Trump denies a CNN report that said he would continue to work on The Apprentice while he is president.
In a meeting organised by Conway, Trump meets executives and on-air anchors from CNN, Fox News, NBC, ABC and CBS, the five largest television networks in the United States, for an off-the-record discussion. ABC News is represented by president Goldston and anchors Stephanopoulos, Muir, and Raddatz; NBC by anchors Holt and Todd, along with president Turness; CBS by Rose, King, O’Donnell and Dickerson; CNN by president Zucker, with anchors Blitzer and Burnett; Fox News by several executives including co-presidents Shine and Abernathy; and MSNBC by president Griffin. Transition officials wouldn’t discuss the purpose for the meeting. Sources:
It was like a f-cking firing squad. Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed. The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down…Trump didn’t say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room.
Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks. Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days.
Obama speaks with gun owners at a televised town hall meeting hosted by CNN. The president explained his measures to make legal products safer, akin to child-proof medicine caps, and sought to reassure gun owners that no one was coming for their property. The NRA chose not to participate. The American Firearms Retailers Association was involved with the meeting. On gun registration:
That’s an area where there’s just not enough national consensus at this stage to even consider it. And part of it is is people’s concern that that becomes a prelude to taking people’s guns away…Part of the challenge of this is that the gun debate gets wrapped up in broader debates about whether the federal government is oppressive and there are conspiracy theories floating around the Internet these days all the time.
In a letter to CNN president Zucker, Trump asks for the company to donate the profits from the next GOP presidential debate to charities benefitting veterans. He says he will send Zucker a list of veterans’ groups that he feels should receive the profits from the September 16 broadcast. Trump cites news that CNN is charging as much as $200,000 for a 30-second ad during the debate — 40 times the usual price.
You should view the second debate broadcast as a public service and not accept the massive profits that this airing will generate. While I refuse to brag, and as you know very well, this tremendous increase in viewer interest and advertising is due 100% to ‘Donald J. Trump’…The veterans of our country, our finest people, have been treated horribly by our government and its ‘all talk and no action’ politicians. In fact, some would say they are treated like third class citizens — even worse, in many cases, than illegal immigrants.
CNN changes its rules so that Fiorina can participate in the second GOP debate on September 16. The original rules discounted Fiorina because the average of polls conducted between July 16 and Sept. 10 minimized the significant rise in Fiorina’s numbers since her performance of the first non-prime-time “undercard” debate of longshot contenders.
The FBI warns that Sony hackers, Guardians of Peace, are threatening CNN. Guardians of Peace message to CNN:
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CNN anchor, Lemon describes the scene from outside of a Ferguson police station and it sparks backlash among many viewers:
Obviously, there is the smell of marijuana in the air.
A CNN graphic shows record support for the issue of independence:
Johnson, friend of deceased teenager Brown speaks about the funeral, police brutality, the false police report and his friendship with Brown:
He was a good friend, never spoke down about anybody, didn’t really tease anybody about being smaller than him because he was bigger than a lot of people we were around. He was a real good friend he didn’t like to see other people down.
Brown’s parents, McSpadden and Brown Sr. speak with Cooper about the tragic shooting death of their son. They confirm their confidence with the Ferguson justice system, voice their opinions on a grand jury decision and involving the Federal government. McSpadden:
Even if this hadn’t happened people ridicule each other anyway, but he was a teenager, he was growing up, he was only 18. He had a chance to make a mistake and correct it just like the officer, he had a choice and the officer chose the wrong one. Was it really necessary…No. My son was only 18, only 18.
CNN apologizes for Magnay’s “scum” tweet saying it was specifically referring to the crowd targeting the television crew not at Israelis in general.
Network spokesman in an email to Buzzfeed:
After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter. She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew.
CNN reassigns Magnay to Moscow following her ‘scum’ tweet, and reiterates its stance that the term was used specifically to describe an Israeli crowd that she says threatened her car during a live broadcast from a hilltop nearby Sderot. The Network says:
She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew. She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken
CNN correspondent Diana Magnay reports that a crowd on an Israeli hillside cheers shells falling into Gaza, as she goes live to report on the situation:
I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes.
Cosby speaks about the Trayvon Martin case, owning a gun and racism.
How are you going to solve a race issue when it becomes he said she said OR he said, he said. What is solved by saying he’s a racist?
Reuters blogger Felix Salmon reports that an unnamed source told him that CNN will buy Mashable for more than $200 million. The source says an announcement is expected for Tuesday (May 15). The New York Times reports that CNN denied that such an announcement would be made this week and declined to comment on the potential acquisition. Mashable, too, declined to comment. However, the Times reports that three people with knowlege of the talks said that CNN and Mashable are in advanced talks that may lead to its acquisition.
Cashmore e-mails his staff to say that the “rumor going around on Twitter that Mashable will be acquired this week” was not true.
CNN hosts a debate in St. Petersburg, Florida between eight Republican presidential candidates. The questions posed to the candidates are submitted by people to YouTube, and the event is moderated by Anderson Cooper.
CNN airs a debate featuring questions submitted on YouTube to Democratic candidates for the 2008 presidential election. The show pulls the highest viewership for a debate among 18-34 year olds in history, with 2.6 million viewers total.