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TV News Outlets Shift Schedules to Cover U.S. Attack on Iran Official

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TV News Outlets Shift Schedules to Cover U.S. Attack on Iran Official
U.S. news outlets scrambled to cover the nation’s attack on a top Iran military official by shaking up normal programming schedules, even as they had to work around the holiday vacation schedules of some of their best known correspondents.

MSNBC brought Rachel Maddow back to its schedule at midnight eastern on Friday, assigning her an extra hour after her regular 9 p.m. hour had already broadcast. Maddow, who typically spends hours researching and writing her segments, moved to breaking-news mode for her second effort. At Fox News, Sean Hannity, the network’s most-watched host, phoned in to his own program, which was being guest-hosted by former U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz. CNN’s Anderson Cooper found his on-air tenure extended, as his regular 8 p.m. show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” took up two hours rather than its usual one.

The assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military Force,
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How ‘The Morning Show’ Stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Brought Brian Stelter’s Book to Life

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How ‘The Morning Show’ Stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Brought Brian Stelter’s Book to Life
While Apple TV Plus’ marquee series “The Morning Show” is a fictional drama about morning shows boasting two of Hollywood’s biggest names, Monday night’s premiere’s real headliners were New York City’s real-life morning show stars.

The red carpet was an embarrassment of star riches, as news stars walked the massive award show-scale carpet at Lincoln Center alongside Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who produce and star in Apple’s series as TV broadcasters.

Brian Stelter, whose book “Top of the Morning,” influenced the Apple series, was joined by his wife, NY1’s traffic reporter Jamie Stelter, and his CNN cohorts, including Don Lemon, Alisyn Camerota, Poppy Harlow and Hln’s Robin Meade. Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes pulled double duty, showing up both as guests and as reporters, interviewing “The Morning Show” team for “Good Day New York.”

Meanwhile, Wendy Williams had the crowd yelling louder
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Gop Congressman Open to Impeachment on Friday, Retires on Saturday

On Friday, Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) seemed to express openness when asked if he’d consider the impeachment of President Donald Trump. On Saturday, Rooney announced his retirement.

During an interview on Friday, Rooney was pressed by CNN’s Poppy Harlow while discussing acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s Thursday admission that Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with Ukraine. Rooney said he hadn’t come to any conclusions but added, “I don’t think you can rule anything out unless you know all the facts.”

Rooney continued,
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CNN Plots Expansion of ‘Citizen’ Conference (Exclusive)

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CNN interacts with most of its viewers via TV screen or mobile device. In weeks to come, however, the news outlet hopes to start engaging its audience at state fairs and local festivals.

The AT&T-owned news network plans new extensions for the “Citizen by CNN” forum it launched last year that aims to spur viewers to develop a more active relationship with politics. In October of 2018, CNN debuted an invite-only “Citizen” conference in New York that included interviews with White House adviser Jared Kusher, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi along with remarks from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That event will take place once again on October 24, but it won’t take another year to lapse before it returns.

CNN is planning to bring a series of “experiences” to various parts of the nation throughout the 2020 campaign. “We see an opportunity to harness the energy around the
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News Networks Focus On Latest Donald Trump Impeachment Twist: Key Witness Blocked From Testifying

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Reporters on Capitol Hill were staked out on Tuesday to capture a key witness arriving to provide behind-closed-doors testimony to Congress. Instead, about an hour before Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, was to start, his lawyer announced that he would not show.

News networks quickly focused on the increasing possibility that this could trigger an additional article of impeachment against President Donald Trump, this time for obstruction.

Appearing at the Capitol before cameras on Tuesday morning, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-ca) didn’t go as far, but confirmed that it may only add to their case.

“The failure to produce this witness, the failure to produce these documents, we consider yet additional strong evidence of obstruction of the Constitutional functions of Congress,” he said. He revealed that also being withheld were some of Sondland’s text messages on one of his personal devices.

Sondland, a
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Gwyneth Paltrow Says She ‘Loves’ Being in Her 40s: I’ve Stopped Worrying What People Think of Me

Gwyneth Paltrow Says She ‘Loves’ Being in Her 40s: I’ve Stopped Worrying What People Think of Me
Gwyneth Paltrow is living life to the fullest!

The 46-year-old actress opened up about embracing her age during a panel with CNN’s Poppy Harlow at SXSW on Monday.

“I am no longer in my 20s and 30s, I am 46 and I love being in my 40s,” Paltrow said. “I think there is this incredible freedom that comes with a woman in her 40s and understanding that this is who I am and I’ve stopped worrying so much about what people think of me.”

The Oscar winner said she also enjoys spending time with her two kids: 14-year-old daughter Apple and 12-year-old Moses.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Skewering Goop On ‘SNL’, Her Netflix Show And How Vaginal Steaming Is Funny – SXSW

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Gwyneth Paltrow Talks Skewering Goop On ‘SNL’, Her Netflix Show And How Vaginal Steaming Is Funny – SXSW
During the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live, Gwyneth Paltrow made a surprise appearance on Weekend Update alongside Heidi Gardner who reprised her role as flustered Goop employee Baskin Johns. The Oscar-winning actress played another worried Goop employee who echoed Garnder’s anxiety about working for the lifestyle company, which Paltrow is CEO. In a featured session at SXSW, Paltrow talked about roasting herself and her company on SNL.

“It’s always important to have a sense of humor about everything in life,” Paltrow told CNN’s Poppy Harlow, who moderated the session. “As they say in Buddhism, ‘to live is to struggle’ — you have to have a sense of humor through it.”

Being the boss of a wellness company that has often been criticized for being outrageous with their claims and products and often times tone-deaf to the masses, Paltrow is certainly aware of all the scrutiny and
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Bernie Sanders No Kamala Harris But Bests Other Candidates In CNN Town Hall Ratings

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Bernie Sanders No Kamala Harris But Bests Other Candidates In CNN Town Hall Ratings
Bernie Sanders’ first town hall since declaring himself a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate clocked 1.40 million viewers Monday night on CNN. While Sanders was no match for Kamala Harris, who drew the biggest crowd for a single-candidate town hall in CNN history with just under 2M viewers on January 28, his is the second most watched CNN presidential candidate town hall to date.

Sanders came in comfortably ahead the network’s February 12 town hall with former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, moderated by Poppy Harlow. Schultz drew just 1.02M viewers. Sanders also drew more viewer interest than did Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whose February 18 CNN town hall, moderated by Don Lemon, averaged 1.15M viewers.

Like Kamala Harris, Schultz and Klobuchar’s town halls aired at 10 Pm Et, while Sanders had one strike against him with an 8 Pm Et/5 Pm Pt start time.

With 512,000 viewers in the 25-54 news demo, Sanders also ran ahead of Schultz
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Donald Trump Tweets “Left” Unhinged As Giuliani Moves Collusion Goalpost Again

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Donald Trump Tweets “Left” Unhinged As Giuliani Moves Collusion Goalpost Again
Presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani changed Thursday morning news programs’ plans after he appeared on CNN the previous night to, once again, move the collusion goalpost. This time he insisted to Chris Cuomo that he never said there was no collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

“I never said there was no collusion between the campaign, or between people in the campaign! I have no idea. I said president of the United States!” Giuliani shouted, wide-eyed.

“Rudy Giuliani just told America Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia,” Joe Scarborough said today in kicking off MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

CNN scored the interview of the week Wednesday night when Cuomo Prime Time nabbed Trump’s personal lawyer.

CNN Newsroom‘s Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto noted that Giuliani previously had denied collusion with “top four or five people” in the campaign. The network also ran clips of Trump claiming multiple times
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How CNN Scrambled to Stay on Air After Bomb Scare Evacuated NY Headquarters

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Shortly after 10 a.m. Et on Wednesday, CNN evacuated its staff from its New York headquarters after a suspected pipe bomb was delivered to the building. The device came in a parcel along with a still-unidentified white powder and was addressed to former CIA director (and MSNBC contributor) John Brennan.

Over the next several hours, CNN managed to remain on the air as the network’s live feed jumped between anchors in Washington, D.C., and New York City — with Big Apple reporters doing the bulk of their work from phones and hot-spot connections on Manhattan city streets.

“We always have a studio that is ready to go on air at any moment,” a CNN insider familiar with logistics at the company told TheWrap. (A rep for the network declined to comment for this story.)

Also Read: Jeff Zucker Condemns Trump White House Following Bomb Scare: 'Their Words Matter'

“It
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Suspicious Device Delivered To CNN Was “Live”; Number Of Suspicious Packages Reaches Six – Update

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Updates throughout The suspicious device found in CNN’s Time Warner Center mailroom this morning – delivered by courier – was “live” and contained a white powder, New York police officials confirmed today, prompting New York mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo to unofficially call the mailings acts of terror.

Law enforcement and government officials have not yet officially deemed the mailings as terrorist acts. Though the devices were deemed “live” earlier today by NYC Police Commissioner James O’Neill, their functionality was still being discussed by late afternoon. “Rudimentary but functional” was the chosen phrase of the afternoon on cable news.

Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about the device’s functionality, de Blasio said “unquestionably it was a legitimate device and thank God it didn’t go off…the fact that something didn’t go off is not the way to grade it.”

The CNN device (see it
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Trump Era Puts New Spotlight on Cable News’ Daytime Roster

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Jim Sciutto hasn’t been known as much of a morning person at CNN. Since joining the network in 2013, the national security reporter has been on hand to deliver news of major import about Russia’s efforts to hack the 2016 presidential election and issues related to America’s intelligence community.

Now he’s on the air every weekday at 9 a.m., co-hosting “CNN Newsroom” opposite Poppy Harlow. The issues are just as serious. “The breaking news now: CNN can report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expecting to be fired,” Sciutto informed viewers Sept. 24 — another whirlwind day of headlines in national politics.

In the Trump era, big, consequential headlines are not just for primetime anymore.

Cable-news heavyweights used to appear mainly in the evening, where shows continue to attract the greatest number of viewers. In today’s 24/7 news cycle, however, daytime hours are becoming hot spots. Look no further than Sept.
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Jim Sciutto Gets ‘CNN Newsroom’ Co-Host Gig Joining Poppy Harlow

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Jim Sciutto has won the chair next to Poppy Harlow co-anchoring CNN’s morning show CNN Newsroom.

The vacancy was created when John Berman got moved to the even-earlier New Day when Chris Cuomo got promoted to primetime in mid-March, to take on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Fox powerhouse Sean Hannity.

Sciutto officially starts his new gig on 2-hour Newsroom on Monday, while continuing to serve as chief national security correspondent.

Sciutto, who has been based on Washington, D.C. has plenty of show hosting experience, serving as fill-in anchor for Jake Tapper’s The Lead and Erin Burnett OutFront.

“Sciutto will bring his extensive experience covering the intelligence community, foreign policy and the Department of Defense, including more than a decade as a foreign correspondent based overseas, to the New York-based program alongside Harlow,” CNN said in this morning’s announcement.

I’m excited and honored to join
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Jim Scuitto Joins CNN’s Daytime Schedule

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Washington correspondent Jim Scuitto will join CNN’s daytime lineup, working with Poppy Harlow as co-anchor of the network’s two-hour mid-morning “CNN Newsroom.”

CNN expects Sciutto to bring his experience covering the intelligence community, foreign policy, and the Department of Defense to the New York-based program. Sciutto will remain CNN’s chief national security correspondent and will continue to serve as a fill-in anchor for several of the network’s news programs.

The move adds a new element to a “Newsroom,” where Harlow has held forth since February of 2017. Sciutto would appear to be stepping into a role previously held by John Berman, who recently moved to anchor CNN’s “New Day” opposite Alisyn Camerota. Harlow will continue to anchor and cover major breaking news stories for the network and interview influential business and for her CNN podcast “BossFiles.”

Prior to joining CNN, Sciutto served as ABC News’ senior foreign correspondent,
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CNN National Security Reporter Jim Sciutto Named Morning News Anchor

CNN is giving chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto an opportunity to see what he can do in the anchor's chair. Network president Jeff Zucker announced Tuesday morning that Sciutto will join Poppy Harlow as co-anchor of the morning news show CNN Newsroom.

Sciutto will replace John Berman, who was shifted to the early-morning show New Day after the show's co-anchor, Chris Cuomo, was given a primetime slot.

He will begin co-anchoring the two-hour show on Sept. 17, but will maintain his role as chief national security correspondent.

"Sciutto will bring his extensive experience covering the intelligence community, foreign ...
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Releases ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ First Look Photos

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In today’s roundup, Netflix releases photos from “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” while CBS All Access debuts the official trailer for “One Dollar.”

First Looks

Gearing up for release on Oct. 26, Netflix has unveiled initial photos of upcoming series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” The first photo (above) previews Kiernan Shipka as the titular teenage witch, while the second (below) features a scene from the dark Baptism of Sabrina with Shipka, Richard Coyle as “Father Blackwood,” Lucy Davis as “Hilda Spellman,” Miranda Otto as “Zelda Spellman,” and Abigail Cowan, Adeline Rudolph, and Tati Gabrielle as “The Weird Sisters.” The series hails from “Riverdale” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Casting

IFC has announced that the upcoming seven-episode season of “Documentary Now!” will feature a musical-inspired episode, “Original Cast Album: Co-Op,” as an homage to the 1970 D.A. Pennebaker documentary, “Original Cast Album: Company.” John Mulaney, Taran Killam, Richard Kind, Paula Pell, Alex Brightman,
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Tom Arnold Crucifies Mark Burnett While Hunting For The Trump Tapes At TCA

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Tom Arnold Crucifies Mark Burnett While Hunting For The Trump Tapes At TCA
“I don’t give a sh*t about the 40%,” Tom Arnold said at TCA when asked if he thinks his new series The Hunt For The Trump Tapes will change the minds of President Donald Trump’s loyalists.

“I want to do this until he resigns. He’s a crazy person putting the country on the precipice of war…Things are going on right now that affect our world and that are scary,” Arnold ranted during a wild stream-of-consciousness Q&A for his program. “And, for some reason, I’m in a position to do something and it’s working and I will continue to do this until that guy resigns and the world is a little bit safer. And it is going to happen.”

Every day since Trump’s disastrous Helsinki summit with Russian ruler Vladimir Putin, “big things are breaking about that knucklehead, and he’s acting even crazier.
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Tom Arnold Games Nicolle Wallace, Poppy Harlow While Plugging Michael Cohen Meeting For Donald Trump Tapes Show

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Tom Arnold Games Nicolle Wallace, Poppy Harlow While Plugging Michael Cohen Meeting For Donald Trump Tapes Show
Comic Tom Arnold gamed MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and CNN’s Poppy Harlow today to plug his upcoming Viceland series The Hunt for the Trump Tapes.

Arnold sat down with Wallace first, to say he’s teaming with President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to boot Potus from office. Watch the full interview above.

Previous day, Arnold tweeted a photo of himself with Cohen, writing, “I love New York”:

I love New York pic.twitter.com/J7AJg1HiHo

— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) June 22, 2018

“This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything,” Arnold said in the MSNBC interview. “I say to Michael, ‘Guess what? We’re taking Trump down together,’ and he’s so tired he’s like, ‘Ok,’ and his wife is like, ‘Ok, f-ck Trump.’”

Which, Arnold had to walk back:

Michael Cohen didn’t say Me & him were teaming up to take down Donald Trump!
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White House Blasts Samantha Bee Over Ivanka Slur, Demands TBS Cancel Show

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The White House this morning blasted Samantha Bee and TBS over Bee having called White House staffer/ First Daughter Ivanka Trump a “feckless c**t” in a segment about President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

“The language used by Samantha Bee last night is vile and vicious. The collective silence by the left and its media allies is appalling,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

“Her disgusting comments and show are not fit for broadcast, and executives at Time Warner and TBS must demonstrate that such explicit profanity about female members of this administration will not be condoned on its network.”

TBS has not yet responded, but has pulled the video.

Though it had mostly been conservative critics blasting away at Bee this morning, CNN joined in this morning.

“Let me just say, one parent to another – parent of a daughter – no, no, no!” CNN
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CNN Blasts Samantha Bee For Calling Ivanka “Feckless C**t” On ‘Full Frontal’

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CNN got sucked into a segment on Samantha Bee’s use of the word “c*nt” in a Full Frontal segment on the Trump Administration’s announcement it would separate children from their parents.

The Federalist’s Mary Katharine Ham, who is a regular talking head on CNN, seemed to drag CNN into the conversation during a segment about President Donald Trump’s new tweet demanding an apology from Disney CEO Bob Iger. Two days earlier, Iger canceled Roseanne while apologizing to Valerie Jarrett over the racial slur directed at her by the show’s Trump-supporting star.

Trump is “not entitled to apologies from new outlets just criticizing him,” Ham acknowledged.

But, she pivoted abruptly, “you can recognize the racism of Roseanne, and that she should have been punished for it socially, and recognize that there is a double standard.”

“Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a ‘feckless word-i-cannot-say-that-begins-with-a-‘c’-that-is-the-worst-word-you-can-call-a-woman’ on TV,
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