March 6, 2015 |
The Bill O'Reilly truthism scandal is dead. It's well and truly over despite an ever-growing list of allegations that the Fox News commentator misrepresented events during his career as a TV journalist while covering the aftermath of the Falkland Wars, the troubles in Northern Ireland, and the Nicaraguan Contras, not to mention the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It will soon be forgotten even if new accusations arise daily. For people who matter - O'Reilly's fans and his employers - the question of whether he lied is essentially moot.
February 14, 2015 |
The decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay is the latest unwelcome development at an NBCUniversal News Group division that has become a nagging and highly public trouble spot for Comcast Corp. The problems at NBC News, which date to Ann Curry's tearful on-air goodbye as Today co-host in June 2012, have stretched over two news-division leadership regimes. Williams' suspension now threatens months of speculation on his ultimate fate at the ratings leader Nightly News . "It's a noisy problem, and it plays out in the public," said Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.
February 13, 2015 |
Celebs mourn Stewart "No!!! Jon Stewart can't retire from The Daily Show !!" So tweets Charmed alum Alyssa Milano , echoing the sentiments of millions of Americans cut to the quick by Stewart's decision to leave his pioneering faux-news program. He was a source of news, a media critic, and a talk-show host who chatted with fascinating guests. He even helped make a few careers. "Shocked & sad to see the man who gave me my big break . . . is ready to hang it up," says Josh Gad . Many fans are angry that they'll have to sit through the 2016 elections without the guidance of the (fake)
February 12, 2015
DOES IT MATTER if Brian Williams ever returns to his anchor chair? Not to me. I'm not among the 26 percent of Americans watching network news daily. But his story is important - for what it tells us about ourselves, for what it means to journalism. On one level it's familiar: a person in a powerful position pulled down by his own faults; a case of obvious intelligence overridden by judgment gone AWOL. We see such stories regularly. It's just that this one involves someone at the pinnacle of a profession who's supposed to seek the truth yet, sadly, seems to have trouble knowing it when he sees it. The "NBC Nightly News" boss, who early in his career (1986-87)
February 11, 2015
THE TRUTH IS, I know Brian Williams. I like him. He is a master of personability. The whole truth is I don't know him well. I respect that he climbed to the pinnacle of broadcast journalism - anchoring NBC's top-rated "Nightly News" - by combining hard work, intelligence, personality and craggy good looks. Not bad for a college dropout. I met Brian through his older brother David, who was a TV critic for a Portland, Maine, newspaper. At the time, I was this paper's TV critic.
February 8, 2015 |
Brian Williams' future? What future? NBC anchorman Brian Williams has admitted he "made a mistake" (read: lied) when he claimed he was in the middle of an exciting Black Hawk Down -esque incident in Iraq in 2003. What now? He'll be fired, for sure! Isn't that what Williams' most august predecessor, Tom Brokaw , demands? Nope. "I have neither demanded nor suggested Brian be fired," Brokaw said in an e-mail to the Huffington Post. "His future is up to Brian and NBC. " NBC News prez Deborah Turness on Friday told her staff by e-mail that she has discussed the issue with Williams and his Nightly News team.
January 15, 2015 |
No Bey for Obama girls! Malia and Sasha Obama 's brains will rot - and their souls will be claimed by Mephistopheles - if they continue listening to Beyoncé 's devil music. That's the gist of a sermon delivered by the nation's conscience Mike Huckabee , via People mag. Yes, it's election season, and Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who many say is poised to run for the White House in '16, is making points with his GOP base by sizing up the White House's morals - and finding them wanting.
October 16, 2014 |
Kesha: He abused me Kesha Rose Sebert , 27, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against former music producer Dr. Luke ( Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald ) alleging she has been "sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused" for nearly a decade by him. Kesha says Dr. Luke once forced her to snort an unnamed drug before a plane flight, then he "continuously forced himself" upon her. Kesha, who did a stint in rehab in January, has blamed Dr. Luke for her eating disorder.
July 31, 2014 |
SOME THINGS never change. Most importantly for the Wayans brothers , it's sibling pranks. Marlon , Shawn , Damon and Keenen Ivory Wayans will play the Tower Theater on Saturday, each performing his own stand-up set. Their travels together have opened them up to continuous sibling ribbing. Keenen, the elder statesman of the famous clan, remembered that when he was a kid, Shawn and Marlon would insist on hanging out with him. When he rebuffed his younger brothers, they would douse his towel in vinegar while he was showering.
September 12, 2013 |
Jeff Shell, a former Comcast Corp. programming executive in Philadelphia, will head the Universal film studio as Steve Burke and Comcast Corp. tighten their grip on Hollywood. Shell is the latest top executive installed by Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal and a confidant of Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts. Shell headed entertainment programming at Comcast before the cable giant acquired NBCUniversal. He trotted the globe developing deals for NBCUniversal over the last two years, a position many inside Comcast viewed as tailored to give him exposure and retain him for a more glamorous job. He had been based in London.