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Cable News Wars

Roger Ailes responds to Chris Matthews’ ‘Pathetic’ comment about Sarah Palin

Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes is responding to a shot Chris Matthews fired his way on his show last night.

After playing a clip of Sarah Palin discussing Newt Gingrich on Fox News, Matthews said, “This is so pathetic, watching her on television. It’s so pathetic that Roger Ailes has put her on television.”

This morning, Ailes quips, “People tell me all the time it was truly pathetic that I was the one who gave Chris Matthews his start on television.”

Ailes gave Matthews his first show “Politics with Chris Matthews” in 1994 on the old America’s Talking network.

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Experian Hitwise: Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, TBS’ Conan Rising

Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom and MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews continued to wrestle for third place on Experian Hitwise’s list of cable-news-show websites, with America’s Newsroom claiming the spot for the week ending April 30. The top two were unchanged for the third consecutive week: Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

The top two late-night talk-show sites were also unchanged from the week ending April 23 — Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report — but TBS’ Conan surged into third place, bumping NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

As usual, there was no change in the morning-news-show rankings: NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.

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Bin Laden Killed: Coverage Plans for Monday, Networks Expand Evening Newscasts to One Hour

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Updated: The broadcast news divisions and cable news channels are planning special programming and coverage today, part of their continuing coverage of the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

CBS News is planning a special one-hour edition of the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” tonight. Couric will anchor from Ground Zero in New York, with CBS news correspondents reporting from across the U.S. and the globe. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager says they will also consider expanded coverage tomorrow and later in the week, and the networks is planning reports for next Sunday’s “60 Minutes.”

ABC News is planning a one-hour edition of “ABC World news with Diane Sawyer” tonight. In addition, “Nightline” will be one-hour tonight.

NBC News will also have a one-hour evening newscast tonight, with Brian Williams anchoring “NBC Nightly News” from Ground Zero.

On Fox News, Shepard Smith is en route back to New York, where he will anchor from Ground Zero at 7 Pm ET tonight. Smith had been on a vacation overseas. Bill Hemmer will anchor the 3 PM hour, while Smith is en route. Greta Van Susteren will anchor her program from the Pantagon memorial in Arlington, VA.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper will anchor from Ground Zero from 3-5 PM ET, joined by Wolf Blitzer in Washington. Blitzer will take over as solo anchor at 5 PM. On “Piers Morgan Tonight,” guests will include the former sister-in-law of Bin Laden, Bob Woodward, Tom Ridge, Rudolph Giuliani and John Kerry, among others. Like wise 8 PM’s “In the Arena” will originate from 4 World trade Center.

On HLN, Jane Velez-Michell will anchor her program from Ground Zero as well.

“BBC World News America” will also originate from Ground Zero tonight.

We will update this story when we have coverage plans from the other networks.

Bin Laden Killed: Cable Channels Call In Big Guns To Cover the News

Updated: With the unexpected announcement that President Obama would be making a statement late Sunday night, the cable news channels scrambled to get their top anchors on-air.

Fox News was first to confirm the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead at 10:40 PM ET. Geraldo Rivera was at the desk at the time, and responded to the news by saying:

“Happy days, happy days. This is the greatest — give me a wide shot of the general. This is the greatest night of my career. The bum is dead. I am so blessed and privileged to be at this desk at this moment.”

CNN confirmed the news at 10:42 Pm ET, and NBC News (and MSNBC) confirmed the news at 10:45 PM ET. All three networks engaged in speculation as to what the news was about from around 10 PM until their confirmed it, and all three raised Bin Laden as a possibility.

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Experian Hitwise: O’Reilly Factor Top-Ranked Cable News Show Site Last Week

Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor was the top-ranked cable-news-show website for the week ending April 16, according to Experian Hitwise, with MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show coming in second, and third place going to Fox News’ America’s Newsroom.

The top-ranked late-night talk-show website was Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, followed by network sibling The Colbert Report, with the No. 3 spot going to NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

As usual, the morning news shows finished with NBC’s Today on top, followed by ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.

See the results after the jump…

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Experian Hitwise: The O’Reilly Factor Tops Cable News Show Sites for Week Ending March 19

Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor was the top-ranked cable-news-show website for the week ending March 19, according to Experian Hitwise, trailed by two offerings from MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show, and Morning Joe.

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart topped the late-night talk-show charts, with second place going to ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno claiming the No. 3 spot.

The morning news shows finished the week in their usual order: NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.

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Place Your Bets: Which Cable Network Will Michael Steele End Up Working For

In January we reported that (now former) RNC chairman Michael Steele was eying a possible gig with a cable news channel, in advance of the 2012 presidential election.

The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik caught up with Steele at a taping of the WMAR public affairs show “Square Off with Richard Sher,” and asked him about his cable news plans:

“We’re talking to everybody and anyone who has an interest in talking,” he said when asked if he is in serious negotiations with any specific channel at this point. “You know, I have obviously a long relationship with Fox. And you know, I have friends at CNN and MSNBC. So it’s a very dynamic opportunity and it’s one I’m hoping, you know, we’ll have an opportunity to move forward on.”

After the jump, we ask you what network Steele will land at in a TVNewser poll, and Steele give a possible timeline for when he would start at a cabler:

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Steve Harrigan to Nic Robertson: ‘It’s unfathomable that a journalist could go on the air, without getting his facts straight’

During his evisceration of Fox News’s reporting about him, and others, being used as human shields in Libya, CNN’s Nic Robertson singled out Fox News’s correspondent in Tripoli, Steve Harrigan. Now Harrigan is responding and accusing Robertson of telling an untruth. Harrigan did not go on the trip to the ruins of Muammar Gaddafi‘s compound, considering it propaganda by the Libyan government. Instead, he sent his security guard who was armed with a camera.

CNN’s Robertson told Wolf Blitzer last night, “The member of the FOX team was surprised that the correspondent and the cameraman weren’t coming out, that he was being sent. This isn’t his normal job.”

“It’s unfathomable that a journalist could go on the air, without getting his facts straight and attack another journalist while in a war zone,” said Harrigan of Robertson. “Our security guard made it very clear to me that he never even spoke to Robertson about why Fox reporters were not going on the trip.”

Harrigan and Robertson, who were live on their respective networks at the same time today: 4:13pmET, are staying at the same Tripoli hotel. Should make for an interesting breakfast in the morning.

> Update: CNN’s response: “Fox news has reported and is continuing to report without an accurate and respectful grasp of the conditions for all the reporters on the ground – we have no further comment on this.”

> Related: Harrigan also spoke with HuffPost about Robertson: “…for someone to say I’m lazy who doesn’t know me, who’s not in our working condition, who doesn’t know our schedule…this guy has a screw loose!”"

Jennifer Griffin: ‘I feel like CNN has put a landmine out there so I can stop reporting.’

TVNewser talked with Fox News Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin this afternoon about the battle that has broken out between CNN and Fox News over Griffin’s reporting of a Libyan government-sponsored trip to the ruins of Muammar Gaddafi‘s compound Sunday night. Griffin reported the 40 or so journalists, including a Fox News security guard, who went on the trip were being used as human shields, preventing a second British airstrike. CNN correspondent Nic Robertson called that “outrageous.”

“I expect lies from the government, I don’t expect it from other journalists,” said Robertson last night. Robertson also singled out FOX’s correspondent in Tripoli, Steve Harrigan.

“I just think this has gotten ugly,” Griffin tells us. “I think it’s beneath Nic to be saying these things about Steve Harrigan. If he has something to say he can say it about me. But to question his reporting and why he stayed at the hotel… it’s just nonsense.

Frankly, CNN should be focusing on getting more scoops and not attacking Fox News. They should get back to reporting and stop this petulant behavior.”

TVNewser: What do you think about these government-escorted trips. Do you think they’re propaganda and not news?

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Jennifer Griffin sticking by report on journalists being used as human shields in Libya

Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin was back on the air tonight repeating information she’d learned earlier today — information that has CNN correspondent Nic Robertson so incensed he’s been on CNN tonight talking as much about the war on the ground, as he is this battle with Fox News.

Griffin phoned into “On the Record” following a live report by correspondent Steve Harriganhimself criticized by Robertson: “I see him more times at breakfast that I see him out on trips with government officials here,” said Robertson of Harrigan.

Griffin did not get into the media-on-media fracas touched off by her report earlier today in which British sources told her their mission last night was cut short because of the presence of the Western journalists and several Libyan civilians.

“They felt that the civilians and journalists had effectively been used as human shields and that was frustrating to them,” said Griffin tonight. “It was a very close call. In fact one official told me that there was a Reuters crew literally on a spot where they were going to drop a missile.”

But Griffin returned at 10:36 to clarify her reporting…

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