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So Long CNN’s ‘Crossfire’

Crossfire304x200CNN officially canned “Crossfire” today, as first reported by TVNewser.

The program, which has been on hiatus, was relaunched in September 2013 with co-hosts Newt GingrichVan JonesStephanie Cutter, and S.E. Cupp. But after its 2013 revival, it was pulled from the network’s lineup in March for coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, to return in May, only to be removed from programming again in July for coverage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine.

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CNN Serves Pink Slips with a Side of Counseling

For those facing layoffs today in CNN’s Washington bureau, staffers say the network is offering on-site counseling services. Those to be affected received a message offering “an experienced counselor” who will be on hand this afternoon to offer confidential services. Twenty-eight positions are expected to be part of layoffs in CNN’s DC bureau.

Yesterday, our sister site TVNewser reported:

“As many as 300, or 8%, of CNN’s workforce is being cut in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. About 130 staffers have taken a voluntary buyout, other open positions are not being filled. The remainder, about 170 positions, are the result of layoffs which are happening today and tomorrow.”

Thus far, CNN’s “Sanjay Gupta, MD,” “CNN Money,” and “Unguarded” have been canceled with some staff members excluding hosts being let go. HLN’s “Jane Velez Mitchellwas also canceled, with show staff and host departing.

CNN Layoffs to Hit DC Bureau

Up to 28 positions are rumored to be eliminated today and tomorrow from CNN’s Washington bureau as part of layoffs by CNN’s parent company Turner.

Our sister site TVNewser reports:

“As many as 300, or 8%, of CNN’s workforce is being cut in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. About 130 staffers have taken a voluntary buyout, other open positions are not being filled. The remainder, about 170 positions, are the result of layoffs which are happening today and tomorrow.”

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Greta Van Susteren Addresses President Obama’s Thursday Digs at FOX News Channel

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 11.44.34On Thursday, President Barack Obama offered remarks at Northwestern University on the economy and at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala on immigration reform. While the topic of each speech differed, he was able to weave in one common thread.

“There’s a reason, fewer Republicans, you hear them running around about Obamacare,” said Obama at Northwestern. “Cause good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on FOX News, it turns out it’s working out pretty well in the real world.”

His Twitter handle managed by Organization for Action later reiterated that statement.

While discussing immigration reform at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala Thursday evening, President Obama managed to reference the host of FNC’s “Hannity.” Read more

A Look at Presidential Approval and Cable News Network Ratings

2013obamahenry660Our sister site TVNewser recently looked at President Barack Obama’s approval ratings and the quarterly averages of primetime and total day ratings of FOX News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC during the same time period.

President Obama had an approval rating of 64% in the first quarter of 2009, which has since fallen to a rating of 42%. FOX News and MSNBC’s highest primetime and total day ratings were seen in the final quarter of 2012, during President Obama’s second election when his approval rating was at 51%. CNN’s primetime and total day ratings peak was during first quarter 2009 at the time of President Obama’s first inauguration when his rating was the highest.

For more, click on over to TVNewser for a full look at the presidential approval and cable news network ratings.

POLITICO’s Rachel Smolkin to Join CNN as Executive Editor of CNN Politics Digital

Rachel SmolkinAn email to CNN staff this morning announced that POLITICO managing editor for news Rachel Smolkin is headed to the network to serve as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. In this role, she’ll lead CNNPolitics.com across all platforms in an effort to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

In lieu of a press release, CNN lately has been doing a Q&A with new hires. Check it out to hear from Smolkin on the best career advice she’s ever received, what drew her to politics, and the biggest challenge of covering Washington.

Smolkin’s last day at POLITICO is slated for August 8 and will start with CNN in mid-August. Prior to POLITICO, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.

See managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley‘s email to staff after the jump. Read more

FAIR Report Shows White Males Lead Cable News Guest Spots

Layout 1A recent report by FAIR – Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting – sheds interesting light on what guests we see on cable news.

The group surveyed five weeks of six evening cable programs including CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ and “OutFront With Erin Burnett,” MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes“ and the “Rachel Maddow Show,” and Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity.”

Of the 1,015 guests that appeared on the program, 848 (84%) were white and 730 (72%) were male.

Democrats topped Republicans for those with a partisan affiliation, 104 to 84. Also explored, the type of guests – media, government officials, academics and business representatives, that appeared on the program.

Click on over to FAIR for a full look at their findings.

Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson to Join NBC News as Network Correspondent

HallieJacksonAn internal note from NBC News SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi announced that Hearst Television’s Hallie Jackson will join the network as a correspondent. Jackson covered political and national events in Washington, D.C. for 26 Hearst affiliates since 2012.

Verdi highlighted her ability to work in digitally-integrated environments across platforms in his memo to staff, after the jump.

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Weekend Show Preview – 7.6.14

On Tuesday we gave you the ratings for the June 29 Sunday Shows in the DC Market.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation” : Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL); David Ignatius, ”The Director;” Sandra Brown, ”Mean Streak;” Karin Slaughter, ”Cop Town;” Lee Child, contributor, “FaceOff;” Jeffery Deaver, contributor, “FaceOff”

“Fox News Sunday”:  Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY); Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA); Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

NBC’s “Meet the Press” : TBA

ABC’s “This Week” : TBA

Univision’s “Al Punto” Esvin Ramos, brother of Gilberto Ramos, a Guatemalan minor that recently died at the border; Cecilia Muñoz, assistant to the President and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles; Lupillo Rivera, Mexican singer; Luis Chataing, Venezuelan comedian and television presenter; Gael García Bernal, Mexican actor and producer

CNN’s “State of the Union Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX); Mayor Alan Long, mayor of Murrieta, CA; Mo Elleithee, communications director, DNC Communications; Sean Spicer, communications director, RNC Communications; Stephanie Miller, political commentator; host, “The Stephanie Miller Show;” Carly Fiorina, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard; Vice Adm. Michelle Howard, 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations

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NBC News Team Safe and Unharmed After Caught in Crossfire in East Jerusalem Today

niPSLRwgAn NBC News team including foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin was caught in crossfire today in East Jerusalem. Mohyeldin is a former desk assistant at the NBC News DC bureau and a graduate of American University.

He posted video of rubber bullets fired and stun grenades thrown in the direction of Palestinian protesters and his team wearing gear labeled ‘press’ by Israeli forces to Instagram. NBC reports that Mohyeldin and his team are safe and unharmed. Read more

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