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What Would Bill Do? Media Coach Bill McGowan Takes on the Week’s News

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In case you missed it, last week saw the beginning of what will be a regular feature on our blog: comments on trending news stories from Bill McGowan, Clarity Media Group founder and media coach to top executives from Facebook, Airbnb and more.

Today, in the second part of our ongoing collaboration, Bill gives us his take on three stories that broke over the past week.

1. CNN canceled Piers Morgan Live in February after three years in order (we presume) to make way for such ratings winners as the network’s “constant coverage” of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Morgan has made clear via various platforms that he was unhappy with the move, and this week he penned an “advice column” for The Hollywood Reporter in which he lectured his former employer on mismanaging his own show — which he claims “did OK in the ratings” — and  blaming the “stiff” Anderson Cooper for failing to provide a better lead-in.

CNN responded with a statement calling Morgan “sad” and he shot back by bragging about his new job as US editor of the UK-based Daily Mail Online.

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‘Most Influential New Yorkers on Twitter’ List Is Slightly Surprising

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We don’t doubt the algorithms of social analytics company PeerIndex. We were, however, mildly surprised by the results of their most influential New York tweeters study featured today in New York magazine.

Some are obvious: mayors de Blasio and Bloomberg, Bill Clinton, Neil deGrass Tyson, Jimmy Fallon, and…French Montana? Is that Miley’s long-lost brother?

Just kidding. We know he’s a rapper because we do research. We also assume that Piers Morgan comes in at #4 due to the recent failure of his CNN show and the fact that he’s not afraid to call out his haters from his comfy spot beneath the bridge.

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TV Responds to Trump’s Latest BS

Had enough Trump for a lifetime or two? Too bad! This morning our colleagues at TVNewser posted an amusing roundup of the TV networks’ varied responses to his moronic “offer” to donate money to the President’s charity of choice as long as Obama releases his school and passport records “To Mr. Trump’s satisfaction” (love that qualifier).

First Trump went on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight and Fox News Channel’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to insist that his stupid PR stunt was, in fact, anything but. Most revealing line in the Morgan interview? While he would “very much like to write” the check, Trump also notes that he is “…not looking to pay five million dollars!” It’s almost like he never even planned on doing such a thing…

Van Susteren spoke to Trump by phone and pressed him on his continuing obsession with the possibly even more idiotic “birther” movement. His response? “I’m really surprised by you, you don’t know anything”. Eyes: consider yourselves rolled.

Other responses: Sean Hannity thought Trump’s scheme was a great idea while MSNBC’s Ed Schultz wasted a few minutes of his valuable time speaking out against it. We’ve never been less surprised.

Stick with us, though: it does get better.

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Revolving Door: Norah O’Donnell Replaces Erica Hill on ‘CBS This Morning’, Dick Cheney Interviewed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, and More

CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell has been named co-host of “CBS This Morning” replacing Erica Hill who first came to CBS News in 2008, while still with CNN, to co-anchor the weekend “Early Show.” In January, 2010 she joined CBS full time. (TVNewser)

Lauren Kapp, the former top communications and marketing executive at NBC News who left for a strategy and marketing position at Huffington Post in May, will be leaving that job this week. Reuters reports Kapp will leave Huffington Post Media Group August 1, three months after joining from NBC. Reuters says personal reasons are behind the change. (TVNewser)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was interviewed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl. The interview, Cheney’s first since his heart transplant earlier this year, will be previewed across all ABC’s platforms today, and will air in its entirety on “Nightline” this evening. (TVNewser)

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has been making the media rounds to promote his new book, and one of the stops was C-SPAN. C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb asked Scalia about his recent interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, and why Justices are usually so reluctant to do public appearances. (TVNewser) Video Below:

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Revolving Door: ‘CBS This Morning,’ Broadcast ratings, ‘Live With Kelly,’ and more

CBS News has named a new line up of producers and a director of production for CBS This Morning.

History Channel, BET, Telemundo, and Comedy Central were all ratings winners in 2011. [via Multichannel News]

Live With Kelly is actually doing better without Regis. It’s up 14 percent among women ages 25 to 54.

The founder of The Los Angeles Times Pressmen’s 20 Year Club Ed Padgett was fired this week for an unexplained reason.

Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter Bill Conlin resigned in anticipation of a Philadelphia Inquirer story containing allegations that Conlin molested four people when they were children. Today there’s a story containing allegations from two more women. The Philly Post jumps to his defense.

Piers Morgan gave testimony in the ongoing phone hacking investigation, stating that the Daily Mirror was not involved and didn’t hack anyone. However, when asked about how he got his hands on a voice message from Heather Mills (the former Mrs. Paul McCartney), his answer contradicts hers.

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Revolving Door: NYT’s Bits, NY Mag’s Price, James Murdoch, and More

The New York Times Bits blog has a new logo and lots of other changes like expanded coverage, new staffers, and a daily email newsletter.

The newsstand price of New York magazine is going up to $5.99.

Penn State rioters destroyed a WTAJ news van.

Members of Parliament were very tough with James Murdoch during his latest appearance before the culture, media, and sports committee.

Piers Morgan is stepping down from America’s Got Talent to focus on his CNN program.

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Piers Morgan in the Crosshairs for Possible Ties to Phone Hacking Scandal

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Piers Morgan‘s appearance on Conan last night where he took a few digs at Paul McCartney’s ex Heather Mills (and accused her of phone hacking!) belies the issues the CNN host faces as a result of his association with News Corp.

Gawker has already found Morgan guilty of some epic parsing in a statement about the Mills/McCartney hacking issue. Morgan has denied any hacking activities, but The Daily Beast is certain there will be an official inquiry in the UK of some sort. A statement from MP John Whittingdale backs that up.

He may be the host of cheeseball TV show  America’s Got Talent (“talent” being used loosely here) but he’s also a top personality at CNN. The network is sticking with him so far, but things can change.

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Now That’s a Statement! Pies, Punches, and More from the News Corp. Scandal

Because this scandal needed more drama, someone assaulted Rupert Murdoch with a “pie” made out of shaving cream as he (and his son) spoke today before a Parliamentary committee today. Word from CNN is the assailant called Rupert a “greedy billionaire” before the hurling started. The hearing has since resumed with Rebekah Brooks speaking now and Rupert unharmed.

If you didn’t know it before, now it’s now abundantly clear that there’s palpable anger out there against News Corp. Before the hearing even began, The Wall Street Journal wrote, “At stake is both the reputation of a global empire—which has 51,000 employees and annual revenue of $32 billion—and the level of support that the Murdoch family, particularly Rupert and his son James, will have among investors.”

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