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Fox Shelved Trump/Porn Star Story Before Election

CNN reports: The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Trump attorney Michael Cohen had arranged a $130,000 payment to keep Clifford silent about the alleged relationship in October 2016. Cohen, Clifford, and the White House denied the report. The allegation of a relationship was no secret to Fox News, though. One of the network’s reporters, Diana Falzone, had filed ...

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WaPo To Dems: Accept Trump’s Wall To Save Dreamers

From the Washington Post editorial board: President Trump says he is optimistic a deal can be struck to shield “dreamers,” the young undocumented immigrants whose lives he put in jeopardy by stripping them of work permits and deportation protection, beginning March 5. His price, and that of many Republicans, is up to $33 billion in border-security measures, including Mr. Trump’s ...

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Fox’s Shep Smith Blasts Trump’s Vow To Overhaul Libel Laws: That Was A Word Salad Of Nothingness [VIDEO]

“For clarity, because we’re in the position to report facts here, all of that about libel laws––that was just a word salad of nothingness, because none of that means anything, except ‘look over here’. He couldn’t change the libel laws if he wanted to change the libel laws, he couldn’t change ’em if he got the Congress in there. These ...

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Journalism Group To Hold “Global Press Oppressors” Awards Opposite Trump’s “Fake News” Awards

The Hill reports: The Committee to Protect Journalists tweeted that it would be holding “The Global Press Oppressors Awards” next week at the same time as President Trump’s “Dishonest and Corrupt Media Awards.” The organization hosts an annual “Press Freedom Awards” and annually documents instances of journalists being killed or imprisoned in their line of work. Trump, who has often ...

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White House Requests Screening Of The Post

From the Hollywood Reporter: This weekend, filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s The Post expands into additional theaters — including the White House. President Donald Trump’s team has requested, and been granted, access to the 20th Century Fox political drama for both 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and Camp David, where the president is scheduled to host a summit on Saturday and Sunday with top ...

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For Your Consideration: Stephen Colbert Wants To Win Trump’s “Dishonest & Corrupt Media Award” [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Stephen Colbert took the opportunity on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Late Show” to unveil his bid for Trump’s “Dishonest & Corrupt Media Awards,” which the president announced in a tweet Tuesday. “Or, as we call ’em in the biz, the Fakies,” Colbert quipped. “Because nothing gives you more credibility than Donald Trump calling you a liar, and ...

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Peter Thiel Explores Creating Fox News Competitor

Buzzfeed News reports: Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel wants to create a new conservative cable news network and his representatives have engaged the powerful Mercer family to help with funding, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Thiel, a Facebook board member who secretly funded lawsuits to bring down Gawker Media, had originally explored a plan to create the ...

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Streaming Progressive News Service To Launch

Axios reports: David Bohrman, former Current TV President and former CNN Washington bureau chief and chief innovation officer at CNN Worldwide, is launching a new over-the-top (OTT) video service that will cater to progressive Americans, called the Political Voices Network (PVN). Why it matters: Bohrman argues there has been a vacancy of progressive voices in the video space compared to ...

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Hoda Kotb Named As Matt Lauer’s Replacement

NBC News reports: Hoda Kotb was named co-anchor of “Today” on Tuesday morning and officially headlined the broadcast with Savannah Guthrie. Kotb, 53, had been behind the anchor desk of NBC’s morning news show in a temporary role since Matt Lauer was fired in November. Lauer’s dismissal came after a female colleague made a complaint accusing him of inappropriate sexual ...

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Four-Story Penis Artwork Roils Lower Manhattan

The New York Daily News reports: It’s a four-story outdoor art installation that’s hard to ignore. Residents of the Lower East Side awoke Christmas morning to find an enormous penis painted on the side of a Broome St. apartment building — courtesy of a Swedish-born artist. “I have never heard so much laughter and seen so many happy faces behind ...

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Fox News Takes Their Website To The Breitbart Side

Politico reports: A sleeping media giant may be about to wake up: Fox News’ website — known for its high traffic, but not strong identity —is staffing up and sharpening its voice in hopes of equaling the impact of its increasingly pro-Trump television partner. A website that had been more closely identified with Shepard Smith’s brand of reporting has now ...

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FCC Hits Right Wing Sinclair With Record $13.4 Million Fine For Failing To Disclose Sponsored Content

Variety reports: The FCC is slapping Sinclair Broadcast Group with a $13.4 million fine for running news stories on a cancer foundation but failing to disclose that the foundation was paying for them to air. The FCC said that the programming was broadcast more than 1,700 times, “either as stories resembling independently generated news coverage that aired during the local ...

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Trump Applauds State TV For Loving Him So Much

Via Mediaite: President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning to congratulate Fox & Friends for being number one on Mediaite’s most influential in media list. “You deserve it,” Trump wrote of his favorite morning show, “three great people!” Trump’s tweet congratulating Fox & Friends came minutes after Kellyanne Conway appeared on the top-rated breakfast show and congratulated its ...

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MSNBC Vaults To #2 In Year-End Ratings

Via press release: MSNBC scored a ratings victory in the post-election year of 2017 by overtaking CNN in key dayparts and delivering record ratings among total viewers in every hour during the week. MSNBC finished the year as the #2 most-watched network in all of cable for weekday prime, up from #8 in 2016. Prime on MSNBC delivered the network’s ...

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Facebook Rolls Out New Facial Recognition Feature

TechCrunch reports: Facebook wants to make sure you know about and control the photos of you people upload, even if they don’t tag you. So today, Facebook launched a new facial recognition feature called Photo Review that will alert you when your face shows up in newly posted photos so you can tag yourself, leave it be, ask the uploader ...

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Trump Critic Erick Erickson Leaves Fox News: I’m Not Needed Nor Useful To The Network And They Know It

Mediaite reports: The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson, a conservative commentator who has been a Fox News contributor since 2013, is leaving the network, according to Politico’s Jake Sherman. Erickson, whose commentary has been both fiercely critical of President Donald Trump and his opponents, said he is leaving the network because his views don’t fit into any typical box. “After five years ...

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Late Night Hosts Tear Into “Jackhole” FCC Chairman

The Daily Beast reports: “The Federal Communications Commission did something absolutely despicable today: They voted to put an end to net neutrality,” announced Jimmy Kimmel. The late-night host dedicated a portion of his Jimmy Kimmel Live! monologue Thursday night to the net neutrality vote, which ruled 3-2 (three Republicans for, two Democrats very much against) in favor of dismantling the ...

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Disney Buys Most Of 21st Century Fox In $52B Deal

CNN Money reports: Disney is buying a huge chunk of 21st Century Fox in a deal that promises to reshape the media industry and help the entertainment giant fend off digital rivals such as Netflix. The $52.4 billion all-stock deal will combine two of the biggest players in Hollywood. In addition to 21st Century Fox’s movie studio and regional sports ...

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Black Lives Matter Activist DeRay McKesson Sues Fox News And Host Jeanine Pirro Over Violence Claims

The New York Daily News reports: Fox News host Jeanine Pirro smeared Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson by claiming he directed violence against a Baton Rouge police officer in 2016, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The defamation case Mckesson filed in Manhattan Supreme Court stems from Pirro’s commentary about a protest over the fatal police shooting of Alton ...

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USA Today Rips Trump Over Gillibrand Attack: You Aren’t Fit To Clean The Toilets At The Obama Library

WOW. From the editorial board of USA Today: With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low. A president who would all but call ...

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