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Archives: October 2011

GQ Talks to ‘The Least GQ Person in the World’

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity talks politics, TV, family and … style. Yes, style. It’s an interview with GQ after all.

Hannity: I hate a tie, can’t stand it. If I got one thing I’d ever want to change about my career it’s that. Although I do like Donald Trump‘s ties. He sent me a bunch of them and he’s got some nice ones.

GQ: Would you say he’s your favorite designer?
Hannity: Right now, yeah. But I don’t even know why you are asking me. I am the least GQ person in the world!

GQ: As far as other show hosts, who do you think dresses well?
Hannity: I can’t even begin to answer that question. I have no clue what people are wearing I’m not looking at what people are wearing.

GQ: Not at all?
Hannity: No! Probably I would say Don Imus, there you go, there’s my answer, Don Imus—I like the cowboy look.

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Bill O’Reilly Extends Publishing Deal

  • With the success of Killing Lincoln — four weeks atop the New York Times Best Sellers list — Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly has a new book deal in the works. GalleyCat reports O’Reilly has inked a two-book deal with Henry Holt and Company.

Glenn Beck Cameos on IFC’s ‘Onion News Network’

Former Fox News host Glenn Beck may no longer have a cable TV show, but in a new interview with IFC’s “Onion News Network,” he reveals that he was originally up for the role of anchor on ONN’s “FactZone”:

Alas, that deal fell through after the tragic car accident. At least he still has GBTV.

The Scoreboard: Friday, October 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 281 | MSNBC: 146 | CNN: 129 | HLN: 94
  • Primetime: FNC: 235 | MSNBC: 192 | CNN: 167 | HLN: 77

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC Five: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
340 338 339 375 190 140 187 239
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: Lockup: Lockup: Lockup:
113 138 164 174 193 208 234 241
CNN Blitzer: KingUSA: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
121 91 162 212 147 142 141 150
HLN Special: Prime: Issues: Grace: DrDrew: Behar: Showbiz: DrDrew:
115 107 111 115 74 47 64 56

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Soledad O’Brien Responds: ‘I didn’t ambush (Michael) Arrington and I don’t think he’s a racist’

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien is responding today to TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington who is featured in her upcoming “Black in America” documentary. O’Brien’s response follows a days-long, often heated online debate, over Arrington’s suggestion that he would accept almost any black entrepreneur, regardless of merit.

After Arrington’s comments were played at screenings, the online debate heated up. Then, last Friday, Arrington wrote this post titled, “Oh Shit, I’m A Racist” accusing O’Brien and her producers of not being straightforward, seeking “gotcha moments” and “lying to the people they interviewed.” O’Brien’s response, posted in the Tech section of

But the reality is very different. Our interview was pleasant, not the light-in-the-eyes third degree Arrington is now recounting in his blog. We were at an AOL office with the publicists who negotiated the interview.

In his blog Arrington says CNN “went to great lengths to hide the topic of the interview.” He posts an early e-mail from one of my producers asking him for a general interview about the tech industry. He omits the second e-mail we sent four days before the interview that spells out that the documentary is about a “group of

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Luke Russert: ‘I Know that I am Responsible Not Only to My Job, But Also to My Last Name’

NBC’s Luke Russert is the subject of a profile in the Buffalo News, hometown newspaper of his late father, Tim Russert. It chronicles Russert’s rough start at NBC in 2008, just weeks after his father had died, to “that watershed Weiner interview” this past June.

While he’s most often compared to his father, Luke Russert also carries the journalistic traits of his mother, Vanity Fair writer, Maureen Orth:

She has passed down to him her “EEEPPP” rule of journalism: energy, enthusiasm, empathy, polite, prepared, persistent.

CBS Newsman Bob Schieffer predicts Russert will end up anchoring a nightly newscast someday: “He just does what

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Herman Cain Makes TV Rounds to Explain Sexual Harassment Case Against Him

The cable networks have devoted significant attention today — and will tonight — to new accusations that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain sexually harassed two women during his tenure with the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s.

The day’s big booking “get” went to Fox News Channel’s Jenna Lee, who interviewed Cain before his National Press Club appearance on “Happening Now.”

“I have never sexually harassed anyone,” Cain told Lee. “Yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association. And I say falsely because it turned out after the investigation to be baseless.”

Both MSNBC and CNN aired clips from the FNC interview in the noon hour. Both networks also dipped in to Cain’s remarks at the National Press Club live shortly after 1pmET. Although FNC did not take the speech live, “America Live” did devote a segment during the 2pmET hour on the other issues Cain addressed in his remarks.

Cain is set to do two more television appearances — with Judy Woodruff on “PBS NewsHour” and an interview with Greta Van Susteren tonight on FNC’s “On the Record.”

Lee’s interview after the jump…

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Google Wants to Disrupt The TV Business. Will TV News Be Affected?

Late Friday, Google announced an ambitious slate of nearly 100 “channels” for YouTube, each programmed by experienced media executives, production companies or celebrities. The move sends a clear message: Google wants a piece of the TV pie, and wants exclusive, high-quality content to help deliver it.

“TV is the Holy Grail,” Brad Adgate, senior VP and research director for Horizon media tells TVNewser. “I think this is something that has been gnawing at them for a number of years. TV is still the first screen. People spend more time in front of the TV set than any other screen. And it is tens of billions of dollars in industry, I think they would love to put television under their portfolio, I just think it has been a tough nut to crack for some of these tech companies.”

There are a number of news and commentary outlets creating channels, including Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Slate and Vice . Also on board to launch a channel are The Young Turks, led by former MSNBC host and soon-to-be Current TV host Cenk Uygur. The first program will be called “The Point,” and Uygur will pull double-duty, hosting it along with his Current show.

“I don’t know if the word is disrupt, I think probably compete is a decent word,” Uygur tells TVNewser. “Yes, they want to go after TV, and I think it makes all the sense in the world.”

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On Twitter, Chris Cuomo Tweaks Those Other Madoff Interviews

ABC’s Chris Cuomo took to Twitter this morning to jab the Madoff family interviews on other networks.

Bernie Madoff‘s wife Ruth and son Andrew spoke to Morley Safer last night on “60 Minutes,” and this morning to Matt Lauer on “Today.” Earlier this month, Cuomo interviewed Stephanie Mack the widow of the other Madoff son, Mark. Her account of the days, weeks and months following the revelation of the multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme differs from that of her mother-in-law and brother-in-law.

Late last week Cuomo posed a question to his followers, also about Lauer:

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Bret Baier: Loudest Critics of FNC ‘Usually Don’t Watch My Show’

Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier tells Atlantic Wire about interacting with viewers online, something he devotes a portion of time each day to. Baier, who anchors the 6 p.m. “Special Report,” says he has a high success rate of silencing critics of FNC’s “Fair and Balanced” mantra:

I post actively on Facebook and Twitter. I spend about an hour and a half every day responding to viewers’ tweets and Facebook messages. If folks say they have a problem with x, y or z, you’d be surprised how grateful they are when you reply and explain yourself. The folks who are the loudest painting a broad brush about Fox News usually don’t watch my show or Shep Smith‘s show. I usually tell them: stay tuned for a few days, e-mail me back and tell me what you think. 98 percent of the people who actually do that tell me that we’re fair.