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Archives: April 2012

Dan Rather: CBS ‘Folded’ Under Pressure From White House

Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather is still standing by the story that ended his decades-long tenure at CBS News.

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” to promote his new book Rather Outspoken, Rather maintained that the story he reported on “60 Minutes” about Former president George W. Bush‘s Texas Air National Guard service was true.

“My attitude is, sometimes things in journalism go bad, but is is important not to get baffled, not to be afraid and never to quit,” Rather said. “Because of that story, they put heavy pressure on the corporate entity, and the corporate entity folded.”

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Facebook to Reveal Life-Saving Tool on ‘Good Morning America’

Now we know why ABC’s Robin Roberts made a quick trip out West after last Thursday’s “Good Morning America.” Roberts got a sit-down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a press release ABC News says, “Zuckerberg gives Robin Roberts the first look at a new Facebook tool which has the power to save lives.” In addition, ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer interviews Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to “discuss the personal stories that led to this new initiative and its goals.”

Interesting that Facebook has chosen ABC News as the place to reveal the new tool, considering ABC’s online partner Yahoo! has just added two patents to its infringement lawsuit against Zuckerberg’s company which was first filed last month.

The “GMA” and “World News” interviews air tomorrow.

Did the Obama Campaign Take the Lead from MSNBC with New ‘Forward’ Slogan?

The Obama re-election campaign has a new 7-minute short film called simply “Forward.” The ad begins with the economic meltdown in 2008, with clips from TV news reports by CBS’s Anthony Mason, NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and others.

While declaring, “Republicans were waging a campaign to tear the president down,” images of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh flash on the screen.

“Then there was the victory no one saw coming,” says the film’s announcer, while showing clips from NBC News’s special report from Brian Williams the night Osama Bin Laden was killed, with more clips from CNN, CBS and ABC.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, Joe Scarborough asked, “Really? That’s it, huh? So is Fox’s slogan going to be — or Mitt Romney‘s slogan going to be ‘Balanced?’ I mean, he’s taking MSNBC’s slogan!”

“Lean forward was taken,” said Politico’s Mike Allen.

See the ad after the jump…

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HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ Reveals More In Trailer Two

HBO has released its second trailer for the upcoming Aaron Sorkin series “The Newsroom.” The trailer goes into a bit more detail about some of the story, opening with news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) speaking to his viewers (on a set reminiscent of “ABC World News”):

“I am apologizing to the American people, for a failure of this news program during the time I have been in charge of it. The reason we failed isn’t a mystery, we took a dive for the ratings. I am quitting this circus and switching teams, I am going with the guys who are getting creamed.”

Did Greta Van Susteren’s Husband Have the Best Seat in the House?

As you know by now, Greta Van Susteren invited two Kardashians and a Lohan to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night. Not surprisingly, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan (and Keith Olbermann, Barack Obama, Barbara Walters, cable news, Newt Gingrich, and more) made it into Jimmy Kimmel‘s monologue. At one point Kimmel asks Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, “Would you do us a favor? Would you mind driving Lindsay Lohan home? … Make sure you do not run into a goose. Especially a grey goose.”

That’s Greta’s husband John P. Coale sitting between Lohan and Kardashian. Our spies tell us Lohan did eat, but did not drink.

One Year Later: Special Coverage of the Killing of Bin Laden

One year after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, there will be special coverage this week of the anniversary.

In what NBC is calling a “first for network television,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams” takes viewers inside the White House’s Situation Room. Airing Wednesday at 9pmET/PT, the program features interviews with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other top administration officials.

Discovery Channel presents “Secrets of Bin Laden’s Lair,” a one-hour special that will feature what the cabler says is the “very first comprehensive television report” of classified intelligence seized during the Abbottabad compound raid.  Among many other topics, that intelligence gives insight as to Bin Laden’s opinions on American media, including the cable wars between CNN, FNC, and MSNBC. Produced by Peacock Productions, NBC News correspondent Harry Smith narrates the program, Tuesday at 10 pmET/PT.

(Photo: White House/Pete Souza)

Weather Channel’s 30th Anniversary Plans

The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore in 1991 (l) and 2011 (r)

On Wednesday, The Weather Channel will celebrate 30 years on the air. The channel is planning a celebration on-air online and in the real world.

For starters, the Empire State Building will be decked out in “Weather Channel Blue” lights for the anniversary.

On-air, there will be a retrospective looking back on 30 years of coverage, as well as interviews with key players, employees and on-air personalities. Celebrities and prominent figures will offer congratulations, and a blooper reel will be played.

Online, Weather.com will be getting a site overhaul (more on that Wednesday) and will also have a look back at 30 years of weather fashion, including Jim Cantore with hair (pictured above).

More information, after the jump.

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Katie Couric on Career Goals, Words With Friends, and Her Best Christmas Gift Ever

Katie Couric is featured in 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30, a book by the editors of Glamour magazine that was released this week. Her advice? “If you’re not exactly where you wanted to be exactly when you wanted to be there, don’t sweat it.”

I didn’t make the deadline I had set for myself of becoming a network correspondent by 30, but my hard work paid off when I was 32 and Tim Russert asked me to be a deputy Pentagon correspondent. That’s when I thought, Wow, I’m on my way.

Couric is also the subject of Us Weekly’s “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” this week. Among her secrets: she’s addicted to Words with Friends, her best Christmas gift ever was a Bacon of the Month club membership from Al Roker, and she has a framed photo in her house of Colin Firth. (“Not with me. Just him.”)

CNN Reporters Look Back on the LA Riots

A handful of CNN journalists that covered the 1992 Los Angeles Riots look back on that coverage 20 years later.

The videos remain incredibly compelling footage to this day.

“In a war zone you are more prepared, you go over there, you have the gear you need, the bulletproof vests… this thing happened so quickly.”

Keith Olbermann Says ‘Revenge’ is Why He Was a Part of Jimmy Kimmel’s WHCD Monologue

Keith Olbermann, who’s been Tweeting all night mostly about baseball, took time to respond to Jimmy Kimmel‘s jokes about him at the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Kimmel joked, “I would like everyone to look under your seats. Under each one you will find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume.” Kimmel continued, “Is Keith here tonight? The limo wouldn’t pick him up? The thing about Keith is, he’s so likeable.”

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Olbermann added, “I’m not complaining about the Kimmel jokes – I’m fair game. I’m complaining about the revenge element. It reminds me of O’Reilly.”

Kimmel also took some shots at the cable networks during his set:

“Fox News is the grumpy old man of cable. Loud. Stubborn. Just had a mole removed. I would like to take a moment to salute the Fox mole. Were it not for his great sacrifice the world would never have known that the bathrooms at Fox were overdue for renovation.”

“As a result of all the success Fox News has had, MSNBC has moved a bit to the left of Hugo Chavez lately.”

“Every election year CNN comes up with new and amazing technology. And yet with all of the technical wizardry they still haven’t figured out a way to make James Carville look less like a hairless boiled cat.”

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