CBS, NBC Also Refuse to Air Trump Advertisement

CBS and NBC have joined CNN in refusing to air an advertisement that lists President Donald Trump’s accomplishments while blaming the “fake news” media for not reporting on them.

Trump’s campaign team also says ABC would not air the ad, although an ABC representative did not immediately respond to queries on Friday. CNN said it did not air the ad because its request to eliminate a “fake news” graphic was refused. NBC similarly cited the “incorrect” graphic that was shown over the face of NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell, among others.

CBS isn’t commenting on why it turned down the ad.

The Trump campaign is using the networks’ refusal in fundraising pleas and says the decisions “set a chilling precedent against free speech rights.”

Golden Globes Audience Grew by 1.5 Million Over Last year

The Nielsen company says Sunday’s Golden Globes show enjoyed a bump in its audience over last year’s.

The awards broadcast, aired on NBC with Jimmy Fallon hosting, was seen by 20 million viewers. That’s a boost of 1.5 million over the 18.5 million viewers who watched in January 2016. It represents an 8 percent surge year-to-year.

Last year’s show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, dropped 800,000 viewers from 2015, although that Globes telecast faced tough competition from the final 15 minutes of an NFL game on Fox.

The 2014 telecast, co-hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, drew 20.9 million viewers to score as the most-watched Globes-fest in a decade. (AP)

Obama to Hand Over Social Media Accounts to New President

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What happens to President Barack Obama’s 11.1 million Twitter followers on Inauguration Day?

The White House says Obama’s official POTUS account will be taken over by the next president, who will start with a huge following but a clean slate of tweets. Obama’s tweets will move over to a new handle, POTUS44, by the National Archives and Records Administration.

The same will take place with Obama’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, along with other Twitter accounts including Michelle Obama’s FLOTUS and Joe Biden’s VP accounts.

The White House says thousands of hours of video and millions of photos are being transferred to digital archives. Eventually, they’ll be available to download in compact form like zip files.

Obama is leaving office with far more digital content to archive than any previous president. (AP)

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on Late Show

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Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS’ late-night host.

CBS announced Thursday that “The Colbert Report” host will replace Letterman when he retires next year. Colbert is signed for five years.

Letterman has hosted “Late Show with David Letterman” since 1993. He turns 67 Saturday.

Colbert says in a statement: “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning “The Colbert Report” has been a hit since its launch in 2005. (AP)

Rolling Stone Flubs Constitution Tattoo on Cover

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one.

The cover image of next month’s Rolling Stone magazine featuring the “Veep” star depicts a nude Louis-Dreyfus with a tattoo of the U.S. Constitution signed by John Hancock across her back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

Louis-Dreyfus’ jokingly blamed the blunder in a Twitter post on Wednesday on the fictional “Veep” character who serves as communications director to Louis-Dreyfus’ Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy series.

Rolling Stone spokeswoman Melissa Bruno said the Declaration of Independence is on the other side of her body, but the signatures wouldn’t fit.

Inside the magazine, another image shows a man in a colonial wig tattooing Hancock’s signature above the bare bottom of the “Seinfeld” actress. (AP)

Bill Clinton was Leno’s Top `Tonight Show’ Target

Jay Leno’s top target during his two-decade tenure as NBC’s “Tonight” show host was Bill Clinton.

The comic has cracked a total of 4,607 jokes at the expense of the former president.

The Washington-based Center for Media and Public Affairs counted and catalogued nearly 44,000 jokes Leno made about politics and public affairs during his time at “Tonight,” which ends Thursday.

The center’s director, Robert Lichter, said Tuesday that Leno loves politics and scandal — and Clinton generously provided material on both accounts.

Second on Leno’s list — with 3,239 jokes at his expense — was former President George W. Bush. (AP)

Netflix Drama ‘House of Cards’ Scores 3rd Season

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Netflix says its acclaimed drama “House of Cards” will get a third season.

The online video provider had previously been cagey about the future of the series, which initially received a two-season order of 13 episodes apiece.

It returns with its second season on Feb. 14, when all 13 episodes will join the earlier 13 hours on the Netflix website.

Netflix offered no details concerning production start or release date for the third season’s 13 episodes.

“House of Cards” stars Kevin Spacey as a diabolical former U.S. senator now risen to vice president.

The first season instantly made Netflix a force in the arena of original video content and snagged nine prime-time Emmy nominations. Robin Wright won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Spacey’s scheming wife. (AP)