A week after “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough called his effort to close a New York City charter school “disgraceful,” NYC mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on the show this morning to explain his universal education plans in terms the show’s hosts would understand.
“I wanted to speak the way the culture of this show would understand,” de Blasio joked after explaining that his proposed tax for New Yorkers making more than $500,000 a year is the equivalent of $900 dollars a year per person—or in “Morning Joe” vernacular—the cost of a small soy latte at Starbucks.
“There you go,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said. “And Willie (Geist), that’s where you are every morning getting your soy latte.”
Later in the conversation, the mayor vowed that he’s not against charter schools, but needs to focus on all of New York City public education.
The segment after the jump.
South by Southwest Interactive starts today (the music portion starts Monday) and various tvnewsers will be there.
MSNBC’s Alex Wagner will be a on a panel today. “Way Too Early” host Thomas Robertsand MSNBC.com executive editor Richard Wolffe sit on a panel Tuesday. (A TVNewser tipster spotted Wolfe on an Austin-bound JetBlue flight this morning enjoying his Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.) JJ Ramberg, host of Your Business, will be on a panel of business reporters and editors on Tuesday as well.
Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang is moderating a fireside chat with AOL co-founder Steve Case on Saturday.
Fox News will also be sending a correspondent to the conference. HLN, which recently rebranded itself as the “TV home of social media,” won’t have a presence at SXSW this year. ABC News won’t be sending a correspondent this year.
Kara Swisher of Re/code, which is backed by the NBCU News Group, will be on a technology journalism panel on Monday.
Rachel Maddow led her show last night with the disclaimer she was about to do something “controversial” for cable news: praise another network.
“CNN today is not what it used to be,” Maddow began.
“But once upon a time, CNN really was the only cable news network, and they really did have a singular role in keeping people informed about what was going on, not only around the country but around the world,” she continued.
Maddow’s CNN citation introduced a segment on the CIA, using Congressional history — and one of the Chamber’s most colorful members — as her guide.
Farrow’s program’s numbers were worse, drawing both the lowest total viewers and A25-54 demo viewers of all of MSNBC’s shows on both Wednesday (260,000/52,000) and Friday (201,000/54,000). His program’s best day was Thursday with 320,000 total viewers and 79,000 demo viewers.
Overall, “Ronan Farrow Daily” averaged 243,000 total viewers and 55,000 demo viewers for the week. Compared to the same week last year with “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at 1pmET, “Ronan Farrow Daily” is down -40% in total viewers and -42% in the demo.
With Farrow as a lead-in, Joy Reid’s Monday debut drew just 38,000 A25-54 demo viewers, the lowest demo for the entire network that day. On Wednesday, Reid drew the second lowest demo for the network with 56,000 viewers. Her best total viewer day was Wednesday with 312,000 viewers, while Friday was her high mark in the demo with 84,000 viewers.
Overall, “The Reid Report” averaged 286,800 total viewers and 63,200 demo viewers. Compared to the same week last year with “News Nation with Tamron Hall” at 2pmET, “The Reid Report” was down -8% in total viewers and -38% in the demo.
From past debuts, we know first week numbers have the potential to change over the course of time. Also important to note, the same week last year featured all networks covering the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.
For each day’s individual scoreboards, click here.
TV news was part of one Oscar winner’s resume, as inaugural “Morning Joe” roundtable guest John Ridley won best adapted screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
“What you need to know about John Ridley, as incredibly talented and great as he is, and a gentleman that he is…he really got his roots here at “Morning Joe,” Willie Geist said on this morning’s show. “Seven years ago, in Secaucus…Joe, Mika, myself, and John Ridley sat around a table. It was so cool to see John win an Oscar.”
The show’s twitter handle congratulated their former colleague this morning.
For all of the big social media moments from Oscars 2014, check out our sister-site Lost Remote’s full Oscars live-blog.
Ridley on “Morning Joe” pre-Oscars after the jump.
“Yes, Bill O’Reilly and I have differences…and we will continue to,” Sharpton said on “PoliticsNation.”
“What is more important to me, is not who I differ with, but who I can stand up for and stand up with.”
The differences between Sharpton and O’Reilly played out last summer, when the two hosts engaged in a back-and-forth over race.
Sharpton added that people must stand together to help men of color: “Mr. O’Reilly and others can be there or not, but I’ll be there, if I have to be there by myself.”
On the “O’Reilly Factor,” O’Reilly didn’t mention the president’s shout-out to Sharpton and him, but had an extensive interview with Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, giving her his ideas on how to make the program work.
“Joining us now from Washington, a man that is very difficult to book,” Mika said. “I’m serious, you can’t get him on this show…at least I couldn’t book him,” she added.
The show then played a montage of all of the elder Brzezinski’s appearances on other networks—including other MSNBC shows—over the past week discussing the tumultuous situation in Ukraine, ending with last Friday’s “Morning Joe,” where Mika realized her dad wasn’t coming on.
“He’s here! It’s like Santa Claus,” co-host Joe Scarborough shouted, telling Mika her father is very busy and she has to be more patient.
“Totally,” Zbigniew answered Scarborough about whether his daughter is impatient. “You remind me in terms of personality of someone that we nowadays in our household call Daisy.”
“Very cute, very charming, a bit unpredictable…I won’t go into details,” Zbigniew said on Daisy—the family dog. “Thanks dad, I’m sort of diminished now,” Mika concluded.
At his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative speech this afternoon, President Obama slipped in a shout-out to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton as symbolism of putting differences aside to get things done.
Presenting his plan to help men of color, the president called out both cable news hosts present in the White House audience.
“If I can persuade Sharpton and O’Reilly to be in the same meeting,” the president said, generating a round of laughter and clapping. “Then it means that there are people of good faith who want to get some stuff done…even if we don’t agree on everything.”
Will the shout-out produce an on-air makeup between O’Reilly and Sharpton over last summer’s feud that wouldn’t end? Stay tuned.
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