Good week/bad week
Good week for:
Shouting at each other, after the Nielsen company reported that 26 of the 40 most-watched programs on cable TV last week were political shows on Fox News and MSNBC. Just three scripted entertainment programs made the list.
A little less shouting, after retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters resigned as a strategic analyst for Fox News, saying the network had become “a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration” and is “fostering corrosive and unjustified paranoia among viewers.”
Sir Ringo Starr, the former Beatles drummer, who was knighted this week by Britain’s Prince William for his services to music. “It means a lot, actually,” said Starr, 77.
Bad week for:
Dignity, after White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told reporters that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sitting on the toilet when he learned he was going to be fired.
Working too hard, after a self-employed French baker in the town of Lusigny-sur-Barse was fined the equivalent of $3,600 for violating a labor law that requires all workers to take at least one day off per week. “These kinds of laws are killing our businesses,” said town mayor Christian Branle.
Credentials, after a former New York lawmaker dismissed Cynthia Nixon, the Sex and the City actor running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, as “an unqualified lesbian.” Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, herself a lesbian, later clarified that she considers Nixon “unqualified, period.”