As promised, President Cheeseburger announced the Fake News Award winners last night via the GOP site, which promptly crashed. This is as apt a metaphor as I’ve ever seen.
CNN took home the most awards with four, but Paul Krugman took the first place prize for an editorial — AN EDITORIAL — that suggested that Trump’s presidency would be a catastrophe for the economy. It should be noted that many of the 11 stories that “won” were stories that the network or media outlet promptly and publicly corrected. You know, like responsible media outlets do. However, the final award went to simply the concept of “Russian collusion.” So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Mueller has to say about that.
This was obviously a media stunt intended for two purposes: to make outlets like CNN and The New York Times to report on their own mistakes and to remind the Trump supporters that they can’t trust the mainstream media. As such, I hesitate to give it any oxygen at all. But it is newsworthy when the President attacks any media outlet, even more so when he creates a PR event to malign the entire Fourth Estate.
This is authoritarian behavior that, as John McCain points out in this Washington Post editorial, emboldens foreign leaders who want to crack down on democracy as a whole, and puts journalists’ lives in danger. McCain’s fellow Arizona senator, Jeff Flake, compared Trump to Stalin in an impassioned speech on the Senate floor, worrying that democracy cannot withstand these constant assaults on the First Amendment. Both of the senators’ statements were deliberately timed to blunt Trump’s stupid “Fake News Awards”; let’s hope they served as sufficient counterbalance for those out there who fail to fully appreciate the danger that Trump represents.
Because while I don’t believe that Trump is going to declare himself President for Life (although, the way this GOP has behaved in the past year, I doubt they’d do fuck all if he did), with these stunts he is inflicting damage — possibly lasting damage — on one of the only institutions that has power to hold him or any politician accountable. Long after President Liar is gone, Americans’ trust in reportable truth will be a crucial necessity for our democracy to function properly. And the problem is that Trump doesn’t give two shits about the future of this country; he is — AS HE HAS ALWAYS DONE HIS ENTIRE LIFE — only looking out for Donald Trump. If the free press gets in his way by reporting on his astonishingly awful racist sexist nativist behavior, he’ll just burn it all down, democracy and America be damned.
I know it’s hard in this constant onslaught of bullshit that we have dealt with in the past year to not grow numb to all of this. Fuck, just this week we’ve had to worry about shitholes and Hawaii coming under a fake missile attack and the god damned wall and Trump lying about his health and Dreamers being torn from their families and a government shut down and Steve Bannon maybe obstructing justice on the White House’s orders and the NRA also colluding with Russians to get Trump elected and porn stars and hush money. I get it: we can only care about so much and a P.R. stunt ginned up by a circus clown doesn’t deserve even a sliver of our attention. And in fact, I believe we should ignore President Troll’s “winners,” and not give them the slightest bit of consideration. But I beg you, don’t ignore or grow numb to what this latest attack on the First Amendment symbolizes as a whole. The future of our country depends on our continued outrage.
In Other TV News
Katie Couric will be co-hosting the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies and promises that NBC won’t shy away from covering any political protests that might take place.
This is a piece about how the emergencies on 9-1-1 are actually pretty realistic, but my takeaway is that every. single. one. of Ryan Murphy’s ideas come from something in his own life:
My son Ford was 11 months old and in the middle of the night stopped breathing. We called 9-1-1, and obviously we were in a panic and doing CPR, and they showed up, and at two in the morning there were four responders. They were incredibly calm and nurturing, and they brought him back to life.
Of course this show came into being because Ryan Murphy had to call 9-1-1 this one time. Obviously, it did.
ALERT! Kit Harington is in Belfast! Get excited! Or not.
The #MeToo Report
Dylan Farrow opened up in explicit detail about what she claims Woody Allen did to her as a child. And you can choose to believe her or you can choose to believe the guy who married his step-daughter and has made COUNTLESS films about young beautiful women falling for much older men. She also is calling out all you actors who continue to work with him for being complicit and creating a “culture of silence.” Kate Winslet. Justin Timberlake.
Rachel Brosnahan, for one, regrets working with him. Alright, great, back it up.
According to this Vanity Fair report, Harvey Weinstein began spying on ex-employees and deleting files when he discovered he was about to be exposed by the media for being a sex monster. What a guy.
This Ashleigh Banfield/ Babe.com feud about Aziz Ansari is becoming ridiculous. HEY, LADIES: FOCUS ON THE REAL ENEMY HERE, THE PATRIARCHY.
GOD DAMMIT, BRIGITTE BARDOT, SHUT IT.
- Who Wants to be a Millionaire and RightThisMinute have both been renewed.
- There’s been a virtual slaughter at Amazon: One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson have all been canceled. Again, and I can’t say this enough, great decision to give Woody Allen all that money, guys.
- Fire & Fury is being turned into a series. Obviously. OBVIOUSLY.
- AMC is developing dramedy Aim High.
- The Undeclared War is being prepared for Channel 4 by the Wolf Hall guys.
- The dystopian novel Sinless is being developed into a series.
- NBC has given the Bad Boys adaptation a pilot order.
- Kristen Wiig is going to star in that comedy series Apple bought from Reese Witherspoon.
- Hector Elizondo and Holland Taylor are starring in Guess Who Died? for NBC.
- Chace Crawford, Antony Starr, Dominique McElligott, Jessie T. Usher and Nathan Mitchell have been cast in Amazon’s superhero series, The Boys.
- Rupert Friend is going to star in CBS All-Access’ Strange Angel.
- Andie MacDowell is joining BBC comedy, Cuckoo.
- Lena Waithe is going to guest star on This is Us.
- Andy Cohen is going to guest star on Riverdale.
- Nicole Ari Parker and Stefania LaVie Owen are joining I’m Dying Up Here on Showtime.
- Vandit Bhatt is joining Quantico.
- Seamus Dever joins Titans on DC.
- Jimmie Saito is joining Sweetbitter.
Mark Your Calendars
- Instinct will debut on CBS on March 18.
- Love at First Bite will premiere on January 22 on FYI.
- Eddie Griffin: Undeniable will air on Showtime on February 9.
- The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X will premiere on Smithsonian on February 26.
- Music City will debut on March 1 on CMT.
- Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman will premiere March 5 on Discovery.
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Supernatural: It’s the pilot for Wayward Sisters! 7 p.m., The CW
Portlandia: The dream of the 90s is alive — for just one more season. Season premiere. 9 p.m., IFC
How to Get Away with Murder: Annnnd … we’re back. 9 p.m., ABC
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