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Archives: July 2011

‘CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,’ ‘The Early Show’ Going to Washington DC For Debt Coverage

With the debt-ceiling deadline slated for early next week, CBS is taking its two signature daily newscasts to Washington. The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” will originate from DC Monday, August 1, while Erica Hill will co-anchor :”The Early Show” from the city.

Ochocinco Departure 'Inspires' Lame Headline in Cincinnati Enquirer

Having worked in newspapers for more than a decade, I’ve seen my share of bad headlines, and written one or two myself. But the headline in today’s Cincinnati Enquirer referencing the departure of Chad Ochocinco is so lame it might merit its own award from the APSE.

It reads, “Cinco G’Bye-O.”

Ya see what they did there? They turned the first “O” in Ocho into “G’bye.”

Cinco G’Bye-O. It’s Spanish for Eight Five G’Bye-O, i.e., it accomplished the Heruclean task of looking sillier than Chad Ochocinco.

(H/T to SB Nation)

The Scoreboard: Thursday, July 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 383 | MSNBC: 170 | CNN: 183 | HLN: 125
  • Primetime: FNC: 657 | MSNBC: 305 | CNN: 261 | HLN: 185

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Five: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: Greta: Greta:
362 486 503 751 727 468 372 230
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: O’Donnell: Maddow: EdShow: O’Donnell: Maddow:
211 190 201 292 317 307 176 204
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: IntheArena: Morgan: Cooper: Cooper: Morgan:
181 176 207 225 245 314 258 183
HLN Special: Prime: Issues: Grace: DrDrew: Behar: Showbiz: DrDrew:
67 89 148 216 215 133 151 202

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How Is Bill O’Reilly Spending a Debt-Focused Friday? Filming a Guest Spot on TNT’s,’Rizzoli & Isles’

The debt ceiling may be the big story on cable news today, but Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly has bigger things to worry about at the moment. O’Reilly is a suspect in a mysterious murder… on the set of the TNT series “Rizzoli & Isles.”

It was last Summer that we told you that  O’Reilly paid a visit to the set of the TNT drama “Rizzoli & Isles,” (he is friends with co-star Angie Harmon) and earlier this year, we noted that O’Reilly had been tapped to play himself in an upcoming episode. Today, word comes from two production sources and a source at Turner that O’Reilly is currently on the set to film his role as a murder suspect.

Is he guilty? You will have to wait until the new season starts to find out.

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David Muir on Somalia Famine: ‘It’s Heartbreaking’

Although the news cycle this week has been dominated by politics as Republicans and Democrats struggle to come to a deal on the debt ceiling, there is another major story happening far away from Washington — a devastating famine in Somalia.

David Muir, weekend anchor of “ABC World News,” has been embedded with Doctors Without Borders at a refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya, since Monday. Muir told The Huffington Post he wanted his reporting to showcase “the resiliency of kids who made the journey with their parents.”

“I think it’s heartbreaking and when you walk into these intensive care units, you can’t help but look at their mothers and the children lying next to them, and hope that they’ll be the ones sitting up tomorrow,” Muir said.

ABC and NBC both have correspondents in the region — ABC’s Lama Hasan has been in Kenya since July 16, and NBC’s Rohit Kachroo has been there since July 6.

James Harrison Apologizes for Comments About Goodell in Men's Journal

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison apologized Friday for comments he made about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a July story in Men’s Journal. Harrison, who was fined several times last season for supposedly illegal hits, said in the article, “My rep is James Harrison, mean son of a bitch who loves hitting the hell out of people,. But up until last year, there was no word of me being dirty – till Roger Goodell, who’s a crook and a puppet, said I was the dirtiest player in the league. If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it. I hate him and will never respect him.”

Now that the lockout is over and Harrison can expect a heavy fine from Goodell for making those comments, Harrison seems a bit chastened.

“The interview that I did and the comments that I made about Roger Goodell were inappropriate, at the least,” Harrison said, according to “They were way out of line, and I was speaking out of anger and frustration at the time. Any comments that I made that offended anyone, I apologize.”

Desmond Howard Trashes The NCAA

The NCAA backlash has been gaining momentum and ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard is the latest to speak out about the current state of collegiate athletics:

USA Today has Howard’s scathing comments:

“Any system that’s designed to utilize the likeness of anyone, and they can’t get a cent…is wicked, is exploitive and is bound to fail,” Howard said. “And that’s what we’re seeing right now. That’s why it is so off-balance. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. The road that they’re traveling is a road of failure and self-destruction. Because there’s no balance.”

Howard asked why players get zip from jersey sales and other commercial use of their images — while college football and basketball coaches pocket millions in salary and other goodies and school/conferences get billions for their TV, radio and other media rights. Read more

Brazilian Soccer Chief Calls English Press 'Corrupt'

On the even of the World Cup qualifying draw, British media approached Brazilian soccer federation president Ricardo Teixeira on Friday in Rio de Janiero, but were rebuffed by Teixeira, who said he would not talk to the “English press” because they are “corrupt.”

Teixeira has an ax to grind because the BBC alleged that he was one of the FIFA members who took kickbacks from in the 1990s from the former marketing partner of the governing body. The English Football Association cleared Teixeira of three other FIFA officials of wrongdoing.

Neil Cavuto Going Live From DC Friday and Saturday Covering Debt Crisis

Fox News Channel anchor Neil Cavuto will be anchoring his program live from Capitol Hill in Washington Friday and Saturday afternoon, covering the latest on the ongoing Congressional debates regarding raising the debt limit. With the debt crisis unlikely to conclude Friday, it is a safe bet that cable news will make it a big story over the weekend.

Update: Sure enough, Inside Cable News reports that MSNBC will be live tonight at 10 PM (usually reserved for docs) and will be live until at least 3 PM Saturday.

A Familiar Voice on the CNBC Series ‘Titans’

Viewers of the CNBC documentary series “Titans” could be forgiven for thinking that the voiceover presenter sounds a little familiar. On last night’s episode, and a number of others, the man doing the voiceover was Mike Schneider. Schneider is a veteran of just about every TV news outlet. He has served as a correspondent and anchor for ABC News, NBC News, Fox News and most recently Bloomberg.