CBS This Morning co-anchors Gayle King (L) and Norah O’Donnell
*Rush Limbaugh has turned his hot air toward the female co-anchors of “CBS This Morning.”
The radio show host directly attacked CBS’ Gayle King andNora O’Donnell, as well as “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl Friday for their discussion on “CBS This Morning” about Stahl’s report on the ways in which medications affect men and women differently.
Limbaugh said he was shocked to hear television hosts talk so “ignorantly” about the male and female bodies. During the show, Stahl said that the biggest thing she learned from her study was “how pervasive the differences between men and women really are.” King later responded, “Why didn’t we know this before?”
Well actually unchallenged is poor choice of words ’cause she’s literally challenged all the time. So, maybe we should just say she’s the reigning champ among women players on the pro circuit.
But that doesn’t mean she can’t be and isn’t challenged off the court … and recently she was in a journalistic kind of way by Gayle King. And from the looks of things, Serena won that challenge as well.
Basically, she was on the CBS This Morning show, which Gayle co-hosts, to discuss her US Open victory on Sunday. Gayle sorta slyly inquired about her relationship with married tennis coach Patrick Mouratoglou.
Oops. Game over.
As Rhymes with Snitch put it, she “paused for a few awkward beats before ignoring Gayle’s messy fishing expedition and replying to a question that had already been answered.”
Good try Gayle, but you just got served an overhand lob from Serena who, for good reason it seems, doesn’t want to open that can of worms cause it could get real interesting and not in a good way for her.
That’s because, if the tabloids – such as Lipstick Alley are correct – Mouratoglou and his wife have three children and are separated, but not yet divorced:
And while I applaud Serena for the way in which she handled the questioning here, let’s not pretend that this isn’t a story. She is sleeping with her MARRIED coach. It’s an issue and a story (always a story with athletes and their coaches) whether you are a Serena fan or not. The same way in which the story would be hyped if this were about her father as her coach, it’s hyped about her LOVER who is her coach. I’ve actually been shocked by the way in which the media has treated the whole thing with kid gloves.
OK, now that you know the back story, check out the interview (Gayle’s question comes at about 3:05):
Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the parents of Trayvon Martin appear on ‘Good Morning America,’ July 18, 2013.
*Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin made the morning-show rounds today, speaking out for the first time since George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing their unarmed son, Trayvon Martin.
The two were somber and resigned in their appearances on “CBS This Morning,” “Good Morning America” and “Today,” repeatedly expressing their shock at the verdict and indicating that they may be moving forward with a civil suit.
Martin spoke movingly about his son on CBS this morning, opening the interview by saying, “I want America to know that Trayvon was a fun-loving child. He was our child. We miss him dearly. Just to have your child’s life taken away from you like that, it hurts. And it’s a process that will take a long time to start to recovery from.”
Fulton added that she was “stunned” when she heard Zimmerman was not found guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter: “I [thought] that they would see that this was a teenager just trying to get home. This was no burglar. This was somebody’s son that was trying to get home.”
Both agreed that race played a huge factor in the killing. “I think it was obvious that it was a black person, a black young person, that they were looking for,” Fulton told co-host Charlie Rose. “But Trayvon was simply not that person.” Watch below.
Race was more of a focus in Martin and Fulton’s conversation with Matt Lauer on Today. Martin said that if his son had been white, “this would have never happened — so obviously, race played some type of role.”
When co-host Matt Lauer asked if he felt that the legal system had failed her son, Fulton answered yes, “to a certain degree,” adding, “I just didn’t understand. How can you let the killer of an unarmed child go free?”
Trayvon’s parents also discussed the aftermath of the verdict, saying that they hoped all protests would be peaceful — and telling Lauer that while they may someday be able to forgive Zimmerman, “forgiveness is like a healing process. Forgiving takes time.” Watch below.
Martin’s parents said today on “GMA” that they wish the members of the jury had gotten a chance to know more about their son during the trial.
“I wish they really knew Trayvon for who he was and knew that he was a kid,” Martin said. “They didn’t know him as a human being, a very decent human being, a fun-loving kid. He loved kids.
“I just wish they had an opportunity to really know who Trayvon was and to put that in context with what their decision was.” Watch below.
Zimmerman has gone into hiding since the verdict, but in an interview this week with ABC News, his parents, Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr., said that if they had the chance, they would tell Trayvon Martin’s parents they are truly sorry about what happened the night their son fatally shot the 17 year old.
When asked by “GMA’s” George Stephanopolous whether he was comforted by the Zimmermans’ apology, Martin called it a “hard and fair question.”
“There’s no winner in this situation,” Martin said. “Obviously, we are devastated more.”
“I just think that all the circumstances surrounding books being written and the mischaracterization of us as parents, I just really don’t feel that it’s real sincere,” he said. “But we continue to pray that we’ll find peace and strength to be forgiving parents.”
Martin and Fulton have started a foundation named after their son and say they hope his death and the trial can serve as a catalyst to bring the country together.
The year-to-year audience growth for anchors Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell has been as high as 39 percent in recent weeks, reports TV Guide. With an average of 3 million viewers, CBS scored its best May-sweep morning-ratings performance since 1994. The show has been attracting new fans since its relaunch last year as a newsier, tabloid-free alternative to ABC’s “Good Morning America” and NBC’s “Today.”
For example, the recent birth of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby didn’t make it onto CBS This Morning. “We were the only morning show that didn’t mention it,” Gayle King says proudly.
While well behind ABC’s 5.7 million and NBC’s 4.8 million viewers, the numbers indicate that “CBS This Morning” has effectively positioned itself to pick up disenchanted “Today” viewers who may find “GMA” too frothy. “People come up to me and say, ‘You guys actually do news,’” says O’Donnell.
After initial skepticism over his old network’s focus on more serious content, former CBS News president Andrew Heyward now counts himself as a regular viewer. “In a fragmented media world, differentiation is the key to success,” he says. “They’ve done that very well.”
Some of the touches executive producer Chris Licht (formerly of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”) brought to the show, such as the round glass table that lends itself to conversation among the anchors, have even shown up on other morning programs.
“For the first time CBS is not copying anybody in the morning,” says Licht. “They are copying us.”
What has also helped is a team of anchors who truly like each other. “We have real admiration and respect,” says Rose. King adds that her relaxed on-air rapport with Rose has led to questions from viewers about how close they really are. “Women are always asking me about the show,” says King. “One asked me ‘what is it between you two?’ I said ‘what do you mean?’ She said ‘you know what I mean.’ I said ‘I don’t know what you mean.’”
“They’re not dating,” O’Donnell notes. “There is a genuine affection and friendship that’s going on here.”
*Even as “Good Morning America” solidifies its status as the most popular morning program, ABC isn’t the only network where executives have been smiling lately.
The Nielsen ratings company’s measurement of viewers during May said the “CBS This Morning” broadcast, which features co-host Gayle King alongside anchors Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell, is growing at a faster rate, reports The Associated Press. The CBS telecast, however, remains in third place behind “Good Morning America” and NBC’s struggling “Today” show.
In May of last year, “Today” and “Good Morning America” were nearly tied for the lead, with the NBC show maintaining a slight edge. A year later, ABC is clearly dominant: ABC beat NBC by nearly a million viewers.
ABC was up 10 percent in viewers from last year, and CBS was up 19 percent. NBC dropped 8 percent.
*Following a taping Monday with disgraced U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong, Oprah Winfrey discussed the interview today on “CBS: This Morning,” saying she got so much from her 2 1/2 hour talk that she plans to present it in two shows. [Scroll down to watch clips from Oprah's "CBS: This Morning" appearance.]
“Emotional doesn’t begin to describe the intensity or difficulty (for Armstrong) in talking about these things,” Winfrey said today on “CBS This Morning.” “All these people wondering if he goes there and answers things … I think you will come away, too, that he brought it. He really did.”
Winfrey confirmed that Armstrong finally admitted during the interview that he used performance-enhancing drugs through his celebrated championship career.
In a few clips shown briefly from the interview done in Armstrong’s hometown of Austin, Texas, Armstrong looked nervous. Winfrey and Armstrong sat simply in chairs, facing one another, glasses of water with straws sitting on a small table for each. As Armstrong enters the interview area, Winfrey gets up to greet him.
Winfrey, wearing a bright lime-colored dress today, spoke from the set of Harpo studios in Chicago to the CBS anchors in New York – including her best friend Gayle King – about what she considers her “biggest” interview.
She told CBS she got to ask most of her “112″ questions. “I would say he did not come clean in the manner I expected,” Winfrey said. “It was surprising to me … for myself, my team, all of us in the room, we were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers.”
Winfrey said she and Armstrong had agreed to terms of the interview that included what was said “would be left for people to make their own judgments about. And by the time I left Austin and landed in Chicago, you all already had confirmed it. … So I’m sitting here now because it’s already been confirmed.”
The International Cycling Union (UCI) is aware of the Winfrey interview and said “if these reports are true” that Armstrong confessed, “We would strongly urge Lance Armstrong to testify to the independent commission established to investigate the allegations made against the UCI” in the recent U.S. Anti-Doping Agency decision on the cyclist and his former United States Postal Service team.
The UCI’s independent panel looked into claims the sport federation covered up suspicious samples from Armstrong, accepted financial donations from him and helped him avoid detection in doping tests.
The special episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” will air Thursday, January 17 from 9-10:30 p.m. ET/PT (as previously announced) and Friday, January 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The interview will be simultaneously streamed LIVE worldwide both nights on Oprah.com.
Watch Winfrey’s appearance on “CBS: This Morning” below.