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Archives: February 2009

Senator Calls for FEMA Official’s Resignation After CBS Report

Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu called for the resignation of the chief of FEMA’s Louisiana Transitional Recovery Office today. Her comments follow last night’s CBS Evening News report from Armen Keteyian detailing the ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct, including nepotism, sexual harassment and discrimination. Landrieu:

It was very disturbing to see the CBS story about the dysfunction at the New Orleans FEMA recovery office. The people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are shocked to hear that our recovery has been slowed by the toxic environment created by the office’s management. Beyond any doubt, it would be appropriate for Doug Whitmer to step down, and I am calling for his resignation.


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Preaching To The Choir

huckabee_2-26.jpgFox News host Mike Huckabee addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) today, and took some shots at his competitors, reports Politico. “It’s not MSNBC, but the MSBS channel,” he said.

“I’m in competition with the other cable networks, and one of them finally found religion,” said Huckabee. “I call them the ‘oh God’ network.”

Other speakers at CPAC over the next three days include Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Joe the Plumber and new RNC chair Michael Steele.

And speaking right now — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough (and former MSNBC’er Tucker Carlson).

Slavin: “We Still Have Lots of People Competing With Us”

slavin_2-26.jpgABC News SVP of Digital Paul Slavin (and TVNewser Summit panelist) is profiled by David Hirschman in a “So What Do You Do?” Q&A on mediabistro.com.

Slavin talks about paying for content online, what ABC News plans to do with social media and more. He also addresses the importance of keeping the ABC News brand alive on the Web:

The ABC News brand is also competing with “Joe’s News.” And when someone goes to search on Google [for a news item], the story from “Joe’s News” may show up right next to yours — and it may pop up there with a better headline or something else. So, yes, we have a huge advantage and a powerful, historic brand — and we have to emphasize that brand day-in and day-out to keep that moat around what it is that we do. But we still have lots of people competing with us.

Click here to find out more about the TVNewser Summit.

Zirinsky Tweets…Hartman Doesn’t…msnbc.com Streams…

The “Oh God” Response, and Reaction

As we reported yesterday, Chris Matthews addressed the “oh God” comment during Hardball last night. See what he said, and some reaction below:

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Howard Kurtz wrote about the comment in the context of Republicans reaction to Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s response speech. “Not very professional,” he wrote of Matthews. “But not very far off from what others — including many conservatives — are saying about the non-SOTU non-response by the governor of Louisiana.”

• The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik thought “MSNBC management had banished Matthews and Keith Olbermann from the anchor desk during grown-up political events.” But, he writes, “There was the partisan Democrat Matthews acting stupid and showing off Tuesday — making his little oh-was-the-microphone-open remark and hopelessly contextualizing anything of value that Jindal might have said. (Not that Jindal needed any help in being a train wreck.)”

• And for something entirely different: FNC’s Red Eye ombudsman Andy Levy offered his take on what Matthews meant when he said “oh God.” Click continued to see the clip…

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The Ticker: FBN, NBC, SOTU…

> OK! Magazine asks “Real Housewife of New York” Jill Zarin how to meet rich men: “The Waldorf-Astoria shoots a Fox News show at 5:00 every day, at the Bull and Bear. All these really successful financial experts come in and it’s a live show.” That would be the FBN show, Happy Hour, Jill.

> NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams will feature a new series next week, “We The People,” focusing on Hispanic issues. Monday’s insatllment, from correspondent Lee Cowan, looks at the growing Hispanic population.

> TVByTheNumbers.com breaks down how the viewership for Obama’s Address to Congress stacked up against past addresses/State of the Unions. It had the 4th most viewers since 1993, and the most since 2003.

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The Scene at the Summit Party

Before President Barack Obama‘s Not State of the Union Tuesday night, media minglers gathered at Tribeca Cinemas in honor of the TVNewser Summit (and launch of WebNewser). The Summit, of course, is March 10 in New York (all the details here). Our boa’ed boss, Laurel Touby, was in attendance, working the crowd with her Flip HD camera. See one of the videos below, in which Touby asks a bunch of FOX producers what to ask Summit speakers (and MSNBC’ers) Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, and check out all the videos at FishbowlNY:

Former CNNer Dornin Named SVP of Journalist-Expert Link-up Firm

Longtime CNN correspondent Rusty Dornin, who left the network at the end of the year, is back in the business. Sort of.

TVNewser has learned Dornin has been named senior vice president of NewsCertified Exchange, a Website that links journalists with subject matter experts.

The site boasts that it was “founded by journalists with decades of experience – and thousands of contacts…The idea has been enthusiastically endorsed by journalists at all levels.”

What makes NewsCertified.com different than a PR firm? “A patent-stamped process,” they claim. The data base is still in a testing phase and is allowing some journalists to test drive it.

FBN’s FOIA Fight: “Not A Wild Publicity Stunt”

asman_2-26.bmpColumbia Journalism Review’s Clint Hendler writes about the FBN Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, of which they have recently seen the first steps toward a victory.

“It’s for you folks, we are doing it for you,” said anchor David Asman in announcing the judge’s ruling on-air. “We are your eyes. We’re looking out for you, literally.”

FBN EVP Kevin Magee tells the CJR the lawsuits are “not a wild publicity stunt.” Instead: “We are trying to differentiate ourselves from that which is out there. One of the ways that we want to differentiate ourselves is to tell our audience that we are trying to protect their interests. We think that’s a wide-open field. CNBC seems to always be the friend of the CEO and that’s fine, nothing wrong with that…But we also believe that as journalists, we have to ask difficult questions.”

Related: FBN’s Sandra Smith was profiled in her hometown paper, The Wheaton Sun (IL). “People that have been victims of fraud and maybe lost their nest egg are devastated, and you realize there are these really sensitive subjects,” she said. “Getting the real story involves somewhat of a balancing act. You have to show the person you care about them and that this isn’t just about fulfilling someone else’s agenda.”

Olbermann Names Calderone “Worse Person” For “Oh God” Post

Politico’s Michael Calderone made the “Worst Persons” list last night due to his initial report about the “oh God” comment on MSNBC. “Mr. Calderone, you guessed, you guessed wrong, you pretended you got it right, and you owe me an apology,” said Olbermann. Within two hours, Calderone responded. “Olbermann is incorrect to say that I ‘pretended’ to get it right the entire time,” wrote Calderone. “It’s all very transparent, laid out in a few updates, as the story progressed…However, I’ll apologize to Olbermann for initially pointing the finger at him without having it confirmed.”:

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After naming his fellow NBCU’er Rick Santelli a “worst person” on Friday, Santelli was back as part of Olbermann’s Tuesday list, in relation to his appearance on G. Gordon Liddy‘s radio show. “A rant, disconnected from the reality of most Americans,” said Olbermann of Santelli’s comments last week. Click continued to see the segment, and the “15 minutes of fame” Olbermann designated for the CNBC correspondent…

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