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Limbaugh Gives Burnett An “Attagirl”

Rush Limbaugh gave an “attagirl” to CNBC correspondent Erin Burnett on his radio show yesterday.

He was pleased to see the CNBC rising star delivering an upbeat report about the stock market’s performance on Tuesday’s Today Show. (He had previously “indicted the entire Drive-By Media for ignoring this great economy.”)

Limbaugh joked that he was probably “ruining her career because I have praised her…”

Anderson “Dangerously Conflict Avoidant?”

Page Six notes that Barry Diller called Anderson Cooper out on a panel he moderated recently.

Apparently Howard Stringer called Steve Jobs greedy, and Cooper “suddenly changed the subject,” leading Diller to exclaim: “Anderson, you’re missing something here, Howard Stringer just called Steve Jobs greedy.”

It leads Gawker to ask: “Is Anderson Cooper Dangerously Conflict Avoidant?”

Lee Cowan On NBC Soon?

cowanjuly19.jpgSix months ago, two tipsters said CBS correspondent Lee Cowan was jumping to NBC News as a Chicago-based correspondent.

His move was never officially announced, but Cowan made his NBC debut on Tuesday with a Nightly News piece about Barack Obama. (Brian Williams introduced him as “our newest correspondent.”)

So where has Cowan been this year? When he left CBS, he “had to sit out six months,” a tipster says…

The Scoreboard: Monday, July 16

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 241 | CNN: 114 | MSNBC: 105 | HLN: 101 | CNBC: 58

Prime: FNC: 349 | CNN: 152 | MSNBC: 184 | HLN: 171 | CNBC: 50

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  204 292 247 365 321 361 270
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: CNN YouTube: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  124 208 158 102 156 199 191
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Abrams: Special: Reports:
  175 123 135 259 148 146 155
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  30 67 130 223 95 195 125

Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

Gen. Wayne Downing, NBC Analyst, Dies

downingjuly19.jpgGen. Wayne Downing, a frequent NBC News military analyst, has died.

In a message to NBC staffers this morning, Elena Nachmanoff called him “a friend and colleague to many people at NBC News.”

She wrote: “General Downing collapsed at his home in Peoria on Monday and was taken to Proctor Hospital. Doctors discovered he suffered from multiple myeloma and bacterial meningitis. General Downing was surrounded by his family at his death. He is survived by 8 children. A memorial service and funeral will be held in Peoria.”

>Update: In an obituary which aired on MSNBC, Brian Williams called Gen. Downing “a patriot” someone who “was always our travelling partner to Iraq” and, as an NBC News consultant, “secretly happy to be back in the fight.”

>Update: NBC has included some photos on “The Daily Nightly”…

From The Department Of Reading Too Much Into On-Air Decisions

> Update: 2:41pm: Bartiromo was on vacation until Wednesday — otherwise, she would have been on Today and Nightly on Tuesday, a source close to Maria says…

mariajuly19.jpgI admit I’m reading too much into this, but:

Erin Burnett, i.e. Maria 2.0, i.e. Street Sweetie, did live shots for both The Today Show and NBC Nightly News on Tuesday.

Then this morning, Maria Bartiromo i.e. Maria 1.0, appeared live in-person next to Matt Lauer on Today.

(An NBC tipster says Bartiromo “was very unhappy that Erin did” both hits yesterday, but we all know there’s no rivalry.)

ABC Has “Monetized” Gibson’s Gains

Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, expresses her affection for Charles Gibson in today’s Los Angeles Times.

“Charlie is the real deal,” Sweeney says. “I had a strong belief in Charlie, as did many people inside our company. Was the timing faster than what would be considered normal? Probably. But was the result surprising? No.”

Also: “Sweeney said the company had been able to ‘monetize’ the ratings gains” made by World News, “although she would not specify how much…”

Who Is Brian Williams Referring To?

Quoting Brian Williams‘ blog entry:

“Today was tempered — and later dominated — by the news of the grave illness of an important and dear friend. I will say more when I learn more, but it is an imminent loss that I will mourn forever.”

Dow Jones Board Recommends Sale

AP bulletin, 11:20pm: “Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, says its board has recommended that shareholders approve a sale of the company to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. media conglomerate for $5 billion.”

Here’s the WSJ story, which makes no mention of Fox Business Network…

> Update: 12:20am: “However the deal has yet to overcome its largest obstacle — approval by the mercurial Bancroft family,” the AP says. “The deal will next be presented to family members, most likely on Monday…”

FBN Is A Better Abbreviation Than FBC

On Tuesday, TVNewser asked: Why is Fox’s new network called Fox Business Network, and not the Fox Business Channel?

A Fox insider explains: “The name Fox Business Channel would have been known as FBC, which is already the abbreviation for FOX Broadcasting Company… hence the name Fox Business Network (FBN).”

Referencing Rupert Murdoch‘s aforementioned desire to name the network after his new purchase, an e-mailer writes: “Assuming the sale of the Wall Street Journal to News Corp. gets the O.K., I would not be surprised if the Fox Business Channel’s name gets changed to the Wall Street Journal Channel…”