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Archives: February 2014

The Scoreboard: Thursday, February 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 232 | MSNBC: 88 | CNN: 94 | HLN: 69
  • Primetime: FNC: 306 | MSNBC: 150 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 89

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

157

TheFive:

300

Baier:

243

Greta:

260

O’Reilly:

384

Megyn:

304

Hannity:

230

O’Reilly:

209

Megyn:

188

MSNBC
Wagner:

84

EdShow:

138

Sharpton:

147

Matthews:

120

Hayes:

125

Maddow:

193

O’Donnell:

132

Hayes:

90

Maddow:

47

CNN
Tapper:

117

Blitzer:

97

Blitz./Cross:

91/108

Burnett:

72

Cooper:

106

Films:

130

Cont.:

Lemon:

68

Films:

76

HLN
News:

41

WWYD:

32

WWYD:

67

Jane:

93

Grace:

113

DrDrew:

93

Minute:

62

Files:

85

Files:

79

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Cable News Networks Cover Pres. Obama Ukraine Announcement

Cable news networks pivoted this afternoon to President Obama speaking on the tumultuous situation involving Ukraine and Russia, as armed men believed to be sent by Russian President Vladamir Putin have taken over two airports in Crimea.

>More: Brian Williams and Scott Pelley are also on the air for NBC News and CBS News special coverage.

>More: President Obama spoke for just under three minutes, saying he is deeply concerned by reports of Russia’s military making movements inside Ukraine, and that the U.S. will stand with the international community against military intervention in Ukraine.

>Update: MSNBC aired an incorrect map that placed Czechoslovakia next to Ukraine. Problem is, that country hasn’t existed since the early 90′s.

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The Ticker: Maddow, Sawyer, Fox News

  • Rachel Maddow will host “Why We Did It” at 9pmET on March 6. A follow up to 2013′s “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War,” the documentary reveals new documents and interviews with those involved in planning the Iraq War, with MSNBC billing it as the “never-before-told story of what was happening behind that public case.”

  • “World News with Diane Sawyer” is bringing back the series “Real Money” in the form of “Real Money: Making Money.” From March 3 to March 5, the series will show real and practical ways for people to make money in their spare time.

  • Fox News College Challenge is back with submissions for entry due on Monday, March 3.  The challenge asks college students to submit their own news video package, with a potential $10,000 prize and job interview with the network among the prizes.

On Al Jazeera’s Global Day of Action, Bob Simon Recalls His Time in Iraqi Prison

CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, who was captured and held for 40 days by Iraqi forces in the opening days of the Gulf War, has added his voice to those of journalists around the world calling for Egypt to release three Al Jazeera journalists.

In an interview with Al Jazeera America’s John Seigenthaler, Simon called the jailed  journalists “hostages,” saying he wouldn’t call them prisoners “because a prisoner will have charges against him and these guys haven’t really been charged with anything credible.”

“When you’re kidnapped and held in horrible conditions, as they have been, it’s indescribable,” Simon said. “The only people you can talk to are other people who have been in that condition because it just changes everything about your mentality and your life.”

Greta Van Susteren Has Media Advice for Hillary Clinton

greta-van-susterenThe media has been covering the over 4,000 pages of previously confidential Clinton administration memos released this afternoon, and Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren took to her blog to point out what she perceives as bad media advice then-First Lady Hillary Clinton received.

Van Susteren bolded in red parts of the released documents that she thought was not helpful guidance the First Lady received.

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“The red highlighted notes are particularly bad media advice,” Van Susteren says. “Telling the interviewee (here, Secretary Clinton) to be rude? I think a guest / interviewee looks slippery who won’t answer the question asked and instead attempts to divert and this is the precise advice given to the then First Lady.”

Clinton granted Van Susteren an exit interview upon leaving her post as Secretary of State in January, 2013.

Sean Hannity’s Hidden Bartending Skills

Here’s something you may not know about Sean Hannity: he takes his liquor seriously. Hannity tended bar at Del Frisco’s (which is right near the News Corp. building on 6th Avenue) for a recent interview with “The Insider,” noting that his policy of tipping generously is a direct result of his experience past experience as a bartender.

Hannity also revealed he was once involved in a now-defunct dating site called “Hannidate.” “We had about 15 or 20 people get married from that website!” he said. Watch:


George Stephanopoulos to Scale Back Hosting ‘This Week’

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOSGeorge Stephanopoulos is scaling back his hosting duties on ABC’s “This Week” from three times a month to twice a month. The news was first reported by Politico’s Dylan Byers.

Stephanopoulos wears many hats at the network: in addition to anchoring “Good Morning America” and serving as the primary fill-in for “World News,” he is the chief political correspondent, co-anchoring all of ABC’s political coverage. He will still be heavily involved in the show even on weeks he does not host, an ABC News spokesperson tells TVNewser.

Martha Raddatz, ABC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, will continue in her role as primary fill-in on “This Week.” Raddatz typically hosts one show a month from Washington, D.C.

Sources at ABC News tell TVNewser Raddatz will not always be in the anchor chair on weeks when Stephanopoulos is off, though: the show will be planned with a “mix and match” strategy using a combination of Raddatz and ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl based on the news of the week. Read more

Al Sharpton: ‘Mr. O’Reilly and Others Can Be There or Not, But I’ll Be There’

SharptonAl Sharpton responded last night to President Obama’s shout-out to him and Bill O’Reilly during the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative speech held yesterday at the White House.

“Yes, Bill O’Reilly and I have differences…and we will continue to,” Sharpton said on “PoliticsNation.”

“What is more important to me, is not who I differ with, but who I can stand up for and stand up with.”

The differences between Sharpton and O’Reilly played out last summer, when the two hosts engaged in a back-and-forth over race.

Sharpton added that people must stand together to help men of color: “Mr. O’Reilly and others can be there or not, but I’ll be there, if I have to be there by myself.”

On the “O’Reilly Factor,” O’Reilly didn’t mention the president’s shout-out to Sharpton and him, but had an extensive interview with Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, giving her his ideas on how to make the program work.

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Mika’s Father Returns to ‘Morning Joe,’ Compares Her to Family Dog

Mika fatherIt only took a week for Mika Brzezinski to nab the elusive booking that escaped her last Friday: her father Zbigniew Brzezinski.

“Joining us now from Washington, a man that is very difficult to book,” Mika said. “I’m serious, you can’t get him on this show…at least I couldn’t book him,” she added.

The show then played a montage of all of the elder Brzezinski’s appearances on other networks—including other MSNBC shows—over the past week discussing the tumultuous situation in Ukraine, ending with last Friday’s “Morning Joe,” where Mika realized her dad wasn’t coming on.

“He’s here! It’s like Santa Claus,” co-host Joe Scarborough shouted, telling Mika her father is very busy and she has to be more patient.

“Totally,” Zbigniew answered Scarborough about whether his daughter is impatient. “You remind me in terms of personality of someone that we nowadays in our household call Daisy.”

“Very cute, very charming, a bit unpredictable…I won’t go into details,” Zbigniew said on Daisy—the family dog. “Thanks dad, I’m sort of diminished now,” Mika concluded.

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Why Bill O’Reilly Wants Michelle Obama on His Show

JarrettOReillyFollowing his appearance in the White House audience for Pres. Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper inititiave, Bill O’Reilly sat down with Obama’s senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett. “I was pleased you invited me to this,” said O’Reilly in his first ever interview with Jarrett. “You shocked a lot of people — people were fainting when I walked in.”

O’Reilly gave his ideas of how the program could work: “You’re going to have to get people like Jay Z, like Kanye West, all of these gangsta rappers, to knock it off. That’s number one.”

O’Reilly then told Jarrett he’d like Michelle Obama to come on his program: “And I want Michelle Obama to look into that camera and say you teenage girls, you stop having sex. You stop getting pregnant. This is wrong. I want her to do that right here. Do you think she would?”

“Well,” said Jarrett, “I think what’s more important than Michelle Obama coming on Fox News is for her to spend time with young girls, which she does. She’s had a mentor-ship program for young girls since she first took office.”

The two also talked about the president’s poll numbers and military cuts. WATCH:

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