18 items from 2014
CNN announced Wednesday it was selling off its news reader app Zite to the popular social magazine Flipboard. As part of the deal, Flipboard will team up with CNN to package together news magazine content for its shows featuring Fareed Zakaria, Jake Tapper, and John King. Flipboard, which turns web pages into an online magazine users can “flip” through, has been downloaded by over 85 million people on many various platforms including mobile and touch screens. Also read: Flipboard Gives Oprah Her Own Section – Just Like Facebook and Twitter CNN bought Zite three years ago for approximately $20 million. CNN content »
- James Crugnale
Harold Ramis died on Monday morning, causing fans of the star and his many comedies — including Groundhog Day and Caddyshack — to grieve on social media. Read below for statements and tweets from his famous fans, ranging from Parks and Recreation actress Rashida Jones to Family Guy mastermind Seth MacFarlane, and check back as we’ll continue to update this page throughout the day.
“I was fortunate to be able to do two movies with Harold Ramis,” Groundhog Day and Multiplicity star Andie MacDowell told EW in a statement. “He was the kindest of any director with whom I worked. Harold was a genius. »
- Ariana Bacle
Jake Tapper, anchor of CNN's daily news magazine "The Lead," is one of the most active reporters on Twitter (@jaketapper) and is happy to talk about life online.
Zap2it: How has Twitter changed how you cover breaking news?
Jake Tapper: It's a wire service for news organizations and also a place where non-media can send firsthand accounts of things they're seeing. The first place I heard about the Boston Marathon bombing was Twitter -- a woman sent out a Twitpic of an explosion. Obviously, everything needs to be confirmed and checked out, but it's irreplaceable as a source of information ... some of it bad information, most of it good.
Zap2it: Have questions come in that you think might not have occurred to you if you were not hearing from Twitter users?
Jake Tapper: Yes! Just today, I Tweeted that I would be interviewing the surgeon general »
The book deals with Combat Outpost Keating, one of America's deadliest battles in Afghanistan. The October 2009 siege took place in an isolated Afghan province butting up against Pakistan and surrounded by mountains. 53 U.S. troops were attacked by over 400 Taliban insurgents.
It was later found that there was no good reason for the soldiers to have been placed there, but despite high casualties the troops thwarted the attack.
The film aims to mine the same political-free, courage-focused approach pulled off by "Lone Survivor" which has become a sleeper hit - especially in heartland America.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: The Fighter scribes Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson have used their own money to option The Outpost: An Untold Story Of American Valor. They will adapt the 2012 Little, Brown book written by Jake Tapper, host of the CNN’s The Lead. The book tells the story of Combat Outpost Keating, one of America’s deadliest battles in Afghanistan. The siege occurred in October 2009, when 53 U.S. troops were attacked by Taliban insurgents that outnumbered them 8 to 1. The project is squarely in the study of courage mode of Lone Survivor, the sleeper hit Peter Berg-directed film based on the Marcus Luttrell memoir. The soldiers were ordered to establish a military based in an isolated Afghan province butting up against Pakistan, when the D.C. policy was to protect locals and win hearts and minds by supporting economic development. In reality, the base was surrounded by mountains, leaving the troops as sitting ducks. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
President Obama said in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that he believes the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics is safe. Many have expressed concerns about terrorist attacks in Sochi, Russia, and Russian leader Vladimir Putin has introduced rigorous security and surveillance around the resort town. But Tapper noted in his interview with the president that his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Sasha and Malia, are not going. Also read: President Obama Tells CNN Apple, WalMart Have Agreed to Boost Hiring “If close friends of yours, or close friends of the girls’, said, hey, we’re thinking about going, »
- Tim Molloy
Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt sat down with CNN host Jake Tapper on Wednesday and was asked about the media and Democratic characterization of the Republican Party as the “party of no.” Asked if pursuing immigration reform was a smart way to shed this label, Hewitt said that it would be inadvisable for the Republicans to work with Obama on anything after he has “blindsided” them so often in the past. »
- Noah Rothman
CNN's Jake Tapper is sitting down with President Barack Obama for the first interview following Tuesday's State of the Union address. The interview will air Friday, Jan. 31 on New Day, which begins at 6 a.m. Est, and during Tapper's show later that afternoon, The Lead With Jake Tapper at 4 p.m. Est. Story: Bill O'Reilly to Interview President Obama During Fox's Super Bowl Pregame CNN says the sit-down interview will cover topics including the economy, immigration, jobs, national security and foreign policy. Tapper joined the CNN family in January 2013 from ABC News, with The Lead
- Philiana Ng
Update, 7:41 Pm: Depending on who you ask, the most sought-after photo op during tonight’s State of the Union address wasn’t with that guy from the Oval Office. It was Duck Dynasty‘s Willie Robertson (and sometime his wife and co-star Korie) that led many lawmakers to bust out their smartphones to post a pic or grab some social media bragging rights. Here are just a couple of examples: Proud to provide my guest ticket to tonight’s Sotu to Korie Robertson. #DuckDynasty @bosshogswife pic.twitter.com/UKSGePeHry — Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) January 28, 2014 Great to meet Willie and Korie Robertson before the #Sotu. God, family and hard work – that is what… http://t.co/hOd8loStGo — Alan Nunnelee (@RepAlanNunnelee) January 29, 2014 Previous, 6:55 Pm: The arrival of Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson at the House chamber where President Barack Obama is delivering his fifth State of the Union Address tonight »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
CNN host Jake Tapper offered some bipartisan criticism of the political class regarding how both sides of the aisle discuss the deadly 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi. Tapper admonished his conservative and liberal guest on Monday over the rhetorical excesses that both sides indulge in when talking about the subject and how it relates to the political aspirations of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. »
- Noah Rothman
Cable news pundit Sally Kohn, who officially joined CNN as a contributor on Wednesday, is used to taking a lot of flak from her conservative critics on Twitter, but she won at least one detractor over with her self-deprecating sense of humor. Former South Carolina Republican Party official Todd Kincannon was trolling Kohn on Thursday about her haircut. “Nice haircut sir,” Kincannon snarked at the openly lesbian commentator. Another of Kincannon’s followers tweeted a Photoshopped picture of the pundit side-by-side with the pop star. “Requesting permission to steal joke!” Kincannon interjected. Also read: CNN’s Jake Tapper Battles Back on Twitter After. »
- Wrap Staff
The movie "Lone Survivor," based on Marcus Luttrell's book of the same name, is raking in huge box office bucks. It's also kicking up some interesting news stories, like Mark Wahlberg's emotional response after seeing the movie again at the premiere, and a touchy interview with Luttrell and CNN's Jake Tapper.
In this interview with Luttrell, he recalls his experience in the Navy Seals, the true story behind the book and movie, and that fateful firefight.
"How can you weigh human life? It's a conundrum that can never be answered. It's war." »
- Jenni Miller
CNN’s Jake Tapper appeared to upset Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy Seal who Mark Wahlberg plays in “Lone Survivor,” during an interview that aired Friday and Saturday. “The Lead” host began battling back on Twitter against viewers and media critics who were upset by his questions. Tapper told Luttrell and Wahlberg during his interview (above) that he felt “hopelessness” while watching the “horrific” situation unfolding in the Peter Berg film about a military operation in Afghanistan gone wrong, and then said he was torn by the message, because the loss of life seemed “senseless.” “We spend our whole lives training to. »
- Greg Gilman
CNN chief Jeff Zucker fired back at Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes on Friday, saying his understanding is that an upcoming Ailes biography “confirms what we’ve known along, which is the Republican Party is being run out of News Corp. headquarters, masquerading as a cable channel.”
Speaking at the TV Critics Assn. tour Friday, Zucker made those remarks in response to an interview Ailes had given in which he said CNN is getting out of the news business. The CNN Worldwide president countered by saying the network remained committed to news but that his goal is to ”broaden the definition of offerings” on the network by including more series and documentary films, such as programs fronted by Morgan Spurlock and Anthony Bourdain, as well as the acclaimed documentary “Blackfish.”
Zucker dismissed Ailes’ criticism as “meant to deflect your attention from the book this week” and “silly.” Prior to the session, »
- Brian Lowry
CNN host Jake Tapper’s Interview with the subject of the Mark Wahlberg film Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell, became tense on Friday when the veteran of Operation Red Wings apparently took offense at Tapper’s suggestion that the botched mission was a mistake. Luttrell defended his fellow veterans who lost their lives in that operation and asked if Tapper was suggesting that they died “for nothing.” »
- Noah Rothman
Well, now, this is awkward: CNN is casting about for new people and program ideas for its primetime lineup even as it expects staffers currently working in the timeslot to keep at it day after day.
Jeff Zucker, the president of the Time Warner-owned news outlet, has in two separate interviews in recent weeks pronounced 2014 a year of “shake up,” particularly when it comes to primetime, where the network has lagged rival Fox News Channel and fights it out with its other competitor, MSNBC. Ideas on the table, according to people familiar with planning at the network: an emphasis on new programming at 10 and 11 p.m.; a possible half-hour program, potentially featuring Bill Weir, former co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline”; and, conceivably, moving 7 p.m. host Erin Burnett and 9 p.m. host Piers Morgan into other duties if their programs do not gain more traction. Even Anderson Cooper, who »
- Brian Steinberg
The unfolding Chris Christie "Bridge-gate" scandal got a whole lot more serious Wednesday with the emergence of texts and emails suggesting that the closure of lanes to the George Washington Bridge was political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey. CNN's Jake Tapper, as cautious and respected a reporter as there is in television, also obtained copies of those emails, and offered a harsh assessment of them on CNN's Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield. »
- Tommy Christopher
CNN host Jake Tapper reported on Wednesday at the conclusion of the inauguration of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio that many left the ceremony with the impression that the new administration would be anything but inclusive. He reported on the feeling apparently shared by some, including former members of Mike Bloomberg’s administration, that DeBlasio’s inauguration sounded a note of “bitter partisanship.” »
- Noah Rothman
18 items from 2014
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