CNN’s SNL “fact-check” has received some backlash.
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann devoted an hour to his “Special Comment” on last night’s “Countdown.” Tune in here.
Just after CBS’ Lara Logan appeared on “Charlie Rose” to discuss Afghanistan and war coverage this week, Rose hosted NBC’s Richard Engel and Max Cleland, former Senator and head of the Veterans Administration, and Vietnam veteran. That show re-airs tonight at 8pm.
Logan and other CBS-ers David Martin, Byron Pitts, Scott Pelley and their producers shared stories of their experiences reporting in Afghanistan on last night’s “Evening News.” There was also a voiceover from Cami McCormick, who was injured in Afghanistan this summer. Watch here.
And check out the backwards camera walking skills here as CNN’s Dana Bash tracked down Sen. John Ensign outside his office for an exclusive interview on the way through his hallway and across the street.
• Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at George Washington University last night. Frank Sesno, a former CNN anchor who is now the Director of GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs also participated. The interview will air on “Amanpour” on CNN at 3pmET today.
• Katie Couric also interviewed Secretary Clinton at the State Department today for the “Evening News” series on Afghanistan this week.
• Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was Charlie Rose‘s guest on last night’s show. That interview will re-air tonight at 8pm and 10pmET.
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A White House reporter used the made-for-SNL-word “strategery” in a question posed to press secretary Robert Gibbs at yesterday’s briefing. Funny man Gibbs, referring to the SNL newbie who dropped the F bomb this weekend, joked, “I’m going to curse in a minute.” (h/t HuffPost)
Where did the month of September go? What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…
In “Hollywood” news… HBO’s “Big Love” has been filming in DC– Bill Paxton and Chloe Sevigny have been spotted shooting at Union Station, outside the White House and in Dupont Circle. Jon got the boot from TLC’s “Jon and Kate Plus Eight.” And the “Real Housewives” have no idea who Nancy Pelosi is.
Barbara Walters interviewed Arianna Huffington on her SIRIUS XM radio show. An excerpt from Arianna: “I’m fine to be called a liberal. My problem is that with the analysis that sees everything is divided as right versus left. When you have major alliances among people who are liberals, people are who are conservatives agreeing on things like reforming Wall Street, on things like not escalating in Afghanistan, on things like providing healthcare for the uninsured. Because many people in business know that they have to carry the cost, and it’s weighing down their businesses.”
TWT‘s Christina Bellantoni: A Facebook poll asking whether President Obama should be assassinated has sparked an Internet uproar – with new polls calling for the offending poll creator’s arrest and other social-networking sites questioning their policies amid an unprecedented level of online vitriol.
NYT‘s executive editor Bill Keller on pay model in NYO: “In the end, I think it will come down to a gut call about what we think the audience will accept and how we think the market will evolve…Everybody wants it to be a well-informed, well-considered gut call, but it’s a gut call.”
This week in Time magazine, Michael Scherer has a piece about how Obama’s golf game has evolved, chatting with some of his golf buddies. “His game is severely handicapped, as is mine,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says of the President. Even better: “As in basketball, Obama is a trash-talk enthusiast who tries to get into the heads of his opponents and sucker them into taking more difficult shots,” Eugene Kang, the 25-year-old White House special-projects coordinator who played with the President at Andrews Air Force Base tells Scherer.
FT: Rupert Murdoch has vowed to charge for all the online content of his newspapers and television news channels, going well beyond his prediction in May that the company would test pay models on one of its stronger papers within the year.
Just a few notes on WaPo salons… Politico takes note of Bob Woodward‘s appearance on Charlie Rose- “Sure it was a mistake,” Woodward told Rose. “It’s been acknowledged. The publisher and the editor have kind of — not kind of — it’s a no excuses apology. They’ve tried to explain how it happened and I think they have.”
How are MSNBC’s newest anchors Dylan Ratigan and Dr. Nancy Snyderman doing so far? Ehh… “To date, both shows have attracted plenty of media attention and generated headlines. But, at the same time, both shows have struggled to attract the young viewers coveted by advertisers.” More from NYOhere.
Remember Lindsey Mastis, the local WUSA-9 reporter who was given a hard time by the Real World crews? Well, she got an official apology from an MTV cameraman. Check out the groveling here.
SIRIUS XM Radio’s POTUS channel will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing by broadcasting live from the National Air and Space Museum from noon to 3pmET today. POTUS airs on SIRIUS channel 110 and XM channel 130.
Merriam-Webster has added a definition of the term “earmark” to the latest edition of its dictionary: “A provision in congressional legislation that allocates a specified amount of money for a specific project, program or organization.” (h/t LAT)
Howard Kurtz in today’s WaPoMedia Notes: While Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings drew plenty of coverage last week, the level of media excitement hardly matched that surrounding Mark Sanford’s Argentine affair, Sarah Palin’s Alaskan exit or Michael Jackson’s untimely departure.
Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism reports that Congressional galleries accredit 19 percent fewer reporters from mainstream newspapers and wire services than in 2008 (h/t Politico).
Hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the festival runs today through July 5th and this year’s theme is “Ideas that Work,” with programs like “Media Crack-Up” and “Living Digitally.”
Discussions we think you’d be interested in include: The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan on “Why I Blog,” “What’s Next for the News Business” moderated by the Aspen Institute’s President and CEO Walter Isaacson and with WaPo‘s Weymouth and others, “Obama and the Challenge of Expectations: A Look at the President’s First Six Months” with NYT‘s David Brooks and The Week and Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and “Sustaining Beat and Investigative Journalism” with NBC’s Mark Whitaker.
Charlie Rose will also interview Education Secretary Arne Duncan and CBS’ Schieffer will interview Lewis Black in a program called “Me of Little Faith.” You can check out the festival’s full schedule here.
Other newsmakers in Apsen for the Ideas Festival include: Alan Greenspan, Tim Pawlenty, Sandra Day O’Connor, Susan Rice, Austan Goolsbee, Stephen Breyer, Michael Chertoff, Jane Harman, Madeleine Albright, Eric Holder, James Baker and Margaret Spellings.
You can also follow the festival this week on Twitter #aif09.
>>Update: Bloomberg TV will be covering the Aspen Ideas Festival with Erik Schatzker reporting live.
Nielsen conceded making an error and is performing a recount after the company’s ratings on Tuesday initially indicated that ABC’s “World News” most likely had its smallest audience ever, AP’s David Bauderreports. This re-look was at the request of ABC.
In light of the network’s White House special, TVNewser points out the White House health reform communications director is former ABC News correspondent, Linda Douglass.
“I’m not a journalist… If I wanted to be a journalist, I would be Charlie Rose and bore the snot out of people and have fourteen people watching me. I am a guy that firmly believes what I believe. I’ve done my homework. I am a student of history. Now, I can either present that to you in a Charlie Rose sort of way, or I can be entertaining.” -Fox News’ Glenn Beck in this GQ Q&A.
BayNewser profiles the State Dept. staffer who called Twitter to ask them to delay maintenance to allow Iranians to continue tweeting. You’d be surprised to find out it was Jared Cohen- a 27-year-old whiz kid whose job is to advise the State Dept. on how to use social media to promote U.S. interests the Middle East.
Boston Globe: NYT Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger said he had hoped that the Boston Globe‘s biggest union would approve a package of wage and benefit cuts and spare company officials from imposing a 23 percent wage cut, but the union’s rejection and the paper’s financial situation have left them no choice.
FishbowlNY caught up with USA Today publisher David Hunke, who said that he couldn’t promise that there would not be additional cuts, but he did seem hopeful that the worst might be behind the newspaper. “But the third and fourth quarter are going to be tough,” he said. “And that’s just as far as anyone can see right now.”
Also- AP reportsUSA Today plans to introduce an electronic replica of the paper and charge for it.
Washington Whispers further reportsExaminer owner and media mogul Philip Anschutz is getting ready to buy the Weekly Standard from Rupert Murdoch. Paul Bedard hears the Weekly Standard staff discussed the sale and its impact at a meeting yesterday- he says they were told the sale is imminent.
In response to her latest column, Karl Rove called NYT‘s Maureen Dowd “bitter, twister and deranged” in an interview on Fox News yesterday. “I actually went to an editorial board meeting at the New York Times and wasted a couple bucks on some flowers to give Maureen Dowd at the meeting so that it would give her a smile on her face. And that didn’t even work. This is a dour, downbeat liberal.” More from Rove via HuffPost here.