TRUMP, BIDEN FACE OFF ON SEPARATE NETWORKS
UNDATED (AP) — We won’t know until a little later today who got the better ratings for their town hall event last night, President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden. But for now, people are focusing on the style of the individual candidates in their interaction with voters and their respective interviewers. As for who watched whom, the forums were on different networks – which gave those who made up their minds to hunker down with their favorite candidate without having to hear anything from the other side.
NBC DEFIES STARS, GOES THROUGH WITH TRUMP TOWN HALL
NEW YORK (AP) – If some of the people who starred on NBC had their way, the network never would have aired last night’s town hall with President Donald Trump. Several of the network’s top actors begged their bosses not to run the forum at the same time that Trump’s rival, Democrat Joe Biden, was doing one on ABC. Among those demanding that NBC bail on the Trump broadcast were Amy Schumer, Ben Stiller, Debra Messing, Seth Rogen, Jon Cryer, Jon Hamm, Sarah Silverman and Sterling K. Brown. The new head of the NBC Universal News Group, Cesar Conde, says he shares the the actors’ frustration about the dueling forums – but says the decision was made because of fairness, not business considerations.
C-SPAN SUSPENDS POLITICAL EDITOR
NEW YORK (AP) – So, it wasn’t a hack, after all. C-SPAN has suspended its political editor for lying about his Twitter account being hacked. The news about the benching of Steve Scully came on what would have been a day of his biggest career highlight: moderating the second presidential debate. Scully’s suspension results from an exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci. Scully asked the ex-aide if he should respond after the president called him a “never Trumper” – and Scaramucci said no. When the tweet came to light – and created a controversy – Scully said his Twitter account had been hacked. That claim turned out untrue.
TONY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
NEW YORK (AP) – Aretha vs. Alanis? That will be one of the key matchups – not at the Grammys, but the Tony Awards. Broadway musicals based on the music of Aretha Franklin and Alanis Morissette are facing off against each other for this year’s Tonys. “Jagged Little Pill” and “Tina – The Tina Turner Musical” join “Moulin Rouge: The Musical” in the battle in that category. There are five dramas up for best play. The Tony Awards ceremony will be broadcast digitally and take place later this year – at a date still to be announced.
RUDOLPH, SANTA FROM TV SPECIAL GOING UP FOR AUCTION
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A longtime collector says he thought he would never part with two of his prized possessions: the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa that were used in a TV special that was made in 1964 – and still airs every year. But Peter Lutrario says he decided that he should sell the memorabilia – so he can leave something for his family. For a special that has been such a big part of the holiday season, the figures in question are relatively small. Rudolph stands about 6 inches high, and the Santa is just shy of being a foot tall. The figures – which will be auctioned off together – are expected to bring between $150,000 and $250,000.
RGB BOOK COMING OUT
NEW YORK (AP) – Her voice may have been silenced by death. But readers will have a chance to hear some final thoughts from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg soon. The University of California Press says it will publish some previously unreleased materials from RGB in March. The statements were gathered by one of her former clerks. The book is titled, “Justice Thou Shalt Pursue: A Life’s Work Fighting for a More Perfect Union.” It was in production when Ginsburg died last month at age 87.