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MSNBC Responds to Rula Jebreal’s Claims of Cancellations, Uncertain Contract Status

Hayes RulaAfter criticizing MSNBC’s Gaza coverage on-air Monday, Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal says she’s unsure of her future with the network.

“I have no idea…I still don’t know” she said on “Democracy Now” today when asked if she’s lost her job as an MSNBC contributor (watch after the jump).

“My contract is up, and we’re negotiating still,” she continued, also claiming that following her heated interview with Ronan Farrow Monday, where she criticized Andrea Mitchell‘s coverage in particular, producers cancelled her upcoming appearances.

This afternoon, MSNBC issued a statement on Jebreal’s contract status and cancellation claims.

Regarding the claim of cancelled appearances: Jebreal’s pre-booked daytime appearance on Tuesday was bumped to accommodate the re-airing of Chris Hayes’ exclusive interview with Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15 year old Palestinian American beaten by Israeli forces. Jebreal was a guest on “All In” with Chris Hayes on Tuesday night. While we don’t publicly discuss contract specifics, Jebreal’s contributor deal with MSNBC officially ended last month when she said she wanted to pursue new opportunities. We’ve welcomed her back on MSNBC several times since. Her voice is one of many Palestinian voices on MSNBC.

On why Jebreal was labeled an MSNBC contributor during Monday’s interview with Farrow if her contract ended last month, MSNBC tells TVNewser: “She was labeled incorrectly on Monday’s show due to a production error and we corrected that for Tuesday’s ‘All In’ appearance.”

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David Remnick Cites Glenn Beck to Explain Russian Media

The New Yorker editor David Remnick, a Russophile who is fluent in Russian, gave his take on the country’s politics and media last night. To explain today’s Russian media, Remnick evoked a former cable news star.

“Imagine if Glenn Beck were appointed by the president,” Remnick told Seth Meyers on “Late Night,” adding, “and there were many Glenn Becks all over television, and that was all the information you were getting about the world.” He concluded that Russian media “is not Soviet style, but still not anywhere near what you would imagine here.”

How Real is Reality Show Hardcore Pawn?

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Ever wonder if those wacky characters you see on your favorite reality shows are real or if their just actors following a script?

Recently, we got a chance to ask the people who might know, the starts of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn Les and Ashley Gold.

Watch the video to hear what they have to say about their roles in the show and where they find those fantastically wacky customers.



Part Two: Why are Pawn Shop Shows so Popular?

Part One: Five Weirdest things Pawned

In Profile: Pelley, Bartiromo

“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley does a Q+A with The Hill:

Pelley304What did you want to be when you were a kid? An astronaut, oh, without question. That was what it was all about when I was growing up in the mid-’60s. … I would write NASA letters and they would send me back 8-by-10-inch color glossies of the astronauts that were flying, and I built model rockets and replicas of the rockets that we were flying. And I’ll never forget the night Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969. I shot pictures of it off our television screen watching Walter Cronkite do the coverage. I guess that was my introduction to journalism.

FBN anchor Maria Bartiromo talks to the Chicago Tribune about her favorite places to travel:

maria bartiromoQ. What’s a nice, low-key trip for you?

A. My husband and I go to Tucson, Arizona, and go to the Santa Catalina Mountains and hike. I love putting on my hiking boots and going into the wilderness. It takes me away and clears my head and helps me not be so busy and stressed. It’s so nice to make time to be in nature. That’s probably my favorite type of trip.

Cable Network Ranker: Fox News #2 in Primetime for Second Straight Week

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of July 14, placing second in primetime for the second straight week and third in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,963,000 primetime viewers and and 1,128,000 total day viewers.

Fueled by breaking news in Gaza and Ukraine, CNN jumped eight spots in primetime and 12 in total day from the previous week, ranking 27th and 19th, respectively. The network delivered 605,000 primetime viewers and 483,000 total day viewers.  MSNBC placed 30th in primetime and 30th in total day, averaging 580,000 viewers and 334,000 viewers, respectively.

TNT, USA Network, ESPN, and History Channel rounded out the top five networks in primetime for the week. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

Chris Cuomo Battles RT Anchor: ‘You Seem to be Acting Like a Representative of Russia’

CuomoWhile reporting outside the Amsterdam airport, where doomed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 departed from, “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo got into a heated exchange with Russia Today anchor Peter Lavelle.

“Peter, take a breath, OK, because this isn’t a debate…I’m not here to debate with you who did this,” Cuomo said.

The RT anchor was defending Russian President Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the plane’s downing, citing “Ukraine isn’t in Russia.” “Vladimir Putin doesn’t control a crime scene in a foreign country. I think it’s quite ludicrous to ask that question,” he said, adding that Cuomo was “living in a parallel universe” to suggest U.S. intelligence has been cross-referencing its satellite data with Russia’s.

“Ask me an intelligent question,” Lavelle demanded. “I think I’ve asked you several,” Cuomo shot back. “Your answers, I don’t know about the intelligence of, but the questions are pretty spot on…I’m not a representative of the U.S.; you seem to be acting like a representative of Russia.”

At around the 7:40 mark, with the interview still going on, Cuomo told his producer, “this is a joke, we gotta get out of this.” The interview continued for over three minutes. WATCH:

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The Morning Ticker: Reporter Explains, ‘Meet’ Rumors, Kickstart CNN

  • Sky News reporter Colin Brazier, lambasted for rifling through the belongings of those killed on MH 17, offers what he calls “another view” of his reporting. “The crash site is like the set of a horror story. Except that movies are never allowed to show what we saw,” he writes.

  • NBC News is dismissing a Page Six story which, once again, claims David Gregory‘s days at “Meet the Press” are numbered. “We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did,” an NBC spokesperson tells the Post.

  • “The Daily Show” has launched a campaign to crowd-fund the acquisition of CNN. Dubbed “Let’s Buy CNN,” for $10 you can be added to a 21-box, for $10 billion, you get a Martin Savidge couch simulator.

Why Jo Ling Kent Joined FBN: ‘I Love Following Stories That are Changing Every Single Day’

jo ling kentTalking Biz News profiles FBN’s newest “rising star,” Jo Ling Kent, about why she made the move to Fox last year:

The opportunity was just fantastic. The opportunity to report on China and cover technology, which are two very hot growing stories. I love following stories that are changing every single day. China has been a longtime passion of mine and probably will be forever.

In technology, it’s not just tech. It’s becoming media. It’s becoming telecom. It’s part of the every day person’s life. You have to understand the decisions and how they impact our lives, our privacy and our money.

The Scoreboard: Monday, July 21

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 231 | MSNBC: 85 | CNN: 159 | HLN: 93
  • Primetime: FNC: 312 | MSNBC: 161 | CNN: 175 | HLN: 146

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

146

TheFive:

254

Baier:

328

Greta:

329

O’Reilly:

379

Kelly:

321

Hannity:

232

O’Reilly:

207

Kelly:

250

MSNBC
Wagner:

66

EdShow:

102

Sharpton:

171

Matthews:

97

Hayes:

87

Maddow:

223

O’Donnell:

173

Hayes:

95

Maddow:

86

CNN
Tapper:

166

Blitzer:

192

Blitzer:

169

Burnett:

187

Cooper:

193

Cooper:

167

Tonight:

166

Tonight:

187

CNNI:

123

HLN
Now:

55

Files:

76

Files:

63

Jane:

96

Grace:

147

Dr.Drew:

154

Files:

138

Files:

186

Files:

183

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The Scoreboard: Sunday, July 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 180 | MSNBC: 116 | CNN: 214 | HLN: 156
  • Primetime: FNC: 180 | MSNBC: 167 | CNN: 217 | HLN: 122

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HC:

144

Kurtz:

155

FNSunday:

210

Faulkner:

226

Huckabee:

174

Pirro:

189

Stossel:

178

Huckabee:

153

Pirro:

135

MSNBC
Caught:

49

Caught:

71

Caught:

106

Caught:

116

Slaves:

167

Slaves:

162

Slaves:

172

Lockup:

150

Lockup:

248

CNN
Nwsroom:

288

Nwsroom:

264

Nwsroom:

195

Nwsroom:

276

Nwsroom:

222

TheHunt:

262

Tonight:

167

Tonight:

138

TheHunt:

183

HLN
Files:

194

Files:

258

Files:

177

Files:

133

Files:

107

Files:

93

Files:

165

Files:

156

Files:

168

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