John Oliver Explores the Dark Side of Public Shaming With Monica LewinskyBy Megh Wright
During last night’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver explored the complicated issue of public shaming, which can be an effective way of calling out bad behavior by public figures (see Tucker Carlson) but can also be destructive for private citizens (see Monica Lewinsky). Oliver takes some time during the segment to call out how late-night shows have pounced on the opportunity to shame Lewinsky over the years, with even Oliver himself expressing regret over a Daily Show segment in which he participated in Lewinsky ridicule. No late-night host seemed to delight more in roasting Lewinsky than Jay Leno, which Oliver thinks is extra rich considering Leno’s comments on late-night TV just last week. “Those jokes have not dated well in any sense of the word, and they’re pretty rough — especially coming from a guy who just this week complained about late-night TV, saying he’d ‘like to see a bit of civility come back.’ You know, like that time that he did a bit with a fake book about Lewinsky titled The Slut in the Hat,” Oliver said. “And if that’s what he means by ‘civility,’ may I offer my new book Oh, the Places You Can Go Fuck Yourself, Jay Leno!”
Later in the segment, Oliver sat down with Lewinsky for an insightful chat about public shaming, which she agreed can sometimes be an effective approach depending on the target. Calling her own experience with public shaming an “avalanche of pain and humiliation,” Lewinsky says that while having Twitter around during the Clinton scandal would have definitely made it worse, it also would’ve helped to see tweets from people who saw her as an undeserving victim of misdirected rage. “One of the things that happens with these kinds of experiences is that you start to disappear — you start to feel like you don’t matter — and I think that when somebody sees you and just acknowledges your humanity in the smallest way, it really can make a world of a difference. And you don’t know — it could help save someone’s life,” she points out. And if you ever find yourself on the receiving end of public shaming, now you can turn to Lewinsky for some expert advice: “The first thing I’d probably say is that you can get through it. You can move past it. I know it feels like in this one moment that your life will forever be defined by this, but it won’t. And it may be hard, it may take more time than you ever could’ve imagined, but you can move past something like this.”
What to know about Steelers LB signing Mark BarronToday 9:31 AM
Mark Barron is in. L.J. Fort is out. Morgan Burnett says he wants to be.
The Steelers are signing Barron to a two-year, $12 million contract, reported by ESPN Sunday night. Barron is a linebacker who can also cover receivers. You’ll probably hear him referred to as a hybrid.
Pittsburgh spent quite a bit of last preseason trying to put together six- and seven-defensive back packages. The seven-cover men personnel set never made the field. But with Barron set to ink a deal and Steven Nelson able to play outside corner and nickel, the defense appears to be doubling down on the need for this approach.
Here’s what else to know about Barron and his signing:
His role, usage
He played on 56.1 percent of defensive snaps last season for the Rams en route to their run to the Super Bowl. And as much as he’s likely to replace L.J. Fort and possibly even Morgan Burnett (he’s under contract and reportedly wants out) to different extents, it’s worth noting that neither played anywhere near that much last season.
Barron can a.) start b.) strengthen sub packages and c.) do so by not leaving the field himself.
Vince Williams would be the likely linebacker out in six- and seven-defensive back sets. Consider the following dime package personnel:
Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Bud Dupree, T.J. Watt, Joe Haden, Mike Hilton, Cameron Sutton, Steven Nelson, Mark Barron, Terrell Edmunds, Sean Davis.
A step forward
In a year when the Steelers had some cap space, they’re spending it on a former first-round pick who’s in the prime of his career at 29 years old. Whereas Fort, who signed a three-year, $5 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles last week, was a capable journeyman, Barron has been a force in the league since he joined it.
Barron has never had less than 60 combined tackles in a year in which he’s played more than 9 games.
It was getting steamy with all those tactics.
Barron does a Thanksgiving giveaway back in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.
Los Angeles Rams Linebacker Mark Barron (@M_B_24) donated 1,500 turkeys to Mobile Area families this past weekend. Thank you Mark & family, for not forgetting your roots and giving back to our community! #MarkBarron #LosAngelesRams #LARams #Thanksgiving #HappyThanksgiving
A stamp of approval
From Williams, who he seems set to start alongside.
Former Rams’ LB Mark Barron reached agreement on a two-year, $12 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per source. A rare free-agent foray for Pittsburgh.
Bianca Andreescu has the poise and game to make Indian Wells win just the start
18 MARCH 2019 • 12:44PM
As unlikely as Bianca Andreescu's wild card victory in Indian Wells was on Sunday, she has actually been specialising in upset wins for years. When only 12 years old for instance, Andreescu's confident father Nicu challenged his daughter to a match while on a family holiday in Florida and bet her $50 (£38) on the outcome.
The result? "I creamed him," Andreescu revealed in a recent interview.
Anyone who saw Andreescu, a precociously talented 5ft 7in 18-year-old from Canada, in Indian Wells over the last couple of weeks will recognise that fearlessness and conviction. Having ended last year ranked No. 178, Andreescu was awarded a wild card into Indian Wells - tennis's most respected event outside the grand slams - on the back of an excellent start to 2019 that began in Auckland with back-to-back wins over Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams.
Buoyed by her recent improvement, Andreescu surged to the Indian Wells title with a three-set win over former Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber in Sunday's final. Along the way she also took out the world No. 6 Elina Svitolina and destroyed two-time major winner Garbine Muguruza by a barely credible 6-0, 6-1 scoreline. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was so impressed by Andreescu becoming Indian Wells' first ever wild card winner that he tweeted on Sunday: "From a wild card to the Indian Wells champion – Bianca Andreescu just made history." Andreescu was even more succinct, shedding her usual poise to express her state of shock: "I'm the F-ing champion of Indian Wells," she told reporters.
She's done itCanadian teen Bianca Andreescu makes history in winning @BNPPARIBASOPEN title https://buff.ly/2udTUSk
Andreescu's disbelief was understandable - as she pointed out, this time a year ago she was in Japan competing in the far less salubrious surrounds of a $25k Futures event, the lowest tier of professional tennis. On that occasion, her remuneration for losing in the second round was £295. On Sunday she was presented with a cheque for £1.02m.
The pathway to glory in the Californian desert began in southern Romania where Andreescu first started playing tennis as a seven year old. Having been born in Canada, Andreescu moved to Romania - where her parents are from - for a brief period in her childhood. She then returned to Ontario and joined Tennis Canada's national training programme in Toronto.
The Romanian influence remains strong in Andreescu though - she still visits the country regularly, seeing family and helping to rescue stray dogs. She also idolised the Romanian national hero and world No. 3 Simona Halep growing up, and plays with a similarly textured game style. Andreescu boasts far more power than Halep, but what continually drew gasps from the Indian Wells crowd - including the vociferous minority brandishing Romanian flags - was her devastating use of the drop shot.
This combination of beast and beauty is marking 'Bibi' out as a future world No. 1. "She’s going to be a star. She’s great news for tennis," said the legendary Martina Navratilova last week.
Andreescu's quick-fire ascent adds to the intrigue around women's tennis, which looks poised to enter a golden age. Naomi Osaka, the hugely engaging 21-year-old, has won the last two majors and sits at the top of the rankings, while teenagers like Andreescu and America's Amanda Anisimova are enjoying breakthrough years.
The Indian Wells win was also another major boost for Canadian tennis, a nation yet to produce a grand-slam singles champion. Building on the foundations laid by Milos Raonic and Eugenie Bouchard, Canada now boasts arguably the three most exciting teenagers in tennis, with Andreescu's male counterparts Denis Shapovalov, 19, and Felix Auger-Aliassime, 18 already in the world's top 60.
Andreescu, now up to a dizzyingly high ranking of No. 24, will attempt to back up her first title win at the Miami Open this week.
Jack the Ripper revealed? DNA research may finally unravel mysteryBy James Rogers | Fox NewScientists say DNA evidence may have solved Jack the Ripper case
Forensic analysis by scientists in the U.K. may have unmasked Jack the Ripper more than a century after the murderer’s brutal killing spree sent shockwaves through Victorian London.
Research by Dr. Jari Louhelainen, senior lecturer in molecular biology at Liverpool John Moores University and Dr. David Miller, reader in molecular andrology at the University of Leeds, claims to shed new light on the notorious serial killer. In an abstract of their research published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, Louhelainen and Miller explained they used what is, to their knowledge, the only remaining physical evidence linked to the murders, recovered from one of the Ripper’s famous victims at the scene of her death.
Jack the Ripper is thought to have claimed the lives of at least five women in the Whitechapel area of London between August and November 1888. However, the identity of the notorious murderer remains shrouded in mystery.
Science Magazine reports that the scientists analyzed a blood-stained shawl from Catherine Eddowes, the fourth of the so-called “canonical five” Jack the Ripper victims. Eddowes was killed on Sept. 30, 1888, and her badly mutilated body was found on Whitechapel’s Mitre Square.
The scientists’ genetic testing linked Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Polish barber living in London, to the crimes, according to Science Magazine. Although identified as a Jack the Ripper suspect, police are said to have lacked sufficient evidence to charge Kosminski for the murders.
“We applied novel, minimally destructive techniques for sample recovery from forensically relevant stains on the evidence and separated single cells linked to the suspect, followed by phenotypic analysis,” say the scientists, in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. “The mtDNA [mitochondrial DNA] profiles of both the victim and the suspect matched the corresponding reference samples, fortifying the link of the evidence to the crime scene.”
Kosminski had been identified by a witness to one of the Jack the Ripper killings, although the witness refused to testify against him, experts say.
However, the latest research claims to back up the witness who pointed the finger at Kosminski.
“Genomic DNA from single cells recovered from the evidence was amplified, and the phenotypic information acquired matched the only witness statement regarded as reliable,” said Louhelainen and Miller, in the abstract. “To our knowledge, this is the most advanced study to date regarding this case.”
More extensive information on the research will be released later this year. “The full story that the paper, and new revealing graphic evidence relating to the case, will be published in September,” explained Liverpool John Moores University, in a statement emailed to Fox News.
More than 100 years after the brutal killings, Jack the Ripper continues to be a source of fascination. Last year, a chilling 19th-century postcard written by someone claiming to be "Jack the Ripper" resurfaced in the U.K., puzzling experts.
Also in 2018, a forensic linguist shed new light on letters supposedly written by the murderer during the killing spree that sent shockwaves through Victorian London.
In 2017, researchers claimed to have proved the authenticity of a controversial Victorian diary that was supposedly written by the infamous murderer.
In a separate project, another team of researchers looking to identify the last known victim of Jack the Ripper revealed that they have hit a low-tech roadblock that will likely prevent them from unleashing their DNA testing technology on any potential remains.
Experts from the U.K.’s University of Leicester that identified the remains of King Richard III had embarked on the project to identify Mary Jane Kelly.
However, finding Kelly’s actual remains poses a massive challenge. The grave marker in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Leytonstone, London, where Kelly is assumed to be buried, likely has little relevance to her actual grave.
Fox News Channel Signs Ex-DNC Chair Donna Brazile As Contributor
by Lisa de MoraesMarch 18, 2019 8:55am
In Monday’s announcement, the cable news network noted the veteran Dem strategist will offer political analysis across both FNC and Fox Business Network’s daytime and primetime programming. Announcement was made just hours before her first scheduled appearance on Monday’s The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino.
“I know I’m going to get criticized from my friends in the progressive movement for being on Fox News,” Brazile said, accurately, in announcement.
“My response is that, if we’ve learned anything from the 2016 election, it is that we can’t have a country where we don’t talk to those who disagree with our political views. There’s an audience on Fox News that doesn’t hear enough from Democrats. We have to engage that audience and show Americans of every stripe what we stand for rather than retreat into our ‘safe spaces’ where we simply agree with each other.”
“You can be darn sure that I’m still going to be me on Fox News,” she added. “I’m going to do what I always do: and dish it out straight, exactly as I see it, with just as much New Orleans hot sauce as folks expect.”
Brazile also had somewhat limited options for contributor gigs, having been dumped by CNN in fall of 2016 over a WikiLeaks dump that included an old email from Brazile to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, alerting him about a question that would be raised during an upcoming debate on the cable news network.
“We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor,” a CNN rep said at the time.
But Brazile used to be one of FNC’s favorite targets. When on book tour in 2017, for instance,Tucker Carlson asked her about being accused of leaking a debate question to the Clinton campaign. “I didn’t want them to be blindsided,” she responded, triggering gales of Carlson laughter. The Five’s Eric Bolling, meanwhile, described her as “treasonous.”
Brazile will not have anything to do with FNC’s debate or town hall process, a source close to the situation told Deadline.
Prior to joining FNC, Brazile was the interim National Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during the 2016 presidential election where she led the efforts to support Democratic candidates. She also served as chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute, as well as vice chair of Civic Engagement and Voter Participation at the DNC.
Brazil, author of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, is the first African-American woman to manage a major presidential campaign, and she has participated in every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000.
Ex-White House Economist Alan Krueger Dies; Saw Lessons For Economy In Rock Music
March 18, 201911:47 AM ET
Alan Krueger, who chaired the White House Council of Economic Advisers under former President Barack Obama, has died. He was 58.
The death was announced Monday by Princeton University, where Krueger was a professor.
"Alan was recognized as a true leader in his field, known and admired for both his research and teaching," the school said in a statement.
Krueger, who also served as an economist in the Labor and Treasury departments, specialized in workforce economics. He conducted influential research on the opioid epidemic and showed that raising the minimum wage need not cost jobs. His research on the value of an elite college degree was being cited last week in connection with the admissions fraud scandal.
Krueger also was a music fan who researched the increasingly winner-take-all economics in the entertainment industry — work that was featured in a speech he gave at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
Warner Bros. Chairman & CEO Kevin Tsujihara Stepping Down
“It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.,” said WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey in a statement. “Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward.”
WarnerMedia continues to work with a third-party law firm to complete its investigation with Tsujihara’s cooperation in the wake of recent texts that were dropped in the trades revolving around the executive’s alleged involvement in having British actress Charlotte Kirk casted in WB movies Ocean’s 8 and How to Be Single following an extramarital affair with her. WarnerMedia has yet to name a successor for Tsujihara.
While a shocker, Tsujihara’s fate was known to be hanging on whether the third and latest corporate investigation into his relationship with Kirk unveiled new evidence or incidents. The news follows a recent expansion of Tsujihara’s role in the WarnerMedia empire which was to include leading a new global kids and young adults business for new media conglom in the wake of AT&T’s $85 billion purchase and re-organization of Time Warner.
Below is the memo issued to staff by Sujihara:
Over the past week and a half, I have been reflecting on how the attention on my past actions might impact the company’s future. After lengthy introspection, and discussions with John Stankey over the past week, we have decided that it is in Warner Bros.’ best interest that I step down as Chairman and CEO.
I love this company and the people that make it so great. I’ve been honored to head this organization and work alongside all of its talented employees over the past 25 years. Together we’ve built this studio into an unequivocal leader in the industry.
However, it has become clear that my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s continued success. The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won’t let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing.
I am overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from colleagues and industry partners during this difficult time.
Again, I am so proud of the great work that you do every day to make Warner Bros. the gold standard in our industry. It has been a pleasure to work alongside each and every one of you, and I wish you all the absolute best.
Among Warner insiders, Tsujihara is a respected executive and many are saddened by his departure. Tsujihara promoted diversity and tubthumped innovative business initiatives such as PVOD and the Kirk incident to some on the lot is considered a misstep; a bad choice made by a good guy.
Prior to the recent batch of texts being dumped in THR, the news about Warner’s investigation into Tsujihara’s affair with Kirk was already out there. However, the executive finally came clean about his mistakes in an internal studio memo on Friday March 8 in which he said “I also deeply regret that these personal actions have caused embarrassment to the company and to all of you…I realized some time ago you are right to expect more from me and I set a course to do better.”
Two days prior when the recent news of the recent texts became public, a WarnerMedia rep said, “Through her spokesperson, the actress has publicly denied any impropriety in her casting, and our prior investigation did not find otherwise. Whenever we receive new allegations, it is our standard practice to conduct an appropriate investigation…And that is what we will do here.”
“Mr. Tsujihara did not have a direct role in the actress being cast in any movie,” added the WB CEO’s attorney Bert Deixler at the same time. That said, it has been reported that Tsujihara made introductions on behalf of Kirk, and she landed small parts in Ocean’s 8 and How to Be Single.
Warner Bros. claims that under Tsujihara’s leadership, the studio had its most profitable year ever in 2017, driven by outstanding performance across the company, including its television, film, videogame and consumer products operations, following previous record success and profitability in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to serving as CEO, Tsujihara was President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which included home video, digital distribution, video games, anti-piracy and emerging technology operations, a post he assumed at WBHE’s founding in October 2005. At WBHE, he was known for leading the company through the first wave of the digital transition, was a big voice in ushering Blu-ray and digital delivery platforms and business models. Tsujihara also was key in creating Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the only studio-based videogame company in the industry, with revenues exceeding $1B annually.
Previous to WBHE, Tsujihara served as EVP, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment and, before that, EVP, New Media, responsible for the oversight of all Warner Bros.’ new media endeavors. He joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as Director, Special Projects, Finance. He later went on to assist in the management of the company’s interest in Six Flags.
THR further reported that Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner “seemingly with a push from Ratner” assisted the 26-year old British actress in securing roles including a female version of The Expendables which was never made, the 2016 Liev Schreiber boxing drama Chuck. There was also an attempt to cast Kirk in Millenium/Lionsgate’s latest comic book action reboot Hellboy, which was supported by the pic’s director Neil Marshall, but reportedly resisted by the pic’s producer, Lawrence Gordon.
In response to that news, Kirk broke her silence exclusively with Deadline Hollywood last Wednesday, calling the Hellboy news “nonsensical”.
“Neil saw my audition and believed I was the best actor for the role, simple as that. The character of Alice was written as a 26 year old East End girl with strawberry blonde hair and an attitude – that’s me in a nutshell! Avi supported Neil’s choice because he believed in the director’s vision for the movie. Unfortunately, they were both overruled by Larry Gordon, because he controlled the rights. At the end of the day, that’s show business, and instead I went on to play the title role in the feature film Nicole and OJ.”
Kirk also said that in regards to the THR story “I had nothing to do with the publication of this story. There are assumptions being made that somehow I was responsible for the release of the texts, and that is simply not true. When I heard that THR might publish it, I implored them not to, but obviously to no avail.
Secondly, these articles refer to events from six years ago, back in 2013. I was a different person then. I was 19 years old, newly arrived in LA, possibly a little arrogant and definitely very naive. I acknowledge I may have made some poor choices and I’m sorry for that, but I’ve learned from my mistakes since then and have grown a lot, as a person, as a woman, and as a professional actor.”