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NAHJ to Leave UNITY

UnitylogoThe board of the National Association for Hispanic Journalists has voted 13-2, with two members absent, to leave UNITY: Journalists for Diversity.

“It’s a bitter sweet decision,” writes NAHJ president Hugo Balta. “The board believes in the concept of UNITY, but feels the organization needs to reform to meet the new challenges minority journalists are facing in an industry that is continuously changing.”

This follows the departure more than 2 years ago of the National Association of Black Journalists. The NAHJ and NABJ were charter members of Unity which was founded in 1990 as an alliance of journalism organizations pushing for fair and accurate news coverage about diversity while challenging news executives to hire staffers that reflect the nation’s diversity.

This leaves the Asian American Journalists association (AAJA) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) as well as National Lesbian Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), which joined in 2011, as members of UNITY.

Journal-isms has more on the vote…

Cable Network Ranker: Week of October 14

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A busy political news week, driven by the end of the government shutdown, propelled Fox News into the top five ad-supported cable networks during the week of October 14. FNC placed fourth in primetime and fifth in total day, averaging 1,758,000 and 1,123,000 viewers, respectively.

MSNBC placed 21st in primetime, with 842,000 viewers, and 20th in total day, with 522,000 viewers. CNN placed 32nd in primetime and 27th in total day, averaging 560,000 and 441,000 viewers, respectively.

TBS, ESPN, USA and AMC rounded out the top five cable networks. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

Dick Cheney Making TV Rounds To Promote Book

dick cheney fox news sundayFormer Vice President Dick Cheney is making the TV rounds to promote a new book he wrote about his medical history. Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, was co-written by Cheney and his cardiologist.

Cheney is kicking off his TV tour Sunday night on CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” where he will be interviewed by CNN and CBS News contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta. on Monday, Cheney will appear on NBC’s “Today,” (which the show is promoting as his “first live TV interview”) where he will be interviewed by Savannah Guthrie. Cheney will also appear Monday night at 10pmET on “Hannity” and on “Dr. Oz.”

Cheney last made TV rounds earlier this year.

More Than Five Million People Turned To Cable News For Government Restart

BudgetFNCAs Congress passed a last ditch bill to avert default and end the government shutdown, millions of people turned to cable news. President Obama spoke during the 8 PM hour, and the successful House voted occurred during the 10 PM hour.

Coverage on Fox News and CNN peaked during the 8 PM hour, while MSNBC’s coverage peaked at 9 and 10 PM. Fox News led the way in total and demo viewers every hour in primetime, with CNN second in the demo at 8 and 11 PM, and MSNBC second at 9 and 10 PM.

8 PM:

FNC: 2.64M total viewers, 530,000 A25-54.
CNN: 1.59M total viewers, 466,000 A25-54
MSNBC: 1.20M total viewers, 275,000 A25-54.

9 PM:

FNC: 2.04M total viewers, 483,000 A25-54.
MSNBC: 1.44M total viewers, 366,000 A25-54
CNN: 1.14M total viewers, 302,000 A25-54

10 PM:
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NBC’s Luke Russert, Fox News Prematurely Declare Rep. Bill Young Dead

NBC News correspondent Luke Russert and Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson seemingly got ahead of the news this afternoon, reporting that Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) had died, when in fact he is gravely ill.

Russert tweeted the news at 1:54 PM, garnering numerous retweets from other NBC News reporters.

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Carlson reported the news on-air at 2:05 PM as a “Fox News Alert.” Politico has the video.

Shortly thereafter, Young’s family revealed that he was “gravely ill” and in the hospital, but that he was not, in fact, dead. Russert tweeted an “Update” with the family’s statement at 2:37 PM, and Fox News ran a correction at 2:23 PM.

“I am really sorry to report that earlier we did report that Congressman Bill Young had passed away, and we can now report that was not the case,” Carlson said. “We sincerely apologize for the error, hopefully that will not happen again.”

Morning Shows Wear Purple in Honor of GLAAD Spirit Day

Morning show anchors wore purple this morning in observance of Spirit Day, GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying campaign. Among the participants: NBC’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales; ABC’s Sam Champion, Josh Elliott, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer and Elizabeth Vargas; CNBC’s Becky Quick, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Joe Kernan and John Harwood; and CNN’s Michaela Pereira.

“Today” interviewed “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack in honor of the show’s 15th anniversary. Messing and McCormack, both wearing purple ribbons, talked about the show’s social impact. “What I’m most proud of is that the show always treated Will’s desire for the perfect man as equal to Grace’s desire for the perfect man,” McCormack said. Video after the jump. Read more

As Debt Vote Looms, Cable News Channels Weigh Options

CapitolBuildingAs Congress prepare to vote on a possible compromise in the government shutdown/debt ceiling battle, cable news executives are keeping an eye on things to see how it develops. If the deal falls through, or the votes go late, expect live coverage through primetime and beyond.

As of now Fox News is planning live editions of “Hannity” at 10 PM, “Special Report with Bret Baier” at 11 PM, and “The Kelly File” at 12 AM ET. All three of its primetime programs will be covering the potential end of the shutdown. Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Michele Bachmann, who have played pivotal roles in the shutdown, will both be on “Hannity.” FBN will be live from 7-9 PM, with Rich Edson providing updates from that point on.

On CNN, Jake Tapper will anchor the 11 PM hour live, with Piers Morgan anchoring live at midnight. Tapper has been anchoring from 11-11:30 in recent days, with a replay of “Crossfire” airing from 11:30PM-12AM. He will anchor the entire hour tonight. CNN International will be simulcast with live coverage from 1-4 AM.

MSNBC is waiting to see how the news plays, but may go live.

‘Johnny Carson’ Author On Late Night, And Kathie Lee Gifford

johnny-carson-book-coverMediabistro’s “So What Do You Do? column this week talks to Henry Bushkin, the former attorney and confidant to late night legend Johnny Carson. We talk to Bushkin about his book Johnny Carson, including the revelation that Carson’s wife apparently had an affair with NFL legend Frank Gifford. Gifford’s wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, reportedly confronted her husband about it.

Did you read Kathie Lee Gifford’s reaction to Chapter Two?
No. As far as the media coverage of Chapter Two, that’s something that happened 43 years ago and the point of me writing that chapter was not to create controversy between Carson fans and myself, or between Frank Gifford and me, or whoever. It was to really show how I met the guy. That’s how I met him! What am I supposed to do, not write it? I don’t know what more to say other than to me, Gifford was not the punchline of the chapter at all. The punchline of that chapter is the bar scene, where we’re sitting in the corner of the place at 3 a.m., and there’s nobody else there “except you and me.” That’s what I thought the telling part of that chapter was. And the fact that the media focused on Joanne Carson and Frank Gifford, to me that was like the “So what?” part of it.

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Cable Network Ranker: Week of October 7

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A new primetime lineup, coupled with the second week of the government shutdown, propelled Fox News into the top five ad-supported cable networks during the week of October 7. FNC placed fourth in both primetime and total day, averaging 1,905,000 and 1,170,000 viewers, respectively.

MSNBC placed 20th in primetime, with 803,000 viewers, and 18th in total day, with 503,000 viewers. CNN placed 32nd in primetime and 26th in total day, averaging 508,000 and 433,000 viewers, respectively.

TBS, ESPN, AMC and History Channel rounded out the top five. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

In Profile: Piers Morgan, Bret Baier

  • CNN’s Piers Morgan is profiled by the tabloid he once edited, the Daily Mirror:  ”I try and give them a good picture and they’re quite happy and move on,” he says. “I have no time for whinging hypocritical celebrities. I use the media to promote my TV shows and books and in return I expect they’ll want to cover my life. “If I don’t like what they write, tough. Fame is a two-way street.”

  • Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier returns to his alma mater, DePauw University: ”Listen, people meld opinion and news together,” he stated, adding that “they think sometimes it’s just one animal.  Rachel Maddow is not, you know, Brian Williams, and believe me, Brian Williams wants you to know that. I am not Sean Hannity, and I want you to know that.  So there needs to be a separation in the mindset that there is a news section and opinion section, just like a newspaper.”  But Baier says outlets have not done a good job of helping consumers of information make that distinction.

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