Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that terrified the actor.
You likely haven't heard of Frederick County, Md., councilman Kirby Delauter, and that's exactly the way Kirby Delauter likes it. In a textbook example of the Streisand Effect—which should probably be renamed The Kirby Delauter Effect at this point—Kirby Delauter threatened a local journalist who dared to publish his name.
George Carlin's Seven Dirty Words have nothing on Russia's mat, a profane vocabulary that's common throughout the country, and especially prevalent in male-dominated spaces like prisons and the army. Mat has a long history in poetry, parody, and political speech, and, on Monday, Vladimir Putin signed legislation to ban it.
Veteran reporter Michael Forsythe confirmed on Twitter that he has left Bloomberg News. Last week, the New York Post reported that Forsythe was fired for talking to the New York Times about a lengthy investigation into Chinese leaders. That story was killed because Bloomberg feared losing terminal sales in China.
You can't really be a legitimate news organization if you're going to kill stories based on the political leanings of your owner. RT can't report honestly on the Kremlin, while Al-Jazeera can't freely critique the Qatari government. And now add Bloomberg News to the list of news outlets that kill stories to please institutions, in this case the Chinese government.
The satirical Egyptian television show "al-Bernameg " hosted by Bassem Youssef (dubbed Egypt's Jon Stewart) was suspended from the air last night, only minutes before airing. Last week, Youssef had turned his attention to making fun of Egypt's military rulers, sparking even more controversy and resulting in new, stricter editorial conditions from the show's network. Apparently, Youssef's writing staff failed to meet the new conditions.
Note to Pat Robertson: When your batshit crazy ravings have gotten too batshit crazy for your very own television network, it may be time to dial down the batshit.