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Weekend Show Preview: 4.11 - 4.13. - Posted 4 days, 12 hours ago
Who's on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked: Sunday: CBS's "Face the Nation" : Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University; ... [PRNewser]

Weekend Show Preview: 1.17 - 1.19 - Posted January 17, 2014
Who's on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked: CBS's "Face the Nation": Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Intelligence Committee Cha... [FishbowlDC]

Norah O'Donnell: 'Those Tapes Will Never See the Light of Day' - Posted October 25, 2013
CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell made headlines this week thanks to a rare interview with His Holiness, the ... [Fishbowl NY]

Norah O'Donnell: 'Those Tapes Will Never See the Light of Day' - Posted October 25, 2013
CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell made headlines this week thanks to a rare interview with His Holiness, the ... [FishbowlNY]

M. Night Shyamalan Tackles America's Public Education Problem - Posted October 3, 2013
We've never been quite as down on M. Night Shyamalan's more recent cinematic output as most people seem to be. Sure, some of his later flicks have fallen spectacularly flat, but at least he aims higher in terms of plot than say a Michael Bay. We can imagine those same critics... [Fishbowl NY]

M. Night Shyamalan Tackles America's Public Education Problem - Posted October 3, 2013
We've never been quite as down on M. Night Shyamalan's more recent cinematic output as most people seem to be. Sure, some of his later flicks have fallen spectacularly flat, but at least he aims higher in terms of plot than say a Michael Bay. We can imagine those same critics... [FishbowlNY]

Bill O'Reilly Criticizes CNN, Confronts George Stephanopoulos - Posted July 18, 2013
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly dedicated the opening segment on his show to some media criticism last night. O'Reilly criticized CNN for posting an article on CNN.com that he said put words into his mouth that he didn't say, and attacked comedian Bill Maher for a joke about the Zimmerman trial... [TVNewser]

Tavis Smiley: White Progressives Who Make the Same Points Are Labeled 'Courageous' - Posted May 24, 2013
Nine paragraphs in, AP TV writer Lynn Elber shares a rather explosive accusation made by ... [FishbowlLA]

The Evening Ticker: Smiley, Kroft, Curry - Posted May 23, 2013
PBS host Tavis Smiley celebrates his 2,000th show tomorrow. Smiley's diverse guest list, from musicians to presidents, authors, actors, and activists, will be highlighted in a clip reel... [Fishbowl NY]

The Evening Ticker: Smiley, Kroft, Curry - Posted May 23, 2013
PBS host Tavis Smiley celebrates his 2,000th show tomorrow. Smiley's diverse guest list, from musicians to presidents, authors, actors, and activists, will be highlighted in a clip reel... [FishbowlNY]

Reporting His New PBS Special Brought Tavis Smiley to Tears - Posted March 26, 2013
"Education Under Arrest," the new hour-long PBS special from Tavis Smiley, will make its debut at 8 p.m. tonight. The special will focus on how zero tolerance policies in schools, put into effect after the Columbine massacre,... [FishbowlLA]

The FishbowlDC Interview With WTOP's 'Brickin Brackin Sassafrassin' JJ Green - Posted February 8, 2013
Say hello to WTOP's National Security Correspondent JJ Green, who has worked ... [FishbowlDC]

L.A. Cop Murder Suspect Cites A Slew Of TV News Hosts In Manifesto - Posted February 7, 2013
CNN says that it received a package from Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer turned murder suspect. The package was addressed to Anderson Cooper. "Inside was a note, DVD... [TVNewser]

L.A. Cop Murder Suspect Cites A Slew Of TV News Hosts In Manifesto - Posted February 7, 2013
CNN says that it received a package from Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer turned murder suspect. The package was addressed to Anderson Cooper. "Inside was a note, DVD... [Fishbowl NY]

L.A. Cop Murder Suspect Cites A Slew Of TV News Hosts In Manifesto - Posted February 7, 2013
CNN says that it received a package from Christopher Jordan Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer turned murder suspect. The package was addressed to Anderson Cooper. "Inside was a note, DVD... [FishbowlNY]

PBS Talk Show Host Tavis Smiley Tangles with KFI's Mo 'Kelly - Posted December 18, 2012
In his latest Journal-isms column, Richard Prince retraces some contentious recent chronology involving ... [FishbowlLA]

Billy Bob Thornton Refuses to Cave to Salacious Memoir Requests - Posted May 23, 2012
For years, actor Billy Bob Thornton was approached by various parties looking to convince him to write a certain kind of memoir. But he had no real interest in writing an autobiography, let alone on... [FishbowlLA]

Fish Food - Posted April 10, 2012
(A Sprinkling of Things We Thought You Ought to Know...) Oh no they didn't -- Expect backlash from this one. The Root wants to know why conservatives in the media are focused on "black-on-black" violence as opposed to, say, "white-on-white" crime. They call th... [FishbowlDC]

Fishbowl5 With Suze Orman - Posted January 14, 2012
Suze Orman takes compliments well. For instance, when she showed up to the National Press Club this week for a presser with TV commentator Tavis Smiley and Prof. Cornel West, ... [FishbowlDC]

Fishbowl 5 With Tavis Smiley - Posted January 5, 2012
This time next week broadcaster Tavis Smiley will be in town to host the nationally televised discussion, "Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity." The event will be at GWU and broadcast live in C-SPAN. It will rebroadcast on PBS for three... [FishbowlDC]

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Examine Poverty in America - Posted October 7, 2011
Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have put together an exhaustive week-long television series on poverty in America--set to run nightly ne... [FishbowlLA]

Exclusive: Tavis Smiley and Cornel West to 'Occupy Los Angeles' This Weekend - Posted October 6, 2011
Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West are currently making the media rounds after recently returning from an 18-city, nine-state tour of poverty acr... [FishbowlLA]

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply - Posted September 23, 2011
It's time once again to check in on how many one-eyed anacondas will hit the political talk show circuit this weekend. Last week we began our series looking at how many females appear on Sunday morning political talk show panels. Last we... [FishbowlLA]

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply - Posted September 23, 2011
It's time once again to check in on how many one-eyed anacondas will hit the political talk show circuit this weekend. Last week we began our series looking at how many females appear on Sunday morning political talk show panels. Last we... [PRNewser]

Smiley: '[Obama] the first President in my professional career that hasn't invited me to the White House' - Posted August 10, 2011
PBS host Tavis Smiley appeared on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" this morning, where he revealed a surprising fact about President Obama. Despite calling him a friend for many years, and having interviewed many times on the campaign trail, Smiley said the president gave him and his programs the cold shoulder once getting... [TVNewser]

Tavis Smiley Snubbed by Obama White House - Posted August 10, 2011
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Larry King Returning to the TV Interviewer Chair... on PBS - Posted April 5, 2011
First on TVNewser: Former CNN 9 PM host Larry King will be returning to the interviewer's chair this Thursday and Friday, as he switches roles with PBS host Tavis Smiley... [TVNewser]

Tavis Swims in the Fishbowl Daily (So he Says...) - Posted January 7, 2011
LA-based talk show host Tavis Smiley comes to D.C. next week to moderate a "multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-ideological" panel next Thursday at GW's Lisner Auditorium. The panel is set to include opinion-mak... [FishbowlDC]

Tavis Smiley Is Sticking With Los Angeles - Posted December 22, 2010
Despite signing a deal to make New York's PBS affiliate WNET the co-production partner for his nightly talkshow--instead of LA's newly minted primary PBS affiliate PBS SoCal--... [FishbowlLA]

Tavis Smiley Partners With WNET in New York - Posted December 21, 2010
With KCET unexpectedly leaving the PBS umbrella, Tavis Smiley suddenly found himself without a PBS affiliate partner for his nightly half-hour program, "The Tavis Smiley Show." He ... [FishbowlLA]

PBS Talker Tavis Smiley and WNET Agree to Production Deal - Posted December 21, 2010
Tavis Smiley is entering into his eighth season of his Public Broadcasting System talk show. The nightly 30-minute show is seen throughout the country, including on WNET/Channel 13. The award-winning show will be co-produced by WNET.org, Channel 13's parent compan... [Fishbowl NY]

PBS Talker Tavis Smiley and WNET Agree to Production Deal - Posted December 21, 2010
Tavis Smiley is entering into his eighth season of his Public Broadcasting System talk show. The nightly 30-minute show is seen throughout the country, including on WNET/Channel 13. The award-winning show will be co-produced by WNET.org, Channel 13's parent compan... [FishbowlNY]

Tavis Smiley Moves to Orange County, Not Happy About It - Posted December 3, 2010
Missed this story over the holiday break. Television host Tavis Smiley, who had worked with KCET for seven years to produce his self-titled late-night program, will no longe... [FishbowlLA]

With Amanpour Settling In, NBC Feels Out the State of the Sunday Shows - Posted September 21, 2010
NBC News, through market research firm Vision Critical, has put out a survey asking consumers about the Sunday morning public affairs shows, with a particular focus on "Meet the Press" and ABC's "This Week," according to a copy obtained by TVNewser. There were a number of questions about the two programs, covering... [TVNewser]

The FishbowlDC Interview With Tavis Smiley - Posted July 16, 2010
Say hello to Tavis Smiley. He hosts Tavis Smiley, a late-night show on PBS and radio show Tavis Smiley from PRI. Some standout details about him: He doesn't ... [FishbowlDC]

Clinton, Couric, Blitzer take in USA-Ghana Match - Posted June 27, 2010
In addition to participating in the Fortune, TIME and CNN Global Forum in South Africa (the 11th iteration), speakers including Katie Couric, ... [TVNewser]

Rather, Colbert, Bloomberg Celebrate Bill Moyers - Posted April 28, 2010
Bill Moyers and his PBS program "Bill Moyers Journal" hit the airwaves for their final broadcast this Friday after almost 40 years after Moyers launched the initial "Journal." New York's THIRTEEN has ... [TVNewser]

Possible Supreme Court Justice Gushes to Tavis - Posted April 15, 2010
It's not every day that a person is considered for the highest court in the land. Last night Chairman of the Congressional TARP Oversight Panel Elizabeth Warren appeared on PBS's Tavis Smiley to talk finance reform. During the interview, Smiley pressed her for comment on speculation that she's being considered for... [FishbowlDC]

Risque Red Sweater Leads to "Merv the Perv" on "Morning Joe" - Posted January 22, 2010
<img alt="090610scarborough.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/090610scarborough.jpg" width="175" height="212" "It's just a sweater, but they're turning me into 'Merv the Perv'," complained MSNBC's "Morning Joe" ... [FishbowlDC]

Liberal Criticism of PBS Too Quick To The Draw - Posted January 6, 2010
"Tavis Smiley Ends Racism" reads a Gawker post today about the PBS host, but they're not talking about The Covenant with Black America edit... [Fishbowl NY]

Liberal Criticism of PBS Too Quick To The Draw - Posted January 6, 2010
"Tavis Smiley Ends Racism" reads a Gawker post today about the PBS host, but they're not talking about The Covenant with Black America edit... [FishbowlNY]

Sunday Show Preview - Posted December 18, 2009
• NBC's Meet the Press: David Axelrod, Dr. Howard Dean MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, Markos Moulitsas of the DailyKos.com, Rep. Strategist Ed Gillespie, PBS's Tavis Smiley • CBS' Face the Nation: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Olympia Snowe (D-LA) and Se. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) • ABC's This Week... [FishbowlDC]

Brit Hume on the Fox Fight: 'Hoist a Jolly Roger, Pull out our Daggers and Look for More Throats to Slit' - Posted October 26, 2009
In your Monday morning Fox News vs. White House update, we have this from Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume, who tells the LATimes' Matea Gold: "We may be No. 1, but there is sort of an insurgent quality to Fox News. And that's kind of our attitude: 'Hoist a... [TVNewser]

Fox News, White House Back and Forth Continues to Make Headlines - Posted October 26, 2009
Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy The Sunday talk shows yesterday continued to focus on the back and forth between the White House and Fox News. CNN's R... [PRNewser]

NPR Announced New Investigative Project - Legitimizes Bloggers in the Process - Posted October 2, 2009
We posted the whole release which is interesting and there for your perusal. What struck us is the use of the phrase "well-qualified pool of journalist bloggers." That's right "journalist bloggers." If NPR uses it - even just in their press release - it's lexicon admitted! NPR LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE LOCAL JOURNALISM VENTURE... [FishbowlLA]

Sunday Show Preview - Posted August 21, 2009
NBC's Meet the Press: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with PBS' Tavis Smiley and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough CBS' Face the Nation: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Kent Co... [FishbowlDC]

Beck on Limbaugh: "He Is Simply on Another Level" - Posted April 30, 2009
There are just three media members on this year's Time 100 list: Tavis Smiley, the women of The View and radio titan ... [TVNewser]

Sunday Show Preview - Posted March 13, 2009
NBC's Meet the Press: President's Council on Economic Advisors Chair Christina Romer and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with The Week's David Frum, BBC's Katty Kay, CNBC's Steve Liesman and PBS' ... [FishbowlDC]

Sunday Show Preview - Posted January 16, 2009
Meet The Press: Rahm Emanuel, Incoming White House Chief of Staff, Tom Brokaw, NBC News, David Brooks, New York Times, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidentia... [FishbowlDC]

Sunday Show Preview - Posted November 14, 2008
Meet the Press: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), BP Capital Management founder/chair T. Boone Pickens and a roundtable with New York Times' Tom Fried... [FishbowlDC]

Morning Reading List, 02.20.08 - Posted February 20, 2008
Good morning Washington. Quickly navigate Morning Reading List: NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | RADIO | JOBS Most of you did not have to work on Monday. ... [FishbowlDC]

In Memoriam: Deborah C. Tang - Posted December 31, 2007
From Journal-isms: Deborah C. Tang, who created Black Entertainment Television's news division and as vice president of news, entertainment and sports programming hired news anchor Ed Gordon, talk-show host Tavis Smiley and others who went on to become journalists around the country, died on Christmas Day of cancer at her Washington home,... [FishbowlDC]

Smiley On Last Week's D.C. Debate - Posted July 2, 2007
On Friday's "Washington Journal," debate host Tavis Smiley discussed the following topics: The debate: "I take great pride in what we were able to do last night and I say "pride" not in a haughty sense but for the last couple of years we've been working really hard to fina a way to... [FishbowlDC]

Smiley: PBS Debate Was "Most Watched" - Posted June 29, 2007
On C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" this morning, PBS' Tavis Smiley predicted that last night's Democratic debate on PBS would be the "most watched and most listened to" debate thus far when all the numbers are added up (including rebroadcasts, radio broadcasts, etc.). He also said it was the best debate thus far... [FishbowlDC]

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