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Outrage simmers over Fox News column on the Holocaust - Oct. 12, 2015

A Fox News contributor with a history of inflammatory and racially charged analysis has generated a new uproar with his defense of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson's recent comments on the Holocaust.

In a column published Friday on FoxNews.com, Dr. Keith Ablow wrote that Carson was right …


NY Comic Con: Why all those costumes matter to big media

New York (CNN) — New York City became the comic book capital of the country this weekend as New York Comic Con took over the Big Apple.

But away from the roughly 170,000 attendees dressed up as every colorful character from Spider-Man to Darth Vader, comic conventions have also become important for …


Iran finds Jason Rezaian guilty. Washington Post calls it 'injustice'

New York (CNN) — Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has been convicted by a Revolutionary Court in Iran, according to state-run media.

Rezaian was reportedly facing up to 20 years, but the sentence was not specified on Monday.

He has already been behind bars for more than a year. Rezaian was …

Middle East

Ex-editor Matthew Keys convicted in Los Angeles Times hack - Oct. 7, 2015

Former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys was found guilty of helping hackers break into the Los Angeles Times website and deface one of its headlines, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

Keys, 28, faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on January 20, 2016.

He was found …

Los Angeles

Stephen Colbert's audience is much younger and bigger than Letterman's - Oct. 9, 2015

Colbert and Fallon compete for presidential punchlines

After a month as host of "The Late Show," Stephen Colbert is almost even with rival Jimmy Fallon with a viewership that is significantly larger than his predecessor David Letterman.

In its first four weeks, "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" is …

Stephen Colbert

Fox Sports hit for using Trump to promo Mexican soccer match - Oct. 9, 2015

Fox Sports has come under fire for using Donald Trump's remarks about Mexicans to promote a soccer match between the U.S. and Mexican national teams.

The 30-second spot, which features excerpts from one of Trump's campaign speeches interspersed with a montage of highlights that include Mexican …


Netflix raises price $1 to $9.99 - Oct. 8, 2015

5 stunning stats about Netflix

Netflix is about to cost you a bit more.

The popular streaming TV service is hiking the cost of its standard plan from $8.99 a month to $9.99.

Customers might complain, but investors cheered the news. Netflix (NFLX, Tech30) stock, which was down earlier in the day, …


Donald Trump's latest media targets: Erick Erickson and Glenn Beck

Los Angeles (CNN) — Donald Trump, the relentless Twitter critic of the 2016 presidential campaign, has set his sights on conservative pundits Erick Erickson and Glenn Beck.

On Thursday, Trump tweeted that Erickson had been "fired like a dog" from RedState, the right-wing commentary website he …

Donald Trump

DraftKings and FanDuel ads seem to be everywhere on TV because they are - Oct. 8, 2015

Here's how to cheat at fantasy football

Even if you don't play fantasy sports, there is a good chance you were familiar with DraftKings and FanDuel before they were embroiled in allegations of insider betting.

The two companies have blanketed the airwaves, ensuring that virtually any television …


ABC Family is changing its name to 'Freeform' - Oct. 7, 2015

ABC Family is getting a makeover.

The Disney (DIS)-owned cable channel announced Tuesday that it plans to change its name to "Freeform" in January, aiming to attract television viewers who are 14 to 34 years old.

The channel said it has dubbed that audience segment "becomers," because they are in the …

ABC Family

Ben Carson defends Rupert Murdoch over 'real black president' tweet

New York (CNN) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson defended Rupert Murdoch on Thursday over an inflammatory tweet suggesting that Carson would be a "real black president."

Carson called the controversy over Murdoch's tweet "much to do about nothing," during an interview with CNN's Wolf …

Ben Carson

People magazine calls for action against gun violence

New York (CNN) — The next edition of People magazine comes with a call for action against gun violence and contact information for every member of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

The highly unusual step by People, one of the best-known magazines in America, is the product of severe …


Bill Simmons rails against ESPN during panel

New York (CNN) — Bill Simmons accused ESPN Wednesday of going soft on its coverage of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to protect its lucrative bid to air NFL football games.

"The way you've seen ESPN cover the NFL recently has been really shaky," Simmons said during a panel session at Vanity Fair's …

Bill Simmons

Rupert Murdoch: Ben Carson would be a 'real black president'

New York (CNN) — Rupert Murdoch, one of the world's most powerful media moguls, posted a tweet Wednesday night that seemingly questioned whether President Obama is a "real black president."

The tweet ricocheted around the web and was widely denounced.

Murdoch's tweet was championing Ben Carson, a …

Ben Carson

New York Times 'transformation' to rely on digital subscriptions - Oct. 7, 2015

The New York Times is seeking to more than double its digital subscribers by the end of the decade, according to a new strategy memo shared with employees on Wednesday.

"What's needed adds up to a transformation of the company," Times Company CEO Mark Thompson and Editor-in-Chief Dean Baquet wrote. …

Mark Thompson

Matt Drudge scolds Hillary, the media and 'sickness of the American people'

New York (CNN) — Conservative media entrepreneur Matt Drudge gave a very rare public interview on Tuesday in which he lashed out at Hillary Clinton, mainstream media and the uniformity of American culture in the digital age.

The exchange provided a glimpse into the mind of one of the most …

Matt Drudge

ESPN ends DraftKings-sponsored segments

New York (CNN) — ESPN said Tuesday that it's pulling on-air segments sponsored by one of the companies implicated in a possible scandal that's rocked the billion dollar world of fantasy sports.

During an afternoon appearance on "Outside the Lines," ESPN anchor Bob Ley detailed how the company is …

Fantasy Sports

Jay Leno on why he didn't appear on Letterman's final shows

New York (CNN) — One of the biggest questions leading up to David Letterman's final run as "Late Show" host was whether long-time rival Jay Leno would appear to say goodbye.

Leno was invited by the "Late Show" staff, but he declined to be part of the Letterman finale.

In an interview with Adweek, …

Jay Leno

Al Jazeera America digital staffers vote to unionize - Oct. 6, 2015

The digital staffers at Al Jazeera America have overwhelmingly voted to unionize, ending a tense period with management and becoming the latest in a string of online news organization to unionize.

In a vote that was administered by the National Labor Relations Board, the staffers voted to 32-5 to be …

Worker's Rights

Twitter launches Moments

New York (CNN) — Now you can view Twitter through an editor's eyes.

A new feature on the social media platform called Moments lets users follow editor-curated events from start to finish.

Twitter app users will find a lightning bolt icon next to their notifications and messages beginning Tuesday. …

Social Media

MSNBC has new roles for Steve Kornacki and Alex Wagner

Los Angeles (CNN) — MSNBC's Steve Kornacki will leave his weekend gig and join Chuck Todd's "MTP Daily" as the Monday host.

The announcement Monday was the latest addition to the channel's rapidly shifting weekday news lineup.

Kornacki's weekend time slot will be replaced by a new show hosted by Alex …

Alex Wagner

Erick Erickson to leave RedState - Oct. 5, 2015

The outspoken conservative pundit Erick Erickson is leaving RedState, the website he founded more than a decade ago, in the wake of its acquisition by Salem Communications.

"I am leaving at the end of this year," Erickson, the site's chairman and editor-in-chief, wrote on Monday. He attributed the …

Erick Erickson

Los Angeles Times newsroom cuts to begin this week - Oct. 5, 2015

The long-anticipated staff cuts at The Los Angeles Times will begin this week and will likely target at least one-tenth of the paper's newsroom, CNNMoney has learned.

On Monday, Tribune Publishing (TPUB) announced a new "Employee Voluntary Separation Program" (read: buyouts) and warned that "there …

Los Angeles

Hillary Clinton does Trump impression on 'SNL'

New York (CNN) — Hillary Clinton met her "SNL" counterpart and won laughs Saturday night with her imitation of Donald Trump.

The Democratic frontrunner appeared on the 41st season premiere of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" playing a bartender named "Val" who kept the drinks coming to cast member Kate …

Donald Trump

'No Notoriety' campaign to not name mass murderers sees progress

New York (CNN) — The family members of shooting victims who launched a campaign called "No Notoriety," aimed at discouraging news coverage of mass murderers, are starting to feel like they're succeeding.

There has been a noticeable pullback in the amount of press attention being given to gunmen, …

University of California

Crossword puzzles galore now at Wall Street Journal

New York (CNN) — Crossword puzzle fanatics are very protective of what they consider to be theirs.

They get to know the patterns of their puzzle makers, are familiar with a designer's recurring clues, and even how the puzzle maker thinks.

Crosswords may even provide a rythmn in solvers' lives whether …


Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Reagan' tops New York Times' list

New York (CNN) — The King of Cable News has once again staked his claim as the King of Nonfiction.

"Killing Reagan," the latest in the Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's blockbuster series on historical figures, has topped the most recent edition of the New York Times best sellers list for hardcover …

Bill O'Reilly

NBC's 'Today' show savors a month of wins over 'GMA' - Oct. 2, 2015

Has NBC's "Today" show just started a brand-new winning streak?

On Friday the network celebrated four straight weeks of ratings wins in the category that matters most to morning show advertisers, viewers ages 25 to 54.

"'Today' is #1 for a month," NBC's press release declared, calling this the show's …


Hillary Clinton reportedly to make 'Saturday Night Live' surprise - Oct. 1, 2015

Hillary Clinton is reportedly making a "surprise" appearance on this weekend's premiere of "Saturday Night Live."

The Democratic presidential candidate is scheduled to be on the 41st season premiere of "SNL" this weekend, the New York Times reported earlier. Clinton will appear alongside cast member …

Hillary Clinton