As the White House continues its high stakes reenactment of the Survivor reality series, Vanity Fair reports that ousted chief strategist Steve Bannon believes that President Donald Trump himself has just a “30 percent chance of making it the full term.” In the piece, reporter Gabriel Sherman writes that the administration — which seems to have been in turmoil since Inauguration day — has reached yet another “new level of concern.” Sherman spoke with a number of sources close to the president and in the White House to find that Trump is in a “dark mood.” While many of the president’s critics often call for his removal via congressional impeachment, Bannon’s alleged “30 percent” survival rate for Trump was a reference to his own administration ousting him under the 25th Amendment — which allows for members of the cabinet to vote on dethroning a sitting president. Per Continue reading "Bannon Reportedly Said Trump Only Has ‘A 30 Percent Chance’ of Finishing His Term"
While it has not been confirmed if Ryan Zinke ordered a well done steak and ate it with ketchup, the interior secretary did reportedly visit a steakhouse in Alaska for a GOP fundraiser. A Politico investigation released today continued the running theme of Trump Administration lackeys abusing taxpayer money, as it was revealed Zinke visited political fundraisers at both a ski resort and the Alaskan steakhouse. Zinke stopped by the Montana ski resort in March to attend a GOP fundraiser for Senator Steve Daine. The Anchorage, Alaska steakhouse appearance was taken in May to raise money for Republican Congressman Don Young. These two appearances aren’t the only questionable travel choices the interior secretary has made — he also visited the Virgin Islands for a fundraiser appearance where donors reportedly paid $5,000 to snap a picture with Zinke. Per Politico, every one of these aforementioned excursions was taken on the Continue reading "Ryan Zinke Visited Ski Resort and Alaskan Steakhouse For Political Fundraisers on Taxpayer Dime"
In the aftermath of the New York Times’ bombshell report on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s lengthy history of sexual wrongdoing and quietly settling sexual harassment lawsuits, former NYT reporter and current TheWrap CEO Sharon Waxman published a piece claiming the Times’ killed a similar piece on Weinstein she was working on in 2004. In her post, Waxman claimed the following:
After intense pressure from Weinstein, which included having Matt Damon and Russell Crowe call me directly to vouch for Lombardo and unknown discussions well above my head at the Times, the story was gutted.Well, in an interview with Deadline, Damon denied that he was “conscripted” by Weinstein to help gut the article about the mogul’s sexual wrongdoings back then. According to Damon, he only had a one-minute phone call with Waxman about an article her former editor came out to deny that eventually written about Fabrizio Lombardo, as Continue reading "Matt Damon Denies Trying to Kill 2004 Weinstein Story, Ex-NYT Reporter Backs Actor’s Claim"
The list of Harvey Weinstein accusers grows, with more big-name actresses now openly sharing their stories. The New York Times has a new report out with statements from Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, among others. Paltrow recalls an incident when she was 22 and was getting ready to shoot her 1996 film Emma. She says Weinstein “summoned her” to his hotel suite and this is what happened next:
It ended with Mr. Weinstein placing his hands on her and suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages, she said. “I was a kid, I was signed up, I was petrified,” she said in an interview, publicly disclosing that she was sexually harassed by the man who ignited her career and later helped her win an Academy Award. She refused his advances, she said, and confided in Brad Pitt, her boyfriend at the time. Mr. Pitt confronted Mr. Weinstein, and Continue reading "Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and More Accuse Harvey Weinstein of Harassment to NYT"
The New York Times has responded to President Trump’s false claim that they set up “Liddle” Bob Corker by surreptitiously recording their phone conversation with the outgoing senator. The Times released an audio clip last night which contained Corker’s complete thoughts about how Trump’s recklessness could result in world war. Corker has been feuding with the president over the last few days, and Trump responded on Tuesday with an insulting nickname and a jab at the “failing” newspaper. Times reporter Jonathan Martin conducted the interview with Corker, and he penned a reader’s bulletin today in order to refute the president’s claim the paper made Corker sound like a “fool.” From the Times:
Far from being set up, Mr. Corker asked that I tape our conversation. “I know they’re recording it, and I hope you are, too,” he said as two of his aides listened in on other lines, Continue reading "New York Times Corrects Trump for Claiming The Paper ‘Set Up’ Bob Corker"
Stunning new details in the Harvey Weinstein story were reported Tuesday by The New Yorker — in a lengthy piece by NBC News investigative journalist Ronan Farrow. But one of the country’s most prominent news anchors has questions about why Farrow’s reporting was published by The New Yorker, and not aired on NBC. CNN’s Jake Tapper posted this tweet on Tuesday morning, shortly after Farrow’s article was published online:
The Lead host has been all over the Weinstein story since it broke in The New York Times last Thursday, and a significant angle of his coverage has focused on media complicity. Last week, Tapper had former Times editor Sharon Waxman on his show. Waxman claims the paper essentially killed a damning story on Weinstein back in Continue reading "Jake Tapper Appears to Take Shots at NBC For ‘Media Complicity’ in Harvey Weinstein Story"
Speaking of media complicity ask yourself why NBC reporter @RonanFarrow wrote this for The New Yorker.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 10, 2017
Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein exposé for The New Yorker has dropped, with new details from multiple women, including three who are alleging that Weinstein raped them. From Farrow’s report:
In the course of a ten-month investigation, I was told by thirteen women that, between the nineteen-nineties and 2015, Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, allegations that corroborate and overlap with the Times’s revelations, and also include far more serious claims. Three women––among them Argento and a former aspiring actress named Lucia Evans—told me that Weinstein raped them, allegations that include Weinstein forcibly performing or receiving oral sex and forcing vaginal sex. Four women said that they experienced unwanted touching that could be classified as an assault. In an audio recording captured during a New York Police Department sting operation in 2015 and made public here for the first time, Weinstein admits to groping a Filipina-Italian model named Ambra Battilana Continue reading "BREAKING: Three Women Accuse Harvey Weinstein of Rape in Bombshell New Yorker Exposé"