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America’s Trust in Mass Media Declining Again

After a small uptick in recent years, America’s trust in media is declining again, according to a new Gallup poll.

Out of the over 1,000 people surveyed, 40% trust the mass media, a four-percentage-point drop from last year.

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On the political end, the poll found a 14-year low among Democrats in terms of trusting the media. A large percentage continue to believe the news media is too liberal (44%) but the opposite viewpoint is gathering steam. 19% of Americans think the media is too conservative; a six-point spike from last year and the highest percentage in that category in eight years.

Do you agree with the poll’s findings? Comment below.

(Poll image courtesy of Gallup)

Why Rob Marciano is Leaving the Jokes to Jimmy Kimmel

Yesterday, ABC News Meteorologist Rob Marciano might have gotten a little too excited about the weather.

In a since-deleted play on words, Marciano responded to a Twitter user who didn’t realize he was now covering weather.

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Marciano went on to explain himself and ultimately add in a plug for his colleague David Muir.

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Steven Sotloff’s Friend: ‘Never Believed the Administration Was Doing Anything to Help Us’

Sotloff FriendWhile appearing on “CBS This Morning” this morning, a friend of beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff claimed Sotloff’s family and friends got little  help from the White House while Steven was held captive.

“We just don’t understand why these two Americans [Sotloff and James Foley] had to die,” Barak Barfi said. “We never believed the administration was doing anything to help us.”

“We had very limited contact with senior officials; it was basically limited to two FBI agents and when I tried to ask for a senior point of contact all the administration said was ‘you can speak to the Counselor of Bureau affairs at the State Department.’”

Barfi went on to say he wanted a senior administration official contact who reports directly to the President to convey information to the Sotloff family daily. “Charlie, when I needed to talk to an FBI agent about a very important matter, I had to wait 45 minutes before he could call me back.”

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Where Are They Now? Linda Vester

LindaHeadshot(1)As we continue TVNewser’s ongoing series “Where Are They Now?”, we talk with former Fox News Channel anchor Linda VesterNext up: former Good Morning America co-host David Hartman. 

It’s been nearly a decade since Linda Vester anchored a newscast, but that hasn’t stopped friends from asking if she’ll ever come back to television.

“I don’t think so,” she tells them. “At least, not right now.”

That’s because she’s enjoying life as CEO of what she calls “Mommy, Inc.”

“I love it,” Vester tells TVNewser.  Motherhood “is more draining, by far, than my old career in journalism, but I really love it.”

The former Fox News Channel anchor lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children – two sons and two daughters – ranging in age from 3 to 11.  It was after she’d become pregnant with her second child, Vester says, that her plans became clear.

“I just really, really wanted to be a stay-at-home mom,” she reflects.  “I came to it late, I’d worked in television since I was 17, in high school, and met my husband late, and by the grace of God, got pregnant in my mid-thirties, and I thought, ‘I don’t want to miss anything!””

But the decision to become a full-time mother – one that’s made her “very happy” – wasn’t necessarily easy at first.

“It really did take a solid year to take those pieces apart and say, ‘okay, now who am I?’”

Eventually, Vester made the adjustment, even losing the need to instantly devour breaking news. “I can read [about stories] a day late,” she says with a laugh, “and be just fine.”

The Cincinnati native started her broadcast career as an intern for local CBS affiliate WKRC-TV, working with anchor Nick Clooney (yes, George’s dad).  Vester then got a job at CBS News’ Paris bureau during a semester at the Sorbonne.

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Cable Network Ranker: Fox News #2 in Primetime for Week of September 8

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the week of September 8, placing second in primetime and third in total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,918,000 primetime viewers and and 1,109,000 total day viewers.

MSNBC placed 23rd in primetime and 27th in total day, delivering 631,000 primetime viewers and 360,000 total day viewers. CNN placed 30th in primetime and 25th in total day, averaging 547,000 primetime viewers and 401,000 total day viewers.

ESPN, TBS, USA Network, and FX rounded out the top five networks in primetime for the week. The full ranker is after the jump.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 76 | CNN: 107 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 402 | MSNBC: 109 | CNN: 127 | HLN: 60

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

249

TheFive:

341

Baier:

311

Greta:

296

O’Reilly:

504

Kelly:

437

Hannity:

266

O’Reilly:

226

Kelly:

183

MSNBC
Wagner:

43

EdShow:

66

Sharpton:

88

Matthews:

127

Hayes:

100

Maddow:

127

O’Donnell:

97

Hayes:

86

Maddow:

112

CNN
Tapper:

112

Blitzer:

120

Blitzer:

176

Burnett:

155

Cooper:

148

Cooper:

141

Tonight:

93

Cooper:

89

CNNI:

67

HLN
Now:

30

Files:

21

Files:

51

Jane:

44

Grace:

60

Dr.Drew:

47

Files:

72

Files:

154

Files:

193

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Lara Spencer’s Flea Market Fete

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, George Stephanopoulos and Ginger Zee hosted a party to celebrate Lara Spencer‘s new book Flea Market Fabulous. Designer Jonathan Adler co-hosted at his store in Soho last night. Among the attendees: ABC News president James Goldston, WABC GM Dave Davis, and ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer; also Michael Strahan, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Ray, and Simon Doonan. Also top ABC News producers Michael Corn, Chris Vlasto, Rachel Miskowiec, Margo Baumgart, Marc BursteinSantina Leuci, and Spencer’s producers Sabrina Peduto and Kelly Hagan.

(Photos: Heidi Gutman/ABC)

The Scoreboard: Sunday, Sept. 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 143 | MSNBC: 102 | CNN: 124 | HLN: 94
  • Primetime: FNC: 149 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 195 | HLN: 105

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

89

MediaBuzz:

89

FNSunday:

78

Faulkner:

122

Huckabee:

185

Pirro:

148

Benghazi:

115

Huckabee:

128

Pirro:

106

MSNBC
Films:

57

Films:

70

Films:

45

Films:

60

Films:

63

Lockup:

170

Lockup:

181

Lockup:

194

Lockup:

200

CNN
Nwsroom:

81

Nwsroom:

95

Nwsroom:

119

Nwsroom:

164

TheHunt:

152

TheHunt:

202

TheHunt:

231

TheHunt:

152

TheHunt:

150

HLN
Files:

112

Files:

83

Files:

82

Files:

118

Files:

118

Files:

82

Files:

115

Files:

143

Files:

142

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The Scoreboard: Saturday, Sept. 13

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 166 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 109 | HLN: 98
  • Primetime: FNC: 180 | MSNBC: 195 | CNN: 134 | HLN: 106

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

118

TheFive:

102

NewsHQ:

139

Report:

108

News/Huck:

130

Pirro:

206

NewsHQ:

203

News/Huck:

202

Pirro:

185

MSNBC
Caught:

83

Caught:

129

Lockup:

109

Lockup:

104

Lockup:

135

Lockup:

180

Lockup:

270

Lockup:

244

Lockup:

290

CNN
Nwsroom:

55

Nwsroom:

55

Nwsroom:

103

Nwsroom:

175

Nwsroom:

130

Nwsroom:

128

DeathRow:

142

DeathRow:

93

DeathRow:

145

HLN
Files:

73

Files:

90

Files:

131

Files:

144

Files:

73

Files:

112

Files:

134

Files:

116

Files:

156

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The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media Are…

Maddow Levin

The Advocate is out with its 50 most influential LGBT media figures list. And the top spot drew a tie.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and TMZ’s Harvey Levin both ranked number one. Levin has been a cable news fixture over the last week in the aftermath of his site exposing elevator footage of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. ABC’s Robin Roberts, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNBC’s Suze Orman, CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell were some of the other TV newsers who made the list.

Read the full list here.

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