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Jordan Chariton is Editor of TVNewser and Lost Remote. He joined Mediabistro in 2013 after four years working in cable news, at Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC, and over a year as the digital producer at NYC's 92nd Street Y. When he's not reading or writing, Jordan is most likely taking in a movie, museum, restaurant, or binge Netflix watching. Follow him on Twitter @JordanChariton or email him at jordan@mediabistro.com.

Sean Hannity: ‘I Don’t Like Bill Maher as a Person But…’

HannityA fiery debate between usual allies Bill Maher and actor Ben Affleck on HBO last week has crossed over to cable news this week, and last night, Sean Hannity had a surprising compliment for the former.

“I don’t like Bill Maher as a person, but I think Bill Maher is good for America,” Hannity said to guests Greta Van Susteren and Bob Beckel. “He says all these outrageous things; he’s almost become an iconoclasm because he’s willing to speak the truth when so many others in the media are scared to death.”

Maher and Affleck got into a heated exchange on “Real Time” last week over radical islam, with Maher suggesting criticizing Islam doesn’t equate to criticizing Muslims as people. Affleck objected, claiming Maher was painting a broad brush on the entire Muslim religion. The sparring match between the two spilled over to cable news: Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC all did segments off of the HBO debate.

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First Ebola Patient In U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, Has Died

Duncan 2This morning, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed person diagnosed with Ebola in America, died.

Duncan had reportedly contracted the virus in Liberia weeks ago after helping a pregnant woman stricken with Ebola. He then traveled to the U.S. to be with his fiancee. Once in the U.S., he started showing symptoms. At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Duncan was sent home despite having high fever and telling doctors he was recently in Liberia. Only after his family contacted the Center for Disease Control was he hospitalized.

CBS News cut in at 11:24amET with Jim Axelrod anchoring in New York and Dr. Jon LaPook contributing. NBC News cut in at 11:34amET with Erica Hill anchoring in New York, Ron Mott reporting from Dallas and Pete Williams from Washington, DC. ABC News did not provide broadcast special report.

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:15amET. Fox News’ Shannon Bream first reported the news at 11:16amET. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen reported the news at 11:19amET.

Will This Ruin Jon Karl’s Cred?

EarnestKnown for butting heads with the last White House Press Secretary, ABC’s Jonathan Karl apparently now has an admirer at the press podium.

On Bloomberg TV’s new show “With All Due Respect,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked who is “the most consistently delightful reporter” in the press corps.

“Jon Karl is consistently the nicest, friendliest, most direct guy… down-to-earth, friendliest individual you’d ever want to meet,” said Earnest.

It might have been a backward compliment, as Earnest prefaced the glowing comments saying, “That would tarnish the reputation forever if I identified the person; I gotta choose someone I don’t like, so I don’t harm them.”

RELATED: ABC’s Jon Karl on Pushing Beyond Official White House Line

“Josh must be giddy because his KC Royals are winning,” Karl tells TVNewser. Earnest’s hometown Kansas City Royals upset the Los Angeles Angels Sunday night to advance in the ALCS.

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Why 24/7 Cable News Makes Mike Rowe ‘Anxious’

RoweSomebody’s gotta do it, and Mike Rowe wants you to know who and why it matters.

“They’re a more interesting group, the people who keep us connected,” Rowe told TVNewser in an interview last week about the everyday American workers he will spotlight on his new CNN show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.”

“They’re the people that make civilized life work.”

Rowe, who rose to fame rolling up his sleeves on Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” sees his new CNN series, premiering tonight at 9pmET, as the perfect platform to tell stories he previously couldn’t. “My only disappointment with it [Dirty Jobs] was that I met a lot of people who I would’ve loved to introduce to the country, but they simply weren’t dirty enough.” (At a launch party last week, Rowe said the new show isn’t another “Dirty Jobs”).

With “SGDI” allowing for less messy storytelling, Rowe emphasized the show is reality TV—for real. “I don’t know what non-fiction means anymore, I’m not sure what unscripted means. It used to mean shows without a script, but clearly that’s not the case. Reality? Don’t even get me started.”

“I think viewers are really hungry for a really authentic show,” Rowe said, adding, “the odds are stacked against us because everything you do in the field winds up getting in the way of telling the viewer the truth.”

“We’re making sure the viewer knows that the people we meet are genuine, that they’re not seeing a second, or third, or fourth take, and that they’re not watching something that was heavily edited.”

And Rowe has thoughts on another non-fiction platform.

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Greta Van Susteren to Muslim Leaders: Come ‘On the Record’

Last night, Greta Van Susteren had an offer for Muslim leaders against extremism.

“I have a message for Muslim leaders,” Van Susteren said. “If they hate this stereotype [that all Muslims are terrorists], they need to help stop it,” she continued, urging leaders to denounce Islamic extremists. “I will give any Muslim leader—of national or international stature—the platform, right here on “On the Record,” to condemn Islamic extremism and to make a calls to arms of every Muslim leader of every mosque to do the same.”


The Scoreboard: Saturday, October 4

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 167 | MSNBC: 98 | CNN: 121| HLN: 134
  • Primetime: FNC: 134 | MSNBC: 197 | CNN: 161 | HLN: 151

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/News:

86

Stossel:

85

NewsHQ:

141

Report:

183

Huckabee:

138

Pirro:

127

Hannity:

136

Red Eye:

182

Pirro:

196

MSNBC
Caught:

67

Caught:

60

Lockup:

53

Lockup:

97

Lockup:

153

Lockup:

163

Lockup:

275

Lockup:

201

Lockup:

211

CNN
Nwsr/Gupta:

85

Nwsroom:

98

Smerconish:

106

Nwsr/Arias:

95

Bourdain:

129

Bourdain:

166

Ling:

189

Bourdain:

194

Bourdain:

163

HLN
Files:

152

Files:

122

Files:

100

Files:

109

Files:

107

Files:

179

Files:

166

Files:

184

Files:

231

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Piers Morgan Tells Hannity: CNN is ‘Quite Schizophrenic’

In his first Fox News appearance, former CNN host Piers Morgan plead for gun control, criticized President Obama on foreign and domestic policy, and threw in a dig at his former network.

“The reality about CNN is it’s quite schizophrenic,” Morgan told Sean Hannity, pointing to huge ratings during breaking news situations followed by stagnation during normal news cycles. “In the quieter periods, the brand is so associated with breaking news, that when there wasn’t breaking news, and social media answers that question for most consumers, people don’t tune in very much.”

Hannity told Morgan he thought it was a mistake for Morgan, a British man, to come to America and preach on one of the country’s most hotbed cultural issues: guns. “It was never a political issue in Britain. Left and right came together, and we all campaigned…we banned all guns.” “I’d love to invite you back for it [gun debate] because it’s something I can’t argue with you quickly.”


Howard Kurtz Asks if the Media is ‘Scaremongering’ on Ebola

KurtzFox News‘ Howard Kurtz writes about the media’s Ebola coverage, wondering if in a grab for ratings and clicks, networks are intentionally dramatizing the epidemic. He lasers in on his former network, in particular.

I was watching CNN the other day and unless I missed something during a bathroom break, the network did not come off the Ebola story for a single minute. The chatter in the business is that CNN’s coverage has reached Malaysian plane levels. But in fairness, the other networks aren’t that far behind.

Watching CNN for a few hours, I saw these banners on the screen:

ARE U.S. HOSPITALS READY FOR EBOLA?

EBOLA CASE RAISES AIR TRAVEL QUESTIONS

PATIENT WITH POSSIBLE EBOLA SYMPTOMS IN DC

CONCERN OVER INTERNATIONAL EBOLA SCREENING

And on and on and on.

Kurtz didn’t get into any of those “other networks” possibly going too far. On his own network last week, “Outnumbered” panelist Andrea Tantaros suggested people from Ebola-plagued countries could potentially seek care from a “witch doctor.” And over the weekend, Mike Huckabee casted doubt on whether Americans can trust President Obama on the Ebola crisis, airing a montage of sound bites Obama made that Huckabee classifies as broken promises.

Tapper, Blitzer to Moderate FL, NH Debates

BlitzerCNN is partnering with two local stations to simulcast two upcoming political debates.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21 Jake Tapper, alongside WJXT-TV anchor Kent Justice, will moderate a debate between Florida Governor Rick Scott and Democratic contender (and former Republican Gov.) Charlie Crist. Two days later, on Oct. 23, Wolf Blitzer, alongside NH1 News anchor Paul Steinhauser, will moderate a debate between New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger (formerly Massachusetts Sen.) Scott Brown.

Both hour-long debates will begin at 7pmET

Sheryl Sandberg to Interview Megyn Kelly

kelly sandbergTomorrow, the tables will be turned for Megyn Kelly as the Fox News anchor will be interviewed by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

The interview is part of Fortune’s “The Most Powerful Women” conference in California. It will focus on Kelly’s career path from law school to Fox News primetime. Tomorrow also marks one-year for Kelly anchoring “The Kelly File” at 9pmET.

Sandberg and Kelly became friendly after Sandberg’s April interview during her “Lean In” book tour. Sandberg also lauded Kelly for a tough interview she did with Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs about their stances on females breadwinners.

“I loved [the interview] so much that I called you and we became friends over it,” Sandberg told Kelly during their Fox interview. Tonight, Kelly will anchor “The Kelly File” from Laguna Niguel, CA.

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