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Fmr. Gov. David Paterson on CNN’s Eliot Spitzer: ‘If it doesn’t work out, I’m always there to take his place’

Fmr. Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) talked to Don Imus on FBN on Friday about his predecessor Fmr. Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) and his new show on CNN “Parker Spitzer.”

Paterson said that he was never invited to be on CNN with Spitzer, but he does “talk to him from time to time.” Then Paterson said about “Parker Spitzer”: “I think it’s a good show, but If it doesn’t work out, I’m always there to take his place.”


CNN’s Soledad O’Brien Reports: Civil Rights, Ernest Withers, & the Camera that Captured it All

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien reports on the life of civil rights photojournalist and FBI informant Ernest Withers in the Black in America Special “Pictures Don’t Lie.”

O’Brien tells TVNewser, “It’s fascinating that people close to the story — activists, family members, historians — have different reactions to and interpretations of his role as an FBI informant. [We] examine what it actually meant to be an FBI ‘racial’ informant and the effect of these revelations on Withers’ legacy.”

The special airs tonight at 8pmET.

‘Your 3 Words’ with Darius Rucker

Musician Darius Rucker (remember Hootie & the Blowfish?) was on “GMA” earlier this week with Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Juju Chang, and Sam Champion to promote a special edition of “Your 3 Words” — a segment which is seen every Saturday on “Good Morning America” weekend where it debuted in the summer of 2007.

In this behind-the-scenes video, Rucker and the anchors reveal their three words.

CNN’s Josh Levs Delivers His Own Baby

More than a year after the birth of his son, CNN’s social media correspondent Josh Levs is talking about how he delivered the baby boy (right) during an emergency situation.

This morning on “Sanjay Gupta MD” Levs talks about the delivery and how nobody told him this might happen: “[My wife] might skip labor, suddenly fall to the floor, and give birth. Oh, and the umbilical cord might be tangled around the baby’s neck five times.”

A 911 operator talked Levs through delivery. “Oh my God, the baby’s not breathing,” he said after delivery, “Breathe baby, breathe.” The operator then talked him through giving CPR. See the story this morning and again tomorrow morning on CNN at 7:30amET.

Wolf Blitzer has ‘the same power as the American president’ ?

On a recent trip to North Korea, Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Kim Kye Gwan greeted CNN’s Wolf Blitzer by saying (through a translator): “I’m personally very happy to meet with you, Mr. Wolf, who I presume have the same power as the American president.”

“Mr. Wolf” responded bashfully, “Thank you very much, but I don’t think it’s true.”

Kye Gwan invited Blitzer and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for a look inside the nation. A special on the trip, called “Six Days in North Korea,” airs tomorrow night at 6pmET.

Video of Blitzer in North Korea is after the jump…

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KCBS Reporter Serene Branson Tells Erica Hill What Really Happened the Night of the Grammys

The video of KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson talking jibberish Sunday night during a report on the Grammys had viewers and doctors alike wondering what happened.

Well this morning, Branson sat down with CBS “Early Show”‘s Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Erica Hill to explain what really happened: it was complex migraines. The KCBS reporter said she was “terrified.”

“I knew something wasn’t right as soon as I opened my mouth.”

The rumors of a stroke were put to rest as Dr. Ashton explains that complex migraines can mimic a stroke. As TVSpy reports, this is just one of Branson’s TV explanations. She went on her own station yesterday to talk about what happened. Before, and after the “Early” appearance, Branson’s story was also news on WCBS-TV in New York during the morning and Noon shows.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, February 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 305 | MSNBC: 123 | CNN: 134 | HLN: 106
  • Primetime: FNC: 503 | MSNBC: 249 | CNN: 196 | HLN: 74

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
458 466 475 702 478 330 288 230
MSNBC Matthews: Live: Matthews: O’Donnell: Maddow: EdShow: O’Donnell: Maddow:
103 122 148 185 285 278 166 154
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: ParkerSpitzer: Morgan: Cooper: Cooper: Morgan:
122 120 143 184 152 251 120 91
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Missing: Behar: Showbiz: Grace:
52 50 114 108 72 91 73 60

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Dana Loesch once thought CNN was the ‘Biggest Bunch of Idiot Blockheads’. Now she works for them

CNN hired Dana Loesch as a political contributor last week; however, MediaMatters dug up some blog posts dating back several years in which Loesch calls CNNthe biggest bunch of idiot blockheads,” (June 6, 2009) “state-run media,” (March 2010) and said that the network was the home to “tinfoil hats” (Sept. 2008).

The new CNN hire also wrote that Anderson Cooper got his job “by benefit of silver spoons” (Feb. 2008).

Loesch wrote all of this on her blog “The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative.”

CNN tells TVNewser, “CNN has always been a news organization committed to having political analysts and commentators from across the entire political spectrum. As an independent news organization we don’t take sides. Naming someone a ‘CNN Contributor’ doesn’t mean we endorse their political viewpoint. Instead, it means we have added them to our wide of range of voices which also includes invited guests and analysts on our TV networks, as well as opinion leaders on the CNN.com Opinion section.”

Morning Show Ratings: Week of February 7

Last week saw a slight decline for all the morning network news programs after the week prior brought in elevated viewership due to the crisis in Egypt. NBC’s “Today” remained the top morning network news program for the week with a 750K lead on #2 ACB’s “Good Morning America.”

Year-over-year “Today” was up slightly in Total Viewers, no small feat considering the week of Feb. 8, 2010 saw the “Today” team in Vancouver ahead of the Winter Olympics. “GMA” asaw year-over-year gains in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers. CBS’ “The Early Show” was down slightly in both, year-over-year.

The averages for the week of Feb. 7:

  • Total Viewers: NBC: 5.75M / ABC: 5.00M / CBS: 3.02M
  • A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2.71M / ABC: 1.92M / CBS: 1.29M

Fox News’ Bill Hemmer Apologizes for CPAC Straw Poll Ron Paul Video Mixup

Fox News’  Bill Hemmer apologized on-air today for a segment he anchored on Tuesday’s “America’s Newsroom”

Hemmer was interviewing Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) about last weekend’s CPAC conference and Paul’s second-year win in the straw poll. In the introduction to the interview, producers used videotape from the 2010 CPAC during which, after the poll’s results were revealed, mostly boos could be heard from attendees. When Paul took top honors last weekend, his victory was well received. But that video was not used.

“It was clearly a mistake, we used the wrong videotape,” said Hemmer. “It’s an honest mistake. We apologize for the error. We look forward to having representative Paul back on our program very soon.”

Video of Hemmer’s apology is after the jump…

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