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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.

Pres. Obama Makes Second Statement on Michael Brown Killing

ObamaAs the ongoing Michael Brown investigation and protests in Ferguson continue to dominate cable news, broadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as President Obama issued his second statement on the killing of the 18-year-old. The president also provided an update on ongoing U.S. military operations in Iraq.

On Iraq, the president announced Iraqi forces have retaken control of Iraq’s Mosul Dam from ISIS and that the U.S. will continue delivering humanitarian aid to the country. Turning to the Michael Brown killing, Obama announced the DOJ has opened a separate federal civil rights investigation into Brown’s killing and that Attorney General Eric Holder will go to Ferguson Wednesday to meet with officials. Obama urged protestors to do so peacefully without looting or violence while cautioning police against using excessive force.

NBC News cut in at 4:24pmET with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from New York and White House correspondent Kristen Welker reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 4:24pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. ABC News presented its coverage at 4:25pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland. The last question went to ABC News’ Ann Compton, who Obama praised upon news of her retirement, which drew a round of applause from colleagues. Read more

The Afternoon Ticker: Lauer, Baden, Smith

  • Matt Lauer will host the second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville, Kentucky on September 27. The ceremony will award six people age 30 or under who’ve produced innovative social justice work.

  • Fox News contributor and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will appear on the competition tonight when he is a guest on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” (he appeared on FNC today and will tonight). Baden performed a private autopsy on 18-year-old Michael Brown and granted Hayes an interview after a news conference he spoke at this morning.

  • Tonight, Shepard Smith will host a special live hour at 11pmET on developing news surrounding the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. In addition, Fox News’ entire primetime lineup will be live.

TV Newsers Featured in ESPN Film ‘SEC Storied’

SmithProfessional and college football season is inching closer, and some TV Newsers were recently featured in an ESPN documentary “SEC Storied” on the SEC Network.

Shepard Smith, Willie Geist, Amy Robach, and James Carville were all part of “The Stars Are Aligned,” which premiered on the new SEC Network last week. Smith talks about “groving” at Ole Miss. “You want your space, you want your friends around you; we grove with the same people every week.”

Geist described the greatest moment he and his friends had at a Vanderbilt football game: the team’s kicker fake punting at the end of the game and then running 81 yards down the field for the touchdown. “What’s up now, Alabama!” Geist recounted shouting.

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‘GMA’ Rolls Footage From Target Package During Interview With Michael Brown’s Mother

TargetAn unfortunate technical error occurred this morning during Robin Roberts‘ exclusive “Good Morning America” interview with Michael Brown‘s mother and attorney.

While asking about the family’s reaction to Michael’s autopsy results at 7:04amET, Roberts began to note the medical examiner’s statement.

As she started her point, footage from a package about Target rolled on screen for a few seconds with the lower third about Michael Brown remaining on screen. Three seconds later, Roberts appeared back on screen, finishing her point on the medical examiner’s statement. She apologized for the error at the end of the interview.

“Due to a technical glitch, the wrong b-roll was inadvertently called up for a split second during the interview,” an ABC spokeswoman tells TVNewser. “The mistake was quickly fixed, and the piece was updated for subsequent feeds.”

Viewers on social media noticed and voiced their displeasure.

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Tamron Hall Opens Up About Her Guilt Surrounding Sister’s Domestic Violence

While putting a spotlight on domestic violence this morning, “Today’s” Tamron Hall opened up about her own connection to the issue.

During a discussion with several women who’ve been victims of domestic violence, Hall revealed the guilt she feels over her sister’s experience. “I got frustrated because I felt like she wasn’t listening, and I carry that guilt every day that as a family member I didn’t know what to do.” Hall’s sister, Renate, was murdered in 2004. The case has gone officially unsolved. Hall writes more on Today.com: “I have felt guilty for so long that I didn’t do more to help my sister.”

Pat Buchanan: MSNBC Hosts Thought ‘I Was Sort of a Strange Beast From Another Century’

During a CSPAN interview that will air in full tonight at 8pmET, Pat Buchanan talks about his departure from MSNBC in 2012.

“I think they thought I was sort of a strange beast from another century,” Buchanan said about MSNBC hosts he’d routinely debate. The three-time presidential candidate pointed to his controversial book being the source of MSNBC’s decision to part ways with him. “Nobody seemed to have the same take on the book [Suicide of a Superpower] that MSNBC did,” Buchanan continued, adding, “I was supposed to go on the day the book was announced and I was told ‘you won’t be on this morning.’”

‘Morning Joe’ and ‘Good Morning America’ Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

MJ and GMA

“Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and several “Good Morning America” personalities got drenched this week for a good cause.

On Thursday, the “MJ” duo accepted Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal‘s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, getting doused with ice water while sitting in a giant kiddie pool (must say Joe got the worst of it). The next day, “GMA’s” Lara Spencer, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, and Tory Johnson accepted colleague Michael Strahan‘s challenge. Standing in NYC’s Central Park, the GMAers received quite the cooldown on a sunny summer day.

Watch both after the jump. Read more

Larry King Probably Won’t Be Moderating Any Presidential Debates in 2016

Larry King has interviewed several living and departed U.S. presidents, but it seems the former CNN host is having his doubts about today’s motivation for leadership.

Earlier this year, King predicted Hillary Clinton will be elected president in 2016 “barring the unforeseen.”

The Scoreboard: Thursday, August 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 268 | MSNBC: 126 | CNN: 166 | HLN: 88
  • Primetime: FNC: 367 | MSNBC: 204 | CNN: 240 | HLN: 118

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

196

TheFive:

273

Baier:

239

Greta:

299

O’Reilly:

440

Kelly:

329

Hannity:

327

O’Reilly:

295

O’Reilly:

304

MSNBC
Wagner:

116

EdShow:

112

Sharpton:

180

Matthews:

189

Hayes:

167

Maddow:

201

O’Donnell:

230

Hayes:

186

Maddow:

180

CNN
Tapper:

154

Blitzer:

162

Blitzer:

295

Burnett:

221

Cooper:

264

Sixties:

247

Tonight:

210

Tonight:

180

Sixties:

124

HLN
Now:

44

Files:

33

Files:

25

Jane:

91

Grace:

139

Dr.Drew:

120

Files:

95

Files:

111

Files:

186

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NBCNews.com’s Traffic Declines as MSN Referrals End

NBCAs we reported, the month of July marked the end of NBCNews.com’s referral traffic from MSN, with network executives expecting a sharp drop in traffic as a result.

According to Comscore, from January, which is right before NBCNews.com relaunched, through the end of July, the website’s unique visitors traffic is down -28%. In that timespan, it lost 12,222,000 visitors.

“The loss of the Microsoft referrals was factored into our strategy and business plan when we took full ownership of our digital properties,” Gregory Gittrich, head of NBC News digital’s news and product unit tells TVNewser.

“We are focused on building a highly engaged audience, driving video views, and reaching our users wherever they are — and we’re encouraged by the goals we’ve already exceeded.”

Comparing June, which was the last full month the site received MSN referrals, to July, the site was down -19%. It should be noted, these numbers are for desktop traffic, not mobile traffic, for which MSN referral traffic didn’t apply.

Numbers were positive for Today.com, which also lost its MSN traffic referrals. From January through the end of July, the site was up +2% in unique visitors.

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