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Archives: April 2009

Ari Fleischer on the White House Press Corps and Cable News “Landscape”

noonan_4-30.bmpToday at the Paley Center for Media, the IFC Media Project hosted a panel on how national and international press coverage differs.

Katty Kay of the BBC described the European media’s campaign coverage. “Let’s not pretend that 99.9% of Europe wanted Obama to be president,” she said. “There was definitely a sense that the European media was in the tank for Obama.”

Al-Jazeera English host Josh Rushing is not a fan of U.S. TV news. “Television, I think, absolutely sucks here,” he said. “We exist in our own media island.”

Former Bush administration press secretary Ari Fleischer and DailyBeast.com founder Tina Brown both described the conflict inherent in TV news. “It’s a dramatic medium…It’s totally about conflict,” said Brown, while Fleischer thought “the first and worst bias is conflict.”

Before the panel we talked to Fleischer about which members of the White House press corps are doing a good job, the current cable news landscape and how he’d grade his successor Robert Gibbs 100 days in:



Click continued to see a clip of the first episode, about Al-Jazeera English…

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Charlie Gasparino’s Hangover, Maria Bartiromo’s Get, Kentucky Derby Tie…

If you missed CNBC today…

• 7:48amET: Charlie Gasparino had a massive hangover, but was still “talking to a lot of people” about Bank of America:



• 4:18pmET: Maria Bartiromo had an exclusive interview with Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli on the company filing for bankruptcy today. Here’s the video.

• 9pmET: Melissa Francis anchors “Run for the Roses: The Kentucky Derby and the Business of Horse Racing,” ahead of Saturday’s Derby on NBC. Click continued for the details…

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Fox News Cancels Beltway Boys

Washington Whispers’ Paul Bedard reports Fox News’ long-running Beltway Boys is ending its run. The Boys’ Website says the show is “preempted this weekend,” but Bedard’s sources tell him the show has been canceled.

Hosts Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke celebrated 10 years of the show last summer. They are expected to stay on contributing to other FNC programs.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 29

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 349 | CNN: 252 | MSNBC: 158 | HLN: 143

Prime: FNC: 801 | CNN: 518 | MSNBC: 394 | HLN: 277

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: Obama: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta:
  535 433 501 732 885 784 398
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: RptCrd: Obama: RptCrd: RptCrd: Cooper:
  206 221 295 738 476 346 390
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Obama: Olbermann: Maddow: Matthews:
  149 153 227 487 420 267 234
HLN Prime: Prime: VMitchell: Grace: Dobbs: Grace: Showbiz:
  72 91 192 356 153 331 201


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

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“Magic Wall” Creators Win Top Design Award

Han_4.30.jpgPerceptive Pixel, the company behind CNN’s “Magic Wall” and FNC’s “Bill Board” has been named the winner of a National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

The company, founded in 2006 by Jeff Han (co-star of the TVNewser Summit promo video) won an Interaction Design Award for exceptional work using digital technology. The National Design Award is the nation’s highest honor for design.

Perceptive Pixel has rapidly proliferated by working with industry leaders to apply these novel interfaces to professional use cases in markets as diverse as business intelligence, medical imaging, energy exploration, industrial design and collaboration. Most recently, Perceptive Pixel became renowned for completely transforming the way television broadcasters including CNN, Fox and ABC covered the historic 2008 Presidential elections.

Somewhere John King is smiling.

Related: UnBeige has the full list of winners.

Short Takes: ABC, CBS, BBC..

• ABC’s Brian Ross will file a report on torture tonight for World News and it will include details from John Kiriakou. Ross’ use of Kirakou as a source in earlier reporting was the focus of this NYTimes story Monday…

• CBS’s David Martin, in a report for 60 Minutes Sunday, talks with a former Gitmo detainee who mocks Osama Bin Laden as a “flip flop” for leaving his troops in Afghanistan…

• Tonight BBC World News America looks at the glimmer in the auto industry – the opening later this year of a KIA plant in Georgia.

Tapper to Gibbs: “I Sympathize With You Trying to Explain the Vice President”

Vice President Joe Biden‘s Today show appearance this morning has been the talk of the cablers today, after the VP said, “I would tell members of my family, and I have, that I wouldn’t go anywhere in confined places now.” (And more — video after the jump.)

CNN, FNC and MSNBC were all live with Robert Gibbs‘ press briefing just after 2pmET today when ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked for clarification. After one attempt, Tapper followed up: “I sympathize with you trying to explain the Vice President’s comments, but that’s not even remotely close to what he said.” Then, to laughter from the room, Gibbs said, “I understand what he said, and I’m telling you what he meant to say.”

Below is the Tapper/Gibbs exchange, and after the jump, Biden’s Today show interview that started it all:



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Glenn Beck’s Way to Become FNC’s Top Rated? A Cheney Hunting Trip

FNC’s Glenn Beck sat down for a Q&A with EW.com’s Hollywood Insider and he clearly shows who, among the Fox News hosts, has the best sense of humor:

Q: Glenn Beck trails only The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity in the cable news ratings. What should you do right now to take both of them down and rocket yourself to No. 1?

Beck: I do have a call in to Dick Cheney to take them hunting.

Q: Let’s talk about the famous April 13 fainting, when a guest passed out while shaking your hand. Were you aware that a mere touch from you could put a man right to sleep?

Beck: Usually it’s my voice, my topics, my looks, my general presence. But the handshake? No, I wasn’t. I felt like Spock. It was good.

Q: Here’s what Jon Stewart said about you: “Finally, a guy who says what people who aren’t thinking are thinking.” What do you think he meant by that?

Beck: Isn’t it time that those people have a voice? I am their king.

“Meet” #1, “Face” #2 Last Sunday

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory was the top-rated Sunday morning show last week in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. CBS’s Face the Nation was #2 for the week. Year-to-date, the Bob Schieffer broadcast is up 16% in Total Viewers and up 13% in A25-54 viewers compared to YTD 2008.

#3 This Week with George Stephanopoulos continues to cut the gap with MTP – by 67% in Total Viewers (450,000 vs 1,370,000) and 52% in demo viewers (250,000 vs 520,000) compared to the same week last year.

Total Viewers: NBC: 3,240,000 / CBS: 2,830,000 / ABC: 2,790,000 / FOX: 1,160,000

25-54 demo: NBC: 1,150,000 / ABC: 970,000 / CBS: 900,000 / FOX: 460,000

Is ABC News Hogging White House Dinner Guests?

Stephanopoulos_4.30.jpgThe Hill reports on next weekend’s White House Correspondents Association Dinner – the party of the year where the media elite, politicos and Hollywood stars come together.

But, The Hill reports, “news outlets are grumbling” about ABC’s guest list. “Several people pointed to ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos‘s close friendship with [Obama Chief of Staff Rahm] Emanuel, and questioned how the network got so many big names.” Those names include Emanuel, adviser Valerie Jarrett, CIA Director Leon Panetta and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

Rice was an easy get. Her husband is the Executive Producer of Stephanopoulos’ Sunday show.

But ABC says its other stars including Terry Moran and Jake Tapper booked many of the Obama staffers while Stephanopoulos was only involved in securing one guest…

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