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Gene Simmons Permanently Banned From Fox News

The Daily Beast reports: According to a knowledgeable Fox News source, Simmons showed up on the 14th floor to do a book-plugging interview with FoxNews.com’s entertainment section, but instead barged in on a staff meeting uninvited. “Hey chicks, sue me!” he shouted, and then pulled open his red velvet shirt to reveal his chest and belly, according to the source. ...

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Fox News Hires Alleged Nazi Sebastian Gorka

The Independent reports: Fox News has hired one of Donald Trump’s most controversial former aides Sebastian Gorka as a national security strategist. Mr Gorka, who was ousted from the White House in August after reportedly being forced out by new Chief of Staff John Kelly, was a Fox News contributor before he joined the Trump administration. The London-born strategist, who ...

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TRAILER: Steven Spielberg’s The Post

Mashable reports: Well, this all feels chillingly familiar. Steven Spielberg’s The Post centers on a team of journalists working to expose the U.S. government for lying to the American people. But it’s not a story about our current situation – it’s about The Washington Post publishing the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks star as publisher ...

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Justice Department Orders Time Warner To Sell CNN In Order To Win Approval For Merger With AT&T

The New York Times reports: The Justice Department has called on AT&T and Time Warner to sell Turner Broadcasting, the group of cable channels that includes CNN, as a potential requirement for approving the companies’ pending $85.4 billion deal, people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. The demands set up a potential battle over the fate of the long-in-the-works ...

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Fox News Blames GOP Bloodbath On Party Moderates Not Fully Embracing Trump’s “Conservative Populism”

Media Matters reports: On Fox & Friends, one of the president’s favorite shows, co-host Steve Doocy took issue this morning with the idea that the election results were a “Trump rebuke,” saying of the Republican gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New Jersey, “Neither one of them really brought Donald Trump on board.” “It’s a wake-up call for establishment Republicans,” he ...

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Fox News Yanks Tom Steyer’s Impeachment Ad Due To “Strong Negative Reaction” From Their Viewers

Newsweek reports: Fox News has pulled an ad by San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer calling for President Donald Trump to be impeached, prompting questions about the motivation for Fox’s decision. The ads having been running across the U.S. for two weeks, and Steyer bought a second week of advertising in a prime time Fox News slot on October 27 as ...

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CNN.com To Put Up Subscription Paywall In 2018

The Wall Street Journal reports: CNN president Jeff Zucker, a veteran TV executive who once warned that the TV business couldn’t afford to trade “analog dollars for digital pennies,” is now embracing online publishing as central to CNN’s model. After investing in digital verticals focused on business and politics and acquiring an online-video startup, CNN is gearing up for another ...

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Hannity Bests Maddow In First Month At New Time Slot

Forbes reports: Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity went head-to-head with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, and it wasn’t even close. In October ratings released Wednesday by Nielsen, Hannity dominated cable news, finishing in first place with 3.2 million total viewers, well ahead of Maddow, who landed in third place overall with 2.5 million total viewers. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took second place ...

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Trump Mocks The Media As Children Of The White House Press Corp Trick-Or-Treat In Oval Office [VIDEO]

Children of the White House press corp trick-or-treated around the West Wing this afternoon, finishing in the Oval Office where Trump couldn’t resist taking shots at the press, asking the kids with a grimace, “Are you going to grow up to be like your parents? Uhhh. Don’t answer that.” As the cameras rolled, Trump also said, “I cannot believe the ...

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Eric Bolling: My Son Died Of An Opioid Overdose

The Washington Post reports: For the second time in less than two months, former Fox News host Eric Bolling shared news of a family tragedy on Twitter. In early September, Bolling wrote that his only child, 19-year-old Eric Chase Bolling, had died, with “details still unclear” but authorities saying there was “no sign of self harm.” On Thursday, Bolling shared ...

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Bill O’Reilly Is Totally “Mad At God” For Not Protecting Him From Multiple Sexual Harassment Allegations

Yahoo News reports: Bill O’Reilly says he’s mad at God over the sexual harassment allegations that drove him off the air at Fox News earlier this year. “You know, am I mad at God? Yeah, I’m mad at him,” the devout Catholic said on his subscription web series, according to CNN. “I wish I had more protection. I wish this ...

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Eric Bolling Blows Up After Fellow Canned Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly Blames Son’s Death On The Media

Talking Points Memo reports: Former Fox News Host Eric Bolling said it was “beyond inappropriate” for his former colleague, Bill O’Reilly, to have told New York Times reporters that his son had died as a result of reporting about him. O’Reilly brought up the death of Bolling’s son, which occurred hours after Fox News announced Bolling was leaving the network ...

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REVEALED: Disgraced Former Fox Host Bill O’Reilly Paid $32M Sexual Harassment Claim, Sent Woman Gay Porn

The New York Times reports: Last January, six months after Fox News ousted its chairman amid a sexual harassment scandal, the network’s top-rated host at the time, Bill O’Reilly, struck a $32 million agreement with a longtime network analyst to settle new sexual harassment allegations, according to two people briefed on the matter — an extraordinarily large amount for such ...

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STOLEN VALOR: Pro-Trump “Navy SEAL” Hailed By Fox News In Viral Story Confesses He’s A Fake [VIDEO]

The Navy Times reports: Navy veteran John Garofalo appeared on a Fox News segment this month, showing off a massive presidential seal he carved for President Trump while receiving praise for his service in Vietnam as a SEAL. The piece was broadcast nationally and featured cascading shots of all Garofalo’s medals. Online, it went viral, racking up 1.5 million Facebook ...

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O’Reilly And Trump Cheer “Damage” To NBC News

Politico reports: President Donald Trump lashed out once again Friday morning at NBC News, blaming it and other outlets for disseminating what he labeled “fake news” that he claimed the public is learning to recognize. “Sadly, they and others are Fake News, and the public is just beginning to figure it out!” Trump wrote Friday morning, linking to a post ...

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Trump Again Threatens The Free Press

As everyone in the country seems to know except Hair Furor, broadcasting licenses are granted to individual stations, not networks. But here we go again: President Trump is doubling down on his suggestion that the federal government “challenge” the broadcast licenses of networks that report what he deems “fake news.” “This threat alone could intimidate the press and lead to ...

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Hannity Beats Maddow In First Head-To-Head Week After Bringing In Major Right Figures As His Guests

Politico reports: In the first week of the head-to-head battle between Sean Hannity and Rachel Maddow, the conservative heavyweight drew significantly higher ratings than his liberal counterpart. Hannity pulled out all the stops, bringing in Steve Bannon, Bill O’Reilly, Paul Ryan and Rush Limbaugh to boost his numbers. It appears to have worked: The Fox News pundit pulled in an ...

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Tucker Carlson’s Daily Caller Goes Full Anti-Semitic, Mocks Jewish NYT Reporter With Hava Nagila [VIDEO]

This afternoon the right wing site Daily Caller, which was founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, went full anti-Semitic with a video mocking New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, who is Jewish. Watch below as the Daily Caller loops Thrush’s pronunciation of “chutzpah” over and over as Hava Nagila plays in the background. Blue check Twitter is aghast. UPDATE: ...

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Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner Dies At Age 91

From the Hollywood Reporter: Hugh Hefner, who parlayed $8,000 in borrowed money in 1953 to create Playboy, the hot-button media empire renowned for a magazine enriched with naked women and intelligent interviews just as revealing, has died. He was 91. “My father lived an exceptional and impactful life as a media and cultural pioneer and a leading voice behind some ...

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CNN Hires Former US Attorney Preet Bharara

Politico reports: Preet Bharara, whom President Donald Trump fired as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is joining CNN as a Senior Legal Analyst, POLITICO has learned. Bharara was known for his media savvy on the job in Manhattan, and since leaving office in March has amassed nearly 440,000 Twitter followers. He also recently launched a podcast, ...

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