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Archives: April 2006

WHCAD: The Pre-Show Parties

TVNewser contributor Scott Baker surveys the pre-dinner receptions and bumps into Kim Alexis, Ann Coulter, Greta Van Susteren, Rita Cosby, Tucker Carlson and others…

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 27

25-54 demographic:

Total day: FNC: 235 | CNN: 149 | MSNBC: 94 | HLN: 80 | CNBC: 61

Prime: FNC: 399 | CNN: 210 | MSNBC: 134 | HLN: 110 | CNBC: 135

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  155 238 284 456 414 328 350
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  150 241 307 164 279 186 203
MSNBC Hardball: Abrams: Hardball: Countdown: Scarborough: Cosby: Situation:
  93 76 117 119 122 161 95
HLN Roberts/Choi: Showbiz: Grace: Prime: Grace: Showbiz:
      67 99 93 137 80

Total viewers:

Total day: FNC: 884 | CNN: 444 | MSNBC: 242 | HLN: 226 | CNBC: 213

Prime: FNC: 1,978 | CNN: 762 | MSNBC: 374 | HLN: 419 | CNBC: 324

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  799 1,224 1,277 2,538 1,936 1,459 1,090
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  528 797 658 682 1,007 597 414
MSNBC Hardball: Abrams: Hardball: Countdown: Scarborough: Cosby: Situation:
  275 257 358 347 421 353 285
HLN Roberts/Choi: Showbiz: Grace: Prime: Grace: Showbiz:
      145 474 395 389 182

Doug Vogt Is “Looking & Feeling Great”

ABC News president David Westin sent this message about Doug Vogt to staffers today. It’s posted on The World Newser blog…

“Doug, his wife Vivian and their three beautiful daughters dropped by for a visit this afternoon. They’re in the States for a medical check up or two and to visit with friends and colleagues. I’m delighted to report that Doug is looking and feeling great. He has made amazing progress and is eager to get back into a regular routine.

Both Doug and Vivian reiterated their appreciation for all the thoughts, prayers, and support they have received from so many people these last three months, as well as their great admiration for the medical treatment that Doug has received from the military. It was wonderful to see Doug reunited with so many of those who have worked with him all around the world over the years. Today was a very good day for all of us at ABC News.”

A Preview Of “The Most with Alison Stewart”

mostapril28.jpgMSNBC inadvertently pulled the covers off its new 3pm show with a page on The template page for “The Most with Alison Stewart” is subtitled “What’s happening in the news and on the Internet? Find out on MSNBC.” The filler text says: “Alison Stewart has her finger on the pulse of the Internet, entertainment, business, news, technology and health, and she delivers The Most information.” Earlier this month, ICN said the new show will premiere on May 1…

Is Clooney Coming To Prom?

clooneyapr28.jpgThanks to George Clooney, the media is talking about Darfur.

After the actor’s appearance at the National Press Club, Clooney sat down for an interview with Wolf Blitzer yesterday. It airs on The Situation Room today.

(Right, Blitzer, author of “Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide” Samantha Power, and Clooney.)

Clooney also appeared on The Today Show this morning. He’s on FNC’s Studio B, too…

White House Press Corps Didn’t Demand To Watch CNN On Air Force One

Yesterday’s incident on Air Force One has been spun into a “liberal bias issue.” NewsBusters titled it “WH Press Corps Demands To Watch CNN.”

But Washington Post reporter Jim VandeHei “was not asking to watch CNN,” his colleague Tom Edsall said in a chat today. “I think that was McClellan’s interjection to make it look like the media wanted to watch the ‘liberal’ channel. In fact, some of the folks on the plane wanted to watch ESPN.”

VandeHei adds: “My issue, again, was with being forced to watch one network especially one most white house aides I talk to consider the most favorable in terms of its coverage of Bush. I would raise the same issue if it appeared there was policy mandating CNN viewing.”

The Last Fox News Sunday Party Post


By now you’ve read all about the Fox News Sunday party in Georgetown Wednesday night.

By now you know Hillary Clinton schmoozed with Rupert Murdoch. By now you know that Dick Cheney had two glasses of red wine. You know Rush & Molloy called it a “major conservative salt lick.”

Now check out Greta Van Susteren‘s photos…

Paul Friedman’s Blueprint For CBS News

Following up on this week’s announcement of Paul Friedman‘s appointment to vice president at CBS News: Almost one year ago to the day, on April 26, 2005, Friedman offered some “free advice” to Les Moonves in the Wall Street Journal. Perhaps it offers a few clues about the direction of the Evening News.

CBS “cannot win by doing the same old thing as the other networks, it has less to lose than the other networks, and it still has very talented people who can accomplish change,” Friedman wrote. “More important, it is in the position to do the strategically right thing by doing the right thing. This is not a matter of wallowing in the ‘tradition of Edward R. Murrow’ and the ‘Tiffany network.’ This is about earning ratings and money by attracting an audience that wants more than endless repetition of ‘breaking news,’ even as most media outlets go down-market.”

Friedman said CBS should “believe in and commit to a newscast that gives people something to chew on, in a different style.” He said the broadcast should “summarize the news of the day in five minutes or so;” then spend 10 minutes “covering one really good story;” and end with opinion…

Snow Says “Grab Your Surfboard”

Tony Snow‘s view of the press, as told to the Examiner’s Bill Sammon:

“My view of the press right now is that we’re living in the Wild West, and it’s pretty exciting,” he said. “Because the old sheriff used to be ABC, NBC, CBS. Now you’ve got networks, you’ve got cable, you’ve got talk radio, you’ve got the blogosphere.

“The blogosphere has never quite gotten its due, and sooner or later it will,” he said. “But you’ve got pouring information in from everywhere. So you grab your surfboard and get on top of the wave rather than underneath it.”

Let’s Name Dan Rather’s Blog: Results

Some reader suggestions for the name of Dan Rather‘s possible blog:

  “I’d Rather Be the Voice of God”

“I’d Rather Not”

“The Frequency”

“I’d Rather be in Philadelphia”

“I’d Rather Be Blogging”

“Rather Blather”

“Rather Frank”

“The Blog Never Blinks”

“Dan The Man”

“Part Of Your World”

“The Texas BullBlog”

“Frog Side Pockets”