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Remembering James Foley: ‘Your Slaying Will Spark a Revolution Against Terrorists’

CBS’s Clarissa Ward changed her profile picture, Fox News’s Conor Powell remembers him as “a great guy,” while Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, himself imprisoned in Egypt, says James Foley‘s murder “will spark a revolution against terrorists.” These are just some of the ways, those who knew and worked alongside the intrepid journalist are remembering their colleague killed by ISIS militants.

Powell met Foley when he was an embed in Afghanistan. He tells TVNewser: “Jim was well liked by everyone, very easy going and engaging. Like many freelancers he was fearless, but he never appeared reckless. He wasn’t covering wars and conflicts for the rush, it was the story and the people that drove him.”

Ratings: CNN Wins Demo in Total Day, Prime; ‘New Day’ Delivers Highest Demo Ratings Ever

New Day FergusonFueled by continuing coverage of unrest in Ferguson, CNN won the A25-54 demographic in both total day and primetime Tuesday for the fourth straight day. CNN averaged 305,000 total day viewers and 529,000 primetime viewers, narrowly topping Fox News, which had 290,000 total day viewers and 523,000 primetime viewers. Fox News topped both metrics in total viewers.

“New Day” also won in the demo yesterday, delivering its highest-ever demo ratings. It was the first time in more than a year (since 7/16/13) that the CNN morning show has topped “Fox & Friends” among A25-54 viewers. CNN also won the demo in the daytime (9am-5pm) daypart. Fox News won in total viewers during both “Fox & Friends” and daytime.

During the evening hours that included live coverage from Ferguson, Fox News won in the demo at 8pmET, 10pmET, 11pmET and 12amET. CNN won at 7pmET and 9pmET. Fox News won every hour in total viewers.

Morning show and daytime ratings are after the jump; the full scoreboard with total day and primetime numbers is here. Read more

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, August 19

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 290 | MSNBC: 125  | CNN: 305 | HLN: 85
  • Primetime: FNC: 523 | MSNBC: 201 | CNN: 529 | HLN: 102

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

219

TheFive:

366

Baier:

424

Greta:

371

O’Reilly:

521

Kelly:

530

Hannity:

511

Shep:

428

Kelly:

338

MSNBC
Wagner:

106

EdShow:

132

Sharpton:

120

Matthews:

156

Hayes:

162

Maddow:

232

O’Donnell:

203

Hayes:

170

Maddow:

128

CNN
Tapper:

229

Blitzer:

283

Blitzer:

324

Burnett:

384

Cooper:

506

Cooper:

601

Tonight:

475

Cooper:

383

CNNI:

319

HLN
Now:

44

Files:

30

Files:

34

Jane:

97

Grace:

137

Dr.Drew:

93

Files:

75

Files:

127

Files:

206

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Beginning of ‘Today’ Airs Without Lower Third Graphics

TodayFor those watching the beginning of “Today” this morning, some routine visuals were missing.

The first 18 minutes of the program were missing lower third graphics on the bottom of the screen. Both Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel reported during this time, but their names didn’t appear on screen and Mitchell’s package lacked lower thirds.

“Due to some maintenance done overnight, there was a disruption in our graphics system which affected a portion of the first half hour of the show,” an NBC spokesperson tells us. “The rest of the show was not affected, and other show feeds were updated with graphics.”

CNN Removes iReport Saying Missouri Patrol Captain is Gang Member

A CNN iReport that mistook a fraternity hand sign Missouri Patrol Captain Ron Johnson made for him being a gang member has been taken down.

The Washington Post reports the iReport suggested Johnson was making hand signals members of the group the Bloods use (shown below).

The sign is actually the greeting for the fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi, which Johnson belongs to.

“iReport is a social network for news. A small number of user submissions are approved for use on air and online,” a CNN spokesman tells TVNewser. “The iReport in question had not been vetted, was labeled as “NOT VERIFIED BY CNN,” and was removed shortly after being flagged by the community.”

Greta Van Susteren Has Advice for Pres. Obama Following Foley Statement

greta-van-susterenFollowing President Obama’s statement on the beheading of journalist James Foley, Greta Van Susteren took to GretaWire to advise the president.

“Time for President Obama to cut his vacation short and come home to DC,” Greta wrote in her headline. She added her two cents on the attire the president wore during his statement on Foley. “And he could put on a tie when he is talking about the beheading – this vacation casual is unacceptable in the face of this atrocity.”

And by the way, I am all for casual clothes — but he IS the President of the United States and he IS talking about a beheading of an American, not the annual Easter egg roll. Put on a tie. All eyes are on the President and he needs to convey the right message on all levels.

We’ll be on the lookout tonight to see if Greta has more to say on the subject on “On the Record.”

Obama: James Foley Execution ‘Shocks the Conscience of the Entire World’

President Obama took the podium today in Martha’s Vineyard to speak about James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in a video released yesterday. The U.S. this morning verified the authenticity of the video, which also shows another captive American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be next to die.

“Friends and allies around the world, 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,” Obama said. “That’s what Jim Foley stood for. A man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family. Today, the American people will all say a prayer for those who loved Jim. All of us feel the ache of his absence, all of us mourn his loss.”

George Stephanopolus anchored ABC News’ special report, with Jonathan Karl on Martha’s Vineyard. Cynthia McFadden anchored a special report on NBC, with Kristen Welker on Martha’s Vineyard. CBS delivered a special report with Scott Pelley anchoring and Major Garrett on Martha’s Vineyard. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report for Fox Broadcast Network.

Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera America all took the statement live.

The Ticker: Jansing, Melvin, Barnes

  • NBC’s Craig Melvin, who joined NBC three years ago, has been named national correspondent for the “Today” show. Melvin had been anchoring MSNBC weekends as well as reporting for NBC News. This week he’s been covering events in Ferguson, MO.

  • As FBN covers the annual Jackson Hole Economic Conference this week, correspondent Peter Barnes will interview five standing Federal Reserve Bank Presidents. The interviews will take place tomorrow and Friday.

Washington Wonks Get Wet

Have you heard about this? People pouring icy water over their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS? Well, several Washington wonks got in on the action over the last couple of days. CBS’s Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and FNC’s Bret Baier all took the ice bucket challenge this week. Schieffer got doused by his colleagues at WUSA. He challenged Scott Pelley and CBS News president David Rhodes. Alan Greenspan did the honors, dousing his wife Mitchell, who challenged Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Chuck Todd. Todd was also nominated by FNC’s Bret Baier, who grabbed the tub himself. Baier also challenged his FNC colleagues James Rosen and Ed Henry. Meanwhile, a former Washington resident got iced this morning on the “Today” show.

Watch all three after the jump…

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Are TV News Anchors Blurring the Line Between Reporting and Opinion in Ferguson?

TapperPolitico writes about whether the media coverage in Ferguson has shifted from reporting to opining.

On Monday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted the authorities’ heavy-handed response to the demonstrations, which he deemed nonsensical. Don Lemon, on the air for CNN, even offered personal assistance to the parents of Brown. “If any of you ever need anything, you know how to get in touch with me personally,” he told them during an interview.

“There is nothing going on on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram,” Tapper said Monday. “What is this? This doesn’t make any sense!” Earlier in the day, Lemon was pushed back by police during a live shot. “Now you see why people are so upset here…we’re on national television, so imagine what they’re doing to people who you don’t see on national television; the people who don’t have a voice like we do.”

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