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Archives: February 2014

Former First Daughter Chats With Current First Lady About Body Image

“Today” show corespondent Jenna Bush Hager has been traveling with first lady Michelle Obama this week, part of the fourth anniversary of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and the “Today” show’s Love Your Selfie campaign.

“You’re raising two teenage girls in the spotlight, I speak from experience, not always easy,” said Bush Hager, the daughter and granddaughter of former presidents Bush.

Bush Hager asked Mrs. Obama about how she talks to her daughters about body image and self-confidence. “We talk about health. We talk about what’s on the inside,” she says. WATCH:

Miles O’Brien’s Report from Japan Airs Tonight

MilesObrienJapanThe first of Miles O’Brien‘s reports from Japan airs tonight on “PBS NewsHour.” O’Brien, the program’s science correspondent, was packing up from the reporting trip on Feb. 12 when one of the equipment cases fell on his left arm. A seemingly innocuous accident resulted two days later in the amputation of his arm, above the elbow.

In tonight’s report, O’Brien, covered head to toe in protective gear and wearing a respiration mask, offers viewers a rare look inside the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. He reports on the on-going efforts to contain radiation-tainted water that continues to leak from the plant into the sea. Two more reports will air next Wednesday and Friday.

On “NewsHour” Wednesday co-anchor Judy Woodruff mentioned the accident, adding, “All of his colleagues here at the NewsHour are awed by Miles’s determination to soldier on, despite his life-changing accident. He is a very brave man and a cherished friend.”

Valerie Jarrett Enters the No Spin Zone

JarrettFor the first time ever, Pres. Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett will be a guest on “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight.

Bill O’Reilly was at the White House today for the president’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. As we reported earlier, Obama even gave the Fox News host a shout-out. The focus of O’Reilly’s interview is on the program.

Jarrett, you’ll recall, was part of the White House offensive against Fox News early in President Obama’s first term. “Of course they’re biased, of course they are,” Jarrett told then-CNN anchor Campbell Brown of Fox News in Oct. 2009. “When we see a pattern of distortion, we’re going to be honest about that pattern of distortion,” said Jarret, adding, “This isn’t anything that’s simply directed at Fox.”

TV Jobs: Fox News, The Weather Channel, Bloomberg

This week, Fox News is hiring a special events producer, and The Weather Channel needs an on-air promotions writer/producer. Meanwhile, Bloomberg is seeking a head of strategic content partnerships, as well as a technical director. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great TV jobs on the TVNewser job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented TVNewser pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, February 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 245 | MSNBC: 107 | CNN: 73 | HLN: 71
  • Primetime: FNC: 350 | MSNBC: 198 | CNN: 103 | HLN: 97

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

148

TheFive:

365

Baier:

305

Greta:

289

O’Reilly:

434

Megyn:

382

Hannity:

233

O’Reilly:

182

Megyn:

156

MSNBC
Wagner:

117

EdShow:

165

Sharpton:

198

Matthews:

209

Hayes:

211

Maddow:

195

O’Donnell:

182

Hayes:

54

Maddow:

67

CNN
Tapper:

58

Blitzer:

77

Blitzer/Cross:

73/83

Burnett:

84

Cooper:

111

Morgan:

103

Cooper:

96

Burnett:

79

Morgan:

38

HLN
News:

41

WWYD:

33

WWYD:

68

Jane:

84

Grace:

129

DrDrew:

113

Minute:

48

Files:

105

Files:

181

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Can Pres. Obama Unite Bill O’Reilly and Al Sharpton?

Obama Sharpton O'ReillyAt his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative speech this afternoon, President Obama slipped in a shout-out to Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton as symbolism of putting differences aside to get things done.

Presenting his plan to help men of color, the president called out both cable news hosts present in the White House audience.

“If I can persuade Sharpton and O’Reilly to be in the same meeting,” the president said, generating a round of laughter and clapping. “Then it means that there are people of good faith who want to get some stuff done…even if we don’t agree on everything.”

Will the shout-out produce an on-air makeup between O’Reilly and Sharpton over last summer’s feud that wouldn’t end? Stay tuned.

Former Montana Governor Joins MSNBC as a Contributor

MontanaFormer Pennsylvania Governor and MSNBC contributor Ed Rendell now has a fellow former Democratic Governor as a colleague: former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

Schweitzer told the Associated Press he will appear once or twice a week from a studio being built in his home, and won’t just be giving Democratic talking points.

“At Fox News they’ve got it down that Democrats are always wrong and Republicans are always right. Too much of MSNBC is saying the Democrats are always right and Republicans are always wrong,” he said. “When the Democrats have it wrong, I’ll say it and when the Republicans have it wrong, I’ll say it.”

Schweitzer was introduced as a contributor on last night’s “Ed Show,” where he discussed the Keystone XL pipeline.

Bret Baier to Keynote TVNewser Show, April 29

BretBaierFox News “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier will be the morning keynote speaker for the TVNewser Show, April 29 in New York City. This being an election year, we’ll talk with Baier about what’s ahead for Washington, and about media coverage of policy, politics and politicians.

Baier will join decision makers and thought leaders from NBC News, ABC News, and CNN for the day-long conference. You may have seen the ads running on TVNewser and our other sites which explain the agenda, but what we’re trying to do with the show is bring the leading minds in the business in one room on one day to discuss where the business is going.

Just a week before the conference the Supreme Court will take up the case of Aereo. So we’ll talk about that. We’ll also talk about media consolidation, the second screen, newsroom diversity, how broadcasters are adapting to the growth of TV everywhere, and more. Other speakers include Tribune broadcasting president Larry Wert, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, CNN executive Geraldine Moriba and NBC News executive Julian March.

We’re also pleased to present the TVNewser Job Fair which will tap the resources of Mediabistro’s leading job service, bringing together the nation’s top media companies in one place, allowing attendees to meet one-on-one with hiring managers.

We’ll bring you updates about speakers and attendees in the coming weeks. We hope you’ll join us on April 29.

Cavuto on Bartiromo at FBN: ‘We’re Populating it with Italians’

Neil Cavuto went on Brian Kilmeade‘s Fox News Radio show today to talk about the addition of Maria Bartiromo to the FBN line-up. “We’re populating it with Italians,” Cavuto joked. “It’s a bad Sopranos cast.”

While Cavuto admitted FBN’s ratings may not be at the level of Fox News shows, the host-executive is happy with the makeup of his audience. “I always tell Bill O’Reilly, you’ve got the trailer parks as your viewers, but I have the viewers who own those trailer parks.”

Cavuto also gave great advice about getting ahead, and staying ahead, in the TV business: work hard.


Sen. Ted Cruz Likes Hannity’s ‘Fearlessness,’ CNN Dana Bash’s Hard, But Fair Questions

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has become a media fixture since being sworn into office last year, appearing on various Fox News programs while drawing scorn from many MSNBC hosts.

In an interview with POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Cruz gave his thoughts on the big three cable news networks.

“Unsurprisingly, if I’m watching something, it’s probably Fox News,” Cruz said. “I’m a big Sean Hannity fan. I wouldn’t call him a newscaster necessarily. I think Sean has a fearlessness that is welcome.”

Cruz then gave a “surprising” compliment to CNN’s Dana Bash, who interviewed him last week: “I told her that I appreciated that she’s been willing to ask hard questions of Democrats also and not a lot of reporters do that.”

And on MSNBC, Cruz claimed the network labels conservatives as either stupid, evil, or crazy.

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