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Rachel Maddow Accepts Shep Smith’s Challenge, Gets Doused With Ice Water

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took up Shepard Smith‘s challenge, by getting doused with a bucket of ice water. Last week we told you about Smith, who took up the challenge and had not one, but two buckets of water dumped on him. He passed the challenge on to Maddow, and two others. Today, Maddow accepted, then challenged three others to get doused. If they do, the will give $50 to the charity of Maddow’s choice, in this case the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women. Among those she challenged: former State Department official Liz Cheney.

Then, with the help of executive producer Bill Wolff, Maddow got iced. Watch:

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Rand Paul: When MSNBC ‘Does 24-Hour News Telling the Truth’ Then We’ll Discuss

In an MSNBC interview today alongside Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Rand Paul hit back at MSNBC for what he feels was the network’s attempt to distort one of his positions years ago.

“The honest discussion of it would be I never was opposed to the Civil Rights Act, and when your network does 24-hour news telling the truth, then maybe we can get somewhere with the discussion,” Paul said to Ari Melber in response to Melber who’d asked about comments then-senate candidate Paul made in 2010 on “The Rachel Maddow Show” about whether certain businesses should be allowed to refuse service based on race. (Also, this wasn’t exclusive, as Melber described it. Booker and Melber were interviewed last night on PBS NewsHour.)

TV Jobs: iN DEMAND, Bloomberg

This week,  iN DEMAND is hiring a manager of online programming and scheduling, as well as a scheduling coordinator. Meanwhile, Bloomberg is seeking a senior producer and an associate producer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, July 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 255 | MSNBC: 76  | CNN: 145 | HLN: 95
  • Primetime: FNC: 428 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 197 | HLN: 154

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

153

TheFive:

292

Baier:

273

Greta:

343

O’Reilly:

571

Kelly:

401

Hannity:

210

O’Reilly:

251

Kelly:

243

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

76

Sharpton:

105

Matthews:

126

Hayes:

124

Maddow:

149

O’Donnell:

139

Hayes:

80

Maddow:

38

CNN
Tapper:

169

Blitzer:

179

Blitzer:

119

Burnett:

159

Cooper:

192

Cooper:

220

Tonight:

180

Tonight:

142

CNNI:

127

HLN
Now:

53

Files:

52

Files:

78

Jane:

76

Grace:

148

Dr.Drew:

130

Files:

185

Files:

180

Files:

211

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The Ticker: CNN’s Simulcast, Bolton’s Audience, Tower’s Retirement

  • Fox Business anchor Deirdre Bolton describes her target audience to PRWeek: “Everyone who wants to make money, make more money, or keep what they have. We all work hard for our money, so it’s good to be aware of a strategy that helps you save or make a little bit extra.”

  • Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV is taking down its broadcast tower, once billed as the tallest man-made structure in the world. TVSpy has details.

Would Jim Lehrer Moderate Another Debate? ‘No, No, No, A Thousand Times, No’

JimLehrer1He’s known as the Dean of Moderators, having been at the helm of twelve presidential debates since 1988.

But don’t count on veteran newsman Jim Lehrer making another go of it in 2016.

“No, no, no, a thousand times, no,” he tells TVNewser about what he’d say if asked to moderate in 2016.

Lehrer felt the same way when we talked with him 2010. But he ended up moderating the first 2012 presidential debate.

“The only reason that I finally changed my mind [in 2012] was because I was persuaded by the Commission on Presidential Debates to do it, because we were going to try a new format,” he says, referring to the “new, open” approach that enabled the candidates to more freely speak and interact with each other.

Lehrer, 80, was roundly criticized, for not doing enough to challenge candidates, Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, or control their questions.

Would anything change his mind when it comes to 2016?

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Meredith Vieira on Ann Curry’s ‘Today’ Exit: ‘That Was Such a Bad Time’

meredith vieraTwo years after Ann Curry‘s now-infamous exit from the “Today” show, Curry’s predecessor Meredith Vieira — who is returning to television with her own talk show set to debut this fall –  weighs in on NBC’s handling of the transition in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie:

“That was such a bad time,” says Vieira, referring to the botched handover from Ann Curry, who replaced Vieira, to Savannah Guthrie in 2012. “I really felt for Matt a lot. And I felt for Ann, too. It turned so nasty, really nasty. Every day you’re reading this stuff that is just beyond cruel from angry, angry people who felt that Ann had been slighted and embarrassed and humiliated. And they basically pointed to one person on whom to take out all of their anger. I don’t know if I would have survived that.”

She says she did not offer Lauer advice through the turmoil. “I just told him I loved him and I was there for him. But I never sugarcoated what had happened. I thought it had not been handled smartly from the very beginning, because I don’t think they ever felt that was the right fit for Ann so they should never have put her in that position to begin with. And then the ending was so mishandled. But you know what, shit happens. People make mistakes. We all do.”

The Morning Ticker: Playing Peter, Signing Erin, Hiring Fusion

  • Erin Burnett has signed a contract extension with CNN which will keep her “OutFront” at 7pmET. She’ll also develop a program for CNN International, debuting later this year.

  • Cheri Ehrlich Eisen is joining Fusion as Senior Director of Human Resources. The Disney/ABC alum will lead the network’s efforts to hire, keep, and develop talent.

Stephen A. Smith Doesn’t ‘Give a Damn’ When He’s Criticized

ESPN has suspended reporter and commentator Stephen A. Smith for remarks he made about domestic violence last week. ESPN president John Skipper, said that Smith’s remarks on the ESPN2 show “First Take” last Friday, “did not reflect our company’s view, or our values.”

In a 2011 Media Beat interview, Smith told us criticism doesn’t bother him: “In my heart of hearts, I really don’t give a damn. I cannot emphasize enough how little it bothers me. It bothers me when nobody’s criticizing me.”

Jon Stewart Tasks His Audience With Programming CNN

Last night, Jon Stewart gave an update on his Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN. He also implored his audience to give their ideas for revamping the network.

After airing a montage of ideas “The Daily Show” has provided CNN over the years, Stewart turned to his audience. “We feel qualified to take this on, but we’re doing it with your money,” he said, urging his audience to go to the “Let’s Buy CNN” website to provide their own ideas for slogans and programming.

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