President Gaslight just called his own taped words “fake news” and refused to take questions from CNN and I guess we’re all just fine with this now?

So President Baby is in England, as I’m sure you well know if only because of the baby balloon and the 250,000 protestors flooding the streets of London right now. While visiting, he gave an interview to Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper The Sun in which he shat all over Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, criticizing the way she is handling Brexit, and praising her political rival, Boris Johnson. This certainly made his dinner with Theresa May last night … awkward.

Nevertheless, Trump and May held a joint press conference this morning in which when confronted with his comments — which are on tape and we can all hear with our own ears — he called his own fucking words “fake news,” because The Sun didn’t report “all the nice things” he said about May. THIS IS NOT HOW FAKE NEWS WORKS, YOU BRAIN-DAMAGED IDIOT. FAKE NEWS IS WHEN THE NEWS KNOWINGLY REPORTS LIES AS TRUTH, NOT WHEN THEY EDIT.

~deepbreath~

Trump also went after NBC when an NBC reporter asked him if criticizing NATO and May gave Putin the upper hand: 

“See, that’s such dishonest reporting. Of course it happens to be NBC — which is possibly worse than CNN,” Triggered Trump responded.

“When you look at what we’ve done in terms of Russia,” Trump said. “I guarantee whoever it is in Russia, they’re saying, ‘Oh, gee, do we wish that trump was not the victor in that election.’ We have been far tougher on Russia than anybody,” nothing that when Russia poisoned people in the UK May “asked would I do something and we expelled 60 people, and Germany did three. The Fake News doesn’t want to talk about that,” he said, inaccurately.

Yes, I’m sure Putin is very unhappy Trump and not Clinton is President right now. The 12 Russians GRU agents who were just indicted by Robert Mueller this morning for hacking the election were certainly working feverishly to get Clinton elected when they hacked the DNC’s emails and released them on your demand.

But the most awful moment of an awful press conference occurred when Trump refused to take questions from CNN’s Jim Acosta, saying:  “No, No, CNN is fake news. I don’t take questions from CNN.” Trump then turned to John Roberts: “John Roberts from Fox. Let’s go to a real network.”

John Roberts proceeded to ask Trump a question without trying to defend Acosta. This has led to some strong rebukes from other reporters who remembered when Fox News was snubbed by some in the Obama administration, and how other networks stood up for them.

Other journalists and media watchers have long called for the White House correspondents to defend one another and not allow Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the rest of the liars who work in the White House Press Office — much less President Perjurer — to just ignore questions from legitimate news outlets or diminish the reporters asking them. John Roberts, who is a well-respected reporter, showed unfortunate cowardice today by not standing up for Acosta, and by doing so has only given encouragement to the Propagandist-in-Chief to ignore any reporters who push back against his lies. It’s one thing for Fox News to serve as a megaphone for the GOP’s messaging, but it’s a whole other thing when they are complicit in helping the President shred the First Amendment.

As I have screamed and yelled at the top of my lungs countless times, calling legitimate news services like CNN, NBC and, yes, even The Sun “FAKE NEWS” is a dangerous, democracy-eroding business. But in this particular instance, in which the Liar-in-Chief is confronted with his own words ON TAPE, and he tries to gaslight the world by calling it “FAKE NEWS,” it’s an interesting revelation of what he really means when he throws that phrase around: it’s a signal to his supporters and to the GOP that it is OK to ignore a particular story that he doesn’t like. “Don’t worry about this inconvenient thing that I said, and which you can hear with your own ears, just believe in me. I am the truth, I am the word.”

Dangerous times, babies.

Alright, Time for Some More Emmys News

Sandra Oh is the first Asian woman to be nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama.

In fact, 38 people of color were nominated for Emmys yesterday, the most ever, topping the previous record of 21 in 2016.

Peter Dinklage also set a record with his seventh nomination for Supporting Actor, the most in this category.

And Game of Thrones became the most nominated series ever.

Despite that, Netflix broke HBO’s 17-year stranglehold of being the most-nominated network. Considering they have 3 jillion hours of content, they should be.

John Legend is inches away from an EGOT. If Jesus Christ Superstar wins, not only will Legend become an EGOT, but Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will, too. If A Christmas Story wins for Original Music and Lyrics, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul will become EGOTs.

And “An Emmy for Megan” earned two nominations!

The Big Bang Theory was nominated for Directing in a Comedy, but somehow it was left out of yesterday’s announcement. Oopsie!

The darling and deserving Johnathan Van Ness was nominated for both Queer Eye and the wonderful Gay of Thrones: 

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee got SEVEN Emmy nominations even after the whole cuntraversy. Here Bee reflects on the show’s place within late night.

But the single best reaction to yesterday’s Emmy announcements:

In Non-Emmy news:

The Dowager Countess is coming back! A Downton Abbey movie is happening, you guys!

Sacha Baron Cohen fires back at Sarah Palin, claims she’s been hit by a “bullshit grenade.”

Oh, and apparently, Cohen also targeted Roy Moore, who claims he’s going to sue. Alright, good luck with that, cowboy.

Here’s a list of all the people we know Cohen tricked for Who is America?

The Alaskan Blockbuster John Oliver tried to save with Russell Crowe’s jockstrap is closing down after all. There will now only be one Blockbuster in the entire country.

This Is Us might finally answer how Rebecca and Miguel got together this season.

The Mick season three that will never be.

The Countess is being sued by The Count and her kids. OH DAMN.

Kit Harington is reportedly “emotional” about the end of Game of Thrones because HE’S NOT A FUCKING ROBOT.

The Olivia de Havilland lawsuit against Ryan Murphy could potentially head to the Supreme Court (but it’s unlikely).

If you are a Channel Zero fan, past seasons are going to be available for streaming on Shudder. Related: I need to look into getting a subscription to Shudder.

The producers of Shadowhunters are trying to figure out a way to bring the show back to TV after being canceled at Freeform.

Megyn Kelly is going to have another primetime special on NBC next month. Terrific.

Only 39% of people watch TV live these days — and the drop is happening with even older viewers who are finally getting the hang of this streaming thing.

The hypocrisy of the DOJ fighting the AT&T/Time Warner merger while rushing the Disney/Fox deal is staggering and utterly transparent.

Trump’s FCC is going after restrictions on children’s programming that limit what can be called “educational” programming. TERRIFIC.

Time’s Up

Oh, for fuck’s sake Henry Cavill. You are so handsome but SO DUMB. In an interview with GQ, Cavill bitched about the #MeToo movement thusly:

“There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman. There’s a traditional approach to that, which is nice. I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe I’m old-fashioned for thinking that.

“It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place. Because then it’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to be called a rapist or something’. So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked’. But it’s way safer than casting myself into the fires of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen?

“Now? Now you really can’t pursue someone further than, ‘No’. It’s like, ‘OK, cool’. But then there’s the, ‘Oh why’d you give up?’ And it’s like, ‘Well, because I didn’t want to go to jail?'”

Oh, Henry. Women know the difference between flirting and rape. Try trusting women and their judgment, big guy.

He’s apologized, but managed to done fuck that that up, too:

“Having seen the reaction to an article in particular about my feelings on dating and the #metoo movement, I just wanted to apologize for any confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created,” he told Page Six in a statement Thursday.

“Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention. In light of this I would just like to clarify and confirm to all that I have always and will continue to hold women in the highest of regard, no matter the type of relationship, whether it be friendship, professional, or a significant other.

“Never would I intend to disrespect in any way, shape or form,” his statement continued. “This experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties. I look forward to clarifying my position in the future towards a subject that is so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support.”

Excuse me, WHAT THE HELL DOES “This experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties” EVEN MEAN? YOU SAID THOSE THINGS, YOU IDJIT! OWN IT AND DON’T TRY TO BLAME THE OUTLET THAT REPORTED IT.

Simon Le Bon has been accused of wildly inappropriate behavior many years ago, breaking my 13-year-old heart.

Bob Weinstein is stepping down from The Weinstein Company and hold up, he was still at The Weinstein Company? HOW?

The fact that Asia Argento was targeted by monsters who blamed her for Anthony Bourdain’s death makes me hate this world. Good on the #MeToo folks for defending her but shame on humanity that this even happened.

Transparent and last year’s Tony Awards that was hosted by Kevin Spacey were both shut out of the Emmy nominations. HMM. WONDER WHY.

Renewals

In Development

  • Vai Anitta, a docuseries about a Brazilian music and social star, has been ordered by Netflix.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • The Package premieres on Netflix on August 10.

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

How it Ends: A lawyer travels across the country with his disapproving father-in-law. Oh, and there’s like an apocalypse or something. Netflix

The Shocking Truth: The series that takes a look at the true stories that inspired famous movies takes on A Nightmare on Elm Street in the season premiere. 7 p.m., Reelz

Whistleblower: This docuseries takes a look at the people who expose shenanigans at corporations. Series premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

SATURDAY

Battle of the Sexes: Based on the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs which happened right here in Houston’s Astrodome. Unrelated: will Steve Carrell please return to comedy already? 7 p.m., HBO

Mamma Mia!: A helpful reminder that the completely unnecessary sequel opens in theaters next week. 7 p.m., NBC

SUNDAY

World Cup Final: France vs Croatia. 10 a.m., Fox

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale: It’s back! Season premiere. Netflix

Who Is America?: Sacha Baron Cohen is back to terrorize the likes of Sara Palin and Roy Moore. GO GET ‘EM. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Showtime. 

Our Cartoon President: It’s back! Season premiere. 9:30 p.m., Showtime

Late Night: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Carey Mulligan, Kate the Chemist Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Ashley Darby, D.L. Hughley

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