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LAT Profiles MSNBC Working-Man Champ Ed Schultz

Going up weekday nights against Anderson Cooper and Bill O′Reilly at 8 p.m. may sound like cable news suicide. But per an LA Times profile piece by Alana Semuels, MSNBC host Ed Schultz is making it work:

This year through early February, Schultz’s nightly The ED Show viewership has averaged 608,000, a 60% increase from his ratings during the same period in 2010, according to Nielsen. He’s surpassed Cooper, though he has more than a million fewer viewers than O’Reilly.

In response to critics who accuse Schultz of deceitfully switching from a Conservative to Liberal POV, he tells Semuels it’s genuine. He says a large spark for the transformation came from a most unusual first date with his now-wife and afternoon radio show producer, Wendy. She took him to a homeless shelter.

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Newspaper Blogs Most Popular List by Simon Owens

n48505698_6272.jpgMedia blogger, Simon Owens over at Bloggasm…how can we put this gently…has a lot of time on his hands? In a good way…he could be putting his time toward something destructive…more so than media blogging…

Anyway, he ranked the top 50 newspaper blogs:

To determine this, I combed through the hundreds of blogs at the top newspaper sites and calculated each of their Technorati rankings. A Technorati ranking is based on the number of inbound links from separate blogs in a six-month period, and is a decent indicator of a blog’s popularity. Once I determined the rankings, I ordered them from popular to least popular. Below, you will find the 50 most popular newspaper blogs.

LA Times has nine in the top 50. In the top half are Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman at Top of the Ticket, group blog LA Now, Alana Semuels, Alex Pham, Chris Gaither, David Sarno, Jessica Guynn, Jim Puzzanghera, Jon Healey, Mark Milian, Michelle Maltaisare at Technology and Sal Morgan and Elizabeth Snead at Dish Rag. Now when you see these people at cocktail parties you can intro them as a ‘high ranking blogger’ and see if they won’t try and correct you. Email us if they do.

Whole list is here.

Happy Fat Tuesday: Americans Watch More TV Than Ever

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Yes the Alana Semuels in the LAT’s article referenced the Alec Baldwin Hulu ads about the plot by aliens to get us to watch more television so our brains turn into more palatable mush.

But seriously here, folks…

The Nielsen Co.’s “Three Screen Report” — referring to televisions, computers and cellphones — for the fourth quarter said the average American now watches more than 151 hours of TV a month. That’s about five hours a day and an all-time high, up 3.6% from the 145 or so hours Americans reportedly watched in the same period last year.

It goes great with Chicken Fried Bacon With Gravy.

LAT In 90 Seconds

archuddleta.jpgRabbi Rushfield’s Wistful Goodbye: Rabbi Richard Rushfield clearly had a lump in his throat as he closed out his post on the kick-off of the American Idol 53-city concert tour: “Outside in the still over 100-degree night, over 100 fans line a railing three stories above the driveway where the Idols would soon be loading into tour buses, their overnight homes as they make their way toward San Diego for Day Two of this last leg of their Idol journey. And on this same stretch of concrete not a month from now, tens of thousands more will stand on line to take their place when the Season 8 auditions come to Phoenix and history races on.” Someone buy this man an ice cream.

39956666.jpgLord of the (Virtual) Flies: Alana Semuels has a fascinating piece about the bad, bad things kids do to one another online. She also offers some tips for online safety (but we have a feeling an editor made her do that).

violssetblue.jpgWell, Glad That’s Settled: David Sarno updates yesterday’s Violet Blue/BoingBoing posts with a bit of learned Web wisdom: “Bloggers are weird.” And insightful, too.

LAT in 90 Seconds

iphone.jpgYour Crackberry is So 2006: And on the Second Day, Apple created the iPhone and gave it unto mankind. The clouds parted. The angels sang. The really annoying early adopters in your office started a spittle-in-the-corners-of-their-mouths discussion that started at 9 and will end sometime in March.

sterncash.jpgAlana You Glad, I Didn’t Say Banana? Puns and word play have their place. This lead by Alana Semuels just isn’t it: “Howard Stern is making some Sirius money on the first anniversary of his satellite radio premiere. The shock jock on Tuesday became the stock jock with the disclosure that he and his agent were awarded $82.9 million in Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. shares as a bonus for helping the company exceed a subscriber forecast made when he was lured away from over-the-air radio.”

crimescene.jpgThis Might Not End Well: Matt Lait and Scott Glover are currently covering a controversial police discipline decision. We hope they won’t soon be covering a riot.