Don Lemon to return to CNN, undergo 'formal training'
CNN chief executive Chris Licht said in an email to employees Monday night that anchor Don Lemon will return to work Wednesday and will receive “formal training” in the aftermath of his on-air comments about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley.
Kellyanne Conway memoir 'Here's the Deal' coming out May 24
Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has a memoir out May 24: “Here’s the Deal” is billed by her publisher as a look beyond the headlines of the Trump administration and her family life, including her husband and prominent Trump detractor, George Conway.
Biden says getting COVID-19 vaccine 'gigantically important'
President Joe Biden expressed pointed frustration over the slowing COVID-19 vaccination rate in the U.S. In a TV town hall Wednesday night in Cincinnati, Biden pleaded that it’s “gigantically important” for Americans to step up and get inoculated against the virus as it surges once again.
Trump the dancer? His moves to 'YMCA' at rallies are a hit
President Donald Trump, a man who is famously particular about his appearance, is fully embracing doing a dad dance to the Village People's “YMCA” as the finale to his rallies in the campaign's closing stretch. Trump's rally dance has become a rare moment of levity in an otherwise miserable campaign year marked by a deadly pandemic, an economic recession and racial turmoil. Then order 'Dancing with The Don’ and let President Trump teach you all the hottest moves!" Dancing.”“YMCA,” widely considered a gay anthem, is a relatively new addition to Trump's rally playlist. Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller agreed to reveal the secret to an AP reporter “only if we first get a clip of you singing YMCA.”AP's Jill Colvin declined.
Costas joins CNN to talk on intersection of news and sports
NEW YORK Time to cut a conversation with Bob Costas short. The new boss CNN chief Jeff Zucker is calling on the other line. Costas, who ended his 40-year hitch at NBC Sports more than a year ago, this week signed on as a CNN contributor to offer commentary on the intersection of news and sports. My relationship with Jeff makes me comfortable with the whole arrangement, Costas said. But Costas has the hardest time justifying college football, a sport with constant contact, resuming when student attendance in general will be restricted at many schools.
Hot news cycle leads CNN to best ratings in 40 years
The others in this space are political talk channels, and so even when they're talking about these stories, they're talking about the politics of the stories. CNN has its share of political talk, especially on its increasingly opinionated prime-time lineup of Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon. During the breaking stories, CNN responded by assigning more of its top people, like Wolf Blitzer, to weekend work. It has simulcast the CNN International network overnight in the U.S., Zucker said. The ratings of the past three months proved those viewers still return to CNN when there is important news, he said.
Some New York news shows back, but many hosts work remotely
Monday represented a key phase in New York City's reopening, with many offices bringing employees back for the first time. Despite the CBS and Fox moves, most news employees continue to work remotely, and the television programs that originate here have a patchwork of approaches that have quickly become familiar. A majority of the show hosts on MSNBC including Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist of Morning Joe work remotely. Other morning shows have varied approaches. Hoda Kotb of NBC's Today show has worked out of that show's Rockefeller Center studio, but most of her colleagues are at home.
Trump as thug or hero? Depends on what network you watch
President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after visiting outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)NEW YORK It was a split screen for the ages on MSNBC Monday: on the left side, President Donald Trump talking about restoring law and order. The president seems to think that dominating black people, dominating peaceful protesters, is law and order, CNN's Anderson Cooper said. Trump has the full authority to use the federal government to go into states to restore order, Fox's Sean Hannity said. Criminals and domestic terrorists are using George Floyd to try to murder America, host Laura Ingraham said.
Former Fox, NBC star Kelly interviews Biden accuser
NEW YORK – The former aide who has accused Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexual assault has been interviewed by Megyn Kelly, the one-time Fox News and NBC journalist who's accustomed to a harsh media glare. Tara Reade had been expected to give a television interview since Biden went on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” last week to forcefully deny her accusations from 27 years ago. In Kelly, Reade turned to a television star without a television network. “I know what it's like to be at the center of a media storm,” Kelly said. Kelly also accused the late Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes of sexual harassment when she worked at the network; her allegations helped lead to his ouster.