Exec abstract: Trump is about to get the Bob Woodward remedy… Rudy Giuliani had a wild day on cable information… Trump manages to keep away from questions on Michael Cohen and Robert Mueller at a press convention… Spotify turns into newest firm to take warmth over Alex Jones and extra…
Moonves stays atop CBS. For now…
Les Moonves will proceed to move CBS within the wake of sexual harassment allegations contained in Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker report — no less than for now… There had been some speak over the weekend that Moonves may step apart as the corporate probes his conduct. However the CBS board of administrators held a gathering on Monday and issued a press release quickly thereafter through which they mentioned “no different motion” — exterior deciding on a regulation agency to conduct an investigation — could be taken in opposition to the CBS boss…
>> Talking of CBS’ forthcoming investigation, WaPo’s Amy Brittain tweeted, “CBS introduced a authorized investigation into the office tradition on Could three after we revealed extra accounts of harassment by Charlie Rose (together with 14 ladies at CBS Information). It has been practically three months, & I’ve not heard a phrase about any outcomes of that investigation.”
— Is the worst over for Moonves? Or will there be new accusers because the week progresses?
— The CBS earnings name is scheduled for Thursday. Will Moonves communicate?
— CBS’ inventory sunk 5% on Monday. Will it proceed to slip on Tuesday?
— Which regulation agency might be chosen to hold out the investigation?
Julie Chen: I am going to stand by Moonves “without end”
Julie Chen on Monday doubled down on her assertion in assist of Moonves, to whom she is married, briefly addressing the controversy on “The Discuss.”
>> Chen’s brief assertion: “A few of you could concentrate on what has been happening in my life for the previous few days. I’ve issued the one and solely assertion I’ll ever make on this subject on Twitter. And I’ll stand by that assertion in the present day, tomorrow, without end.”
Terry Press: “Usefulness” of shock “will be diminished by overuse”
Brian Lowry emails: Having feminine executives weigh in on Leslie Moonves’ behalf has been a questionable technique, since as NYT’s James Poniewozik noted, “Your private optimistic expertise with a person accused of sexual harassment doesn’t exonerate him.”
That mentioned, value quoting, extra broadly, this passage from CBS Movies chief Terry Press’ assertion in regards to the story: “Outrage is a useful commodity… however its usefulness will be diminished by overuse. And understanding and studying from the previous is the one manner in direction of a future that displays actual change.”
Bob Woodward’s “intimate portrait” of Trump
“Donald Trump is about to get the Bob Woodward remedy.” That is the lede on this CNN.com story in regards to the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist’s forthcoming e-book “Worry.” Sources instructed CNN that the 448-page e-book is predicated on tons of of hours of interviews with first-hand sources, along with memos, paperwork, diaries, and different main paperwork…
>> From one supply: “‘Worry’ is probably the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever revealed throughout a president’s first years in workplace.”
For the report, half one
— Alex Trebek says there may be greater than a “50/50” probability he leaves “Jeopardy” when his contract expires in 2020… (THR)
— A White Home official instructed Eliana Johnson that Trump typically “schedules conferences” based mostly on “no matter he noticed on ‘Fox and Pals'” or mentioned with Sean Hannity… (Politico)
— Jeff Glor anchored the “CBS Night Information” from Redding, California, as wildfires rage throughout the Golden State…
— Axios reporter Jonathan Swan sat down with the Nationwide Evaluate’s Jamie Weinstein for an in depth podcast on all issues Trump… (Nationwide Evaluate)
— The Austin American-Statesman seems on the “existential courtroom battle” InfoWars founder Alex Jones faces… (Austin American-Statesman)
Giuliani’s wild cable information circuit
Rudy Giuliani raised eyebrows when he hit the morning cable information circuit Monday and asserted that he was undecided if collusion is against the law. Giuliani first sat down with “Fox & Pals,” stating from the white curvy sofa that he mentioned he had been “trying within the federal code looking for collusion as against the law” and got here up empty. He then headed over to CNN the place he was interviewed on “New Day” by Alisyn Camerota. Within the wild interview, Giuliani once more expressed doubt about collusion constituting against the law…
Time to make use of completely different language?
Is it time to make use of completely different language whereas masking the Russia probe? Fox Information anchor Brett Baier identified, “Technically [Giuliani] is correct. I imply, the crime in statute is just not collusion — it’s conspiracy. To work with a international agent…to steal an election.” Lawfare govt editor Susan Hennessey agreed. “Rudy is correct,” she wrote on Twitter. “The authorized time period we must be utilizing at this level is ‘legal conspiracy.'”
Again to Fox for a cleanup
Hours after his morning present tour, Giuliani was again on cable information: this time for a cleanup. Giuliani phoned into “Outnumbered” and instructed co-host Harris Faulkner he by no means supposed to recommend Trump colluded with Russia, however solely that if he had completed so, it nonetheless wouldn’t be against the law.
However he additionally added extra confusion…
Throughout his interview with Camerota, Giuliani appeared to say Trump was not current on the June 2016 Trump Tower assembly, prompting some to query why Giuliani would deny an accusation that had not been made. Was he suggesting Trump knew in regards to the assembly prematurely, one thing Cohen is keen to claim to Mueller? Faulkner requested Giuliani about this — however his response solely added to the confusion…
Giuliani mentioned “there was one other assembly that has been leaked however hasn’t been made public but.” He urged that Cohen had leaked to journalists that there was a planning assembly forward of the June 2016 Trump Tower assembly involving Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and others. “That assembly by no means, ever befell. It did not occur. It is a figment of his creativeness,” Giuliani mentioned.
This perplexed the Fox Information hosts. “Why are you saying that the president wasn’t on the assembly?” Melissa Francis requested. “Who requested if he was there? Nobody requested if he was there.”
Giuliani says he was making an attempt to kill NYT story
Chatting with The Every day Beast’s Asawin Suebsaeng on Monday night time, Giuliani clarified (sure, one other clarification) that he had been requested in regards to the alleged pre-meeting from reporters on Sunday and addressed it publicly to get out in entrance of the story. He mentioned he believes the technique to “shut [the story] down” labored…
>> Maggie Haberman, one of many reporters Giuliani mentioned inquired on the matter, instructed The Beast: “We do not speak about sourcing, and would not now — however I’ve misplaced the thread of what the previous mayor is speaking about.”
Trump avoids questions on Cohen & Mueller at presser
Trump hosted a press convention with the Italian prime minister on Monday — and took questions from two US reporters. He known as on Reuters’ Roberta Rampton (who requested whether or not Trump would meet with Iran) and The Every day Caller’s Saagar Enjeti (who requested about immigration and the looming risk of a authorities shutdown).
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Trump managed to keep away from questions on Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller, and whether or not or not he personally performed a task within the barring of CNN’s Kaitlan Collins from an open press occasion final week. As CNN’s Jeff Zeleny mentioned, “One of many headlines right here at this convention is the truth that a number of the greatest controversies and clouds hanging over this administration weren’t requested by the 2 US journalists known as on by the White Home.”
Critics knock Trump for calling on The Every day Caller
Trump selecting to name on The Every day Caller’s Saagar Enjeti stirred some controversy. Some reporters expressed frustration on-line that Trump didn’t name on a reporter from a non-partisan information group. NBC’s Ken Dilanian tweeted, “What was I saying earlier about Trump’s pet media. He truly known as on the Every day Caller. Subsequent up: Sputnik.”
>> My two cents: In the event you’ve been listening to Enjeti, you’d know he’s somebody who’s well-prepared when he attends press briefings and information conferences and asks robust, however honest, questions of White Home officers…
Baquet explains why he averted off the report with Trump
Dean Baquet didn’t attend the July 20 assembly between Trump and the NYT. Why? He defined to BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg that “as a rule” he doesn’t attend off-the-record conferences with high-ranking officers. “Because the particular person overseeing protection, I do not suppose officers ought to be capable of inform me issues that I am unable to publish. And I do not need to be courted or wooed,” Baquet wrote in an electronic mail.
>> Baquet conceded to Perlberg that he did break that rule as soon as with Trump, and famous that he regretted it: “I am nonetheless a reporter and I needed to get a have a look at him. However I stored wanting to put in writing in regards to the issues he mentioned, and I could not. It was a mistake that proved my level.”
YouTube outcomes floor conspiracy theories
Ben Collins, who covers the “dystopia beat” for NBC Information, noticed early Monday that searches on YouTube for a handful of A-list celebrities — and no less than one firm — returned prime outcomes selling the far-right, fringe Qanon conspiracy concept.
>> YouTube, which has pledged to do higher to fight misinformation on its platform, didn’t reply to a request for remark from Collins. That mentioned, Collins famous that the movies pushing the conspiracy concept dropped in rating after he reached out for remark…
Spotify turns into newest firm to face Alex Jones backlash
Spotify on Monday took warmth for internet hosting content material from InfoWars founder Alex Jones on its platform. Proper Wing Watch’s Jared Holt pointed out on Twitter that InfoWars content material could possibly be discovered on Spotify, and famous, “It’s extremely tough to get podcasts hosted on Spotify.” His tweet gained traction on Twitter, and led to a variety of folks tweeting on the firm saying they have been going to cancel their subscription over the matter. Holt mentioned Spotify didn’t reply to a request for remark…
For the report, half two
— Alan Dershowitz scolded on an MSNBC panel, saying, “Do not you dare accuse me” of defending Trump… (Mediaite)
— CNN VP of comms Matt Dornic was named to PR Week’s 40 below 40 record… (PR Week)
— Ian Allen goes “contained in the world of racist science fiction…” (NYT)
— A report from Ofcom has rated CNNi the very best in high quality, accuracy, trustworthiness, and impartiality… (CNN)
Beyoncé’s “unprecedented management” over Vogue cowl
Anna Wintour offered Beyoncé “unprecedented management” over the quilt of September’s subject of Vogue, Yashar Ali reported for HuffPost on Monday. As Ali famous, Wintour often exerts “full management over the style bible.” Learn Ali’s HuffPost story right here…
>> Associated: Beyoncé has chosen Tyler Mitchell to her. He is the primary black photographer to ever shoot a Vogue cowl….
Dobbs rages at Mueller: “The hell” with him!
Fox Biz host Lou Dobbs continues to ratchet up his rhetoric in opposition to Robert Mueller. On Monday night time, Dobbs went on a tirade in opposition to the particular counsel, telling his viewers that Mueller is on a “jihad” in opposition to Trump. Dobbs baselessly urged that Mueller is leaking to the press, earlier than concluding, “The hell with Mueller!” Mediaite has video right here…
>> Query for Fox: At what level does somebody decide Dobbs’ rhetoric has crossed the road? Additionally, what on earth does any of Dobbs’ commentary need to do with enterprise?
Extra dangerous information for MoviePass
Jill Disis emails: Life simply will get worse and worse for MoviePass, the favored film subscription service. On Monday, the inventory worth of its mother or father firm fell again beneath $1, placing it at risk once more of being delisted from the Nasdaq inventory change. This follows a weekend throughout which extra customers reported issues, akin to an lack of ability to buy any tickets for the brand new “Mission: Unattainable” film.
Learn Disis’ full story right here…
For the report, half three
— Dick Stevenson is returning to NYT’s Washington bureau as enterprise editor “after an prolonged European tour and a cease in New York…” (NYT)
— Emily Littleton has been promoted to VP of company comms at NPR… (NPR)
— Perry Simon has been named programming chief of PBS… (Deadline)
— Nick Sallon has been named head of US information at Twitter, and TJ Adeshola has been named head of US sports activities… (Selection)
— Marc Quick is now a CNN political commentator… (Twitter)
“Guardians of the Galaxy” solid desires James Gunn reinstated as director
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” solid launched a press release on Monday in assist of ousted-director James Gunn. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and others signed on to an open-letter saying they have been “shocked” by Gunn’s “abrupt firing.” Among the solid members need him again, together with Pratt. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how Disney responds… CNN’s Sandra Gonzalez has the complete story right here…
The leisure desk
By Lisa Respers France:
— Demi Lovato’s backup dancer is asking for an finish to “detrimental” hypothesis. Dani Vitale, who’s each a buddy and a backup dancer for Lovato, has been a goal from followers who accused her of being a “dangerous affect” on the singer…
— Mark Hamill paid touching tribute to Carrie Fisher forward of ultimate “Star Wars” look…
— Rapper Kendrick Lamar gained raves for his performing debut Sunday night time on “Energy…”
“Trayvon Martin” leads wave of racial-justice docs
Brian Lowry emails: “Relaxation in Energy: The Trayvon Martin Story” — a six-part collection dedicated to the case — kicked off Monday night time on Paramount Community and sister BET, main a wave of documentary programming coping with race and the justice system, together with “Whose Streets?,” which additionally made its TV debut Monday night time on PBS. Learn Lowry’s full story right here…
CNNMoney (New York) First revealed July 30, 2018: 11:57 PM ET