Welp, it’s official. The President of the United States is at war with the First Amendment. But maybe there’s hope.

Last night in an interview with Sean Hannity, Trump said that the media are “very hostile. These are very hostile people. These are very angry people. They’re very dishonest people. The media is very dishonest. I’ve been saying it. I say it openly.”

And if that’s not explicit enough, Steve Bannon just declared war on the free press:

“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” Mr. Bannon said in an interview on Wednesday.

“I want you to quote this,” Mr. Bannon added. “The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States.”

Asked if he was concerned that Mr. Spicer had lost credibility with the news media, Mr. Bannon chortled. “Are you kidding me?” he said. “We think that’s a badge of honor. ‘Questioning his integrity’ — are you kidding me? The media has zero integrity, zero intelligence, and no hard work.”

“You’re the opposition party,” he said. “Not the Democratic Party. You’re the opposition party. The media’s the opposition party.”

And as you might imagine, members of the press had some things to say about it, like, “No.”:

And, “No.”

And, “This is a time to be brave. To push aside the smoke screens that are meant to block us from the truth.”

And, “The opposite of love is not hate — it’s apathy. It matters and they know that this press coverage is killing their credibility.”

And while I am infuriated by Trump and Bannon’s comments, while they fill me with terror and with rage at my fellow Americans that they could have elected a man with such hate for the press and the First Amendment just because they represent a check on his power, I am also a teensy bit hopeful. Along with many other people, I worried that after the election this presidency would be normalized by the media. I worried that in exchange for access, the press would be willing to soften their coverage of this administration and that over time the President’s actions would be considered not just by the average American, but by the press itself, acceptable. But by launching an all-out attack on the media in the first week in office, the Trump administration may have just guaranteed that the media will never acquiesce to them or normalize any of their actions. The press is not and never has been “the opposition party,” contrary to what these assholes think, but by calling them that, they might have emboldened the press to do their jobs, not worry about being able to get close to the President and report the unvarnished truth. We can hope.

I should add that in that Sean Hannity interview, Trump and Hannity fantasized about David Muir’s child being kidnapped to make a point about waterboarding, which is just disturbing and strange, and they discussed the Saturday Night Live writer kerfuffle.

Speaking of that Saturday Night Live writer, Dan Harmon offered her a job.

Have you wondered what Kellyanne Conway thinks about Kate McKinnon’s portrayal of her? The Hollywood Reporter has a long piece about her that you don’t need to read, but basically she wishes McKinnon’s version of her was “a little bit more happy” and adds that, “Kate McKinnon clearly sees the road to the future runs through me and not Hillary,” which I guess is supposed to be a burn?

Conan is taking his show to Mexico. No reason.

Drew Carey’s son is an American hero.

Late Night Takes:

The Daily Show addresses Trump parroting Fox News:

And these two aren’t late night bits, but they are hilarious:

Other TV News:

Heather Dubrow is leaving The Real Housewives of Orange County, which is one of the few Real Housewives I don’t watch, so I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about this.

Sorry, but Don Draper is definitely dead by 2017. I mean, did you see how that man treated his body? Come on.

MTV is making a show about promposals because that’s a trend that needed encouragement.

NBC is doing that Red Nose Day thing again this year.

Oh, Mischa Barton, honey, I hope you get some help.


Sunny has been killing it this season. Literally.

Pilot News:

NBC is investing heavily in comedy — and quality comedy at that: they have given pilot orders to Mindy Kaling for an untitled project about two dudes whose lives are upended when they suddenly have to raise their teenage nephew; The Sackett Sisters, about a pair of sisters whose lives are upended after they become unlikely heroes, from some of the guys who gave us 30 Rock; and Spaced Out, a workplace comedy from the creator of Cougar Town and Scrubs.

Fox has ordered a pilot based on The Passage, a vampire trilogy written by a Rice professor, true fact.

Fox has ordered a pilot of Ghosted, a paranormal comedy from producers Adam Scott and Craig Robinson.

ABC has given a pilot order to The Trustee, a female buddy cop comedy from, wait for it, the writers of The Smurfs.

Casting News:

Yes, Nina Dobrev will return for The Vampire Diaries finale.

Y’all! Bokeem Woodbine, the indisputable star of Fargo, is going to Underground.

Brandon Micheal Hall is going to star in that Daveed Diggs comedy about a rapper who is elected mayor. He was the ex-boyfriend on Search Party, for those of you keeping track.

Paula Patton is going to star in Somewhere Between, ABC’s supernatural thriller about a mother who knows her daughter is going to be killed, but she doesn’t know by whom or why or really anything else.

The Girlfriend Experience has cast Anna Friel, Louisa Krause and Carmen Ejogo for the second season, and will have two parallel storylines, so I guess it’s an anthology? I don’t know that I knew it was an anthology.

Liam McIntyre from Spartacus will star in the new Syfy series, The Haunted.


Mike Connors, Star of Mannix



iBoy: In this movie, Arya Stark is friends with a boy who gets an iPhone implanted in his head. Or something. Netflix

The Big Lebowski: It will be satisfying to hear someone yell “SHUT THE FUCK UP, DONNY” after the week we’ve had. 7 p.m., HBO

Puppy Bowl: Where Are They Now?: IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. 8 p.m., Animal Planet


Ghostbusters: Stick it to the patriarchy and watch the remake. 8 p.m., Starz

Marathon Man: The movie that reminds you that Nazis want to do terrible things to your teeth. 7 p.m., Retro


The Affair: In the season finale, Noah gets a chance to heal a relationship that is in bad shape. Yeah, ok, good luck with that. 9 p.m., Showtime

The SAG Awards: Actors give themselves fancy prizes. 7 p.m., TBS, TNT

Conviction: The season — and probably series — finale. 9 p.m., ABC

Black Sails: Final season premiere. 8 p.m., Starz

The Miss Universe Pageant: Y’all, they brought Steve Harvey back to host. STEVE HARVEY, THE DUMBASS WHO FUCKED IT UP SO BADLY LAST TIME. 6 p.m., Fox

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Drew Barrymore, Tom Brokaw, Parquet Courts Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Sheree Whitfield, Dr. Heavenly

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Dr. Ken
Shark Tank
CBS MacGyver
Hawaii Five-0
Blue Bloods
CW The Vampire Diaries
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
FOX Rosewood
Sleepy Hollow
NBC Grimm
Emerald City
Dateline NBC

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CBS Ransom
NCIS: New Orleans
48 Hours
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NBC Dateline NBC
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ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
CBS 60 Minutes
NCIS: Los Angeles
Madam Secretary
FOX The Miss Universe Pageant
NBC Celebrity Apprentice

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