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Why Chris Cuomo Listens to the Viewers and Ignores the Media

Chris Cuomo UkraineWithin a few hours of the first reports that a Malaysia Airlines jet had been shot down in eastern Ukraine, CNN’s Chris Cuomo was on his way to the crash site, where he has been reporting across the network’s shows for the past week. In a wide-ranging interview with TVNewser this afternoon, Cuomo talked about his time in Ukraine and why covering this story has been different than other assignments he’s had in the past. (More on that tomorrow morning on TVNewser.)

He also responded to media coverage of an on-air slip earlier this week when he offered a Congressman a chance to “shoot down” a theory about the crash: “The idea that I was going to be accused in any way of being insensitive is ridiculous. That’s not who I’ve ever been, that’s not who I am, that’s not what drives my interest in my profession,” Cuomo says.

“Blogs, media in general, use negativity as a proxy for insight, and they are increasingly nasty,” he adds. “I expect it of them. But I don’t read them, and they don’t affect what I do. My audience is the people who watch us on TV and try to gather the information digitally. My reputation within this small and toxic fraternity of media is of very little interest to me.” Read more

Anthony Scaramucci Expected to Join FBN as Contributor

Scaramucci304Hedge fund manager, author, political donor and current CNBC contributor Anthony Scaramucci is expected to join Fox Business Network as a contributor. The move will reunite “The Mooch” with Maria Bartiromo. Earlier this year, Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital acquired the rights to the finance TV show “Wall Street Week” and hired former CNBCers Susan Krakower and Raymond Borelli to oversee its revival.

The Afternoon Ticker: Liesman & Obama, Castiglia & CBS, Newt & the Root

  • He may have passed on Jimmy Kimmel, but President Obama will be sitting down with CNBC’s chief economics correspondent Steve Liesman tomorrow. The discussion will stick to money matters: taxes, minimum wage and the economy, among others.

  • Danna Castiglia has been named VP of Business Development for CBS News. A 17-year CBS veteran, Castiglia will manage business-related transactions within CBS News in this new position. Most recently, she served as CBS’s VP of Corporate Development.

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.

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