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Archives: November 2010

Andrew Tyndall on Cable News Channels: ‘They Should be Called Politics Channels Instead’

Analyst Andrew Tyndall weighs in on the Jon Stewart-Rachel Maddow interview. He outlines and analyzes two of Stewart’s complaints about cable news, and synthesizes them into a single cogent argument:

“Especially on a light news day, especially in primetime, these networks do not deserve to be called news channels; they should be called politics channels instead.”

Stewart had two complaints. First, the reflex instinct of the cable news channels is to shoehorn every development, every dispute into a political template: “We have all bought into the idea that the conflict is red-vs-blue. It is not the right fight.” Stewart pointed out that this politicization preceded the primetime ideologues on FNC and then MSNBC. From its invention, CNN specialized in concentrating on political stories over non-political ones and also framing stories by default as binary left-vs-right disputes. No triangulation there–everything was Crossfire

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Newt Gingrich: ‘No Possibility’ Of Appearing in Debate Hosted by Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann

LA Times Profiles Sports Talk Legend Joe McDonnell

Sports fans in Los Angeles know the name Joe McDonnell.

The sports talk radio legend, nicknamed “The Big Nasty,” was known for his brash opinions and his massive frame. At his peak, McDonnell tipped the scales at 740 pounds and was a regular on the air since the early 1980s.

After shedding over 400 pounds following gastric bypass surgery, McDonnell has been reduced to doing sports updates on KNX 1070 in Los Angeles several times a week.

Bill Plaschke of The Los Angeles Times wrote a column in Sunday’s paper on why McDonnell is unable to land a sports talk show gig:

“McDonnell is 298 pounds, healthy, and muzzled. He looks great, but he sounds empty as he talks about a radio career that is currently as ill-fitting as his clothes. Read more

Chilean Miners to Appear on ‘AC360′ Monday

CNN will run an interview with five of the Chilean miners, and two of their rescuers Monday during “AC360,” the network says. Anchor Anderson Cooper spoke to the men this weekend when they were in Los Angeles for the taping of the “CNN Heroes” event.

While some of the men have been making the talk show rounds, this will be one of the larger interviews conducted so far, with seven people participating. One miner not being interviewed by Cooper Monday: Edison Pena, who made the rounds earlier this month while in New York for the New York City Marathon, including a now-famous appearance on David Letterman‘s show.

Check out a preview of the CNN interview below.

SNL’s ‘Charlie Rangel’ to ‘Rachel Maddow’: ‘Hello Young Man’

In last night’s “Saturday Night Live” cold open, “Rachel Maddow” said “in a cross promotion with the new Harry Potter, my haircut will stay like this forever.” Her guests made fun of the female anchor too: The recently convictedCharlie Rangel” said “I’m proud to live in a country where a man like Charlie Rangel can be a congressman, and a 12-year-old boy like yourself can have his own TV show.”

NOW ON SPORTSNEWSER: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Investigates Football Head Injuries on CNN

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta anchors a three-part series about the effects concussions have on football players, which will be airing Monday through Wednesday on CNN’s American Morning.”

Learn more about the series on Sportsnewser.

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Anderson Cooper: Bonobo Whisperer

Remember this photo from a few weeks back? yes, that was CNN anchor Anderson Cooper wearing a bunny suit for science. Well Wednesday “AC360″ finally ran the segment. It involves two Bonobos that have  a amazing grasp of the English language

“I wasn’t sure if I should do this, but I remembered the advice we were given before arriving: be laid back and see where it goes.”

The Onion News Network to Debut in January

Come January, there will be a new cable news outlet in town. The Onion News Network will premiere on IFC January 21 at 10 PM, the network says.

ONN is a TV spin-off of the popular web series, which is itself a spin-off of the satirical newspaper The Onion. While The Onion mocks the often stodgy newspaper business, ONN mocks the bombastic world of cable news:

Onion News Network – Coming To IFC January 2011

Yes, in the trailer you may have noticed former Fox News Channel breaking news anchor Suzanne Sena, who plays the ONN lead anchor “Brooke Alvarez” in the show.

More information, including the ONN versions of Glenn Beck and Nancy Grace, after the jump.
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iVillage Panel Moderated by NBC News’ Amy Robach & CNBC’s Sharon Epperson

NBC News’ Amy Robach and CNBC’s Sharon Epperson moderated a panel on the need for parents to talk to their kids about financial responsibility, sponsored by iVillage and PASS from American ExpressSM.

The event, held at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan on Tuesday, outlined the need to keep the conversation of money going with your children. Less than one in five teens (19%) are saving for college, which is why The Talk initiative is holding this program.

Video from the event and the full press release is after the jump…

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Soledad O’Brien’s Special Guest at Miami Book Signing

Last week we told you about Soledad O’Brien kicking off her national book tour for The Next Big Story. Well, look who she ran into — or rather, look who ran into her –  in Miami.

So who is this?

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