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Lesley Stahl: Trump Said He Wants to ‘Discredit’ the Media ‘So No One Will Believe’ Negative Stories (Video)

Lesley Stahl: Trump Said He Wants to ‘Discredit’ the Media ‘So No One Will Believe’ Negative Stories (Video)
“60 Minutes” reporter Lesley Stahl raised some eyebrows at the annual Deadline Club Awards dinner on Monday, telling PBS anchor Judy Woodruff that President Donald Trump once admitted to her that his whole rationale for attacking the media was to help him deflect bad press.

“He said, ‘You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all, so when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you,'” Stahl said. “He said that. So put that in your head for a minute.”

Stahl said the moment occurred at his office in Manhattan’s Trump Tower a few months before the billionaire won the 2016 presidential election.

Also Read: Bill O'Reilly Rips Us Media as 'a Real Threat': 'Undermining America's Security'

“I met with him in Trump Tower and he really is the same off camera that he is on camera, exactly the same,
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Bill O'Reilly Offered to Stand Next to Sarah Huckabee Sanders During White House Press Briefings

Former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly feels for White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who he said is not able to fight back when attacked by beat reporters, unlike her boss, President Donald Trump.

During a conversation the two shared at a party on Sunday night for newly confirmed German Ambassador Richard Grinnell, O'Reilly volunteered to stand next to her during her almost daily White House press briefings, which regularly get heated.

The former "King of Cable" recounted his conversation with Sanders to his subscribers on his Monday night digital show. "I said, 'Ms. Sanders, with all due respect, if you...
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'The Fourth Estate': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

'The Fourth Estate': Film Review | Tribeca 2018
A surprising development occurs toward the end of Liz Garbus' documentary providing a fly-on-the-wall perspective of The New York Times' coverage of the Trump administration. A reporter is seen dealing with the revelation of the Bill O'Reilly sexual harassment scandal, and you suddenly ask yourself, "Wait, there were other things going on in the world as well?" Receiving its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Fourth Estate, the opening installment of a multi-part Showtime series premiering May 27, will prove equally satisfying to media and political junkies. Which these days are pretty much one and the same.

Normally,...
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Next O'Reilly Book Coming Out in September

Bill O'Reilly's next Killing book will be set during World War II.

Killing the SS is scheduled to come out September 18, Henry Holt and Co. confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday. The publisher was responding to a query from The Associated Press after the new book was listed on Amazon.com, where it's described as an "epic saga of the espionage and daring waged by self-styled 'Nazi hunters.'"

Co-written by Martin Dugard, Killing the SS is O'Reilly's second book in his blockbuster Killing series since he was forced out of Fox News amid multiple allegations of...
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A Year After Bill O’Reilly Exit, Fox News’ 8 O’Clock Ratings Are Down – But Up From Pre-Trump Years

It’s been one full year since Bill O’Reilly’s abrupt exit from Fox News, and there’s good and bad news for Tucker Carlson, his successor in the 8 p.m. Et slot.

The bad news: Carlson can’t touch the ratings Bill O’Reilly scored during the 2016 election and the first days of the Trump administration. The good news is that Carlson is beating O’Reilly’s ratings from before all that drama broke out — and more than holding his own in a slot that the disgraced host ruled for more than a decade.

The other good news: Fox News continues to dominate its competitors, CNN and MSNBC, as the No. 1 network in cable news, including in the 8 o’clock hour.

Also Read: Bill O'Reilly Slams 'Powerful, Shadowy, Radical' Boycott Against Laura Ingraham

O’Reilly’s 2016 and 2017 ratings were spectacular, but they were also amplified by the 2016 presidential election and early weeks of President Donald Trump in the White House. In 2016, O’Reilly rode the Trump train to an average of more than 3.3 million total viewers, and about 573,000 viewers in the key 25-54-year-old demographic coveted by advertisers.

In the first quarter of 2017 — his last full quarter on air — O’Reilly averaged more than 4 million viewers overall and 740,000 in the key demo.

In the first quarter of 2018, his successor, Tucker Carlson, averaged just under 3 million viewers daily, and just over 600,000 viewers in the demo — down from the last two years but beating O’Reilly’s numbers for Q1 of the pre-Trump era 2013, 2014 and 2015.

And the primetime newbie was well ahead of his time-slot competitors. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was just shy of 2 million viewers and 422,000 in the demo for the first quarter of 2018, while CNN’s Anderson Cooper drew 1.17 million viewers, with 394,000 in the demo for the first hour of “AC360.”

“The ratings for ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ continue to exceed our expectations and we’re thrilled that he has dominated the timeslot since moving to 8 p.m.” a network spokesperson told TheWrap.

Also Read: Fox News Employees Split Over Sean Hannity Disclosure: 'I'm F-ing Livid' to 'It's a Nothing Burger'

O’Reilly was fired from Fox News on April 19, 2017, weeks after the New York Times reported that he and Fox News had paid $13 million in settlements with numerous women who had accused the star of sexual harassment. The news prompted an advertiser boycott that led to his final episodes running almost commercial-free.

After his departure, the Times revealed the existence of an additional O’Reilly settlement totaling $32 million — a deal the New York Times said Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, was aware of.

O’Reilly was fired from Fox News before the broader awareness brought on by the #MeToo movement swept Hollywood and the news media last year.

The host has continued to remain in the public eye, both on Twitter, his own web show and occasionally as a contributor to Newsmax TV.

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Party Report: John Legend ‘Swipes Right’ by Shooting Music Video on a Smartphone (Video)

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Party Report: John Legend ‘Swipes Right’ by Shooting Music Video on a Smartphone (Video)
A week after after ascending to TV heaven in an elaborately staged-performance of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live,” John Legend is back on earth making content just like “Ordinary People” … on a cellphone.

John Legend Inception: He watches himself on screen during the video reveal event at Neuehouse on Thursday night, April 5. (Mikey Glazer)

Also Read: Ratings: 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live' Blesses 9.6 Million Viewers

The Oscar winner shot the music video for his new single “A Good Night” entirely on a cell phone.

Partnering with Google and it’s flagship Pixel 2 phone, the video tells the story of a “cute-meet” in a club where both people have an inkling that this could be “the one.”

Legend, Rob English (Chief Creative Director for Friends at Work) and Mishka Kornai (John Sciulli/Getty Images for Google)

“The song evoked ‘Rock With You’ from Michael Jackson, that kind of feel good party song,” Legend told an intimate crowd of 50 industry types atop Neuehouse in Hollywood on Thursday night.

“Eventually we stumbled on the idea of doing a song about meeting your future soulmate in that moment. We thought it was a cool concept to talk about ‘Hey, I think I just met my wife’ in a song.”

Legend and team revealed the song and video a few hours before their worldwide release.

Happy hour with Legend and Google (John Sciulli/Getty Images for Google)

“We were fascinated by the idea of using a smartphone to film a big budget music video,” Legend said. “A video that brings the smartphone dating experience to life.”

As Lve wine circulated (which Legend had in hand and touted by name), the Party Report spotted the creative ensemble behind the production, Rob English and Mishka Kornai, as well as producer Mike Jackson (“La La Land”). Jackson has a touch for debuts amongst intimate Hollywood crowds.

Also Read: Party Report: Kiana Ledé Slays Soho House (Photos)

Shooting on set with a phone (Google)

Amongst the cheery mood on a chilly night, reps from Google were visiting southern California just days after the deadly shooting at subsidiary company YouTube’s headquarters. They addressed the tragedy.

“Given the events at YouTube this week, I want to take a minute to say that our thoughts are with our extended family there,” Emily Clarke, Communications Manger for Pixel, said while making introductions. “We’re really thankful for how the community has come together and helped us respond and heal to that.”

(John Sciulli/Getty Images for Google)

“There’s a lot going on in the world right now,” Legend added, when he fielded questions from guests. “Sometimes it’s nice to just have music that makes you feel good.”

Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen are social media extroverts, a power couple who are known for candid and timely posts. There’s no social media “team” ginning up content behind the curtain.

Also Read: Chrissy Teigen Smites Bill O'Reilly With Fiery Comeback After 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live' Diss

Accordingly, it was refreshing to see the singer, actor, executive producer and dad forge a genuine and authentic brand partnership that fits organically with the content he’s pushing.

Legend adds to his tally of creative titles with “A Good Night’s” twist ending.

Watch the full video above to see how the new “Black Jesus” can liven up a wedding.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Accusers Say Sexual Harassment Deal Required Them to ‘Lie’

The public is getting a first glimpse at Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment settlements after a federal judge blocked the former Fox News host’s motion to seal them in a defamation case against him.

Judge Deborah Batts of New York ruled Tuesday that O’Reilly “failed to present compelling countervailing factors” that would overrule public access to the documents, CNN reported.

“Defendant O’Reilly asks the Court to resolve a dispute by relying on the very Agreements he seeks to shield from public view,” Batts wrote.

Also Read: Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Sued for Defamation by Female Accuser

According to the documents, Andrea Mackris, Rebecca Gomez Diamond and Rachel Witlieb Bernstein said that O’Reilly, Fox News and 21st Century Fox defamed them by calling them liars and extortionists when he denied any wrongdoing.

The agreement between O’Reilly and Mackris — a former Fox News producer — demanded that all parties in the case disclaim any evidence “as counterfeit or forgeries” should it be made public, which Mackris’ lawyers argued Wednesday, required her to “lie.”

Mackris filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against O’Reilly in 2004.

Also Read: 21st Century Fox Boss James Murdoch on Bill O'Reilly $32 Million Settlement: 'News to Me'

In another twist, CNN reported Wednesday that the new filing by Mackris’ lawyers noted that her attorney during the settlement, Benedict Morelli, switched sides and became O’Reilly’s lawyer during negotiations.

“This profoundly unethical conflict left Ms. Mackris virtually without legal counsel,” the filing said.

Morelli told TheWrap in a statement: “Every step we took was to negotiate the best possible deal for Ms. Mackris. We worked extremely hard to secure a significant financial settlement for her. The claim that I did not vigorously represent her, or that I represented O’Reilly during or after the settlement process, is absolutely false.”

The women further contend that they were “forced to relinquish audio and video tapes recording O’Reilly’s harassment and abuse,” arguing that Bo Dietl, a private investigator and frequent Fox News commentator, accumulated “tapes, photographs, emails, letters, calendars and diaries” while investigating Mackris.

Dietl told CNN that he was hired by the law firm that represented O’Reilly and Fox News.

“There’s a reason we’re in a business for 33 years. We don’t do anything illegal or improper,” Dietl said. “All we do is find out the truth, and whatever we find we submit to the attorneys and they do what they want to do.”

Also Read: UTA Parts Ways With Bill O'Reilly in Wake of $32 Million Settlement Report

All three women said that they were smeared by statements made by O’Reilly, Fox News and 21st Century Fox. Mackris and Diamond accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment while Bernstein accused him of verbal abuse and discrimination.

O’Reilly has repeatedly denied the accusations. He was fired from Fox News in 2017 after a New York Times report said he paid tens of millions in sexual harassment settlements over decades.

Fred Newman, an attorney representing O’Reilly, said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday that “the only reason Bill O’Reilly settled any cases was to protect his children.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Bill O'Reilly's Accusers Say Harassment Settlement Was Unethical and Required Lying

Nearly 15 years ago, a former O'Reilly Factor staffer named Andrea Mackris settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly for millions of dollars. Now, Mackris is back in court with O'Reilly, accusing him of breaching the settlement's confidentiality provision and defaming her in his response to news reports about old settlements. In court papers filed Wednesday, her attorneys are now raising ethical issues, too. 

Mackris, along with Rachel Witlieb Bernstein and Rebecca Diamond, filed the lawsuit in December.  The defendants including Fox News have demanded arbitration or dismissal.

If this case isn't arbitrated, O'Reilly argues that...
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Laura Ingraham’s Fox News Show Lost More Than Half Its Ad Time Last Week

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Laura Ingraham’s Fox News Show Lost More Than Half Its Ad Time Last Week
Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show lost more than half its commercials since last week, when Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg called on advertisers to boycott “The Ingraham Angle.” From January 1, 2018 through March 28, Ingraham’s hour averaged 14 minutes and 33 seconds of paid commercial time, according to Kantar Media. And then she called David Hogg a whiner. Also Read: Bill O'Reilly Slams 'Powerful, Shadowy, Radical' Boycott Against Laura Ingraham Her criticism on Wednesday, March 28 led Hogg to call for a boycott of sponsors of the show. That sparked an advertiser bailout, and on Thursday, “The Ingraham Angle” lost so many sponsors...
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Chrissy Teigen Responds to Bill O’Reilly's Criticism of 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live!'

Chrissy Teigen had a mic-drop moment of her own Sunday night while watching her husband, John Legend, in NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live!

A prolific social media user with more than 10 million followers on Twitter, the author, actress and model live-tweeted the show. She also managed to work in a jab at Bill O'Reilly after he mocked Legend, who starred as Jesus in the production.

"Watching Jc Superstar on NBC. Who knew Jesus of Nazareth ran a tattoo parlor? Geez," tweeted the disgraced former Fox News host.

Teigen shot back, "Yes the shop specializes in coverups that aren’t 32 million dollars."

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Bill O'Reilly Accusers Look to Add 21st Century Fox to Defamation Lawsuit

Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, Andrea Mackris and Rebecca Diamond — three women who settled misconduct claims against Bill O'Reilly — are now seeking permission to add 21st Century Fox to a lawsuit.

The three plaintiffs have already accused O'Reilly and Fox News of defaming them and breaching both the nondisparagement and confidentiality clauses of their settlements in reaction to stories revealing the settlements. Just a week after both O'Reilly and Fox News brought motions to dismiss, the three plaintiffs are now claiming new defamatory statements plus suggesting that 21st Century Fox has failed to sufficiently cut ties with O'Reilly.

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Bill O’Reilly Torches ‘Garbage’ Stormy Daniels Interview: ‘Does That Help Your Daughter?’

Former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly didn’t think much of Stormy Daniels’ interview on “60 Minutes” last night, saying the adult film actress was probably out for money and that the ruckus she was creating would hurt her family. “So much for the porn performer on ’60 Minutes’ whose story doesn’t stack. She says she didn’t want money to attack Donald Trump but accepted money,” said O’Reilly “She doesn’t want money now either. So why are you on national television with all this garbage? Does that help your daughter?” Also Read: Bill O'Reilly: Secret Tape Proves Women Were Offered Money to...
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Former Fox News Anchor Laurie Dhue Sues Bill O'Reilly for Defamation

A former Fox News anchor has sued Bill O'Reilly for defamation.

Former anchor Laurie Dhue filed the lawsuit Thursday in Manhattan federal court. It claims O'Reilly engaged in a "smear campaign" against her and other women who accused him of sexual misconduct.

The suit says O'Reilly damaged Dhue's reputation by claiming that she fabricated her allegations to get money.

There was no immediate response on Thursday to a request for comment from one of O'Reilly's lawyers.

Fox forced O'Reilly out last year after The New York Times reported that at least five women had received payouts of about $13 million...
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Bill O'Reilly Sued for Defamation by Former Fox News Anchor Laurie Dhue

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One of Bill O'Reilly's former coworkers isn't standing for what she considers his trash talk about Fox paying sexual harassment settlements -- she's filed a defamation suit against him. Former Fox News anchor Laurie Dhue is suing Bill for comments he made after Fox News paid settlements to 5 women ... including Laurie, who reportedly got over $1 million. In her suit, Laurie takes umbrage with Bill's statement that he was fired over "completely unfounded claims." Further,
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Fox News Fights Claims of Defaming Bill O'Reilly's Accusers

With so-called "hush" agreements in the news thanks to President Donald Trump's dispute with porn star Stormy Daniels, Fox News on Tuesday told a judge that it is "vitally important" that a lawsuit brought by three women be dismissed.

The women — Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, Andrea Mackris and Rebecca Diamond — accused former Fox News star Bill O'Reilly of sexual harassment. They each settled, and all stipulated to confidentiality. Then, The New York Times revealed O'Reilly paid $13 million to five women to settle harassment claims. He was let go from the network, but the women aren't happy. In a complaint filed...
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Oprah Tells Gwyneth Paltrow Why Harvey Weinstein Scandal was #MeToo Tipping Point

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Oprah believes the #MeToo movement launched with vigor once Harvey Weinstein went down, because it proved sexual misconduct happens to famous women, too. O was the special guest on Gwyneth Paltrow's debut episode of her "Goop" podcast Thursday, and discussed how the allegations against Weinstein resonated with so many women ... and why it gave them the confidence to speak up. She also explains how the moment had been coming and coming in the wake of scandals with Bill Cosby,
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Bill O’Reilly Gets Served Over His Stern Restaurant Tipping Advice

Bill O’Reilly offered his 2.7 million Twitter followers some advice Tuesday about how to handle the delicate art of choosing the correct amount to tip your waiter. “Here’s the Tip of the Day: overtip for good service, undertip for mediocre performance. Accountability is important,” he said. Here’s the Tip of the Day: overtip for good service, undertip for mediocre performance. Accountability is important. — Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) March 7, 2018 Also Read: Bill O'Reilly Says 'I Told You Guys' After Report That Lisa Bloom Tried to Pay Trump Accusers Since leaving Fox News after multiple sexual misconduct revelations and several multi-million dollar settlements, O’Reilly’s...
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President Trump Breaks Silence on Ousted Aide Rob Porter Amid Abuse Allegations: 'We Wish Him Well'

Two days after top Trump aide Rob Porter resigned amid domestic abuse allegations from his two ex-wives, President Donald Trump is weighing in for the first time and showing support for his former staff secretary.

“We wish him well. He worked very hard,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday, according to a pool report.

The president added that it is a “tough time” for Porter.

“As you probably know he says he is innocent,” Trump said, adding that Porter did “very well” in the White House.

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Bill Clinton Impeachment to Be Focus of Fox News Documentary Series

Fox News Channel is going after Clinton again. (No, the other one.)

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The network on Tuesday announced the premiere of Scandalous, a historical documentary style series chronicling the events that led up to President Bill Clinton‘s impeachment in the 1990s. The hourlong series will begin airing Sunday, Jan. 21 at 8/7c and will run for seven consecutive weeks.

More than 45 individuals connected to the investigation and impeachment trial — including then-Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, Senator Lindsey Graham and Monica Lewinsky confidante Linda Tripp — were interviewed for the series,
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Bill O’Reilly Says ‘I Told You Guys’ After Report That Lisa Bloom Tried to Pay Trump Accusers

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Bill O’Reilly claimed vindication Friday after a report from The Hill that attorney Lisa Bloom had solicited wealthy donors and tabloid media to pay women who agreed to come forward to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. “The lawyer who attacked me with phony charges, Lisa Bloom, now exposed for arranging payments to women,” said Bill O’Reilly. “I told you guys from the very beginning that many allegations were false and politically driven. There is big money behind trying to destroy Mr. Trump, me and others.” Also Read: Bill O'Reilly: Secret Tape Proves Women Were Offered Money to Accuse Trump (Audio) The.
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