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Which of President Obama’s 2012 Election Interviews Was the Toughest?

obama stewartWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney‘s pick for President Obama’s toughest 2012 election interview might surprise you.

“Probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart,” Carney told CBS’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett during a discussion at George Washington University today.

Carney added that Stewart produced the most “substantive, challenging” interview for the president leading up to the 2012 election, and that Stewart packages news in a way that draws young eyeballs, which is who the president was trying to reach by going on “The Daily Show.”

But Greta Van Susteren isn’t laughing at other comments Carney made about Fox News, taking to GretaWire to criticize Carney for suggesting “ridiculous stories” coming from Fox News, like how many times former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at the White House; Greta also called the White House “delusional” on the issue of transparency.

‘Never been a more transparent administration?’

OOPS! I love to get credit for identifying a falsehood but we are not the only ones. I also know the White House likes to blame Fox News for all their problems, but it is NOT just Fox New that outs the White House about its false claim of transparency.

President Obama Takes Questions From White House Briefing Room

President Obama visited the White House press briefing room this afternoon to speak about the new enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act and take questions from the press. The broadcast and cable networks all had live coverage of the press conference, which began at 3:40pmET.

On the broadcast networks, Brian Williams anchored for NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored for ABC and Jeff Glor anchored for CBS.

First question goes to Kathleen Hennessey of the LA Times, who asks about Ukraine.

Second question goes to Maria Pena of La Opinion, who asks about immigration reform.

Third question goes to Tamara Keith of NPR, who asks about the ACA.

Fourth question goes to Edward-Isaac Dovere of Politico, who asks about military options in Ukraine.

Fifth and final question goes to David Jackson of USA Today, who asks about problems with the ACA rollout.

Chris Wallace Re-Signs With Fox News

chris wallaceFox News has re-signed Chris Wallace to a multi-year deal to continue as the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” the network announced this afternoon.

“Chris is a renowned journalist whose hard-hitting interviews and lifetime of dedication to the news have established him as one of the best in the industry,” Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said in a statement. “We are pleased he will continue his exceptional work on FOX News for years to come.”

Wallace has anchored “Fox News Sunday” and contributed to Fox News’ political and election coverage since joining the network in 2003. 2014 marks his 50th year in the broadcasting industry.

“It is the high point of my career to work at FOX News,” Wallace said. “I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity Roger Ailes has given me and look forward to many more years of bringing interesting guests and provocative conversations to our audience.”

Aereo CEO to Katie Couric: Broadcasters Are Fairly Compensated

With just days to go before the Supreme Court takes up the Aereo case, CEO Chet Kanojia sat down with Yahoo! global anchor Katie Couric for a wide-ranging interview about the streaming TV service. Couric asked Kanojia to respond to comments from News Corp. COO Chase Carey, who said recently: “We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. We can’t sit idly by and let an entity steal our signal.”

“I think he’s absolutely right they have a right to be fairly compensated. And I think they are,” Kanojia responded. “The reason they are is because the deal between Congress and the broadcasters in exchange for free spectrum was to program in public interest and convenience. And they could make all the money they wanted in advertising. And in fact today, over 90% of the revenue does come from advertising, which is why they care about ratings. So they are fairly compensated.” Watch:

TVSpy has more on Couric’s interview with Kanojia.

We’ll be talking about all things Aereo at our TVNewser Show April 29. Click here for more information and to register.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of April 7

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” is the top morning show once again, and wins in the A25-54 demo by its widest margin in three months; it beat second-place “Today” by 279,000 demo viewers, its largest victory since the week of 12/30/13.

“GMA” also showed the most growth in total and demo viewers compared to the same week last year, up +2% and +8%, respectively. “Today’s” seven consecutive months of growth in total and demo viewers is its highest rate of growth in those categories since 1997 and 2001, respectively.

NBC’s “Today” was flat in total viewers year-over-year and down slightly in demo viewers, down -2%. “CBS This Morning” was also flat year-over-year in total viewers, and lost ground in the demo, down -8%.

The averages for the week of April 7, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.617M / NBC: 4.856M / CBS: 3.041M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.212M / NBC: 1.933M / CBS: 956,000

Should Jorge Ramos Be Worried About Anthony Weiner?

Weiner RamosFormer U.S. Congressman and recent New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner appeared with Jorge Ramos last night on Fusion, suggesting he has eyes on a certain anchor chair.

“You do a service every night with your program, so I believe there are other ways,” Weiner told Ramos about finding other ways to influence the political process than running for office. “For example, guest hosting your show.”

“Any day, of course,” Ramos responded. And in response to whether he is done sexting, Weiner told Ramos: “I think if anything at this point of my career I’ve earned the right to say it’s none of your business.”

Weiner is no stranger to TV-news hosting rumors. Last year, reports surfaced that he began reaching out to radio and TV agents before running for mayor. As a congressman, Weiner became known for buzzworthy cable news guest spots; he and Megyn Kelly got into a shouting match in 2011 over a potential conflict of interest Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas might have had when hearing Affordable Care Act cases.

Weiner casually lobbying for a guest-hosting gig on Fusion after the jump.

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Happy Silver Anniversary CNBC!

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April 17, 1989, 25 years ago today, CNBC went on the air. The president of NBC at the time Bob Wright introduced viewers to the Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), calling it, “the most significant programing effort NBC has ever undertaken outside of the network.”

At the time, CNBC was not the only game in town. FNN, the Financial News Network, had been on the air since 1980. But on May 21, 1991 the two channels merged. CNBC would own the business TV news space for a few years. Bloomberg TV launched in 1994 and CNNfn launched in 1995. CNNfn shuttered 9 years later. Fox Business Network began giving CNBC a run for its money in October, 2007.

All day the channel is airing Throwback Thursday clips from the last 25 years. Joe Kernen kicked it off this morning on “Squawk Box.” “25 years ago Google didn’t exist… 25 years ago the Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union… 25 years ago, Jack Welch ran GE which owned NBC which started CNBC.”

MediabistroTV was at CNBC HQ yesterday for a “My First Big Break” interview with Jim Cramer. We’ll have that for you coming up in a few weeks on TVNewser. After the jump, a look back at 25 years of CNBC:

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Bill O’Reilly…Marlboro Man?

While opening the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly revealed an offer he received four decades ago that might have changed the course of today’s number one cable news host’s career.

“While I was covering the news in Denver, I was approached by a modeling agency to be the Marlboro guy…dressed as a cowboy,” O’Reilly said while talking about the 1960′s government campaign against tobacco. “I’m from Long Island,” O’Reilly continued, presumably thinking he couldn’t pull off playing a cowboy.

O’Reilly concluded his Talking Points segment urging a campaign against the “United States of intoxication,” specifically noting rising marijuana use.


Canadian Company Fires Flight Instructor Who Appeared Frequently on CNN

CNN flight simulatoruFly, a Canadian flight simulator company, has fired one of its employees who appeared frequently on CNN during the network’s coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The company said the employee, Mitchell Casado, “shamed Canadians” with the way he dressed during his television appearances, the Associated Press reports:

uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians “look very bad all over the world.”

Casado’s relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during CNN’s constant coverage of the search for the missing flight. CNN’s Martin Savidge and Casado logged many hours reporting from the fake cockpit located at the company’s office in near the Toronto airport, which has a simulator that is the same model of the lost plane.

[...] Teixeira says he received many email complaints about the instructor’s way of dressing during the time he appeared on CNN. “Even though I let him be on TV he shamed us Canadians and shamed my company with the way he was dressing like he was 15 years old,” he said. “People were complaining that it wasn’t professional at all … If you go to any plane you don’t see them in shorts and sandals.”

TV Jobs: CNN, NBC Universal, Bloomberg

This week, CNN is hiring a senior producer for Fareed Zakaria GPS, while NBC Universal needs a line producer for MSNBC Dayside. Bloomberg is seeking a head of strategic content partnerships, and ABC News is on the hunt for a freelance news acquisition center engineer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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