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Brian Williams Checks Himself; Federal Investigation into Gov. Christie Still Ongoing

On “Nightly News” tonight, Brian Williams corrected an error he made on Thursday’s broadcast. “We may have added confusion to some complex legal reporting here last night,” Williams said. According to the Asbury Park Press, here’s what happened Thursday.

NBC outlets had several reports Thursday and Friday citing anonymous sources saying no Christie connection had been uncovered while noting the investigation is continuing. However, Williams on ‘NBC Nightly News’ Thursday night reported that “federal charges are now ruled out for Chris Christie in the affair that came to be known as Bridgegate.”

“An unscripted line of our Nightly News report was imprecise and implied that a final decision had been reached,” NBC spokeswoman Erika Masonhall told the Asbury Park Press. Here’s the explanation from tonight’s “Nightly News:”

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Al Jazeera America Countersuing Al Gore

Al-Jazeera-America304It looks like Al Jazeera America isn’t taking the lawsuit levied against them by former Vice President Al Gore lying down. They countersued Gore and Joel Hyatt back today.

The Associated Press reports the cable news network, which launched last year after buying Current TV from Gore, is suing over money being held in an escrow account.

The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. Al Jazeera America says it is entitled to the money because Gore and Hyatt agreed to indemnify the network for claims made against Current TV, but didn’t live up to their promise. It accuses the pair of “misrepresentations” and says they received hundreds of millions of dollars from the sale.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 247 | MSNBC: 64 | CNN: 104 | HLN: 73
  • Primetime: FNC: 351 | MSNBC: 122 | CNN: 105 | HLN: 86

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

165

TheFive:

296

Baier:

282

Greta:

279

O’Reilly:

417

Kelly:

373

Hannity:

263

O’Reilly:

262

Kelly:

223

MSNBC
Wagner:

39

EdShow:

49

Sharpton:

90

Matthews:

122

Hayes:

105

Maddow:

156

O’Donnell:

104

Hayes:

51

Maddow:

79

CNN
Tapper:

72

Blitzer:

106

Blitzer:

128

Burnett:

104

Cooper:

99

CNNFilms:

108

Cont:

CNNFilms:

133

Cont.:

HLN
Now:

44

Files:

22

Files:

35

Jane:

78

Grace:

84

Dr.Drew:

92

Files:

82

Files:

140

Files:

234

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CNN Responds to Reese Schonfeld’s ‘Cratering News Network’ Criticism

ReeceCSPANReese Schonfeld has not been shy in his criticism of CNN, a network he worked for in the 1980s. With the byline ‘Founding CEO of CNN,’ Schonfeld has, for years, written critical pieces for Huffington Post, including one yesterday titled, CNN: The Cratering News Network.

Now, CNN is firing back.

An CNN executive tells TVNewser, “Reese Schonfeld, who didn’t create CNN but happened to work there when it went on the air, hasn’t been involved with CNN since he was let go over 30 years ago. Holding him out as having insight into CNN is like seeking travel advice from someone who still thinks Yugoslavia and East Germany are countries.”

Okay then.

Schonfeld’s most recent piece was about this week’s NLRB decision compelling CNN to rehire 100 people it laid off in 2003. “CNN disagrees with the NLRB decision and we are evaluating our options,” a CNN spokesperson told us Tuesday. As for Schonfeld, author of “Me and Ted Against the World,” he surmises:

It’s time for Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, Turner CEO John Martin, and CNN President Jeff Zucker, to find their way out of this mess, lest they face another buy-out threat from Rupert Murdoch or someone else while their stockholders are still reeling from CNN’s latest screw-up.

Mike Taibbi Leaving NBC News

TAIBBIAfter more than 40 years in TV news, first at local stations in Boston and New York and later at ABC News, CBS News, and most recently, NBC News, Mike Taibbi is leaving the business.

Taibbi, 65, joined NBC News in 1997 as a correspondent for “Dateline NBC.” Prior to that he was a correspondent for CBS’ “48 Hours,” and before that he was a London-based correspondent for ABC News.

Taibbi, the father of author/journalist Matt Taibbi, reports for all NBC News broadcasts. He spent months in the middle east covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. More recently he was the lead correspondent on several big domestic stories, including the movie theater massacre in Aurora, CO, the Michael Jackson trial and the Gabby Giffords shooting.

Taibbi began his career in television in 1971 as a reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston. He also worked as an investigative reporter for WNAC-TV in Boston, and at two New York stations: WNBC and WCBS.

In a note to colleagues (after the jump), obtained by TVNewser, Taibbi writes, “My time as a television reporter may have lasted only this long but it’s the stories I’ve loved without pause, all these decades, not the fact that I got to tell them on television.”

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘These Activities Must be Condemned and Stopped’

GoodellBroadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference to answer questions and announce that he won’t resign.

“We will get our house in order first,” Goodell said as he announced enhanced domestic violence and sexual violence education programs for the league’s teams and front office. “These activities must be condemned and stopped,” Goodell said regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, and illegal use of alcohol and drugs. Goodell also announced the formation of a conduct committee.

Goodell, who has been commissioner for 8 years, once again announced he was wrong in his determination of a two-game suspension of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice.

CBS, NBC and ABC all broke in at 3:15pmET. Scott Pelley anchored on CBS, Lester Holt on NBC and George Stephanopoulos on ABC. ABC dropped out of the news conference first, followed by NBC then CBS. The cable news and sports channels, including NFL Network, also carried the news conference.

The first question went to NBC’s Peter Alexander. The next question came from CNN’s Rachel Nichols; the next from Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager. Other questions came from CBS Sports’ Sharyn Alfonsi, Fox Sports 1′s Mike Garafalo, NFL.com Columnist Judy Batista, Arise TV’s Andrew Rosario, ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, and The Associated Press’ Barry Wilner.

The news conference lasted 43 minutes.

Scarborough Wonders if MSNBC Will Cover a Christie Exoneration As Much as Charges

JoeWhile discussing new reports that federal investigators have found no link between the George Washington Bridge fiasco and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Joe Scarborough wondered how his network will cover it.

“12 nights in a row on a certain network,” Scarborough said sarcastically after co-host Mika Brzezinski said there should be 24 hours of coverage if it comes out that Christie had no knowledge of the bridge closures beforehand. Scarborough’s sarcasm was is in reference to MSNBC’s wall-to-wall coverage earlier this year of the bridge closures and possible connection to Christie.

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How Does the Obama Administration Block Information to the Press?

the_white_house_0The Associated Press’ Sally Buzbee writes about the eight ways the Obama administration keeps information from the media:

1) As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it. News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off — there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the S. bombers fly from.

2) The White House once fought to get cameramen, photographers and reporters into meetings the president had with foreign leaders overseas. That access has become much rarer. Think about the message that sends other nations about how the world’s leading democracy deals with the media: Keep them out and let them use handout photos.

The list goes on to cite court filings the public can’t see, intimidation of sources, the Freedom of Information Act coming “under siege,” and the administration trying to exert control over what information state and local governments give out. What do you think?

The Morning Ticker: Roker Jokes, Ross Investigates, ‘Hambycast’ in Iowa

  • On “Today,” Al Roker announced a USO comedy tour in the Middle East next month as part of the “Shine a Light” series. Jay Leno, who appeared with Roker this morning, will headline. Other performers include Kevin Eubanks, Craig Robinson and Iliza Shlesinger.

  • ABC’s Brian Ross appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning to report on his investigation into faulty highway guard rails across the country. In some cases, defective rails have gone through drivers’ cars, severing body parts. Ross will report on the story on tonight’s “World News Tonight” and 20/20.

  • FishbowlDC reports on CNN’s “Hambycast’s” journey to Iowa and the “media circus” around Hillary Clinton. “When the Clintons approached the media zoo for question time, Bill Clinton leaned in and relished the scene. Hillary kept her distance,” Hamby wrote in a blog post.

Stephen Colbert Skewers Hannity’s Adrian Peterson Defense, Whips Out His Belt

Stephen Colbert took on Fox News’ “senior Nerf football chucker” Sean Hannity last night, spoofing Hannity’s coverage of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson‘s child abuse suspension.

“I think Hannity is right on this one,” Colbert began. “Adrian Peterson went too far, but the man deserves a second chance. After all, Sean’s dad whipped him with a belt, and he never had to go to a psychotherapist. He just has to have them on his show three times a week.” After whipping out his belt to mock what Hannity had done on Wednesday, Colbert concluded, “keep up the good work Sean. I’ll see you at the group on Wednesday.”

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