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Rick Perry to Chuck Todd: ‘You Will Probably Not Be Invited’ to Moderate a Pres. Debate

ChuckToddRGA “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd found himself between two ferns and several Republican governors at their annual confab in Boca Raton Wednesday.

The New York Times reports Todd spent 28 minutes of the one-hour session talking about immigration, much to the ire of two governors and the gathered crowd.

“We have an hour,” said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. “We’ve now spent 30 minutes talking about the president breaking the law.”

The crowd here at the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association erupted in applause.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas issued his own form of rebuke to Mr. Todd for focusing on the issue.

“Here’s what I’m thinking: You will probably not be invited to do a moderation for a presidential debate,” he declared to laughter.

(h/t Playbook / Photo: @The_Rga)

Mike Nichols Has Died

Award-winning director Mike Nichols has died.

Nichols, the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and father-in-law of CNN’s Rachel Nichols, passed away suddenly last night of a heart attack. He was 83. Sawyer and Nichols celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary earlier this year. Sawyer’s mother, Jean Sawyer Hayes, passed away just four weeks ago.

Nichols is one of a handful of people to win the EGOT — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. And he did it long before the acronym became popularized. He won his Oscar in 1968 for “The Graduate.” In 2012, he won his 9th Tony for “Death of a Salesman,” with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead.

ABC News president James Goldston announced the news in a note to staff this morning. “The family will hold a small, private service this week, and a memorial will be held at a later date,” Goldston writes. “Until then, please join me in keeping Diane, Mike’s children, grandchildren and their families in your thoughts.” Here’s the remembrance on “Good Morning America.”


The note from Goldston after the jump…

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Cosby Accuser Says She Was Not Offended By Lemon Remarks

don-lemon-800On Wednesday night’s “CNN Tonight”, CNN’s Don Lemon again addressed the fallout from his comments on the same program one night earlier. “As a victim myself, I would never suggest any victim could have prevented a rape,” Lemon said at the top of the broadcast, making his second on-air apology of the day.

This time, however, Lemon brought back Joan Tarshis, who says she was raped by Bill Cosby, and to whom Lemon made the remark “you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.”

“If I offended you, and I don’t think I did, I’m sorry for that,” Lemon told her. Tarshis said despite the uproar over Lemon’s comments, she was not personally offended. “You didn’t offend me at all.”

But Tarshis did react to news two networks, NBC and Netflix, have pulled out of projects planned with Bill Cosby. “I’m happy. I feel like justice is being served.”

Sharpton Criticizes Report on Unpaid Taxes

politifact-photos-sharptonThe New York Times reports MSNBC’s “Politics Nation” host Al Sharpton has criticized a Times report asserting Sharpton has $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens outstanding against him and the for-profit business he controls. “It just is not true,” Sharpton said during a news conference Wednesday in Harlem. “We’re talking about old taxes. We’re not talking about anything new.”

The Times reports Sharpton insisted he was current on his taxes, and had paid down tax liens:

The accuracy of Mr. Sharpton’s assertion that the amount he owes the federal government is much lower than the $3.6 million shown in records cannot be verified. A spokesman for the Internal Revenue Service said federal law prohibited the agency from divulging any details about individual taxpayers. As for the state tax liens, Mr. Sharpton’s assertion that he has paid them down conflicts with information provided by state officials. State authorities filed tax liens against Mr. Sharpton in 2008 and 2009, and another in 2010 against a for-profit business he controls, Revals Communications, totaling $695,000. But a spokesman for the State Department of Taxation and Finance said the amount due had actually increased, to $916,000.

Earlier, MSNBC declined to comment on the Times story when contacted by TVNewser.

ABC Newsers All Over People Sexiest Man Alive Issue

sexyABC is apparently the sexiest network on broadcast television.

People has named actor Chris Hemsworth the “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2014, but football players-turned-ABC newsers Michael Strahan and Tim Tebow appear on the list.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir is also featured in the issue, being named among “Men of the Year.” Muir, who we featured in a recent “My First Big Break”, discusses his idea of a perfect evening.

People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” special issue hits newsstands November 21.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 291 | CNN: 141 | MSNBC: 83 | HLN: 84
  • Primetime: FNC: 400 | CNN: 172 | MSNBC: 140 | HLN: 123

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

249

TheFive:

358

Baier:

394

Greta:

360

O’Reilly:

508

Kelly:

420

Hannity:

273

O’Reilly:

210

Kelly:

249

CNN
Tapper:

142

Blitzer:

169

Blitzer:

233

Burnett:

247

Cooper:

172

Black:

195

Tonight:

150

Cooper:

142

Black:

123

MSNBC
Wagner:

69

EdShow:

72

Sharpton:

92

Matthews:

149

Hayes:

127

Maddow:

172

O’Donnell:

121

Hayes:

73

Maddow:

95

HLN
Now:

38

WWYD?:

21

Files:

27

Files:

70

Grace:

96

Dr.Drew:

120

Files:

153

Files:

192

Files:

222

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Don Lemon Apologizes For Comments Made to Bill Cosby Accuser

CNN’s Don Lemon has issued an on-air apology for remarks he made during last night’s interview with Bill Cosby accuser Joan Tarshis. Lemon, who is a victim of sexual abuse himself, caused a social media uproar by telling Tarshis, “there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.”

“I would never want to suggest that any victim could have prevented a rape. If my question to her [Tarshis] struck anyone as insensitive, I am sorry, as that was certainly not my intention,” Lemon said.

Kurtz Slams Uber: ‘This is Ugly, Ugly Stuff’


Fox News Channel’s “Media Buzz” host Howard Kurtz has slammed Uber and its executive Emir Michael over the story first reported by BuzzFeed, that Michael suggested “digging up dirt” on journalists, specifically Pando Daily’s Sarah Lacy:

Leaving aside the mendacity of targeting someone’s personal life because you don’t like what she’s written, how clueless do you have to be to talk about going after journalists at a table full of journalists?

What’s more, the reason this is chilling is that Uber has personal information on where and when its passengers go. There’s an assumption that this info remains private, but a corporation out to smear someone could certainly misuse it.

The backstory is that Lacy, an aggressive journalist who once worked for Business Week, has been torching Uber. She has accused the company of “sexism and misogyny.” She said she was deleting her Uber app after BuzzFeed’s report that the firm appeared to be working with a French escort service.

Kurtz notes Uber has swiftly traded its hip image for a far more sleazy one:

This is ugly, ugly stuff.

But here’s an unintentionally funny line from the piece: “His remarks came as Uber seeks to improve its relationship with the media and the image of its management team, who have been cast as insensitive and hyper-aggressive.” How’s that workin’ out for ya?

Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Other CBS Newsers Hit Soul Cycle

“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King arranged a field trip with staffers from CBS News, taking the group to a hard core Soul Cycle class last night. Judging by this photo, Elaine Quijano, Holly Phillips, Norah O’Donnell, King, and Vinita Nair got in a serious workout.

Soul Cycle

White House Didn’t Ask For Broadcast Network Airtime For Immigration Speech

ObamaImmigrationPresident Barack Obama will announce his highly anticipated plan to deal with millions of illegal immigrants tomorrow night. While the cable news networks will carry the 8pmET announcement, the broadcast networks — deep into November sweeps — will not.

According to network insiders, the White House did not request time from the networks for tomorrow night’s primetime speech. But because it comes at 5pmPT the network evening newscasts will have to update their programs.

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