Oprah ‘baffled’ by nasty Trump

OPRAH Winfrey has admitted being baffled after she was described as “biased and slanted” by Donald Trump after a report she filed as an interviewer on 60 Minutes.

The talk show host came under fire from the president following her stint on the famed show, in which she met a group of voters in Michigan — some of whom had voted for Mr Trump in the 2016 US election — to hear their thoughts on his first year in office.

Mr Trump tweeted: “Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes.

“The questions were biased and slanted, the facts incorrect. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!” Winfrey told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres of her reaction to his tweet.

“I woke up and I just thought …” She shrugged and held her hands up in the air to display her confusion, and added: “And, I don’t like giving negativity power, so I just thought … what?” Winfrey also said Mr Trump’s comments made her look back at the footage to see if she had been fair.

“What I actually really did was I went back and looked at the tape to see if there was any place that that could be true,” she said.

Winfrey said she thought part of the interview — which saw the panel discuss topics including Mr Trump’s comment about people from “s**thole” countries and tax laws — needed to be fixed to make it “more balanced”.

She added: “I was working very hard to do the opposite of what I was hate-tweeted about so, it’s OK.”

Mr Trump’s remarks about Winfrey reignited the conversation about her possibly running for office, after she sparked speculation that she could be a strong contender following her rousing speech about equality at the Golden Globe awards.

She later said she had no desire to put herself forward as a Democratic candidate for the 2020 election.

How much celebs donated to gun cause

NOTHING gives a movement that extra touch of glamour quite like star power. So the young survivors behind March for our Lives will be delighted that Hollywood’s most glamorous activists are throwing their weight behind the cause.

Famous names including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Amy Schumer and Cher have voiced their support for the action to prevent gun violence, with Oprah, the Clooneys and Steven Spielberg promising donations of $US500,000 ($640,000) each.

“Cameron good talking to you last night. All of your bravery is amazing. I stand with you guys,” Bieber tweeted Cameron Kasky, the 17-year-old student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High who created the #NeverAgain hashtag and Facebook page after 17 people were shot dead at his school in Parkland, Florida.

George Clooney started the financial ball rolling on Tuesday, announcing in a statement that he and Amal were “so inspired by the courage and eloquence” of the Florida students. The activist couple promised to attend the March 24 rally and make a donation in the names of the couple’s eight-month-old twins, Alexander and Ella.

Hours later, film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and wife Marilyn said they would donate the same amount, calling the students “brave young leaders” who have “taken their pain and grief and turned it into action”.

Director Steven Spielberg said the students in Florida and across the country were “demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages”, promising he and wife Kate would also put in $US500,000.

Oprah Winfrey said the young people reminded her of “the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard,” vowing she too would match the Clooneys’ donation.

Gaga said she was “speechless at their courage” and “proud that these kids and young adults are our future”, while Schumer exhorted her Twitter followers to “demand that lawmakers do their jobs and take action to prevent gun violence”.

In a tweet almost entirely in capitals and littered with exclamation marks, Cher said she believed the movement could scare Congress into action, adding “KIDS CAN BE CATALYSTS 4 CHANGE.”

It is remarkable evidence of the age of celebrity activism we live in today, promising that the march in Washington and across the US will indeed be “bigger than anyone could ever imagine”, as student leader and Florida shooting survivor Sofie Whitney told news.com.au this week.

This is the #MeToo and #TimesUp era, when the great and the good dress in black at the year’s most glittering events to draw attention to the issue of sexual harassment and assault.

Oprah has already been tipped to run for President after her rousing Golden Globes speech about racial, gender and class divides — and her support for these determined youngsters indicates this will indeed be a historic moment.

The teenagers at the centre of the tornado are well aware of the task ahead of them, and determined to keep the momentum going. Unlike the Sandy Hook survivors, they are old enough to be heard by President Donald Trump and Congress.

They have been meeting with state senators, lobbying representatives and discussing legislation. “I think it’s just our way of grieving,” said Sofie, 18. “We couldn’t just sit back while we let everyone forget about us, we need to make sure this never had to happen again.

“No kid should have to do this for themselves, no kid should have to watch their friends die, but we did and we have to do this now.”

The gun lobby is evidently scared of what they could achieve, with a sickening conspiracy theory circulating that the young people are actually paid actors. Internet trolls have suggested students including Sofie, Cameron and Emma Gonzalez are actually “crisis actors” hired by the FBI and Democratic Party elites to destabilise the Trump administration.

That only seems to prove just how powerful today’s youth really is.

Kim K leads celeb call for gun control

KIM Kardashian is among a host of celebrities calling for tighter gun controls after a gunman went on a rampage at a school in Florida on Valentine’s Day.

Expelled student Nikolas Cruz, 19, returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School armed with an assault rifle and opened fire at students and teachers.

Chilling images posted on Instagram show the shooter, who remains in police custody, posing with guns and knives as fellow pupils admit they “knew he would shoot up the school”.

His actions prompted the likes of singer Nancy Sinatra, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Reese Witherspoon to call for stronger gun restrictions in the wake of the atrocity on Wednesday.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s star called on the US government to do more to protect children and teachers.

Writing on Twitter, she said: “We owe it to our children and our teachers to keep them safe while at school. Prayers won’t do this: action will.

“Congress, please do your job and protect Americans from senseless gun violence.”

She also retweeted others stating that after a shoe bomber tried to blow up a plane, passengers are now required to take off their shoes, yet despite 1606 mass shootings in the US gun law remains the same

Mark Ruffalo agreed: ‘Prayers without accordant action are silent lies told to oneself, heard by no God, amounting to nothing. Action is the language of truth, the prayers of the Saints.’

Mia Farrow replied to President Donald Trump’s tweet, which offered “prayers and condolences” by saying, “Sir, we need more than prayers and condolences. We need rational gun legislation”.

She also reacted to Mr Trump’s tweet this morning that there were “so many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behaviour. Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!

Elizabeth Banks shared an Instagram post where “thoughts and prayers” was crossed out and “policy and change” was written underneath it.

Actress Julianne Moore tweeted: “The 18th school shooting in the US since January. It is heartbreaking. What will it take to change our nation’s gun laws ???”

Nancy Sinatra called on the Republican Party to pass “sensible” gun laws immediately.

She added: “Seventeen more of our young people dead, killed by a shooter with an automatic weapon he had no business having.”

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres said: “No words, no actions, no laws are enough until we end this epidemic of school shootings in our country.”

Actress Reese Witherspoon said she was “heartbroken” by the attack, adding “enough is enough”.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, said it was an act of “pure evil” but refused to discuss gun controls in a press conference.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the shooting should not lead to taking away Americans’ rights to own guns.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel earlier said that the suspect had at least one AR-15 rifle and multiple magazines.

While some fatalities were found outside the building, most were inside, he added.

The school had been placed on lockdown before the suspect was apprehended.

Daley, Oscar-winning hubby, having baby

TOM Daley and his husband Dustin Lance Black are having a baby.

The Sun reports that the couple, who tied the knot last year, announced the news by posting a baby scan picture on social media.

Olympic diver Daley, 23, captioned an adorable shot of the proud dads-to-be: “HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!”

Screenwriter Black, 43, also shared the news, by posting another shot of them looking loved up.

He wrote alongside it: “A very happy #ValentinesDay from ours to yours. ?‍?‍?.”

Daley met Black in the 2013 and came out as gay in December of the same year.

The sports star said at the time: “I’d never felt the feeling of love, it happened so quickly, I was completely overwhelmed by it to the point I can’t get him out of my head all the time.”

He proposed to the Milk writer in 2015 and they tied the knot two years later, with romantic Daleysinging: “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art though, Romeo?” to his fiance before the ceremony at the fairytale Bovey castle.

Just 50 close friends and relatives gathered at the lavish five-star golf resort in Dartmoor national park, 48 kilometres from Plymouth, Devon, where Daley grew up.

The exciting baby news comes just weeks after Daley put his London flat up for sale.

Daley and Black had previously had a long distance relationship with him being in London and Black in LA.

He admitted previously that their marriage was “far from perfect” and the distance between them was just one of their struggles.

Daley shared: “Our relationship is far from perfect. We have really tough times and struggles. For example, we went long distance for a very, very, long time: he was in LA, I was living in London. We would spend sometimes five weeks apart.

“And it’s something that was really, really tough and we’ve had to make massive and dramatic changes in our lives in order to be able to live together and see each other all the time. So, it’s not all plain sailing.”

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission

Luke Wilson involved in deadly crash

LEGALLY Blonde actor Luke Wilson and golfer Bill Haas have been involved in a car crash that left one person dead and two injured.

The Sun reports a car being driven by Wilson, 46, the brother of Owen Wilson, was hit by a Ferrari just before the horrific smash in Los Angeles which a local fire department initially said left Haas badly hurt.

The crash involved a Ferrari and a BMW in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood at 6.31pm last night, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Wilson is not believed to have been injured and his car was clipped as a result of the crash.

The driver of the Ferrari, in which 35-year-old Haas was travelling, was pronounced dead at the scene while two others were taken to a nearby hospital.

Detective Jeff Fischer of the LAPD told local television station KTLA: “I can confirm Luke Wilson was driving the vehicle, the Toyota FJ that was travelling northbound.

“His vehicle just basically got clipped by the Ferrari.

“Mr Bill Haas was the passenger in the Ferrari. Apparently, from what I was told, he’s doing OK too.”

Haas has now been released from hospital after being a passenger in a car crash which left one person dead and two injured, police in Los Angeles have said.

Haas’ father, Jay, told the Golf Channel that his son has pain and swelling in his leg but suffered no broken bones. He is expected to make a full recovery.

“Bill was very fortunate,” Jay Haas said.

World number 67 Haas was due to contest this week’s PGA Tour event, the Genesis Open, at the nearby Riviera Country Club.

A statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department said the two people injured — a 35-year-old male and 50-year-old female — and originally said “both in serious condition”.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission

‘Pence thinks Jesus tells him what to say’

FORMER aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman has offered stark warnings about what is going on in Donald Trump’s White House during her stint on the US version of Celebrity Big Brother.

The recently departed aide has specifically set her sights on Vice President Mike Pence.

Sitting on the sofa with other contestants, including TV host Ross Mathews and rocker Mark McGrath, Manigault-Newman revealed that “as bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence.”

“Everyone wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider,” she said, adding that they would be “begging for days of Trump if Pence became president.”

“He’s extreme,” she said. “I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things there. I’m like, ‘Jesus didn’t say that.’ Scary.”

The White House fired off a zinger in responding to a clip from the show released last week, in which Manigault-Newman said that she tried to temper Mr Trump’s tweeting but other advisers stopped her.

“Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this is the fourth time we’ve let her go,” spokesman Raj Shah said.

Manigault-Newman appeared on The Apprentice, the reality show hosted by Mr Trump before he got into politics, and parlayed her association with him into a stint on his presidential campaign and later a position at the White House before her departure in December.

In the Big Brother clip, Manigault-Newman also warns that Mr Trump is planning more extreme illegal immigration crackdowns.

“The roundup plan is getting more and more aggressive,” she said.

Both Mathews and McGrath went into the diary room to discuss their thoughts on the former White House staffer.

“Every time she opens her mouth I’m like, “Is she gonna drop a bomb?’” TV personality Mathews said. “Is there gonna be a breaking news go across the screen?!”

Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath said: “It’s Omarosa time!”

“Time to talk about her stint in the White House … but, you always have to remember, this is Omarosa, a world-class reality TV villain. Is it true? Is it game? Is it her story? Is it the real story?

“It’s Omarosa’s world, and I’m just livin’ in it.”

Rose reacts to manager’s death

ROSE McGowan has expressed her condolences to the family of her former manager Jill Messick, who took her own life.

Messick died last week and her family had released a statement that implied McGowan’s behaviour was partly to blame for Messick’s depression.

Messick was a Hollywood producer and former manager to McGowan, and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had been battling depression for years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Messick had worked as an exec at Miramax and at Lorne Michaels Productions, and had been McGowan’s manager in January 1997, during the time McGowan alleges she was raped by Harvey Weinstein during the Sundance Film Festival.

McGowan posted a tribute on Instagram on Saturday, which wished Messick’s family well and pointed at Harvey Weinstein as the cause of her death.

“For Jill: May your family find some measure of solace during this pain,” McGowan wrote in a caption to a photo of the sun behind the earth viewed from space.

“That one man could cause so much damage is astounding, but tragically true. The bad man did this to us both.”

“May you find peace on the astral plane,” she continued. “May you find serenity with the stars.”

After Messick’s death, her family issued a statement that slammed both McGowan and Weinstein.

“Over the past few months, many women have come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, who has repeatedly spoken with the press, striking out against not only her alleged attacker, but a great many others,” the family said.

“One of them was Jill, who chose to remain silent in the face of Rose’s slanderous statements against her for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth.”

Messick found herself in the headlines recently when Weinstein’s lawyer publicly released an email attributed to her defending the disgraced Hollywood boss against the allegations. Weinstein denied McGowan’s allegations, insisting their hotel room sexual encounter had been consensual.

In her newly-published memoir Brave, McGowan describes her alleged rape by Weinstein in vivid detail, claiming that it was Messick who suggested the two meet. “Jill told me this man wielded an incredible amount of ‘power in Hollywood’; I could sense it by the way she was breathlessly talking about him,” writes McGowan, saying that the meeting was in fact a “trap.”

After the alleged rape, McGowan said she called Messick.

“It was so f**ked up, she counselled me to see it as something that would help my career in the long run,” she alleged.

In a devastating statement released in the wake of her death, Messick’s family slammed both Weinstein and McGowan for dragging her name into the headlines.

“Seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person’s attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey’s desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her,” the family said.

Weinstein had involved Messick in the legal affair stemming from McGowan’s claims against him, with Weinstein’s lawyer Ben Brafman releasing an email from Messick to show her alleged defence of Weinstein.

According to Messick’s family, Messick had recounted what she remembered, McGowan telling her at the time of the assault, which did not include specific details.

Mesisick is survived by two children, Jackson and Ava, and her partner, Dan Schuck.

Here is the family’s statement in full:

“The Movement” just lost one of its own.

Jill Messick was a mother of two children, a loving wife and partner, a dear friend to many and a smart entertainment executive. She was also a survivor, privately battling depression which had been her nemesis for years.

Today she did not survive. Jill took her own life.

Jill was victimised by our new culture of unlimited information sharing and a willingness to accept statement as fact. The speed of disseminating information has carried mistruths about Jill as a person, which she was unable and unwilling to challenge. She became collateral damage in an already horrific story.

Jill believed in the Movement. She supported every woman finally coming forward to share their dark truths and expose those who had committed previously unspeakable deeds. She was loyal. She was strong. Jill was many things, but she was not a liar.

Over the past few months, many women have come out with allegations against Harvey Weinstein, including Rose McGowan, who has repeatedly spoken with the press, striking out against not only her alleged attacker, but a great many others. One of them was Jill, who chose to remain silent in the face of Rose’s slanderous statements against her for fear of undermining the many individuals who came forward in truth. She opted not to add to the feeding frenzy, allowing her name and her reputation to be sullied despite having done nothing wrong. She never chose to be a public figure, that choice was taken away from her.

Now that Jill can no longer speak for herself, it’s time to set the record straight.

In January 1997, Jill was an entry level manager at Addis Wechsler. One of her first clients was Rose McGowan, and one of Jill’s first duties was to set up a breakfast meeting with Harvey Weinstein during the Sundance Film Festival. Following the meeting, Rose told Jill what had happened — that she made the decision to remove her clothes and get in the hot tub with him — a mistake which Rose immediately regretted. Rose never once used the word rape in that conversation. Despite this, Jill recognised that Harvey had done something untoward to Rose, if not illegal. She immediately went to her bosses, the partners of Addis Wechsler, to recount Rose’s story and to insist that they address the situation. They told Jill that they would take care of it. The ensuing arrangements between Rose and Harvey were then negotiated, completely without Jill’s knowledge. At that time, all Jill knew was that the matter was settled and that Rose continued making films with the Weinsteins. She never knew any details until recently, when Rose elected to make them public.

Ten months later, in November of 1997, Jill received a call from the Miramax exec VP of production, recruiting her for a job as an executive at Miramax Films working in production in Los Angeles. Jill was hired based on merit and her excellent work of over two years as a young development executive working with Woods Entertainment, (prior to her time at Addis Wechsler).

Rose’s most recent round of press to promote her book have included new stories involving Jill. The constant press attention Rose has garnered in print and on National TV led to Harvey Weinstein releasing two documents. One of these was an email which Jill wrote to him months prior to the first NY Times piece coming out, and at his request. In this e-mail, Jill offered the truth based on what she remembers Rose telling her about the Sundance account. In the face of Rose’s continued and embellished accusations last week, Harvey took it upon himself to release the e-mail without her consent.

Five years ago, Jill suffered a manic episode. Anyone familiar with bipolar disorder knows that it is a cruel and vicious disease. With the help of doctors, her family and friends, Jill rebounded. Jill had fought to put her life back together. After a long job search, she was in negotiations to run the production division for a new entertainment company.

Seeing her name in headlines again and again, as part of one person’s attempt to gain more attention for her personal cause, along with Harvey’s desperate attempt to vindicate himself, was devastating for her. It broke Jill, who was just starting to get her life back on track.

What makes Rose’s inaccurate accusations and insinuations against Jill ironic was that she was the first person who stood up on Rose’s behalf, and alerted her bosses to the horrific experience which Rose suffered. Twenty years ago, as a very junior person in a management company hierarchy, Jill exhibited her integrity in doing the right thing — she raised the red flag with the heads of her firm. In the face of inappropriate behaviour, Jill handled the situation appropriately. Hers is one of the only stories that has stayed consistent over time as we watch other media reported tales morph to beget further attention.

While journalists serve an important role in exposing predatory behaviour, we are seeing

irresponsible choices and an addiction to sensationalism which leads to inconsistent storytelling. The media is a powerful tool not to be taken lightly. Most individuals would be horrified to have their name spotlighted in a major international news story — let alone their photograph. We cannot forget that the media is a fearsome tool which cannot be used indiscriminately or even inadvertently to create further victims. There is a responsibility when using a platform to accurately expose criminals, predators, mistruths and misdeeds while protecting the actual truth of third parties.

As we collectively seek to take action in an effort to right the wrongs so brazenly and inhumanely repeated for a generation, we must not forget one simple truth: words have power. While we illuminate the dark corners for hidden truths, we must remember that what we say, particularly in the media, can have just as much impact if not more than our actions. We must ask more of ourselves, and of each other. We must take a moment to consider the ramifications and consequences of what we say and what we do.

Words matter.

Someone’s life may depend on it.

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