Former CNN contributors James Carville and Mary Matalin appeared on “CBS This Morning” live in New Orleans today, to talk politics, the Super Bowl, and leaving CNN. While they are now free to appear on other networks, they are not joining CBS, they were just guests on the show this morning.
As to why they left CNN:
“CNN said they wanted the contributors to be there on-set,” Carville said. “It makes total sense, but it is a strategy we can’t fulfill.”
The power-couple are the co-chairs of the New Orleans Super Bowl host committee, so they have a busy weekend ahead.
Al Gore continues making the rounds for his new book. But what most interviewers want to know about is the sale of Current TV which, as a co-owner, he orchestrated. Earlier this week on NBC’s “Today,” Matt Lauer pressed Gore about the sale to Al Jazeera which is owned by the royal family of Qatar, whose wealth is derived from oil.
Gore mostly dodged the questions on “Today,” but on “The Daily Show” last night, Jon Stewart kept on him, getting Gore to reveal that the new Al Jazeera network will keep some programming from Current, and will be commercial-free.
Update: Current emails us top let us know that the new channel will not be commercial-free, so Gore was misinformed.
Disney-ABC has renewed “Katie” for a second season.
“Hosting, producing and launching a show from scratch has been challenging but very rewarding,” said Katie Couric who also contributes to ABC News. “I’m looking forward to working with our terrific team to build on the success of our first season, and continuing to share compelling stories, explore important topics, and create entertaining television for our audience.”
Of 18 talk shows on the air, “Katie” is the sixth most-watched among Households and Total Viewers averaging 2.497 million viewers. Couric’s Manti Te’o interview drew its highest ratings since its debut and was the No. 1 talk show in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia last Thursday.
The questions now are, how many stations will stick with “Katie” in season two and what new stations will she pick up. Stay tuned for that.
The company is considering a wide range of options, including selling the midtown Manhattan building and leasing it back, moving more employees into the building and closing other New York offices, or moving out from the building entirely, one source said on Wednesday.
Time Warner center is home to an upscale mall, a slew of famous restaurants, the Mandarin Oriental hotel and CNN’s New York bureau, in addition to the media giant’s corporate offices.
David Shenfield has been named Director of Talent for the ABC/Univision joint venture. Shenfield has worked at RNN, “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “CBS Early Show” and iVillage Live. He’ll be the point person for bringing on air and behind the scenes talent to the new channel.
Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas got a sit-down with President Obama today to discuss immigration reform and other topics relevant to the Hispanic community. The interview airs tonight and tomorrow night on Noticiero Univision.
Al Gore continues to make the media rounds. The former Vice President and former co-owner of Current TV will be on PBS Newshour tomorrow night to discuss his new book The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.
All in all, staffers are feeling a cocktail mix of emotions that include relief, fear and anger. They say they’ve long tired of conflicting messages, promises that were never delivered, and a schizophrenic vision offered by a cadre of executives who never got along.
But they are also angry. Angry that they never got a chance to really develop the show. Angry that great ideas died before they could be hatched. When you have Walton, Jautz, Whitaker, Feder and any other CNN exec with an opinion telling the producers and host what to do, that many chefs may just be guaranteed to ruin what could have been a great meal.
MSNBC is facing criticism today about the editing of a portion of the legislative hearing on guns in Hartford, CT earlier this week. Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting victim, was speaking before a committee at which local citizens, including gun rights advocates, attended. MSNBC portrayed a portion of the clip — toward the end of Heslin’s 15 minutes of testimony — as though he was being heckled. The 33-second clip aired on Tamron Hall‘s show, Martin Bashir‘s show and later on Al Sharpton‘s show. Here it is:
But MSNBC edited out the fact that Heslin posed a question: “I wish … I ask if there’s anybody in this room that can give me one reason…,” he began. Fox News produced a segment today taking MSNBC to task over the edit. An MSNBC spokesperson tells WaPo’s Eric Wemple, “We’re reviewing the video in question.”
But the storyline continued into primetime, on Lawrence O’Donnell‘s show. Meanwhile, rather than talk around the issue, CNN’s Piers Morgan actually talked with Heslin. “It didn’t really faze me and it was no more and no less than I would have expected,” he said. “It wasn’t the answer to my question. It was a response.” But was it heckling? MSNBC, for one, has decided it is.
> Update: MSNBC will address the edit on Bashir’s show Wednesday.
> More: Ari Melber, filling in for Bashir, played the entire clip including Heslin’s question. At the end of the clip, Melber said, “Martin and many other who is saw Mr. Heslin’s testimony have called that interruption heckling. Some disagree. He wanted you to hear it in full so you can draw your own conclusion.”
Inside Cable News which has been closely monitoring MSNBC’s programming shift from news to opinion, has this take:
More executive departures and arrivals are in the offing, CNN insiders predicted, and Zucker will likely recruit such longtime loyalists as Michael Bass, a member of Team Zucker at NBC and currently co-executive producer of Katie.