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NBC News Producer’s Sons Were Inside Peshawar School During Attack

jibran_f600bf42a80f7dc47ee5370f425c7c54.nbcnews-ux-640-360An award-winning NBC News producer, Mushtaq Yusufzai, has detailed his personal experience as the father of two boys who were inside the Army Public School in Peshawar when it came under Taliban attack Tuesday. He was confronted with two challenges: caring for his family, and covering the story. “It was the most difficult day of my career.”

Yusufzai has covered Pakistan for NBC News, working from his base in Peshawar. His sons, Jibran, 8 (pictured), and Daniyal, 13, were unhurt in the attack. But Yusufzai didn’t know that for hours, as he tried to get answers on their fate–and provide NBC News with on-the-ground reporting:

For five hours we had no idea where my sons were and couldn’t speak to them. I had to console my wife who was weeping on the telephone. But I’m a journalist, too, so I was calling to learn about my kids and on the other hand had to inform my colleagues and the desk about developments.

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Correspondent David Mattingly Leaving CNN

david_mattingly_cnn_h_2012CNN national correspondent David Mattingly has announced he is leaving the network at the end of the year. In a post on Facebook, Mattingly said he will be “walking out of the building a better journalist and better person than when I walked in.”

Mattingly, who has been with CNN since 1992–and, as he pointed out, traveled to 30 countries and all fifty states–said of his next step only that he will be leaving CNN “to try my hand at something new (more on that later).”

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CNN’s #AskACop Trends, Pretty Much Exactly the Way You Could’ve Predicted

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Ahead of a “CNN Tonight” special, Cops Under Fire, the CNN show’s Twitter account asked followers to suggest questions they had about how police officers think and work: “what would you like to ask them? Send in your Q’s w #AskACop.” If your first thought is a joking–or harshly critical–response, it seems you are very much like most of the people on Twitter. “Pretty sure that #AskACop is not going exactly how CNN thought it was going to go,” said Twitter user Jim Avery.

The show bragged later–in a tweet re-tweeted by @CNN–that #AskACop was trending nationally. Well, yes. But that’s not always a good thing. Just ask the NYPD how #myNYPD worked out. Or you could check in with FSU and see how they’re feeling about the response they got with #AskJameis.
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‘Oh, God, It’s Mom’: Political Strategist Brothers Scolded by Mom on C-SPAN

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Brad and Dallas Woodhouse bring a built-in political argument everywhere they go. But their Mom says leave that stuff in Washington when you come home for Christmas. “I’m hoping you’ll have some of this out of your system when you come here for Christmas,” Joy Woodhouse warned her sons on live television. “I would really like a peaceful Christmas and I love you both.”

The Woodhouse brothers were on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Tuesday morning to talk about a documentary, “Woodhouse Divided”, that examines their unique sibling rivalry–Brad Woodhouse is president of American Bridge, a Democratic opposition research organization, and Dallas Woodhouse is president of Carolina Rising, a conservative political organization headquartered in North Carolina.

The brothers had no idea the caller “Joy in North Carolina” was Mom until she began scolding them about having a nice, friendly holiday. “Oh, God, it’s Mom,” said Dallas Woodhouse.

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The P.M Ticker: New Day, New City, New Baby

  • CNN’s “New Day will have an exclusive interview with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf tomorrow from his house arrest in Lahore. Musharraf will react to the horrific Taliban attack on a military high school today.

  • ABC’s Dan Harris and his wife Bianca welcomed 7 pound, 6 ounce Alexander Robert Harris into the world Monday. “The baby we thought could never happen… happened. And he’s pretty awesome. Mom was superb. Dad managed not to faint – and is now jealous that his son has more hair,” Harris tells TVNewser.

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NABJ President Blasts Bill Cosby: ‘Black People Happen to Be Reporters’

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The president of the National Association of Black Journalists has fired back at Bill Cosby over comments the comedian made Friday, suggesting “black media” may be going easier on him. “Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” Cosby told Page Six.

“You don’t go easier on a person with color,” NABJ’s Bob Butler told TMZ. “This is not a color issue, this is a journalism issue. Black people happen to be reporters.”

Cable News Ranker: Week of Dec. 8

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Fox News Channel finished No. 4 in primetime and No. 3 in total day for the week ending December 14. CNN ranked No. 33 in primetime and 27th in total day, while MSNBC finished 30th in primetime and 31st in total day. HLN came in at 45th in primetime and 32nd in total day. ESPN, Family, Hallmark Channel, and USA join FNC in the Top 5 for primetime viewers. Full ranker after the jump…

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The Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 261 | CNN: 159 | MSNBC: 89 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 367 | CNN: 153 | MSNBC: 144 | HLN: 86

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

184

TheFive:

366

Baier:

354

Greta:

362

O’Reilly:

523

Kelly:

338

Hannity:

240

O’Reilly:

208

Kelly:

147

CNN
Tapper:

139

Blitzer:

185

Blitzer:

180

Burnett:

205

Cooper:

168

Cooper:

106

Tonight:

183

Tonight:

197

CNNI:

169

MSNBC
Wagner:

49

EdShow:

74

Sharpton:

122

Matthews:

164

Hayes:

121

Maddow:

177

O’Donnell:

133

Hayes:

112

Maddow:

90

HLN
NOW:

18

WWYD?:

28

Files:

33

Special:

14

Grace:

84

Dr.Drew:

101

Grow/Files:

74

Files:

237

Files:

265

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Former ‘Friends’ on Sony Email Scandal

KudrowApparently, Phoebe still has Rachel’s back after all these years.

Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe Buffay on the hit TV series “Friends,” spoke with HuffPost Live about the Sony Pictures hack.

“How come I know you don’t write anything you don’t want broadcast in an email? How come I know that? Who’s advising people?” Kudrow asked rhetorically, essentially saying it’s not the media’s fault that high profile executives went off-script in personal emails. “Why don’t we know that there are no rules? Everything is broadcast and published,” Kudrow added.

Now Brad Pitt, who guest-starred in an episode of “Friends” in 2001, playing an ex-fat guy with a grudge against Rachel (played by his then-wife Jennifer Aniston), is speaking out.

Pitt’s wife Angelina Jolie has been criticized in leaked emails. Pitt spoke with reporters at the premiere of Jolie’s new movie, “Unbroken,” saying:

I think someone’s conversation, whether in e-mail or in person, should be private. We shouldn’t be participating and these sites that are disseminating them should stop. They won’t. And we should stop reading them. We won’t. It’s more of an indictment on us, I think.

For a throwback Tuesday, check out Phoebe meeting Pitt’s “Friends” character, after the jump…  Read more

The Scoreboard: Sunday, Dec. 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 122 | CNN: 113 | MSNBC: 86 | HLN: 101
  • Primetime: FNC: 122 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 96 | HLN: 75

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

60

Kurtz:

104

FNSunday:

126

Report:

128

Huckabee:

131

Kelly:

143

Stossel:

93

Huckabee:

49

Kelly:

70

CNN
Nwsroom:

85

Nwsroom:

62

Nwsroom:

91

Nwsroom:

141

Viral:

177

Dino:

118

Dino:

168

Dino:

99

Dino:

100

MSNBC
Caught:

65

Caught:

78

Caught:

121

Caught:

128

PotBarons:

104

PotBarons:

49

PotBarons:

136

Lockup:

132

Lockup:

150

HLN
Files:

51

Files:

41

Files:

60

Files:

142

Files:

95

GrowingAm.:

53

Files:

77

Files:

190

Files:

248

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