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Getting To Know Glenn Beck: Reactions

FNC’s Glenn Beck has been all over the media recently, and a behind-the-scenes video from his tearful GQ photo shoot by Jill Greenberg is up on YouTube was posted by Gawker.

John Cook talked to Greenberg about the experience. “The crying was my idea, and Glenn was cool with trying it,” she said. “We used mentholated balm to make his eyes tear up naturally. From then on it was acting on his part. He had fun with it and was a great sport.”

So what about all the negative comments Beck has previously made about Greenberg? “He and his public relations people, at the shoot, said they love my work and had checked out my website,” said Greenberg.

Also giving his take after encountering the FNC star — ABC’s John Stossel, who interviewed Beck for 20/20.

“Whatever grounded him, I’m glad something did,” writes Stossel. “Because it’s good to have a super-successful cable-TV host arguing that life would be better if government — Democrats and Republicans — just left Americans alone.”

Sadly, one of Beck’s guests last night won’t get to give a reaction about the experience. Click continued to see the segment…

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Updated Evening News Ratings Now Up

ABC has worked out their issue with Nielsen concerning Friday’s World News ratings, and the post yesterday has been updated.

The reason for the initial incorrect figure: Some ABC affiliates switched from analog to digital before the deadline and their viewership was not credited properly.

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Dan Rather: “The Revolution May Not Be Televised…But It Very Well Could Be Twittered”

Several people have weighed in this week on Iran coverage and Twitter’s impact. How about Dan Rather? He wrote a Daily Beast column about the subject:

It is too soon to know or to say how the situation in Iran will turn out, but there are lessons in this for our own country, for a democratic system more fragile than we at times like to believe. One of these lessons is the centrality of freedom of the press to the entire enterprise of democratic government: You cannot have the latter without the former. And the other is the lesson that citizen journalism is a way for the people to hold on to freedom of the press, even in times of oppression. In a turn of phrase that seems to be cropping up everywhere, the revolution may not be televised…but it very well could be Twittered.

Menu: NYT’s Stelter on Iran and More

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the Morning Media Menu we’re joined by Brian Stelter of the New York Times.

He’s been traveling around the country this week with storm chasers, and describing the situation on Twitter. We also discuss Iran coverage. “I think that story is going to get more and more interesting all week as more and more foreign journalists are forced out of the country,” says Stelter.

He commented on the cable news coverage. “I’ve been thinking a lot about the effect that cable news coverage has on people’s awareness of a story, and I really think that there’s something about rolling live coverage for hours at a time that sends a message that this is important, and the fact that the cable didn’t really do that this weekend is a little strange,” he said. “It might be a sign of what’s to come on cable news. Maybe cable news isn’t going to be that IV drip of news, maybe Twitter’s going to be that IV drip of news.”

From the newsfeed: the AP is looking for new internet deals and the criticism for ABC’s White House special.

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Ann Curry: “I Think Journalism is a Battle And I Feel The Scars”

140_6-17.jpgNBC’s Ann Curry, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, FNC’s Clayton Morris and Today show producer Ryan Osborn talked social media and foreign reporting yesterday at the 140 Characters Conference in New York.

“Here’s what’s pissing me off,” said Curry. “The reason I have to fight every time to do these stories is because the truth is that it’s hard to get the majority of Americans or even a significant number of Americans in NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS’s world, to care. I think journalism is a battle and I feel the scars and I see the blood on my sword on a daily basis for fights for foreign coverage to be more present in our broadcasting.”

The New York Observer reports the panel had some contentious moments. After Sanchez described Iran coverage and reports from people who aren’t “happy faced, really pretty anchors,” Curry interrupted: “I’m not sure I’m a happy faced, pretty anchor.”

Later, Sanchez defended his network’s coverage, and correspondent Christiane Amanpour. “I think it could be a little insulting to someone like her to say that we weren’t on the story just because…we weren’t rolling coverage of the protest of every moment of the day on Saturday, the second Saturday of the summer,” he said.

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John Harwood Is Taken By Pres. Obama’s Fly-Killing Skills

Jimmy Carter would have totally asked for a swatter:

Related: Politico highlights some comments made by Pres. Obama in the interview about FNC.

The Scoreboard: Monday, June 15

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 311 | CNN: 152 | MSNBC: 125 | HLN: 122

Prime: FNC: 616 | CNN: 188 | MSNBC: 308 | HLN: 190

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  450 365 489 735 613 500 527
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  222 263 283 165 163 236 210
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  179 177 182 366 285 272 170
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  68 86 116 248 120 212 243

Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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Iran Cracks Down on Foreign Media

Several American journalists are reporting today from Iran about what they’re not reporting: covering protests and demonstrations. Reza Sayah explained the situation on CNN:

Embedded video from CNN Video

ABC’s Jim Sciutto is updating the situation on Twitter, from his hotel room:


• WebNewser writes about a #CNNfail twituation today.

Related: FishbowlDC writes that the Twitter maintenance delay was a request from the State Department.

Beck: “If I Wanted To Be A Journalist, I Would Be Charlie Rose And Bore The Snot Out Of People”

beck_6-16c.jpgFNC’s Glenn Beck spoke candidly with Jason Horowitz for a GQ Q&A recently

“I’m not a journalist,” he says. “If I wanted to be a journalist, I would be Charlie Rose and bore the snot out of people and have fourteen people watching me. I am a guy that firmly believes what I believe. I’ve done my homework. I am a student of history. Now, I can either present that to you in a Charlie Rose sort of way, or I can be entertaining.”

Beck also had some harsh words for the GOP: “The Republican Party sucks. My personal belief is that the Republican Party itself is either dead or will soon be dead in the way it is understood.”

Gawker noticed something interesting about the GQ photo, taken by photographer Jill Greenberg. She was the photographer behind the Sen. McCain Atlantic pics, and Beck had some harsh words for her at the time.

Click continued to see what broad spectrum of art is coming up from Beck…

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Reports of New, Low FBN Ratings

fbn_6-16b.jpgRatings for Fox Business Network are not publicly reported, but occasionally have trickled out.

This appears to be the case on, which reports, “audience numbers have hardly budged in…eleven months.”

Writer Douglas A. McIntyre concludes: “Fox Business is clearly in trouble.”

But could it be bad blood? published an email exchange between McIntyre and FBN, asking if the network, “would be interested in being the exclusive provider of video business news for 24/7 Wall St.” FBN declined.

McIntyre cites a “former executive with the network,” who conveyed the ratings information. An insider tells TheWrap: “There were absolutely no former executives that would have had access to this information.” (An FBN insider tells TVNewser there are actually no former FBN executives.)

Interestingly, FBN showed up in an ad on 24/7 Wall St, as part of the Google Ad Network of randomly-appearing advertisements. Click continued to see what the page looked like at 1pmET…

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