August 14, 2019

Fox News' Sean Hannity offered a passionate defense of CNN's Chris Cuomo on Tuesday night in a rare segment likely to upset President Trump.

The Fox News host defended Cuomo after a viral video showed the CNN host ranting at a man who confronted him at a bar and called him Fredo while he was with his family, with Cuomo later apologizing for losing his cool. But on his Tuesday show, Hannity argued that was a mistake and he never should have apologized.

"I don't support harassment of any public figure, especially in front of their children and their family and their wife," Hannity said, Mediaite reports. "...Chris has a right to defend himself."

Hannity went on to blast the "phony" anger over the foul language Cuomo used, saying "we've all heard those words before" and "anyone feigning outrage" is "probably full of it."

One of those people who Hannity was inadvertently calling "full of it" was Trump himself, who on Tuesday had blasted Cuomo because "his language was horrible" and tweeting about "his lunatic ranting, raving, & cursing." Trump had also slammed conservatives who were coming to Cuomo's defense as Hannity stuck up for Cuomo on Twitter and his radio show, with the president writing, "We never learn!" Based on this tweet, Hannity may very well soon be on the receiving end of an angry presidential phone call. Brendan Morrow

2:30 p.m.

Mort Drucker, the beloved artist known for his work at MAD magazine, has died at 91.

Drucker died Wednesday at his home in New York, his friend John Reiner confirmed to The New York Times. Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper his death was not thought to be related to COVID-19.

After joining MAD in 1956, Drucker's hilarious caricatures satirizing pop culture soon became iconic, and he illustrated more than half of the magazine's movie parodies from the 1960s through 2008, per the Times. In a 2000 interview with the Times, he noted, "I think I've drawn almost everyone in Hollywood."

Among Drucker's other notable work includes the poster for George Lucas' American Graffiti; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucas personally drove to Drucker's home on Long Island to convince him to draw it.

"The World has lost a not just an extraordinary talent but a shining example of kindness, humility and humor," the National Cartoonists Society said in a statement.

MAD fans on Thursday quickly began sharing their favorite cartoons from Drucker's legendary career, including his parodies of Jaws and Star Wars. "Many of his illustrations are as vivid in my mind as the movies and TV shows that inspired them," The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff wrote.

Reiner told CNN's Jake Tapper that Drucker's final words to him were, "I'm the luckiest man — I've had a wonderful life." Brendan Morrow

2:11 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump is officially donning a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic, although the jury's still out on whether her husband will follow suit.

In a social media post Thursday, the first lady shared a photo of herself wearing what appears to be a surgical mask, touting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation "to wear cloth face coverings."

"Remember, this does NOT replace the importance of social distancing," she wrote. "It is recommended to keep us all safe."

Melania's masking comes one week after President Trump announced he would not be wearing a mask, despite the CDC-issued guidelines urging people to do so. At the time, Trump implied that it would be odd to be "sitting in the Oval Office, behind that beautiful Resolute Desk" while wearing a mask, so it's unclear how he's taking this news.

The photo of the first lady appears to show her wearing a surgical mask rather than the CDC-recommended "cloth face covering," the former of which is recommended only for use by health care professionals and medical first responders amid critical supply shortages.