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How late-night shows ridiculed O'Reilly vs. Weinstein

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Film producer and film studio executive Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the film company he co-founded after a series of sexual harassment allegations against him emerged last week. While the allegations are reminiscent of former show host Bill O'Reilly's scandal, which resulted in his firing from Fox News, the treatment from late night show hosts has been strikingly different. O'Reilly provided perfect fodder for late-night skits and monologues, while only John Oliver fully addressed the Weinstein scandal.

Why it matters: O'Reilly was a conservative with whom most show hosts disagreed on a number of issues, while Harvey Weinstein was a fellow Hollywood liberal. But it's important to remember that O'Reilly was much more of a household name than Weinstein.

Saturday Night Live

Bill O'Reilly: After Bill O'Reilly left Fox News, SNL dedicated a skit mimicking the "O'Reilly Factor" and mocking his sexual advances toward women.

Weinstein: SNL had written Weinstein-related jokes for their performance, but didn't end up doing them, the New York Times reported. A person familiar with SNL's decision to scratch their Weinstein segment told the Times that Lorne Michaels was afraid it was a NYC media story, and would not be as familiar to a national audience.

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:

O'Reilly: "Today Fox News announced that Bill O'Reilly has been fired after his sexual harassment scandal. Experts say that it's not likely that any self-respecting network will hire him. Then CNN said, 'Welcome aboard.' Get this, I saw that earlier today O'Reilly actually met with Pope Francis at the Vatican. When he saw O'Reilly go into confession, the next guy in line said, 'You know what, I"ll come back tomorrow.'"

Weinstein: *Crickets*

Jimmy Kimmel Live:

O'Reilly: Jimmy Kimmel's show also led his show with the news of O'Reilly being fired. "What did Bill O'Reilly do today while this was all going on? He met the Pope. For real, he went to the Vatican and waiting in the VIP long to meet the Pope... Anyways, Fox News decided to extend Bill's vacation to forever. I tell you, of all the jobs President Trump promised to create, you wouldn't think Bill O'Reilly's would be one, but it is." He then revealed his own replacement show, "The Guillerm O'factor."

Weinstein: Crickets on air. Kimmel tweeted in response to a question from Donald Trump, Jr. asking for comment on the Weinstein story: "You mean that big story from the failing, liberal, one-sided @nytimes? I think it is disgusting."

Late Night with Seth Meyers:

O'Reilly: Following the news of Bill O'Reilly's millions of dollars of settlements, Seth Meyers used his show to criticize Bill O'Reilly and Fox News' relationship with President Trump. "If it seemed outrageous to you at the time that O'Reilly would dismiss Trump's apparent sexual assault confession as crude guy talk, it might make more sense now after the news that broke over the weekend."

Weinstein: *Crickets*

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

O'Reilly: Steven Colbert also led his show with a segment dedicated to mocking O'Reilly and his firing from Fox News. "Over the years, I have talked one or two time about Fox news host and bold fresh piece of humanity, Bill O'Reilly... He had the number one cable new show for 15 years, until today. Because Bill O'Reilly has been fired by Fox News! ... He's been a host on my show, and I take no pleasure in his downfall. I'm not going to sit here and publicly gloat.Jimmy can you take the camera off me for a second?"

Weinstein: No discussion on air. [Update: Colbert didn't tape Friday.] Colbert tweeted: "So far, Harvey Weinstein has checked off 'Sex' and 'Lies,' but I really don't want to see the Videotape."

The Late Late Show with James Corden:

O'Reilly: "I hope everybody had a great day. One person who hasn't has a great day is Fox News Commentator Bill O'Reilly who has been fired from the network after years of multi-million dollar sexual harassment settlements. I mean, Fox News had no choice, the have a very strict '28 strikes and you're out' policy.... This is a lesson for all of us. If you behave like an animal who sexually harasses women, you can't host a toalk show. You can be president, but you can't host a talk show."

Weinstein: *Crickets*

Daily Show with Trevor Noah:

O'Reilly: Shortly after the news broke that O'Reilly would not be returning to Fox News, Trevor Noah told a series of O'Reilly jokes on his show, including playing an old clip of O'Reilly throwing a fit on live TV. "We assume that they'll change the name of the show, but we also assumed Fox would've fired O'Reilly after the third time he was accused of sexual harassment... So let's give Bill his proper due. Because you may not know this, but Bill O'Reilly was the biggest figure in the history of cable news. At one point, no one even come close... because they were afraid that he might sexually harass them."

Weinstein: Trevor Noah mentioned the Weinstein scandal during his segment mocking Cam Newton for his sexist remarks toward a female reporter, "It's funny, right? Cause women.. they don't know... the things about the... Look! Harvey Weinstein!"

John Oliver:

O'Reilly: "Bill O'Reilly, who scientists hypothesize is kind of a dent nebula of boner and racism, has been paying out settlements for alleged harassment for years. And the details are pretty disturbing here, with the victims claiming things like verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O'Reilly was masturbating. Now I hate to ask this, but what does that sound like?"

Weinstein: Oliver was the only late night comedian to specifically mention and condemn Weinstein's actions.


Singapore has gone "beyond" UN to pressure North Korea

Trump with Singaporean PM Lee. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore said Monday "pressure" as well as "dialogue" between the U.S. and China are critical in handling the North Korean nuclear threat. President Trump commended Singapore for partnering with the U.S. to combat the threat, and Lee said his country has gone "beyond" the UN Security Council's resolutions to do so.

Trump also said Singapore Airlines signed a $13.8 billion deal with Boeing which will create 70,000 jobs in the U.S.

  • On North Korea: U.S. and Singapore share "an unwavering commitment" to combating the threat, Trump said.
  • On Lee's father, the former PM: Singapore made "rapid development from a poor island nation to an economic powerhouse under [Lee's] great father."
  • On U.S.-Singapore relations: The relationship is at its "highest point and it will continue," Trump said. Lee underscored that Singapore is the second-biggest Asian investor in the U.S.
Worth noting: The president did not take questions after the joint conference, though reporters asked about the Niger ambush and Trump's tweet about gold star widow Myeshia Johnson.

Megyn Kelly refutes Bill O'Reilly's harassment denials

Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her new show "Megyn Kelly Today." Photo: Charles Sykes / Invision / AP

Megyn Kelly spoke out against her former Fox News colleague Bill O'Reilly on NBC News' Megyn Kelly Today this morning, stating, "O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained."

The background: Kelly's assertion comes on the heels of O'Reilly's repeated denials of sexual misconduct during his time at Fox News. A NYT report was published over the weekend detailing his $32 million settlement agreement with a former Fox News analyst over a harassment claim.

More from Kelly: She also shared an email that she wrote to the co-presidents of Fox News in November 2016 after O'Reilly said in a CBS interview that "wasn't interested" in her discussion of Fox News' toxic professional climate in her memoir: "Perhaps he didn't realize the kind of message his criticism sends to young women across this country about how men continue to view the issue of speaking out about sexual harassment."

How O'Reilly responded to the latest report: Emily Steel and Michael S. Schmidt, the New York Times reporters who broke the story about O'Reilly's massive settlement agreement, shared some of their on-the-record interview tapes with O'Reilly with the NYT's The Daily podcast.

In O'Reilly's own words:

  • "We have physical proof that this is bullshit. Bullshit. Okay? So it's on you if you want to destroy my children further."
  • "This is crap. And you know it. It's politically and financially motivated. And we can prove it with shocking information."
  • "Leaks are not facts. Leaks are designed to hurt people, and surely you both know that."
  • "I've never had one complaint filed against me by a co-worker in any Human Resources department."

O'Reilly also went on the record with his former Fox News colleague Glenn Beck this morning and repeated a similar defense while arguing that there is a larger conspiracy meant to end his career, per Media Matters for America:

  • "The end game is, 'Let's link Bill O'Reilly with Harvey Weinstein.'"
  • "[T]hey don't care because this was a hit job to get me out of the market place. And then you'll have the left go, oh, he's paranoid, oh, yeah, yeah. OK. I could back that up 50 different ways. Media Matters is involved. CNN is involved. And it's beyond any doubt."

O'Reilly posted a statement on his website with a sworn affidavit from his accuser that he claims refutes the reports. He has promised to address the allegations further tonight on No Spin News, his nightly podcast.


Lack of affordable housing killing jobs in Bay Area

A view of the San Francisco skyline from Alamo Square. Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

The Bay Area saw its worst month for local employment since February 2010, losing 4,700 jobs in September, per Mercury News.

The backdrop: Employers in the Bay Area are finding it hard to fill positions due to limited housing and sky-high prices. Workers who can't find or afford housing close to their offices are pushed out of the area, and many of them don't want to bother with long commutes. "Housing is the chain on the dog that is chasing a squirrel," economist Christopher Thornberg told Mercury News. "Once that chain runs out, it yanks the dog back."

Go deeper: The national jobs picture for September


Norway's electric car boom

Data: U.S. Energy Information Administration; Chart: Lazaro Gamio / Axios

Norway has, far and away, the largest percentage of cars that are electric compared to other nations, according to a new report released Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The reason: The Norwegian government offers the largest monetary incentives for plug-in electric cars, per the report: "These incentives reduce the purchase price and the operational costs associated with PEV ownership and include an exemption from an acquisition tax ($11,600 savings) for both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)."

Why it matters: The trend toward electric cars is picking up speed all over the world, including in the biggest economies like China. Norway, whose wealthy government and economy has been built on oil production, offers an example of what factors drive adoption of electric cars.

Go deeper: The report, titled "Plug-in electric vehicles: future market conditions and adoption rates" is worth a read, or at least a scan.


Trump meets with Singapore's Prime Minister at the White House

President Donald Trump greets Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as he arrives at the White House. Photo: Andrew Harnik / AP

President Trump met with Lee Hsien Loong, the Prime Minister of Singapore, at the White House Monday where they spoke of the strength of U.S.-Singapore relations.

What's next: The leaders will participate in a bilateral working luncheon with Cabinet Secretaries and key White House officials later this afternoon, before making a joint statement in the Rose Garden.


EPA pulls scientists' climate change talks

Seals rest on rocks in Narragansett Bay off the coast of North Kingstown, R.I. Rhode Island. Photo: Steven Senne / AP

The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled three of its scientists' speaking engagements at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed conference today in Providence, R.I., per the New York Times' Lisa Friedman. The conference coincides with the release of a 400-page report on the health of Narragansett Bay, which features "significant" discussion of how climate change has affected the bay. The agency helps fund the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program and the agency's scientists were involved in the report.

Why it matters: "The move highlights widespread concern that the EPA will silence government scientists from speaking publicly or conducting work on climate change," writes Friedman. Trump-appointed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has maintained humans are not the main driver of global warming, and has removed most mentions of climate change from the EPA website.

What they're saying:

  • "It's definitely a blatant example of the scientific censorship we all suspected was going to start being enforced at EPA," John King, who works on the program, told the. "They don't believe in climate change, so I think what they're trying to do is stifle discussions of the impacts of climate change."
  • "EPA scientists are attending, they simply are not presenting, it is not an EPA conference," EPA spokesman John Konkus told the Washington Post in an email.

Amazon gets hundreds of city proposals to host HQ2

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos at a meeting with Donald Trump in 2016. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

Amazon has been flooded with pitches from cities and regions that want to host its second headquarters, the company said Monday. The company received 238 proposals from "54 states, provinces, districts and territories across North America."

Why it matters: There's lots of competition for what Amazon is calling HQ2. While the new headquarters could bring 50,000 jobs that pay an average salary of $100,000 to the winning city, there are also potential downsides to hosting, including the possible cost of billions of dollars via tax breaks.

Go deeper: The New York Times recently covered the tactics cities are employing to court the project.


Tillerson says Taliban could join Afghan gov. if they renounce violence

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks with Gen. John Nicholson, left, commander of Resolute Support, and Amb. Hugo Llorens. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday on a previously unnannounced visit to Afghanistan that he thinks moderate elements of the Taliban could participate in the Afghan government under certain conditions, per the AP. He said the Taliban should prepare to negotiate with the government since they'll "never win a military victory."

"There's a place for them in the government if they are ready to come, renouncing terrorism, renouncing violence and being committed to a stable prosperous Afghanistan... we are looking to engage with those voices and have them engage in a reconciliation process leading to a peace process and their full involvement and participation in the government," he said.
Why it matters: The strategy Trump laid out for Afghanistan focused primarily on military efforts, but this is a window into what Tillerson believes a diplomatic solution could look like.

Foxconn backs Bitcoin startup Abra

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Abra, a Silicon Valley bitcoin startup primary focused on foreign exchange, has raised $16 million in new funding led by China's Foxconn.

Why it matters: This deal could help lead to a revolution in how people pay for consumer electronics and other household goods. Foxconn's investment does not have a strategic partnership attached, but Abra CEO Bill Barhydt believes that the inclusion of IoT chips in such things as flat-screen TVs – Foxconn now owns Sharp – could eventually be leveraged to enable pay-as-you go leasing programs transacted via Bitcoin.

Other investors in the Series B round: Silver8 Capital, Ignia, Arbor Ventures, American Express, Jungle Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures and RRE Ventures.

Bottom line: Does Barhydt's vision seem far-fetched? Sure. Well, until you realize that a version of this has been underway for several years with M-Pesa and solar home-lighting systems in Kenya.


E-commerce warehouse jobs breathe life into the rust belt

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is well acquainted with the struggles brought on by deindustrialization. The city was once home to America's second-largest steel producer, but its citizens struggled for decades with declining steel employment, before Bethlehem Steel went bankrupt altogether in the early 1990s.

But as the New York Times reports, the city as become a poster child in recent years for the new, e-commerce economy. Its proximity to New York and Philadelphia and its large pool of less expensive labor have made it an appealing place for online retailers to locate their warehouses and fulfillment centers.

Why it matters: Some economists argue that when you account for fulfillment center jobs, the retail industry is actually adding jobs, and that these positions pay better than those in brick-and-mortar stores.