Citing “multiple sources familiar with the situation,” Fortune reports that billionaire GOP donor Sheldon Adelson is the unnamed investor who acquired Nevada’s largest newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week.
“CNN will not give $5 million to charity to ensure Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump appears on the Republican debate set to air on the Time Warner-owned cable-news outlet on December 15,” Variety reports.
Said CNN chief Jeff Zucker: “We do not pay candidates to appear.”
Sarah Palin told CBN News that she took her unexpected firing from Fox News last summer very hard.
Said Palin: “Some things happened that I haven’t talked about publicly, things like getting canned from a job I really liked, sort of out of the blue, because I called somebody out. Next morning I got word, ‘Oh, we no longer need you anymore.’ ”
She quickly added: “Yeah, it was a shock, but more power to Fox News. They’re a private enterprise. They can fire someone for wearing the wrong color tie that day – that’s their prerogative and I’ve been on both sides of the hiring and firing.”
After Donald Trump hosted “Saturday Night Live” this month — appearing on screen for 12 minutes and 5 seconds — several other presidential campaigns have sent letters to NBC requesting “equal opportunities” on the network, the New York Times reports.
“Federal Communications Commission regulations state that other candidates for president are entitled to ‘equal time’ on the network… By law, NBC is not required to give them exactly the same treatment as that received by Mr. Trump, meaning that there will probably not be a Mike Huckabee-hosted ‘S.N.L.’ anytime in the near future. The network is just required to give equal time for the candidates to reach a relatively equal audience.”
Hollywood Reporter: “News was once the loss leader of TV, and politics was the loss leader of news, the slog you waded through before crime, disaster, human interest, weather and sports. Two things changed that status.”
“Political gridlock and target-marketing techniques turned swing states into crucial battlegrounds, which meant vast advertising expenditures in local markets (and unlimited resources to spend, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court). Every midterm election and presidential cycle ups that ante. More than $3 billion was spent on local political ads in 2012 — out of a total local television advertising take of $17 billion. By some estimates, that could rise to as much as $5 billion in 2016, making politics the single biggest local television advertising category.”
“And then there was Fox News, handily beating all other cable news programming by aligning its product to a particular political market and sensibility.”
“County cop charged in testicle-biting incident no longer with department”
— Baltimore Sun, October 18, 2015
“I have this thing called Twitter and Facebook, which is amazing actually. It’s like owning The New York Times without the losses.”
— Donald Trump, in an interview on MSNBC.
“From June 16, the day he announced he was running, through Sept. 14, Mr. Trump has been the subject of at least 2,159 CNN reports,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“That is almost double the amount of time CNN has spent on former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who was leading the field prior to Mr. Trump’s rise. Mr. Bush has been mentioned in 1,087 stories during the same time. Next up is Ted Cruz with 416 mentions. No other candidates managed to crack 400 mentions on the Time Warner Inc. -owned news channel.”
Donald Trump has been replaced on NBC’s reality show “Celebrity Apprentice” by another star-turned-GOP politician – Arnold Schwarzenegger, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
Mashable: “CNN will be streaming its Republican presidential debate on September 16 for free without the need for any cable authentication. The news channel is making the debate available on every platform and device it can — smartphone, tablet and, yes, even boring old cable TV.”
The September 16 Republican debate with Donald Trump and his rivals at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library is expected to be the most watched event ever on CNN, the Los Angeles Times reports.
“And the network is cashing in on the anticipation. CNN is not disclosing its ratings projections or ad prices, but competitors are hearing that advertisers are being asked to pay in the range of $150,000 for a 30-second spot, a figure more in line with a hit prime time entertainment show.”
“Donald Trump’s feud with GOP pollster Frank Luntz escalated Monday – with Trump calling on Fox News to fire Luntz from overseeing its post-debate focus groups, and Luntz launching a profanity-laden tirade to describe the real estate showman turned renegade presidential candidate,” Politico reports.
Trump also accused Luntz “of harboring a long-held vendetta because Trump refused to do business with Luntz’s polling firm.”
“Monday’s war of words, another chapter in a series of Trump vs. Luntz moments, was touched off when Politico asked Luntz about private comments that seem to call into question his objectivity as the man who facilitates the focus groups that appear on Fox News.”
“I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism, so I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor. This is a tough business and it’s time now to move forward.”
— Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, quoted by the New York Times, noting she would not respond directly to any of Donald Trump’s numerous insults and disparaging statements about her.
“Last night’s GOP debate on Fox News was the most watched primary debate in history, averaging a whopping 24 million viewers from 9 to just past 11 pm, according to data from Nielsen,” Politico reports.
The Huffington Post announced that they would no longer cover the candidate as a political story.
“After watching and listening to Donald Trump since he announced his candidacy for president, we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post‘s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section… Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow. We won’t take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.”
“Fox News is not real news, and you’re not a reporter.”
— San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Scott Wiener, quoted by Gawker.
Mexico will not send a contestant to this year’s Miss Universe pageant after part-owner Donald Trump made comments insulting Mexicans, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, Reuters also notes that a television company controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim has canceled a project with Trump after his comments.
NBC Universal announced it had ended its relationship with Donald Trump over comments he made recently about immigrants coming over the Mexico border, Deadline Hollywood reports.
Trump will no longer host “Celebrity Apprentice” and the network also said it would no longer air the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants on its network, which are produced with Trump.