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Archives: February 2007

Beck Responds To Olbermann

Remember when Keith Olbermann called Glenn Beck a “very dangerously bigoted guy who is selling himself as a pragmatic philosopher?”
Last night, Beck responded on his HLN show. Here’s the video:

Highlights: “Hey, Keith, you’re not saving the world’s democracy; you’re killing it, my friend, by trying to limit the marketplace of ideas to only those that reflect your own.”

And: “Me personally, I surround myself with varying points of view. My staff: blood shooting out of your eyes liberals, conservatives, men, women, minorities, and, you know, it’s weird, I don’t need a mailbox outside my office to communicate with them. Oops, did I say that?” Transcript…

“More Youthful Story Selection” At ABC

Andrew Tyndall knows why World News has beat Nightly News twice this month:

“NBC has a harder newscast and is more Washington, D.C.-oriented. ABC does more family stories, more women-oriented stories… and has a slightly younger audience. There’s a more youthful story selection at ABC,” Tyndall says in today’s New York Post.

Michael Starr notes that viewers don’t have to watch Nightly News on TV anymore — it’s available on — but no one knows “how many people watch the evening newscasts on the Internet…”

The Scoreboard: Monday, February 26

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 260 | CNN: 177 | MSNBC: 156 | HLN: 122 | CNBC: 113

Prime: FNC: 479 | CNN: 290 | MSNBC: 206 | HLN: 199 | CNBC: 94

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  183 256 350 590 496 350 326
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  226 298 254 232 315 323 220
MSNBC Matthews: Tucker: Matthews: Countdo.: Scarbo.: Reports: Investig.:
  156 131 209 277 160 181 194
HLN HLN: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  94/127 147 147 209 139 250 191

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

Feb. #’s: Program Ranker

Here’s the February 2007 program ranker. O’Reilly is #1, H&C is #2, Greta is #3, Shep is #4, and Hume is #5. Larry King is #6. FNC has 13 of the top 14 shows on cable news.

Analyze the data yourself: click the link…

> Feb. 07 ranker (PDF)

World News #1 In Demo For 4 Weeks

The Hollywood Reporter recaps:

“ABC’s World News With Charles Gibson was the most-watched evening newscast last week, the second time in three weeks that it has beaten traditional leader NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams.

It was also the fourth week in a row that ABC was No. 1 in the adults 25-54 demographic, according to data released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.” More…

Woodruff’s Return: “In The Coming Weeks, I’ll Continue To Report On This Story…”

woodrufffeb29.jpgBob Woodruff‘s closing note on “To Iraq And Back:”

“In the coming weeks, I’ll continue to report on this story along with my colleagues at ABC News, because the human cost of war is sometimes overlooked.

No one comes back from war unchanged. The wounded face challenges that will last a lifetime, and need support that matches their sacrifice. So that they are, in the words of George Washington, ‘appreciated by their nation.’

I’m Bob Woodruff. Good night.”

Woodruff’s Return: Documentary Clip

> Update: 11:56am: Here is the free full video of the show…

Here is a five-minute clip from “To Iraq & Back: Bob Woodruff Reports.” It describes the bombing and Woodruff’s transport to Landstuhl:

Woodruff’s Return: To World News

woodruffgibsonfeb27.jpgThe last 11 minutes of Tuesday’s World News with Charles Gibson were dedicated to Bob Woodruff‘s return to ABC.

“I am delighted to say that Bob Woodruff is back at World News on this set, with which he is very familiar,” Gibson said as he introduced a four-minute anchor-to-anchor Q&A. The extended conversation is on

  I’ve had friends who have had very close calls with death. And they say ‘I keep saying to myself, why was I allowed to live? Is there something I need to do, is there something different now?’ Do you feel that?

Well, I still don’t understand it, to tell you the truth. I don’t know how those rocks went through my neck, came up near the artery on the other side and stopped one millimeter from it and I still lived. Why these other ones hit my nose and didn’t go through my eyes, other ones went into my cheek. Why I didn’t die from this, smashed my shoulder on the back, it didn’t go through my heart. Why that happened, I don’t know. To this day, I don’t know why this has become such a miracle for me.

Here’s the full interview…

Woodruff’s Return: Waking Up At Disney World To A Call From David Westin

Tuesday on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Lee Woodruff talked at length about her husband’s injuries for the first time.

Here’s the AP story. Also, has a full write-up:

  The day Bob was struck by a roadside bomb, his wife and four children were 7,000 miles away, vacationing at Disney World.

‘The phone rang, and I was sure that [it was my wake-up call],’ she says. ‘[But] it was David Westin, the president of ABC News. He said, ‘Lee, Bob’s been wounded. We believe he’s taken shrapnel to the brain.”

At that moment, Lee says her world stopped. ‘Here I was in this beautiful room, and we were going to go to the Epcot Center that day,’ she says. ‘My brain just began shuffling everything. It was one of those truly out-of-body moments.’

Woodruff’s Return: He “Looks Perfectly Fit For TV Duty Once Again”

John Eggerton writes on BCBeat:

“I had no idea the severity of his wounds, of the extent of the shrapnel injuries or the long odds he faced to even be able to talk again. It may have been the magic of TV, but Woodruff looks perfectly fit for TV duty once again.

Woodruff may not return to the World News anchor chair, but given the man’s will to survive and then recover, and then revisit that horror for our benefit and that of others injured in Iraq, I would not bet against it…”