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Archives: April 2008

Quien Es Mas Fairer: FNC or NBC?

HillBill_4.30.jpgAt the end of part I of Bill O’Reilly‘s II part interview with Sen. Hillary Clinton, the FNC host pressed the candidate, not once, not twice, not even three times, but four times whether she was “surprised” that Fox is being more fair to her campaign than NBC:

“Final question, are you surprised — you have to tell me the truth here. You’re looking me in the eyes, so I’m going to believe you.

BTW, that may be the best run-up to a candidate question this primary season. He continued:

Are you surprised that Fox News has been fairer to you than NBC News, and a lot of the other liberal news networks? Are you surprised?

Hillary: I wouldn’t expect anything less than a fair and balanced coverage of my campaign.

Bill: I know you’re being a little — but really, aren’t you surprised?

Hillary: Look, I am not a pundit or a commentator. I will leave that to you. That comes with the territory.

Bill: But aren’t you surprised?

Hillary: I’m running for the toughest job in the world. And it goes with the territory.

Bill: You’re not going to tell me whether you’re surprised?

Hillary: You know, I think a lot of people know this is a campaign of firsts. Sitting down today, another first in this campaign. I have been having a good time.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Apr. 29

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 288 | CNN: 197 | MSNBC: 150 | HLN: 104

Prime: FNC: 549 | CNN: 329 | MSNBC: 264 | HLN: 187

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC ElectionHQ: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  294 361 371 577 618 454 501
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  187 270 300 251 388 349 289
MSNBC Hardball: Gregory: Hardball: Countdown: Abrams: Countdown: Investig.:
  190 196 281 294 235 263 191
HLN Prime: Prime: Beck: Grace: Beck: Grace: Showbiz:
  94 67 188 193 126 252 144

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

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Blaine Holds Breath, Oprah Swoons


David Blaine this morning on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The magician set a record for holding his breath under water: 17 minutes, 4 seconds.

Yes, it’s sweeps. Even for the non-news shows. And somewhere, Shelley Ross is smiling

The Ticker: ABC, Bloomberg, CNN…

> ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson will feature a special series, “Stealing You,” during tomorrow and Friday’s broadcasts. Correspondent Elisabeth Leamy reports on identity theft trends and how you can better protect yourself and your information.

> Bloomberg TV airs a one-hour special, “Surviving the Slowdown,” tonight at 7pmET. Hosted by Kathleen Hays, the special examines many aspects of how long and deep the economic downturn will be, and how investors can protect their money and even profit during the time.

> All that standing in the cold during January paid off for CNN’s Candy Crowley. The New Hampshire Political Library is awarding her the New Hampshire Primary Award tonight for her outstanding political coverage earlier this year.’s “Tremendous Upside” relaunched in January, with a greater focus on video content. Since then, the site has taken off in its digital influence and amount of traffic.

While business newsers followed the action at the Fed, today, at a TimeInc. Digital Showcase, general manager and SVP Jonathan Shar discussed the web video results. Last year the site was producing one to two pieces of content a day, whereas now it produces 16-18 regular weekly shows, monthly and annual specials and web specific programs that can eventually cross over and air on CNN.

The amount of video streams have moved the site to encompass 54% of all video streams in the financial category, according to Nielsen’s most recent Videocensus (other sites include MSN Money, Forbes and Streams have more than doubled since the launch.

“I think we’re under our potential,” Shar tells TVNewser. “We have a tremendous upside. We’re a difference kind of experience.”

CNN’s recent special programming, “Issue #1,” with a focus on the economy came about from a partnership. “CNN looked to CNNMoney as the editorial engine of business financial news on the economy,” Shar said. “It succeeded in driving back traffic to as well.”

CBS News Producer Accidentally Sends Out Note to Entire Listserv


CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller found herself in the middle of an email exchange today that went out to anyone who subscribes to a CBS News listserv. Here’s the note:

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: CBSNews Evening News

Date: Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Subject: Michelle Miller
CONVERT BREAKS: __default__


CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller found herself in the middle of an email exchange today that went out to anyone who subscribes to a CBS News listserv. Here’s the note:

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: CBSNews Evening News

Date: Wed, Apr 30, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Subject: Michelle Miller

Knows something’s up. Sigh.

A web producer accidentally sent the email to anyone who subscribes to the Evening News newsletter listserv. Turns out the producer meant to send the email to an editor to let them know Michelle Miller was going to have to write a post on the Couric & Co. blog about a story she is putting together for tonight’s Evening News.

TVNewser was forwarded the email by many people on the listerv. And we hear Miller herself received emails from mystified colleagues about its meaning. We’re told the “sigh” is in reference to the overworked nature of the CBS newsroom today (we know you newsers can relate).

The web producer sent out a follow-up email, explaining the gaffe:

—–Original Message—–

From: [Redacted]

Sent: Wed Apr 30 15:02:48 2008

Subject: FW: Please disregard the last message from this address

Our goof. Proving the danger of the mass email list!

O’Reilly: “This Was The Toughest Interview She’s Ever Done”

BOR_Hillary_4.30.jpgBill O’Reilly joked that he “got a couple of bruises” from his interview this morning with Sen. Hillary Clinton.

O’Reilly called in to the Radio Factor, which was hosted today by Michael Smerconish. O’Reilly said tonight’s discussion focuses on why Obama is more popular “as a person than Hillary Clinton, which is pretty interesting,” O’Reilly said. Also, immigration and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright are discussed. Then tomorrow night they’ll talk “Iran, Iraq and foreign policy.”

O’Reilly said there were no restrictions put upon him by the Clinton campaign. “You won’t be able to take your eyes off this interview,” plugged O’Reilly.

Click here to listen to the audio, via Johnny Dollar’s Place.

If It’s A Sunday Before a Big Primary…

A week after he sat down with Chris Wallace, Sen. Barack Obama gets an hour on Meet the Press this Sunday, two days before the Indiana primary. Tim Russert will pack his bags for Indy and broadcast live from NBC affiliate WTHR. Obama last appeared on MTP Dec. 30, from Des Moines, four days before the Iowa caucus (and we know how that turned out for the Senator.)

Morning Notes: It Must Be Sweeps

There’s a lot of traveling going at the morning shows this week…


Meredith Vieira heads to Indiana today to interview Barack and Michelle Obama. The interview will air tonight on Nightly News and tomorrow on Today. Meanwhile, day three of “Where in the World” brought Matt Lauer to Laos.


Charles Gibson was back on GMA this morning. He’s doing double duty while Diane Sawyer is off this week. Gibson will be back anchoring tomorrow morning as well.


• And The Early Show continues reporting from Greensburg, KS, the town leveled by a tornado last year. This morning Harry Smith talked with the coach of the high school basketball team which went all the way to the state championship, despite playing most of their games on the road because the tornado destroyed the school’s gym.

Mark McEwen: “When One Door Closes, Another Opens”

McEwen Book.jpg

“When one door closes, another opens,” former CBS The Early Show weatherman/anchor Mark McEwen tells The Detroit NewsKimberly Hayes Taylor. “The first part of my life was TV and radio, the second part is helping people overcome this malady of strokes. I can still talk. I give speeches, I tell people it’s hard, but you do the work. You can come back.”

McEwen’s new book, Change in the Weather: Life After Stroke, comes out tomorrow. It tells the story of his recovery after surviving a stroke in November of 2005 while on an airplane. “I couldn’t talk, couldn’t swallow,” he says. “I had to learn to walk again.”

He’s also had to switch from being right-handed, and use his left hand instead to write. “You need to be stubborn if you mean to make yourself whole following a stroke,” says McEwen.

McEwen says he wants others to learn from his experience by never taking life for granted. “You can be here today and gone tomorrow. You think you’re invulnerable and you’ll be here forever. Things happen to other people, they don’t happen to you. I’m here to say they can happen to you. I don’t wish that on anyone.

“But if it does happen to you, get back up. Life is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. These are the cards we are dealt, so let’s play cards.”