Time goes on a hiring spree under Marc Benioff’s ownership

Time is beefing up its newsroom. The company posted 25 job openings, including 20 for editorial roles, last week. A spokesperson said more will soon follow for roles in technology, sales and marketing. The hiring spree comes after Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne announced in September that they were purchasing the magazine … Continue reading “Time goes on a hiring spree under Marc Benioff’s ownership”

Time is beefing up its newsroom.

The company posted 25 job openings, including 20 for editorial roles, last week. A spokesperson said more will soon follow for roles in technology, sales and marketing. The hiring spree comes after Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne announced in September that they were purchasing the magazine for $190 million from Meredith Corp.

    Editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday that the Benioffs were attracted to Time because of the magazine’s legacy and “huge progress” in transforming its business for the digital age.He said the new owners are “excited to help us build on that foundation and believe in the potential of the brand.”Read MoreThe magazine business has struggled in the internet age, and Time’s former parent company, Time Inc., endured rounds of layoffs as it lost subscribers and advertising dollars.Meredith Corp bought Time magazine and the rest of Time Inc. last November, intending to break off and sell its major titles, including Fortune, Money, and Sports Illustrated. The Benioffs did not purchase those magazines.Marc Benioff told CNN’s Laurie Segall in October that he bought Time because he “values storytellers” and pledged to stay out of editorial decisions.Felsenthal’s appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday came after Time made waves with its latest Person of the Year issue. Rather than selecting one subject, four unique covers will honor journalists who have been targeted for their work.The editor-in-chief told Stelter that the Person of the Year cover intends to capture a “moment in time” — and “the common thread in so many of the major stories of 2018, from Russia to Riyadh to Silicon Valley, was the manipulation and abuse of truth.”The covers, revealed last week, depict what Time calls “the Guardians” of truth.One cover features Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post contributor who was killed at a Saudi Arabian consulate in October. It marks the first time a deceased person has appeared on a Person of the Year cover.Another cover features Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar while reporting on abuses against Rohingya people, a Muslim minority in the country. The journalists remain behind bars, and their wives were photographed for the cover. Journalists at the Capital Gazette — the Annapolis, Maryland newspaper where five employees were murdered by a gunman last June — posed for another cover. The fourth version shows Maria Ressa, chief executive of the Philippine news website Rappler. She was indicted last month on tax evasion charges, a case that free speech advocates say is part of a wider crackdown on dissent by the government.

      “We chose to highlight these four journalists and newsrooms who have taken enormous risks, the ultimate sacrifice in some cases,” Felsenthal said, “to speak out and for free expression, which is the lifeblood of democracy, in this year where we saw democracy under such great threat.”CNN Business’ Jill Disis contributed to this report.

New reports for the Senate refocus attention on Russian interference

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.

Hack attack continues

    We should be thinking about this in the present tense, not in the past tense. The workweek is beginning with a NEW warning that Russian hackers continued to support President Trump and sow division in the United States well after the 2016 election. This time the warning comes in a report commissioned by the Senate.In fact, TWO reports about Russian interference are due to be released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday. Per CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan, “the reports are based on data provided by the social media companies to the committee, much of which has not yet been made public.”O’Sullivan says “the reports don’t appear to contain any bombshells, but they do shed light on the totality of the effort — and it is vast. Read O’Sullivan and Kate Sullivan’s story here…Read More

    Russia’s aid to Trump “intensified” after election day

    On Sunday night the Washington Post’s Craig Timberg and Tony Romm wrote about a draft of the first report, which was completed by Oxford. The report documents how Russian operatives “used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect President Trump — and worked even harder to support him while in office.”Timberg, speaking on Ana Cabrera’s CNN show Sunday night, said the Internet Research Agency’s efforts “actually intensified after election day,” particularly on YouTube. He added: “There’s no reason to think the Russians stopped. Why would they?”

    Big Tech’s role…

    Thanks to O’Sullivan, CNN has some inside info about the second report, which was produced for the Senate by New Knowledge, an online intel firm. According to his source, the firm told the intel committee that social media companies might have provided the “bare minimum” amount of data for the probe. The firm also “advised lawmakers that there are likely more Russian accounts that the social media companies failed to identify, according to the person familiar with the report.”Big Tech has repeatedly said that it fell short in recognizing what was going on…

    The IRA’s media strategy

    Donie O’Sullivan emails: My source says there’s a whole section in the New Knowledge report devoted to examining the Internet Research Agency’s “media impersonation and diminishment strategy.”NEWS IMPERSONATORS: The researchers found there was 44 Twitter accounts posing as US-related news organizations that had amassed more than 600,000 followers. The report notes that many of the phony news organizations posed as local outlets, and may have been based on studies that show Americans trust local media over national outlets. As CNN and other outlets have previously reported, the group also set up a bunch of phony sites targeting specific groups, such as “Black Matters US” that posed as a black activist group and actually conducted real interviews with Americans (always online or over phone)…ERODING TRUST: The researchers found the Russians consistently “attempted to erode trust in mainstream media,” I am told, and regularly portrayed WikiLeaks in a positive light.

    The bottom line

    The more we learn about the 2016 interference, the better. And it’s especially important to understand what has happened since then. What are foreign actors doing now, and why? What’s being done about it?This isn’t like a broken arm — something that can be fixed with time and attention. No. This can only be managed — it’s a chronic condition like diabetes…

    Trump’s twittery weekend

    A Mid-Atlantic rainstorm meant a weekend full of Trump tweets. He live-tweeted Fox shows; called Michael Cohen a “rat;” kicked The Weekly Standard while it’s down; attacked Bill Kristol without having the decency to tag Kristol in the tweet; called “SNL” a “Democrat spin machine;” said “unfair” coverage “should be tested in courts;” insulted Jeff Sessions; and used the phrase “witch hunt” four times in a single day. At one point in the tweetstorm, Ryan Lizza commented, “two tweets in one morning that would lead to calls for impeachment in normal times.” Hey, speaking of Lizza…

    Lizza and Nuzzi are writing a 2020 book together

    Ryan Lizza and Olivia Nuzzi are pairing up to write a book for Simon & Schuster about the 2020 election. This is the first major book acquisition for the publisher’s new Avid Reader imprint, which is being led by Jofie Ferrari-Adler and Ben Loehnen.Nuzzi has a loyal audience at NYMag… and Lizza at Esquire… They’ve had editors reach out to them separately about potential book projects… But the notion of working together was much more enticing. Lizza and Nuzzi’s media power couple status is not the hook for the book however — the book aspires to be the definitive account of the 2020 race, both in DC and on the trail, told in the reported narrative style that both writers are known for…


    — Another case of Rudy Giuliani going on TV and making things worse for his client? “Giuliani indicates conversations with Trump on Trump Tower Moscow occurred later than previously known…” (CNN)– New NBC/WSJ polling re: whether Trump has been honest about the Russia probe: 34% say yes, 62% say no… (NBC)– This is a great read by Roxanne Roberts: “Robert Mueller is the most unknowable man in Washington.” She says “virtually everyone within Mueller’s orbit refused to talk about him…” (WaPo)

    HQ Trivia CEO found dead

    Deepest condolences to Colin Kroll’s family, friends and colleagues. The CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia was found dead in the bedroom of his NYC apartment on Sunday morning. He was 34.”The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death,” per CNN’s story. The NYT spoke with Kroll’s father, who said Kroll “worked too many hours and too hard. I think New York City got to him a little bit.”As news of his death circulated on Sunday, Kurt Wagner’s Recode story from last month recirculated. Wagner examined Kroll’s recent promotion to CEO, “internal turmoil” at HQ Trivia, and concerns that the startup was just a “one-hit wonder.” The story showed that Kroll was under tremendous pressure.

    Time mag on a hiring spree

    Three’s a trend: Jeff Bezos bought WaPo and the paper hired lots of people. Patrick Soon-Shiong bought the LA Times and the paper is in the process of hiring lots of people. Marc Benioff bought Time, and now the magazine is posting 25 new jobs. >> Benioff believes “in the potential of the brand,” Time CEO and EIC Edward Felsenthal told me on Sunday’s show. Read Jackie Wattles’ recap of the interview here…

    First look at Ramin Setoodeh’s “View” tell-all

    Variety’s New York Bureau Chief Ramin Setoodeh has been working on a book about “The View” for the past three years. Now it’s time to reveal the title, the cover and the release date:St. Martin’s Press will publish “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View'” on April 2, 2019. Whoever came up with the title deserves a bonus! St. Martin’s chair Sally Richardson: “The book is just like ‘The View’ itself: outrageous, shocking, moving, funny, and a true reflection of American culture.”Setoodeh has gone back to the creation of “The View” 21 years ago and has documented all the ups and downs since. He interviewed Barbara Walters, Rosie O’Donnell, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, Meghan McCain, Bill Geddie, Anne Sweeney, Cindi Berger, Brian Teta, Candi Carter — practically everyone involved with the show — with a couple exceptions.”The two cohosts who never agreed to sit down with me — even though I’d interviewed them both before — were Whoopi Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck,” Setoodeh told me. “Read it and you’ll see why.” Here’s the Amazon page…Read more of Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” newsletter… And subscribe here to receive future editions in your inbox…


    — Smart column by David Dodson for CNN Business Perspectives: “To hold Facebook accountable, stop calling it a tech company…” (CNN)– What?! “Arizona newspaper publisher uses his publication to accuse wife of poisoning attempt…” (AP via NBC)– “The tremors that continue to shake many newspapers are now moving through new media companies…” (WaPo)

      — Jim Rutenberg’s Monday NYT column: “The most powerful print publication in America might just be The National Enquirer…” (NYT)– Yes, but… As I illustrated with this timeline on Sunday’s show, the Enquirer suddenly stopped promoting Trump when its parent company was subpoenaed in April… So Trump has lost one of his biggest boosters… (CNN)

Netflix hires former ABC Entertainment head as VP of original content

Channing Dungey, the woman who led ABC Entertainment for three years and the first African-American to head programming at a major broadcast network, has landed at Netflix.

Dungey stepped down last month as president of ABC Entertainment and will join the streaming service in February as vice president of original content. In the newly created role, Dungey will work with Netflix’s other VP of original content Cindy Holland on “setting strategic direction” for the streamer’s original content including overseeing the deals with producers Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris, two showrunners who also landed at Netflix after creating hit shows on ABC.

    Dungey is a notable hire for Netflix as the company prepares to compete with a streaming service that is launching next year by ABC’s parent company, Disney. In addition to Barris and Rhimes, Netflix also poached producer Ryan Murphy from 21st Century Fox to beef up its slate of original content. Dungey will also be working with Higher Ground Productions, the production company of Barack and Michelle Obama. The Obamas announced in May that they will be working in front of and behind the camera in a multi-year production deal with Netflix.Read MoreNetflix said last year that it will spend as much as $8 billion on shows and movies in 2018.”Channing is a creative force whose taste and talent have earned her the admiration of her peers across the industry. She’s a risk taker and ground-breaker and talent love working with her,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement. Dungey said she was drawn to Netflix’s “forward-thinking, risk-taking and creative culture.””Given that ABC, the place I’ve called home for nearly 15 years, represents the gold standard of traditional broadcast, it feels like the perfect next step for me to join Netflix, the unparalleled leader in streaming,” she said in a statement. Dungey was named president of ABC Entertainment in February 2016. Before that, she oversaw the development of hits such as “Scandal” and “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.” Dungey was replaced by Karey Burke in November, after Dana Walden was put in charge of the network as part of Disney’s merger with 21st Century Fox.

      She was also behind the hiring and firing of Roseanne Barr. ABC’s relaunch of the hit sitcom starring Barr premiered to huge audiences, but was canceled due to a racist Twitter rant by its star.”Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” Dungey said in a statement at the time.

Ex-CBS chief Les Moonves will not get $120 million severance

Ousted CBS chief executive Les Moonves “will not receive any severance payment” from the company, the board of directors said Monday evening.

The board members said they had concluded that they had ample reason to fire Moonves, thus denying him severance.Under the terms of his enormously generous employment contract, Moonves was eligible to receive as much as $140 million upon his exit. When he was forced out in September amid sexual harassment and assault allegations, $20 million was set aside for grants and the remaining $120 million was set up in a trust.

    The $120 million has been in a holding pattern for months while the CBS board awaited findings from two law firms that were hired to investigate the allegations against Moonves.The law firms interviewed many of the women who had accused Moonves of sexual misconduct. The firms — Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton — also looked into allegations against other individuals at the media company.Read MoreThe New York Times obtained a draft version of the lawyers’ report and said it included multiple examples of both sexual misconduct and corporate misconduct.CBS board members met last week for the company’s annual meeting. They did not announce anything about Moonves at that time.But on Monday evening, they said in a statement that the wide-ranging investigation into Moonves, CBS News “and cultural issues at CBS” is now complete.”With regard to Mr. Moonves, we have determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company’s investigation. Mr. Moonves will not receive any severance payment from the Company,” the board said in a statement.An attorney for Moonves, Andrew Levander, responded by saying that the “baseless” conclusions of the board “were foreordained and are without merit.”Notably, however, he did not signal that Moonves would take any further legal action to fight for the $120 million.In his statement, Levander assailed the leaks to The Times and said the press reports further damaged Moonves’ “name, reputation, career and legacy.”He said “Mr. Moonves vehemently denies any non-consensual sexual relations and cooperated extensively and fully with investigators.”Moonves, one of the most celebrated executives in Hollywood history, was accused of misconduct by numerous women in a pair of stories by The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow over the summer.In Farrow’s first story, six women, some of whom were named, alleged harassment and other misconduct by Moonves and connected it to deeper problems at the company.Some of the claims dated back several decades. Moonves acknowledged making mistakes in his past but said he never abused his power.The accusations in the second story were even more serious, including “multiple allegations of either physically forced or coerced oral sex,” Farrow said on CNN.The second story came out on a Sunday morning. By that night, Moonves was out.Moonves said at the time that the “appalling accusations in this article are untrue.” His allies claimed that his exit was actually the result of a successful effort by controlling shareholder Shari Redstone to gain a tighter grip on CBS.Since that day in September, even more allegations against Moonves have come to light.The Times published a report in November that detailed Moonves’ attempts to find a CBS job for an alleged victim so that she would stay silent. Days later, the newspaper reported that Moonves “destroyed evidence and misled investigators in an attempt to preserve his reputation and save a lucrative severance deal,” citing the draft version of the report put together by the two law firms tasked with investigating the allegations. This contradicts the claim from Moonves’ camp that he “cooperated extensively and fully with investigators.”And though Moonves has denied having any nonconsensual sexual encounters, the report by the law firms, as quoted by The Times, said Moonves “engaged in multiple acts of serious nonconsensual sexual misconduct in and outside of the workplace” both before and after he joined CBS in 1995.CBS did not release the law firms’ report publicly on Monday. Some advocacy groups have called on the network to be transparent about the findings.In Monday’s statement, the board described the findings with just a few sentences.The board said the law firms “concluded that harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS. However, the investigators learned of past incidents of improper and unprofessional conduct, and concluded that the Company’s historical policies, practices and structures have not reflected a high institutional priority on preventing harassment and retaliation.”The board said the investigation also found “that the resources devoted to the Company’s Human Resources function, to training and development, and to diversity and inclusion initiatives have been inadequate, given the size and complexity of CBS’ businesses.” Without naming any names, the board said “employees also cited past incidents in which HR and the Company did not hold high performers accountable for their conduct and protect employees from retaliation.”

      In recent months the CBS board and the upper management ranks have been reshaped, in large part by Redstone and interim CEO Joe Ianniello.The board members said Monday that they have “already begun to take robust steps to improve the working environment for all employees.”

Gayle King may leave CBS over Les Moonves, Charlie Rose sexual misconduct scandals: report

Gayle King is furious about the upheaval at CBS — and could be prepared to walk, Page Six is told.

After Page Six reported that CBS is ready to revamp King's "CBS This Morning," we’re told King may not even stay at the network.

The co-anchor gracefully handled the exit of co-anchor Charlie Rose in November 2017, taking the reins alongside Norah O’Donnell and John Dickerson.

She also weathered CBS chief Les Moonves' ignominious firing — but the exit of her executive producer, Ryan Kadro, may be the last straw for King, who has just one year left on her CBS deal, we’re told.


"Gayle is furious. She very much has had to hold everything together on the show. But she's particularly upset that Ryan is leaving — and that he was mistakenly linked with the CBS payoffs," said an insider, referring to recent reports on Kadro's exit.

"It remains to be seen what she’ll do, and what her future is at CBS."

Meanwhile, we’re told that insiders are hopeful that the network’s top female staffers will benefit when the long-awaited report into the alleged misconduct of Rose, Moonves and "60 Minutes" producer Jeff Fager is finally released.


We're told that senior staff including Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews — CBS News' executive vice president and de facto No. 2 to under-fire president David Rhodes — as well as vice president of news Kim Godwin and senior broadcast producer at "CBS Evening News" Brinda Adhikari are all names to watch in the near future.

A source said: "There are all these very smart, ambitious women who could definitely benefit from seeing the company restructured."

A rep for King declined to comment. A CBS rep had no comment. Meanwhile, we hear King's headed on a planned assignment for an interview.

This article originally appeared on Page Six .

‘SNL’ is tougher on Trump than past presidents, but NBC won’t let up anytime soon, experts say

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has satirized presidents and political figures for decades, but the White House's current tenant thinks the show is too one-note, and nothing more than a Democrat-funded TV commercial.

“A REAL scandal is the one-sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC & Democrat spin machines like Saturday Night Live. It is all nothing less than unfair news coverage and Dem commercials," Trump tweeted after Saturday night's season finale. "Should be tested in courts, can’t be legal? Only defame & belittle! Collusion?”

Some critics agree about the one-sided part, at least. DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News that “SNL” is “clearly designed as much as a political commentary show as it is a comedy, entertainment show,” but he doesn’t think NBC honchos seem to mind.

“The left-leaning bits are designed to appeal to a certain audience segment and it has been successful in reaching that audience. This sort of political satire has long roots in American culture, of course,” McCall said. “The one-sided nature of the comedy does mean that the show will have trouble finding broad appeal, but ‘SNL’ has a loyal niche following and the support of most socio-cultural critics. Thus, NBC is hardly worried that Trump supporters might be offended or tune out.”

The 2018 finale seemingly infuriated Trump with a sketch featuring returning guest stars Alec Baldwin as Trump, Ben Stiller as Michael Cohen, Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller and Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh. The “It’s a Wonderful Life” parody featured a world wherein Baldwin’s Trump was never elected president of the United States.

As each person from his administration approaches, Trump learns that him not being president worked out for the benefit of everyone. For example, the sketch suggested that he and Melania got a divorce and remarried others, Kavanaugh never made it onto the Supreme Court and Mueller was able to spend more time with his kids instead of having to “investigate some idiot for treason.” The sketch also envisioned a Muslim immigrant from Syria discovering a cure for baldness and transgender Navy SEALs stopping terrorism.

McCall says Trump is an easy target and mocking him fits the “political objectives of the ‘SNL’ hierarchy,” so viewers shouldn’t expect the NBC program to tone it down anytime soon since it's not illegal to lampoon the president. But he also noted the late-night fixture has seriously sharpened its knives for the sitting commander in chief compared to big Democratic political fish.

“Surely, ‘SNL’ has had fun with content about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but the tone has not been nearly as charged as with the attacks on Trump,” McCall said. “’SNL’ is exercising its comedic and political free speech license to take on political personalities and issues as it sees fit, so Trump and his supporters should not expect any sort of balance. If anything, expect ‘SNL’ to give Trump a very rough time heading into the 2020 election season.”

"Surely, ‘SNL’ has had fun with content about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but the tone has not been nearly as charged as with the attacks on Trump"

— Jeffrey McCall

“Saturday Night Live” has featured everything from Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford, Dan Aykroyd as Jimmy Carter, Joe Piscopo and Phil Hartman playing Ronald Reagan, Dana Carvey’s legendary portrayal of George H.W. Bush, Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton, Will Ferrell as George W. Bush and Jay Pharoah as Barack Obama – but none of the past POTUS impressions were seen as mean-spirited as Baldwin’s Trump.

Comedian Tim Young told Fox News that “SNL” treated both Obama and Clinton with reverence and admiration, as opposed to the current treatment of Trump.

“Their satirizing of Obama was lighthearted and fun, and came from a place of respect for the man. I can’t recall an episode where they belittled him, his family or his career,” Young said. “In Hillary's case, I think they jumped the shark and nearly granted her sainthood.”

Young criticized the show’s decision to open the first episode after Trump’s 2016 election victory with Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton singing “Hallelujah.”

“Their satirizing of Obama was lighthearted and fun, and came from a place of respect for the man"

— Tim Young

“It wasn’t funny and it actually made no sense for the comedy show to have a 'sad that she lost' cold open,” Young said.

Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor agrees with Trump that “SNL” has been a “Democrat spin machine,” for decades but likens it more with to “a garbage disposal.”

“’SNL’ mocked Obama occasionally, including taking digs at Obamacare and his Ebola Czar. But, when they fired cast member Jay Pharoah, who did the Obama impersonation, he noted they didn’t care about making fun of [Obama],” Gainor said. “Now contrast that with SNL’s anti-Trump insanity where they brought in an A-list actor, Alec Baldwin, to mock Trump and the show is constantly running skits attacking the president. Calling it a spin machine is being nice.”

The Washington Post recently examined at how past presidents have handled being parodied by “SNL,” which noted that Ford didn’t appreciate being portrayed as a klutz but “embraced the shtick” for the most part – which is the strategy of most presidents.

“It was a strategy that most media-age image consultants would hail as a no-brainer: Hide your pique, show you can take a joke, don’t let your bruised feelings become the next story. It was more or less the way every subsequent president has handled his NBC doppelganger. Until now. President Trump doesn’t laugh,” Post feature writer Steve Hendrix said.

"Yes, the media deliberately misleads and spins. It’s legal, and it needs to remain legal. The 1st Amendment is the backbone of American exceptionalism"

— Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw

Hendrix pointed out that while Carter’s portrayal was less-than-flattering and Reagan largely ignored the show, Carvey and H.W. Bush became close friends and Clinton “seemed at ease” with the show. Meanwhile, George W. embraced the show and the Post admitted that Obama “may have never felt much need to push back on the comparatively calm, drama-free renditions” of his presidency.

A plethora of public figures on both sides of the aisle poked fun at Trump for appearing bothered by the show.

Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) wrote, “Yes, the media deliberately misleads and spins. It’s legal, and it needs to remain legal. The 1st Amendment is the backbone of American exceptionalism.”

"Every analysis and study around coverage of the president is overwhelmingly negative, but this is ridiculous. Particularly the SNL part,” The Hill media reporter Joe Concha responded to Trump’s tweet.

Meanwhile, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel agreed with the president and tweeted a clip to the “SNL” segment along with a pro-Trump message.

“Will liberals in Hollywood ever recognize that life is better for millions of Americans under @realDonaldTrump? Wages are up, unemployment is down, and industries like manufacturing are booming after years of decline,” Romney McDaniel wrote.

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

Disgraced CBS boss Les Moonves loses severance as board finds ‘grounds to terminate for cause’

Former CBS CEO Les Moonves will not receive any severance pay after he was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, the company's board announced Monday.

The CBS Board of Directors "determined that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company’s investigation."


Moonves, 69, will not receive any of his $120 million severance after he resigned from CBS in September.

Why CBS fired ’60 Minutes’ chief

The CBS exec's resignation followed allegations of sexual misconduct that were published in articles by The New Yorker and The New York Times. Earlier this month, the latter reported that Moonves "destroyed evidence" related to the case and "misled investigators" who were working on behalf of the company.

Moonves' legal team told Fox News in a statement that the CBS board's decision was "foreordained" and "without merit," and said the former exec "vehemently denies any non-consensual sexual relations and cooperated extensively and fully with investigators."

In its statement, the board said investigators "concluded that harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS," but said the company's policies "have not reflected a high institutional priority on preventing harassment and retaliation."


Resources dedicated to CBS' human resources division, training and development, along with its diversity and inclusion initiatives "have been inadequate," investigators also found. Both human resources and CBS "did not hold high performers accountable for their conduct and protect employees from retaliation."

In addition to Moonves, CBS also ousted "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose, who also hosted the "Charlie Rose" show, in November 2017 after he was accused of sexually harassing women during his tenure at the network.

Fox Business Network’s Hillary Vaughn contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

Robert De Niro slams Trump White House: ‘Like a nightmare you remember’

Robert De Niro on Monday continued an ongoing tirade against President Trump, comparing his time in office to "a nightmare you remember."

The 75-year-old actor told CNN that Trump's tenure in the White House will be "one of those things" that people will look back on years from now, and recall, "Remember all that stuff, how terrible it was?"

De Niro — who portrays Special Counsel Robert Mueller on "Saturday Night Live" — said what's happening in the world is something he "never thought" he'd experience during his lifetime. He said he's become so outspoken against the president and his administration because he knows "what kind of person this guy is."


"He's a New Yorker who I never would want to meet, never want to meet him, and now he's president," the "Raging Bull" actor said. "And the reason I wouldn't want to meet him is because of the kind of person he is. As we all know now, there's nothing new. It's disgraceful, but we'll get past it."

De Niro has often been critical of Trump, saying during an interview in October with fellow "SNL" guest star Alec Baldwin that he's "so offended" by the 45th president.


"Everything he says about other people, ‘You're a loser. You're a this. You're a that,’ is everything he's saying about himself… he's so transparent. He's projecting,” De Niro said.

The "Taxi Driver" star reiterated that point on Monday. When asked if he feels like he's giving Trump what he wants when he publicly feuds with him, De Niro said he wasn't "because his responses, his retorts, if you will, are inane and they're kind of stupid. He doesn't even say anything that's witty or smart, it doesn't bother me. It's ridiculous."


De Niro, who now plays the recurring role on the Saturday night sketch show, added he's "having fun" playing Mueller, who is investigating Trump's 2016 campaign, and said he believes he pitched the idea of playing Mueller to the show's creator, Lorne Michaels, himself.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

‘SNL’ shows what life would’ve been like if Trump were never elected president

Instead of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” it was a “Wonderful Trump” on “Saturday Night Live.”

The NBC variety show kicked off its holiday show Saturday night with Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump playing the George Bailey role and getting to see what it would be like if he were never elected president.”Wow, everyone looks so different,” Baldwin’s Trump said of this new world. “What are those things on their faces?”

    “Those are smiles,” Kenan Thompson’s angel told the fake Trump.Baldwin’s Trump ran into many in his staff who were now taking on different roles. His press secretary Sarah Sanders, played by Aidy Bryant, now did public relations for Facebook, dating site Ashley Madison and “the romaine lettuce association.” His son Eric Trump (Alex Moffat) was brilliant and his vice president Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) was a DJ.Read More”Thank God I was never your vice president,” the fake Pence as a DJ said. “I would just be sitting in meetings with you, [Nancy] Pelosi and [Chuck] Schumer just staring out into space.”The fake Trump also ran into Brett Kavanaugh, played by this week’s host Matt Damon, who was not a US Supreme Court justice in this reality.”Me on the Supreme Court? With my temperament? Are you insane?” Damon’s Kavanaugh said. “They went with that nerd Merrick Garland.”Damon’s Kavanaugh added that “on the plus side when I tell people that I like beer they find it charming and not like I’m threatening violence.”Baldwin’s Trump said that this world was “so great” because it was like Robert Mueller didn’t exist. After he said that Robert De Niro appeared as the special counsel.NYPD performs 'wellness check' on Pete Davidson of 'SNL' after troubling Instagram post”It sounds like you know I used to be president,” Baldwin’s Trump said to this alternate reality Mueller. “Oh I know everything,” De Niro’s Mueller said. “Everything.”At the end of the sketch, Trump said he’d had an epiphany that the world needs him as president. “Yeah, that was not the lesson at all,” Thompson’s angel said.

      Kellyanne Conway, played by Kate McKinnon, appeared as a bell was ringing.”Listen Donald, every time a bell rings, someone you know quits or goes to jail,” she said before wishing everyone a merry Christmas and saying the show’s signature line, “Live… from New York! It’s Saturday night!”

Trump blasts shuttering Weekly Standard as ‘pathetic and dishonest,’ rips editor Kristol

Many conservatives may have been saddened by Friday’s news that the Weekly Standard, a publication that has existed for 23 years, will be ceasing operations this month. But don’t count President Trump among them.

In a Twitter message Saturday, Trump blasted the magazine as “pathetic and dishonest,” and slammed its editor-at-large, William Kristol, as a “failed prognosticator.”


Kristol had written in July: “Donald Trump is in many ways a bad president — bad for the country, bad for conservatism, bad for the Republican party. His sway over party and policy should be limited as much as is feasible and his dominance of our politics not extended any longer than necessary.”


“May it rest in peace!” the president wrote of the magazine Kristol co-founded.

Kristol appeared concerned that the president's Twitter message wasn't sent to him directly.

Parent company Clarity Media’s CEO Ryan McKibben told staffers Friday morning that the magazine would print its final issue Monday.

McKibben said the publication “has been hampered by many of the same challenges that countless other magazines and newspapers across the country have been wrestling with,” and ultimately it needed to make the tough decision to close.

Others reported that McKibben and associates at Clarity preferred to shutter the Standard rather than sell it, in order to bolster a weekly launched by the Washington Examiner, which, like the Standard, is owned by Colorado billionaire Philip Anschutz.

Whether any Standard employees would be hired at the new weekly was unclear, the Daily Beast reported.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.