Donny Deutsch’s New MSNBC Show Off to Sluggish Start, Ratings Down More Than 15% From Launch


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The ratings are in for MSNBC’s Saturday Night Politics — a new hour hosted by Donny Deutsch. And the early returns are not promising. According to data from Nielsen, Saturday Night Politics pulled down 749,000 overall viewers in its most recent airing, and 82,000 in the advertiser-coveted adults 25-54 demographic. Both numbers are down more than 15% from the show’s May 4 launch — which posted 919,000 total, and 99,000 in the key demo. Over the eight weeks since Deutsch has taken over the timeslot, MSNBC has averaged 74,000 viewers in the 25-54 bracket. During the same eight week period last year, when reruns of Lawrence O’Donnell‘s The Last Word aired, MSNBC averaged 97,000 in the key demo. The silver lining for MSNBC in the early Deutsch numbers? Saturday Night Politics has improved in the total viewers category year-over-year, averaging 799,000 overall compared to the 584,000 brought in by Continue reading "Donny Deutsch’s New MSNBC Show Off to Sluggish Start, Ratings Down More Than 15% From Launch"

Trump Denies ‘Totally False’ Sexual Assault Accusation, Blasts NY Magazine: ‘It’s a Disgrace’


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As President Donald Trump took questions from reporters this morning, he again denied writer E. Jean Carroll‘s allegation of sexual assault against him, and took a few shots at New York Magazine for printing her account. Carroll has a new book coming out in which she details Trump allegedly sexually assaulting her in disturbing detail. “I have no idea who this woman is this,” Trump said today. “It is a totally false accusation. I think she was married, as I read, I have no idea who she is, but she was married to an actually nice guy, Johnson, a newscaster.” When someone pointed out the photo of him with Carroll in the NYMag piece, Trump said, “Standing with my coat on in a line, give me a break. With my back to the camera. I have no idea who she is.” He invoked the accusations against Justice Continue reading "Trump Denies ‘Totally False’ Sexual Assault Accusation, Blasts NY Magazine: ‘It’s a Disgrace’"

Biden to Mega-Wealthy Donors: ‘I Need You Very Badly’


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Having two days ago said the first thing he would do as president is raise taxes, Joe Biden told a room full of affluent New York donors Tuesday that he didn’t think it was appropriate to “demonize” the rich. “Remember, I got in trouble with some of the people on my team, on the Democratic side, because I said, you know, what I’ve found is rich people are just as patriotic as poor people. Not a joke. I mean, we may not want to demonize anybody who’s made money,” Biden told approximately 100 wealthy donors, according to Bloomberg. “Nobody has to be punished. No one’s standard of living will change.” “When you have income inequality as large as we have in the United States today, it brews and ferments political discord and basic revolution,” he said. “It allows demagogues to step in” and blame “the other,” he said. “You’re Continue reading "Biden to Mega-Wealthy Donors: ‘I Need You Very Badly’"

Amazon Fires Back at AOC: She’s ‘Just Wrong’ to Say We Pay ‘Starvation Wages’


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Amazon said Monday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “just wrong” for accusing the company of paying its employees starvation wages. ABC News’ This Week host Jon Karl reminded AOC that she once said an economic system that has billionaires is immoral, and asked if in a true progressive system Jeff Bezos would remain a billionaire. Ocasio-Cortez said she wasn’t really concerned whether Bezos was a billionaire or not, but whether the average Amazon worker was making a living wage, had guaranteed healthcare, and could send their kids to college tuition-free.

“If that’s the case, and Jeff Bezos is still a billionaire, that’s one thing. But if his being a billionaire is predicated on paying people starvation wages, and stripping them of their ability to access healthcare, also if his ability to be a billionaire is predicated on the fact that his workers take food stamps so I’m paying for him Continue reading "Amazon Fires Back at AOC: She’s ‘Just Wrong’ to Say We Pay ‘Starvation Wages’"

WATCH: Thousands of Fans Belt Out Stirring Rendition of ‘O Canada!’ at Toronto Raptors NBA Title Parade


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Thousands took to the streets in Toronto to celebrate their home team winning the NBA title, and belt out their national anthem in pride on Monday. Carrying flags and donning Raptors gear, the crowd came together to sing “O, Canada!” en masse. The Toronto Raptors won four out of six games against the Golden State Warriors to capture the franchise’s first NBA championship, winning the final game against the Bay Area team 114-110 last Thursday night. The NBA reported Friday that 56% of the Canadian population watched at least some part of the NBA Finals, with an average viewership of 8 million for title-winning victory in Game 6. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also joined in on the festivities, shaking hands and taking pictures with fellow fans.

Study Reveals Pentagon Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than Some European Countries


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Despite recent efforts aimed at energy efficiency, the Pentagon still emits more greenhouse gas emissions than all of Portugal or Sweden. Findings in a Brown University study show that if the Pentagon were its own country, it would be the world’s 55th largest contributor of greenhouse gas. China is the largest contributor, and the U.S. is the second largest. The Pentagon, which oversees the U.S. military, released 1.2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases between 2001, when the US invaded Afghanistan, and 2017, according to the report. This may be because the U.S. spent $700 billion on its military in Fiscal Year 2019, more than the spending of Russia and China combined. “Although the Pentagon has, in recent years, increasingly emphasized what it calls energy security — energy resilience and conservation — it is still a significant consumer of fossil fuel energy,” wrote the study’s Continue reading "Study Reveals Pentagon Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than Some European Countries"

The Mooch and His Wife Rip Meghan McCain for View Criticism: How Does ‘John McCain’s Daughter’ Think She Got Her Job?


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Meghan McCain wasn’t happy with the news that Anthony Scaramucci’s wife Deirdre Scaramucci may be joining the Real Housewives of New York cast, “People using the White House to get on reality TV, I just don’t support it.” Deirdre thinks McCain is the pot calling the kettle black. “Anthony would love for me to do the show,” said Deirdre in a clip of a radio interview played on The View Wednesday. “I just hope that my Trump affiliation, because I know a lot of people in Hollywood dislike the orange man, so I just hope the Cheeto stains on my hands are not on your hands,” said her husband. McCain, speaking as a “Housewives fanatic,” said “We don’t need her,” and additionally that we shouldn’t be rewarding bad behavior. “Anthony Scaramucci joined the Administration, our government, during a time to only be on TV,” McCain said. “People using Continue reading "The Mooch and His Wife Rip Meghan McCain for View Criticism: How Does ‘John McCain’s Daughter’ Think She Got Her Job?"

Cancer-Stricken NYPD Detective Rips House in Harrowing 9/11 Fund Appeal: ‘I Should Not Be Here, But You Made Me Come’


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Retired NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez angrily testified before Congress Tuesday to defend 9/11 responders and survivors in light of an expiring 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. On Wednesday, Alvarez said, he is scheduled to receive his 69th chemo treatment.

“I should not be here with you, but you made me come, you made me come because i will not stand by while friends with cancer from 9/11 are valued any less,” he said. “I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to have 68 rounds of chemo, many others haven’t had the opportunity to have five and some have had none.”

Alvarez said he considered himself fortunate to have had the opportunity to go through the pain and suffering of so many treatments, but considers it his legacy to see that Congress do the right thing for all 9/11 responders. In 2015 lawmakers secured treatment for 9/11 responders for Continue reading "Cancer-Stricken NYPD Detective Rips House in Harrowing 9/11 Fund Appeal: ‘I Should Not Be Here, But You Made Me Come’"

News Publishers Go To War With the Internet — and We All Lose


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Around the world, news industry trade associations are corruptly cashing in their political capital — which they have because their members are newspapers, and politicians are scared of them — in desperate acts of protectionism to attack platform companies. The result is a raft of legislation that will damage the internet and in the end hurt everyone, including journalists and especially citizens.

As I was sitting in the airport leaving Newsgeist Europe, a convening for journalists and publishers [disclosure: Google pays for the venue, food, and considerable drink; participants pay their own travel], my Twitter feed lit up like the Macy’s fireworks as The New York Times reported — or rather, all but photocopied — a press release from the News Media Alliance (née Newspaper Association of America) contending that Google makes $4.7 billion a year from news, at the expense of news publishers.

Bullshit.

The Times story itself is appalling as it swallowed the News

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Stephen Colbert Mocks Trump WH Stonewalling in ’80s Anti-Drug PSA Parody: ‘Just Say No’ to Subpoenas


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In the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s cold open, the show parodied President Donald Trump’s blanket refusal to comply with Congressional subpoenas, reimagining the classic, ’80s “This is your brain on drugs” PSA. “Every day, Trump officials are offered dangerous subpoenas to testify against the president, but you don’t have to give in to legal peer pressure,” the ad parody ominously warned. “Just say no.” Splicing in grainy footage from the original PSA, savvy teenage kids were shown apparently turning down sinister offers to speak with Congress about Trump’s possible misconduct. “Yo, my man, do you want to respond to a subpoena?” “No way.” Then, recreating the ad’s iconic analogy, a stern-looking man is shown standing in front of a hot stove with a carton of eggs. “Still don’t get it? This is a subpoena,” he said, picking up an egg. “This is President Trump,” he Continue reading "Stephen Colbert Mocks Trump WH Stonewalling in ’80s Anti-Drug PSA Parody: ‘Just Say No’ to Subpoenas"

‘Brace Yourself’: Tucker Carlson Praises Elizabeth Warren and Bashes GOP Economics in Show-Opening Shocker


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Tucker Carlson is… Team Warren? In a stunner of a monologue Wednesday night, the Fox News host praised Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — yes, Elizabeth Warren — for her newly-released economic proposal. “Yesterday, Warren released what she’s calling her ‘plan for economic patriotism,'” Carlson said. “Amazingly, that’s pretty much exactly what it is: Economic patriotism.” The Tucker Carlson Tonight host lauded the proposal as one that makes “obvious sense.” Specifically, Carlson appreciated Warren’s idea to have the government buy American when it can. “She says we need more workplace apprenticeship programs, because four-year degrees aren’t right for everyone,” Warren said. “That’s true. She says taxpayers ought to benefit from the research and development they fund. And yet, she writes, ‘we often see American companies take that research and use it to manufacture products overseas, like Apple did with the iPhone. The companies get rich, and American taxpayers have Continue reading "‘Brace Yourself’: Tucker Carlson Praises Elizabeth Warren and Bashes GOP Economics in Show-Opening Shocker"

Regulating the net is regulating us


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Here are three intertwined posts in one: a report from inside a workshop on Facebook’s Oversight Board; a follow-up on the working group on net regulation I’m part of; and a brief book report on Jeff Kosseff’s new and very good biography of Section 230, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet.

Facebook’s Oversight Board

Last week, I was invited — with about 40 others from law, media, civil society, and the academe — to one of a half-dozen workshops Facebook is holding globally to grapple with the thicket of thorny questions associated with the external oversight board Mark Zuckerberg promised.

(Disclosures: I raised money for my school from Facebook. We are independent and I receive no compensation personally from any platform. The workshop was held under Chatham House rule. I declined to sign an NDA and none was then required, but details about to real case studies were off the record.)

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Washington Post Publishes Scathing Review of Michael Wolff’s New Book: ‘Cringeworthy Errors… Difficult to Trust’


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Siege, the sequel to the 2018 bestseller Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff — has already made news with a number of splashy claims. But a review of Siege published by the Washington Post expresses serious doubt that those claims can be believed. Writing for the Post, CNN senior political analyst Ryan Lizza absolutely buried Wolff’s new book. According to Lizza, the author shows an over-reliance on various President Donald Trump administration castoffs — notably Steve Bannon. And it depicts them in an overly sympathetic light. Moreover, Lizza believes that mistakes and thin sourcing ultimately present major questions regarding the book’s credibility. “Wolff’s broad conceptual error — that the real heart of Trumpism is heroically being kept alive by Bannon’s band of true-believing outsiders — would be forgivable if the book wasn’t marred by two more strikes: some cringeworthy errors, and sourcing that is so opaque it renders Continue reading "Washington Post Publishes Scathing Review of Michael Wolff’s New Book: ‘Cringeworthy Errors… Difficult to Trust’"

Robert De Niro Pens NY Times Op-Ed Calling on Mueller to Keep Speaking: ‘The Country Needs to Hear Your Voice’


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The man who plays Robert Mueller on Saturday Night Live has penned an op-ed calling on the real Mueller to keep speaking out. Robert De Niro wrote for The New York Times today, addressing Mueller directly and spending some time addressing his SNL impression. “As I prepared for my role on the show,” de Niro writes, “I got to know you a lot better. I read about your lifetime devotion to public service and your respect for the rule of law. I watched how you presided over the special counsel’s office apparently without leaks. And you never wavered, even in the face of regular vicious attacks from the president and his surrogates.” He does lament that his quiet, “dignified response” has allowed Trumpworld to “control the narrative” surrounding the report. Mueller spoke today to basically re-emphasize the findings of his report, especially, “If we had confidence that the president Continue reading "Robert De Niro Pens NY Times Op-Ed Calling on Mueller to Keep Speaking: ‘The Country Needs to Hear Your Voice’"