Are you kidding? Fox News, among others, is a whole lot tougher
Today’s News-Register editorial takes up the ethical questions surrounding the head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt. The editorial quickly dismisses the taxpayer’s money spent on his person security:
In directing what is a very politically incorrect campaign against some regulations, Pruitt is making many enemies. Consideration of security spending . . .
Trump, Oliver, Sinclair and Scarborough
The Deadspin videos (see one post down) have gone viral and helped to increase awareness of what Sinclair Broadcasting is trying to do to local TV news. Here are some of the reactions:
From President Trump:
So funny to watch Fake News Networks, among the most dishonest groups of people I have ever dealt with, criticize Sinclair Broadcasting . . .
More on the Oliver/Murray suit and the Blankenship campaign
Robert Murray's "self-pitying" letter to the judge
Coal baron mocked by John Oliver sends rambling, self-pitying letter to judge
The article . . .
Bob Murray/John Oliver, net neutrality, WV and guns
Bob Murray's suit against John Oliver is dismissed
From The Hill:
A West Virginia judge dismissed a coal mogul’s defamation lawsuit this week against cable television host John Oliver and HBO.
In a decision dated Wednesday, West Virginia Judge Jeffrey Cramer accepted HBO’s argument that Bob Murray, CEO of coal mining giant Murray Energy . . .
From the Hollywood Reporter:
HBO has lost the first round in its fight with Murray Energy over a June 18 broadcast of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, which covered President Donald Trump's generous treatment of the coal industry.
The network wanted a federal court rather than a West Virginia state judge to take up the quarrel over . . .
West Virginia ACLU files amicus brief in Murray lawsuit against HBO's "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver"
As you probably know, Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, filed a defamation suit against John Oliver and HBO for a segment on his show, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," did a couple of weeks ago on coal that featured Murray. (You can watch it here). Earlier this week, the West Virginia ACLU filed an amicus brief in the case. . . .
John Oliver strikes again!
In May, I wrote about Sinclair Broadcasting's growth in local television news. (See here and here.) Early that month, Sinclair bought Tribune Media for $4 billion making it America's largest local television station owner and it will soon be capable of reaching 70% of America. (WTOV, Channel 9 in Steubenville, is one of its stations.) . . .