As I mentioned in passing in yesterday’s post, Lawrence O’Donnell gave us a tantalizing piece of information as he was leading into Tuesday night’s show: that President Shyster’s tax returns (which Deutsche Bank has and might have to turn over to Congress) revealed that The Traitor-in-Chief had Russian oligarchs co-signing his loans.
Now, O’Donnell stressed that this story was from only one source and added that the source itself had not seen the returns — so, you know, not the most vetted story in the world, and one he DEFINITELY should have sat on until real reporting had taken place.
Deutsche Bank is declining to comment on Lawrence O’Donnell’s reporting that Russian oligarch’s co-signed Trump’s loans. The information came from a single source who has not seen the bank records. NBC has not seen those records and has not yet been able to verify the reporting.
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) August 28, 2019
President Conman’s lawyers set upon O’Donnell and MSNBC and demanded a retraction, correction, and apology.
Just in: Attorney for @realDonaldTrump sends demand for retraction, corrctn, and apology to @nbc over segment of @Lawrence program last nite in which he said “Russian oligarchs” co-signed Deutsche Bank loans to Trump. Letter says that statement is “false and defamatory.” Letter: pic.twitter.com/HY0ZRAES5i
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) August 28, 2019
Now, if I were MSNBC, I’d be like, “ALRIGHT, SUE US, MOTHERFUCKERS!” because the tax returns would (presumably) have to become part of discovery. But instead, MSNBC made O’Donnell apologize and admit that it was wrong to discuss it on air. Which it was, but WHATEVER.
Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight.
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) August 28, 2019
And because this idiot couldn’t keep it in his pants long enough for the story to be fully reported and sourced, now the Asshole-in-Chief is crowing about it:
The totally inaccurate reporting by Lawrence O’Donnell, for which he has been forced by NBC to apologize, is NO DIFFERENT than the horrible, corrupt and fraudulent Fake News that I (and many millions of GREAT supporters) have had to put up with for years. So bad for the USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2019
But MSNBC is not the only news outlet the most powerful man on Earth is whining about. The most fragile human being on the planet is still mad at Fox News because they deign to have some Democrats as commentators and occasionally allow the DNC to come on for interviews. HOW DARE THEY NOT BE A PERFECT MOUTHPIECE FOR THE STATE. He also claimed that CNN is “begging” him to do an interview but I’m not buying it.
And here’s a Trump campaign press secretary claiming that The Lyingest President of All Time has never lied:
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) August 29, 2019
But, I mean, what else is she going to say, right?
In one last bit of political news that I neglected to mention, the next Democratic Presidential debate to take place here in Houston has been set, with 10 candidates participating: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro, and Andrew Yang. Kirsten Gillibrand, who did not make the cut, dropped out of the race after this was announced.
In Just TV News
The OA will not get a final movie, so you’re just going to have to be satisfied with what you got. That includes you, hunger strike lady.
Eddie Murphy is hosting Saturday Night Live this season, and The Wrap has some suggestions of old characters he could revisit. Personally, I think the Undercover White Man might be the most interesting to explore some 35 years later.
Mac’s dance on last season’s finale of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was the best, next question? (Although Mad Men’s “The Best Things in Life are Free” is a strong contender.)
Homeland, In Treatment, Euphoria, Your Honor, The Baker and the Beauty, The Spy … these are just some of the shows inspired by or adapted from Israeli series. So what’s going on here?
This is very inside baseball, but Gabrielle Carteris won re-election as SAG-AFTRA president after a brutal campaign launched by Matthew Modine.
Two years later, an update on the Harvey fund that Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt set up: the $37 million he raised has built some 1,100 homes, rebuilt nearly a thousand childcare centers and after school programs, and provided millions of meals, and thousands of prescription drugs. Meanwhile, a hurricane is bearing down on Florida, so keep them in your thoughts and be prepared to help once it passes.
Hurricane Harvey Relief:
Two Year Update. pic.twitter.com/7UgjPfu6fy
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 29, 2019
I know this isn’t TV-related, but it’s close to my heart and it’s my blog so I do what I want.
Sex Monster News
Whether Dave Chappelle believes I was sexually abused as a child, or not, is of no concern to me. Yet, to go on from there, in his new Netflix special, to shame victims and trivialize and condone child sexual abuse in general, especially if the abuser is a celebrity or someone in a place of power, is disgusting, irresponsible and inexcusable on the part of Dave Chappelle, and on the part of Netflix for providing him the platform with which to do so. 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18, and considering their actions, Dave Chappelle, Netflix, and the Michael Jackson Estate, who have recently supported Chappelle’s views, are part of the problem. I believe we can and should do better than this.
I’m heartbroken for all those children who look to see how they will be received when they finally find the courage to speak out about their sexual abuse. I just want to reach out to other survivors and let them know that we can’t let this type of behavior silence us. Together we are strong.
Paz de la Huerta has added Bob Iger and Disney to her Harvey Weinstein lawsuit.
Richard Pryor’s former bodyguard has accused legendary comedian Paul Mooney of raping Richard Pryor Jr. as a teenager and Richard Pryor Jr. recently confirmed it. Mooney has denied the accusations and canceled a recent show in the wake of the allegations coming out.
#MeToo makes its way to the game development community. A composer of game soundtracks has been accused of rape, and other game developers came forward with their accounts of being assaulted by their peers.
- Elite has been renewed for a third season at Netflix.
- Girls on the Bus, a series based on the book Chasing Hillary, is being developed for Netflix.
- Homesick, a comedy written by Freddie Highmore, has been ordered at TBS.
- Top Elf — a competition — is coming to Nickelodeon.
- The Glass Hotel is being adapted for TV for NBCUniversal.
- The Gifted School is being adapted for TV.
- Love & Anarchy is coming to Netflix.
- Henry Thomas is going to co-star in The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix.
- Charisma Carpenter is joining the cast of Pandora on The CW.
- Justina Machado and Heidi Gardner are joining Superstore on NBC.
- Kendrick Sampson and Carra Patterson will star in How to Make Love to a Black Woman on Showtime.
- Garcelle Beauvais will join Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access.
- Naomie Harris and John Dagleish are joining The Third Day on HBO.
- Beau Garrett is joining Firefly Lane on Netflix.
- Andrene Ward-Hammond and Ellen Tamaki will recur on Manifest on NBC.
- Joe Minoso is joining the cast of Get Shorty on Epix.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Walking Dead will return on AMC on October 6.
— The Walking Dead (@WalkingDead_AMC) August 29, 2019
- The Two Popes will debut in theaters and on Netflix later this year.
- The Aeronauts will premiere in theaters on December 6 and debut on Amazon on December 20.
- Hellier will debut on Amazon on November 29.
- Shameless will return on Showtime on November 3.
- The Masked Singer: Super Sneak Peek will air on Fox on September 15.
- Farm Aid will air live on AXS on September 21 beginning at 6:30/7:30 p.m.
- Just Roll With It: You Decide Live! will air on the Disney Channel on October 4.
- Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh will air on HBO on October 5.
Jessi Combs, Race car driver, “fastest woman on four wheels” and co-host of Mythbusters, The List, Overhaulin’, Extreme 4×4, and All Girls Garage. She died in an attempt to break the land speed limit.
NFL Preseason Football: Houston Texans host the Los Angeles Rams for some football that in the grand scheme of things doesn’t really matter. 7 p.m., ABC
Smokey and the Bandit: Eastbound and down, loaded up truckin’. We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done. 7:56 Starz Encore
Kardec: A film about the Parisian man who created Spiritism, and wrote books on “the nature, origin, and destiny of spirits, and their relation with the corporeal world.” Netflix
- Conan: TBA
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