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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.

Ailes Apprentice Program to Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month

Roger Ailes 2011The Ailes Apprentice Program begins its third annual Hispanic Heritage Month tomorrow morning on “Fox & Friends.”

The weekly series will run through October 10, hosted by Fox News correspondent Alicia Acuna. She will spotlight Hispanic Americans doing inspirational things, including Mayorga Coffee founder Martina Mayorga, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, guitarist Jose Feliciano and Director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City Francisco Nunez.

The program, named after FNC Chairman Roger Ailes, began in 2003. It selects a diverse group of candidates, thrusting them into the day-to-day rigors of TV news.

Ratings Note: ‘New Day’

CuomoBolduanThe first hour of CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning drew a higher A25-54 demo number than any hour on MSNBC for the entire day. “New Day” at 6amET drew 140,000 demo viewers, with MSNBC’s highest demo being “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 7pmET. “Hardball” drew 128,000 demo viewers. “The Rachael Maddow Show” next with 124,000 demo viewers.

The full Wednesday scoreboard is here.

ISIS Reportedly Holding Another Journalist Captive

John_CantlieISIS released a new video today showing a British journalist as its prisoner.

The video, since deleted by YouTube, shows British journalist John Cantlie. Cantlie was previously a photographer for the Sunday Times and went missing in Syria in 2012. He was freed by the Free Syrian Army, but like journalist James Foley, who was beheaded last month by ISIS, Cantlie returned to Syria in 2012.

Cantlie’s video is different than those showing Foley and Steven Sotloff, also murdered by ISIS, kneeling in front of their captors. Instead, Cantlie was sitting behind a desk. Huffington Post reports what Cantlie said.

“I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, he’s only doing this as a prisoner. He’s got a gun at his head, and he’s being forced to do this, right? Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But, seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose. Maybe I will live, and maybe I will die. There is time to change this seemingly inevitable sequence of events. But only if you, the public, act now.”

Yesterday, a friend of Steven Sotloff’s told “CBS This Morning” the Sotloff family never believed the Obama administration was doing anything to help them rescue their son. There’s been no response yet from British officials on the Cantlie video.

Sunday Show Ratings: September 14

sunday shows_304In Chuck Todd‘s second week as “Meet the Press” moderator, the NBC broadcast slipped from first to third place. CBS’ “Face the Nation” was the top program in total viewers for September 14, while ABC’s “This Week” topped the A25-54 demo.

“Face” bested “This Week” by +165,000 viewers, drawing its largest audience in two months. “This Week” beat the CBS broadcast by +34,000 demo viewers. The demo win marks 13 out of the last 16 weeks for ABC. Although “Meet” slipped to third, as NBC News told us last week, they expect a slow build to grow its audience.

Compared to the same week last year,  “Face” was up +11% in viewers and +9% in the demo. “Fox News Sunday” saw the most total viewer growth, up +23% and also up +20% in the demo.  “This Week” was up +7% in viewers and +39% in the demo.  “Meet” was down -2% in viewers and -8% in the demo. “Al Punto” was down -9% in viewers and up +13% in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,496,000 total viewers and 396,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for September 14:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.054M 913K
ABC
“This Week” 2.889M 947K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.589M 668K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.267M 419K
UNI “Al Punto” 705K 333K

More Plagiarism Allegations Against Fareed Zakaria

ZakariaClaimsCNN’s Fareed Zakaria is facing a growing list of plagiarism accusations with several recent examples coming from his CNN show.

On Tuesday, the site OurBad Media, which has released previous examples of alleged plagiarism by Zakaria, released more than 20 new examples. We’ve reached out to CNN multiple times about the new claims, but have not received an on-the-record comment. A spokesperson referred us to previous comments given during earlier claims of plagiarism.

The most recent example is a video compilation showing a clip from a 2011 episode of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” matched with a 2010 documentary called “Justice for Sergei.” The “GPS” segment uses footage from the 2010 documentary, with an upper left courtesy, but Zakaria’s narration is lifted, nearly word-for-word, from the documentary.

In another 2011 segment, Zakaria tracks a package on the lack of an operating government in Belgium. Parts of the wording in that story are identical to sections of a TIME article on the same subject. OurBad Media sites several other examples of Zakaria using similar wording or statistics without attribution.

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America’s Trust in Mass Media Declining Again

After a small uptick in recent years, America’s trust in media is declining again, according to a new Gallup poll.

Out of the over 1,000 people surveyed, 40% trust the mass media, a four-percentage-point drop from last year.

Gallup

On the political end, the poll found a 14-year low among Democrats in terms of trusting the media. A large percentage continue to believe the news media is too liberal (44%) but the opposite viewpoint is gathering steam. 19% of Americans think the media is too conservative; a six-point spike from last year and the highest percentage in that category in eight years.

Do you agree with the poll’s findings? Comment below.

(Poll image courtesy of Gallup)

Why Rob Marciano is Leaving the Jokes to Jimmy Kimmel

Yesterday, ABC News Meteorologist Rob Marciano might have gotten a little too excited about the weather.

In a since-deleted play on words, Marciano responded to a Twitter user who didn’t realize he was now covering weather.

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Marciano went on to explain himself and ultimately add in a plug for his colleague David Muir.

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Steven Sotloff’s Friend: ‘Never Believed the Administration Was Doing Anything to Help Us’

Sotloff FriendWhile appearing on “CBS This Morning” this morning, a friend of beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff claimed Sotloff’s family and friends got little  help from the White House while Steven was held captive.

“We just don’t understand why these two Americans [Sotloff and James Foley] had to die,” Barak Barfi said. “We never believed the administration was doing anything to help us.”

“We had very limited contact with senior officials; it was basically limited to two FBI agents and when I tried to ask for a senior point of contact all the administration said was ‘you can speak to the Counselor of Bureau affairs at the State Department.’”

Barfi went on to say he wanted a senior administration official contact who reports directly to the President to convey information to the Sotloff family daily. “Charlie, when I needed to talk to an FBI agent about a very important matter, I had to wait 45 minutes before he could call me back.”

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Cable Network Ranker: Fox News #2 in Primetime for Week of September 8

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of September 8, placing second in primetime and third in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,918,000 primetime viewers and and 1,109,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 23rd in primetime and 27th in total day, delivering 631,000 primetime viewers and 360,000 total day viewers. CNN placed 30th in primetime and 25th in total day, averaging 547,000 primetime viewers and 401,000 total day viewers.

ESPN, TBS, USA Network, and FX rounded out the top five networks in primetime for the week. The full ranker is after the jump.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 76 | CNN: 107 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 402 | MSNBC: 109 | CNN: 127 | HLN: 60

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

249

TheFive:

341

Baier:

311

Greta:

296

O’Reilly:

504

Kelly:

437

Hannity:

266

O’Reilly:

226

Kelly:

183

MSNBC
Wagner:

43

EdShow:

66

Sharpton:

88

Matthews:

127

Hayes:

100

Maddow:

127

O’Donnell:

97

Hayes:

86

Maddow:

112

CNN
Tapper:

112

Blitzer:

120

Blitzer:

176

Burnett:

155

Cooper:

148

Cooper:

141

Tonight:

93

Cooper:

89

CNNI:

67

HLN
Now:

30

Files:

21

Files:

51

Jane:

44

Grace:

60

Dr.Drew:

47

Files:

72

Files:

154

Files:

193

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