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Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Journalist Lara Logan said Saturday that the response to the Mueller report was striking because of what was not happening: there were no blaring headlines boldly proclaiming the vindication of President Donald Trump.

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Logan, during an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Saturday, argued that if the Mueller report had resulted in indictments or charges of any kind, that would most certainly be the top story in every paper. (RELATED: Former CBS Reporter Lara Logan Hits Media For Becoming ‘Propagandists’)

My question is this: If charges had been brought against the president, then the headlines would all be screaming about, you know, victory, right, for the left. Vindication. This proves that what the left has been saying is right. Now, no charges have been brought but I don’t see screaming headlines that say this vindicates the president.

The former CBS correspondent also argued that she found coverage of the whole investigation to be problematic, noting how often it was mentioned that Mueller had indicted people close to Trump — but only adding as an afterthought that the indictments had nothing to do with the president or ties to Russia.

There is something else that bothers me with much of the reporting on this from the beginning is that you keep seeing high-up, featured prominently in many articles, this line that ‘six members of the Trump campaign have been indicted by the Mueller investigation’ — but you don’t read in the same space right there, nobody writes ‘although none of them were charged with conspiracy with Russia,’ the central question of the Mueller investigation. That always comes way, way, way down further in the reporting.

Logan explained that, as a journalist, there was “a very simple fix.” She explained, “You can say six people were charged, but none of those charges had anything to do with conspiring with Russia. That gives — that doesn’t mislead the reader or the viewer, right? Because it’s very clear what people were charged with and that it’s not related to conspiracy or to the central focus of the Mueller investigation.”

“As a journalist, I find it disappointing that people will create one impression with their reporting, correct it later and then claim that they have been honest and objective,” Logan concluded.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

The Thursday ratings for March Madness games on CBS weren’t pretty.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, games on CBS were down 26 percent from the same slots last tournament. Kentucky’s beatdown of Abilene Christian and Wofford’s win over Seton Hall only got a rating of 2.6, which means rough 2.6 percent of households with televisions tuned in. (RELATED: The March Madness Bracket Has Been Released)

Obviously, these numbers aren’t good at all. As of this moment, we don’t have the numbers for all the other games, but these CBS ratings are pathetic.

Down 26 percent? Are you kidding me? Did this country all of a sudden start hating cold beer and freedom? Our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves at these numbers.

All anybody is talking about these days is March Madness. It’s mind-boggling to me that the numbers are so bad. I honestly don’t understand it at all. (RELATED: Watch Wisconsin Beat Kentucky In The 2015 Final Four)

Kentucky is a national brand. No matter who they’re playing, you’d think plenty of people would tune in. I guess the Wildcats just aren’t the draw they once were.

You hate to see it!

Let’s hope the numbers rebound big time down the stretch because this country is doomed if people have given up on watching college basketball.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

I watched the latest episode of “SEAL Team,” and it didn’t disappoint.

WARNING: THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME SPOILERS BELOW. DO NOT KEEP READING IF YOU AREN’T CAUGHT UP.

The CBS hit show has been off the air for two months. It felt like an eternity without “SEAL Team” on TV. Luckily, “What Appears To Be” was a solid episode to kick off the backend of the second season.

Was it the most exciting episode? No. Was it packed full of action? No, but it was still solid. Jason, Clay, Sonny and the rest of Bravo Team deploys over to Africa to smoke some warlords, but things take a very unexpected twist when it appears a terrorist leader believed to be dead is actually alive. (RELATED: ‘SEAL Team’ Star Max Thieriot Discusses Season 2, Teases Some ‘Great Action’ In Coming Episodes)

Naturally, this requires a quick pivot and puts the U.S. leadership on a collision course with a Congolese general hellbent on hitting a building full of women in children with an airstrike, even if the target might not be there. (RELATED: ‘SEAL Team‘ Is Excellent In New Episode ‘Things Not Seen’)

Once again, the show focuses on moral issues, and Bravo Team is split on whether or not the airstrike should proceed. I won’t ruin what happens, but it doesn’t disappoint. It forces the audience to ponder what we would do in the same shoes.

It wasn’t the flashiest of episodes, but it was a nice start to the new content. I look forward to seeing what we get down the stretch.

It’s going to be a hell of a fun ride!

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“SEAL Team” star Max Thieriot was kind enough to speak to me about the second season of the CBS hit series, and it sounds like there are some great things on the horizon.

As you all know, I’m a huge fan of the show, and I have been ever since the first episode aired. That’s why I was so pumped to speak with Max, who plays Bravo Team member Clay Spenser in the series. (RELATED: ‘SEAL Team‘ Is Excellent In New Episode ‘Things Not Seen’)

Let’s dive right into what he had to say!

*Some of the questions and answers have been slightly edited for clarity and smoothness.

We’ve been off the air now for about two months (interview was conducted Wednesday before the newest episode aired). We’re coming back tonight. What’s it like to finally be back? Lot of anticipation, lot of fans that were waiting. What’s it like to know we finally got some new episodes?

Oh man, it’s a relief. … One of the hardest things … I think is keeping everybody waiting, and in a holding pattern, waiting to see new episodes because I know there are a lot of people who are itching to watch them. So, I’m excited. I think leading up to this last eight-nine episodes of the season, I can say confidently that the back half of the season is awesome. I mean, it really ramps up. There is some really really great action stuff along with a great storyline, character development stuff. We kind of dive into a lot of stuff we really haven’t really talked about before. It’s great. We got some of our best episodes ever for sure are coming up.

One of the big storylines was when Jason’s wife was killed off the show — a gut-wrenching turn of events. Was the cast pretty surprised to find out that was going to happen? Because as an audience member who watched all of it, that was like getting hit by a train.

If I’m being honest, I think yes and no. We were surprised because it’s such a big decision; it’s such a big commitment to make and such a bold card to play that early on such a great character. But at the same time, from a film and television viewer, it’s also weirdly important sometimes to do that stuff because it keeps the audience on their toes. You don’t want people to be able to think they will be able to expect everything all the time. As far as us being surprised or not, the only reason why we weren’t totally surprised is [because] Michaela’s a fantastic actor, and she had booked another television show that she was going on to do. And so, scheduling-wise, it was going to be really hard to work it out. That sort of helps in that decision-making process.

Speaking of women on the show, can we expect anything between Clay and Stella going forward, or is that pretty much over? Because it obviously didn’t end well. Clay carried a lot of that with him when he deployed right afterward. Is that storyline done or can we, as fans, hold out hope that those two might still have a future?

As far as the future, I’m not sure. But, I think, as fans, you can expect that it hasn’t been fully resolved and figured out. We’ll see some of Stella again. It’s just a matter of what way we are going to be seeing her.

We have a huge military audience, and they really like how the show shines a light on the personal aspect of the military. How important is it to you guys when you’re out there — both in the action scenes and in the personal life stuff — to really give the respect and shine a light on the people who have actually been through this? Is that always in the back of your mind, that, ‘Hey, we really got to hit home runs here because this isn’t a game. There are people who actually make these sacrifices every day.’

One-hundred percent, David. I think the thing is, to be honest, that’s the most important thing to us. Whether the technical aspect [of] the military tactics or the stuff that now goes on in this community or if it’s the personal life stories or, like you said, the sacrifices that these men and women make … to make sure we are as authentic as we can possibly be is, by far, the most important thing. And sometimes, like Adam’s death, those things aren’t necessarily what we want to see, but they’re realities. They’re realities of the job and what these people go through. And so, obviously, it’s the most important thing for us, to show it in the best possible way, but also the most real way.

Speaking of the tactics and stuff, what type of training do they run you guys through to make sure that when you are handling the weapons it looks realistic, when you’re moving, when you’re breaching doors, it all looks realistic? How much time did it take for you guys to go through before you started feeling comfortable with it?

[For] the pilot, we sort of jumped right into it. We didn’t have a whole lot of time. We had amazing technical advisors on set and we still … have a couple Delta guys, guys from various field teams, we have Marine Force Recon, we have guys from all different branches of the military that are on the show as producers, writers, actors, stuntmen, crew and, so, we have a lot of time rehearsing now. It’s repeated motion, right? It’s like riding a bike. The more and more you do it, the more comfortable you get and the more normal it looks. I’m a country boy so I came from a small town, Northern California, where everybody owned guns. We grew up, you know, hunting and fishing. It’s obviously not the same gun movement, but I spend a lot of times around guns and have been around them since I was eight or nine years old. For me, it was kind of more learning some of the technical stuff.

One of the neat things about the show, especially the Mexico storyline and the storyline about the rescuing of the ISIS bride — there really seems like there are a lot of things that are in the news that are often reflected in the show. Do the writers try to leave a lot of room so that they can try to mold things to current events? Or is it just kind of coincidence when stuff like that happens?

Both. I think the writers’ goal is to half an overlying arch that the audience can track, but also we can have these missions and things going on that are current events. We can kind of jump in and out of those while following character development and these storylines throughout the season. A lot of those current events and things going on, we try to not remake identically, but certainly, the cartel stuff and those things are all sorts of related to things that are going on.

If any of the actors on Bravo Team actually had to go through BUDS, who would be the first one to quit? Who would likely make it the farthest?

I can say confidently that I would make it the farthest. The first one to quit? I think that AJ will willingly say that he would probably be the first one to quit. He’s kind of stated that before. I think he’s like, “Dude, you’re out of your mind.”

On the show, characters are, obviously, a really tight-knit group, a lot of great comradery stuff like that. When cameras aren’t rolling, do you guys like to do anything fun? Keep loose? Pranks on set? Or anything like that to keep morale high?

Yeah, I’m the biggest prankster on set. As you can see on my Instagram, I’m pretty much always, specifically, I prank AJ more than anybody. But, it’s because he and I are just such buddies and he’s an easy target and I’m always around him. So he makes it easy and fun to pick on [him]. But, yeah, we kind of keep it as light as we possibly can in between. Clearly, there are days that are really serious and emotional and, on those days, yeah, things are a little different. But, when we’re out there running in the hills and shooting late nights and stacking up on doors to breach, we keep it as light as we possibly can and joke around.

Make sure to tune in to “SEAL Team” Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST to catch new episodes.

You know that I’ll be watching and keeping you all as updated as I can on the show!

Special thanks to Graham Gallagher for transcribing the interview.

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David Hookstead | Reporter

“SEAL Team” is finally back.

When we flip on our TVs tonight, the hit military show will return to CBS for a new episode in the second season.

The plot of the new episode, according to the YouTube description of the preview, is: “Bravo Team works with the Congolese Army on a covert mission to capture the head of a rebel militia group. Also, Jason argues with Emma about college, and Sonny and Davis make a big decision about their future.”

This day has been a long time coming, and I can’t wait. It feels like it’s been so long since we had a new episode. Of course, it was only two months ago, but I’m sure you all get my point.

You sometimes just know when a day is going to be a good one, and that’s exactly what we’re getting with a new episode to brighten up our Wednesday. (RELATED: ‘SEAL Team‘ Is Excellent In New Episode ‘Things Not Seen’)

If you’re not watching what Bravo Team is up to, then you absolutely need to give “SEAL Team” a chance. It’s not just an action show, although there is plenty of action.

It puts a ton of focus on what our brave warriors do in the meantime of their private lives. It shows the immense toll combat can have on the family unit and the mind.

The military drama is a lot more than just shooting people and blowing stuff up.

Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. EST on CBS. Make sure you’ve got the time right because it’s new. I wouldn’t want any of you to miss it because it should be great to have the team back in action.

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Lauryn Overhultz | Columnist

R. Kelly allegedly told live-in girlfriend Joycelyn Savage to lie to the police if they asked questions about their relationship, according to evidence from her parents.

The Savage family met with authorities last week and the family handed over digital evidence that they believe shows that Kelly allegedly brainwashed then used their daughter as a sex slave, according to a report published by TMZ Thursday.

Her parents claim that Kelly’s former assistant Cheryl Mack set up the meeting between Savage and Kelly that prompted her to immediately move in with Kelly without her parents’ knowledge. Savage was 19 years old at the time.

Her parents handed over emails, text messages and even audio recordings law enforcement told TMZ. The audio recordings allegedly reveal Kelly demanding Savage send him a text saying she was lying in case she ever turned on him. (RELATED: R. Kelly’s Girlfriends Claim Their Parents Are Using Them For Blackmail)

Savage’s parents have repeatedly claimed that their daughter has been held hostage in Kelly’s Trump Tower home.

Savage and Kelly’s other live-in girlfriend Azriel Clary sat down with Gayle King in an interview to deny the allegations that they were brainwashed and being held against their will.

“We both have our individual relationships with him, and we all are a family, all together,” Clary told King while Savage nodded in agreement.

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