husband, was recently ousted as chief of CBS amid roughly a dozen sexual harassment accusations. Chen has Continue reading "Julie Chen Reportedly Leaving The Talk Amid Les Moonves Misconduct Allegations"

Julie Chen Closes Out Latest Big Brother by Saying ‘I’m Julie Chen Moonves, Goodnight’


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Hosting tonight’s Big Brother, Julie Chen closed out with a pretty subtle statement about her husband, Les Moonves. Moonves was the CEO of CBS until this week, when he was fired following a second New Yorker report containing some serious allegations of sexual misconduct. Moonves’ departure was followed by the firing of 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager after he sent a disturbing text to a CBS News correspondent reaching out to him for comment. Chen is still at CBS as co-host of The Talk and host of Big Brother, and tonight was her first appearance on the network since his firing. And at the end of tonight’s Big Brother, this was her sign-off:
“I’m Julie Chen Moonves, goodnight.”
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WATCH: Bob Woodward and CBS This Morning Team Confront Network Scandal


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Amid the ouster, this week, of CBS chief Les Moonves and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager — both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct — heralded reporter Bob Woodward addressed the network’s turmoil during on appearance on its morning show. “CBS has gone through a scandal,” Woodward said. “Let’s call it what it is.” Yet the Watergate crusader expressed optimism that the network would be back on its feet soon. He singled out 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl among others at CBS whom he admires. “Are you trying to say, Bob, we’ll be okay at CBS?” Gayle King asked. “Is that what you’re saying?” “Thats exactly right,” he replied. “Because you’ve got strength. People go through tough times.” The journalist added, “You are going to be fine if you stick with your values.” “I really appreciate you saying this,” King said. “It’s Continue reading "WATCH: Bob Woodward and CBS This Morning Team Confront Network Scandal"

WATCH: Bob Woodward and CBS This Morning Team Confront Network Scandal


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Amid the ouster, this week, of CBS chief Les Moonves and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager — both of whom have been accused of sexual misconduct — heralded reporter Bob Woodward addressed the network’s turmoil during on appearance on its morning show. “CBS has gone through a scandal,” Woodward said. “Let’s call it what it is.” Yet the Watergate crusader expressed optimism that the network would be back on its feet soon. He singled out 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl among others at CBS whom he admires. “Are you trying to say, Bob, we’ll be okay at CBS?” Gayle King asked. “Is that what you’re saying?” “Thats exactly right,” he replied. “Because you’ve got strength. People go through tough times.” The journalist added, “You are going to be fine if you stick with your values.” “I really appreciate you saying this,” King said. “It’s Continue reading "WATCH: Bob Woodward and CBS This Morning Team Confront Network Scandal"

CBS Evening News Anchor Jeff Glor Calls Jeff Fager’s Text to Reporter ‘Unacceptable’


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On Wednesday, CBS News fired Jeff Fager, the executive producer of 60 Minutes. CBS Evening News addressed his firing in a report that included a show of support from anchor Jeff Glor. Fager, who has been embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, claimed that his contract was terminated early because he sent a text message to a reporter asking that she be fair in reporting and his “language was harsh.” That reporter was Jericka Duncan, who reported on the texts during CBS Evening News tonight and noted that she had reached out to Fager for comment on the articles alleging he groped or touched CBS employees at company parties, resulting in the exchange. Fager warned her to “be careful” in her reporting and said people have “lost their jobs trying to harm me.” Responding to the report, Glor called the text message Fager sent “unacceptable.” Continue reading "CBS Evening News Anchor Jeff Glor Calls Jeff Fager’s Text to Reporter ‘Unacceptable’"

BREAKING: 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager Out at CBS News Amid Misconduct Allegations


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CBS News president David Rhodes just sent out a statement announcing 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager is leaving the network “effective immediately.” The news comes days after CBS CEO Les Moonves stepped down from the network amid an increasing number of sexual misconduct accusations, as revealed in a new report by Ronan Farrow. Fager was also under scrutiny, having been hit in The New Yorker with allegations of inappropriately touching women and creating a sexist work environment. In Rhodes’ memo, he said “Bill Owens will manage the 60 Minutes team as Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews and I begin the search for a new executive producer of the program.” He also insisted that Fager’s departure “is not directly related to the allegations surfaced in press reports, which continue to be investigated independently. However, he violated company policy and it is our commitment to uphold those policies at every
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Gayle King Demands Transparency From CBS’ Les Moonves Probe: ‘I’m Sickened by Everything We Keep Hearing’


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In a candid moment on CBS This MorningGayle King expressed deep concern over sexual misconduct allegations against former C.E.O. Les Moonves, calling for transparency from the network. “I’m so sorry again that it hits so close to home for us,” she said Tuesday. “I’m sick and sick of the story and sickened by everything that we keep hearing.” Moonves, who is making his exit from CBS as a handful of women accuse the media mogul of both harassment and assault, has again stirred controversy at the company amid the #MeToo era in which decades’ worth of bad behavior is finally coming to light. On Continue reading "Gayle King Demands Transparency From CBS’ Les Moonves Probe: ‘I’m Sickened by Everything We Keep Hearing’"

Report: Les Moonves Accidentally Received CBS Board Email on Findings From Investigation


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As Les Moonves steps down from CBS over multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, a new report suggests the network’s board members accidentally informed him of the investigations into his actions back in mid-August. Wall Street Journal reports that CBS has been dealing with a lot of corporate infighting over the last few months, which made it difficult for the network to take the allegations against Moonves seriously. Moonves has been under investigation since July, when he was first accused of harassment by six women who spoke to Ronan Farrow. The article states that while the probe was underway, Moonves was “accidentally copied on an email to the entire CBS board detailing damaging findings in the law firms’ investigations and discussing how to proceed should he need to be put on leave.” Now that Moonves is leaving the company, it remains to be seen what sort of exit package he Continue reading "Report: Les Moonves Accidentally Received CBS Board Email on Findings From Investigation"