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Archives: September 2006

“Poor Judgment” By FNC’s Internet Division is having a bad week. First the site missed an opportunity by not promoting video of the Clinton/Wallace interview; even the on-air talent were directing viewers to YouTube. Then the company asked YouTube to remove some clips of the interview.

But the clips are back up now — and a Fox News spokesperson is placing blame on the “Internet division.” According to DigitalMediaWire, FNC said:

“Our Internet division used poor judgment in asking this to be taken down. We’re thrilled the Wallace-Clinton clip has received so many hits on You Tube.”

One e-mailer put it this way: “I love it when one division publicly attacks another.”

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Sept. 26

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 292 | CNN: 199 | MSNBC: 129 | HLN: 114 | CNBC: 79

Prime: FNC: 420 | CNN: 287 | MSNBC: 169 | HLN: 223 | CNBC: 127

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  290 392 324 413 504 344 391
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  203 207 224 146 423 293 207
MSNBC Matthews: Tucker: Matthews: Countdo.: Scarbo.: Special: Investig.:
  150 137 155 249 154 103 157
HLN HLN: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  70/50 60 184 297 150 221 161

Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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“The Blackberry War”

Via the Cincinnati Enquirer, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer describes the front lines of the “Blackberry War:”

“I could download stories while covering the Israeli-Hezbollah war, e-mail my colleagues in New York, and get the story on the air and beat our competitors. This is a revolution, and we’re living it daily.”

Q3 ’06: Everyone Is Down

Fox News Channel saw a “significant” drop in primetime in the third quarter of 2006, MediaWeek says. FNC was “down 35 percent in total viewers and off 38 percent in the 25-54 demo” in primetime. CNN, meanwhile, “dropped 24 percent… in total viewers and fell 31 percent among the 25-54 demo.”

More: “CNN Headline News was down 28 percent in total viewers and fell another 29 percent in the news demo, while MSNBC dropped 22 percent in overall ratings and 25 percent among 25-54s. Only last-place CNBC showed growth in the quarter, gaining 9 percent in total viewers, which was offset by a 9 percent fall-off in the 25-54 demo.”

Ailes: “The Assault On Chris Wallace Is An Assault On All Journalists”

The AP reports: “Fox News chief Roger Ailes says former President Clinton’s response to Chris Wallace’s question about going after Osama bin Laden represents ‘an assault on all journalists.’”

He said: “If you can’t sit there and answer a question from a professional, mild-mannered, respectful reporter like Chris Wallace, then the hatred for journalists is showing. All journalists need to raise their eyebrows and say, ‘hold on a second.’”

More: “They’re out there saying (Wallace) was savage, he sandbagged (Clinton), he was taking orders on the question. Chris Wallace has never taken orders on questions in his life. There’s never been a discussion of that. I frankly think the assault on Chris Wallace is an assault on all journalists.”

Here’s the full story…

Filan Becomes MSNBC’s Senior Legal Analyst

Susan Filan, Esq. has been named MSNBC Senior Legal Analyst,” the network announced today. “Filan, a former prosecutor and trial lawyer, began providing commentary on MSNBC in 2005 on several high-profile cases including Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Kobe Bryant, and Robert Blake. In addition to appearing as an analyst on MSNBC’s daytime and primetime programs, Filan also has served as a guest host for ‘The Abrams Report.’”

“Susan is a tough and talented lawyer who brings a wealth of practical courtroom experience to MSNBC,” GM Dan Abrams says. “She also explains sometimes complicated legal issues in a compelling and incisive way.”

“Fox To Party In CNN’s Front Yard”

cnncentersept26.jpgThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: “Fox News Channel is throwing itself a 10th birthday party in Atlanta this week, right in cable news rival CNN’s front yard.

Fox, which actually turns 10 next week, plans to broadcast three shows Thursday at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce building on the edge of Centennial Olympic Park.” CNN Center is located a short walk across the park.

FNC’s EP of news specials Thom Bird says “we’ll have this lovely view of the CNN building, and I’m sure they’ll have a lovely view of us.” He added: “I’m sure we’ll be waving at them and they’ll be waving at us and watching to see how news is done.”

Q3 ’06: Program Ranker

Here’s the program ranker for the third quarter of 2006, courtesy FNC. The O’Reilly Factor is #1, Hannity & Colmes is #2, On The Record is #3, Special Report is #4, and The Fox Report is #5.

Larry King Live was CNN’s top show, coming in at #6. Lou Dobbs was CNN’s second-best, followed by Anderson Cooper and Paula Zahn. MSNBC’s top show was MSNBC Reports (a couple episodes aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays) followed by Countdown and other editions of MSNBC Reports. Check it out for yourself:

> Q3 2006 program ranker (PDF)

“E.D. Has Moved Upwards & Onwards!”

Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade gives this site a shout-out in his latest blog entry:

“As you know we have welcomed Gretchen Carlson on the show, as E.D. has moved upwards and onwards! She now hosts FOX News Live from 10 a.m. to noon ET. As a viewer, I can tell E.D. has been doing great and as a co-host it’s a thrill to be working with Gretchen. Steve and I never really got along, so nothing changes (only kidding Cablenewser).”

The Ticker: NBC, Hill, Koppel’s Toothpaste…

> An NBC tipster tells TVNewser: “Reports are as many as 100 people may be laid off from NBC News before the first of the year. Also: producers in L.A. have been told they no longer work for an individual show but NBC News in general, and they will take on producing reports for Access Hollywood that recently let 14 people go.” True?…

> Update: 12:54pm: Another tipster adds: “It is true that as part of 2.0 we’re all girding for some people being let go across the board — NBC, MS, CNBC. But we’ve been told it will be done through attrition and buyouts, and there won’t be outright layoffs. More importantly, at the bureaus, people work for the network not individual shows…”

> Find out how Erica Hill got bit by the journalism bug and ended up at CNN (via ICN)…

> In case you care: Ted Koppel arrived at Reagan National yesterday “without a clear plastic bag and a too-large tube of toothpaste in his shaving kit,” the Washington Post dutifully reports (via Extreme Mortman)…

> Writing for Media Matters, Eric Boehlert says “the press appears to be turning away” from the Iraq war “just as nervous Republicans nationwide are also turning away from it…”

> Thanks to the e-mailers who have forwarded today’s Olbermann item; because it’s a sensitive security issue, I’m choosing not to link to it…