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"Does truth even matter any more in this race?"

Dylan Byers writes: 
 
Speaking on "The Lead" this afternoon, our colleague John Berman posed the question "does truth even matter any more in this race?" after Donald Trump and Ben Carson claimed to have seen a video of "thousands" of people in New Jersey "cheering" the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11. 

There's no evidence that such a video exists -- and yet, as has so often been the case in this campaign, there's no evidence that either candidate's public support will suffer from their factually dubious claims. "Truth is definitely the #1 casualty of the Republican primary so far, at least when it comes to Trump and Carson," conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp told Berman.

Earlier today, NBC News (through its daily political newsletter) declared Trump "the Post-Truth" candidate. "We've been around the political block long enough to know that almost all presidential candidates exaggerate, dissemble, take statements out of context and, yes, lie," the editors (including Chuck Todd) wrote. "But from the start of Donald Trump's presidential campaign (remember Mexican rapists?), he has taken this to a level we haven't seen before in American politics."

Before you fault the media, remember that fact-checkers like
FactCheck.org and the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler have been aggressive in holding candidates accountable for their claims. The problem is that primary voters just don't seem to care...

Carson backtracks on Jersey claim

At deadline time tonight, Carson’s spokesman said Carson was mistaken about seeing the Jersey video — “he was rather thinking of the protests going on in the Middle East.” Tal Kopan has the latest here. 

Trump stood by the claim this afternoon; he tweeted a paragraph from a 9/18/2001 Washington Post story that said "a number of people” in Jersey City were "allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops." Those allegations were investigated by police but were apparently never corroborated, and they don't square with Trump's claim of "thousands."

Serge Kovaleski, the lead writer of that 9/18 story, said via email today, "I do not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating. That was not the case, as best as I can remember." He declined to comment on what it's been like to see his 14-year-old story twisted...

Adele's album sales: 'unprecedented' in the digital era

Adele's "25" sold 2.3 million copies in its first three days, according to Nielsen Music. 2.3 million! 2.42 million is the one-week record to beat, set by *NSYNC in 2000, and she's clearly going to beat it. "Music industry analysts are projecting that Adele could sell upwards of 2.8 million to 2.9 million copies for its first week, which ends on Thursday," Frank Pallotta reports. 

"These are numbers that few would have ever expected we would see again," D
avid Bakula, senior vice president of insights at Nielsen Music, told Frank. "As music consumption has changed over the years, to be able to sell over 2 million albums in just a couple of days is unprecedented." Read more...

 
-- DVR alert: Adele is on "The Tonight" Show this evening...

U2 and HBO reschedule Paris concert broadcast

U2 and HBO have rescheduled the Paris concert telecast that was postponed in the wake of the terrorist attacks earlier this month. The band's new performance dates are December 6 and 7; the second show will be broadcast by HBO the evening of December 7. (It's a Monday night -- mark your TV calendar.) 

"We're going to put on our best for Paris," Bono says; here's my full story...

Hasselbeck leaving 'Fox & Friends;' no replacement named yet

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving Fox at the end of the year, Dylan reports.

"I am entering into a season where I want to start my day with my children first," Hasselbeck said in a statement, and Roger Ailes "offered his blessing to do so."

"Fox & Friends" will rely on "a variety of rotating co-hosts" alongside Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade. In other words, televised try-outs...
For the record...
 -- Alibaba founder Jack Ma is "in talks to buy a stake in Hong Kong's leading English-language daily newspaper, the South China Morning Post, Sophia Yan confirms (CNNMoney)

 -- Vox is the 17th site to join Snapchat Discover (unless others are removed). A publisher source moans to Digiday: "The sentiment is that it’s getting crowded..."

-- Interesting Q&A with Business Insider executive editor turned Bloomberg TV anchor Joe Weisenthal: "What I see is everyone trying really hard to do all of this — web, social, video, everything — and I don’t think anyone has totally cracked it yet. But it's something we’re aggressively trying to do." (NiemanLab)

 -- Seats on a subway car in New York City
have been covered with Nazi insignias. It's a promotion for Amazon's new show "The Man in the High Castle" -- but is it appropriate? Gothamist explores that...
Road to 2016

Daily Beast editor proposes a boycott of 'Trump's businesses'

Noah Shachtman, a top editor at The Daily Beast, says (via a tweetstorm) that it's time for a boycott of Donald Trump's businesses. Patrons, he says, are supporting "racism and neo-fascism."

Dylan has a full report on the ensuing controversy. 
Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon is standing up for Shachtman, saying that "all Beasts are entitled to their own opinion on social media" and that "a core part of our mission is to stand up to bullies, bigots and hypocrites..."

 

Free ad time for 4 of Trump's rivals

An "equal time" update via Dylan tonight: "John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, James Gilmore and Lindsey Graham will each be given 12 minutes worth of advertising time on 18 NBC affiliate stations in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina," since Trump was on "SNL" for 12 minutes earlier this month. George Pataki wants equal time but turned down this offer; further talks are scheduled.

 -- Plus: Why these Hispanic lawmakers can't get NBC to apologize after Trump's "SNL" gig...
 
Quote of the day

"Are we gonna be the cover story, do you know? Or not? We should be, we should be. Based on merit, we should be. But we'll see."


--Donald Trump, speaking to GQ interviewer Chris Heath for the magazine's "Man of the Year" issue. Trump didn't get the cover -- Barack Obama did.

Introducing BSMG: the Bill Simmons Media Group

Of course a weekly HBO show wasn't going to be Bill Simmons' only outlet. Six months after leaving Grantland and ESPN, Simmons is officially forming a production company -- the Bill Simmons Media Group -- and talking about starting a new web site. He says it'll be an "innovative multi-media company."

BSMG's president will be Eric Weinberger, an executive producer at the NFL Network. According to Deadline.com, Weinberger will help produce the weekly show, other content for HBO, and "oversee the building of a new content web site and a podcast network."

How HuffPost says it'll expand around the world 

Right now The Huffington Post is in 15 markets. While the site started in the United States, 52% of traffic now comes from other countries. "We want to be in 50 countries and in front of tens of millions more people before the end of this decade," Arianna Huffington says.

How is she going to speed up expansion? Through something she is calling HuffPost Global Ventures. It entails deals with other publishers, like El País, which is the site's partner for HuffPost Spain. In a memo on Monday, Huffington called this "a way to scale globally... Global Ventures will synthesize and package HuffPost's core elements into lighter models, allowing us to expand much more rapidly..."

Jon Snow lives... maybe 

You know your TV show is huge when even the promo art is newsworthy. 

Yes, "Game of Thrones" fans are buzzing today because the above promo features the (dead?) (alive?) character Jon Snow.

"For many fans, the image is confirmation that the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch is alive although maybe not well," Frank writes... 

Listen to Sunday's 'Reliable Sources' as a podcast! 

If you missed Sunday's televised edition of "Reliable Sources," you can always watch the video clips, but you can also download it as a podcast -- via iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher, and other services. CNN has a whole page of podcasts...

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