CNN BLASTS BACK AT PRESIDENT TRUMP
NEW YORK (AP) – CNN has taken off the gloves – and is pulling no punches – when it comes to firing back at President Donald Trump and his criticism of the news media. And the pushback isn’t just coming from the network’s on-air talent – but also from management. In a statement last week, CNN chief executive Jeff Zucker said Trump and his administration have a “complete lack of understanding” about the effects of continuing attacks on the news media. Since then, he has called out Trump and representatives like press secretary Sarah Sanders for doubling down on their “fake news” allegations, claiming that verbal attacks on the press emboldened people like the man who sent pipe bombs to CNN and other Trump critics.
FOX NEWS HOSTS QUESTION TRUMP COMMENTS
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s one of President Donald Trump’s favorite shows. But it appears even the hosts of “Fox and Friends” are suggesting he has gone too far in his criticism of media outlets as “fake news.” In a segment yesterday, hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy suggested that Trump tone down his criticism of the press as enemies of the people. Kilmeade said such labels don’t help – and because of Trump’s claims, “too many people get shrapnel.”
BEN & JERRY’S INTRODUCES ANTI-TRUMP FLAVOR
UNDATED (AP) – Are you a person for whom President Donald Trump isn’t your “flavor,” politically? You can make a political statement – and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time. Ben & Jerrys is out with a new ice cream with a decidedly anti-Trump bent. It’s called Pecan Resist – and it features chocolate ice cream with white and dark fudge chunks, along with pecans, walnuts and fudge-covered almonds. Ben & Jerrys says the new flavor has a powerful message: “together we can build a more just and equitable tomorrow.”
WORLD SERIES – RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – This year’s World Series may have been a triumph for the Boston Red Sox. But it was a losing proposition for Fox, the network that aired the games. Nielsen reports the series averaged 14.1 viewers. That’s down sharply from last year – when the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the title. It was also the least-watched Fall Classic since 2014. This year’s series featured the Red Sox taking on the Dodgers, who represented the National League for a second straight year. But the numbers weren’t a repeat – with the series drawing nearly 5 million fewer viewers. It’s believed the length of this year’s series has something to do with the viewership slump. The series only went five games – and the longer a series goes, the more the audience tends to grow.
RED SOX PARADE SET FOR TODAY IN BOSTON
BOSTON (AP) – It will be a party, for sure. But today’s victory parade for the Boston Red Sox is being toned down – by order of city officials. Police say security will be tight – with no public drinking allowed. Fans are also being asked not to bring large items like backpacks, coolers and strollers. What the victory parade may lack in revelry, it will make up in spirit. The parade begins at 11 a.m. eastern at Fenway Park, where players, coaches and team officials will board duck boats – and the amphibious vehicles will head down several downtown streets that are expected to be lined by throngs of people.
AVA DuVERNAY TO DO PRINCE DOCUMENTARY
NEW YORK (AP) – The director who brought “Selma” to life will take on the task of telling Prince’s story. Ava DuVernay is confirming talk that she will be doing a documentary on the late musician. It will be a multi-part series that has the support of Prince’s estate – which means it will feature his music and archives. The Prince saga will be DuVernay’s second documentary for Netflix. Her 2016 project “The 13th” ended up getting an Oscar nomination – and an Emmy Award win.
HILARY DUFF GIVES BIRTH TO DAUGHTER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hilary Duff says her daughter “has fully stolen” her heart and that of her boyfriend. The actress has announced that she has given birth to a daughter named Banks Violet Bair. The child’s dad is Matthew Koma. Duff has a son from her previous marriage to former pro hockey player Mike Comrie.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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