MuckCartyism Redux as COUP D’TV
COUP D’TV: “Mr. Moonves is the latest high-powered entertainment figure to be ousted from his perch in the #MeToo era”.
It would be hard to deny that we are witnessing the sudden, (“paroxysmal”, “revolutionary”, etc.), orchestrated, pre-planned, pre-meditated, pre-designed “rotation of cadres” in the Entertainment and the Information industries under the pretense of “metoo” movement.
This looks like the decisive battle in the ongoing Information war. It also looks like a part of the larger plan and picture.
Who are the new captains of these industries, and whom do they serve, from the “geopolitical risks assessment” point of view, so to speak?
Me thinkz, zis little schow iz of zertain intereztz to zi FBI, if they are able to understand the significance and impact of zis battle.
And now we are talking about the similarities between the 1950-s and the 2018. Very strange but quite obvious similarities.
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“Mr. Moonves is the latest high-powered entertainment figure to be ousted from his perch in the #MeToo era. The movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been accused by scores of women of sexual assault and now faces felony charges. Matt Lauer stepped down as the anchor of NBC’s most valuable news program, “Today,” after several women alleged incidents of sexual harassment. Charlie Rose of CBS and PBS left the airwaves after he, too, was implicated by multiple women. And Fox News saw the departures of the founding executive Roger Ailes and its top-rated host, Bill O’Reilly. All of those men have denied any nonconsensual sexual activity.
Many of the men who have been toppled spent years determining what TV shows, movies and news programs millions of Americans watched on a daily basis. The allegations go back years — in some cases even decades. And the wave of scandals is a stark reminder of how male-dominated the entertainment and news industries remain, especially in their upper ranks.”
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|Les Moonves, Longtime CBS Chief, Steps Down|
After working at Lorimar — which produced shows like “Dallas” and “Full House” — Mr. Moonves eventually became the head of Warner Bros. television unit, where he enjoyed one of the most successful runs in TV history. By the time Mr. Moonves left Warner Bros. to lead CBS Entertainment in 1995, he had a record-breaking 22 series on the air, including megahits like “ER” and “Friends.”
At that time, CBS was last in the ratings and catered to an older audience that enjoyed series like “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and “Touched by an Angel.” Mr. Moonves finally turned things around for good in 2000, when “Survivor” and “C.S.I.” debuted within a few months of each other. “Survivor” would become one of the most successful reality shows in television history, and “C.S.I.” would run for 15 seasons and served as a launching pad for several successful spinoffs. Hit after hit started to appear on CBS, from “NCIS” to “The Big Bang Theory.”
Mr. Moonves has drawn an annual pay package worth $69.3 million. From 2006 to 2017, Mr. Moonves’s total compensation, including salary and stock awards, totaled more than $1 billion, according to Equilar, a research firm that gathers data on executive pay.
Shortly after the first New Yorker article was published, the CBS board enlisted two law firms to lead an inquiry into the claims against Mr. Moonves and the wider workplace culture at the network. The board soon after folded a separate examination of CBS News — underway since March — into the larger investigation.
The board hired Nancy Kestenbaum of Covington & Burling and Mary Jo White of Debevoise & Plimpton to conduct the inquiry. Ms. White led the Securities and Exchange Commission during the Obama administration and was previously the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Kestenbaum was also a federal prosecutor with the same district. The investigation into CBS News is also being overseen by the two law firms.
In addition to the harassment allegations against him, Mr. Moonves was involved in a legal dispute with Ms. Redstone, the controlling shareholder of CBS, who had been pushing for a merger with Viacom, the once-lofty cable network behind MTV and Nickelodeon that she also controls.
The settlement with Mr. Moonves and the CBS board includes delaying for two years any push by Ms. Redstone for a possible merger. The board of CBS, however, could still examine any possible transaction, including a Viacom merger, independently of Ms. Redstone.
The six new members of the board, announced on Sunday, are Candace Beinecke, Barbara Byrne, Brian Goldner, Richard D. Parsons, Susan Schuman and Strauss Zelnick.
|Paris Knife Attack Wounds 7 People|
PARIS — Seven people were injured by a knife-wielding assailant in Paris on Sunday night, including two British tourists, French news reports said.
The attacker was arrested by the police, and the assault was not initially being treated as terrorism. His motives and identity were not immediately known.
A spokesman for the Paris police prefecture confirmed that several people had been wounded in the 19th Arrondissement, in the northeast of the French capital, but said it was unclear exactly how many people were attacked, or whether the assailant was also hurt. The spokesman declined to comment further.
The assailant, armed with a knife and a metal bar, attacked three people near a cinema on the Quai de la Loire, shortly before 11 p.m., according to the newspaper Le Parisien and the news channel BFM TV.
A group of men playing pétanque nearby tried to stop the attacker — one of them threw his pétanque ball at him — but the assailant continued down a side street and attacked more people, including the British tourists, the reports said.
The police were then able to arrest him.
Mounir Mahjoubi, the junior minister for digital affairs in the French government, who was elected to Parliament last year in the district that includes the 19th Arrondissement, expressed thanks on Twitterfor “the people who intervened against the attacker.”
“Solidarity with the victims and profound gratitude for the firefighters and the emergency services who immediately arrived, and for the police forces who enabled the arrest,” Mr. Mahjoubi said.
The Paris prosecutor’s office, which was handling the case, was not immediately available for comment.
Although Paris was the target of several deadly terrorist attacks in January and November 2015, there have been no large-scale assaults since then.
Instead, there have been sporadic, smaller attacks by lone assailants, some of them seemingly inspired by terrorist groups like the Islamic State. In May, a man born in Chechnya who was on the authorities’ terrorism watch list attacked several people in central Paris with a knife, leaving one dead and 4 wounded.