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Archives: January 2009

Olbermann Helps Count Down to the Super Bowl

olbermann_1-31.jpgOn last night’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann, the MSNBC host was stationed in Tampa Bay in a loud area near the Super Bowl site. Joining him in the last segment was his former Sportscenter partner, and now fellow member on NBC’s Football Night in America, Dan Patrick.

The duo talked about the dozens of participants, in NBC’s pre-game show tomorrow, including the Today show’s Al Roker and CNBC’s Darren Rovell. Olbermann even joked about Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio being involved.

Colicchio, and pretty much everyone loosely associated with NBC, is involved.

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Write-in Vote For The Young Turks: We Hear You

youngturks.jpgEver since we re-posted the MSNBC 10pm host poll yesterday, we began receiving emails and comments asking why Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks wasn’t on the list.

It turns out a blog post on the Turks Website directed fans to email and request their inclusion. Uygur is the host of The Young Turks, a live, daily internet radio show.

In addition to the 100+ emails/comments, Uygur emailed us as well. “We are going to seriously compete for that position,” writes Uygur. “Of course, I don’t know for sure that we will get it because we are considerable underdogs…But I can guarantee you that we will be on the board.” Here’s Uygur announcing his “candidacy” for the job.

Well, since we can’t change the poll now, we’ll keep you in mind for future polls. And — we hear you.

Campbell Brown On Rush Limbaugh’s: “Nasty Rhetoric and Useless Noise”

VelshiBrown_1.30.jpgLast night, Campbell Brown invited Rush Limbaugh on her show to debate CNN’s chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, whom Limbaugh called “incompetent,” among other things. First here’s the clip Brown played on her show, before attacking Rush herself.

Limbaugh: Mr. Velshi, you are incompetent. You are a disservice to your business, except you fit right in at CNN, disinformation, character assaults. This economy is nowhere near as bad as it was in 1982.

And here’s how Brown responded:

Now, Mr. Limbaugh, you may well have a legitimate case to make about tax cuts and what they can do for the economy, but the histrionics and the name-calling, they undermine anything constructive you might have to say. Rush, I would love for you to come on, on this show and debate Ali on the issues. Make a case for your ideas. Our country is in desperate straits right now, and we need ideas. But what we don’t need is nasty rhetoric and useless noise. This doesn’t help anyone get a job or keep a job or feed their family. If there were ever a time to put the meanness behind us and focus on real dialogue and real solutions, this is the time.

Velshi was on the show, too. He responded, not to the name-calling, but to the substance of this debate…

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Putting the Sun in “Sunday Morning”

CBSSun_1.31.bmpTo commemorate 30 years of “CBS News Sunday Morning,” the broadcast has commissioned world-renowned artist Red Grooms to create his own interpretation of the program’s sun logo.

The show will debut Grooms’ works, including the one on the left, on tomorrow’s broadcast.

The 30th anniversary show will also feature a report on the significance of Sundays throughout history, from the Sabbath to the Super Bowl. And a report on how the world has and has not changed since the program’s debut Jan. 28, 1979, with results from a CBS News-New York Times poll.

Earlier on TVNewser: Charles Osgood On 30 Years of “Sunday Morning”

What’s Shelley Ross Been Up To?

Well, this…

Stu, is Stu Schwartz who we wrote about last week. Stu and Shelley worked together at ABC News. We’re not sure if Stu is taking Shelley up on her advice.

Shelley has been “retired” not working in broadcast news since being let go from CBS News last March.

Stewart: “I Think Your Hate-Meter is Broken”

Jon Stewart breaks down the “Hate Hannity Hotline” on The Daily Show last night:

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, Jan. 29

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 369 | CNN: 288 | MSNBC: 197 | HLN: 155

Prime: FNC: 629 | CNN: 449 | MSNBC: 419 | HLN: 334

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  465 405 528 774 691 421 497
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  349 396 392 389 439 518 400
MSNBC Matthews: Shuster: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Madddow:
  184 179 337 508 423 326 256
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  108 89 228 473 205 343 296


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

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What’s the Weather in Tampa? “Moist”

In a likely preview of something you’ll see tonight on “The Soup,” here’s Meredith Vieira telling viewers of the Today show what the weather is like in Tampa at the Super Bowl site (via Newsbusters):

Peterson Does Nightline, Fiancee Moves Out

peterson_1-30.bmpDrew Peterson appeared last night on ABC’s Nightline, in an interview with Martin Bashir. It was his first television interview since he became engaged to his fifth wife.

Well, according to Peterson, “his fiancee dumped him as they watched his interview Thursday on ‘Nightline.’” She decided to move out immediately — with the help of “five squad cars.”

“The engagement is over because of your interviews,” Peterson told Bashir today.

It’s been quite a week for Peterson’s publicist, Glenn Selig, whose other major client got impeached yesterday after a major media tour.

CNN Broadcasting From Davos, Too

zakaria_1-30.jpgBesides the business networks (CNBC, FBN and Bloomberg), CNN will also be covering the World Economic Forum from Davos, Switzerland.

Fareed Zakaria — GPS will have reports from Davos, and will air on Sunday at 1pmET. Guests include British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Following the hour-long broadcast, Christiane Amanpour will host “Dateline Davos: Obama’s World” at 2pmET. The special will have a panel including Sen. Chris Dodd and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshya Zebari. It also airs on CNNI on Saturday at 8am, Noon and 10pmET, and Sunday at 1am and 6amET.

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