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Archives: September 2005

New Book Collects Cavuto’s Commentaries

cavutobooksept30.jpgFox News host Neil Cavuto has a new book coming out. “Your Money Or Your Life” is a collection of Cavuto’s best commentaries from “Your World.” From the book’s introduction:

 I try not to distinguish between business news and general news. To me, the two are the same…

Over the quarter century I’ve been doing this — first in print, then in broadcasting, then in print and broadcasting — I’m amazed at how many people seem to believe that if it’s about Wall Street, it’s not about Main Street.

I think it’s quite the other way around. Wall Street is Main Street.

Cavuto is beginning his promotional tour for the book, including today’s interview with the Charlotte Observer…

Aaron-Anderson: “Fire & Ice”

Today the Atlanta Journal-Constitution follows up on TVNewser’s report that Anderson Cooper will continue to co-host NewsNight with Aaron Brown. CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein considers Cooper one of the top talents in TV. “The combination of Aaron and Anderson gives us fire and ice,” Klein says. “Anderson is about visceral experience. Aaron is kind of about the cerebral analysis.”

Cooper Wants To Pen Katrina Book

Anderson Cooper has been shopping a book about his New Orleans experiences,” a tipster tells Gawker. “He’s repped by Janklow/Nesbit. Don’t know if it has sold or who bought it.”

“Where does this guy get off thinking he could write a book? He’s a talking head, not a writer,” a commenter says. But I think his monthly magazine column has been superb…

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Total viewers:

Total day: FNC: 1,047,000 / CNN: 599,000 / MSNBC: 279,000 / HLN: 223,000 / CNBC: 154,000

Primetime: FNC: 2,105,000 / CNN: 950,000 / MSNBC: 422,000 / HLN: 456,000 / CNBC: 86,000

25-54 demographic:

Total day: FNC: 285,000 / CNN: 193,000 / MSNBC: 99,000 / HLN: 104,000 / CNBC: 49,000

Primetime: FNC: 430,000 / CNN: 292,000 / MSNBC: 158,000 / HLN: 144,000 / CNBC: 50,000

The hourlies:

6pm: Hume: 1,583,000 / Dobbs: 737,000 / Abrams: 312,000 / Mad Money: 253,000

7pm: Shep: 1,470,000 / Cooper: 780,000 / Hardball: 340,000 / Showbiz: 140,000 / CNBC: 66,000

8pm: O’Reilly: 2,655,000 / Zahn: 1,061,000 / Countdown: 464,000 / Grace: 665,000 / CNBC: 38,000

9pm: H&C: 1,900,000 / King: 962,000 / Rita: 443,000 / Prime News: 340,000 / Mad Money repeat: 100,000

10pm: Greta: 1,759,000 / NewsNight: 826,000 / Scarborough: 358,000 / Grace: 363,000 / Deutsch: 121,000

11pm: O’Reilly repeat: 1,249,000 / NewsNight: 613,000 / Situation: 216,000 / Showbiz repeat: 207,000 / CNBC: 74,000

Dubious Delay ‘Exclusive’ On CNN

“Looks like the folks at CNN are following Klein’s advice and hyping up the chyrons to draw viewers,” a tipster says. “Tonight on ‘The Situation Room’ they had a chyron that read: EXCLUSIVE: REP. TOM DELAY (R-TX) RESPONDS during an interview that they claimed was ‘exclusive,’ 24 hours after he was on Special Report w/ Brit Hume, Hannity & Colmes and Hardball last night.”

> Update: 10:26am: An e-mailer responds: “Tom Delay did only one TV interview on Thursday: The Situation Room on CNN. That’s exclusive. He did three interviews on Wednnesday, yet FNC bannered theirs “exclusive” anyway during Brit Hume’s show. Chris Matthews also had Delay on but didn’t use the exclusive banner. Fox overuses the exclusive banner every day.”

Give Us CNN International!

Aaron Barnhart links to today’s CNNI birthday memo, and says:

“CNN International is not on my cable system. CNN International used to run nights and weekends when CNNfn wasn’t on. But now that CNN is out of the biznews business, CNNfn has gone away and no more CNNI. That’s a disgrace, and no one at CNN has the right to congratulate themselves until CNNI is on 24/7 on my cable system. My Time Warner Cable system.”

Happy 20th Birthday To CNN International

A memo from CNN News Group president Jim Walton:

Happy birthday to everyone at CNN International.

“This Friday, the world’s most talked about and recognized news network, CNN International, turns 20. The channel launched Sept. 30, 1985.

Now reaching out to more than 200 countries and territories and available to approximately 180 million households, CNN International is the network of choice for millions of people. It has also been defined by others as “the first draft of history.”

The list of historical images captured by CNN’s cameras and broadcast around the world reads like an encyclopedia of world events: the Gulf War, Nelson Mandela’s release, Tiananmen Square, the Balkans War, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Rabin’s assassination, the millennium celebrations, the Beslan School massacre, the death of Princess Diana, Hong Kong’s handover and the Palestinian Intifada. And that is just a snapshot of two decades of global broadcasting.

Additionally, the events of 2005 — starting with the tsunami in South Asia, the death of Pope John Paul II, the London terrorists bombings and hurricanes Katrina and Rita — continue to underscore the importance of 24-hour news services and CNN International in particular.

Watched by millions every day and used by world leaders, business men and women, economists and industrialists as a vital part of their daily life, CNN International is the preeminent global news service and the standard bearer for those who seek to emulate what your colleagues started in 1985.

Over the next few days, please take a moment to reflect on what has been achieved in these past 20 years and what you have all done to build this remarkable network.”

SCOTUS: “Magic Number Reached”

> Send coverage notes to or use the tip box…

> FNC’s chyron: “Magic number reached, confirmation all but certain.”

> CNN placed Roberts’ photo on the lower left corner of the screen.

> At least on my TV, ABC was the only network to air a special report. “The next one is likely to be a bigger fight, but maybe President Bush can pull another rabbit out of his hat,” George Stephanopoulos said. Bob Woodruff anchored.

> FNC’s Brit Hume: “This is a very critical part of a President’s legacy.”

> posted a breaking news banner that said Roberts had been confirmed before the Senate voted. It pulled the banner down a few minutes later.

Today, GMA Compete For Compassion — But Are They Getting Too Involved?

“TV Morning Shows in Compassion Competition” is David Bauder‘s AP headline. He sums up “Humanity Plaza” and “GMA Gets It Done,” and says: “While few can argue the cause’s worthiness, the efforts raise questions about the extent broadcast news divisions should get involved in stories they cover.”

Today EP Jim Bell “said he believed the effort fit into the unique news and entertainment mix of the morning shows. ‘I think it is our role to get involved and not just sit back and wait for someone else to help,’ he said.”

GMA EP Ben Sherwood “said the issue was discussed among ABC News management. ‘This feels like a special case and a special instance where action and journalism are consistent — shining a light and also doing something, rolling up the sleeves,’ he said.”

More… Revamps Design Again has tweaked its design again. The new color scheme and navigation reflects the look of the “Public Eye” blog, and it’s a lot cleaner and more attractive.

“We’ve spent the better part of the year working on ways to improve our look and your user experience,” Michael Sims, director of news and operations for, writes. “We’ve expanded the screen size to take advantage of today’s higher resolution monitors and improved our navigation to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. We’ve made it easier to find our popular, content-rich interactives that take you deeper into hundreds of subjects. And we’ve improved the video experience.” Check it out…