Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow minced few words while accepting an award for his journalism, calling out some in a room packed with media bigwigs whom he claims “lied to protect power.”
Farrow won a Mirror Award for investigative reporting for his series in The New Yorker on former CBS head Les Moonves. Farrow documented a history of alleged sexual misconduct by Moonves.
“I see some people here who have lied to protect power in the way we’re all decrying today. People who lied to The New Yorker”
— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) June 13, 2019
The cold open for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday spoofed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un after state run media in the police state aired what can only be characterized as “burns” on former VP and current leading 2020 candidate Joe Biden.
As they so often do, the parody began with clips from actual news discussing the issue before moving to the mocking. It was two clips about North Korea’s state media mocking Biden after he criticized Kim Jong Un, and included a quote: “He is a fool of low IQ. He is self-praising himself as being the most popular presidential candidate. This is enough to make a cat laugh.”
That weird burn is obviously the genesis of the premise, which is a fake commercial for Kim’s greatest insults.
“Righteous citizens, by now you are aware of my glorious slams on Joe Biden,” it begins, with Continue reading "Late Show Hilariously Mocks Kim Jong Un Mocking Joe Biden With Fake Ad for ‘Glorious Slams’ Album ‘DM Zingers’"
Veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft appears to be headed for retirement.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the 73-year-old journalist — who has contributed to the venerable newsmagazine for 30 years — will announce that he is retiring at the close of this Sunday night’s season finale broadcast. During that show, he will present a piece on a money laundering scheme.
Kroft and Lesley Stahl had been the mainstays on the CBS newsmagazine following the deaths of Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, and Ed Bradley. Stahl, whose 60 Minutes career began in 1991, now stands as the most-tenured member of the legacy broadcast.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Kroft filed more than 500 pieces during his three-decade long career. Notably, he sat down with former President Barack Obama 16 times. And his 1992 conversation with Bill and Hillary Clinton — which aired immediately after Super Bowl XXVI — Continue reading "Longtime 60 Minutes Correspondent Steve Kroft Will Reportedly Retire"
In his opening monologue on Thursday, Late Show host Stephen Colbert talked Donald Trump‘s new plan to overhaul the legal immigration system, which was in large part put together by son-in-law Jared Kushner. Colbert nailed him with a line from the proposal.
“The new plan comes courtesy of professional daughter-husband Jared Kushner,” he said. He went right for the best joke immediately.
Reading from articles on the topic, Colbert said Kushner “wants to move immigration toward a merit-based system that would favor people with high-level skills, degrees, and job-offers, instead of relatives.”
“Really? Jared Kushner is really calling for an end to giving people special treatment because of their relatives?” said Colbert. “You don’t want to rethink that?”
Colbert said the “craziest part” of the plan is that it will “prioritize applicants who demonstrate something called ‘patriotic assimilation,’ meaning it would ‘favor people with an active Continue reading "Colbert Nails Kushner for Plan to Focus Immigration on Skills, Not Relatives: ‘Really? You Don’t Want to Rethink That?’"
On CNN all day Wednesday and Thursday, the various shows and hosts talked about and interviewed American farmers suffering personal losses and facing ruin over tariffs imposed in Trump’s trade war. It was a hot topic on Fox News Channel and MSNBC all day, too, right up through the 11pm hour. That’s the same hour The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs, and the cold open was on the same subject.
As is often the case in a Colbert cold open, this began with a clip from a real news network, in this case CNN. The clip included a farmer show said he would never vote for Trump again, which got a good reaction from the crowd.
It then cut to a cartoon, set to the tune of the nursery rhyme “The Farmer in the Dell.”
“Tariffs posed by Trump, put the farmers in a dump. Oh no, Continue reading "WATCH: Colbert Cold Open on Farmers Goes from Mildly Amusing to Seriously Dark in Just Seconds"
In the Late Show cold open on Thursday, host Stephen Colbert went into the fictional world of hit HBO series Veep to plead with them to stop making Donald Trump happen in our world.
The lengthy set-up begins with the Veep characters discussing Selina Meyer’s (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) anti-vax opponent. They go through a series of outrageous comments before Colbert comes in.
“We need to give the American voters what they want,” says Meyer. “I mean like an unpopular minority that they can blame for all their problems.”
“Very Hitler-esque, ma’am,” says character Kent Davison (Gary Cole).
“Yeah, but he had better people working for him,” says Meyer. That’s when Colbert pops in from our universe to interrupt.
“Stop! I beg you. Stop!” he pleads. “My name is Stephen Colbert and I come from another dimension. The things that you’re doing on this Earth then Continue reading "Stephen Colbert Crosses Over to Veep‘s Universe to Stop Them Making Trump Happen"
CBS has confirmed a massive shake-up to their news operation, stating that Norah O’Donnell and will be moving off of CBS This Morning to assume new roles within the network.
In a series of tweets and a televised announcement at the top of the hour, CBS announced that O’Donnell will become the new anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News while John Dickerson will become a correspondent for 60 Minutes.
Whitney Davis, a former CBS executive with a long history at the network, penned a piece for Varietycriticizing the company’s “white problem” and toxic culture toward minorities.
Davis, who left CBS in February after working for years in the network’s news and entertainment divisions, wrote that “while CBS proudly touts its diversity programs,” the network is actually “unconcerned about creating space for minorities.”
“The company has a white problem across the board. Did you know that there’s not one black creative executive working at CBS Television Network or CBS Television Studios?” She continued. “Of the network’s 36 creative executives—all upper management roles that deal with content development, casting, current production, daytime and alternative programming—there are only three women of color, none black.”
“There is not one executive of color working in casting at CBS,” added Davis, who started at CBS in 2006 when she was Continue reading "Ex-CBS Exec Pens Letter Slamming ‘Systemic Racism, Discrimination and Sexual Harassment’ at Company"
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) is blaming President Donald Trump for creating a “toxic environment” in which Empire actor Jussie Smollett “thought he could take advantage of a hoax about a hate crime.”
At a news conference Thursday, Emanuel — who has called the dropped charges in the Smollett case a “whitewash of justice” — took aim at the President for fostering a culture which, in his view, enabled the incident.
“Let me be really clear about something,” Emanuel said. “The only reason Jussie Smollett thought he could take advantage of a hoax about a hate crime is for the environment — the toxic environment — that Donald Trump created.”
The Chicago Mayor — who previously served as former President Barack Obama‘s chief of staff — went on to denounce Trump for drawing a “moral equivalency” in an apparent reference to the president’s comments on Charlottesville.
“This Continue reading "Rahm Emanuel: Smollett Thought He Could Get Away With ‘Hoax’ Because of ‘Toxic Environment’ Created by Trump"
The early post-Mueller poll results are in, and while they show that President Donald Trump‘s “WITCH HUNT” messaging has had an impact, they also show that most believe the special counsel conducted his investigation impartially.
According to a new poll from CBS News, Americans — by a 54-37 margin — believe Robert Mueller‘s investigation was “politically motivated.” These numbers track similarly with an NBC News poll on March 18 which showed that most Americans believe Trump has been subjected to more investigations than his predecessors because of his politics.
Whatever the motivation, though, it appears that many Americans believe the probe was on the level. In all, 44 percent of respondents told CBS that they believe the Mueller investigation was conducted fairly. Forty percent believe it’s too soon to make a determination on that score, while only 10 percent believe the probe was carried out unfairly.
Continue reading "New Poll Finds Most Believe Mueller Probe Was ‘Politically Motivated’ But ‘Conducted Fairly’"
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"
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"
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.
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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’"
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"
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’"
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 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’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
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’"