Earlier this week, CNN issued a beaming press release trumpeting historic ratings for its YouTube debate experiment:
CNN continues the trend of record-breaking debates with Monday night’s CNN/YouTube Debate posting the highest P18-34 delivery in cable news history
To be sure, the numbers were impressive — 2,552,000 viewers is not “D*ck in a Box” (24,469,872) territory, but still — if not historic, and the debate generated as much attention as could be expected for mid-July (CNN.com reported 45.5 million page views 1.9 million videos served on Monday). But let’s put the numbers in perspective (i.e. help CNN safely come down from its post-debate high) with a fun, if tangentially relevant, YouTube fact:
For a couple hours, the back room at Michael’s was transformed into a television news executive bender, a happy hour in honor of our outgoing TVNewser, Brian Stelter [right], and incoming TVNewser, er, ‘Newsers: Chris Ariens, Diane Clehane, Alissa Kinsky and Philadelphia Inquirer TV columnist and Katie Couric nemesis Gail Shister.
Some of those who showed to fete Stelter and co.: Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, NBC News president Steve Capus, Joe Scarborough, MSNBC anchors Contessa Brewer (ED NOTE: Brewer has yet to visit Dan Abrams‘ party house in the Hamptons) and Amy Robach, Rita Cosby, Gil “Stanley Bing” Schwartz, CBS’ Jeff Greenfield, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and business correspondent Ali Velshi, MSNBC producer Tammy Haddad, NY1′s Pat Kiernan, former CBS honcho Andrew Heyward, BusinessWeek columnist (and husband to our multimillionaire boss) Jon Fine, Jeff Jarvis, CNN anchor John Roberts, Page Six‘s Corynne Steindler, well-rested Observer columnist Michael Calderone, CNBC senior VP Jonathan Wald, Inside Edition‘s Sarah Rubenstein, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, HuffPo’s Rachel Sklar (whose date for the evening was 19-year-old CBS News intern Eric Kuhn), Broadcasting & Cable‘s Max Robins and Caroline Palmer (who, Robins says, is leaving B&C to become Vogue‘s Web editor), CNBC VP Josh Howard, Good Day New York host Ron Corning, Freud Communications’ Lisa Dallos, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman and the omnipresent Julia Allison, who said she had been up since 5:00AM talking about Lindsay Lohan. Her take: “She should just kill herself already, before she kills someone else.”
Notable no-shows: Abrams, Katie, Charlie, Greta Van Susteren, Jon Stewart and Stelter supporter and former CNNer Aaron Brown.
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After being blasted by PBS ombudsman Michael Getler for failing to provide an opposing view in his calls to oust Bush, Bill Moyers countered the attack with:
July 24, 2007
Dear Mr. Getler:
I respect your work and your role, but I disagree with you about “balance.” The journalist’s job is not to achieve some mythical state of equilibrium between two opposing opinions out of some misshapen respect — sometimes, alas, reverence — for the prevailing consensus among the powers-that-be. The journalist’s job is to seek out and offer the public the best thinking on an issue, event, or story. That’s what I did regarding the argument for impeachment.
Great interview with William Langewiesche, Vanity Fair‘s international correspondent, who’s on assignment in Brazil. Of course, being the all-encompassing media junkies we are, we couldn’t quite get over this:
First section of the Sunday Times: Page One.
Favorite TV show: Doesn’t watch television.
Last five songs listened to on your iPod: Doesn’t have an iPod.
No television? For Vanity Fair‘s international correspondent? Not even the BBC?
Over the weekend, 63 fans were arrested at a John Mayer concert in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Our resident pop crooner-cum-standup comedian was not pleased. Still, not sure this is what editor Richard Stengel had in mind when picked Mayer as one of this year’s 100 most influential:
If I happen to be walking backstage and I see any of you young men passed out drunk on a stretcher, make no mistake about it, you will come-to in front of your disappointed parents with a face full of Sharpie and the sneaking suspicion that you’ve been teabagged by one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2007.
The numbers, via TVNewser:
The ratings are in for last night’s CNN/YouTube debate. And either viewers are getting debate-fatigue, or the debate may not have been as revolutionary as some would have hoped: 2,552,000 total viewers watched, 831,000 in the 25-54 demo and 663,000 in the (presumably YouTube-friendly) 18-49 demo. CNN had more viewers when the Democratic candidates debated on Sunday, June 3: 2,714,000 total viewers, 1,050,000 (25-54), 836,000 (18-49).