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Archives: June 2007

The mic grabber who interrupted Laura Ingle‘s live shot on FNC this morning was allegedly detained outside the Midtown Apple store, Gizmodo says (via ICN)…

Larry/Paris: #1 On Cable On Wednesday

Larry King‘s interview with Paris Hilton was the #1 program on all of ad-supported cable on Wednesday, CNN says, citing Nielsen.

In the 25-54 demo, Larry/Paris was #2, after the premiere of Rescue Me…

“What Was Mika Thinking?”

“What was Mika Brzezinski thinking when she refused to cover the breaking Paris Hilton news on” Morning Joe?’s Zeitgeist has the “exclusive interview…”

> Also: Read all the comments…

MSNBC Going To Tape On Saturday P.M.

MSNBC is pulling the plug on its Saturday afternoon newscasts.

“The network had originally added the 12-4pm shift with Contessa Brewer back at the end of 2005. The network dropped its Sunday 12-4 newscast due to ratings last December,” ICN says.

MSNBC Live will now run from 8am to noon. “As we do on Sunday, we will break into the afternoon programming for breaking news,” a network rep says…

Moyers Says FNC “Huffs & Puffs,” But “Does Little Serious Original Reporting”

Bill Moyers‘ essay about Rupert Murdoch, airing tonight on PBS, is already on YouTube and The Huffington Post.

Here’s what Moyers says about FNC:

“His worst offense with FOX News is not even its baldly partisan agenda. Far worse is the travesty he’s made of its journalism. FOX News huffs and puffs, pontificates and proclaims, but does little serious original reporting. His tabloids sell babes and breasts, gossip and celebrities. Now he’s about to bring under the same thumb one of the few national newsrooms remaining in the country.”

New On “Dotcom Daily” is testing a new web video: “Dotcom Daily,” hosted by Courtney Friel, the web site’s entertainment correspondent.

She already hosts the gossip webcast Lips and Ears. Since Monday, she’s been reading headlines on the two-minute videos, accessible through AOL Video.

Is this a new web product from FNC, similar to the business videos Cheryl Casone hosts for Yahoo?…

Debates: MSNBC Sponsoring Two In Florida

Several Florida groups are hoping to attract presidential candidates to two debates next January. Today MSNBC signed on as a national broadcast sponsor for the debates, scheduled to take place Jan. 23 and 25.

Also, “most of the NBC affiliates in Florida have already committed to broadcast the debates live.” NBC special events EP Phil Alongi says “NBC News is pleased to join the Decision 2008: Before You Vote partnership, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to bring these debates from the key state of Florida to a national audience…’

Zucker Thinks We Should “Back Off” Couric & “Give Her A Break”

Jeff Zucker, Katie Couric‘s former boss, thinks some of the scrutiny directed toward her has been “unfair and sexist in tone.”

In a video interview, Zucker said: “Frankly, I think everybody should just back off, give her a break, and let her do her job, and see how it goes. But I think the amount of attention attended to this has been wholely unfair, and I do think there is a degree of sexism involved.”

Zucker added: “Some of the coverage has just been blatantly unfair.” Also: For some viewers, “it’s probably a little harder to accept her in that role than what’s traditionally been in that role, and that will take time. That takes time to change people’s perceptions and people’s attitudes.”

Terror Plot Foiled: Notes

> Look at the message CBS News found on a jihadist Internet forum: “Today I say: Rejoice, by Allah, London shall be bombed.” It was posted hours before the scare…

> Today’s scare “comes just three weeks after what was described as an al Qaeda graduation ceremony of suicide bomb teams to be dispatched to Europe and the United States,” ABC’s Brian Ross notes…

> Good Morning America covered the plot with three correspondents: Jim Scuitto in London, Brian Ross in New York and Pierre Thomas in DC. The Early Show tossed to Richard Roth in London and analyzed the news with John O’Connor

> FNC’s Steve Centanni thinks it’s 2006: Reporting on Fox News Live at 11:07am, he said today is “almost the anniversary of the 7/7 attacks in London last year.” The attacks were in 2005…

> Fox News London correspondent Amy Kellogg hurried to Piccadilly Circus this morning; she did a phoner at 5:59 and was live on camera by 6:28am…

Watch: Bystander Grabs Ingle’s Mic On FNC

inglejune29.jpgA bystander interfered with Laura Ingle‘s iPhone live shot on FNC this morning, grabbing her microphone and running away before being tackled.

Here’s the must-see video.

Ingle was interviewing Newsweek’s Steven Levy, who was holding a coveted iPhone. “I thought it was interesting that the guy tried to grab your microphone and not the iPhone!,” Megyn Kelly said…