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Los Angeles Times Sold To Trump Ally Pharma Billionaire

CNBC reports: Tronc said Wednesday it has struck a deal to sell the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune and other titles in the California News Group to billionaire biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong. The agreement with Soon-Shiong, a major shareholder in Tronc and chief executive of NantHealth, includes $500 million in cash plus the assumption of $90 million in …

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Media Kicked Out Of RNC Winter Meeting After Trump Calls Them “Haters” (Meeting Held At His Own Hotel)

Politico reports: Media was escorted out of the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting today just as President Donald Trump labeled them “haters” and criticized coverage of his State of the Union address. “Did anybody not see the State of the Union? ‘Cause even the haters back there gave us a good review,” the president said at the meeting, which was …

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Fox Host Melts Down Over Guggenheim’s Toilet Offer To Trump, Demands Resignation Of Their Curator [VIDEO]

Fox Business host Stuart Varney, who last appeared on JMG when he declared that he’ll probably tip food servers less if their minimum wage goes up, is ever so pissed at the Guggenheim for offering the White House a literally gold toilet instead of the requested Van Gogh painting. “It’s a direct insult to the president and the first lady. …

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State Media Ridicules NYT’s Story On Trump Wanting To Fire Robert Mueller: Do You Even Care? [VIDEO]

Uproxx reports: Holding up a copy of this morning’s paper, Steve Doocy remarked, “Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the cover of the New York Times, there’s a big story that apparently, the President of the United States, last June, wanted to fire Robert Mueller because the president felt that he had a bunch of conflicts of interest, could not …

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Scarborough Cracks Up Over Hannity’s Face-Plant

The Hill reports: “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough broke down laughing on air Friday over Fox News host Sean Hannity’s coverage of a report that President Trump attempted to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. On his show Thursday night, Hannity first blasted the New York Times report of Trump’s attempted firing, which was blocked by White House counsel Don McGahn, …

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DAVOS: Former Celebrity Apprentice Winner Piers Morgan Lands Trump’s First International TV Interview

Newsweek reports: Former Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan has bagged the first ever international TV interview with President Donald Trump since his inauguration one year ago. Morgan will meet with his friend Trump in Davos at the World Economic Forum, where the pair are expected to sit down for an interview that a source told The Daily Mirror was “a …

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Rupert Murdoch: Facebook Should Pay News Outlets

Variety reports: Rupert Murdoch weighed in on Facebook’s attempts to improve the accuracy of the news its delivers across its global platform — and suggested that what would really work is for the internet giant to follow the model of the pay-TV industry. “If Facebook wants to recognize ‘trusted’ publishers then it should pay those publishers a carriage fee similar …

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Shep Smith: The GOP Will Own The Shutdown [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Fox News’s Shepard Smith on Thursday said blame over a possible government shutdown lies with Republicans as long as they control both Congress and the White House. “With one party in charge of everything, a government shutdown will not happen, right?” Smith said. “I mean, never in the history — at least modern history — of the …

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Brit Hume: I’m Not Fantasizing About Trump’s Penis

The Daily Beast reports: Fox News political analyst Brit Hume late Tuesday offered reassurances on Twitter that he is not “having fantasies about Trump’s penis” in a heated debate about the president’s recent physical exam. Hume was in the midst of defending President Trump against claims of a major discrepancy in his physical exam, the details of which were revealed …

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John McCain Denounces Trump’s Attacks On The Media: Trump Is Providing Cover For “Repressive Regimes”

Politico reports: President Donald Trump’s assault on the press, most often through barbed tweets and harsh words, has manifested itself more dangerously around the world, Sen. John McCain wrote in a Washington Post op-ed, granting the legitimacy of the White House to press-stifling efforts worldwide. “Reporters around the world face intimidation, threats of violence, harassment, persecution and sometimes even death …

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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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