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Open Thread for Jan. 14, 2018…Trump’s daily Fox News briefing…

Well…Well?

We now seem to know what the President of the United State is doing everymorning while he getting paid to help the world get thru a another day….

He’s watching Fox News, which he  seems think is  MORE informative and trustworhy than his own government information sources…….

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Everyone has a theory about Trump’s hyperaggressive early morning tweetstorms. Some think they are a deliberate ploy the president uses to distract the press from his administration’s potential weaknesses, or to frame the public debate to his liking. Others warn his rapid shifts from one topic to another indicate mental instability.

But my many hours following the president’s tweets for Media Matters for America, the progressive media watchdog organization, have convinced me the truth is often much simpler: The president is just live-tweeting Fox, particularly the network’s Trump-loving morning show, Fox & Friends.

It’s no secret, of course, that the president likes to tweet about what he sees on TV. Thanks to diligent reporting from the White House beat, we know Trump often watches several hours of cable news each day via the “Super TiVo” he had installed at the White House. And journalists at CNN, the Washington Post, New York magazine, among others, have compiled lists of Trump tweets they believe were inspired by Fox.

But here’s what is shocking: After comparing the president’s tweets with Fox’s coverage every day since October, I can tell you that the Fox-Trump feedback loop is happening far more often than you think. There is no strategy to Trump’s Twitter feed; he is not trying to distract the media. He is being distracted. He darts with quark-like speed from topic to topic in his tweets because that’s how cable news works.

Here’s what’s also shocking: A man with unparalleled access to the world’s most powerful information-gathering machine, with an intelligence budget estimated at $73 billion last year, prefers to rely on conservative cable news hosts to understand current events….

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The United States of America will contest the 36th America’s Cup/Auckland 2021

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The United States is back to try to get their Cup back. The New York Yacht Club which won the oldest Trophy in International Sport back in British Waters 1851 and then renamed it the America’s Cup will contest the Competition 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. The NYYC will be represented by Bella Mente Racing with assist from Quantum Racing. Their Skipper will be American Terry Hutchinson, Helmsman will apparently be New Zealander Dean Barker.
The Entry-Period for additional Teams besides the Challenger of Record Luna Rossa Challenge from Italy will open on New Years Day (1st January 2018) and run 6 month until the 30th of June 2018….

The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Emirates Team New Zealand welcome the announcement that the New York Yacht Club will challenge for the 36th America’s Cup.

 To have the most famous yacht club in America’s Cup history back after a 14 year hiatus is a significant boost to the event and the principles of tradition and fair play which the Protocol for the 36th America’s Cup is built on.

Grant Dalton, CEO of Emirates Team New Zealand was quick to welcome the news of the challenge having had long associations with two of the key yachtsmen leading the Challenge- Doug DeVos and the CEO Terry Hutchinson- formerly Emirates Team New Zealand tactician in Valencia in 2007.

“As exciting as it is to have a challenge from the New York Yacht Club, I am equally enthused having Hap Fauth, Doug & Terry in the America’s Cup. They are all highly respected and successful individuals and have no shortage of achievements in the top level of competitive monohull sailing in the Maxi72 class and the TP52 classes with series wins and World Championships to their names.”

“There is no question that they will be a formidable Challenger.”…

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Mark Hamill didn’t like his ‘Skywalker’ character in ‘Last Jedi’…

Hmmmm?

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The actor Mark Hamill just lasered in on why he disliked how director Rian Johnson had him play Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

“He’s not my Luke Skywalker,” Hamill, who originated the part in the iconic space opera four decades ago, proclaimed of his role in the new movie.

MILD SPOILER ALERT:

“The Last Jedi” shows the character in hiding, and Hamill appeared to take issue with that.

“I said to Rian, I said ‘Jedis don’t give up.’ I mean, even if he had a problem, he would maybe take a year to try and regroup, but if he made a mistake he would try and right that wrong, so right there, we had a fundamental difference, but, it’s not my story anymore,” Hamill, 66, said in an interview posted to YouTube on Wednesday. “It’s somebody else’s story, and Rian needed me to be a certain way to make the ending effective.”…

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Disney to buy 21st Century Fox Entertainment Group…

The Big ….Get BIGGER….

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Disney is buying a huge chunk of 21st Century Fox in a deal that promises to reshape the media industry and help the entertainment giant fend off digital rivals such as Netflix.

The $52.4 billion deal will combine two of the biggest players in Hollywood.

The sale represents a remarkable turn in the career of octogenarian mogul Rupert Murdoch, who is cashing out after building a major media empire. For its part, Disney (DIS) is adding even more prime entertainment assets to an already swollen portfolio as it battles upstart streaming services that have undercut the traditional cable subscription model.

In addition to 21st Century Fox’s movie studio and regional sports networks, Disney is buying cable channels FX and National Geographic. Disney will also get Fox’s stakes in Hulu and European pay-TV provider Sky (SKYAY).

Prior to the deal closing, 21st Century Fox (FOX) will separate the Fox broadcasting network, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and some national sports networks into a new company that will be spun off to its shareholders. The remaining properties would ideally in the coming years merge with News Corp., from which they split in 2013….

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ premiere kicks off with cheers…

The latest movie about the ‘Force’ and Luke Skywalker appears to be every much of a hit the other movies in the series has been…

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It’s World  Premier was in Hollywood on Dec. 9 th before a crowd of 2,200 in Hollywood …The release date for the movie is Friday Dec. 15…..

Luke Skywalker is back to Star Wars in triumphant style.

Mark Hamill was the featured attraction at the world premiere for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Saturday night, the last star to be introduced to the stage of the Shrine Auditorium by writer-director Rian Johnson.

Also from the premiere: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Raves dominate in first Twitter reactions

Hamill hammed with his entrance, popping his collar in front of the wildly cheering crowd of 2,200, before swanning to his spot onstage with fellow actors Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Benicio del Toro and John Boyega.

More: Love for Leia (and Carrie Fisher) could push ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ to a $200M opening

This was even before the theater lights dropped to see Hamill performing Luke Skywalker’s dramatic and full return to the beloved sci-fi franchise. Hamill briefly appeared at the end of 2015’s The Force Awakens.

Formal reviews for The Last Jedi have been embargoed before the Dec.15 opening. But the film received wild applause and exclamation from audience members in key moments, including the first time the robed Skywalker appeared onscreen…..

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DC Comic’s Justice League did $94M last weekend domestically ….

Some people are VERY disappointed in those numbers…..

My oldest son saw the movie….

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He thought it was just Ok….(He raved about the new Thor Movie)

Justice League opened to a tepid $94 millionlast weekend, a figure that has set off a new round of murmurs in Hollywood. The weak ticket sales are proof that the wild success of Marvel’s grand comic-book experiment should be seen as an exception rather than the rule—that simply teaming up big-name heroes isn’t enough to ensure a financial win. In the five years since Marvel officially struck gold with The Avengers, every major studio has worked to plan scores of expensive franchise films intended to build up to a guaranteed payout, but audiences already seem to be growing tired of this scheme.

After the critical and financial triumph of Wonder Woman this summer ($821 million worldwide on a $150 million budget), it seemed like the DC Comics movies had finally turned their fortunes around. Earlier offerings like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were critically reviled but made decent money anyway; Wonder Woman outgrossed them both domestically, despite a lower opening weekend, showing that positive word of mouth still mattered even for an action-packed superhero film. Justice League was more in line with previous efforts, recording a 39 percent Rotten Tomatoes score(compared to Wonder Woman’s 92 percent)…..

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International numbers for Justice league are better….@$185M…..(Thor @ $739M)

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Kneeling isn’t hurting the NFL…Overexposure is….

The idea has been brought up that the kneeling during the national anthem was the causing the National Football owners a loss in viewership….

A few of those owners have been quietly expressing frustration with the continuing of the action by their players…

But the Wall Street Journal is out with different reason for a decline in people watching NFL games…

Too much product ….

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Media executives are rallying around an explanation for the National Football League’s declining TV ratings: too much football available in too many places.

Total NFL ratings through the first seven weeks have declined 5% compared with last year and about 15% versus the same stretch in 2015, which was a very strong season for the league.

The league’s aggressive media strategy in recent years has led to a flurry of new offerings: an increase of Thursday night games; games available on Verizon mobile phones and Amazon’s streaming service; highlights on the NFL-owned cable channel RedZone and social-media platforms; and full-game replays on an NFL subscription service called GamePass.

The fear among TV executives is that this has backfired, devaluing the programming.

“I think there’s a question mark for the NFL, which is just to think hard about how they are licensing,”…

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Astros beat Dodgers 5-1 to capture first World Series championship

…Story from the NY Daily News…

From laughingstock to lift off. George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7.

Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s. “I always believed that we could make it,” All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve said. “We did this for them.”

For a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off an ineffective Yu Darvish. Hardly the excitement fans felt during the Cubs’ 10-inning thriller in Cleveland last fall.

Well, except for everyone wearing bright orange. “We’re coming home a champion, Houston,” Springer said after accepting the World Series MVP trophy named this year after Willie Mays for the first time…..

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Lady Gaga and five former presidents…..One America Appeal….

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The former President’s got together to sponsor a concert aimed at raising money for the victims the series of hurricane’s this fall….They have made $31 million so far….
Lady Gaga poised with them has gone viral…..
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Megyn Kelly ain’t doing too good over at the ‘Today Show’

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Turns out that former Fox Cable star isn’t what NBC audiances like and want to watch….And she can’t get bookings to show up either….

Megyn Kelly’s slot of the ‘‘Today’’ show desperately needs a ratings boost after less than a month on the air.

On Thursday, Hoda Kotb, the ever-upbeat popular ‘‘Today’’ host from another hour, appeared as a guest. They chatted. They danced. They tried to get the audience on its feet dancing, too

Critics hated the moment.

‘‘I’ve never been so embarrassed,’’ tweeted BuzzFeed News’s Kate Aurthur. ‘‘I feel nothing but second-hand embarrassment for Megyn Kelly,’’ chimed in media critic Ian Miles Cheong. Vulture called the clip ‘‘22 nearly unbearable seconds.’’

Last year, Kelly was a rising star on Fox News, earning national headlines for her dogged questioning of presidential candidate Donald Trump. But her short tenure on NBC’s ‘‘Megyn Kelly Today’’ continues to be challenging both for her and the network.

The show premiered on Sept. 25, and its ratings continue to tank.

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LA Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs 11-1 to advance to first World Series since 1988

…from the LA Times….

Enrique Hernandez celebrates his grand slam. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Dodgers rout Cubs 11-1 to advance to World Series

  

Bottom of the ninth. Kenley Jansen pitching.

Kris Bryant flied to left.

Anthony Rizzo flied to deep right.

Willson Contreras lined to short.

DODGERS WIN!

image…Enrique Hernandez celebrates his grand slam. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Eminem knocks ‘kamikaze, racist, orange’ Trump and his supporters…

In the four-minute freestyle, filmed in a car park in Detroit and titled The Storm, Eminem called out the US president on issues including his behaviour towards North Korea, his support for white supremacists and his penchant for tweeting.

In the rap he refers to the US president as “a kamikaze that’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust”. In a reference to the orange superhero the Thing from the Fantastic Four comic books, he raps: “Racism’s the only thing he’s Fantastic Four / Cause that’s how he gets his fucking rocks off and he’s orange.”

Eminem, who has criticised Trump in the past, also waded into the NFL national anthem protest saga and threw his support behind the player Colin Kaepernick, who was first to take a knee and who inspired widespread protests that have extended outside of football and enraged Trump….

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