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Chris Jansing’s Interview with Senator, Doctor, Possible Presidential Contender Rand Paul

JansingPaulNBC’s senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing was in Guatemala this week, accompanying Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on his first international medical mission. Paul, who is an ophthalmologist, performed eye surgeries on people in need. Jansing will report on the humanitarian and political ramifications of the trip, as Paul eyes a run for the White House in 2016.

Jansing conducted multiple interviews with Sen. Paul exploring his political motivations for the mission in addition to immigration reform, U.S. health care, education, and 2016 politics. The interview will air this Sunday on “Meet the Press.” As we told you yesterday, Jansing will host Sunday’s program.

Sunday Show Ratings: August 17

sunday shows_304ABC’s “This Week” notched a win in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic on August 17, besting CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +81,000 total viewers and +246,000 A25-54 viewers. “Meet the Press,” guest hosted by Andrea Mitchell after David Gregory‘s mid-week departure from NBC, was third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Compared to the same week last year, all five shows were up in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. “Fox News Sunday” was up the most in total viewers (+46%) and “This Week” was up the most in the demo (+53%).

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday,” guest hosted this week by Shannon Bream, averaged a combined 2,108,000 total viewers and 487,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 17:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 3.021M 1.001M
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.940M 755K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.661M 735K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.306M 401K
UNI “Al Punto” 698K 369K

Justice Department Opens Criminal Investigation Into James Foley Execution

JimFoley304Attorney General Eric Holder announced today the Department of Justice is taking action following the beheading of journalist James Foley.

“The Justice department is actively pursuing justice in this case,” Holder said in a speech this morning. “We have an open criminal investigation. And those that would perpetrate such acts need to understand something. This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation; we have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”

Yesterday, President Obama condemned the murder of the GlobalPost journalist by the terrorist group ISIS. “We share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday, and we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace with it a sense of hope and civility,”

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Protestor Interrupts Anderson Cooper’s Interview with Trayvon Martin’s Mother

CooperProtestorsDuring coverage from Ferguson, MO last night, Anderson Cooper interviewed Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was gunned down by George Zimmerman in 2012. Midway through the interview, Cooper turned to protesters nearby, one of whom was shouting at him.

“I’m actually talking to Trayvon Martin’s mother right now,” Cooper shot back. “Will you have some respect? I appreciate that.”

Meanwhile, on Fox News, Megyn Kelly interrupted her own show early Wednesday morning. As she was talking about the murder of journalist James Foley, live video of Ferguson protests were shown on the screen. “Hold on…I realize…I realize something is happening in Ferguson, but we’re talking about something important here, so can you at least split screen the video,” Kelly said to the Fox News control room. “The protesters and the police are clashing again, they’re clashing again. But we’re talking about the dead, the death of an American who was beheaded.”

Both clips after the jump…

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Morning Show Ratings: Week of August 11

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week with a +557,000 viewer lead on No. 2 “Today,” but “GMA” was the only morning show to lose viewers compared to the same week last year.

“GMA” was down -2% in viewers and down -1% in the demo. NBC’s “Today” show saw total viewer growth of +4% year-over-year, but was down -2% in the A25-45 demo. “Today” has narrowed the total viewer gap with “GMA” for the third straight week.

Only “CBS This Morning” saw growth in both total viewers (+6%) as well as the A25-54 demo (+3%) and remains at its closest competitive position with “Today” in 20 years.

All three shows were up week-to-week with much coverage from Ferguson, MO.

The averages for the week of August 11, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.983M / NBC: 4.426M / CBS: 2.835M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.878M / NBC: 1.665M / CBS: 886,000

The Ticker: Guilfoyle, Frazier, Cooper

  • FNC’s Kimberly Guilfoyle is hoping to double her money when she sells her Bridgehampton home. “The Five” co-host bought the 2,900-square-foot property for just under $1 million in 2012, and has listed it for $2.05 million.

  • Anderson Cooper makes his Marvel debut in a new “Black Widow” comic book. “Anderson and his show and his journalism will be the catalyst for a major event in Black Widow’s journey,” says writer Nathan Edmondson. The cover below is by artist Phil Noto.

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David Gregory Writing Book on Jewish Faith

david_gregoryPolitico reports recently ousted “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory is writing a book on his Jewish faith set to be released next year.

Gregory and publisher Simon & Schuster have reportedly been working on the book since 2011 that will focus on his “personal faith and the spiritual journey people take in their lives.”

“We weren’t planning to announce the book until we’d set the publication date, which will be sometime in 2015, but since Playbook asked, we’re answering now. Let me emphasize that this book has always been intended as an exploration of an aspect of David’s life that viewers rarely see in his journalistic work. The book was never intended as a memoir about his career. That objective hasn’t changed and will not change. This book will be about the inner spiritual journey many of us take in our lives. Simon & Schuster is excited and grateful to be publishing it.”

The report also suggests Gregory is available for speaking gigs in the fall, where he will touch on “life in the media firestorm and how it impacts politics and culture.” “Meet the Press” paid tribute to Gregory this past Sunday.

Carson Daly Welcomes Baby London Rose

Good news for Vale Guthrie Feldman: she has a new “Today” show friend. Carson Daly and Siri Pinter welcomed their third child, London Rose Daly, Wednesday night. The baby girl was 8 lbs. 11 oz. and 22 inches long. “It’s time for our weekly segment, a ‘Today’ show baby,” Willie Geist joked as he introduced a Skype interview with Daly this morning. Watch:

TV Jobs: Fox News, Channel One News

This week, Fox News is hiring an information graphics writer, as well as a line producer for Fox & Friends. Meanwhile, Channel One News needs a video editor and a digital journalist/reporter. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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On One-Year Anniversary, Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian Thanks Staff

Kate O'Brian 2014On Al Jazeera America’s one-year anniversary, network president Kate O’Brian wrote a memo to staff noting their success so far.

We came with a mission to cover the most important stories of the world in the way that Al Jazeera has been doing it around the globe for years—actively and with depth, with humanity and courage, and without opinion or punditry. And we came with the goal of bringing these compelling and important stories, from the US and from around the world, to the American audience. My friends, I believe we have succeeded.And so, ultimately, this anniversary is about you. Each one of you. Without your extraordinary work this past year we would not have been able to create what we have—a growing, thriving 24/7 news channel. This is just the beginning of a wonderful journey.

O’Brian stresses the network hasn’t reached all of its goals: “We have more work to do — but I know we have the drive and dedication to do it.”

Her full note after the jump.

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