U.S. Fish And Wildlife Officials Release Photos Of Missing Perch

ELIZABETH, NJ—In an effort to broaden the search to as many potential eyewitnesses as possible, officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday released photos of a missing perch. “With the hope of bringing this fish back home safe as soon as possible, we are making public these photos of the perch as… Read More

Sebastian Gorka Welcomed To Halfway House For Fired Trump Administration Members

WASHINGTON—Saying it was the first step in gaining the confidence and stability he would need to reintegrate back into society, residents and staff on Thursday welcomed former White House strategist Sebastian Gorka to New Beginnings, a halfway house for fired Trump administration members. The 20-bed residential treatment center, which opened earlier this year in the… Read More

Passersby Can’t Help But Stare At Woman’s Huge Kids

READING, PA—Struggling to control their urge to gawk at her enormous pair, passersby on Friday reportedly couldn’t help but stare at a woman’s huge kids. “I don’t mean to be rude, but I’ve never seen a set like those before,” said local filing clerk Ted Kilgariff, adding that there was no way not to notice… Read More

National Zoo Announces Giant Pandas To Divorce

WASHINGTON—Assuring the public that the decision was difficult but the right thing to do for all parties involved, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park announced Friday that their giant pandas would be divorcing. “After a lot of soul-searching and honest, often painful, discussions, we are sad to say that our two giant pandas, Mei Xiang and… Read More

Food Purchased As Souvenir Tragically Revealed To Be Available Back Home

WASHINGTON—Saying it was the first step in gaining the confidence and stability he would need to reintegrate back into society, residents and staff on Thursday welcomed former White House strategist Sebastian Gorka to New Beginnings, a halfway house for fired Trump administration members. Full Story Here The Onion September 23, 2017 1:31 pm Support Us

Pros And Cons Of Electric Cars

With technology improving and more automobile companies releasing electric models, electric cars are becoming a common alternative for American consumers. Here are the pros and cons of electric vehicles. Pro Having to wait for the car to charge would be a fresh new excuse for being late to work Silent engine makes startling rollerbladers much… Read More

Life: Beautiful: The Make-A-Wish Foundation Just Locked Kit Harington In A Scalding Sauna To Remind Terminally Ill Kids They’re At Least Not Going Out Like That

For children with life-threatening illnesses, feeling optimistic about the future is something that isn’t easy to do. Luckily, one organization is doing something amazing to give these kids hope: The Make-A-Wish Foundation just locked Kit Harington in a scalding sauna to remind terminally ill kids that at least they’re not going out like that. Seriously,… Read More

Blog: I Can No Longer Fall Asleep Outside Of A Horse (By Leonardo DiCaprio)

In 2015, I starred in a critically acclaimed film called The Revenant, which featured a graphic scene in which my character stripped nude and slept inside a carcass to survive deadly winter conditions. While I’d anticipated this scene would have a deep impact on the movie’s audience, I could never have anticipated the drastic consequences… Read More

News: Donald Trump’s Controversial U.N. Speech Completely Overshadowed The Australian Prime Minister’s Speech About How He Saw A Koala Eat A 9-Year-Old Boy Behind The Sydney Opera House

President Donald Trump’s controversial speech at the U.N. yesterday in which he threatened to “completely destroy” North Korea was so volatile and audacious that it has dominated news outlets all around the world, even overshadowing the Australian prime minister’s shocking speech in which he informed the U.N. General Assembly that he saw a koala eat… Read More

Offset Threw Gucci Mane A Bachelor Party For His Upcoming ‘Met Gala’ Video

Gucci Mane may have a new album, Mr. Davis, coming soon, but for his next music video, he’s revisiting his May mixtape, Droptopwop. The newly published author told MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson that he recently shot a video for “Met Gala,” his Droptopwop collaboration with Offset. The vid’s premise? Simple: Offset threw Gucci a… Read More

Facebook Turning Over Russia-Backed Election Ads To Congress

After revelations that the site had sold thousands of 2016 election ads to accounts linked to a Russian troll farm, Facebook promised to turn over the ads to Congress. What do you think? “What makes people think Congress would be some sort of expert on shady political dealings?” Brad Doliveux Veal Restrainer “I’d like to… Read More

Tesla Unveiling Electric Semi-Truck

Although the vehicle won’t be available for years, Tesla has announced plans for an electric semi-truck, which the company vows will reduce cargo transport costs. What do you think? “How far can it drive on a single charge, keeping in mind that I’m a real chatterbox on the CB radio?” David Pielocik Poultry Transporter “I’ll… Read More

New Climate Change Report Just List Of Years Each Country Becomes Uninhabitable

GENEVA—Stating that the data published within its pages represented the scientific consensus of top researchers around the world, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its annual report this week, which consists solely of an alphabetized list of every country on earth and the years each of them will become uninhabitable. “Albania, 2035; Algeria,… Read More

Vanderbilt Chancellor Recommends Fans Get Vaccinated Before SEC Road Schedule Begins

NASHVILLE, TN—Stressing the importance of the fan base’s health and wellbeing, Vanderbilt University chancellor Nicholas Zeppos advised Commodore football fans Thursday to get vaccinated before the team’s Southeastern Conference road schedule begins next week. “Those of you travelling into parts of the country like Gainesville, Oxford, or Columbia will be exposing yourself to a wide… Read More

U.S. Heroin Deaths Up 533%

The number of heroin overdose deaths in the U.S. has increased by 533 percent since 2002, with officials attributing most of the rise to the drug becoming much more potent. What do you think? “They should really make this stuff illegal.” Amy Sinon Clarinet Appraiser “This is why we need to educate kids about drugs,… Read More

5 Things To Know About The Graham-Cassidy Bill

5 Things To Know About The Graham-Cassidy Bill 5 Things To Know About Verrit 5 Things To Watch For In NFL Week One 5 Things To Know About Trump’s Tax Plan 5 Things To Know About Taylor Swift 5 Things To Know About Hope Hicks 5 Things To Know About Tomi Lahren 5 Things To… Read More

Life: Unsung Hero: Meet The Man Who Is Exclusively Masturbating To All Of The Internet’s Unloved ‘Artemis Fowl’ Erotic Fan Fiction

Writing erotic Artemis Fowl fan fiction takes time, care, and research, but tragically, many steamy stories go unread. This injustice is magnified given the relative obscurity of the sci-fi fantasy series, which is why what Kirby Atwell is doing is truly remarkable: He’s exclusively masturbating to all the internet’s unloved Artemis Fowl erotic fan fiction.… Read More

Life: 3 Oceans That Have Been On TV

Here they are! Three oceans that have appeared on television! 1. The Indian Ocean That’s right, the Indian Ocean has been on TV. Next time you’re watching M*A*S*H season nine, episode 10, “Operation Friendship,” keep your eyes peeled for a large body of water. That, friends, is the Indian Ocean in all its televised glory.… Read More

News: Market Upheaval: Experts Have Blamed The Toys ‘R’ Us Bankruptcy On Kids’ Interests Shifting From Toys To An Insatiable Desire For Outdated Road Atlases

Toys ‘R’ Us may have surprised shoppers when it declared bankruptcy, but market experts say it was a long time coming. According to economists, the retail giant’s financial woes were an inevitable result of a changing market in which children’s interest in toys has been almost entirely replaced by a desperate craving for outdated road… Read More

Riverdale Star KJ Apa Reportedly Involved In Late-Night Crash After 16-Hour Workday

UPDATE (9/21/2017, 8:10 p.m. ET): Warner Bros. Television, the studio behind Riverdale, has clarified the details of the accident in a newly released statement to Variety. “First and foremost, we are extremely grateful that KJ Apa was uninjured during his recent accident. Secondarily, we want to specifically address the characterization that conditions on the set… Read More

Terremotos en México: Rumores y Desinformación

El 19 de Septiembre de 2017, otra vez México fue la víctima de un terremoto devastador, el cual causó las muertes de un mínimo de 273 personas, y además lesiones a 1,900 más. Como suele suceder después de un desastre, la población se ha unido tanto para sacar sobrevivientes de los escombros como para ofrecerles… Read More

Report: Nothing Stopping You From Deleting Your Facebook Account Right Now

WASHINGTON—Saying the entire process would take you less than a minute, sources reported Friday that there is absolutely nothing at all stopping you from deleting your Facebook account right now. “There’s no reason in the world you can’t go to your Facebook account this very second and erase it completely from the internet,” sources reported,… Read More

NFL Reducing Head Injuries With Flexible Helmet

With pressure mounting to reduce brain trauma among players, the NFL has debuted a new flexible, shock-absorbing helmet known as the Vicis Zero1. What do you think? “This will only encourage players to ram their heads into even harder surfaces.” Natalie Winter Roof Shingler “If this doesn’t solve the problem, at least the NFL can… Read More

Teen Mom 2 Dilemma: Is Aubree Obligated To Spend Father’s Day With Adam?

Aubree always spends Father’s Day with Adam — but during this week’s Teen Mom 2 episode, Chelsea contemplated her daughter’s holiday schedule. “Things like Father’s Day are sensitive because it’s not fair for Cole. Why does she have to go over there?” Chelsea wondered aloud to her producer Mandi (moments prior Aubree said she “played”… Read More

Dan Harmon is pissed at Rick And Morty fans for harassing female writers

(Photo: Getty Images, Slaven Vlasic) Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block doesn’t have a particularly good history of treating women fairly, so it seemed like a good sign when Rick And Morty—one of Adult Swim’s most high-profile shows—made an effort to hire more female writers in the lead-up to its third season. Unfortunately, some of the… Read More

Harry Styles Has Always Been A Video Star

It’s impossible to watch One Direction perform — and trip up their steps, and tease each other in the process — without catching their enthusiasm like a super joyful cold. This has been the deal since The X Factor saw their potential and grouped them up, and it’s a quality that pops in “What Makes… Read More

Macklemore And Kesha Get Campfire Cozy In ‘Good Old Days’ Video

With a title like “Good Old Days,” Macklemore and Kesha’s new collaboration demanded a video brimming with nostalgia — and they definitely delivered. In the sun-splashed, Johnny Valencia-directed vid, Mack, Kesha, and their friends take the camping trip of your dreams. There’s stone-skipping and skinny-dipping galore, and it culminates in a fireside singalong that looks… Read More

Meth-Laced 7Up Reportedly Found in Mexico

U.S. health officials have issued a warning to American travelers after bottles of methamphetamine-laced 7-Up were reportedly discovered in Mexico. News accounts have stated that the contaminated soft drinks, believed to have been bought in the Mexicali area, have killed one person and sickened at least seven others, according to the Attorney General of Justice… Read More

Sexual Assault Survivors Faced A Major Attack Today

For years, student activists have been fighting sexual assault both on campus and off. Today, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos served a major blow to the movement. Sejal Singh, Policy Coordinator at the organization Know Your IX broke down what exactly this means, what’s at stake for survivors, and how we can all fight back. This… Read More

Ariana Grande Wrote A Beautiful Goodbye Note To Her Dangerous Woman Tour

After nearly eight months on the road, Ariana Grande is bidding adieu to her whirlwind Dangerous Woman tour. She kicked things off last February in Arizona, and the final concert took place Thursday (September 21) in Hong Kong — literally across the globe. After the show, she penned an emotional note to fans and thanked… Read More

Did Melania Trump Steal Her United Nations Speech from Michelle Obama?

CLAIM Melania Trump plagiarized her 2017 speech at the United Nations from a speech delivered by Michelle Obama in 2014. RATING FALSE ORIGIN In July 2016, much ado was made about the similarities between Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention and the remarks delivered by Michelle Obama eight years before at the Democratic… Read More

Billy On The Street is relocating again 

(Photo: Getty Images for Turner, John Sciulli) Billy On The Street is a TV show about one very loud man running up and down the street while regular people cower in fear or shout out the names of celebrities at his command, so it makes sense that the show itself would also constantly be on… Read More

Kylie Jenner Is Reportedly Pregnant. With A Baby.

Could this be the world’s most anticipated baby?! Kylie Jenner is reportedly pregnant, according to multiple outlets who say the reality star is expecting her first child with her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott. Citing multiple sources, TMZ reports that both Jenner, 20, and Scott, 25, have already told their family and friends that they’re expecting… Read More

Miley Cyrus Rocked A Barefoot Rehearsal Of ‘Week Without You’

Miley Cyrus has always been a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, and recent performances of some of her greatest hits and the twangy vibe of her new songs have her fully embracing her Tennessee roots at the moment. It’s no surprise, then, that a simple rehearsal vid of Cyrus practicing… Read More

Netflix renews BoJack Horseman for a fifth season

(Image: Netflix) Just a couple days after The A.V. Club wrapped up its coverage of the show’s fourth season, Netflix has decided to renew BoJack Horseman for a fifth season. The streaming service announced the news in a press release, but it’s much more interested in sharing the news with a fun cartoon clip featuring… Read More

South Park doesn't blame you—or itself—for obsessing over Trump

Photo: Comedy Central Before we begin, let’s get this out of the way: I promise not to make every South Park review about whether or not Trey Parker and Matt Stone bring up Donald Trump. But it’s worth mentioning again tonight because 1) It’s only the second episode of the 21st season and 2) It’s… Read More

Martin Sheen doesn’t think celebrity qualifies you for the presidency

Martin Sheen in The West Wing, doing a fine job acting as a good president. (Photo: Getty Images. Graphic: Nicole Antonuccio.) It’s hard to believe that, with an acting career that spans five decades and multiple genres, there are some movies Martin Sheen has struggled to get made. 2011’s The Way, a family collaboration with… Read More

Taylor Swift Bonds With A Rat In Her Latest Behind-The-Scenes Video

Another day, another behind-the-scenes clip from Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” video. After giving us a glimpse at her freaky zombie transformation and her mountain of clones, Taylor’s back with an inside look at the high-flying “Birdcage” portion of the video. First, we see orange-clad Taylor swinging away on the giant contraption,… Read More

NFL Commissioner, Players’ Union Angrily Denounce Trump

SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — The National Football League and its players’ union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem and that fans consider walking out in protest “when somebody disrespects our flag.” “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for… Read More

The good places: The uncommonly decent TV worlds of Michael Schur

Eleanor of The Good Place (Photo: NBC), Leslie Knope of Parks And Rec (Photo: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images), Captain Ray Holt of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Photo: Fox), and the creator of it all, Michael Schur (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images). Graphic: Jimmy Hasse.  Note: This article discusses plot details from the first-season finale of The Good… Read More

The good places: The uncommonly decent TV worlds of Michael Schur

Eleanor of The Good Place (Photo: NBC), Leslie Knope of Parks And Rec (Photo: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images), Captain Ray Holt of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Photo: Fox), and the creator of it all, Michael Schur (Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images). Graphic: Jimmy Hasse.  Note: This article discusses plot details from the first-season finale of The Good… Read More

Drake No Longer Has The Most-Streamed Song Ever, Thanks To Ed Sheeran

Toward the end of 2016, Drake‘s “One Dance” became the first song in history to reach 1 billion (with a B) streams on Spotify. The 6 God followed up that feat by dropping the “mixtape” More Life in March, which quickly became the most-streamed release in a single day, beating out Ed Sheeran‘s ÷ by… Read More

Demi Lovato’s ‘Sexy Dirty Love’ Is A Raunchy Ode To ‘U Up?’ Texts

Demi Lovato brings the heat in her new song, “Sexy Dirty Love,” released Friday (September 22). It’s essentially a sultry sequel to 2016’s “Body Say.” Both songs boast seductive lyrics that teeter on the edge of NSFW, so if your sexy-time playlist needs some new tunes, Demi’s got you covered. “Hittin’ me up late always… Read More

Ducktales' second episode unexpectedly puts its spotlight on Webby

(Image: Disney) Welcome back to The A.V. Club’s official Ducktales reviews! Considering the myriad ways Disney aired “Woo-oo”—on the Disney XD Channel, on the app, on Youtube—by now you have to have seen the first episode, probably more than once. Hell, you’re probably sick of it by now. Well, finally we’re at the point where… Read More

Justin Bieber Stands Up For Black Lives Matter In Powerful New Post

As far as celebrity Instagram accounts go, Justin Bieber’s is one of the most erratic — you never know what silly selfies or random memes will show up there. On Friday (September 22), though, the “Friends” singer used his massive platform for an important cause, shedding light on racism in the U.S. Accompanied by a… Read More

Don’t Worry, Harry Styles Is Still Soaking His Fans At His Shows

Harry Styles digs hydration, and signs of his penchant for all things aquatic go back further than the swimming skills he showcased in Dunkirk. During One Direction gigs, Styles would frequently grab a water bottle and douse any fans within fifty feet of him before hurling the empty vessel into the crowd. This is his… Read More

Audrina Patridge Files For Divorce From Corey Bohan

A Hills couple is no more. Audrina Patridge and Corey Bohan, who appeared together on the MTV series and tied the knot 10 months ago, are divorcing. “Audrina’s number one concern is for her daughter, and she asks for privacy at this time,” her rep tells People. According to TMZ, which was first to report… Read More

Niall Horan Is Lonely As Hell In His ‘Too Much To Ask’ Video

Say you’ve recently gotten the heart ripped out of your chest, and you’re riding the subway/bus/train/any given mode of public transportation all alone. The last thing you want to see is a smitten couple smooching or holding hands, as it may remind you of the love you just lost and that person you wish you… Read More

Lady Gaga And Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born Moves Up Its Release

The last couple of weeks for Lady Gaga and her fans have been an emotional roller coaster, what with the premiere of her documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two, and the postponement of the European leg of her Joanne World Tour due to health concerns. Thanks to a development with her next big movie project, it… Read More

This Is What Made Khalid Finally Feel ‘Free’

Khalid‘s “location” is about to be slightly out of the ordinary — all because of Rory Kramer. In a sneak peek of this week’s Dare to Live episode, the VMA’s Best New Artist winner goes ziplining with the “professional life liver.” And after they finish the adventurous activity, Khalid is in a reflective mood. “I… Read More

Madisson And Kelsey Open Up About Their Special Siesta Key Friendship

Life may not always be sunny in Siesta Key (love triangles, best friends feuding and breakups, to name just a few downers), but there is one definite bright spot: a new friendship between Kelsey and Madisson. The Florida gals have grown close throughout this season of the Florida-based series ( venting bonding about boys will… Read More

Get A Glimpse Inside The 90’s House Pad (iMac Included)

MTV’s brand-new competition series 90’s House centers around, well, the ’90s. But how will the show’s 12 millennial contestants cope in their temporary home when they have to ditch their modern devices and only have items that existed during the dopest decade? Whatever, iPhones! In the clip below, we’re getting the first glimpse at how… Read More

If You’re Scared Of Graveyards, Don’t Watch Noah Cyrus’s New Video

Noah Cyrus is ready for Halloween, judging from her latest song and music video, released Friday (September 22). “Again”— a slow-burning love song featuring rapper XXXTentacion — takes place in a spooky graveyard, of all places. Noah takes a casual stroll between tombstones as she sings her heart out about a tormented relationship. “You just… Read More

Leave It To Khalid To Make A ‘Rough Draft’ Of A Song Sound So Heavenly

Long before “Location” became a platinum hit, the first song Khalid ever released was a breakup anthem called “Saved” that he uploaded to SoundCloud as a “rough draft.” Now, the 19-year-old has followed that same blueprint with a raw acoustic song called “Perfect” that he uploaded to the streaming service on Wednesday night (September 20).… Read More

Roy Moore – In debate, Roy Moore claims DACA was a 'mere memo,' violated laws

During a debate for Alabama’s open U.S. Senate seat, former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore blasted a controversial immigration policy recently ended by President Donald Trump as being illegal. Republican Roy Moore squared off in Montgomery on Sept. 21, 2017, against U.S. Sen. Luther Strange, who replaced Jeff Sessions when Sessions became attorney general.… Read More

How To Seek Information on Loved Ones in Puerto Rico

On 20 September 2017 the Category 4 Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, killing six people and knocking out power to the entire island. In response to the difficulty people may be experiencing in reaching loved ones in the territory, the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) has urged anyone seeking “general information or… Read More

Rick And Morty’s worst fans don’t deserve Rick And Morty

Image: Adult Swim Rick And Morty may just be the perfect sci-fi show. It is certainly, with apologies to Westworld, currently TV’s most ambitious, taking a handful of long-running conceits (the infinite-universe theory) and extrapolating a set of narrative forces from them (the Citadel Of Ricks, the Galactic Federation). It occasionally delights in unveiling the… Read More

Puerto Rico Without Electricity, Worries About Failing Dam

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A failing dam prompted emergency evacuations of two towns in northwest Puerto Rico on Friday as the U.S. territory struggled with flooding, an island-wide power blackout and other dangers in Hurricane Maria’s wake. The National Weather Service in San Juan said Friday that the northwestern municipalities of Isabela and… Read More

Ann Coulter Says She Won’t Attend Berkeley Free Speech Event

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — When computer science major Lindsay Nichols considers the possibility of a “Free Speech Week” featuring right-wing firebrands at the University of California, Berkeley, the first word that comes to her mind is “annoyance.” Biology student Kyeong Kim agrees. She’s all for free speech but the prospect of more political clashes and… Read More

Did a 1990 Comic Depict Trump Coming to Power and Building a Wall?

CLAIM A July 1990 comic strip in Heavy Metal magazine featured a controversial wall in New York City, built by Donald Trump, and a populist “rise to power” by the future president. RATING TRUE ORIGIN In September 2017, there was renewed interest in a 1990 comic strip by the artist Peter Kuper, which appeared to… Read More

Were UFOs Spotted Over Oklahoma City?

CLAIM A video shows a group of unidentified flying objects over Oklahoma City. RATING FALSE ORIGIN In mid-September 2017, videos purportedly showing a group of unidentified flying objects over Oklahoma City went viral, racking up millions of views within days: [embedded content] [embedded content] Unfortunately for UFO enthusiasts, the video appears to show neither Oklahoma… Read More

Egg Balancing on the Equinox

CLAIM A special property of the equinox allows eggs (or brooms) to be balanced on their ends that day.See Example(s) EXAMPLES Collected via e-mail, February 2012 Facebook has been running wild this with pictures of brooms standing up by themselves & eggs standing up on end. Everyone is saying this is due to planetary alignment and… Read More

Brilliant guest performances from RuPaul and Shania Twain elevate Broad City 

At first, Broad City’s “Twaining Day” seems to be a grand display of stunt casting. The episode guest stars RuPaul, Wanda Sykes, Shania Twain, and a criminally underused Sandra Bernhard. The show certainly gets a lot of mileage out of making Shania Twain, “Canadian queen of country-pop,” say ridiculous lines, like when she sings “man,… Read More

Nathan For You kicks off season 4 by celebrating Nathan's past…uh, successes?

“I Came Out A Believer,” Molly Lambert’s Grantland piece from 2014, remains the closest thing to a proper, thorough accounting of the lasting impact of Nathan For You on the entrepreneurs who have appeared on it. As much as Nathan Fielder’s surreal format borrows from the “small business makeover” reality subgenre, Nathan For You has… Read More

Aaron Hernandez Had Severe CTE; Daughter Sues NFL, Pats

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on Thursday. His lawyer announced a lawsuit against the NFL and the team, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of the sport. Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the CTE… Read More

Kim Jong Un Says ‘Deranged’ Donald Trump Will ‘Pay Dearly’ for Threats

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called President Donald Trump “deranged” and said he will “pay dearly” for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon. Hours later, North Korea’s foreign minister reportedly said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific… Read More

It's time for more hardcore family pathos as Transparent season 4 arrives

Photo: Amazon Prime Video Here’s what up in the world of TV for Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. All times are Eastern. Top Pick Transparent (Amazon, Friday): Season three was a pretty dark and troubled time for the Pfeffermans—especially Maura—but it still managed to go out on a moment of grace for poor… Read More

Uber to Lose its License to Operate in London

LONDON (AP) — Uber’s license to operate in London won’t be renewed because its practices endanger public safety and security, the local regulator said Friday, in a blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture. Transport for London says the company, whose app is used by 3.5 million passengers and 40,000… Read More

Zoo airs what could be its last episode ever

TV Reviews Photo: Best Possible Screen Grab /CBS©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the… Read More

Is President Trump vindicated on his claim of ‘wires tapped’ by Obama?

(Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images) “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”–President Trump, tweets, March 4, 2017… Read More

HBO gives Damon Lindelof's Watchmen show a pilot order 

(Photo: Getty Images for Disney, Alberto E. Rodriguez) Last night, former Leftovers showrunner Damon Lindelof shared an Instagram photo indicating that he was starting work on HBO’s new TV adaptation of Watchmen, and now we know why he suddenly decided to start writing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has formally given Lindelof’s Watchmen a… Read More

CBS built a legacy by raiding comedy talent

The Ozzie And Harriet Show on CBS. (Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images. Graphic: Nicole Antonuccio) CBS turns 90 this year, and few may remember the unprecedented event that put the then-radio network on the map. Almost 70 years ago, CBS head William S. Paley snagged some of NBC’s biggest names in a broadcast milestone known as the… Read More

Netflix orders new comedy from Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, and Leslye Headland

(Photo: Getty Images for New York Magazine, Bryan Bedder) Netflix has just announced that it’s bringing Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, and Leslye Headland together for a new comedy series, with Poehler producing, Lyonne starring, and Headland writing the first episode. The show doesn’t seem to have a name yet, but Netflix’s official synopsis says it’s… Read More

Sean Penn is going to Mars (for Beau Willimon's new Hulu show)

(Photo: Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization, Theo Wargo) We previously reported that House Of Cards’ Beau Willimon was working on a TV series for Hulu about colonizing Mars called The First, and like with House Of Cards, he has once again convinced a pretty famous actor to star in it. As announced in… Read More

HBO names the writer for its fifth possible Game Of Thrones prequel

(Photo: Getty Images, David Buchan) In early May, we reported that HBO was developing four separate Game Of Thrones prequels, with the plan being to take the best one and turn it into a proper new TV series. Shortly after that, George R.R. Martin that there was a fifth potential prequel in the works, and… Read More

American Horror Story “microwaves the dog” and gets smarter

(Photo: Frank Ockenfels/FX Networks) “I am one of you.” It’s what Ally screams at the protestors as they surround her car, calling for justice for the man she killed in a moment of unfounded fear. It’s a ridiculous statement from someone facing down picket signs with her own face on them, but also one of… Read More

In its best episode yet, The Orville goes to trial for a baby's happiness 

Image: FOX Seth MacFarlane has been cagey about defining his show; unwilling to call it a comedy he instead emphasizes The Orville’s dramatic foundation. Tonight’s episode, “About a Girl” is the first episode to offer some legitimacy to his claim. The show is dedicated solely to the ramifications of the previous episode’s reveal that Bortus… Read More

The season premiere of Gotham succeeds by focusing on the city

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs. Never Mind The Bullocks: “Yeah… Read More

Better Things tackles nice guys and too-nice women

(Photo: Beth Dubber/FX Networks) Leading by example is not Sam Fox’s style. She’d have to be a paragon of virtue for that, and she is decidedly not. She has flaws—many, many flaws—and what’s more is, she doesn’t hide them from her kids. She doesn’t pretend to be unflappable or unerring. Sam lets them see her… Read More

Raw Sewage Still Poses Threat in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

One Everglades City, Florida resident has died and another contracted a leg infection requiring amputation after wading in sewage-contaminated floodwaters left behind by Hurricane Irma, which battered the small fishing community with 140-mile-an-hour winds and inundated it with an 8-to-10-foot storm surge on 10 September 2017. According to local press reports, 82-year-old Lee Marteeny died… Read More

Are Radioactive ‘Diamond Batteries’ a Real Thing?

CLAIM Man-made, radioactive “diamond batteries” are capable of providing thousands of years of energy without a charge. RATING MIXTURE WHAT’S TRUE The idea of generating a virtually inexhaustible source of energy from radioactive material has long been discussed and, indeed, is already employed in a variety of non diamond-based technologies; “diamond batteries” are a theoretical… Read More

Mexico’s Massive Earthquake: Rumors and Misinformation

On 19 September 2017, a massive earthquake struck central Mexico — the second large quake within two weeks —causing widespread damage. At least 273 deaths have been attributed to the quake, as well as injuries to 1,900 other people. The disaster has brought out the best in humanity, as widespread destruction so often does; people… Read More

Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani to host Saturday Night Live 

(Photo: Getty Images, Frederick M. Brown) / (Photo: Getty Images, Nicholas Hunt) Saturday Night Live is kicking off its 43rd season on September 30 with Ryan Gosling, who is a timely host thanks to Blade Runner 2049 also coming this fall, but one problem with the early episodes in an SNL season is that most… Read More

Trolls, Bots, ‘Useful Idiots’ Attack New Committee Aimed at Exposing Russian Propaganda Campaigns

On 20 September 2017, just hours after a consortium of high-profile figures from the American entertainment industry, news media and intelligence community formally announced the formation of the Committee to Investigate Russia (CIR), social media bots, paid trolls, and “useful idiots” kicked into high gear. The newly-formed organization was launched by director and actor Rob Reiner,… Read More

Lifetime announces TV movie about Oscar Pistorius 

(Photo: Getty Images/AFP, Marco Longari) As reported by Deadline, Lifetime has greenlit a TV movie about Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic champion and convicted murderer who became known as the “Blade Runner” because of his advanced prosthetic legs. In 2014, Pistorius was convicted of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day night in… Read More

Danny Pudi says “people are talking” about a Community movie

(Photo: Getty Images, Nicholas Hunt) Speaking with Entertainment Weekly about some highlights from his career, Danny Pudi mentioned that there’s still some hope that the long-teased Community movie might actually happen someday. Pudi says that actually making the movie is “the last part of it”—referring to the #SixSeasonsAndAMovie campaign to keep the show alive—and not… Read More

Federal Employees Ordered to Attend Anti-Leaking Classes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency are attending mandatory training sessions this week to reinforce their compliance with laws and rules against leaking classified or sensitive government information. It is part of a broader Trump administration order for anti-leaks training at all executive branch agencies. The Associated Press obtained training materials from… Read More

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the fog over pre-existing maladies – ABC News

Who’s right — President Donald Trump and Sen. Bill Cassidy, or late-night host Jimmy Kimmel? None has really captured the complexity of the debate over who might lose insurance protections in the latest Republican health care bill. But of the three, the TV guy is the hardest to refute. Trump insists in a tweet that… Read More

Tiger Nurses Piglets?

CLAIM A mother tiger at a California zoo nursed a group of piglets after her own cubs died. RATING MISCAPTIONED ORIGIN As often happens, an item about a tiger’s nursing piglets appears to be a case in which someone came across some unusual photographs with no explanatory context and decided to make up his own… Read More

Were Houston Residents Warned to Use Gas Masks During Mosquito Spraying?

CLAIM In September 2017, authorities in Houston, Texas warned residents to use gas masks as they sprayed the area with a neurotoxic insecticide that “causes brain damage”. RATING MOSTLY FALSE WHAT’S TRUE Authorities in Harris County, Texas did spray for mosquitoes using the insecticide naled, which is technically a neurotoxin. WHAT’S FALSE Authorities did not… Read More

Iowa to Discontinue Soda and Candy for EBT Recipients on 1 October 2017?

CLAIM Electronic benefits recipients in Iowa can no longer purchase soda and candy as of 1 October 2017. RATING FALSE ORIGIN In September 2017, a post resembling a news item appeared to report that soda and candy are being removed from Iowa’s food assistance program, and recipients would no longer be able to use their… Read More

Manafort Offered to Brief Wealthy Russian During Campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the middle of Donald Trump’s presidential run, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he was willing to provide “private briefings” about the campaign to a Russian billionaire the U.S. government considers close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Manafort’s offer was memorialized in an email exchange with a former employee of his political… Read More

Sen. Cassidy's rebuttal to Jimmy Kimmel: 'More people will have coverage' – Washington Post

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel attacked the Cassidy-Graham health-care plan on Sept. 19, and mocked Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) for failing his own standard, “the Kimmel test.” (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) “I’m sorry he doesn’t understand. Under Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, more people will have coverage.”–Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), interviewed on CNN’s “New Day,” Sept. 20, 2017 Late-night host… Read More

Fact Check: Sen. Bill Cassidy on his health care bill assertions – ABC News

Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., made several statements about his and Sen. Lindsey Graham’s, R-S.C., health care bill that seemed worthy of some fact-checking. Below are four assertions and our explanations for them based on conversations with health care experts. STATEMENT: “There will be more folks covered under this bill than the status quo and it… Read More

Sen. Cassidy’s rebuttal to Jimmy Kimmel: ‘More people will have coverage’

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel attacked the Cassidy-Graham health-care plan on Sept. 19, and mocked Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) for failing his own standard, “the Kimmel test.” (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) “I’m sorry he doesn’t understand. Under Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, more people will have coverage.”–Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), interviewed on CNN’s “New Day,” Sept. 20, 2017 Late-night host… Read More

Are Facebook Users Secretly Following You?

CLAIM Instructions explain how to blocking Facebook users who are following you without your knowledge. RATING FALSE ORIGIN In early January 2017 a rumor swept Facebook asserting that “Facebook security” people were being paid to watch individual accounts: According to that rumor, entering the term “Facebook Security” into Facebook’s “block users” field would reveal a… Read More

Did Jeff Goldblum ‘Trash’ Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg?

CLAIM Jeff Goldblum criticized Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk for being capitalists during an MTV interview. RATING FALSE ORIGIN In September 2017, the social media rumor mill turned its focus to a series of images that purport to show stills from an interview in which actor Jeff Goldblum criticized Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla executive… Read More

Are ‘Liberals’ Getting Offended over Hobby Lobby’s Cotton Decor?

CLAIM Hobby Lobby came “under fire” by liberals for using cotton in their home decor products. RATING UNPROVEN ORIGIN In September 2017, social media users voiced their offense at rumors that “liberals” were organizing a boycott over Hobby Lobby’s cotton decor products because the items were purportedly offensive to black people: VIRAL:Insane Liberals Claim Hobby… Read More

Bernie Sanders – Comparing administrative costs for private insurance and Medicare

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said that switching to a single-payer “Medicare for all” health system would save billions of dollars in administrative costs. “Private insurance companies in this country spend between 12 and 18 percent on administration costs,” Sanders said on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sept. 17. “The cost of administering the Medicare program,… Read More

Former Boxer Jake LaMotta, Immortalized in ‘Raging Bull,’ Dies at 95

Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film “Raging Bull,” for which Robert De Niro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95. LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of pneumonia, according to fiancee Denise Baker.… Read More

Donald Trump – How strong has job growth been on Donald Trump's watch?

While presidential speeches to the United Nations usually focus on foreign policy, President Donald Trump began his by touting domestic accomplishments on his watch. “Fortunately, the United States has done very well since Election Day last Nov. 8,” he said while addressing the General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017. “The stock market is at an… Read More

AL.com announces collaboration with PolitiFact to fact check Alabama newsmakers – AL.com

PolitiFact is collaborating with AL.com journalists to bring its Pulitzer Prize-winning, fact-checking services to Alabama, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation. PolitiFact applied for the grant in the wake of the 2017 presidential campaign, seeking to understand what audiences in primarily “red” cities thought of the state of objective news reporting, following the high-profile… Read More

Happy 10th birthday, Fact Checker!

For the past 10 years, the Fact Checker has examined the statements of leading politicians. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) The Washington Post Fact Checker is ten years old today, though strictly speaking that statement might merit a Pinocchio. With a burst of four fact checks on the morning of Sept. 19, 2007 — of Osama bin Laden, former… Read More

Happy 10th birthday, Fact Checker! – Washington Post

For the past 10 years, the Fact Checker has examined the statements of leading politicians. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) The Washington Post Fact Checker is ten years old today, though strictly speaking that statement might merit a Pinocchio. With a burst of four fact checks on the morning of Sept. 19, 2007 — of Osama bin Laden, former… Read More

Fact-checking Donald Trump's United Nations speech – PolitiFact

President Donald Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and called Iran a “rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos,” during an address to the United Nations General Assembly. Trump denounced North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — who he dubbed “Rocket Man”— and said Pyongyang’s pursuit of an enhanced nuclear weapons… Read More

Fact check: Seven quotes from Aung San Suu Kyi's speech that ignore the reality of the Rohingya crisis – Telegraph.co.uk

It was Aung San Suu Kyi’s “last chance” to halt a humanitarian catastrophe and save her reputation as a champion of human rights.  In her first public address since the outbreak of an apparent campaign of ethnic cleansing against Burma’s Rohingya Muslim minority three weeks ago, Ms Suu Kyi on Tuesday pledged her government’s commitment to universal… Read More

Medicare, private insurance and administrative costs: A Democratic talking point

Democratic lawmakers are using fuzzy numbers to make a politically advantageous point. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) “Medicare has an overhead of about 3 percent. Private insurance has 25 to 30 percent that’s wasted.”–Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), interview on MSNBC’s “Daily Meet the Press,” Sept. 13, 2017 When something sounds too good to be true, it… Read More

Microsoft Adds Fake News Fact-Checking to Bing – MakeUseOf

Microsoft is jumping on the fake news bandwagon, adding a “Fact Check” label to Bing. Facebook enacted a crackdown on fake news Facebook Offers Tips to Help You Spot Fake News Facebook Offers Tips to Help You Spot Fake News While Facebook doesn’t produce fake news, it’s at least partly responsible for its dissemination. Which… Read More

Microsoft Tackles Fake News With Bing's New Fact Check Label – eWeek

Create a new Account Complete your registration. Already have an Account? Click here You’re currently subscribed to some eWEEK features and just need to create a username and password. Or register using your social account … Loading Social Login… Full Story Here Google Fact Check September 18, 2017 5:02 pm Support Us

Bing fights fake news with 'Fact Check' label – Marketing Dive

Dive Brief: Bing has introduced a “Fact Check” label  on search results on news, major stories and within webpages to provide people with additional information about which online sources are providing trustworthy content per a Bing blog post. The post stated Bing may apply this label to any page that has the schema.org ClaimReview markup… Read More

Speaker Ryan’s fuzzy math on the nation’s ‘terrible tax system’

(Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images) “It is a terrible tax system that was written in ’86. … The headlines write themselves: We tax our corporations at 35 percent, and successful small businesses are taxed as high as 44.6 percent. The average tax rate in the industrialized world for businesses is 22.5 percent.” — House Speaker Paul… Read More

Brian Stelter: Why newsrooms must keep fact-checking Trump – CNNMoney

Stelter: Media must keep fact-checking Trump I didn’t think we’d have time for this segment on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources.” We already had more than an hour’s worth of media stories to cover. So I didn’t think we’d have time to cover President Trump’s latest errors and exaggerations. But in our show meeting on Saturday, we… Read More

Did James Comey violate federal laws?

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed the former FBI director violated federal laws by leaking his personal memo to the New York Times. (Meg Kelly/The Washington Post) “I think there is no secret Comey, by his own self-admission, leaked privileged government information. Weeks before President Trump fired him, Comey testified that an FBI… Read More