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NBC News Produces ‘Peter Pan’ Special

PeterPanNBC News’ Peacock Productions has produced a behind-the-scenes look at next’s week’s “Peter Pan Live!”

“The Making of Peter Pan Live!” airs tonight at 8pmET/PT and takes viewers behind the preparations the special, which stars Allison Williams, daughter of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, as Peter Pan.

Williams and Christopher Walken prepare for the Dec. 4 television event by learning the art of swordplay and singing classics such as as “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” “Never Never Land” and “I’ve Gotta Crow.”

When Allison Williams was cast back in July, Brian Williams said on “Nightly News,” “family members confirm she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of three.”

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Bill O’Reilly Teaches Jimmy Fallon About General Patton

Fox News Channel anchor Bill O’Reilly was on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night. O’Reilly discussed his tour with Dennis Miller, promoted his book Killing Patton and gave Fallon a history lesson.

‘It’s Outrageous’: Critic Says CNN’s Van Jones Had No Place ‘On the Streets’ in Ferguson

Van JonesIn a discussion of media coverage of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case–and the violence that followed–Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik criticized CNN’s decision to have political analyst Van Jones on the street alongside CNN’s reporters and anchors. “It’s outrageous,” Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield, describing Jones as “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television.”

Zurawik compared Jones to an analyst like Karl Rove, and argued he should never have stood next to Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo. “Why would you put him on the streets? It’s outrageous to put that guy out there on the streets. There’s kids in college studying journalism who are more equipped to be on the streets covering that story for CNN than he was.”

Listen to the full conversation, after the jump:
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Geraldo to Haters: ‘I’m Turning Your Posts Over to Fox News and Facebook Authorities’

Geraldo Rivera is not shy about sharing his opinions, whether on TV, the radio or social media. He’s been supportive of Pres. Obama’s executive action on immigration, and has said as much on Facebook. “Bravo Mr. President for having the courage … to do the right thing for five million undocumented, but otherwise law-abiding immigrants,” he wrote last Thursday. Many of his followers don’t agree, and have said as much in the comments. So Rivera is taking an executive action of his own, turning over the “hateful, ignorant and racist” replies to the “authorities” and calling those commenters “little pieces of shit.”

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Still, the comments keep pouring in, 1,491 at last count. This one sums it up: “If you don’t like honest replies, don’t post on Facebook.”

(h/t Romenesko)

Fusion’s Tim Pool: Media Creating ‘Self-Fulfilling Prophecy’ in Ferguson

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Fusion senior correspondent Tim Pool has been reporting from Ferguson, and he took time to take questions in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session Tuesday. Asked about media coverage of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case, Pool said the reporting about violence has created a “self-fulfilling prophecy”:

I was told a story once in Chicago. There was this new drug they were calling “super heroin.” Several people overdosed on it and the local news reported their location and where they thought it was being sold. The next day way more people overdosed… they found out where to get it from the local news report.

Pool, who live-streamed from Ferguson for three hours Monday night, said the media was “part of the problem” in a way Pool has not seen in other, seemingly more dangerous conflicts:

In the other countries I’ve been to protests are more focused on single targets. The police reaction is certainly not the most violent and the protester reaction is certainly not the most violent. However it feels so much more dangerous in Ferguson. The media is a part of the problem to the police and a lot protesters here and that makes you a part of the conflict much more than an impartial observer.

Watch some of Pool’s reporting from Ferguson, after the jump:
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5 Questions With… Mike Tobin, Reporting Live from Ferguson

5tobin5Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin has covered major events all over the world. He’s reported from Iraq, Israel and Qatar to name a few, in addition to being front and center for the Boston Marathon bombing and Sandy Hook tragedies. Tobin’s currently in Ferguson, MO where coverage of the chaos surrounding Mike Brown’s death has captivated America.

Tobin, who is still on the ground in Ferguson, spoke with TVNewser about things he’s witnessed recently while covering the riots.

TVNewser: What is one memory from the chaos in Ferguson that will forever be embedded in your mind?

Tobin: I was really impressed with cameraman Bob Lee. In addition to mastering the technology, the guy drives so hard to get in the action and get the shot. Bob has guts. That’s a great quality on a chaotic story.

TVNewser: Did you ever feel like your safety was in jeopardy?

Tobin: Oh yeah. Those are real bullets. I’m under no illusion that I’m somehow immune. There is also non-lethal stuff – bean bags. I’d prefer not to get hit at all, but the modifier ‘non’ is comforting when you put it in-front of the word ‘lethal.’

TVNewser: How does covering conflict in areas such as Iraq and the Gaza Strip compare to what you witnessed in Ferguson over the last few months?

Tobin: War is War. This is a riot. War is deadly serious. Kids out here in Ferguson treat this like it’s a game. They are running around stealing hair weaves and cases of pop. In the process they are destroying the livelihoods of hardworking people and rationalizing their behavior. I find it less palatable than war.

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WaPo Reporter Calls Don Lemon ‘Aggressively Subjective CNN Polemicist’

rzkrbc8w124p067murdkWriting on the Washington Post‘s Style blog, reporter Peter Holley describes CNN anchor Don Lemon as an “aggressively subjective CNN polemicist.” Holley lists a series of odd moments involving Lemon, suggesting Lemon may be the most gaffe-prone anchor at the network since Rick Sanchez:

It remains unclear which came first — Don Lemon inserting his agitating personal opinion into his coverage or his bosses rewarding him with more air time for doing just that. Either way, the combination has been a volatile one. In a matter of months the one-time golden boy with the charming smile has gone from a talking head to a head that seems incapable of not talking when other people are trying to answer his questions. Not since gaffe-laden Rick Sanchez has a CNN anchor courted this much controversy. It’s difficult to pinpoint the moment “Don Lemon, CNN anchor” became “Don Lemon aggressively subjective CNN polemicist,” but experts trace his emergence to at least as early as last year, when Lemon sided with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in a discussion about young black men’s social decorum and use of belts.

16 Million Tune in to Cable News For Ferguson Grand Jury Announcement

CuomoFergusonThe news surrounding the grand jury’s decision in the Darren Wilson case gave cable news channels a ratings surge Monday.

While the decision had been reached by mid-afternoon, news channels had 7 hours to consider the result as it was not announced until the 9pmET hour, when daytime viewership peaked. During that hour, FNC, CNN, MSNBC and HLN drew a combined 16.406 million viewers. For comparison, 15.27 million were watching the night’s No. 1 broadcast show, “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as an ABC News special report on the Wilson case, at 9pm.

Fox Business Network, Al Jazeera America and Fusion also produced special coverage while the big four broadcasters interrupted with special reports.

On cable, Fox News led in total viewers for the hour, averaging 7.256M, while CNN led in the younger demo with 3.155M. On Fox News, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity both had all-time ratings highs.

CNN, which devoted the most resources and the most coverage to the run-up to the decision and its riotous result, earned rare ratings wins: for total day and primetime demo viewership. Fox News took total viewership wins in daytime and primetime. Last night, CNN more than doubled its mid-term election night coverage, when it averaged 2.1 million total viewers and 909,000 in the demo.

Coverage continued late into the night with CNN topping its cable competitors in the hours following Pres. Obama’s remarks (approximately 10:19pmET) in both total viewers and the demo.

  • 11/24/14: 7pm–1amET | Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

FNC: 4,385,000 / 1,399,000
CNN: 4,365,000 / 2,332,000
MSNBC: 1,301,000 / 423,000

The Scoreboard: Monday, Nov. 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 642 | CNN: 940 | MSNBC: 204 | HLN: 125
  • Primetime: FNC: 1.653 | CNN: 2.627 | MSNBC: 544 | HLN: 274

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

224

TheFive:

473

Baier:

583

Greta:

580

O’Reilly:

817

Kelly:

2.186

Kelly/Hannity:

2.319/1.787

NewsDeck:

1.589

Kelly:

 1.266

CNN
Tapper:

386

Blitzer:

580

Blitzer:

762

Burnett:

899

Cooper:

1.205

Cooper:

3.155

Cooper/Tonight:

3.316/3.558

Tonight:

3.121

Tonight:

2.064

MSNBC
Wagner:

101

EdShow:

131

Sharpton:

191

Matthews:

193

Hayes:

236

Maddow:

742

O’Donnell:

654

Hayes:

385

Maddow:

326

HLN
Now:

40

WWYD?:

30

Files:

73

Grace:

138

Grace:

209

Grace/Drew:

299/367

Dr. Drew:

264

Files:

143

Files:

111

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, Nov. 23

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 142 | CNN: 111 | MSNBC: 101 | HLN: 118
  • Primetime: FNC: 111 | CNN: 130 | MSNBC: 99 | HLN: 98

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Healthy:

72

MediaBuzz:

75

FNSunday:

113

Report:

133

Huckabee:

135

Kelly:

115

Geraldo:

 83

Huckabee:

139

Kelly:

139

CNN
Nwsroom:

62

Nwsroom:

125

Nwsroom:

116

BlackBlue:

137

Bourdain:

111

Films:

134

Films:

 145

Ling:

66

Bourdain:

 61

MSNBC
Caught:

128

Caught:

128

Slaves:

130

Slaves:

104

Slaves:

 131

Slaves:

74

Lockup:

94

Lockup:

150

Lockup:

164

HLN
Files:

128

Files:

 158

Files:

124

Files:

140

Files:

108

Files:

24

Files:

 161

Files:

228

Files:

 228

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