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Saturday, December 10, 2016

NBC Will Have A Fiduciary Relationship With The President Of The United States

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Reprinted with permission from Media Matters. 

Variety managing editor Cynthia Littleton reported “Donald Trump will remain an exec producer on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice,” creating a conflict of interest for NBC’s ability to provide unbiased coverage of Trump while promoting a show built on Trump’s reputation.

On December 8, Variety reported “Trump’s fees will be paid through MGM, the production entity on the show, not NBC,” but “the fact that a sitting president will be on the payroll of a current TV show is another example of the thicket of potential conflicts of interest raised by Trump’s segue from a private businessman and TV star to commander-in-chief.”

Donald Trump will remain an exec producer on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, which is returning Jan.



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#EndorseThis: Colbert Slices Up Pizzagate, Mike Flynn, And Alex Jones

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Stephen Colbert, perhaps the nation’s most skillful satirist of news as entertainment, is fed up with fake news – especially in the wake of the Pizzagate hoax that resulted in a shooting incident at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C. He quotes Pope Francis comparing “media that…spread fake news to…people who have a morbid fascination with excrement.”

Noting that among the “uninformed gullible people” who appeared to be taken in by the Pizzagate hoax were Michael Flynn, the retired general nominated as Donald Trump’s national security adviser. That may not be the right job for “a guy who spreads this bullshit.”

Thanks to a Wikileaks email, conspiracy kooks like Alex Jones have come after Colbert as well.



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#EndorseThis: On SNL, Trump Ignores National Security Briefing To Retweet

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In this week’s episode of the Trump transition on Saturday Night Live, the president-elect (Alec Baldwin) compulsively retweets various admiring nimrods, including a high school student, while his security briefers grow increasingly despondent. Sitting beside him, spiritually bereft adviser Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon) explains candidly why his contentious Twitter patter remains so vital to her boss: “He does it to distract America from his business conflicts and all the scary people in his cabinet!”

Naturally, “Trump” denies that — just as persuasively as the actual Trump dismisses SNL’s devastating parody. It’s far too close to reality for comfort. And funny in that dark, unnerving way to which we must now accustom ourselves.



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