Tag: Media and entertainment industry

Lawrence O’Donnell Is Staying At MSNBC

Lawrence O’Donnell, the MSNBC primetime host of The Last Word, implied Wednesday evening that he has signed another contract to remain at the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet. O’Donnell was the subject of rumors over whether he might part ways with the network, but that was largely put to rest when he tweeted, “Yes I will be…

O’Reilly Out At Fox News Amid Sex Harassment Scandal

Bill O’Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. 21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that “after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will…

GOP Votes To Repeal Internet Privacy Rules

House Republicans voted Tuesday to repeal a set of privacy protections for Internet users that was enacted under the Obama administration. In a 215-205 vote, the measure now heads to the White House where President Trump is expected to sign it. It’s a move that will allow Internet providers to collect and sell customers’ browsing…

Nunes: Manafort Will Testify to Intel Committee

A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, reached out to the House Intelligence Committee to volunteer his testimony before the panel, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) said during a Friday press conference. Manafort has offered to be “voluntarily interviewed” by the committee, but whether it will happen in either open or closed session…

GOP Struggles To Secure Votes On Health Bill

Republicans say they still plan to put the American Health Care Act up for a vote on Thursday, even as the White House and House Republican leaders continue to work to whip up enough votes to ensure passage. Late Wednesday, the White House and the conservative House Freedom Caucus reportedly reached a deal to strike…

Manafort Worked For Russian Billionaire To ‘Benefit Putin Government’

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to “greatly benefit the Putin government,” according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. The new report directly contradicts the Trump administration and Manafort, who have both alleged that the former campaign operative never worked on behalf of Russian interests. In his…

Trump Block Free Press From WH: CNN, Buzzfeed, NYT, Politico & LA Times

Several major news outlets found themselves blocked from attending a Friday White House press briefing with Sean Spicer, the Press Secretary, the latest sign of worsening relations between the Trump administration and the media attempting to cover it. The New York Times, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Politico were among the…

WH To FBI: Request To Knock Down Trump/Russia Stories

Trump administration officials asked intelligence officials and members of Congress to help them downplay and speak out against news reports about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russian intelligence, according to a Washington Post report. These individuals reportedly called journalists attempting to “challenge” stories in the New York Times, CNN and elsewhere about top Trump advisers’…

Report: Spies Keeping Info From Trump

U.S. intelligence officials have withheld some sensitive intelligence from President Trump because of concerns about the information being leaked or compromised, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. This purported move underscores distrust between the intelligence community and the new administration as a result of reports that Trump’s campaign team had contacts with…

AP: ‘Apprentice’ Cast And Crew Says Trump Was Vulgar And Sexist

A new report alleges that Trump’s behind-the-scenes behavior on the NBC show, The Apprentice, was “sexist” and “lewd.” Trump reportedly made repeated demeaning comments about female contestants and crew members on his hit show The Apprentice, according to an investigation by The Associated Press. The AP said on Monday that interviews with more than 20…

John Oliver On Why Local Newspapers Are So Important [VIDEO]

John Oliver talked last night about the struggles of the newspaper industry, “A big part of the blame for this industry’s dire straits is on us and our unwillingness to pay for the work journalists produce,” Oliver said. “We’ve just grown accustomed to getting our news for free. And the longer that we get something…

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Buys National Geographic

Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc said it will expand its 18-year partnership of operating National Geographic TV channels to include the latter’s magazines and digital platforms, in a deal valued at $725 million. Fox will own 73 per cent of the joint venture and the National Geographic Society the rest. The deal will increase…

Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Aereo, the streaming TV service that let users watch near-live TV on any internet-connected device, has today announced that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In a blog post, the company stated that a US Supreme Court decision had “effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo’s technology, creating regulatory and legal uncertainty. And…

MLB Commissioner Selig To Retire In January 2015

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig will retire from his position in January 2015, he announced Thursday. Selig, 79, says he will announce a transition plan, including a reorganization of central baseball management, shortly. Selig took over as acting commissioner in September 1992 and was formally elected in July 1998. AP