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Archives: September 2009

Rick Sanchez’s Twitter Suspended

WebNewser reports that CNN anchor Rick Sanchez‘s famous twitter account has been suspended this afternoon:

Here’s the message anyone going to @ricksanchezcnn got today: “Sorry, the account you were headed to has been suspended due to strange activity. Mosey along now, nothing to see here.”

As of 5:30pmET, the account was still “suspended.” In the meantime, ricksanchezcnn followers, check out the funny exchange between Sanchez and TruTV’s Ashleigh Banfield after the jump.

Update: WebNewser now reports that the account is not “suspended,” but is just inaccessible to everyone.

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Michael Moore on His CNBC Visit: “The Place Really Reeked of Money”

FishbowlDC was on the red carpet last night for the premiere of Michael Moore‘s new film, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” Moore told us that among his favorite interviews promoting the movie have been with Martha Stewart and Bill Maher. And perhaps just as unshockingly, his least favorite: “Probably the ‘Power Lunch’ guys at CNBC. They had me fly all the way to New York yesterday to be the guest anchor for the hour. I was on for about six minutes and I guess someone decided ‘we can’t let him say anything else on the network.’ I was kind of told goodbye and that was that.” FBDC has the interview.

FishbowlDC also caught up with ABC’s Terry Moran who has an interesting take on the flm. “It will surprise people because it’s so religious, so openly spiritual:”

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, September 29

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 421 | CNN: 175 | MSNBC: 126 | HLN: 159

Prime: FNC: 666 | CNN: 273 | MSNBC: 171 | HLN: 253

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  701 516 386 906 577 514 506
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: Dobbs: Brown: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  162 165 222 259 259 300 176
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  149 161 203 208 161 143 140
HLN Prime: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz:
  133 155 228 290 215 262 202

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

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ABC’s Zach Toback Jumps to NBC

TVNewser has learned ABC veteran ops manager Zach Toback has joined NBC News as Vice President, News Operations.

“Zach will be based at 30 Rock and will be responsible for the convergence between News production processes and new technology ensuring the best in technology and operations support,” writes his new boss, head of NBC News operations, Stacy Brady.

Most recently, Toback was Executive Director of Production & Operations for “Good Morning America.” He’d been with ABC News for 14 years.

Toback begins at NBC News Oct. 19.

The Ticker: Moran, Crowley, Sawyer…

> ABC’s Terry Moran, along with actress Cheryl Hines and Assistant Secretary of Labor Kathy Martinez, will participate in the United Cerebral Palsy “60 Years and Onward” Celebration tonight at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC.

> CNN’s Candy Crowley sits down for an interview with former Pres. Jimmy Carter tomorrow. It’ll be Carter’s first interview since telling Brian Williams earlier this month that “an overwhelming portion” of those opposing Pres. Obama’s policies are racist.

> FishbowlDC reports ABC’s Diane Sawyer is on the cover of the latest Capitol File. The magazine hits DC newsstands tomorrow.


TVNewser Party: Good Times Had, Fries Eaten

Thanks to everyone who came out to the TVNewser party last night in Manhattan. We had a great time and it seemed like you did too.

To everyone who couldn’t make it: Boy, did you miss out.

Here are some sweet party photos from the event at Katra.

Fox News anchor Lauren Sivan and FOX senior producer Clint Henderson.

The newsers mingling.

TVNewser editor Kevin Allocca, NewsBlues editor Mike James, and editorial director Chris Ariens.

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The Video Ticker: Stewart, ‘Countdown,’ Goldberg

> Jon Stewart mocked Sean Hannity‘s coverage of the California farmers’ drought on “The Daily Show” last night in a segment titled, “Where the Riled Things Are.”

> Filling in on “Countdown,” David Shuster criticized Fox News for promoting the “bogus claim that the Obama administration is indoctrinating your kids.”

> On “The O’Reilly Factor,” Bernie Goldberg said of some Fox News hosts: “They don’t cover rallies and tea parties, they cheerlead for rallies and tea parties, and as a journalist I’m totally against that.” Clip:

Amy & Andrew, ‘The Brady Bunch’ Minus Cindy


Weekend “Today” anchor and “Nightly News” correspondent Amy Robach and actor/Web entrepreneur Andrew Shue are engaged.

Here’s the story: Robach and Shue, who are both recently divorced, have five children between them. Robach has two girls and Shue, three boys. Sensing a theme?

They met at a “Today” show Mom’s book party this past Spring. Shue, who played Billy on the 1990′s FOX show “Melrose Place”, founded in 2006 as part of his company CMI Marketing. And the rest, says a source, is history. “They’ve been inseparable since,” says the source. No date has been set but listen for wedding bells in early 2010.

One thing though, Amy’s daughters’ names aren’t Marcia and Jan.

Will Imus Affect ‘Morning Joe?’

imusAs Don Imus‘ first air date at Fox Business Network approaches, NY Oberver’s Felix Gillette profiles how Imus and his previous network affiliation might change the dynamic of the time slot, saying that FBN is “unleashing Don Imus to compete against NBC, the media company that shunned him in his time of crisis.”

Gillette writes:

Some critics now argued that the addition of Mr. Imus would finally present CNBC with a serious challenge. Others wondered if FBN was simply giving up on business news altogether. But, at least in the short term, the arrival of Don Imus on FBN is less likely to impact CNBC than it is another NBC franchise — namely, MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Full article here. Imus’ FBN simulcast will debut October 5th.

Bill Hemmer Asked to Be Hero

hemmer_laura_9-30.jpgCollege student Laura Tellado, who suffers from Spina Bifida, authors the blog “Holdin’ Out for A Hero,” where she writes about a different celebrity each day that she’s tried to contact in hopes that they can become a new spokesperson for the condition.

This week, she told the story of her meeting with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer — though he worked at CNN at the time — who she got to meet through an organization called New Hope for Kids when she was 17: “Their reaction was one of surprise, perhaps amusement, at the news that a 17-year-old girl wanted to meet a journalist for her big, fat, once-in-a-lifetime wish! My response probably was along the lines of, ‘Have you actually seen Bill Hemmer?’”

During their meeting, Hemmer had quite the impact on Laura and he appears to have remained in contact with her, “I have Bill and New Hope for Kids to thank for changing my career goals (I had studied theatre in high school!). To this day, we keep in touch every now and then.” She continues, “Whenever I achieve something, even a small milestone, I love sharing it with him, and he is always cheering me on.”

You can read more about her goal here. At the end of her post, she asks Hemmer to be her “hero” and says, “You never know the impact a particular person will have on your life, whether intentional or not. But that is exactly what has happened in regards to you. You not only touched my life — you changed it completely, and for the better. I am now putting to good use some long-dormant abilities through this blog!”

Update: We received an email from Ms. Tellado thanking us for linking to her site as traffic has gone up significantly. (Well done, everyone.) She also told us that Hemmer responded to her request, saying: “You are one special young lady! I am honored to be asked. And I am considering your offer.” You can read her post about that here.