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The Afternoon Ticker: Lauer, Baden, Smith

  • Matt Lauer will host the second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville, Kentucky on September 27. The ceremony will award six people age 30 or under who’ve produced innovative social justice work.

  • Fox News contributor and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will appear on the competition tonight when he is a guest on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” (he appeared on FNC today and will tonight). Baden performed a private autopsy on 18-year-old Michael Brown and granted Hayes an interview after a news conference he spoke at this morning.

  • Tonight, Shepard Smith will host a special live hour at 11pmET on developing news surrounding the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. In addition, Fox News’ entire primetime lineup will be live.

TV Newsers Featured in ESPN Film ‘SEC Storied’

SmithProfessional and college football season is inching closer, and some TV Newsers were recently featured in an ESPN documentary “SEC Storied” on the SEC Network.

Shepard Smith, Willie Geist, Amy Robach, and James Carville were all part of “The Stars Are Aligned,” which premiered on the new SEC Network last week. Smith talks about “groving” at Ole Miss. “You want your space, you want your friends around you; we grove with the same people every week.”

Geist described the greatest moment he and his friends had at a Vanderbilt football game: the team’s kicker fake punting at the end of the game and then running 81 yards down the field for the touchdown. “What’s up now, Alabama!” Geist recounted shouting.

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‘GMA’ Rolls Footage From Target Package During Interview With Michael Brown’s Mother

TargetAn unfortunate technical error occurred this morning during Robin Roberts‘ exclusive “Good Morning America” interview with Michael Brown‘s mother and attorney.

While asking about the family’s reaction to Michael’s autopsy results at 7:04amET, Roberts began to note the medical examiner’s statement.

As she started her point, footage from a package about Target rolled on screen for a few seconds with the lower third about Michael Brown remaining on screen. Three seconds later, Roberts appeared back on screen, finishing her point on the medical examiner’s statement. She apologized for the error at the end of the interview.

“Due to a technical glitch, the wrong b-roll was inadvertently called up for a split second during the interview,” an ABC spokeswoman tells TVNewser. “The mistake was quickly fixed, and the piece was updated for subsequent feeds.”

Viewers on social media noticed and voiced their displeasure.

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Tamron Hall Opens Up About Her Guilt Surrounding Sister’s Domestic Violence

While putting a spotlight on domestic violence this morning, “Today’s” Tamron Hall opened up about her own connection to the issue.

During a discussion with several women who’ve been victims of domestic violence, Hall revealed the guilt she feels over her sister’s experience. “I got frustrated because I felt like she wasn’t listening, and I carry that guilt every day that as a family member I didn’t know what to do.” Hall’s sister, Renate, was murdered in 2004. The case has gone officially unsolved. Hall writes more on Today.com: “I have felt guilty for so long that I didn’t do more to help my sister.”

As Violence Escalates in Ferguson, ‘Reliable’ and ‘MediaBuzz’ Discuss Press Freedom

With tensions continuing to rise in Ferguson — where Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced today that he has signed an executive order deploying the National Guard to the area — media coverage of the protests was a topic of discussion on both CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and Fox News’ “MediaBuzz” this weekend. Three more reporters were arrested in Ferguson overnight, with several more reporting being detained or threatened.

On “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter interviewed Al Jazeera correspondent Ash-har Quraishi, a member of the crew that was hit with tear gas while covering the protests last week. “I do feel like we were targeted because after we retreated back, there was a crowd that did go towards our camera equipment and that was caught on camera,” Quraishi said.

On “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz rejected Joe Scarborough‘s suggestion that Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowrey‘s arrest was self-promotional. “Scarborough is entitled to his opinion, absolutely … but the fact that they were actually arrested, and the charges were so trumped up that they were thrown out, shows what a difficult situation it was.” Read more

Brian Williams Selects Stories for Air ‘With Blinders On’

BRIAN-WILLIAMSAs “NBC Nightly News” and “ABC World News” square off in a fierce battle for the top spot among the A25-54 demographic, “Nightly” anchor Brian Williams — whose broadcast still tops in total viewers — talks to the AP’s David Bauder about the competition:

While he’s anchoring, TV monitors out of sight of the cameras keep Williams informed of what ABC and CBS are doing on their simultaneous newscasts. Despite this, Williams said it’s important to program his broadcast “with blinders on.

“We don’t know what the competition is going to do,” he said. “While it is true that I am sometimes surprised at the alternatives being offered, it will in no way affect the choices I’m going to make the next day or the day after that.”

Bauder also includes a funny anecdote about Williams getting mistaken for one of his NBC News colleagues: Read more

Elizabeth Vargas Returns to Rehab

GerogeVargasABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has returned to an alcohol rehabilitation center. Vargas says it was during her vacation this weekend that she decided to return to rehab. “As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process,” Vargas writes in a statement. “I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry.”

“Nothing is more important than Elizabeth’s health and well-being,” ABC says in a statement. “We stand squarely behind her. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and her family, and we look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return.”

Vargas checked herself into a alcohol rehabilitation facility last November. Upon her return to ABC News in January, Vargas sat down with George Stephanopoulos to discuss her addiction and recovery. She says it all started with panic attacks as a child, which continued into adulthood. “Anchoring the evening news, I had to take beta blockers because I was so nervous and so anxious,” she said. “That’s exhausting to live like that and it becomes very easy to think, ‘I deserve this glass of wine. I’m so stressed out and I’m keeping it hidden.”

In her statement today, Varas says, “I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time.”

The New York Post first reported the news.

Pat Buchanan: MSNBC Hosts Thought ‘I Was Sort of a Strange Beast From Another Century’

During a CSPAN interview that will air in full tonight at 8pmET, Pat Buchanan talks about his departure from MSNBC in 2012.

“I think they thought I was sort of a strange beast from another century,” Buchanan said about MSNBC hosts he’d routinely debate. The three-time presidential candidate pointed to his controversial book being the source of MSNBC’s decision to part ways with him. “Nobody seemed to have the same take on the book [Suicide of a Superpower] that MSNBC did,” Buchanan continued, adding, “I was supposed to go on the day the book was announced and I was told ‘you won’t be on this morning.’”

‘Meet the Press Makes a Lot of History, and a Great Deal of it Was With David at the Helm’

Andrea Mitchell David GregoryOn “Meet the Press” this morning, Andrea Mitchell said a few words about David Gregory, who moderated his final show last Sunday. “Meet the Press makes a lot of history — and a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December 2008,” she said:

In twenty years with NBC News, David has done it all: The OJ Simpson trial, Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, TODAY show guest hosting and, when the cameras weren’t rolling, dead on imitations of everyone from Presidents of the United States to Tom Brokaw. Through all the years, David has been true to the traditions of the program and NBC News.

… As he leaves NBC News for his next adventure, I will miss him as a daily colleague, but know he will always be a friend.

Chuck Todd takes over “Meet the Press” September 7.

Anthony Bourdain and VICE Each Take Home Outstanding Informational Series Emmy

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In a rare occurrence, there were two winners for Outstanding Informational Series at last night’s Creative Arts Emmy awards.

CNN’s Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored for the second straight year. And this year, VICE on HBO was also presented the award. HBO took home the most awards with 15. NBC was next with 10, including for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting direction for the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony. “The Colbert Report” team took home Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. And ABC’s “Shark Tank,” which gets a second run on CNBC, won Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

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