FROM David Folkenflik
Fox News faces more allegations of sexual harassment Fox’s paid political commentator Julie Roginsky filed a lawsuit against Fox, claiming that former Fox News chief Roger Ailes made unwanted advances towards her, and that she was passed up for a promotion because she resisted those advances. Roginsky also says the network’s current president and its top lawyer ignored her complaints and retaliated against her. This comes a day after revelations of harassment allegations against Fox star Bill O’Reilly.
Univision buys Gawker Spanish-language media company Univision is buying embattled media company Gawker, which declared bankruptcy after losing a lawsuit brought by Hulk Hogan. Earlier this year, Univision took full ownership of Fusion, a news and entertainment outlet, and has acquired stakes in companies like satire site The Onion, and African-American commentary site The Root. It’s part of Univision’s growing media portfolio.
TV, Ratings, and the Custody of our Democracy "Go Donald!" is what CBS chief Les Moonves famously cheered during an investor call last December. And that's not because of his politics. Just last month, he quipped that, while Trump’s campaign may not be good for America, it’s "damn good for CBS." 2016 is set to be a record-breaking year for political ad spending on TV, as candidates and Super-PACS load up on anti-Trump ads. But what does it all mean for our republic?
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein faces an angry town hall crowd Senator Dianne Feinstein faced an angry crowd at her town hall in Los Angeles Thursday. The anger came from her would-be supporters -- people on the left. Also, a new bill wants to make it illegal for local police to cooperate with the feds who are targeting marijuana growers.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.