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Cecily Strong Poised to Take Over SNL‘s ‘Weekend Update’ (NY Mag / Vulture)
With SNL head writer Seth Meyers heading for Jimmy Fallon’s job in February, SNL‘s “Weekend Update” is missing its host. That gig is going to Cecily Strong, who joined the show last season and perhaps joined your life as the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party. Strong will join Meyers on the desk during the Sept. 28 season premiere. NYT Lorne Michaels said his general plan was to have Strong share the “Update” desk with Meyers for the season’s initial shows and then segue into a solo role later, maybe in the first season — but maybe not. If possible, Michaels would like to see Meyers stay on “Weekend Update” even after he moves to Late Night, starting on Feb. 24. USA Today Meyers tweeted congrats to his new co-anchor Sunday night, saying he was “very excited,” adding, “As for The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With, it’s prob safe to assume that she died somewhere, mid-conversation.” Variety News of Strong’s move caps one of the busiest off-seasons ever for Michaels’ 39-year-old sketch comedy series. SNL cast members Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen left the series in May, making room for newcomers Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Noël Wells, Kyle Mooney and Brooks Wheelan, all of whom will join the cast this season.
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Remember that great line Seth Meyers dropped a few years ago about Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner? You know, the one about “unless the Blacks are a family of white people…”?
Australian actress Pippe Black, Canadian-born media mogul Conrad Black (pictured)… Well, you get get the idea.
The Daily Caller offering is, perhaps less intentionally, a welcome send-up of the inanity of most Web slide shows. And just in case these ten color-blind pics are not enough to satiate, they’ve also got a “Top 10: Hottest Whites” companion slide show. Beginning, of course, with Barry.
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Bloomberg Admits Terminal Snooping (NYT)
Reporters at Bloomberg News were trained to use a function on the company’s financial data terminals that allowed them to view subscribers’ contact information and, in some cases, monitor login activity in order to advance news coverage, more than half a dozen former employees said. Bloomberg / Matthew Winkler Our reporters should not have access to any data considered proprietary. I am sorry they did. The error is inexcusable. Last month, we immediately changed our policy so that reporters now have no greater access to information than our customers have. Removing this access will have no effect on Bloomberg news-gathering. At no time did reporters have access to trading, portfolio, monitor, blotter or other related systems. Nor did they have access to clients’ messages to one another. BuzzFeed Executives at Bloomberg have known about journalists using the company’s terminals to spy on clients at least since September 2011 — more than a year before the practice turned into a scandal that threatens the company’s relationships with its clients. That month, Erik Schatzker, an anchor at Bloomberg TV and host of Market Makers, was reprimanded for making on-air comments about using terminal data to track the activities of at least one story subject, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. TVNewser CNBC talked with a former Bloomberg employee who says he accessed usage information of Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke and former U.S. Treasury secretary Tim Geithner. He said he did it “just for fun” and as a way “to show how powerful” the Bloomberg terminals were. CNBC In response to queries that Bloomberg journalists had access to officials data usage, a Bloomberg spokesman said, “What you are reporting is untrue” but declined to respond when asked what specifically was inaccurate. He also would not say whether the company had investigated journalists’ access to this information. Read more
It’s a rarity to be sure– getting media access to Saturday Night Live as it prepares for its next show.
But The New York Times and Bill Carter got the special credential leading up to Saturday night. And what timing the newspaper walked into. SNL performs at its highest level during election season, and the folks at 30 Rock (the address, not the show) didn’t miss a beat.
Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers welcomed Big Bird, who feathers were caught in controversy when Mitt Romney said at the debate that he’d end PBS funding.
As Carter writes, it was no simple walk-on appearance for the famous yellow bird from creator Jim Henson. Executives from Sesame Workshop were not fond of having their beloved children’s character used for any political commentary.
But executive producer Lorne Michaels made an direct appeal, letting them check the script. They acquiesced. There was Carroll Spinney, the only person to play Big Bird, trading one liners with Meyers.
The Sesame Street icon told Meyers how he learned his name was in the news.
“I got a million tweets…I’m a bird, tweeting is how we talk.”
Photo credit: usatoday.com
Who Should Be Time Magazine’s 2011 Person Of The Year? Brian Williams, Seth Meyers, Jesse Eisenberg, Mario Batali, Grover Norquist and Anita Hill Discuss
This afternoon Time magazine hosted its annual panel discussion debating exactly who deserves to be the 2011 “Person of the Year.”
The panelists were comprised of “NBC Nightly News” anchor and panel stalwart Brian Williams, his colleague “Saturday Night Live” fake news anchor Seth Meyers, actor Jesse Eisenberg, law professor Anita Hill, Americans for tax Reform president Grover Norquist and celebrity chef Mario Batali. Moderated by Time editor Richard Stengel, the panelists debated whether a dead person (Steve Jobs, Osama Bin Laden) or group (populist movements, the 99%) deserve to be considered.
Some of the surprises: Hill had a stern “no comment” when asked about the Herman Cain allegations, though she did say sexual harassment is more likely to be taken seriously now than it was 20 or so years ago.
Mario Batali is a serious dude. As you will see below, he had harsh words for Wall Street bankers (comparing them to Hitler and Stalin!), as well as Occupy Wall Street protestors, saying “it is a kind of a part time job for those guys, they aren’t really playing the real thing. They are kind of quietly sitting around. It is a very 2011 rebellion, they aren’t breaking anything, no one is getting hurt, for that very reason no one is paying any attention.”
Some of the other highlights from the lunch:
Donald Trump announced at an NBC event on Monday that he wouldn’t run for president after all. Of course, in true-Trump style, he first explained that if he had decided to run, “I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.”
Here is his statement:
This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country,” he added. “I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.
TVNewser reports that Trump’s announcement was greeted by “lots of cheers and applause.” And based on Twitter, that was the media’s reaction as well. Comedian and Trump-roaster Seth Meyers tweeted: “Our short national nightmare is over #Trump12.”
Slate political reporter Dave Weigel tweeted: “I’m sure the remaining black viewers of ‘The Apprentice’ are happy. Yes, both of them.” And ABC World News editor Rick Klein has learned his lesson: “so now, when Trump says he’s definitely serious about running for president in 2024, I will have been chastened and won’t buy it.”
Oh well. We’ve had a good run of things, haven’t we? We guess it’s time to say goodbye.
Donald Trump wasn’t the only one roasted at Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Seth Meyers, the SNL comedian who by all accounts nailed his remarks, also took a shot at aggregators like the Huffington Post.
“The New York Times [after] party used to be free, but tonight, apparently there’s a cover. So, like everyone else, I’ll probably just go to the Huffington Post party. And the Huffington Post party is asking people to go to other parties first and just steal food and drinks and bring it from there.”
The crowd goes wild at this, and even President Obama cracks up.
For those of you who haven’t checked Meyers’ speech, the video is after the jump. The joke about the Huffington Post is around the five minute mark.
Its been a big week in fake news. First, there were rumors that The Onion was planning cut its print edition, which were quickly refuted, although the satiric pub did eventually admit that they were shutting down print operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
That blow to the fake news industry was counteracted by NBC’s announcement that it was planning to place half-hour “Weekend Update” shows on its fall schedule, a trick they pulled off last year by positioning it as extra election coverage. The show will be anchored by “Saturday Night Live” head writer Seth Meyers and will fill out the network’s Thursday night line-up, NBC said.
In further celebration of fake news, AdAge.com has a Q&A with Onion president and CEO Steve Hannah, who reveals that the paper’s digital side is now bringing in more than half of the company’s revenue.
“Digital is becoming a bigger chunk of our revenue than print,” Hannah said. “Print is still very strong for us. Digital, it’s not much more than half, but it’s more than half.”
Hannah also said he is looking to move the popular Onion News Network to television. With the success of fake news on TV, its possible we could see an ONN on prime time up against “Weekend Update” some time soon.
Obviously Barack Obama is the Person of the Year, for Time and probably anyone else for that matter. Who knows, considering the state of the country he is about to take over he may very well turn into the Person of the Century. At yesterday’s Time Person of the Year luncheon (watch video highlights here) convened to discuss such matters ‘iron man’ panelist Brian Williams (he’s the longest running panelist) said that Obama matches “every qualification that we have [in the POY] book” and that “we have but one choice.” Elizabeth Edwards said that it was too early to award the man Obama (he may very well be POY next year) but felt it was more what he represented.
The interesting part, however, was that at (Obama’s) Person of the Year lunch almost all the talk was about the economy. Suze Orman, in her deep commanding (somewhat frightening) way, informed the audience that in terms of the tanking economy “we haven’t seen anything yet” (at which point the Time exec behind us grabbed our arm in not so fake panic). Later she suggested that perhaps the Wall St. types and the American consumer should be nominated in a “negative way” as the ones that have “honest to God, not just changed the economy of the United States but have brought down the economy of the world.” Then she said “Shame on you!” (quite loudly, in fact). Also, apparently Orman was the person fellow panelist Seth Meyers called for advice on whether to buy an apartment — the answer is no, see earlier statement re: we haven’t seen anything yet. After which, Brian Williams explained to us why he had his blackberry strapped to his chair so that he could feel it vibrate.
So FBNY is off to the annual Time Person of the Year luncheon today, where a panel of distinguished guests including Elizabeth Edwards, Seth Meyers, Suze Orman, John Slattery (Roger Sterling!), and Brian Williams will discuss who most deserves to be named Person of the Year. I think we can all assume that ‘You’ will not be getting a second nod.
In fact, one imagines President-elect Barack Obama is such a shoo-in that we agree with Jeff Bercovici and think perhaps Time should develop a sort of second tier, runner-up category just to keep it interesting. If that were the case who would you suggest? Or are you content with Obama and the lack of suspense? We set up a poll after the jump, which includes some other obvious choices, or you can write in your own. Let us know what you think.