Media Buzz

Sean Spicer Is Developing a TV Show

“Sean Spicer, arguably the world’s most famous White House press secretary, is developing a talk show with the tentative title of ‘Sean Spicer’s Common Ground,’ in which the former spokesman for President Trump interviews notable people in an informal setting,” the New York Times reports.

“A pitch sheet for the show’s pilot, obtained by The New York Times, describes Mr. Spicer hosting ‘some of the most interesting and thoughtful public figures for a drink and some lite conversation at a local pub or cafe.'”

ABC Plans ‘Roseanne’ Spin Off

ABC, which canceled its “Roseanne” revival over its star’s racist tweet, said it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall, Politico reports.

“ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series.”

Trump Media Allies Struggle to Defend Separation Policy

“President Trump’s top allies in the media have struggled this week to formulate a coherent defense of his administration’s immigration crackdown, oscillating between talking points to provide the president cover for the widely-condemned zero-tolerance policy that has resulted in children being separated from their parents at the southern border,” CNN reports.

“Members of the pro-Trump media seemed to share the same goal: Fending off an onslaught of criticism directed at the White House by members of both political parties. But the ways in which each defender has gone about doing this differed, ranging from falling back on tropes and arguments often employed by white nationalists, to portraying immigrants as threats, to outright dismissing the controversy as part of a fictitious plot.”

Democrats Turn to Hollywood for Messaging Help

The DNC and members of Congress “are turning to Hollywood for help with voter turnout and messaging ahead of the midterm elections and 2020 presidential campaign, quietly consulting with a group of actors, writers and producers here,” Politico reports.

“DNC Chairman Tom Perez, several House members and other top elected officials have already met with the group, formed by members of the entertainment industry in the wake of the 2016 election, that participants liken to a TV writers’ room, complete with producers of such programs as Veep.”

Said writer and producer Alex Gregory: “It really is focused on what do we stand for? In some ways, how did we lose? It is a moment of soul searching right now in that, we lost to an insane person and that was more appealing that what we had to offer.”

Hannity Advises Witnesses to Destroy Their Phones

Sean Hannity sarcastically advised witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to “follow Hillary Clinton’s lead” and destroy their personal phones before handing them over to prosecutors, The Hill reports.

Said Hannity: “Maybe Mueller’s witnesses, I don’t know. If I advised them to follow Hillary Clinton’s lead, delete all your emails and then acid-wash your emails and hard drives on the phones, then take your phones and bash them with a hammer to little itsy bitsy pieces, use BleachBit, remove the sim cards and then take the pieces and hand them over to Robert Mueller, and say, Hillary Rodham Clinton, this is equal justice under the law.”

ABC Cancels ‘Roseanne’ After Racist Rant

ABC canceled its hit sitcom “Roseanne” on Tuesday after the show’s biggest star, Roseanne Barr, went on a racist Twitter rant, CNN reports.

Barr had posted a comment about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett that said if “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”

According to Variety, series co-star Sara Gilbert condemned Barr’s comments: “Roseanne’s recent comments about Valerie Jarrett, and so much more, are abhorrent and do not reflect the beliefs of our cast and crew or anyone associated with our show. I am disappointed in her actions to say the least. This is incredibly sad and difficult for all of us.”

Sandy Hook Families Sue Alex Jones

New York Times: “More than five years after one of the most horrific mass shootings in modern history, the families of Sandy Hook victims are still enduring daily threats and online abuse from people who believe bogus theories spread by Mr. Jones, whom President Trump has praised for his “amazing” reputation.”

“In three separate lawsuits — the most recent was filed on Wednesday in Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn. — the families of eight Sandy Hook victims as well as an F.B.I. agent who responded to the shooting seek damages for defamation. The families allege in one suit… that Mr. Jones and his colleagues ‘persistently perpetuated a monstrous, unspeakable lie: that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, and that the families who lost loved ones that day are actors who faked their relatives’ deaths.'”

Trump Attacks Press So No One Believes Negative Stories

“60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl told an awards dinner that President Trump once told her that he attacks the press so no one will believe the negative stories written about him.

Said Stahl: “I said, ‘You know that is getting tired, why are you doing this? You are doing it over and over, it’s boring, it’s time to end that. You won the nomination, why do you keep hammering at this?'”

Responded Trump: “You know why I do it? I do it to demean you all and discredit you all, so that when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.”

Quote of the Day

“It means calling out actual ‘fake news’ when we see it, and supporting brave journalists and their reporting, maybe even by subscribing to a newspaper.”

— Hillary Clinton, speaking about “democratic resilience” at Yale’s Class Day over the weekend.