Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 9, 2014
April 9, 2014
Those @$#%* Foreigners:
North Korean dictator KIM JONG UN denies executing a political rival with a flamethrower, saying the man died in an unfortunate kitchen grease fire.
Although execution by flamethrower sounds pretty unbelievable, back in 2012 Kim reportedly had a vice-minister of the army executed with a mortar round for reportedly drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after his father, KIM JONG-IL's death the previous year.
Sucks to be you:
SCARLETT JOHANSSON needs to lighten up. The prego A-lister whines in the new issue of Glamour magazine that the nickname "ScarJo" is "tacky," "insulting," "lazy and flippant." The stunning "Avengers" actress associates the name with pop stars and hopes that fans will see her in a more grown-up light. (Lee)
CATHERINE ZETA JONES had laid down some ground rules for hubby MICHAEL DOUGLAS. According to Star magazine, the couple has been working on their marriage and Michael's rules are:
--Treat Catherine like a queen at all times
--take her out once a week
--family goes before all work commitments
--no phone at night so he can spend quality time with his family. (Myers)
For the first time in more than 40 years, AEROSMITH performed yesterday at the legendary Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles. The "surprise" six-song mini-concert was a promotion to announce the band's "Let Rock Rule" tour for this summer. Opening night is July 10th at Jones Beach on Long Island, New York, and the final show is September 12th in Sydney, Nova Scotia. SLASH will open all of those shows with his band, THE CONSPIRATORS featuring singer MYLES KENNEDY. Slash joined Aerosmith on stage at the Whiskey, filling in for guitarist BRAD WHITFORD who couldn't be there. Tickets for the tour go on sale April 12th. (Marino)
Global warming update:
According to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists, misinformation about climate science on cable news channels is pretty common, especially on Fox News.
The study found that last year, 30 percent of CNN's climate-related segments were misleading, compared with 72 percent for Fox News and just 8 percent for MSNBC. The study methodology was quite strict: Segments that contained "any inaccurate or misleading representations of climate science" were classified as misleading.
This is hardly the first study to associate Fox News with sowing reams of doubt about climate change. Notably, the UCS report found that "more than half" of the channel's misleading content was due to "The Five," a program where the hosts regularly argue against climate science.
In rating MSNBC, the study found that when the network did err, it was because hosts or guests "overstated the effects of climate change, particularly the link between climate change and specific types of extreme weather, such as tornadoes."
According to a Pew Research Center study released last year, 38 percent of U-S adults watch cable news. (Maiman)
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