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Plus, some meme-able content from last night’s NBA game.



Welcome to the Morning Scoop for June 7, 2018. We have some news: when Samantha Bee spoke to her audience last night and told them not to talk to the “press,” she did not realize that CMN’s senior editor was sitting in the crowd. Boy, was she fooled. 

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Samantha Bee Apologizes on ‘Full Frontal’ for Inappropriate Comments

Last night on ‘Full Frontal,’ which could not be taken which a cellphone since they were not allowed at the taping. (Image: YouTube)

Last night, comedian Samantha Bee apologized for her comments about President Trump’s daughter on her TBS show, ‘Full Frontal.’ Bee has been under fire for calling Ivanka Trump by a “feckless c*nt,” which was considered by critics to be disrespectful and uncalled for.

In her apology, Bee stated that she “crossed the line,” and “regrets it.” She stated that the phrase which was deemed inappropriate has been used many times on her show, but Bee realized that it can be “hurtful to some women.” Bee did fire back and her critics by noting that the controversy created an unnecessary distraction from real issues, including the separation of immigrant children from their mothers.

CMN’s Senior Editor Carla Loebenstein attended the taping of this show last night at CBS Studios in New York. Prior to the taping, producers and stage managers begged the audience not to speak with reporters, who were waiting outside the show to receive comment on Bee’s apology. They stated that they wanted the apology to “come from the heart,” and that it “should not be spoiled by press leaks.” Bee made a personal comment to the audience that she is thankful for her supporters, especially the executives at TBS who did not cancel her show.

To hear the full apology, watch TVLine’s clip here.

Eighth Graders Receive Bulletproof Shields Before Starting High School

The students attending St. Cornelius Catholic School in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania were given ballistic shields to place in their backpacks, as protection. The class of eight-graders graduating middle school have been given bulletproof shields as gifts to prepare them for potential mass shootings.

The students received these unique gifts from Unequal Technologies, a local sportswear company which carries the shields. The company’s CEO, Robert Vito, has a daughter who attends the school.

Vito reported to the press “It’s sad the times have called for such a product to be invented, but we have answered the call.”

Read Danielle Germain’s full report here. 

Diplomats in China Are Getting Mysteriously Ill

The State Department has started to evacuate American diplomats from the consulate in Guangzhou, China after several reports that they have experienced mysterious symptoms after hearing odd noises.

The Washington Post reports, “After initial screenings by a medical team dispatched last month when the first incident was reported, the State Department has sent ‘a number’ of ­affected people to the United States for further evaluation, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.”

What started as symptoms from one diplomat a few weeks back has been experienced by several more in the last few days. Just last year, at least 24 diplomats and their families in Havana, Cuba experienced similar symptoms that the State Department believed were targeted attacks.

Today in a Tweet

The NBA finals are becoming absolutely meme-worthy. Last night, the Warriors had a great victory led by Kevin Durant, but Steph Curry seems a little *too* enthusiastic. 

Last But Not Least: Judge Who Gave Brock Turner Six Month Sentence Recalled

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who charged former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has been recalled.

According to Santa Clara’s primary election results, 59 percent of the county’s voters favored recalling Persky and 41 percent opposed the recall. Persky is the first California jurist recalled from the bench in 86 years.

To get the whole picture, read Erin Whitten’s report here.

This Thursday Morning Scoop was compiled with contributions from Natalia KolenkoDanielle GermainErin Whitten, and the CMN staff. And no, Samantha Bee is not the star of ‘The Bee Movie,’ if that’s what you’re thinking. That was Jerry Seinfeld. 

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