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Wtf. It turns out Phuc Dat Bich wasn’t the victim of Facebook discrimination at all, but rather a “mischievous man with 21st century technology at his finger tips.” An Australian man (maybe?) who went viral for posting a photo of his passport to prove the veracity of his funny name after it was allegedly banned by Facebook has now come clean about the “simple prank.” Bich, real name Joe Carr (maybe?), took to his famous account on Tuesday to reveal the “prank that made a fool out of the media.” Also Read: 7 Media Turkeys of 2015: From Donald Trump to Brian Williams “Out of. »
- Greg Gilman
Despite a dreary, rainy evening in New York City on Thursday, more than 750 guests — a melange of Hollywood, the culturati, New York society and the current cast of “Saturday Night Live” — stepped out to attend the American Museum of Natural History’s annual black-tie museum benefit. Lorne Michaels, executive producer of ‘SNL,’ and Tina Fey co-chaired the swanky gala, which raises money for the museum’s educational and scientific programming.
On the red carpet, ‘SNL’ cast members were buzzing about working with Matthew McConaughey, who for the first time in 14 years, is hosting the show on Nov. 21. The actors raved about the Oscar-winner’s strong work ethic and willingness to make fun of himself.”Matthew McConaughey has never disappointed a human being in his life, and he’s not picking this week to do that,” said Bobby Moynihan. “He is the best. He’s already been wonderful, and is going »
- Paul Chi
NBC News president Deborah Turness is under fire for using the term “illegals” when describing undocumented immigrants in a meeting with Hispanic lawmakers on Wednesday. The meeting between NBC brass and the congressional Hispanic Caucus was supposed to smooth over tensions created by NBC’s decision to let Donald Trump host Saturday Night Live. Turness was describing NBC’s synergy with its Spanish-language network Telemundo, and recounted Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. Also Read: Inside NBC News Turmoil: Deborah Turness Sidelined, Brian Williams Eyed as MSNBC's 'Face of Daytime' (Exclusive) She recalled that during his U.S. tour, »
- Jordan Chariton
The reverberations from Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris have sent U.S. media into saturation coverage mode.
Many regular network programs have been scrapped in favor of ongoing breaking news coverage. Fox News did go forward with its regular “Fox & Friends” morning show but Paris was the topic of the day, augmented with ongoing breaking news reporting anchored by Shepard Smith.
MSNBC is also doing wall-to-wall news coverage headlined by Tamron Hall, Chuck Todd, Chris Jansing, Peter Alexander, and Steve Kornacki (who will also do analysis after Saturday’s presidential debate). The network has yet to schedule time for Brian Williams to appear in his role as breaking news anchor, after he anchored more than five hours of coverage on Friday, but that could change, insiders said.
- Brent Lang
For Ben Carson, we're now entering Brian Williams territory on the vetting front. Forget the stabbing story that may or may not have happened. Bottom line: Without the primary witness coming forward -- the one Carson says he lunged at 45 years ago -- it doesn't move the needle one way or the other. If you think the doctor is a victim of a liberal media out to get him, you only became that much more loyal. »
- Joe Concha
One of General Hospital‘s docs is clocking out.
Jason Thompson, who plays Dr. Patrick Drake, is leaving the ABC daytime soap after 10 years, the actor announced Friday on Instagram.
“It was not an easy decision but I feel like it’s time to hang up Dr. Patrick Drake’s white coat and scrubs,” the actor wrote, giving thanks to his bosses and the fans who “changed my life.”
Read Thompson’s full statement below:
More fallout from this week’s incendiary, CNBC-televised Gop debate: The Republican National Committee has suspended its involvement in a planned February debate hosted by NBC News and Telemundo. The move comes after the Gop presidential candidates complained about the harsh treatment they received at the hands of CNBC’s moderators.
“While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC’s moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha’ questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, »
Spider-man’S Fight With Sandman Was Fraud With Peril
Ok, while it wasn’t enough to make him a threat or a menace, what Spider-Man did wasn’t very nice.
It was Mike Barr, a long-time friend and even longer-timed comic-book reader, who reminded me of this story. Mike’s a friend and comic-book reader of such long standing that when he said Spider-Man #4, I knew which comic he meant. When the long-timers say Spider-Man # 4, we only mean one book. We don’t need no steenkin’ adjectives. Or even volume numbers. For us the original The Amazing Spider-Man was Spider-Man and Spider-Man #4 can only mean what is now clumsily called: The Amazing Spider-Man v 1 #4.
In the middle of this story, the first appearance of the villain Sandman, said villain was running from the cops and decided to hide out in Midtown High School, which seems the perfect place to hide. »
- Bob Ingersoll
A little more than two months after MSNBC announced it was canceling Alex Wagner's afternoon show to make way for Brian Williams' breaking news coverage, it has confirmed what her new role on the network will be. Starting soon, Wagner will be launching a new show on MSNBC's weekend schedule, replacing Up with Steve Kornacki, who will serve as the Monday evening host on Chuck Todd's Mtp Daily. »
- Matt Wilstein
NBCUniversal isn’t finished tinkering with MSNBC.
While the cable-news network’s daytime schedule has largely been reworked since February, there are likely more changes to come, said Andrew Lack, the veteran TV-news executive who rejoined the company in April to supervise both NBC News and MSNBC.
“It’s just the beginning. We are early days. These were important steps, the first few steps, but there is a lot more we are thinking about. It’s a long game, as I have said, and we are just at the beginning of it,” he said in an interview about MSNBC last week. “We have got a lot of parts and pieces we have got to fit into this puzzle.”
His remarks indicate the final form for MSNBC, devoted over the past few years to presenting the news through a progressive lens, has yet to be achieved. MSNBC’s ratings have dropped »
- Brian Steinberg
The tragic shootings in Oregon Thursday gave Brian Williams his biggest test yet since returning to the air on MSNBC last week, and his blanket coverage drew a decidedly mixed response from viewers.
Audiences appeared split on their feeling toward Williams’ return, with 54% of reactions expressing favorable emotions and 46% expressing overtly negative emotions, according to Canvs, which tracks sentiment regarding content on Twitter.
The shootings marked the second but far more sustained appearance on air for Williams than his first on Sept. 22, when the former “Nightly News” anchor presided over coverage of the Pope’s visit to the U.S. NBC News is hoping viewers embrace Williams in his new role, which is focused on stepping in during breaking news on MSNBC.
A slight majority of viewers were clearly heartened to see Williams in a familiar setting anchoring the news during a difficult time. “Thank God you are back on »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Updated with President Obama’s remarks and update on victims: Brian Williams made his real return to TV news this afternoon anchoring MSNBC's live coverage of the country’s latest mass shooting at a school, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Or. Sure, Williams had anchored large swaths of MSNBC’s Pope Francis coverage, marking the new return to NBC News after a months-long suspension. But that event had been heavy on pomp, circumstance and filling time… »
Brian Williams made his second major appearance on MSNBC Thursday as he anchored the cable-news network’s live coverage of the shootings at Umpqua Community College Thursday in southern Oregon. Williams’ efforts were just one of many by the big TV-news outlets to cover the horrific event.
Williams, who has appeared on MSNBC at other times earlier this week, began his coverage around 2:20 p.m. His efforts were augmented by Thomas Roberts, who normally anchors mid-afternoon coverage for MSNBC, and Kate Snow, the correspondent who has taken over late-afternoon duties on the NBCUniversal-owned network. Williams’ duties at the network are to anchor big breaking-news events. His first appearance in this new capacity – he had anchored NBC’s “Nightly News” for a decade – came last week as many TV networks covered Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States.
Many cable and broadcast networks interrupted regularly scheduled programming in the 2 p. »
- Brian Steinberg
NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt was No. 1 in total viewers and in key demos for the first week of the 2015-16 season, marking the broadcast's 9th straight across-the-board win and 13th in the 14 weeks since Holt was named anchor. That’s good news for the program, because it also was the week of Pope Francis' visit to the United States and the week former Nightly News anchor Brian Williams returned to the air to cover the Pope’s visit, but for MSNBC. Williams’ MSNBC… »
PBS won a leading 17 races while CBS was second with nine when winners for the 36th annual edition of the News and Documentary Emmys were announced Monday. (See the full list of winners Here.) The pubcaster had led with 57 nominations while the Tiffany net was second with 44 bids. -Break- A dozen PBS programs had been singled out for nominations. Among those that won multiple awards were "Frontline" (6) and "Pov" (2) CBS's Sunday night staple "60 Minutes" claimed six Emmys while "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" picked up a pair. NBC landed four, including a pair for "NBC Nightly News" (in the post-Brian Williams era). These awards -- spread across 45 categories including Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Outstanding Interview, and Best Documentary -- were presented during a ceremony at Gotham's Lincoln Center in the newly renamed David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fishe »
PBS and CBS led the winners at the 36th annual News and Documentary Awards, held Monday night at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. But lifetime achievement honoree Ted Turner stole the show with an emotional acceptance speech that recounted his “firing” in 2001 from the company he founded.
“I got phased out,” the CNN founder told the crowd. The management of Time Warner, which acquired Turner Broadcasting in 1996, came to him as his contract was about to end.
“They said your contract is going to be up but we want to give you another one,” Turner said. “They said ‘We’ll give you a million dollars a year.’ I said ‘What will my duties be?’ They said ‘nothing.’ I said ‘you take the million dollars and shove it you know where,’ ” he said.
Turner told the crowd that he misses being part of CNN; “I really enjoyed every moment of it, »
- Variety Staff
NBC News chairman Andy Lack admits that he’s “a paranoid guy.” “Every day is another day to get it completely wrong,” he laughed. But at the end of a week that saw MSNBC welcome Brian Williams back as the network’s breaking news anchor after a noisy scandal and a six-month suspension, Lack allowed that he sees “encouraging signs.” The week was always going to be a big one for news, with Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States. But it also brought a flurry of unexpected headlines: House Speaker John Boehner will step down at the end
- Marisa Guthrie
Brian Williams‘ ratings on MSNBC on Wednesday were up from his ratings on Tuesday, when the anchor returned from his six month suspension. During the 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. time slot, MSNBC averaged 598,000 total viewers and 93,000 viewers in the network’s key adult 25-54 demographic. Williams anchored during the period for the network’s special coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. On Tuesday, Williams’ first day on the air since his suspension, the network averaged 526,000 total viewers and 76,000 in the 25-54 demo, meaning he saw a 15 percent increase in total viewers and a 22 percent increase in the demo day. »
- Joe Otterson
Updated with video: NBCU has done virtually no promotion for Brian Williams’ return to the air after a months-long suspension and the ratings reflect that, but, as word of his return got out, some of it savage, his numbers inched up on Day 2. NBC News chief Andy Lack has described Williams’ return, and his strategy to resuscitate ratings at MSNBC, as a long-term investment. Nonetheless, early stats are being combed over carefully as Williams attempts a difficult career… »
Brian Williams‘ first day back on the air since his suspension from NBC, along with the arrival of Pope Francis in the United States, helped propel MSNBC to big ratings gains on Tuesday. The special coverage anchored by the former “Nightly News” host, which aired live from 3 – 5 p.m. Et, averaged 526,000 total viewers and 76,000 in the network’s key 25-54 demo. The numbers were a 76 percent increase in total viewers from September 2014, with the 25-54 demo up 52 percent from a year ago. Also Read: Brian Williams Makes MSNBC Debut Following Six-Month Suspension The cable news network still »
- Linda Ge
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