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Kelly Ripa Gets $20 Million a Year to Act Like an Idiot

The Daily Beast has published a list of the highest paid TV anchors, and it’s massively depressing. It’s sad because some of the people featured in the list don’t do much at all. Like Kelly Ripa.

According to a “highest paid TV star” list from TV Guide, Ripa makes $20 million a year just for acting ditzy on a morning show. Of course Bill O’Reilly gets paid $20 million a year to spread hatred and ignorance, so maybe we shouldn’t be so upset about Ripa’s salary.

Below are a few of the other top earners. The Daily Beast’s full list is here; TV Guide’s here.

The Guardian Celebrates Six Months in U.S. with Journalism Debate

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The Guardian, the iconic U.K. newspaper, branched out across the pond last year. Last night, it was time for the tabloid to reap the rewards. Rather than a simple party, The Guardian made it a creative thinking process for the several hundred invited guests.

The newspaper provided a debate between commercial pressures and journalistic standards. CBS This Morning‘s Charlie Rose was the engaging moderator.

The panel featured someone who knows first-hand about the pressures of journalistic standards. Juan Williams was dramatically fired by NPR in 2010. Williams, who remains a contributor to Fox News, has had time to reflect on his ugly end to an 11-year tenure.

“It’s not fun being called a bigot and a bad journalist,” Williams tells FishbowlNY. “The degree to which it was about assailing my personal reputation, struck me as Kafkaesque. I didn’t know what to make of it.”

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Fox Threatens Gawker with Legal Action [Updated]

It appears that Fox News has had enough of Gawker’s meager mole, Joe Muto. The network sent a strongly worded letter threatening criminal and civil charges if Gawker didn’t stop publishing Muto’s dispatches. The letter demands that Gawker “immediately stop publishing information and videos that have been unlawfully obtained by or from Joe Muto, and return them to Fox News.”

Speaking of Muto’s posts, we’re guessing that the photo of Bill O’Reilly with a topless woman that accompanies the letter from Fox is Muto’s doing. If so, we should congratulate Gawker and Muto on yet another utterly unimpressive update. The picture looks like it’s about 30 years old and is far from anything scandalous. In fact, all it does is prove that a long, long time ago, O’Reilly was a bro who could bro it up with the best of them.

The longer this goes on, the worse Gawker looks. But maybe that was the goal of the mole all along, and he’s really a counteragent, working for Fox? Now that would be a story worth following.

UPDATE:
See below for the letter Fox News sent to Muto, courtesy of TVNewser.

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Gawker’s Fox News Mole Reveals… Nothing [Updated]

Gawker has a current Fox News employee writing “regular dispatches from inside the organization,” which is pretty amazing, considering how little you ever hear Fox employees speaking out against the company. However, the debut column is extremely boring.

The biggest “gotcha” moment from the mole is a behind-the-scenes video of Mitt Romney talking about his love for horses. Scandalous! Yes, it shows how Romney clearly appreciates the finer things in life, but doesn’t everyone already know that? The mole clearly thinks it is a big scoop:

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Bill O’Reilly Sides with George Clooney

Of all the celebrities who stopped on the Oscars red carpet to speak with the man holding the Fox News-flagged microphone, reporter Jesse Watters says George Clooney was the nicest. “He was the biggest celebrity that spoke to me; he didn’t have to stop and talk to me, but he did,” Watters told Bill O’Reilly last night. “And he was good-natured about the whole conversation.”

Excepting Watters’ last question. When the reporter asked Clooney as the actor was walking away, “Is Obama doing a good job?”, The Descendants star reminded, “Yes he is. He’s the President of the United States, not Obama. He’s the President of the United States.” Clooney then glared purposefully at Watters.


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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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Right Might | Punks Are Never Lucky | Liberal Soups

  • TVNewser: Here’s a sentence we never imagined writing — Bill O’Reilly defends Ellen DeGeneres.
  • PRNewser: Clint Eastwood insists that the Chrysler ad he starred in wasn’t a show of support for Barack Obama. We believe him, mainly because making Eastwood mad isn’t a good idea.
  • FishbowlDC: The White House has a “soup of the day.” Oh c’mon, that’s at least a little interesting.

Manhattan’s A-List Turns Out for Harvey Weinstein’s Giants Pep Rally

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I’ve been covering  Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.

By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.

Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein
Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein

Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one.  (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”

Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.

Diane Clehane and Brian Williams
Diane Clehane and Brian Williams (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris)

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