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Ask MSNBC What Is Wrong with National News

FULL DISCLOSURE: This is not a political diatribe about the foot-in-mouth disease most national news reporters seem to have when it comes to a zeal to become a “personality” instead of doing their effin’ job as a “reporter.”

FULLER DISCLOSURE: When you see the video, you will laugh out loud, so please abstain from drinking liquid for the next three minutes.

Now then: How are you today? Well? That’s grand, really.

Many people across our proud nation are reeling with economic problems, turmoil from being unemployed (or underemployed), domestic drama or even trying to get a hand-up from the “man.” And since none of us can figure these serious times in which we are battling, we received the golden envelope yesterday. That’s right — America has the answer as to what is wrong with our priorities, and we have MSNBC to thank for this!

How? Well, ask serious newswoman Andrea Mitchell. She is in the middle of a stern-faced interview with former Congresswoman Jane Harman (D – Calif.) who is on a fairly intelligible rant about the NSA and how they may need to stop collecting phone records.

And then…BREAKING NEWS…and I just accidentally swallowed that Liquid Plumber I was gargling. Ah, well.

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NBCU Breakfast: SJP, Andy Cohen, and Keeping It Real When Marketing to Moms

Bravo's Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker, NBC News' Andrea Mitchell (who moderated the panel discussion), and Lauren Zalaznick, chairman, Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media at NBCUniversal Photo by: Jason DeCrow/NBCUniversal

Moms, moms, moms. That seems to be the hot topic at Advertising Week. This morning, ladies (and a few gentlemen) gathered near Herald Square at the semi-annual Women at NBCU “Power of the Purse” breakfast for a panel discussion on marketing to moms. But first @BravoAndy and Sarah Jessica Parker did a Q&A! It was like an episode of Watch What Happens Live, but live.

During a quick word association, SJP said shoes are a “necessity” and Michelle Bachmann is “foreign.” Then she said her shoes were Roger Vivier. Then she did a cute impersonation of her two-year-old daughter Tabitha and talked about Matthew Broderick. And finally, she said SATC’s Carrie Bradshaw reminded her of female characters in turn-of-the-century books. “Those women who looked a certain way, but inside there was a whole different complication.” Yay!

But back to the topic at hand — marketing to women. The on-stage conversations often turned to some new stats from a Women at NBCU survey: 49 percent of the mothers surveyed said they aspire to be “traditional”; only 12 percent said they feel they’re accurately portrayed in advertising; and the “breakdown of the traditional family” was the second most serious problem identified, after drug use. (Women at NBCU surveyed 3,224 moms and 403 dads this summer and conducted focus groups and at-home visits.)

SJP said that she considered herself traditional despite her job. “There’s no archetype we can market to,” she said. “You can’t be all things to all people. You have to speak to a truth.”

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Note to BP CEO: Please Stop Talking

As the situation in the Gulf Coast continues to get more challenging, how have the media responded in terms of reporters covering the story live from the region?

They’re all over the story, and the executives involved keep giving them tons of fodder. Take this quote today from BP CEO Tony Hayward to the Guardian:

The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.

Wow.

BP’s PR and other woes aside, PRNewser reached out to Fox News, CNN, NBC News, ABC News and CBS News as to their current and past coverage plans. Here’s what they told us.

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