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2 Local TV Stations Duped by John Oliver Promise Reviews of Sponsored Content

2 Local TV Stations Duped by John Oliver Promise Reviews of Sponsored Content

Two of the three local television stations duped by John Oliver's team into running sponsored content for a bogus sexual wellness blanket are conducting reviews after the segment aired Sunday night. According to CNN, KVUE-TV in Austin and KMGH-TV in Denver are looking into their processes after Oliver shined a national light on how easy it is to pay for nonsensical promotions to appear on local stations, using them as prime examples. Representatives for those stations did not immediately return TheWrap's requests for comment. Per CNN, a KVUE-TV spokesperson said that "while it is...

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May 25
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Harvey Weinstein to Face Extradition Hearing Monday on LA Rape Charges

Harvey Weinstein to Face Extradition Hearing Monday on LA Rape Charges

Harvey Weinstein is set to appear virtually for an extradition proceeding before an Erie County Court judge in New York Monday afternoon for his LA rape charges. The hearing is set for 2pm ET. The extradition hearing comes after the producer was secretly indicted by a Los Angeles grand jury in an effort to expedite the process, according to a new report from Fox News. A representative for the Los Angeles District Attorney did not immediately return a request for comment. The hearing has been delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Weinstein was originally expected to...

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Apr 12
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Britney Spears ‘Embarrassed’ by NY Times Documentary: ‘I Cried’

Britney Spears ‘Embarrassed’ by NY Times Documentary: ‘I Cried’

Pop icon Britney Spears broke her silence on the New York Times' "Framing Britney Spears" documentary Tuesday night, saying she was "embarrassed" and "cried," but hadn't seen it. "I have been exposed my whole life performing in front of people," the star wrote in an Instagram caption along with her signature smattering of emojis. "It takes a lot of strength to TRUST the universe with your real vulnerability cause I've always been so judged... insulted... and embarrassed by the media... and I still am till this day." After a few thumbs-down emojis, Spears went on, "I didn't watch the...

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Mar 31
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CNN’s John Berman Slams ‘Television Character’ Tucker Carlson for Vaccine Remarks

CNN’s John Berman Slams ‘Television Character’ Tucker Carlson for Vaccine Remarks

CNN's John Berman on Monday tore into into Fox News' Tucker Carlson, particularly the primetime host's comments about vaccines. Berman branded him a "television character." On "New Day," Berman railed against "a mountain of misinformation and possible malevolence" standing in the way of Americans getting their vaccination, then played a clip from Carlson's highly-rated Fox News show. "It turns out there are things we don't know about the effects of this vaccine," Carlson said. Also Read: How Harris Faulkner Aims to Demystify COVID Vaccines for Communities of Color in Fox News...

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Mar 16
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Fox News Beats CNN, MSNBC in Ratings for Biden Primetime Address

Fox News Beats CNN, MSNBC in Ratings for Biden Primetime Address

Fox News had the highest ratings in cable news for President Joe Biden's Thursday night primetime address, according to Nielsen Media Research ratings data. From 8 to 8:30 p.m. ET, while the president spoke to the nation about the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News pulled in an average of 4 million viewers -- 613,000 of whom were in the advertiser-coveted age demographic of 25 to 54. CNN was in third place overall with 2.729 million total average viewers, but came in first in the demo with 667,000. MSNBC had the second-highest total average viewers during the half hour, 2.982 million, but...

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Mar 12
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Daily Mail Rips CBS, Oprah Winfrey for ‘Inaccurate’ and ‘Doctored’ Tabloid Images in Meghan-Harry Interview

Daily Mail Rips CBS, Oprah Winfrey for ‘Inaccurate’ and ‘Doctored’ Tabloid Images in Meghan-Harry Interview

Associated Newspapers, which publishes Britain's Mail Online, the Daily Mail and The Mail On Sunday, wrote to Viacom CBS this week, accusing CBS of doctoring tabloid images in a montage featured in Oprah Winfrey's interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. In a Friday statement, Associated Newspapers issued support for the First Amendment and decried racism, but accused the interview of using doctored images of headlines. The company is calling for an investigation at CBS and for the montage to be removed from repeat broadcasts. A representative for the American company did not...

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Mar 12
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Tim Allen Says He Liked That Trump ‘Pissed People Off’

Tim Allen Says He Liked That Trump ‘Pissed People Off’

Tim Allen said Wednesday that he "liked" former president Donald Trump's attitude and had "fun" keeping his feelings to himself. "Once I realized that the last president pissed people off, I kind of liked that," he said on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast. The "Home Improvement" star went on, "So it was fun to just not say anything -- didn't join in the lynching crowd." Also Read: Tim Allen on How New History Show 'Assembly Required' Is Like a Real Version of 'Tool Time' Allen discussed his disdain for paying taxes -- and the feeling of not knowing where his were...

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Rush Limbaugh, Conservative Radio Host, Dies at 70

Rush Limbaugh, Conservative Radio Host, Dies at 70

Rush Limbaugh, the radio host who dominated conservative media for three-plus decades, died Wednesday at the age of 70. His wife, Kathryn, informed listeners of his show Wednesday afternoon. He was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in February 2020. Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump at the 2020 State of the Union address, just one day after revealing his diagnosis to his listeners. "He is the greatest fighter and winner you will ever meet," Trump said at the time. "Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our...

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Feb 17
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NY Times Newsroom in ‘Chaos’ Over Departures, Fears of Cancel Culture

NY Times Newsroom in ‘Chaos’ Over Departures, Fears of Cancel Culture

The New York Times newsroom has been roiled by a pair of widely publicized resignations last week -- and the outcry of staffers over how the paper has handled personnel issues and conflicts over sensitivity. During a "State of the Times" town hall meeting Thursday, there was even more confusion about how the paper had handled the ouster of longtime reporter Donald McNeil Jr., who had previously been disciplined for using the N-word during a Times-sponsored trip to Peru with high school students. According to the Times' media reporter Marc Tracy, executive editor Dean Baquet walked...

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Feb 11
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The Atlantic Is Accused of Stealing a Freelancer’s Work, Denying Him Payment and Credit

The Atlantic Is Accused of Stealing a Freelancer’s Work, Denying Him Payment and Credit

The Atlantic is being accused by freelancer Dean Sterling Jones of stealing his work and denying him adequate credit -- and payment -- for his writing and research. In a Sunday post on his personal website titled, "The Atlantic Stole My Work," Jones said editors at the publication have "refused" to give him byline credit in spite of the inclusion of "whole sentences and paragraphs from a freelance pitch" he sent then-reporter Natasha Bertrand. TheWrap has reviewed his draft and the Atlantic's story and found 11 similarities, including instances of the exact same wording used by Jones....

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Jan 11
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