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Archives: August 2014

Who Is Chuck Todd Anyway?

This morning, “Meet the Press” introduced viewers to Chuck Todd, with reflections from his mother, his wife, Tom Brokaw from Montana and Brian Williams at the Jersey Shore. Todd and substitute host Andrea Mitchell discussed the legacy of the show and the coverage of politics today. Todd then got the signature last word, “If it’s Sunday. It’s Meet the Press.” Todd takes over as host next Sunday.

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Arwa Damon Returns to Reporting for CNN

After nearly a month away, Arwa Damon has returned to reporting for CNN. The network’s senior international correspondent found herself in the news earlier this month when she was sued by two EMTs in Baghdad who claimed she bit them “in a drunken rage” at the U.S. Embassy.

“I am apologizing and extending my thanks to all that were involved in ensuring that I am, thankfully, in the end, taken care of and physically at least OK,” Damon wrote in an email following the incident. “Everyone was extremely professional and courteous in the face of my unjustified behavior.”

For her first on-air story, Damon reported from a morgue in Baghdad.

The Sunday Ticker: Viva, Border, NFL

  • The “Today” show and sister network Telemundo are teaming up for “Viva TODAY.” The series, beginning tomorrow, celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month. “Viva Today” will highlight the positive impact Hispanic and Latino Americans have on society.

  • Tonight on Fusion, Mexican actor Demian Bichir follows several at-risk, low-income Hispanic students as they attempt to become the first in their family to go to college. “The Last Border” airs as part of Fusion’s “Documental” series, which airs every Sunday night at 8pmET.

  • The 2014 NFL season begins and ends on NBC. The kickoff is this Thursday when the Green Bay Packers take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The season ends on NBC with Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.

Rachel Maddow on Ferguson: ‘It Doesn’t Make Sense’

Like her MSNBC colleagues, Rachel Maddow has covered the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson extensively. Earlier this week, she told David Letterman her thoughts on the story.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” Maddow said regarding the militarization of the police force many have cited when talking about Ferguson. “Even small town police departments have mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles that were developed for use in Kandahar.”

Ice Bucket Challenges You May Have Missed: Doocy Sings Kenny, Foreman Goes Psycho

On this Labor Day weekend, allow us to share a couple ice bucket challenges you may have missed, including “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy who got doused while singing Kenny Rogers‘ hit “The Gambler.” Doocy, who was challenged by Rogers, didn’t know when to walk away, or when to run.


The award for most creative in 37 seconds goes to CNN’s Tom Foreman, who went totally psycho for his challenge.

For reference, we started posting ice bucket drenchings 35 days ago, when Shepard Smith took up the challenge.

Aneesh Raman, from CNN to OZY

Aneesh-Headshot-239x300From covering earthquakes and war for CNN to writing  speeches for President Obama, Aneesh Raman‘s career has run the gamut.

In Mediabistro’s “So What Do You Do?” series, Raman tells us about his new gig: senior editor focusing on public relations and marketing for the daily news and culture site OZY.

You’ve had such a diverse career. How did the skills and experiences you gained from each role contribute to the next?

“The way it all makes sense to me is that in every role I have had to explain complex things simply, whether it was reporting from Iraq as the war unraveled or from Iran as the nuclear dispute grew, whether it was speechwriting at the Treasury or at the White House about the economic situation. No matter the job, it was about taking a really complicated situation, finding the story and explaining it simply to as wide an audience as possible. So, yeah, I think if I thought back to the career path I’ve taken, that’s the one thing that seems to thread it all together.”

Read: So What Do You Do? Aneesh Raman

The Evening Ticker: Kelly, Stelter, Greta

  • Tonight on Fox News, Megyn Kelly hosts “The Kelly File Investigation: Justice for All in Ferguson.” The hour looks at the facts of the criminal case, the recent chaos in the Missouri town and examine how the eyewitness reports differ from the police account.
  • Following his fiery debate with Sean Hannity earlier this week, London Imam Anjem Choudary will be on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning to talk about how radical Islamists spread their message.
  • Tomorrow at 10pmET on Fox News, “Greta Investigates: Death at the River’s Edge.” Beginning in the 1990s, young college men were found dead in rivers across the United States. When two investigators claimed the crime scenes were tagged with graffiti, they became known as the “Smiley Face Murders” causing panic across the nation.

Chuck Todd Signs off ‘The Daily Rundown,’ But Not on ‘The Daily Rundown’

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Chuck Todd‘s farewell to MSNBC wasn’t seen on MSNBC. The end of “The Daily Rundown” was pre-empted this morning by remarks from British Prime Minister David Cameron. But Todd recorded it anyway (after the jump). In it he talked about how TDR came to be: “It was a show that MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Savannah Guthrie and I conceived over lunch in Washington one day.” Todd thanked Griffin for not “micromanaging us. He let us be the driving force. Not a lot of executives do that.”

Earlier in the show — and this did make it on TV — Todd was surprised first by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and then by his former co-host Savannah Guthrie, who Skyped in from maternity leave. Todd begins his role as moderator of “Meet the Press” September 7. Andrea Mitchell hosts this Sunday. WATCH: Read more

As Time Warner Ends Vice Talks, A&E Plans $250M Stake in Media Company

viceThe New York TimesJonathan Mahler scoops that Time Warner has ended negotiations with Vice Media. The talks, which have been going on for months, included a plan to spin off Time Warner’s HLN network, and refashion it into a Vice channel. The Brooklyn-based media company includes a magazine, book publishing, a massive online presence, and gritty, global documentaries which are carried on Time Warner’s HBO.

The conversations collapsed after the two companies were unable to agree on a valuation of Vice. Last year, 21st Century Fox paid $70 million for a 5 percent stake in the company, valuing the company at more than $1 billion.

In June, Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith told the New York Times having a TV network was “the next step in our evolution. Our mobile and online stuff is going to grow exponentially, but we want a three-legged stool, and the third leg is TV.”

A week ago, the Wall Street Journal reported Time Warner had also been in talks with Glenn Beck‘s company about re-branding HLN into TheBlaze TV. But those talks also came to nothing. Earlier this year, under the new leadership of Albie Hecht, HLN intended to become “the home for the social media generation.” Primetime programs include those hosted by Nancy GraceJane Velez-Mitchell, and Dr. Drew Pinsky. Late nights and weekends are made up of true crime stories.

> More: The Financial Times reports Vice is finalizing a deal to sell a 10% stake to A&E Networks for $250 million. A&E is jointly owned by Walt Disney and Hearst. The sale could be announced as early as next week, FT reports.

Reporter Departs CNN with Pencils, Pads, First Aid Kit and One Regret: ‘There Are Far Too Few Redheads on CNN’

Lisa Desjardins is leaving CNN. But she’s not going quietly. A Capitol Hill correspondent, Desjardins joined CNN 9 years ago after working as a reporter in print, TV and radio.

In a goodbye video posted to YouTube, the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before, Desjardins says, “I know we’ve had a lot of goodbyes here lately. I know people are worried about the future, and I know that there are a lot of buyout offers on the table…”

Then, as she pilfers some office supplies (she passes on the “Rick’s List” mug,) Desjardins tells viewers, “I’m sorry that CNN has decided to eliminate my reporter position at the Hill and cut back on congressional coverage. Of course I’m also sorry that congress is complete mess right now.”

“I have very few regrets,” Desjardins says. “One of them is there are just far too few redheads on CNN.” WATCH:

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