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Archives: May 2010

A Very Pregnant Bottom Line

Here’s something you don’t see every day.

CNN correspondents Christine Romans (pregnant) and Stephanie Elam (pregnant) host a special edition of “Your Bottom Line” this weekend focusing on family financials.

One of the guests is Donna Rosato who’s a senior writer at Money magazine. Oh, and also (pregnant).

We hear that Romans was joking during a break in taping that Dr. Braxton Hicks would later be joining the hosts in the studio. Romans is due July 17th and Elam is due exactly one month earlier.

“We haven’t worked together in a long time — if she’s not on the air, I probably am — so it was fun to anchor together as a foursome,” Elam tells TVNewser. “Whether you are a family of one, about to get married or part of a clan — if you are human — there’s something for you on this show.”

Babies included, this will likely be the most people anchoring on CNN since the National Report Card.

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Guess what: Simone Alexandra Elam Rush (6 lbs, 4 ozs) was born two hours following the show airing Saturday morning, just over two weeks early.

Spitzer Filling In For Ratigan May 28-June 4

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Time to cue up some more speculation pieces. MSNBC has Eliot Spitzer filling in for Dylan Ratigan today and all next week, according to a tweet from Ratigan. Spitzer has filled in for Ratigan on a few occasions before, but typically for no more than a day or two. His name has also been brought up in discussions about who could take over CNN’s 8 p.m. program.

Tiki Barber a Father to Twins

Tiki_5.30.jpgNBC News “Today” show contributor Tiki Barber is a father again, to twins born to his estranged wife, Ginny, on Monday.

Barber made news last month when it was revealed he’d left his pregnant wife for a former NBC intern.

If you believe the New York Post, Barber was “banned” from the delivery room. If you believe the NY Daily News, Barber “was with his estranged wife.”

Of course, both could be true: that Barber was not there when the twins were born, but saw the newborns shortly after.

Either way, it took several days for the news to break — a lifetime in the New York gossip world. Ginny Barber‘s spokesperson Jesse Derris told the Daily News late yesterday, “For privacy reasons, we decided to not make the announcement until now.”

Glenn Beck Taking Heat For Malia Obama Comments

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Original post: Fox News’ Glenn Beck is facing some heavy (and justified) criticism following comments he made about Malia Obama. HuffPost’s Jason Linkins has a thorough rundown of what transpired, but here is the short version:

Just a few days after Beck spoke out against mocking the children of public figures in an interview with Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, he proceeded to mock President Obama’s daughter Malia on his radio show.

Liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America has the audio, which we are embedding after the jump. In the clip, Beck does an impression of Malia, while co-host Pat Gray imitates President Obama.

Writes Linkins:

So, to revise the central tenets of Beck’s “leave the families alone” credo, people should only criticize the children of public figures of people whom Glenn Beck doesn’t like, including the ones who are stillborn.

And Mediaite’s Jon Bershad:

While the rest of the segment mocked Obama (Who certainly deserved it. Using your kids as a political ploy is trashy when Palin uses it and it’s definitely trashy when the president does) with lines like “Daddy, I know you didn’t plug the hole yet but did John Podesta? ‘Cause he’s the guy with the real power, daddy. Mommy told me,” the education line is making fun of the Obama daughters specifically.

The clip, and Beck’s response late today, after the jump…

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Fox News Doc Motivates Congressman

hemmer_5-28.jpgThe FNC special “Fox News Reporting: The American Terrorist,” hosted by Bill Hemmer last weekend, apparently made an impact down in Washington.

FishbowlDC has more on how Congressman Frank Wolf (R-VA) was moved to action by the examination of American-born terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki.

Wolf’s letter to the FBI citing the Fox News investigative report can be found after the jump.

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For Beatles Fan James Rosen, Lennon and McCartney Now Both in the Family

James Rosen.jpgFox News Channel correspondent James Rosen and wife Sara welcomed their second child — a son — early yesterday morning, Politico‘s Mike Allen reports.

Graydon McCartney Rosen joins 3 year-old big brother Aaron Lennon Rosen. Sensing a Beatles theme here? That’s because dad is a big fan of the Fab Four.

“Both Mom and baby are resting comfortably,” the Rosens say in a statement. “We are grateful to God for our profound blessings.”

Nonsense

Writer Alexander Zaitchik has released his hardcover examination of the Fox News’ Glenn Beck host this week, Common Nonsense. Here’s the concluding paragraph from the book’s introduction.

More: Zaitchick sat down with mediabistro.com for a “Hey, How’d You Do That?” feature interview to discuss it earlier this year.

Fox News Anchor Has Ron Burgundy Moment

FoxAnchor052810.bmp When will television news anchors ever learn? Just because it is on the TelePrompTer does not mean you should say it. Read the words first.

HuffPost’s Danny Shea has the video of Fox News’ Clayton Morris calling himself Steve Doocytwice. Morris was taping the Fox Flash web feature for “Fox & Friends” when he made the rather serious error of calling himself the wrong name.

The worst part? After the embarrassment of actually saying what he said, Shea reports that Fox News execs “didn’t find it amusing.”

And why would they, there is absolutely nothing funny about this story. For TVNewser, this is Steve Doocy…

Update: Apparently Morris was not reading from a TelePrompTer but was making a “hilarious” joke. What a laugh riot.

Anderson Cooper Live. But From Where?

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No, you weren’t seeing things. The photo above left is from last night’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ and the photo above right is from this morning’s “Live with Regis and Kelly.”

Anderson Cooper, who has been down in the Gulf Coast covering the oil spill this week was guest co-hosting the program Friday with Kelly Ripa. Before you start criticizing Cooper for leaving the Gulf to host an entertainment show, know that Friday’s “Live” was pre-taped before Cooper left New York.

Not to mention that Cooper’s show ended at midnight on the east coast. It is hard to be “morning show host chipper” if you have to travel from Louisiana to New York overnight.

Late-Night Ratings: Week of May 17

nightline.jpgNBC’s “Tonight” show was the most watched late-night program last week. All three programs increased their viewership average over the five days compared to the week prior.

ABC’s “Nightline” has drawn the second-most viewers of the three programs for nine-weeks. Year-to-year, “Nightline” has cut into the total viewer and A25-54 gaps with NBC by -73%.

Note: ABC ratings are based on 30-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on one hour.

The numbers for the week of May 17:

Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Tonight Show NBC 4.11M 1.77M 1.48M
Nightline ABC 3.71M 1.60M 1.31M
Late Show CBS 3.46M 1.58M 1.20M

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