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Archives: August 2012

CNN Camerawoman On Harassment At RNC: ‘I hate that it happened, but I’m not surprised at all’

Patricia Carroll, the CNN camerawoman at the center of a controversy at the RNC is speaking out. On Tuesday, Carroll was on the job in the Tampa Bay Times Forum when two attendeeds threw nuts at her and said, “This is how we feed animals.”

Carroll spoke to Richard Prince at the Maynard Insititute.

Carroll, who agreed to be named for the first time, said she does not want her situation to be used for political advantage. “This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue,” she said by telephone from Tampa.

She said that she had no reason to believe that the perpetrators knew she was a CNN employee, so their actions were likely based on race alone. They were apparently alternate delegates.

She said she wanted to thank CNN, which “has been behind me 100 percent.” Although she was stationed on the floor next to Fox News, the perpetrators “didn’t know what I was doing. I happened to be standing there,” near one of the delegations.

Carroll told the site Witches Brew, “We haven’t come that far. Black people have been in bondage longer then they have been free. Stuff like this will continue to be a part of the black experience.”

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For SEAL Interview, CBS News Protects Identity With a Little Hollywood Magic

Remember the good old days, when confidential sources would have their identities protected by a opaque screen and a light, or a blurred face?

Welcome to TV news in the 21st century. CBS News wanted to protect the identity of “Mark Owen,” the Navy SEAL who wrote the book detailing the Osama Bin Laden raid for his interview with “60 Minutes.” To do so, they didn’t turn to a computer or screen: they turned to Hollywood.

“We hired some of the best makeup people, who do all of the big Hollywood movies and special effects,” “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley said on “CBS This Morning.” “I had hours and hours of meetings with this man over the last many weeks, but when he walked onto the set to shoot the interview I didn’t recognize him.”

Check out the clip below. Can you tell if any special effects makeup was used?

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Bill O’Reilly on the RNC: ‘How Much Bloviating Can You Take? And It’s Going to be Worse in Charlotte’

Bill O’Reilly says the political conventions should be “two days, not four.” O’Reilly went on the “Today” show to talk about the conventions and about his new book, an adaptation of “Killing Lincoln” for younger readers.

“This is like one of those marathon dances they had in the 20s where you never stop dancing until you collapse,” said O’Reilly of the four day — though shortened to three — RNC.

“How much bloviating can you take? And it’s going to be worse in Charlotte.” WATCH:

Ratings Notes: Weather Channel Second Only To Fox News In Primetime Tuesday

How big of a story was Hurricane Isaac? It was big enough that The Weather Channel placed second only to Fox News Channel in primetime on cable news Tuesday night. In total day, Weather was actually the number one cable news channel in the demo, and placed second to FNC in total viewers.

Weather averaged 1.82 million viewers in primetime Tuesday, including 843,000 in the key adults 25-54 demo. Weather brought in 500,000 more viewers than MSNBC, which led with convention coverage, and 600,000 more than CNN, which was split between the convention and the Hurricane. It was far behind FNC in total viewers, but relatively close in the demo, only 300,000 viewers behind.

In total day Weather averaged 1.23 million viewers, including 526,000 adults 25-54. Weather drew more than twice as many viewers as CNN or MSNBC, though it was a million viewers behind FNC. In the demo, Weather was the most-watched cable news channel.

The channel peaked at 9 PM ET, when it drew 1.84 million viewers, including 892,000 A-25-54.

Former ‘Morning Joe’ EP Makes Unintentional Return to Show

This morning, I stopped by “CBS This Morning” which has been broadcasting this week from the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. As I was interviewing CBS VP and “This Morning” EP Chris Licht, Licht could be seen behind Jeb Bush during much of an 8-minute interview being conducted on the show he once produced: MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Let’s just say Licht got more than a few emails about his unintentional return. Bush was also on “This Morning” with Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell.

While Bush was at the Forum, the “Morning Joe” team is originating from the nearby Elephant Bar, where I dropped in Tuesday morning. Look for our story on “CBS This Morning” later and see Jeb Bush’s interview on “Morning Joe” after the jump…

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Robin Roberts Signs Off Early From ‘GMA’ To Be With Family In Hurricane Zone

ABC this morning announced that today would be Robin Roberts last day anchoring “Good Morning America” before she goes on extended leave. Tomorrow was originally planned to be her last day on the program.

This time, the culprit was Hurricane Isaac. After today’s show, ABC says Roberts will “fly home to Mississippi to be with her ailing mother, Lucimarian, and her family in the hurricane zone.”

Next week, she will return to New York to make final preparations for her bone marrow transplant.

ABC also confirmed some of the people who will fill in for Roberts over the coming months, including Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters.

Update: Video of the “GMA” team wishing Roberts well:

Over on NBC’s “Today,” there were well-wishes for Roberts:

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Bret Baier on Fans, Ratings and Being a ‘Political Junkie’

Bret Baier is about 15 minutes into “Special Report” when the first fan stops by.

“Love your show. Watch it every night,” she tells him eagerly. “Never miss it.”

Baier, luckily in a commercial break at the time, smiles and waves, abandoning his notes to chat with the woman, who is from North Carolina and proclaims herself his “biggest fan.” She has some competition — by the end of the show, a small crowd will have amassed around the Fox News skybox, on the third floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

“I like it. It doesn’t bother me,” Baier told TVNewser in between shows. “When people come up to you, it’s a big part of being in their living room. They think they know you because you’re in their living room every night. So I think you have to be respectful, and take the picture, and thank them for being a viewer.”

This is Baier’s first convention as the network’s lead political anchor, a role he took over into after Brit Hume stepped down in 2008. So far, his coverage is a success: on Tuesday night, Fox News posted higher ratings than any other network.

“These ratings were great, and we’re excited. Any time that we can compete, and beat, the major networks, that is a huge deal for us,” he said.

Baier, who anchors coverage from Charlotte next week for the Democratic National Convention, said his approach to the two events is “completely different.”

“Both sides say that this is a very stark choice. Viewers and voters are starting to realize that it is,” Baier said. “I think [the DNC] will be a much different tone, a much different atmosphere.”

“Most of all, I’m a political junkie, and this is in my wheelhouse,” says Baier. “If people can see that on the screen, that’s a good thing.”

Bloomberg’s RNC HQ Looks Very Familiar

We stopped by Bloomberg’s RNC workspace this afternoon on Harbour Island, just across from the RNC happenings in Tampa. The multi-purpose space serves as an office for Bloomberg News and TV staffers, a studio for “Street Smart,” a place for panel discussions — reps from Google were there today talking tech jobs — and it hosts Al Hunt‘s breakfast series. The architectural design is reminiscent of Bloomberg’s global offices, including fully stocked pantry and virtual fish tank.

Sarah Palin: ‘I’m Sorry Fox Cancelled All My Scheduled Interviews,’ Fox: ‘Our Plans Changed’

Fox News contributor and former VP candidate Sarah Palin took to Facebook to complain that her slated interviews on FNC were canceled today.

“I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight,” Palin wrote in a Facebook post.

Fox News responded in a statement from executive VP of programming Bill Shine:

“Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three,” Shine said. “We look forward to having Governor Palin back as soon as we can.”

Palin and FNC have not always seen eye to eye. On primary day in Alaska earlier this year, Palin gave an impromptu interview to a CNN reporter that was camped out in Wasilla.

Tonight, after her post, CNN anchor Piers Morgan tweeted:

 

TV Jobs: Current TV, Bloomberg, Fox Business

This week, Current TV is hiring a talent booker, while Bloomberg needs a master control/technical production operator. Fox Business is seeking an associate producer for Imus in the Morning, and Showtime is on the hunt for a senior software developer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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