CNN appears to be preparing to open a can of whoop-ass on the Trump administration.

Your Daily TV Trump Dump:

“I’ve never seen the effort to delegitimize an organization for a story that you don’t like that has been proven. By the way, just every word of the story we reported last Tuesday has been proven correct. It’s been corroborated in one way or another by the Vice President, by the Director of National Intelligence. There’s not one thing we got wrong. He was obviously trying to get us to stop focusing on the story and just to discredit all of us.” — Jake Tapper on Donald Trump calling CNN “fake news.”

Jake Tapper is not wrong: as I pointed out last week, CNN reported on the existence of the 2-page memo, not what the memo said. But Donald Trump, so enraged that the information came out that the dossier even existed tried to delegitimize a credible news organization for reporting something he did not like. This is terrifying and — at least in my lifetime — unprecedented.

Fortunately, as the Tapper interview proves, CNN appears to have decided to take the fight back to Trump. After making the ethically shameful decision to employ Corey Lewandowski this summer, CNN seems to be making amends: In addition to publicly supporting Jim Acosta, they’ve brought in some new commentators including Thorn in Donald Trump’s side, David Farenthold, the Washington Post reporter who broke the Hollywood Access tape story and did Pulitzer-deserving work on the Donald J. Trump Foundation. Go read his work over at the Post — and subscribe while you’re at it.

Watch Jake Tapper’s full Late Night with Seth Meyers interview here:

While we are talking about Seth Meyers, here’s last night’s “A Closer Look” in which he goes after Donald Trump for going after civil rights icon John Lewis OVER MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND. Seriously, what is wrong with Donald Trump? (I guess the better question is what isn’t wrong with Donald Trump?) Also, Seth Meyers is really turning into the replacement for Jon Stewart that we need right now.

That’s not to say Seth Meyers is the only late night host to take on Trump. Stephen Colbert is really getting back into his political groove, thank goodness, and here’s his take on the John Lewis tweets:

He also brought back “The WERD” to go after Congress on the repeal of Obamacare which you can watch here.

Hey, guys, Saturday Night Live‘s “Makin’ Copies” guy has some thoughts on John Lewis and the Donald Trump kerfuffle:

And you know what? That’s fine! If I support Meryl Streep and other celebrities’ rights to criticize Donald Trump, then Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo gets to have an opinion on how civil rights leaders celebrate MLK Day! I genuinely believe Elle King’s dad has the same right to say whatever he wants no matter how stupid it might be. And so I’ll just turn to Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani for a rebuttal:


Here’s an interview with Bill Maher about how he’s going to tackle President Trump: “I’m sweating like a whore in church thinking about what this maniac is going to do.”

Billy Eichner calls Donald Trump “so transparently full of shit — it’s shameful.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea Handler is blaming the Kardashians for Trump: “Stop covering [Trump] so much. They were treating him as an entertainer first. It was a reality show. We’ve turned into a reality show. I blame the Kardashians, personally; the beginning of the end was the Kardashians. The way these people have blown up and don’t go away — it’s surreal. Everyone is for sale.”

As someone who has personally been blamed for being a part of the rise of Trump (by someone close to me) because I recap The Real Housewives, I find this argument specious. Yes, the media did cover Trump like a reality star, but that is not some other reality stars’ fault — that’s the media’s fault. They should have spent as much time actually covering Hillary Clinton’s actual policy plans instead of her emails and whatever bathsit insane stunt Donald Trump had pulled on that particular day — neither of which had anything to do with Kim Kardashian making a buck over on E! Has the American audience’s appetite been shaped by the idiocy of reality television? Of course it has! But it doesn’t mean that news media had to succumb to it. It’s the same thing as a parent saying, “Well, little Becky hates peas so I guess we’ll put her on a strict diet of Pop Tarts and Doritos from here on out.” Entertainment and politics have been blurred, certainly, but it doesn’t mean that journalists have to sit back and allow it to continue. The news media are the gatekeepers. They should be the adults in the room and not allow TMZ to formulate how we digest our news.

And I can’t believe I just defended Keeping Up with the Kardashians. WHAT IS HAPPENING.

Speaking of entertainment and politics being blurred, a Fox News alum who had been tapped as Trump’s director of communications is dropping out after being accused of plagiarism. So that’s good news?

Is Trump responsible for a ratings decline for the networks that aren’t cable news? Partially, probably.

And this isn’t strictly “Trump television news” but it involves the Russians so let’s go ahead and call it “Trump television news”: So I can’t remember if I mentioned the thing where C-SPAN cut to RT in the middle of Maxine Waters addressing Congress, but that is a thing that actually happened, terrifyingly enough, and C-Span is ON THE CASE.

More “Russian Television News”: The Russian government might have leaked an episode of Sherlock in Russia in advance of its premiere date to get back at the BBC for reasons. Sometimes I truly believe that we slipped into some strange parallel universe on January 1, 2016, and that somewhere out there is another universe where David Bowie and Prince and Carrie Fisher are all still alive and Brexit didn’t happen and Hillary Clinton is about to be inaugurated the first woman President of the United States. ~sigh~

Here’s your actual television news:

Well, here’s an interesting Game of Thrones spoiler: a character who we are pretty sure is dead will be returning — just not how you might expect.

Oh hey, here’s Game of Thrones‘ Mountain throwing a washing machine to try to break the world record for throwing washing machines which is a thing. Other things that are things: Highest Keg Tosses and Carrying Two Refrigerators on Your Shoulders the Longest, which the Mountain also competed in, obviously.

Series of Unfortunate Events has been renewed by Netflix for a second season because the guys over at Netflix aren’t dummies. Have you watched it yet? BECAUSE YOU SHOULD.

They are promising us that Stranger Things is going to be bigger and darker. Can’t wait!

This is going to shock you, but The Walking Dead, Empire and American Horror Story are the most popular TV shows on social media.

A&E’s network president is now the victim of harassment by Scientologists over the Leah Remini show, surprising exactly no one.

If you are a fan of Billy Eichner and Billy on the Street (and if you’re not, why not?), you should read this long Vulture interview that gives some insight on both him and the show. It’s not all screaming at strangers about celebrities, you know.

March 13th: The day my annual Bachelor nightmare will end.

A couple of Supernatural points of order: 1. David Haydn-Jones has joined the cast for multiple episodes as a mysterious Men of Letters member, 2. Orlando Jones is advocating for a Supernatural-Sleepy Hollow spinoff with Misha Collins, which I could totally get behind and 3. Misha Collins, meanwhile, will be in your Timeless.

So You Think You Can Dance is in talks to return for a 14th season which is great news as long as it returns in its original incarnation and without any dumb kids. Look, I’m sure in past seasons clips from the auditions of adorable 8-year-olds dancing went viral and that made you think that you should do a whole season of kids competing. However, just because people like watching cute kids dance doesn’t mean that people want to watch those same cute kids be sent home sobbing. Think this through, guys.

Judd Apatow is done with network television and can you blame him? Oh, and don’t hold your breath for a Freaks and Geeks reboot, either.

Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary project, The Vietnam War, will feature a score by Trent Reznor, which I doubt Nine Inch Nails’-era Trent Reznor could have ever predicted.


Some monster genius edited together the sad, sad, tragic devolution of Rickety Cricket on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. You’ll feel so guilty at laughing at this:

Speaking of Sunny, if you caught last week’s episode, “The Gang Goes to a Water Park,” that was Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff playing the worst water park employees in the world.

R.I.P. Joey Del Valle, NBC photographer and brother of Erik Estrada.


Frontline: “The Divided States of America” looks into growing partisanship and racial tensions in America. (Part 1) 8 p.m., PBS

Shooter: Everyone works together to break the Russian embassy and steal the kompromat proving Trump’s ties to Russia prove Bob Lee innocent in the season finale. 9 p.m., USA

No Tomorrow: Xavier’s asteroid research is proven true (WE CAN ONLY HOPE) in the season — probably series — finale. 8 p.m., The CW

Teachers: Season premiere. 9 p.m., TV Land

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Erika makes a music video before jetting off to Greece, which is exactly like my life. 8 p.m., Bravo

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Michael Keaton, Nina Dobrev, the XX Late Night with Seth Meyers: Tracee Ellis Ross, Patrick Warburton, Bibi Bourelly, Leah Shapiro The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Billy Eichner, Mel B., Gilbert Gottfried The Late Late Show with James Corden: Kate Hudson, Anders Holm, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jim James Jimmy Kimmel Live: Vin Diesel, Katy Mixon, Music from Kehlani Conan: Michael Lewis, Johnny Swim The Daily Show: John Zimmer Watch What Happens Live: Sophie Stanbury, Brandi Glanville

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