Nov 292017
 

  • The Five video: The panel takes on the
  • Wemple questions Tucker: a ‘tortuous’ ‘insult-laden’ encounter.
  • Megyn Kelly makes intense speech about Lauer, NBC, and Fox.
  • Fox & Friends video: Congratulations Abby Huntsman…
  • AT&T pledges CNN will never ‘go dark’ if merger deal approved.
  • Ingraham Angle video: A in covering First Ladies?
  • November numbers: FNC tops cable;  MSNBC grows;  CNN third.
  • Monday’s numbers: Maddow-Tucker Carlson-Sean Hannity 1-2-3.
  • Trump’s free advice for MSNBC: Fire Andy Lack and Scarborough!
  • CNN map: Israel is an Arab state; flashback: CNN map omits Israel.
  • Fearless CNN to boycott White House Christmas Party over tweets.
  • HLN sets impeachment special; Monica Lewinsky suggests new title.
  • What’s next for Thomas Roberts?  Swells gather for Greta book bash.

Updated 6:12 pm  Use our valuable bandwidth to post your cable news comments in today’s open thread.

  • jrd
    • GATXER

      Never watched Red eye…..but shouldnt the headline really be Current CNN sidekick and Ex-host of a Fox News comedy show attacks Fox News?

      • Cecelia

        Or “Why Else Would Newsweek Ever Mention Andy Levy?”

  • dsmawley

    1ST Lady “double standard” was great exposure of media hypocritical nonsense! Thx Laura for calling them out.

  • Minnesota Nice

    Lauer is Germanic meaning ‘crafty or cunning person’ or ‘cheat’ or ‘to lie in wait’

    • Larry Kelly

      How’s things at the Lake? Woe. Be gone!

      • Grandpa D

        This “Home Companion” thing can be carried too far.

        • Larry Kelly

          I could never get mine properly inflated.

      • Minnesota Nice

        I was wondering why you mentioned as I just noticed this –

        Garrison Keillor fired amid claims of ‘inappropriate behavior’; his ‘Prairie Home’ rebroadcasts end

        Ironic as he just came out defending Franken yesterday.

        • Larry Kelly

          I’m sure Franken is so grateful.

    • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

      To lie in wait or lurk is the best translation.

  • GATXER

    You know when all this SH blew up with the Hollywood director I said it was going to touch every network before this was over…………got laughed at by the disgraced Racist stooges saying I was just defending #1 Fox News……..but isn’t ABC and CNN the only ones left that haven’t had to fire somebody major now in the last month or so.

    Guess M Kelly made a good decision after all.

    • Cecelia

      And for years other media outlets acted as though sexual harassment was only a problem at Fox. I linked a tape of Katie Couric saying just that.

      As with the movie industry, they kept their dirty laundry to themselves as they have done with racial discrimination charges.

      Fox was the only network that wasn’t included in what is an across-the-board-wagon-circling in the corporate world. This made the risks for people making charges against Fox far less daunting than elsewhere, and far more likely to result in a settlement.

      It took a witch hunt to change this. Unfortunately.

    • A while ago there was that CNN dude running around central park with his privates exposed and his pockets full of drugs, but CNN looked the other way because it didn’t happen on their premises.

      • J.J.

        Richard Quest — recently saw he was reporting from Thailand; just imagine what kind of trouble he could get in there

        • Larry Kelly

          Check his boot coming out of customs.

        • homemaker

          Yikes! Don’t go there!

      • Larry Kelly

        Well, as long as he wasn’t bothering anybody…

        • Cecelia

          You get one free running around with the cargo door open and drugs on board toot.

          Steinem Rule.

      • sky303

        Don’t do drugs , kids!

    • homemaker

      ABC got lucky that Mark Halperin had moved in before his dirty laundry was aired.

    • sky303

      So far yes, No one major at CNN or ABC

  • If you’re male and want to succeed in the media, you must become a eunuch. Otherwise, you’ll harass people and get fired immediately after your victims come forward. Then, your former colleagues will stab you in the back as they virtue signal on the air.

    • Larry Kelly

      I’d rather look at it as “use your power to force a sexual favor at your own peril”.

      • Or treat women with respect and don’t come on to them. Handle your urges on your own with porn.

        • Cecelia

          I’m glad I’m old since this is what things have come to…

          • Larry Kelly

            Being old has its advantages.

          • Cecelia

            Indeed.

          • Cecelia

            It isnt.

        • Larry Kelly

          Just don’t leave the porn laying around when you have the neighbors over for brunch.

        • Tomaza Jarquin

          lol.

    • Cecelia

      Age old behavior such as colleagues inviting colleagues out for a drink or up to their hotel room, is now riddled with peril because you may be accused of getting even by damaging his/her career when you get a no.

      Sad fact is that men and women bosses are certainly capable of being that petty, nowadays more than in the past, because everyone is expected to be uninhibited.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        Workplace advice from an old redskin, “Flies spread germs, so keep ’em zipped.”

      • Once early in my work experience I made a comment that I thought was a joke to a co-worker with whom I got along with fine. It wasn’t vulgar, sexual, or whatever, just vaguely risqué (in a pun sort of way). I was later chewed out for that and in that fashion learned my lesson. I avoided her thereafter and become less small-talkative in general. My caution lasted for the nearly two decades of work experience that followed and outside the office as well. I ended up with a spotless record (the chewing out was done informally) so I can vouch for the ‘better safe than sorry’ approach.

        • Cecelia

          Oh, dear.

        • Larry Kelly

          At my old job, one of our sales engineers was seen by a lady aimlessly chatting with an office worker as he buttoned the top button of her sweater. The watcher reported it to HR, and he learned his lesson. Now vice president of sales at a competitor.

    • Tomaza Jarquin

      I had a career in media. More women than men work in the area i was. I never had a problem distinguishing good and bad behavior and i was no eunuch. People thought i was an Ogre, and ahole etc, but not once did i make anyone feel insecure sexually. Easy little test, talk to people you work with in a manner similar to your mom and dad. It won’t prevent false charges, but it helps the working environment to keep it on work.

    • A friend of mine wondered when these complaints become a sexual McCarthyism. I told them we’re already at that point.

  • Larry Kelly

    AT&T will leave a candle burning in Atlanta.

    • sky303

      AT&T could improve CNN, you know fire zucker, maybe move things back to Atlanta
      focus on news …. no just politics all day might have something.

  • Larry Kelly

    What’s Trump going to do with the lumps of coal he bought for the party?

  • Minnesota Nice

    . @CNN whines when criticized yet @BrianStelter & cohorts are very critical of @FoxNews daily. Most is selective outrage, false or based on anti-conservative bias. Desperate CNN even utilizes MMFA whose mission is to destroy Fox News.— TRB (@RoadMN) November 29, 2017

  • J.J.

    Who knew Matt Lauer was such a sex symbol? Perhaps just to Brian Stelter.

    “Men fantasized about being him; women fantasized about sleeping with him (surely some of those men did, too). To an entire generation of aspiring television journalists, he represented the pinnacle.” @brianstelter on Matt Lauer in his 2013 book TOP OF THE MORNING

    • Larry Kelly

      Crap, crap and more crap. That’s not Lauer, twit, that’s James Bond.

      • Eye of the beholder, as a commenter of many names might say.

    • Cecelia

      Hand me some lysol.

    • sky303

      Ewww
      either that or Stelter had a thing for him

    • homemaker

      What? How weird is that?

      • Cecelia

        Unctuous and excessively ambitious weird.

  • Mitch Alan

    Say what you will about Shepard Smith, he has never been accused of sexually harassing women at Fox News or elsewhere. Bravo!

    • Larry Kelly

      Nor has Shep been accused of cheating in roller derby matches.

      • Cecelia

        Or of being sanguine.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        Unlike the beloved Cheapshot McSkirtlifter.

  • sky303

    I’m not sure I want to know how it really happened with Bill and Monica

    • Larry Kelly

      At least you should know to turn down one of Bill’s cigars if offered.

      • sky303

        good advice

  • sky303

    That’s 2 men of the 3 network morning shows…. in as many weeks, so far not ABC…

    • Larry Kelly

      George is praying he’s on good terms with everyone.

    • J.J.

      I’m hoping Cuomo is next!

      • Cecelia

        He’s dumb as a brick, but I don’t think he’s that type.

        • J.J.

          I think he’s such an arrogant p***k that he would probably believe he was doing the lady a favor.

        • Boy is he dumb. I think his law degree came in a Crackerjack box.

        • timdub70

          The only Cuomo who couldn’t get elected Dogcatcher, so he goes to cable news.

      • sky303

        I don’t hope he is , now if he was doing something wrong like that then yeah , but hoping he’s next because I don’t like him would be too much.

  • Mitch Alan

    How about a new morning show, “Boys Will be Boys”, featuring Matt Laurer, Bill O’ Reilly, Eric Bolling, Gretchen Carlson, Andrea Tantaros and Michelle Fields. Watch the sparks fly, Must See TV.

  • Nixon – niihpikiiookani
    • J.J.

      He sounds/acts like a 15 yr old that has been listening to too much Howard Stern. In what world did he think this stuff was acceptable at the workplace?

      I think NBC will be paying lots of money to these women if they had any clue what was going on.

      • Cecelia

        From the description it’s not acceptable anywhere.

    • Cecelia

      And he dropped trou!

      Have they put something in the turn-down chocolates at five-star hotels?

  • Cecelia

    What’s the button thing that Lauer had?

    • Locked the office door via remote control.

      • Cecelia

        Very Austin Powers.

  • J.J.

    About 10 minutes in listening to the Wemple / Tucker and it is pure gold.
    Tucker does not miss an opportunity to get his digs in.

    “Do you actually work for the Washington Post? I’ve never seen you in the paper”
    “You pose as a journalist, so you know the rules…..”
    “First ‘architect’ is not a verb, as a writer you should know that.”

  • Mitch Alan

    Martha McCallum was practically licking her lips as she went into all the sordid details about Matt Laurer. At what point should she use more disgression, and not go into such pornographic detail? I had to turn her show off, disgusted.

    • homemaker

      Sorry, but people need to hear all the info. It is amazing how many people have opinions on things they know so little about.

    • Cecelia

      My husband and I watched her show last night and heard nothing that wasn’t being widely recounted on tv and on the Internet.

  • It was pointed out to me today that Julie Banderas hasn’t been wearing her ring lately.

    • Cecelia

      Better move fast.

    • Presbyter

      Hope it’s not a marital problem. She has young children.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        There might be an innocent answer like a missing or loose setting that needs repaired.

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    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 Fox & Friends video: Congratulations Abby Huntsman…it’s a girl!

    • Larry Kelly

      Well I came to that conclusion five years ago though Freezer Burn is not as dumb as Andy.