BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 13 September, 2018


13 September, 2018

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[48 days in a row]


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Joburg Motorists Get Daily Inspiration from Chalkboard Wisdom! (SAPeople)
"If you have to choose between drinking wine every day or being skinny, which would you choose? Red or white?")

Garrison Keillor: Old man spends Sunday among Lutherans
Bayfield is an old fishing and lumbering town whose main industry now is tourism. The town has tried to kill off tourism by raising the price of rooms to a Manhattan level but people still come from near and far to look at the lake. I myself would rather look at Lutherans, so I did that instead.

Greg Sargent: If Democrats win, they'll have a big mess to clean up (Washington Post)
Congressional scholar Norman Ornstein suggested to me today that it's crucial that in restoring oversight, it "can't just be the gotcha kind." This means looking not just at media-friendly topics such as Russia and Trump's tax returns, but also at failures of governance. As Ornstein put it, if Democrats take power, they must "look at mismanagement and malfeasance in programs and agencies," that is, at "what went wrong and why." There are some obvious candidates for this. Real oversight might examine the governmental response to Hurricane Maria and the shockingly high death toll that may have resulted in part from it. There is a lot to examine on immigration, too.

KRIS KOLESNIK: GOP destroyed oversight - Dems obligated to clean up mess if elected (The Hill)
These steps would go a long way toward restoring institutional integrity and public confidence in congressional oversight. It all starts with - and cannot be done without - leadership. Republicans have demonstrated they have none. Let's see if the Democrats get their opportunity. If they squander it, I'll be on their case, too.

Paul Waldman: Here comes the next major GOP policy initiative. You'll never guess what it is. (Washington Post)
You'll never guess what it is: "House Republicans bracing for November's midterm elections unveiled a second round of tax cuts on Monday that could add more than $2 trillion to the federal deficit over a decade, aiming to cement the steep cuts they passed last fall despite criticisms of fiscal profligacy and tailoring their policies to help the rich."

Paul Waldman: Trump's long history of lying about 9/11 and exploiting it for personal gain (Washington Post)
Here's the story as Trump told it: "Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering." The next day, ABC News's George Stephanopoulos confronted Trump with the fact that the police and journalists who investigated this rumor say that it never happened. Trump replied that he had watched it on TV, despite the fact that there is no video anywhere of such a thing happening, then said, "There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations."

Greg Sargent: Another big Woodward reveal: Trump's bottomless bad faith and nonstop lying (Washington Post)
The firing of Comey and the pressure on Sessions, of course, are central to the case that Trump may have obstructed justice. In this regard, Woodward also reports that in multiple private meetings, Mueller directly told Trump's team that he wants to interview Trump for the express purpose of gauging Trump's "corrupt intent" toward the investigation. Trump's lawyers are now leaning toward refusing any face-to-face interview in which Mueller would ask questions designed to plumb that intent. Given what we've now learned, is there really any wonder why?

Justin Wolfers: Money Really Does Lead to a More Satisfying Life (NY Times)
But eventually, science corrects itself. After 40 years, three determined economists, thousands of lottery winners and reams of detailed data have revealed a more reliable but less romantic truth: Money really does help people lead a more satisfying life.

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This 1953 novelty song, written on the 500th anniversary of the fall of a city to the Ottomans, was also the first gold record for The Four Lads. What is the title of this song?

       "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"                                                      Source

"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" is a 1953 novelty song, with lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy and music by Nat Simon. Written on the 500th anniversary of the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, the lyrics humorously refer to the official 1930 renaming of the city of Constantinople to Istanbul. The song's original release was certified as a gold record.

"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" was originally recorded by the Canadian vocal quartet The Four Lads on August 12, 1953. This recording was released by Columbia Records as catalog number 40082. It first reached the Billboard magazine charts on October 24, 1953, and it peaked at #10. It was the group's first gold record.

One of the better-known versions of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" is the cover by the alternative rock band They Might Be Giants (TMBG), who released it on their album Flood in 1990. It was released as the second single from that album in the same year. TMBG's version is at a faster tempo than the original.        Source

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" - YouTube

They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - YouTube

The Four Lads - Istanbul (not Constantinople) - YouTube

The Original "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" | Mental Floss

Kevin K., in Washington, DC, was first, and correct, with:
   "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"

Adam answered:
   Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Dave said:
   Istanbul (Not Contantinople). I listened to a few seconds of it on You Tube and I realized I had heard it before, although I didn't recognize the group's name.

Randall wrote:
   Istanbul (not Constantinople)

DJ Useo replied:
   Istanbul (Not Constantinople). A real gem, imho.

Michael Dare responded:
   Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

Deborah said:
   I'm thinking it's "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" and I'm prepared to be wrong (although I don't think I am).
  A dry cold front has arrived. We're wearing cardigans and long-sleeved t-shirts. How nice it is.

Joe S     wrote:
   Well it wasn't Constantinople.
  (I remember that song, I was 9.)

Noel S. answered:
   "Istanbul", (formerly Constantinople)

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North Carolina didn't like science on sea levels so passed a law against it | US news | The Guardian

The Old Man and the Gun review - Redford radiates swagger and class | Film | The Guardian

Green Book review - charming deep south road trip is worth taking | Film | The Guardian

Revealed In 'Fear': Pence Lied About Flynn

Senator Chris Murphy wins Twitter today

FDA Cracks Down On Juul And Other E-Cigarettes Sold To Teens | HuffPost

Tucker Carlson Gets Schooled By Brit Hume On His Own Show | HuffPost

The anti-Trump backlash is gathering force. These new polls confirm it. - The Washington Post

From China's art to India's idols, its time for Western countries return stolen colonial-era loot - The Washington Post

House Republicans are not only loath to investigate Trump, they're confusing the actual facts - The Washington Post

Lying to buy a gun? Don't worry about the feds. - The Washington Post

Top civil servants leaving Trump administration at a quick clip - The Washington Post

Top civil servants leaving Trump administration at a quick clip - The Washington Post

The racist Serena cartoon is straight out of 1910 (Opinion) - CNN

How I ended abstinence-only sex education in my school (opinion) - CNN

How far can California push the nation - and the world? Jerry Brown's climate summit may provide the answer

Corruption caused the collapse of buildings in 2017 Mexico City earthquake, a new report finds

California needs to take another look at its Catholic Church sexual abuse cases

Poll: Midwest Abandons Trump, Fueling Democratic Advantage For Control Of Congress : NPR

Fact Check: Is Trump or Obama Behind Booming Economy? : NPR

Marijuana Use Increasing Among Older Adults : Shots - Health News : NPR

Amid Trump admin headwinds, major summit seeks new ways to fight global warming

'They would've lost them anyway': Trump comforts farmers losing farms due to tariffs

Pipeline in Hurricane Florence's Potential Path Poses Added Danger

New deficit numbers shred Republican talking points on tax breaks | MSNBC

Climate change wrought Hurricane Florence, this freak of nature - The Washington Post

Rightwing Australian politicians attack girl, 9, over anthem protest | Australia news | The Guardian

It's not just FEMA: ICE quietly got an extra $200 million - CNNPolitics

Australia is the nicest racist country you will ever see (opinion) - CNN

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Tribe 8 was a lesbian/transgender punk bank from San Francisco. One problem that they ran into while on tour was getting bathroom privileges-sometimes when they went into the women's room women told them that they were in the wrong bathroom. Their appearance really does sometimes confuse people about their gender. Vocalist Lynn Breedlove says, "Little old ladies will come in the women's room behind us, and then they'll pop out and look at the sign on the door." Once, an old man followed them into the men's room because he thought that they were men. Ms. Breedlove says, "He jumped out." Rhythm guitarist Lynn Feather has actually lifted her shirt to show that she has breasts and to prove that she is in the correct bathroom. The band wrote a song about this problem; of course, the song is titled "Wrong Bathroom."

Comedian Robert Klein's father never ate vegetables because he thought salad was a dish fit only for cows. As a result, his bowel movements were infrequent. Once, when Robert was young, the urge suddenly came on his father, who dashed for the bathroom. Immediately, he yelled for Robert to bring him an umbrella. Robert did as he was told, and when he opened the door to the bathroom, he saw his father sitting on the throne, and above his father, hanging on a clothesline, were his mother's dripping undergarments.

As a very young gymnast, Dominique Moceanu trained with Leila Pallardy, whose mother was a nurse who greatly stressed hygiene. At an out-of-state meet, Leila advised Dominique, "Whatever you do, don't sit on the toilet seat in the airplane and in the rest rooms at the airport." In their hotel room, Leila noticed that the bathroom was "messy," so she said, "What the heck? Somebody is not hitting the toilet here." Dominique replied, "Well, you told me not ever to sit down."

Saul Bellow and his literary agent, Harriet Wasserman, once had dinner at the home of Allan Bloom, who kept jumping up to get something from the kitchen. Each time he went past a palm tree that Mr. Bellow thought was very ugly, its fronds brushed his backside. Mr. Bellow watched this for a while, then he told Mr. Bloom, "Allan, now I know what that plant's good for."

Pope John XXIII once looked over the plans an architect had submitted for a new building that would be built on Vatican grounds, then returned the plans to the architect with this note in Latin: Non sumus angeli(We are not angels). The architect was puzzled by the note-until he realized that the plans for the new building did not include bathrooms.

After staying at the very expensive Hotel Bristol in Paris, Peg Bracken learned that after each guest leaves the hotel, the toilet seat in the guest's accommodations is removed, scraped, and revarnished.

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Polarization in Poland: A Warning From Europe - The Atlantic

Over 12,000 Migrant Children are Being Detained | The Cut

Brett Kavanaugh Exposed As Ken Starr's Designated Leaker - The National Memo - Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Union leaders move to keep Kavanaugh from Supreme Court - POLITICO

This tweet shows how Republicans team up with Fox News to confuse the nation - ThinkProgress

Report: Conservative Groups Backing Jim Jordan To Lead House GOP Despite Allegations From Wrestlers - Talking Points Memo

Right mounts campaign to make Jim Jordan the GOP leader - POLITICO

Trump and the Russian mob: why the relationship is deeper than you think - Vox

Trump's most outrageous storm descriptions - a series - POLITICO

Trump deflects Puerto Rico criticism by attacking San Juan mayor - ThinkProgress

Rick Santorum incorrectly called Puerto Rico a "country" on CNN, and Anderson Cooper said nothing |

Trump took $10 million from FEMA's budget to pay for ICE detention centers - ThinkProgress

Incarcerated people will be left behind to face Hurricane Florence despite mass evacuations - ThinkProgress

Donald Trump's lack of normal human empathy is more than disturbing - it's dangerous |

Colin Kaepernick Nike Ad Generator | A SoFriendly Site

Stream Tom Waits and Marc Ribot - "Bella Ciao" | New Music | Consequence of Sound

'Designing Women' Creator on Les Moonves: Not All Harassment Is Sexual [Exclusive] | Hollywood Reporter





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

If you've ever thought about sending Marty a love offering this would be an excellent time.

Many thanks to Doug G, Dr. Michael, BadtotheBoneBob, Michelle, Billy in Cypress, David of Moon Valley, Richard, Jack, Roy, Michael, John, and Tom for the support.

Also, thanks for the continued support from my pillars, Linda, Sally, and Barbara.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Young Sheldon', then a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a RERUN 'SWAT'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, Judy Greer, and First Aid Kit.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Mel B, Dr. Phil McGraw, Olivia Munn, and Good Charlotte.

NBC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Good Place', followed by another RERUN 'The Good Place', then still another RERUN 'The Good Place', followed by yet another RERUN 'The Good Place', then a RERUN 'L&O: SVU'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Blake Lively and Carrie Underwood.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Keira Knightley, Neal Brennan, and Caitlyn Smith.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Michel Gondry, Deafheaven, Shannon Purser.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'Celebrity Family Feud', followed by a FRESH 'Match Game', then a FRESH 'Take Two'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Cate Blanchett, Ben Mendelsohn, and the Chainsmokers.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Supernatural', followed by a RERUN 'The Originals'.

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef', followed by a RERUN 'The Gifted'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: CI', followed by another old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then another FRESH 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'Nightwatch Nation'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Chronicles Of Riddick', followed by the movie 'Men In Black', then the movie 'Men In Black II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Unusual Suspects
 [7:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 4-Detour
 [8:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-The Post-Modern Prometheus
 [9:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Christmas Carol
 [10:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Emily
 [11:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Kitsunegari
 [12:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Schizogeny
 [1:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Chinga
 [2:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Kill Switch
 [3:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Bad Blood
 [4:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Patient X
 [5:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-The Red and the Black
 [6:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-The Pine Bluff Variant
 [7:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 19-Folie a Deux
 [8:00PM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 20-The End
 [11:30PM]    THE X-FILES: FIGHT THE FUTURE (1998)
 [2:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-The Beginning
 [3:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Drive
 [4:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-Dreamland
 [5:00AM]    THE X-FILES - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-Dreamland II    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', another 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH 'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Flipping Out', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'The Office' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Jose Andres.

FX has the movie 'X-Men: Apocalypse', followed by a FRESH 'Snowfall'.

History has 'Mountain Men', another 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH 'Mountain Men', then a FRESH 'American Pickers: Bonus Buys'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Back to the Woods
 [6:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Weirdo Beach
 [7:00AM]    AIRPLANE!
 [11:00AM]    TITAN A.E.
 [1:00PM]    SEMI-PRO
 [3:00PM]    WAYNE'S WORLD
 [5:00PM]    THE MASK
 [7:00PM]    THE MASK
 [9:00PM]    WAYNE'S WORLD
 [11:00PM]    WAYNE'S WORLD 2
 [1:00AM]    SEMI-PRO
 [3:00AM]    WAYNE'S WORLD 2
 [5:00AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Back to the Woods
 [5:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Woman Haters     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:05am]    the andy griffith show
 [6:40am]    the andy griffith show
 [7:15am]    the andy griffith show
 [7:50am]    the andy griffith show
 [8:25am]    the andy griffith show
 [9:00am]    the andy griffith show
 [9:30am]    the andy griffith show
 [10:00am]    the andy griffith show
 [10:30am]    the andy griffith show
 [11:00am]    dirty dancing: havana nights
 [1:00pm]    law & order
 [2:00pm]    law & order
 [3:00pm]    law & order
 [4:00pm]    law & order
 [5:00pm]    law & order
 [6:00pm]    law & order
 [7:00pm]    law & order
 [8:00pm]    law & order
 [9:00pm]    law & order
 [10:00pm]    law & order
 [11:00pm]    law & order
 [12:00am]    this close
 [12:30am]    this close
 [1:05am]    law & order
 [2:05am]    law & order
 [3:04am]    rectify
 [4:06am]    rectify
 [5:08am]    rectify    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Anaconda', followed by the movie 'Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 8/22/18) are Bill Burr, Regina Hall, and Marina Franklin.

 [6:00 AM]      Ada (1961)
 [8:00 AM]      Boom Town (1940)
 [10:00 AM]      Without Reservations (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      The Secret Heart (1946)
 [1:45 PM]      Parrish (1961)
 [4:15 PM]      Skylark (1941)
 [6:00 PM]      It Happened One Night (1934)
 [8:00 PM]      Anna Lucasta (1958)
 [10:00 PM]      A Warm December (1972)
 [12:00 AM]      A Patch Of Blue (1965)
 [2:00 AM]      One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
 [4:00 AM]      King of Hearts (1967)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  09/14/18

 [6:00 AM]      Our Blushing Brides (1930)
 [7:45 AM]      After Office Hours (1935)
 [9:00 AM]      No More Ladies (1935)
 [10:30 AM]      Bombshell (1933)
 [12:15 PM]      The Women (1939)
 [2:45 PM]      Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940)
 [3:00 PM]      Madame Satan (1930)
 [5:00 PM]      The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
 [8:00 PM]      The Odd Couple (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      The Goodbye Girl (1977)
 [12:00 AM]      Lost in Yonkers (1993)
 [2:15 AM]      Breakin' (1984)
 [4:00 AM]      Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1985)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Queen Of The South', followed by a FRESH 'Shooter'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Sep. 14, 1990) - Park Overall, Pete Sampras, and Bob Hope.

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Seth Meyers, Bruce Springsteen

Stand Up

Top comedians and musicians will come together for the 12th annual Stand Up for Heroes on Monday, Nov. 5 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. Seth Meyers, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan, Eric Church, and surprise guests will take the stage to honor post-9/11 impacted veterans and their families, and raise money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Bob and Lee Woodruff partnered with New York Comedy Festival founders to launch the annual event 11 years ago, which to date has raised more than $45 million to help injured veterans, service members, and their families. In 2017, the foundation awarded $4.7 million in grants to nearly 50 programs.

"As Lee and I began our own journey of recovery from my injuries, we were inspired and committed to do something in return for those who risk so much and ask for so little," said Bob Woodruff, ABC News correspondent and co-founder of the foundation. "Stand Up for Heroes was our way to come together with our veterans and their families so that we could laugh, heal and share in the incredible stories that have defined this movement."

Meyers, Springsteen, Stewart, and Meyers have previously performed at SUFH, and over the years other artists who have taken the stage for the event include Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, and Robin Williams.

Stand Up



Nails It

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm is calling B.S. on the negative attitudes associated with seeking mental health help.

In a new interview on the show "In Depth With Graham Bensinger,"the actor talked about going to therapy and taking medication for depression and why he thinks it should be normalized.

"I mean, sometimes that's what you need," he said. "It's got the most interesting stigma. People think if you break your ankle, you're not expected to just walk it off. But if your brain chemistry is somehow a little tweaked, you're somehow expected to just deal with it."

Hamm said he first started seeing a mental health professional in college, after his sister encouraged him to get help following the death of his father.

Hamm went on to explain that when he was growing up, many people around him were taught not to speak up and it was common for people to push their emotions under the rug. However, he realized seeing a therapist was "profoundly helpful."

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Season 27 Cast

'Dancing With the Stars'

"Dancing With the Stars" has revealed its celebrity cast and their dancer pairings for Season 27, where we'll see Nancy McKeon, Nikki Glaser, Mary Lou Retton and others tango for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Here is the full list:

Alexis Ren with Alan Bersten Bobby Bones with Sharna Burgess Danelle Umstead with Artem Chigvintsev DeMarcus Ware with Lindsay Arnold Evanna Lynch with Keo Motsepe Joe "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile with Jenna Johnson John Schneider with Emma Slater Juan Pablo Di Pace with Cheryl Burke Mary Lou Retton with Sasha Farber Milo Manheim with Witney Carson Nancy McKeon with Val Chmerkovskiy Nikki Glaser with Gleb Savchenko Tinashe with Brandon Armstrong

"Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Studios. Andrew Llinares and Ashley Edens-Shaffer are executive producers. Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews host the series, which is judged by Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

The Season 27 premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" airs live Monday, Sept. 24 at 8/7c on ABC.

'Dancing With the Stars'



Colbeard or Trebeard?

Colbert And Trebek

"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert loves his beard - so much that he doesn't want any other challengers to the beard throne on television.

So on Tuesday he challenged "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, who sported a beard for his show's season premiere Monday, to a trivia quiz.

The loser has to shave off his facial fuzz.

Trebek has yet to respond to Colbert's lighthearted banter about their beards.

"He's just sporting a cheap Canadian knock-off of the Colbeard," Colbert joked. "Step off, beardy-come-lately, there cannot be two Colbeards."

Colbert And Trebek


Digby's Hullabaloo


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"60 Minutes"

Embattled former "60 Minutes" head Jeff Fager was fired for sending a harshly worded warning via text message to the CBS News reporter who is covering the sexual harassment scandals that have rocked CBS in recent weeks.

Fager was let go Wednesday amid growing pressure from sexual harassment allegations from multiple women as reporter by Ronan Farrow in the New Yorker.

CBS News president David Rhodes said Wednesday that Fager was fired for violating company policy. Fager issued a statement referring to the text message he sent correspondent Jericka Duncan after she reached out to him for comment on Sunday, the day Farrow's latest expose was published.

According to Farrow's report, Fager has been accused of groping or inappropriately touching female CBS News staffers at company events.

Duncan reported on the situation with Fager on Wednesday's edition of "CBS Evening News." She read from Fager's text message:

"60 Minutes"



That Shelved Anti-Trump Episode


When Kenya Barris sat down last fall to write an episode of his ABC comedy Black-ish, titled "Please, Baby, Please," he had a sense it might stir up trouble.

The setup was relatively simple: Dre, the Johnson family patriarch played by Anthony Anderson, was telling his infant son, Devante, a bedtime story that reflected on the events of his first year on the planet. It was, per multiple sources, a mix of political allegory (an animated fairy tale about a character named The Shady King) and actuality (news footage of Donald Trump, the Charlottesville attacks and the NFL kneeling protests). "When you're putting a baby to sleep, you're trying to soothe whatever anxieties they're having," says Barris, speaking for the first time about the controversial episode. "So, this was about me trying to pat the butt of the country and soothe people."

"Please, Baby, Please," which was supposed to air in the back half of the Emmy-nominated series' fourth season, was shot in wide angle, with very little score. Production is said to have upped its usual episode budget of $3 million or so, spending handsomely on rights and clearances for such things as the Sam Cooke ballad "A Change Is Gonna Come," which Barris personally met with Cooke's goddaughter to secure. He enlisted a high-profile illustrator, too, and hired his hero Spike Lee to do voiceover, since the episode took its title and inspiration from a children's book written by Lee and his wife. Rather than focus on the entire Johnson clan, as Black-ish typically does, the episode centered primarily on Dre and his interpretation of real-world events presented to his son as a form of catharsis. As a father of six, Barris has had plenty of experience calming children at bedtime.

"We approached it with the network and the studio as, 'This is different,'" says the 44-year-old showrunner. "We certainly knew people would talk about it."

The episode did, in fact, get people talking, if not for the reason Barris anticipated. Mere days before its scheduled Feb. 27 air date, "Please, Baby, Please" was mysteriously and indefinitely shelved. While Barris is strategic with his choice of words - careful never to utter the phrase "censorship" as others throughout the industry do - the move turned out to be the last straw in his long-standing and already complicated relationship with The Walt Disney Co. "I don't know that I would have been as useful to them as they'd need me to be after that," he offers. Those in his cast are far less diplomatic. Tracee Ellis Ross has called the decision "frightening," while Anderson suggests it was a personal affront. "He'd given his blood, sweat and tears to [the episode], which they had signed off on every step of the way - from the outline, to the script, to the table read, to the point where they actually spent the money and made the episode," says the actor, who's also an executive producer. "And I don't know what those conversations were, but we entered into this partnership with the understanding that we would be able to tell the stories that we wanted to tell."




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Scientists working in a South African cave have discovered the world's oldest known drawing, a sketch that resembles a hashtag.

It's not the earliest deliberate design; some abstract engravings are far older. But researchers say it shows early humans in southern Africa could produce designs on various surfaces with different techniques.

The collection of crisscrossed lines was found east of Cape Town. It's thought to be 73,000 years old.

Researchers who described it Wednesday in the journal Nature said it is at least 30,000 years older than any other known drawing.

They said it probably had some meaning to its maker and was part of a symbolic system that other people in the group understood.

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