Oct 252018
Targeted by pipe bomb, CNN denounces White House's rhetoric

CNN’s president on Wednesday denounced the White House for its “total and complete lack of understanding” of the consequences of attacks against the media after the cable news network’s New York office and several prominent Democrats were sent pipe bombs. Feelings were raw over a perceived reluctance by the administration to mention that CNN was sent one of the crude devices, which also went to Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and others. A fundraising email attacking CNN sent out as the story unfolded deepened that perception. Trump’s campaign later apologised for the email. “The president, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. “Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that.” CNN has been a frequent target of Trump’s “fake news” barbs, and a “CNN sucks” chant broke out at a Monday campaign rally. Amid that backdrop, some at CNN were angered by an initial tweet by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders that condemned “the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton and other public officials,” but omitted any reference to CNN. An hour later she sent another tweet that said the White House’s condemnation “certainly includes threats made to CNN as well as current and former public servants”. The president, who has labeled reporters “enemy of the people,” condemned the threat of political violence at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday evening, and called on the media to end [Read More…]

Oct 232018
Erdogan calls for trial in Istanbul of Khashoggi suspects, terms death planned murder

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called for the trial in Istanbul of the Saudi suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a crime that he said was intricately planned days in advance. Erdogan had promised that his speech in Ankara would give the “naked truth” about the killing and he gave a host of new details while still saying Turkey wanted answers to key questions, including who gave the orders. Hours before Erdogan delivered his speech to ruling party lawmakers, a major Saudi investment forum opened in Riyadh under the heavy shadow of the murder after key delegates pulled out. The murder of the Washington Post contributor has damaged the international reputation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has spearheaded a reform drive in the kingdom. “My demand is that 18 people be tried in Istanbul,” Erdogan said in a speech to ruling party lawmakers in Ankara, referring to 18 people including security officials who have already been detained by Riyadh. He added that “all those who played a role in the murder” had to face punishment. Erdogan said that the murder was “planned” days in advance according to a “roadmap” set up by a Saudi team who were sent to Istanbul for the purpose. The surveillance system at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was deactivated on purpose, he said. “First they (the Saudis implicated) removed the hard disc from the camera system,” Erdogan said. “This is a political murder,” he added. But Erdogan added [Read More…]

Oct 022018
Irked Trump insults female reporter at press conference

Two female journalists — ABC’s Cecilia Vega and CNN’s Kaitlan Collins — were targets of a combative President Donald Trump for asking questions about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the White House on Monday. Trump called on Vega at the start of the Rose Garden event on trade and appeared to mock her. “She’s shocked that I picked her,” Trump said. “She’s, like, in a state of shock.” He appeared to mishear Vega as she answered him, “I’m not. Thank you, Mr. President.” President Donald Trump in exchange with reporter Cecilia Vega at the White House Rose Garden press conference on Monday. — AP “That’s OK,” he said. “I know you’re not thinking. You never do.” “I’m sorry?” Vega responded. “Go ahead,” Trump said. Vega asked him to clarify his feelings about the limits of the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh. Trump stopped her, saying he would talk about the subject later but first wanted to answer questions about trade. Vega pivoted to ask him about the prospects for trade legislation before Congress. Later, CNN’s Collins attempted to change the subject to ask two questions about the Kavanaugh investigation, and Trump wasn’t having it. “Don’t do that. That’s not nice,” he said, adding that he wanted to answer a question about trade and moving on to another reporter. Editorial: CNN vs Trump He came back to Collins, however, and she asked if he would consider it disqualifying if Kavanaugh was found to have been lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee [Read More…]

Nov 052017
Netflix cuts ties with Kevin Spacey after sexual misconduct allegations

Netflix Inc severed ties on Friday with Kevin Spacey, one of its biggest stars and the lead in its popular drama House of Cards, after a number of allegations of sexual misconduct against the Oscar-winning actor. The streaming company suspended production earlier this week of the upcoming sixth and final season of the political intrigue drama, in which Spacey plays US president Frank Underwood. Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey comes out as gay after being accused of child molestation “Netflix will not be involved with any further production of House of Cards that includes Kevin Spacey,” the company said in a statement late on Friday. PHOTO: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Spacey’s publicist cut ties with him on Thursday and it was not known who currently represents him. His departure may not mean the end of the show, however. “While we continue the ongoing investigation into the serious allegations concerning Kevin Spacey’s behavior on the set of House of Cards, he has been suspended, effective immediately,” Media Rights Capital, the company that produces the show, said in a statement. “MRC, in partnership with Netflix, will continue to evaluate a creative path forward for the program during the hiatus,” it said. PHOTO: VOGUE The Netflix statement also said the company will work with MRC to determine the show’s future. Spacey, who has had a successful career in film, television and theater, is one of several big names in the entertainment business to be accused of sexual misconduct by people coming forward in the wake [Read More…]

Jul 192017
Girl electrocuted in bathtub with her phone on charging

A 14-year-old girl was electrocuted as she charged her phone while bathing in Texas, US. Madison Coe was in a bathtub while she used her cellphone which was being charged at the same time. She had carefully put the device on a towel to keep it dry but fate struck her, taking her life. Before she breathed her last, Madison sent a picture of her bathtub and a text to her friend saying: “When you use [an] extension cord so you can plug your phone in while you’re in the bath.” Police believe Madison Coe, 14, sent this message to a friend before she was electrocuted in her bathtub. PHOTO COURTESY: CNN The police investigation carried out following the incident also concluded that Madison died because of the electrocution on the night of July 9. Her family left the message in the wake of her death and regretted how easily they used to do the thing unaware of the consequences. Man ‘electrocuted’ by iPhone charger in bed “She had her phone plugged into the extension cord and it was by the bathtub, and I did it, she did it, we all had sat there in the bathtub with our phones plugged in and played our games,” her stepmother said. Madison was using Samsung 6s Edge and the initial report has suggested that her mobile phone on charge had not fallen into the bathtub but she would have incidentally touched the charging cord. “There was a burn mark on her hand, [Read More…]

Apr 182017

CHICAGO: The US man wanted for killing an elderly man in Ohio and then posting a video of the murder on Facebook fatally shot himself on Tuesday after a brief pursuit in neighbouring Pennsylvania, police said. Steve Stephens, 37, had been the subject of a nationwide manhunt in the wake of Sunday’s killing in Cleveland. The incident was the latest grisly crime posted on Facebook, reviving questions about videos posted on the world’s largest social network, and how – or if – they can be monitored. The footage was eventually taken down. Stephens “was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself,” Pennsylvania State Police said on Twitter. Steve Stephens was spotted this morning by PSP members in Erie County. After a brief pursuit, Stephens shot and killed himself. — PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) April 18, 2017 The FBI had put Stephens on its Most Wanted list, and authorities were offering up to $50,000 in rewards for information leading to his capture. Stephens was accused of fatally shooting Robert Godwin Sr in Cleveland, Ohio as the 74-year-old grandfather was walking home from dinner on Easter Sunday. Stephens is believed to have videotaped his actions and published it on Facebook, along with another video threatening to kill others and claiming he had already killed 13 people. Authorities said Godwin is the only known victim despite an extensive investigation into Stephens’s claims to have killed others. Stephens’s mother told CNN she called him [Read More…]

Nov 262016

CNN viewers may have been exposed to 30 minutes of hardcore pornography on Thursday night. This was the peg used by major news outlets to run a story that proved to be false in the end. The news, which spread like wildfire across social media, was based on a single tweet by account holder @solikearose which supposedly included an image of CNN broadcasting porn instead of Anthony Bourdain’s scheduled show ‘Parts Unknown’. CNN sprang into action after the news broke out and denied airing inappropriate content to its viewers. The news channel issued a statement blaming cable operator RCN for the incident. Zuckerberg among Facebook users mistakenly declared ‘dead’ “The RCN cable operator in Boston aired inappropriate content for 30 minutes on CNN last night. CNN has asked for an explanation.” Cable operator RCN also issued a statement after investigating reports clarifying the issue. “Regarding the reported incident involving CNN in Boston, RCN has no evidence this occurrence took place on the CNN feed,” Jeff Carlson, senior vice president and general manager of RCN Boston, said in an emailed statement. “We have not had any other reports of this incident other than this single customer’s tweet.” “Our review of network operations and our call center phone logs during the last evening show no indications that this impacted any other customer than the one single customer,” the statement continued. “Only a technical review of the individual’s equipment involved could ascertain how this might have occurred. We’ve confirmed that this one customer’s [Read More…]