Donald Trump Noms CNN Contributor Stephen Moore To Federal Reserve Board

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Donald Trump tweeted Friday he’s nommed CNN contributor Stephen Moore to serve on the Fed Board:

It is my pleasure to announce that @StephenMoore, a very respected Economist, will be nominated to serve on the Fed Board. I have known Steve for …

Democratic Presidential Candidate John Hickenlooper Recalls Taking His Mom to See ‘Deep Throat’ (Video)

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Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper recalled a surprising moment during a CNN town hall Wednesday evening telling, an audience on live television that he once took his mother to see “Deep Throat.”

“I didn’t know what an X-movie was. We thought it was a little naughty but we didn’t think it was that bad,” the 2020 presidential candidate recalled, saying the original plan was to see the famously phonographic film with his friend. Hickenlooper invited his mother so she wouldn’t be at home lonely — never expecting she would accept his invitation.

“I was sure that she [would] say no, I made a mistake. She said ‘I’d love to go’ because she didn’t want to be left alone in the house again. So I took my mother to see ‘Deep Throat.’

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“I’m sure she was mortified and I said repeatedly, ‘I think we should leave, I think we should go,’” he added, while also noting that “once she paid she was going to stay.”

Gerard Damiano’s 1972 classic is widely considered one of the most famous films of America’s “Golden Age of Porn.” The film was an early pioneer in a more sophisticated genre of pornography with bigger budgets, higher production values and more complex plot-lines. It’s name is best remembered today as the the pseudonym of Watergate leaker W. Mark Felt — who leaked critical information to Washington Post Reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein — which ultimately led to the disgrace and resignation of President Richard Nixon.

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The nugget, originally from Hickenlooper’s memoir, may have been a humanizing moment for the candidate who has sometimes struggled to gain traction in a crowded field of Democratic contenders. During an appearance on “Morning Joe” earlier this month, Hickenlooper had difficulty answering whether he was a capitalist or not.

“Oh I don’t know, you know the labels, I’m not sure any of them fit,” he said. “I think right now the way that capitalism is working in the United States, it’s not doing what it once did. It’s really not providing security, opportunity, for the middle class and for poor people.”

Before he became governor, Hickenlooper himself was a successful small businessman.

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Tucker Carlson’s Weekly TV Ratings Rise Despite Boycotts

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Last week, there were calls to fire Tucker Carlson from Fox News after old audio resurfaced of the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host making crude remarks about women and statutory rape on a shock-jock radio show. Also last week, Carlson’s Nielsen ratings rose 8 percent.

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged 3 million total viewers last week, with 517,000 of them coming from the key adults 15-54 demographic. Those Nielsen numbers were up 7 percent and 8 percent, respectively, from the prior week  — and they also easily beat MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes” (1.8 million and 298,000) and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” (1 million and 269,000).

In the demo, Carlson’s week was down 2019-to-date and versus the same week in 2018.

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As a whole, Fox News had another big week in terms of viewership. Across primetime, which for Fox is a Carlson/Sean Hannity/Laura Ingraham lineup, FNC averaged 2.387 million total viewers, with 401,000 in the 25-54 demo. March 11 through March 17 marked nine straight weeks for Fox as the No. 1 cable network.

Below are channels ranking 2 through 5 in primetime-audience averages:
2.    ESPN (1,935,000)
3.    MSNBC (1,868,000)
4.    HGTV (1,283,000)
5.    History (1,180,000)

CNN checked in at eleventh in primetime, averaging 939,000 total viewers for the important day part.

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The latest outcry again Carlson arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c-ty.”

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Back in December, Carlson lost sponsors after saying that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country. He subsequently shed some more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

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Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile Joins Fox News as a Contributor

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Fox News is reaching across the political aisle for its latest big-name hire, adding former Democratic National Committee chairperson Donna Brazile as a contributor.

Brazile will give her political analysis on both Fox News and Fox Business Network. She’ll make her Fox News debut on “The Daily Briefing With Dana Perino” at 2 p.m. ET Monday.

“I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on Fox News. My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views,” Brazile said in a statement.

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“There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats,” she continued. “We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other. For there is no safety in self-limiting numbers. You can be darn sure that I’m still going to be me on Fox News. I’m going to do what I always do: and dish it out straight, exactly as I see it, with just as much New Orleans hot sauce as folks expect.”

Brazile served as the national chair of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election, following the resignation of previous DNC chairperson Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who stepped down after leaked emails showed DNC officials conspiring to sabotage the campaign of Bernie Sanders.

Brazile had a short-lived tenure as a CNN contributor, but resigned after emails from released by WikiLeaks showed that Brazile had sent questions to Hillary Clinton’s campaign ahead of a CNN-aired debate.

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Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo Debate Ethics of Inviting Kellyanne Conway on Their Shows (Video)

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CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon held a spirited but civil debate Thursday night over whether guests like President Trump’s counselor, Kellyanne Conway, should be invited on their shows.

Conway was a guest on “Chris Cuomo Prime Time,” and during the transition from that show to “CNN Tonight,” Lemon told Cuomo he’s opposed to bringing her on the air because “she never answers a question, she berates you, she’s condescending.”

“For me, it feels beneath the dignity of this network to have someone on who just constantly lies and misconstrues things,” he continued.

Lemon said he believes that while guests on CNN are free to state their opinions, they “have an obligation to be honest with the American people.” Lemon added that if Conway were his guest, he would likely show less willingness to let her talk without answering questions directly.

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Cuomo countered that though he understands the frustration, if he held his show to the standard Lemon advocates, “I’d have very few people on this show.”

“If you’re gonna limit who you have on the show to the people who only answer the questions and are truthful,” Cuomo asked, “are you gonna be alone a lot of the time?”

Cuomo said he believes it’s important to have Conway as a guest because she has been designated to speak for the president. “I want my audience to see that this is who he believes his best defense to be,” he said.

Lemon replied that he believes “this is about truth versus false, this is about facts versus alternative facts,” and that CNN does “a disservice when we try to give false equivalence to someone who is clearly obfuscating and clearly has an agenda to mislead people.”

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Cuomo responded that as he sees it, he chooses “to call it out in real time and let people see it for what it is.”

Fortunately, the two remained friendly despite their disagreement.

“It’s not just you and I don’t mean to pick on you,” Lemon said near the end of their discussion.

“I deserve the criticism. I do it on purpose, I do it intentionally, and I do it for what I believe is good intentions,” said Cuomo. “But I do it the most and I understand that I should get the criticism.”

Watch the whole exchange below:

Cuomo interviewed Kellyanne Conway tonight. Then Cuomo and Lemon resumed their debate about whether it’s worthwhile to have her on. @DonLemon: “For me, it feels beneath the dignity of this network to have someone on who just constantly lies and misconstrues things…” pic.twitter.com/OrGhdaJU2h

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 15, 2019

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Kentucky High Schooler Suing CNN For $275M Wants NBC, AP, Bill Maher Next

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Having gone after The Washington Post and today CNN, Nicholas Sandmann’s lawyers are gearing up to whack a major media outlet “every few weeks or month.”

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CNN Slapped With $275 Million Defamation Suit by Covington Student Nicholas Sandmann

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Lawyers for Covington Catholic high school student Nicholas Sandmann on Tuesday filed a $275 million defamation suit against CNN, saying the network’s coverage of the student’s encounter with Native American tribal elder Nathan Phillips in January constituted a “vicious attack” against his client.

“In short, the false and defamatory gist of CNN’s collective reporting conveyed to its viewers and readers that Nicholas was the face of an unruly hate mob of hundreds of white racist high school students who physically assaulted, harassed, and taunted two different minority groups engaged in peaceful demonstrations, preaching, song, and prayer,” according to the suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kentucky.

“The CNN accusations are totally and unequivocally false and CNN would have known them to be untrue had it undertaken any reasonable efforts to verify their accuracy before publication of its false and defamatory accusations,” the suit added, citing four TV broadcasts and nine online articles it considers defamatory.

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Sandmann seeks $75 million in compensatory damages for “the reputational harm, emotional distress, and mental anguish caused by CNN’s false attacks” as well as $200 million in punitive damages.

“Contrary to its ‘Facts First’ public relations ploy, CNN ignored the facts and put its anti-Trump agenda first in waging a 7-day media campaign of false, vicious attacks against Nicholas, a young boy who was guilty of little more than wearing a souvenir Make America Great Again cap while on a high school field trip to the National Mall in Washington, D.C.,” the suit reads.

Reps for CNN did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Last month, Sandmann filed a similar suit against the Washington Post, seeking $250 million. After the filing of that suit, the Post said in a statement provided to TheWrap, “We are reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and we plan to mount a vigorous defense.”

A video posted on social media Jan. 19 depicted an edited version of events that occurred the day before. It shows several students and Nathan Phillips, and some viewers believed the teens were mocking Phillips.

The clip sparked widespread outrage and condemnation, but Sandmann denied any racist intent, and told the Associated Press he was trying to de-escalate the situation.

A longer video of the incident posted Jan. 21 showed that Phillips and his group had first initiated the encounter with the Covington students and that the students had earlier been subjected to harassment from a different organization. Several media figures subsequently disavowed their initial statements about the incident.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Tucker Carlson Continues to Deliver Massive Ratings to Fox News – Despite the Boycotts

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Despite the renewed calls to #FireTuckerCarlson over his inflammatory comments in recently resurfaced old interviews, the Fox News host remains very popular among cable news viewers.

So far in 2019, Carlson’s 8 p.m. program on the Fox News Channel is averaging 2.9 million total viewers per episode, which is 41 percent more than Chris Hayes on MSNBC and a whopping 122 percent more than CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

In the key ratings demographic, which for primetime news programming is adults ages 25-54, Carlson averages 525,000 viewers, per Nielsen. That’s 37 percent more than Cooper and 46 percent more than Hayes.

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Carlson’s audience this year is not only larger than his direct competition’s, it is larger than anything in the 8 p.m. hour on all of cable. Yes, that includes ESPN, HGTV and everything else.

The viewership continues despite an outcry over a December episode in which he said that immigrants made the United States a “poorer” and “dirtier” country — a comment that led at least two dozen sponsors to pull ads from the show.

He subsequently lost more advertisers after suggesting that high-earning women had become a cause for social ills in the U.S. and warned that men would not want to marry them.

The latest outcry arose after liberal watchdog group Media Matters on Sunday dropped a compilation of years’ worth of audio that documented Carlson’s regular appearances on the the radio show of Florida shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge between 2006 and 2011. In the recordings, Carlson made disparaging remarks about women, including calling television host Alexis Stewart “c–ty.”

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Carlson addressed the audio on Sunday evening, telling critics they were welcome to come on his show and take issue with him directly. He did not apologize.

“Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago,” Carlson said, sidestepping the fact that some clips were as recent as 2011. “Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

Carlson will appear as scheduled on his show tonight, according to Fox News.

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