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Gowdy on Memo: Russia Probe Valid With or Without It

Sen. Dick Durbin, meanwhile, says memo could 'precipitate a constitutional crisis'

(Newser) - The memo released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee that alleges FBI and DOJ overreach has dominated the news cycle this week, and Sunday morning's news shows kept it top of mind, per the Hill . Some takes from both sides of the aisle:
  • GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, who
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The First Call Began With 'Fake News.' Then the Threats Came

19-year-old Brandon Griesemer of Mich. arrested after 22 calls over 2 days to CNN's Atlanta headquarters

(Newser) - A Michigan man has been arrested after authorities say he threatened to travel to Atlanta and kill people at CNN headquarters. Federal court documents filed in Michigan say 19-year-old Brandon Griesemer of Novi began calling CNN on Jan. 9, per the AP . He allegedly told a CNN operator in one... More »

Biopic Canned After Patty Hearst Lashes Out

She accused Fox film of 'romanticizing my rape and torture'

(Newser) - Twentieth Century Fox has canned a movie about Patty Hearst's 1974 kidnapping after she accused it of "romanticizing my rape and torture." In a Thursday statement, Hearst said the film based on Jeffrey Toobin's 2016 biography of her, including details of her kidnapping and indoctrination into... More »

Mooch's Revenge? Ryan Lizza Fired by The New Yorker

The longtime Washington correspondent has been accused of 'improper sexual conduct'

(Newser) - Ryan Lizza has joined Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, and Mark Halperin on the list of big-name journalists who have recently lost their jobs after being accused of sexual misconduct. Today, the New Yorker announced that they had fired their longtime Washington correspondent for engaging in "improper sexual conduct,"... More »

Trump Watches 4 Hours of TV a Day? 'Wrong!'

President disputes 'NYT' report

(Newser) - The New York Times over the weekend detailed President Trump's daily routine , and the paper painted television as a major part of it. Not so, declared Trump in a Monday morning tweet. The article characterized him as watching four to eight hours a day, though it noted the sound... More »

Let's Pick Worst Coverage of 'Your Favorite President (Me)'

Trump suggests contest in tweet

(Newser) - President Trump is back in the White House after spending the Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago, and he's back on the media attack, on Monday morning suggesting—"seemingly tongue-in-cheek," per Politico —that the media go head-to-head in an unusual contest: "We should have a contest as... More »

Some Fear Trump Is Meddling in Merger to Target CNN

Sen. Brian Schatz wants an investigation amid allegations that DOJ wants network sold

(Newser) - Lawmakers are calling for an investigation into possible "political interference" amid accusations that the Justice Department is pushing for the sale of CNN before it will approve AT&T's merger with Time Warner. Sources tell Politico the DOJ gave the companies an "ultimatum" Monday demanding they drop... More »

White House: Obama Didn't Call John Kelly When Son Died

Trump had earlier Tuesday suggested Kelly be asked if he got a call

(Newser) - President Trump addressed his Monday comments regarding how his predecessors communicated with the families of fallen soldiers without budging, and this time he brought chief of staff John Kelly into it. He originally claimed that "most of" his predecessors didn't make such calls, including President Obama, a stance... More »

CNN Female Anchor Ends Interview Over 'Boobs' Remark

Fox Sports Radio's Clay Travis says they're one of only two things he believes in

(Newser) - Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis, ostensibly appearing on CNN Friday afternoon to discuss the White House calling for the firing of ESPN's Jemele Hill , instead informed a perplexed Brooke Baldwin that he only believes in two things: "the First Amendment and boobs," Mediaite reports. The understandably... More »

CNN Fires Commentator for Tweeting 'Sieg Heil'

Jeffrey Lord's Nazi salute 'indefensible'

(Newser) - CNN has decided to cut its ties with Jeffrey Lord, one of its only pro-President Trump commentators. The last straw came when Lord tweeted the Nazi salute "Sieg Heil!" during an exchange with Media Matters chief Angelo Carusone, Politico reports. "Nazi salutes are indefensible," CNN said... More »

CNN Responds to 'Blackmail' Criticism

Network says criticism over wrestling video story is off-base

(Newser) - CNN scored a news scoop when it tracked down and interviewed the maker of the gone-viral wrestling video featuring President Trump. The network didn't identify the Reddit user behind the video but reserved the right to do so with language that critics say amounted to blackmail. All of which... More »

CNN Threatens to Unmask Creator of Trump Video

He says he's very sorry

(Newser) - The Reddit user who was overjoyed when President Trump tweeted his video of Trump body-slamming a man with the CNN logo over his face changed his tune when CNN caught up with him. CNN says user HanA**holeSolo posted an extensive apology on Reddit after the network discovered his identity and... More »

'FAKE NEWS!' to 'Nice Smile': It's a Trump Media Avalanche

CNN's retraction gives the president new ammunition

(Newser) - President Trump's relationship with the media is very much front and center again, most notably after three CNN journalists resigned over a retracted story. Trump himself went after the network on Twitter —"What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!"—and a... More »

3 CNN Journalists Resign in Wake of Retracted Russia Story

Proper checks and balances were not followed source says

(Newser) - CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund, the AP reports. The story was posted on the network's website on Thursday and... More »

CNN Finds Unusual Way to Cover Sean Spicer

With cameras banned, it sends courtroom sketch artist

(Newser) - The White House had another no-camera press briefing on Friday, and CNN found a unique way to give viewers a look. It sent veteran courtroom sketch artist Bill Hennessy to draw Sean Spicer as he briefed reporters. It was the third time this week the White House has banned cameras... More »

CNN's Jim Acosta Goes On Rant About Sean Spicer

He says the White House is 'stonewalling' the press

(Newser) - CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta did not hold back after being denied the use of camera and audio equipment to record statements by Sean Spicer at a press briefing Monday. According to Mediaite , the reporter hopped on social media to air his frustration, tweeting that the White House... More »

CNN Dumps Host Over Controversial Trump Tweets

Reza Aslan's special series will not have its second season on the network

(Newser) - Reza Aslan has lost his CNN hosting gig over controversial comments about President Trump. Following last week's London terror attack, Trump promoted his travel ban , prompting Aslan to tweet that the president is a "piece of s---" who "is not just an embarrassment to America and a... More »

CNN Takes Heat Over Sanskrit Quip

Host Alisyn Camerota's joke to Indian-American spelling bee champ falls flat

(Newser) - CNN is taking heat after a host assumed a teen spelling bee champ of Indian descent was "used to using" Sanskrit. The Washington Post reports the exchange occurred on the network's "New Day" program following 12-year-old Ananya Vinay's victory at Thursday night's 90th annual Scripps... More »

CNN Dumps Kathy Griffin

Comedian will no longer co-host New Year's Eve special in wake of photo flap

(Newser) - Kathy Griffin has been fired by CNN in the wake of her President Trump photo flap . "CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year's Eve program," the network tweeted Wednesday. Griffin, who was also dumped by Squatty Potty in the wake... More »

2 Tough Headlines for Fox News

Bad news in the ratings department and the lawsuit department

(Newser) - Tuesday isn't shaping up to be a great news day for Fox News. Harassment lawsuits and sinking ratings are both making headlines:
  • Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network's legal woes, the AP reports. The cases increase to
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