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"

Bob Woodward Gives Colbert a Simple Two-Word Answer to Trump Calling Him a Liar: ‘I’m Not’


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Among several zingers and biting assessments, journalist and author Bob Woodward‘s simple two-word answer when The Late Show host Stephen Colbert asked him how it feels to be called a liar by the President Trump was especially memorable Monday night. “How do you feel when the president tweets about you,” Colbert asked. “I think he’s called you, what he said, ‘Woodward book is a scam’, ‘don’t talk the way I am quoted if I did I would not have been elected president’, ‘these quotes were made up’, ‘the author uses every trick in the book to demean and belittle, I wish the people could see the real facts and our country is doing great’.” All were quotes from Trump tweets. Colbert asked for Woodward’s reaction. “How do you feel when the president says you’re lying?” “I’m not,” said Woodward. After a delayed reaction the crowd applauded his Continue reading "Bob Woodward Gives Colbert a Simple Two-Word Answer to Trump Calling Him a Liar: ‘I’m Not’"

Colbert Rips Former Boss Les Moonves on The Late Show: ‘Extremely Disturbing and I’m Not Surprised’


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Today news broke that CEO of CBS Les Mooves is out over the latest sexual misconduct allegations, and on the network’s The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert went after him first thing in his opening monologue. First, the show opened with a fake announcement that Undercover Boss with Les Moonves would not be airing, and then Colbert went in. “As you may have heard, the head of this network, Leslie Moonves, was forced to step down yesterday,” he began. “This came after a second Ronan Farrow exposé featured more women accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. It’s never a good sign when you’re the subject of a Ronan Farrow double dip.” Colbert read aloud one of the allegations, went for the joke (watch the clip above), and then pointed out that Mooves has been accused of harassing or assaulting 13 women. “The article is extremley disturbing, and Continue reading "Colbert Rips Former Boss Les Moonves on The Late Show: ‘Extremely Disturbing and I’m Not Surprised’"

BREAKING: Les Moonves to Officially Step Down as CEO of CBS, Says New Report


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Embroiled in a slew of sexual misconduct allegations, CEO of CBS Les Moonves is officially leaving the company in an exit deal that could be unveiled Monday, it has been reported. According to executive sources who spoke with CNN, lawyers are in the final stages of a settlement for Moonves, following a fresh series of accusations against him broken in The New Yorker Sunday. Ronan Farrow, who dug up the scoop, learned of six women who claim to have been sexually harassed and assaulted by Moonves, in addition to others who’ve already come forward. The mounting stories paint a dark picture of the CEO, who’s days now appear to be numbered. Check out our recap of Farrow’s latest report here. [Image via screengrab]

BREAKING: Les Moonves to Officially Step Down as CEO of CBS, Says New Report


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Embroiled in a slew of sexual misconduct allegations, CEO of CBS Les Moonves is officially leaving the company in an exit deal that could be unveiled Monday, it has been reported. According to executive sources who spoke with CNN, lawyers are in the final stages of a settlement for Moonves, following a fresh series of accusations against him broken in The New Yorker Sunday. Ronan Farrow, who dug up the scoop, learned of six women who claim to have been sexually harassed and assaulted by Moonves, in addition to others who’ve already come forward. The mounting stories paint a dark picture of the CEO, who’s days now appear to be numbered. Check out our recap of Farrow’s latest report here. [Image via screengrab]

New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against 60 Minutes Exec Jeff Fager: He Was On ‘A Power Trip’


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New allegations against 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who’s been accused of groping co-workers and fostering a culture of outright sexism at CBS, were revealed in a new report. The scoop was broken Sunday by The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow, who reported that in additino to a slew of fresh accusations against the company’s C.E.O. Les Moonves, Fager is also said to have been part of what’s been billed a “boy’s club.” That description came from Sarah Johansen, a producer with whom Farrow spoke. During her time as a CBS intern in the late 2000s, she said Fager touched her butt at a work party. Recalling the incident, Johansen told Farrow “all of a sudden, I felt a hand on my ass. The hand belonged to an arm which belonged to Jeff Fager.” To Johansen, it seemed like “a Continue reading "New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against 60 Minutes Exec Jeff Fager: He Was On ‘A Power Trip’"

New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against 60 Minutes Exec Jeff Fager: He Was On ‘A Power Trip’


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New allegations against 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, who’s been accused of groping co-workers and fostering a culture of outright sexism at CBS, were revealed in a new report. The scoop was broken Sunday by The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow, who reported that in additino to a slew of fresh accusations against the company’s C.E.O. Les Moonves, Fager is also said to have been part of what’s been billed a “boy’s club.” That description came from Sarah Johansen, a producer with whom Farrow spoke. During her time as a CBS intern in the late 2000s, she said Fager touched her butt at a work party. Recalling the incident, Johansen told Farrow “all of a sudden, I felt a hand on my ass. The hand belonged to an arm which belonged to Jeff Fager.” To Johansen, it seemed like “a Continue reading "New Sexual Misconduct Allegations Made Against 60 Minutes Exec Jeff Fager: He Was On ‘A Power Trip’"

WATCH: Ronan Farrow Reports More Women Accuse Les Moonves of Sex Crimes and Violence


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As CBS C.E.O. Les Moonves reportedly prepares to exit the company, six additional women have launched a fresh series of allegations against the executive, adding to mounting claims that his pattern of sexual misconduct was swept under the rug for years. The new accounts, broken by The New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow, include both sexual harassment and assault between the 1980s and the early 2000s. Among the claims are stories “that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their consent, and that he used physical violence and intimidation against them,” Farrow writes. One of the women who has stepped forward, longtime TV executive Phyllis Golden-Gottlieb, said she made a criminal complaint to Los Angeles police last year, accusing the C.E.O. “of physically restraining her and forcing her to perform oral sex on him, and of exposing Continue reading "WATCH: Ronan Farrow Reports More Women Accuse Les Moonves of Sex Crimes and Violence"