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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.

One American Killed on Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

obama cbsAll three broadcast networks provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that killed all 295 aboard.

The president announced that at least one American citizen was killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down. Dutch-American Quinn Schansman was going to Malaysia to join family members on vacation there. Calling it a “global tragedy” that calls for a credible international investigation, the president said, “Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched by an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine.”

ABC News cut in at 11:50amET with David Muir anchoring in New York and chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 11:50amET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and national security correspondent David Martin reporting from Washington, DC. NBC News cut in at 11:51amET with David Gregory anchoring from Washington, DC and chief white house correspondent Chuck Todd reporting from the White House. Fox broadcast cut in at 11:51am ET with Bill Hemmer anchoring in New York and correspondent Molly Henneberg reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace. The second went to Reuters’ Steve Holland.

Another RT Journalist Quits: ‘Every Single Day We’re Lying and Finding Sexier Ways to Do It’

She might not have quit on-air like her former colleague, but London-based RT correspondent Sara Firth made waves this morning announcing her resignation on Twitter.

In additional tweets, she explained why she thinks RT journalists trying to report the truth are stifled.

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‘Dateline’ Having Strong Ratings Run

dateline logo_304x200NBC’s “Dateline” has been on a strong ratings run over the last few weeks.

In the last six weeks, “Dateline” Friday has had at least one of its hours rank in the broadcast top 25 among primetime total viewers.  And since early March, Dateline’s “Saturday Night Mysteries” has also seen success. With the exception of sports, it’s ranked number one or tied for number among the big four broadcast networks’ Saturday primetime shows in the A18-49 demo eight times, including the last six episodes in a row.

On tonight’s episode, airing at 8pmET, Keith Morrison reports on two close-knit California families “torn apart by money and greed.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 229 | MSNBC: 70 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 105
  • Primetime: FNC: 369 | MSNBC: 172 | CNN: 130 | HLN: 116

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

114

TheFive:

288

Baier:

219

Greta:

205

O’Reilly:

429

Kelly:

398

Hannity:

281

O’Reilly:

292

Kelly:

236

MSNBC
Wagner:

46

EdShow:

87

Sharpton:

94

Matthews:

100

Hayes:

145

Maddow:

186

O’Donnell:

185

Hayes:

64

Maddow:

44

CNN
Tapper:

38

Blitzer:

97

Blitz/Cross:

125/134

Burnett:

126

Cooper:

146

Bourdain:

127

Tonight:

118

Cooper:

103

Bourdain:

102

HLN
Now:

55

Files:

61

Files:

76

Jane:

61

Grace:

117

Dr.Drew:

79

Files:

150

Files:

189

Files:

270

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Greta Van Susteren to Fox Colleague: Your Tweets Are in ‘Very Bad Taste’

As news continued to unfold this afternoon on the downed Malaysia Airlines jet, Greta Van Susteren told one of her colleagues to temper his tweeting.

Todd Starnes, who’s a New York-based Fox News radio host, tweeted out:

Greta took exception to Starnes’ timing, posting his tweets–and her thoughts–on GretaWire.

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‘Eyewitness’ Guest Tells Krystal Ball Plane Shot Down by ‘Wind From Howard Stern’s Ass’

BallAn unfortunate breaking news blunder this afternoon for MSNBC, as the network was tricked into giving airtime to a prankster posing as an eyewitness to downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.  But Krystal Ball soon found out that wasn’t the case.

At 3:24pmET, Ball introduced an “exclusive” with U.S. Staff Sgt. Michael Boyd.

The man claiming to be Boyd called in saying he was at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine, where he saw the plane shot down earlier.  “I saw a projectile flying through the sky, and it would appear the plane was shot down by a blast of wind from Howard Stern‘s ass,” the prankster said.

After this, Ball followed up with another question, asking “Boyd” if he could detail the type of missile system the projectile could have come from. “Well, you’re a dumb ass aren’t you?” the prankster said.

“I’m sorry sir?” Ball asked, seeming to not have heard what he said. She then went to commercial break. We’ve reached out to MSNBC to see how the prankster made it on-air, but haven’t heard back yet.

>>Update
: An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser “this was an unfortunate incident and we immediately clarified for our viewers.”

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Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down in Ukraine

Malaysia AirlinesCable news networks scrambled this morning to cover a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

All three broadcast networks provided special coverage of the crash. NBC News cut in at 11:39amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York and Tom Costello reporting from Washington, DC.

CBS News cut in at 11:40amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring in New York and Bob Orr reporting from Washington, DC. ABC News cut in at 11:41amET with David Muir anchoring in New York.

CNN’s John Berman first reported on the crash at 11:22amET. Fox News’ Jon Scott first reported the news at 11:27amET. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:33amET. Al Jazeera America has switched to Al Jazeera English to cover the plane crash, live from Moscow.

Developing

>>Update: Reuters is reporting the plane was shot down by militants killing all 295 passengers aboard.
>>Update: Scott Pelley took over for Margaret Brennan at 11:57amET.
>>Update: George Stephanopoulos took over for David Muir at 12:08pmET.
>>Update: Anderson Cooper took over coverage from John Berman at 12:17pmET. Shepard Smith took over coverage from “Outnumbered” at 12:30pmET.
>>Update: Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59pmET.
>>Update: CNN’s Nic Robertson, Ivan Watson, and Phil Black are en route to Ukraine; Erin McLaughlin is heading to Amsterdam; Matthew Chance is en route to Moscow.
>>Update: CNN is preempting “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash with Anderson Cooper anchoring from 8pm-10pmET.
>>Update: Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4pmET.
>>Update: CBS News is sending Foreign Correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine; CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane to Malaysia; and CBS News Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.
>>Update: President Obama made a statement at 2:10pmET. The president said the U.S. is currently trying to find out whether there were American citizens on board.
>>Update: CBS ended its special report at 2:30pmET.
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Morning Show Ratings: Week of July 7

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week in the mornings in both viewers and the younger demo, beating second place “Today” by 826,000 viewers and 317,000 A25-54 demo viewews.

The ABC morning show’s demo victory was its biggest over “Today” in over six months (since the week of December 30, 2013). Compared to the same week last year, “GMA” was flat in viewers and up +4% in the demo.

“Today” was down -7% in viewers and -17% in the demo year-over-year. The NBC broadcast continues to be the top-rated morning show in the A18-49 demo.  Only “CBS This Morning” saw year-over-year growth in total viewers: up +6% in total viewers but down -13% in the demo.

 The averages for the week of July 7, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.864M / NBC: 4.038M / CBS: 2.845M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.800M / NBC: 1.483M / CBS: 804K

 

Jill Abramson tells Greta: New York Times ‘Plays it Straight’

Jill Abramson spoke exclusively with Greta Van Susteren last night about her firing from the New York Times, the Obama administration’s dealings with the press, and more.

Greta also asked if her Fox colleagues are wrong to characterize the Times as a left-wing paper. “I think that isn’t the right way to look at the Times,” Abramson responded. “The Times is a cosmopolitan newspaper…there are many stories where I think that characterization is just dead wrong. The Times plays it straight.”

Ayman Mohyeldin Witnesses Gaza Airstrike, but Richard Engel Reports for ‘Nightly News’

EngelNBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed the Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a Gaza port earlier today. But hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for “Nightly News.”

“Today, sadly our cameras were there when disaster struck,” Brian Williams said at the beginning of tonight’s broadcast. Those cameras came from Mohyeldin’s crew, who witnessed the attack, and called in to the west coast edition of “Today” this morning to report on the “chaotic scene” produced by the airstrike. But it was Engel, reporting from Tel Aviv, who Williams went to for the report. Engel tossed to a package on the airstrike that included footage shot by Mohyeldin’s crew and an interview Ayman did with a wounded boy in the hospital. Almost two hours after “Nightly News,” MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” went to Mohyeldin on the story in a pre-recorded interview. Tomorrow, a five-hour cease-fire goes into effect at 10am local time to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.

We’re hearing the decision to have Engel report the story for “Nightly” instead of Mohyeldin angered some NBC News staffers.  NBC News declined to comment to TVNewser on its editorial decision.

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