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CNN Debuts New Daytime Lineup

Starting today, CNN’s dayside may look a little different. Back in January, they announced changes to their lineup, and now we get to see exactly what that looks like. Here are the major changes:

1) A new show, “@THISHOUR,” features “Early Start”‘s John Berman and Michaela Pereira from “New Day” at the 11:00 AM hour.

2) Ashleigh Banfield‘s “Legal View” has moved to 12:00 PM.

3) Wolf Blitzer‘s 1:00 PM show “Newsroom with Wolf Biltzer” has been re-branded as simply “Wolf,” after Blitzer was bitten by a wolf and now has amazingly heightened senses.*

So in short, this is the day time lineup from now on:

9 – 11 a.m.                  Carol Costello
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.        John Berman and Michaela Pereira
12 – 1 p.m.                  Ashleigh Banfield
1 – 2 p.m.                    Wolf Blitzer
2 – 4 p.m.                    Brooke Baldwin

*Just kidding, this is actually the plot to Wolf, the movie starring Jack Nicholson. “Wolf,” the TV show, will continue to focus on politics, breaking news and international news, and will be hosted by a completely human (or at least non-lycan) Wolf Blitzer.

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Morning Reading List: 04.08.13.

Appalling WHCD aftermathHuffPost has an intriguing first-person account from the wife of a journalist who attended pre-parties with her husband. The woman, Seema Jilani, maintains cops at the Washington Hilton treated her in a racist manner. The worst of it? A cop, who wouldn’t let her downstairs to obtain keys from her husband, remarked, ”We have to be extra careful with you all after the Boston bombings.” Read the entire piece here.

Double takeThe Atlantic Wire has the scoop today on a weird split screen interview from Phoenix at the site of the Jodi Arias murder trial.  There’s CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield interviewing HLN’s Nancy Grace on the increasingly gruesome Cleveland kidnapping story. The story insists the networks are trying to make it seem like the reporters are on opposite sides of the globe despite being in the same parking lot. Hey, haven’t we seen those trucks someplace before? If you’re a complete idiot, not to worry. Atlantic Wire points out similar background scenes in excruciating detail. Have a look here.

Meghan McCain at odds with father’s viewsThe Daily Caller has a piece today on Meghan McCain‘s obvious disappointment with Rep.-elect Mark Sanford‘s win last night. They point out that her father, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), donated to her campaign and that he doesn’t believe that sex is the only criteria for a politician’s ability to serve in Congress. See the story here.

Hmmm what could they possibly be insinuating? This morning Gawker has a blunt story on the unquestionably close relationship between CNN’s Howard Kurtz and Daily Download Editor-in-Chief Lauren Ashburn. They wonder about her having her own office at The Daily Beast, which raised office eyebrows. They crack on the cornball videos produced by Kurtz and Ashburn that have run on the Daily Download. Sam Biddle writes, “Many of the episodes look like they’re filmed in a janitorial closet—perhaps inside the Beast’s digs. It sure looks cozy in there, and we hear the duo were ‘inseparable’ around various DC social and political functions, too.” He concludes, “Heard anything else? Let us know.” Read the full story here.

 

CNN ‘Starting Point’ Staffers Brace Themselves

The announcement that CNN is totally revamping its morning show and scrapping Soledad O’Brien‘s “Starting Point” has sent shivers through her staff.

Insiders tell us Executive VP Ken Jautz and VP Bart Feder addressed the staff after the show went off the air today. Suffice it to say, the era of Jeff Zucker is underway.

In a nutshell, the execs said they have no answers for the staff and were unable to address most of their questions. Members of the staff were assured their jobs were safe, but one veteran of the changing show carousel at CNN says they would be naive to believe that.

“Every single one of these people should be preparing their resumes and trying to get out of that building as fast as possible,” a network insider told FishbowlDC, explaining that staffers are worried for their jobs. The prevailing feeling is that O’Brien, who previously worked with Zucker at NBC, will end up in another role.

For the month of January, “Starting Point” drew an average of 264,000 viewers. MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” drew 468,000 and FNC’s “Fox & Friends” drew 1.07 million. “Morning Express” on HLN drew 218,000. The broadcast shows (CBS, ABC, NBC) drew millions more than any of the aforementioned programs. In other words, “Starting Point” is behind everyone except its sister network HLN, and HLN is getting close.

Another network insider with a vantage point to this morning’s meeting said it was hilarious to watch Jautz and Feder address the “Starting Point” staff, considering they were two of the main culprits who contributed to the potential demise and dismantling of the show.

From day one, “Starting Point” was in disarray, according to multiple sources aware of the drama going on behind the scenes of the show. It wasn’t supposed to debut in January, 2012, but the decision was made to rush it on the air to coincide with the Iowa caucus. From its launch the show was never fully staffed; all the promises of branding and promotion never materialized; and the constant executive in-fighting over what to do with the show angered its host and staff.

Former CNN Managing Editor Mark Whitaker, who announced his resignation Tuesday, loved the panel format because he desired the show to have the same buzz as MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” But Jautz hated the panel, resulting in it being downsized from 7-9 a.m. to 7:30 to 9 a.m. And when Soledad was off, the panel was only on from 8-9 a.m.

Jautz also detested a single-anchor format. He preferred a two-anchor format, even going as far as focus-group testing Brooke Baldwin and John Berman when O’Brien was away.

So as Whitaker and Jautz waged a constant battle over who would control the destiny of CNN – a scenario set up by then-CNN President Jim Walton when he divided up the duties of Jon Klein when he was canned – “Early Start” and “Starting Point” were ground zero for their battle.

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STD Site Owner Thanks Cooper and Banfield, Says Herpes Puts a Real Damper on His Sex Life

The owner of a STD reporting site that allegedly dedicates itself to revealing those with sexually transmitted diseases, is publicly thanking CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Ashleigh Banfield for helping him forge ahead with his entrepreneurial endeavors.

Of course, sarcastically so.

“Anderson was a big jerk,” said Cyrus Sullivan, owner of STDReporting.com, who went on Cooper’s daytime talk show about a month ago. Both Cooper and Banfield, who came on as a guest commentator, ripped into him on air for running a site that publishes information he can’t verify. Sullivan spoke to FishbowlDC by phone this afternoon from Portland, Ore. where he resides. “I’ve never been treated by anyone so rudely in the media in my whole life and I’ve been on TV several times,” Sullivan said. “It just really sucked. He basically sat me down and accused me of being a sleazeball.”

Cooper said after the show, “I just think what he’s doing is really pathetic and inappropriate.”

Speaking of sleaze, Sullivan contracted Herpes more than three years ago, at which point he decided to create the site to, at least in part, expose the woman who gave it to him. He says he has been soul-searching his reasons for creating it. He says he takes Valtrex. His symptoms sprout up only rarely. “It’s not a big deal, a lot of people have it,” he said. “I wouldn’t even know that I had it if I hadn’t gotten tested. I don’t have symptoms, [or] very rarely.” Asked if having Herpes affects his sex life, he replied, “It can be a cock block. That’s what’s so frustrating.”

On Cooper’s program, Banfield said online laws should be changed and publishers shouldn’t be able to blame authors, as Sullivan does in his defense. “By that logic she shouldn’t be able to quote anyone on air,” Sullivan said, offering his two cents on journalism ethics.

Sullivan insists he’s not doing anything different than what is already happening online. “I don’t see why people freak out over a site dedicated to this niche topic, especially when people are doing this on Twitter and Facebook all the time,” he said. “I felt I was unfairly being singled out.” He reasons that people need to be educated about how to read the Internet, as opposed to say, his site being axed. “There’s no way to tell if someone is telling the truth or not,” he added. “The only real way to deal with issues of internet liable or slander is to educate people who use the internet to scrutinize what you read.”

See what Sullivan looks like after the jump…In addition, in a release today that Sullivan issued from Portland, Ore., where he lives, he wrote:

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Morning Reading List, 01.05.09

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Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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