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Al Sharpton Is Making All Sorts of Headlines

al sharptonIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for MSNBC host Al Sharpton.

Sharpton has been criticized by numerous media outlets, including the New York Post, for turning the execution of two NYPD officers into a story about… well, Al Sharpton. The polarizing MSNBC host held up a cell phone during a press conference with the family of Eric Garner and played a threatening voicemail he received following the tragic executions of the NYPD officers. Sharpton denounced the killings in the same news conference.

Actor and activist James Woods called Sharpton a “pig” for his stance on police and has started a #PigSharpton Twitter campaign.

Just yesterday, Baltimore Fox affiliate WBFF issued an apology for airing a deceptive edit of a Sharpton-led protest video that made it sound like police protesters were chanting “kill a cop” when they were actually changing “’til killer cops are in cell blocks.”

We here at Fox45 work hard every day to earn your trust and bring you fair and comprehensive news from around the country. Although last night’s report reflected an honest misunderstanding of what the protesters were saying, we apologize for the error.

Not everyone is ready to look the other way at Sharpton’s actions. Judson Phillips of The Washington Times penned a column essentially calling for Sharpton’s job at MSNBC. Read more

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In Profile: Dobbs, Gabrielle, Mock, Dash

Lou Dobbs was featured in USA Today’s Talking Tech, where he discussed if technology can bring political parties together, his preferred cell phone company and phone apps for space exploration.

 You can identify any source of light in the sky. … Look up at the night sky, look down at your phone, you have all the information you could ask for. It’s brilliant. … Any museum in the country would have given anything for what these apps produce across the ceiling 10 to 15 years ago.

Lea Gabrielle celebrated her one-year anniversary at FNC with a feature in the December 2014 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine. Gabrielle discusses her experience as a fighter pilot, Northern Virginia roots and how the industry treats female reporters.

It’s been great. I really don’t see a difference being a female reporter. But when you’ve been in the military, you’ve gone to a naval academy and you’ve served in the military for a long time, it doesn’t really faze you, the differences. Normal society seems actually pretty gentle compared to being a woman in the military.

Janet Mock was interviewed by Cosmopolitan for her new pop culture show, “So Popular!” on MSNBC’s shift.

MSNBC approached me about anchoring or hosting their culture show, and that’s all they said: “We want a culture show!” So I thought about the kind of show I would love to see, as someone who loves pop culture. I took a lot of cues from Bitch magazine, which does great cultural commentary, and Racialicious. I thought, What if these cultural commentators were able to have a TV show? What would that look like, and how can I create a space for them to come on and discuss their ideas in this witty, irreverent, super-smart, and sharp way?

Fox News Contributor Stacey Dash spoke to the Latin Post about her family, her right-wing support of the GOP and being slammed by minorities. The former “Clueless” star has received both harsh criticism and high praise for voicing her political opinions.

In the street I get [approached by] so many people of every color saying: ‘Thank you so much for standing up and being so brave. I thought it was time to have a black president and that it would unite us in such a profound way. But as a country, I don’t think we’ve been so divided since the Civil Rights Movement.

Ronan Farrow Investigates the VA in New On-Going Series

RFRonan Farrow Daily” will launch a special investigative series of special reports on the VA beginning tomorrow at 1 pm ET. Over the next few months “Inside the VA” will delve into various unresolved issues affecting veterans served by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The series is a collaboration between “Ronan Farrow Daily” and the NBC News Investigative Unit.  The effort began after allegations surfaced earlier this year that some VA medical facilities had manipulated patient appointment data to conceal backlogs and delays in care, leading to multiple investigations and the departure of top VA officials.

The first report is a follow-up to an NBC News Investigative Unit report from 2009.  That report examined how the VA notified more than 10,000 veterans that there was a possibility they could have been infected with viruses during routine colonoscopies – because mistakes in cleaning and configuring equipment may have exposed them to previous patients’ bodily fluids.  Read more

5 Questions With… José Díaz-Balart

coverJose Diaz-BalartCuban-American journalist José Díaz-Balart is among the very rarest of TV news anchors. He hosts shows on two networks, in two languages: in the mornings on MSNBC and in the evenings on Telemundo. Today’s announcement that the U.S. was beginning a process to normalize diplomatic ties to Cuba hits especially close to home for Díaz-Balart. He is the son of a former Cuban politician and has a brother in the U.S. Congress.

We caught up with Díaz-Balart before this morning’s news to discuss his recent interview with the president, his proudest achievements and the best Cuban sandwich available in the United States.

TVNewser: You were very busy last week. Bigger accomplishment: Interviewing President Obama or being congratulated on the House floor?

Díaz-Balart: I so appreciate both: I was surprised at the congresswoman’s recognition of my 30 years in the business. And interviewing the President, my tenth I believe, is always important. Both were extremely rewarding. Plus, I got a chance to catch my eldest daughter singing in her school choir… three great events.

TVNewser: What’s the proudest moment of your career, overall?

Díaz-Balart: Being named anchor of Noticiero Telemundo on December 15, 2009 (this week is my 5th anniversary), and most recently the host of “The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart” on MSNBC. Being able to reach audiences in two languages a day is truly a privilege.

TVNewser: You host shows on Telemundo and MSNBC. Seriously, when do you sleep?

Díaz-Balart: Sleep? I remember that!  Even though my work day is admittedly long (6am-10pm) I can honestly tell you that I love it so much I only wish there were more hours in the day so I could do more!

TVNewser: Best place to get a Cuban sandwich in America? Read more

The Scoreboard: Sunday, Dec. 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 122 | CNN: 113 | MSNBC: 86 | HLN: 101
  • Primetime: FNC: 122 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 96 | HLN: 75

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CNN Spokesman Rips MSNBC Via Twitter

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic took to Twitter this afternoon, to go after MSNBC’s new digital destination the shift. Dornic oversees the PR strategy for CNN Digital, which, earlier this month, announced it would be expanding its web series beyond covering politics.

“We’re flattered by the attention,” an MSNBC insider tells TVNewser. “Admittedly, we’re a little surprised by his defensiveness, but, hey, #shifthappens.”

MSNBC Makes Shift to Daily Web Shows

ShiftMSNBCIt was born in the early days of the internet as a place to get news around the clock, online and on TV. Eighteen years later, MSNBC is expanding its television production capacity and its online omnipresence with a series of web-only shows that fit the network’s progressive leanings.

Shift, as it’s called, launched this morning with “The Briefing.” Hosted by NBC News Washington correspondent Luke Russert. The one-hour show will look ahead to the week in politics.

Other programs include “Road Map,” hosted by MSNBC foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, who recently relocated to New York, where he will also be anchoring more hours on MSNBC TV.

Krystal Ball will host women’s issues show “Krystal Clear;” Janet Mock will host a pop culture show called “So Popular!;” “Left Field” explores the sports world; “Three Cents” is a business show hosted by Josh Barro; and “Code Forward” is a technology show in partnership with Re/Code, which includes NBCU as an investor.

More than a name, shift is what MSNBC is trying to accomplish, in an effort to grab more online eyeballs.  Read more

Sharpton Says Leaked Sony Emails Reveal Hollywood’s ‘Troubling’ Lack of Diversity

sharptonNational Action Network president and MSNBC host Al Sharpton denounced a series of emails between Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin as “offensive, insulting” and revealing of casual racism in Hollywood.

“What is most troubling about these statements is that they reflect a continued lack of diversity in positions of power in major Hollywood studios. The statements clearly show how comfortable major studio powers are with racial language and marginalization,” said Sharpton in a statement.

Pascal has apologized for the emails, first reported by BuzzFeed, that include racially-themed banter about President Obama.

“These emails nominate Amy Pascal to be considered by some of us in the same light that we concluded and moved on the ownership of Donald Sterling of the L.A. Clippers,” Sharpton writes.

Telemundo, MSNBC Anchor José Díaz-Balart Praised on House Floor

JoseDiazBalartTelemundo and MSNBC anchor José Díaz-Balart is having a big week. Yesterday, he interviewed President Obama and today, on the House floor, he was congratulated for his 30 years in journalism.

“José has proven to be a valuable voice to the Hispanic American community,” said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who represents South Florida.. We’re guessing José’s his brother, Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart, who represents another Florida Congressional district, gave his congratulations in person.

“There are hundreds of journalists in Cuba and around the world who are being persecuted and imprisoned for showcasing the realities within their own countries. José speaks for them,” Ros-Lehtinen added. The Díaz-Balart family has strong ties to South Florida’s Cuban community. In fact, Díaz-Balart’s aunt was Fidel Castro‘s first wife.

“I congratulate José for 30 years within the industry and thank him for his commitment to the principles of independent journalism and freedom of the press,” Ros-Lehtinen added.  WATCH: Read more

My First Big Break: Keith Olbermann


As a kid, Keith Olbermann would daydream of being a TV broadcaster. The only question was: sports or news? After nearly 40 years in the business, Olbermann has done both, with gigs at CNN, Fox Sports, MSNBC, twice, and ESPN, twice. As it turns out, the guy who gave Olbermann his “First Big Break” in TV would give him another break later on.