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Archives: September 2007

The Scoreboard: Thursday, Sept. 27

25-54 demographic: (LS)

Total day: FNC: 221 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 109 | HLN: 104 | CNBC: 71

Prime: FNC: 361 | CNN: 212 | MSNBC: 181 | HLN: 179 | CNBC: 81

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC BigStory: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  244 282 333 522 276 285 360
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: OutOpen: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  195 210 178 179 241 215 132
MSNBC Hardball: Tucker: Hardball: Countdo.: Abrams: Special: Special:
  96 79 119 247 150 147 128
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  65 93 136 218 176 142 136

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

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Shuster/Blackburn: Questioning The “Appeal”

FishbowlDC sums up the back and forth and back and forth of the David Shuster/Rep. Marsha Blackburn story.
The latest back (or is it forth?): “Matt Lambert, Rep. Blackburn’s communications director, is now questioning the Memphis Commercial Appeal article.”

Clinton’s Former Chief of Staff Jumps Into O’Reilly Fray

John Podesta, Pres. Bill Clinton‘s former chief of staff, and currently head of the Center for American Progress, is speaking out on Bill O’Reilly’s radio comments. In an interview with David Goodman of Boston’s WERS-FM Podesta said O’Reilly should apologize.

“What Bill O’Reilly says never surprises me because it’s always so over the top. In this case, I think it offended some people. I think rather than saying he was misquoted and quoted out of context he ought to just apologize for what he said and move on from there.”

Meanwhile, has a Q&A with the owner of Sylvia’s restaurant, Kenneth Woods, Sylvia’s grandson. Woods says he wishes all the media coming up there would actually buy some food.

Graced With A Boy & A Girl

A TVNewser reader tells us that Nancy Grace announced last night that the twins she is carrying are a boy and a girl. She is due at the end of December.

Did Abrams Write Shuster’s Apology?

MSNBC_929.jpgFishbowlDC‘s Patrick Gavin answers some of the questions asked on this blog earlier today:

FishbowlDC hears that MSNBC General Manager Dan Abrams asked David Shuster to apologize for [the] Rep. Marsha Blackburn incident and even wrote the bulk of Shuster’s on-air apology.

We also hear that an on-air explanation of this episode is not expected today, with MSNBC hoping to pretend the entire episode never happened.

>More, from an MSNBC insider: “Shuster strenuously objected to Dan in a heated argument overheard by multiple MSNBC staffers. Shuster asked Dan for more time to check out Blackburn’s assertions. Dan refused and wanted to end the controversy.”

I’m thinking Abrams isn’t going to miss being MSNBC’s GM.

The Ticker: Rather, Russert, Cooper…

> Salon‘s Sidney Blumenthal has a 3,500-word piece on the Dan Rather suit against CBS & Viacom. The summation: Rather “is not going gentle into that good night.”

> FishbowlDC says NBC’s DC boss skipped a radio appearance this morning, to see The Boss live on the Rockefeller Plaza.

> CNN is going all out to promote the upcoming Planet in Peril series. Anderson Cooper is going to do one-minute daily radio reports for CNN Radio affiliates. Planet in Peril is a four-hour documentary “about issues threatening the planet and its inhabitants.”

Did Shuster Have It Right? UPDATE

The Scripps Howard story appears in today’s Memphis Commercial Appeal. Here’s what reporter Bartholomew Sullivan writes:

Shuster’s apology may have been premature. The tiny hamlet of Bon Aqua, Tenn., is where Bohannon lived in the months immediately prior to entering the Army. The Census Bureau places his home in Blackburn’s 7th Congressional District.

He lived in Bon Aqua for “close to a year” immediately prior to entering the Army, said Tonya Taylor, 35, who permitted him to stay at her house while Bohannon was dating her daughter.

Bohannon grew up, was home-schooled and was buried in McEwan, which is clearly in the 8th Congressional District of U.S. Rep. John Tanner, D-Tenn. But his last legal address was in Blackburn’s district.

The question now: how will MSNBC report this news? Will they at all? And what’s the back story to the apology Shuster delivered?

>More, from an emailer: “You’re missing the point asking if Shuster had it right! He was wrong either way, using a dead soldier in a game of gotcha is despicable and unprofessional.”


We’re still waiting to see if that Scripps Howard story exonerating David Shuster is going to materialize. In the meantime, Politico’s Anne Schroeder writes that MSNBC might have some problems booking Republican congress-types in the near future. One “Republican consultant” told Schroeder, “We don’t mind skipping MSNBC. No one watches that channel anyway.” Ouch! Calling Tucker Carlson and Joe Scarborough.

>More, an emailer writes “Republican Senator Bob Corker was on with Shuster on Tuesday.”

Gretch …err Greta On Fox & Friends

It was a quick turnaround for Greta Van Susteren. After hosting her show last night, she filled in for the vacationing Gretchen Carlson this morning. Here are some of her thoughts from GretaWire:

Behind the scenes: Steve and Brian are messy…there are papers all over this couch…Steve lost his notes and asked for mine (I have none or lost mine before I got in here)…Brian keeps leaving.


Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace joked with Greta about her interview with former Pres. Clinton last night. “I hope your Bill Clinton interview went better than mine.”

And in an even shorter turnaround, Redeye host Greg Gutfeld was on the couch in the 8amET hour. His show airs at 2amET.

>More: An emailer reminds us “remember, Greg’s show is taped earlier in the day, not live.”

…And Speaking Of Apologies

ICN has the clip from CNN’s Rick Sanchez tonight. And he’s keeping the Bill O’Reilly comments Out in the Open:

Why not just apologize Bill? And then just move on — admit it was a stupid thing to say and just be done with it. Because racist or not…intentional or thing is indisputable…it was a stupid thing to say…