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Cosby Accuser Says She Was Not Offended By Lemon Remarks

don-lemon-800On Wednesday night’s “CNN Tonight”, CNN’s Don Lemon again addressed the fallout from his comments on the same program one night earlier. “As a victim myself, I would never suggest any victim could have prevented a rape,” Lemon said at the top of the broadcast, making his second on-air apology of the day.

This time, however, Lemon brought back Joan Tarshis, who says she was raped by Bill Cosby, and to whom Lemon made the remark “you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.”

“If I offended you, and I don’t think I did, I’m sorry for that,” Lemon told her. Tarshis said despite the uproar over Lemon’s comments, she was not personally offended. “You didn’t offend me at all.”

But Tarshis did react to news two networks, NBC and Netflix, have pulled out of projects planned with Bill Cosby. “I’m happy. I feel like justice is being served.”

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Sharpton Criticizes Report on Unpaid Taxes

politifact-photos-sharptonThe New York Times reports MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” host Al Sharpton has criticized a Times report asserting Sharpton has $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens outstanding against him and the for-profit business he controls. “It just is not true,” Sharpton said during a news conference Wednesday in Harlem. “We’re talking about old taxes. We’re not talking about anything new.”

The Times reports Sharpton insisted he was current on his taxes, and had paid down tax liens:

The accuracy of Mr. Sharpton’s assertion that the amount he owes the federal government is much lower than the $3.6 million shown in records cannot be verified. A spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service said federal law prohibited the agency from divulging any details about individual taxpayers. As for the state tax liens, Mr. Sharpton’s assertion that he has paid them down conflicts with information provided by state officials. State authorities filed tax liens against Mr. Sharpton in 2008 and 2009, and another in 2010 against a for-profit business he controls, Revals Communications, totaling $695,000. But a spokesman for the State Department of Taxation and Finance said the amount due had actually increased, to $916,000.

Earlier, MSNBC declined to comment on the Times story when contacted by TVNewser.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, November 9

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 165 | CNN: 85 | MSNBC: 127 | HLN: 130
  • Primetime: FNC: 137 | CNN: 164 | MSNBC: 157 | HLN: 132

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Healthy:

73

MediaBuzz:

98

FNSunday:

100

Report:

167

Huckabee:

158

Greta:

95

Kelly:

157

Huckabee:

150

NewsHQ:

111

CNN
Nwsroom:

38

Nwsroom:

37

Nwsroom:

28

Nwsroom:

56

Bourdain:

127

Bourdain:

240

Ling:

124

Ling:

97

Bourdain:

120

MSNBC
Caught:

78

Caught:

154

Slaves:

156

Slaves:

249

Slaves:

208

Slaves:

113

Lockup:

151

Lockup:

179

Lockup:

155

HLN
Files:

39

Files:

79

Files:

73

Files:

84

Files:

123

Files:

91

Files:

182

Files:

266

Files:

279

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Jon Stewart Confirms He Was Approached About ‘Meet the Press’

03_jon stewart_2In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jon Stewart confirms he did indeed have discussions with NBC about the possibility of the “Daily Show” host taking on one of broadcast news’ most storied programs, “Meet the Press”. “My guess is they were casting as wide and as weird a net as they could,” he says. “I’m sure part of them was thinking, ‘Why don’t we just make it a variety show?’”

While the offer could have been exceptionally lucrative, Stewart tells the magazine he never really considered it:

“I felt like that was one of those situations,” he says, “where someone says, ‘We really like what you do. Why don’t you come over here and do something different, maybe something you don’t do as well, for us?’ I can understand notionally where it comes from. News and entertainment have melded in a way. But they would be overcompensating on the entertainment side. That’s certainly not an outlandish decision, although I don’t necessarily think that’s the best direction for it.”

Greta Van Susteren Slams Stelter’s Comments on Layoffs: ‘Are You Kidding? That’s Cold’

greta-300x168 copyOn Sunday, CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter described last week’s layoffs at the network as “painful,” but part of a media industry trend he called “reshaping.” Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren saw TVNewser’s story on Stelter and called his commentary “cold”:

This is pretty cold to call what happened to so many hard working people – who lost their jobs – “reshaping.” The truth: failed management. Those who got laid off were doing their jobs — you can’t say that for those who manage the place. If they did their jobs, there would not be so much heartache and worry for so many.

What is also cold is the way this is done. Management doesn’t manage effectively…leading to layoffs…or, code, ‘reshaping’ and then it doesn’t even have the guts to do it themselves. They have HR do it….and even worse, the reshapen employee is escorted out of the building. Go figure, right?

By the way, how does Jeff Zucker keep his job?

Stelter responded to Van Susteren’s comments on Twitter:
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Aidan Cassidy on Social Media Posting for New Parents

More than 92% of babies have some sort of online presence according to a study by Internet Security Firm, IVG.

That stat is striking, but it checks out when you give it some thought. For those of us with several online friends in their mid-twenties to thirties, this stat especially rings true. Everybody’s having babies it seems, and they (understandably) want to share the amazing news. We consulted with Social Media Expert Aidan J. Cassidy to better understand the landscape.

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, October 5

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 158 | MSNBC: 89 | CNN: 124 | HLN: 110
  • Primetime: FNC: 102 | MSNBC: 88 | CNN: 208 | HLN: 114

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HC:

91

MediaBuzz:

104

FNSunday:

96

Faulkner:

115

Huckabee:

90

Hannity:

131

Stossel:

85

Huckabee:

85

Hannity:

114

MSNBC
Planes:

39

Crash:

33

Crash:

66

Planes:

75

Crash:

73

Lockup:

70

Lockup:

122

Lockup:

193

Lockup:

246

CNN
Nwsroom:

95

Nwsroom:

108

Nwsroom:

80

Hernandez:

119

Bourdain:

113

Bourdain:

256

Ling:

256

Bourdain:

118

Bourdain:

119

HLN
Files:

101

Files:

100

Files:

80

Files:

91

Files:

104

Files:

102

Files:

137

Files:

211

Files:

280

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Piers Morgan ‘Itching to get Back in the Game’

Piers Morgan, who is five months removed from the cancellation of his primetime show on CNN, sat down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Monday.

Lauer’s first question was essentially, have you spent five months thinking about what went wrong [at CNN]?

Morgan explained that he went into CNN to conduct “big interviews, with big figures.” While Morgan says he did “many of those,” in his first two years, a series of deadly mass shootings changed the tone of the show.

Morgan told Lauer that something inside him “exploded” after the Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings, turning his show into a nightly battle with the NRA and gun lobbyist. Morgan’s ratings declined as his show changed, but he doesn’t have any regrets about speaking out on gun control.

“How could you let twenty first graders be shot dead in their classrooms and the reaction would be absolutely nothing [in America]. So I don’t regret standing up for trying to effect change, he said. “I wish more American media people, America news anchors stood up.”

Morgan, who is now the editor-at-large for the news website MailOnline, left a door open for an eventual return to American television. “I’m itching to get back in the game,” Morgan said.

What the Current Ebola Outbreak Can Teach Us About Preparedness: Food4Patriots Offers Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe

With well over 1,900 casualties accounted for, the Ebola Outbreak continues to rage on, as the best minds in modern medicine continue to try and crack the code for a cure, and isolate the heartless disease.

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5 Questions for CNN ‘This is Life’ Host Lisa Ling

LisaLingLisa Ling returns to TV news this weekend with the debut of the new CNN show “This is Life.” Ling, 41, got her start in TV news as a correspondent for student news network Channel One News. Since then, she’s traveled the globe for National Geographic Explorer, spent a few years sitting next to Barbara Walters on “The View,” and helped secure her sister’s freedom from a North Korean prison.

TVNewser: What kinds of stories should viewers expect to see on “This is Life?”

Lisa Ling: The series is a look into unconventional lifestyles in America. Some of the episodes include prescription pill addiction in Mormon country, the phenomenon of young women seeking out moneyed older men to help with college tuition, women seeking fortune in North Dakota’s oil fields and the recent increase of young seminarians in the Catholic Church.

TVNewser: Why is CNN a good fit for this type of program?

Lisa Ling: My show is a journalistic exploration of the different worlds that exist within our world. There is no better platform than the premier global journalism outlet.

TVNewser: How did the 2009 experience of your sister Laura’s imprisonment in North Korea change how you view foreign reporting?

Lisa Ling: I’ve always been a cautious reporter and taken security concerns very seriously, but Laura’s imprisonment certainly has made me much more appreciative of the risks that journalist take to tell stories. Although there is far more media today than there ever has been, the need for substantive, depth-filled reporting is more dire than ever.

TVNewser: What’s an under-covered story right now?

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