Fusion’s de facto media critic, Alicia Menendez, didn’t like what her old friend Bill O’Reilly said about Beyonce on “The O’Reilly Factor” this week, so she “went on his show” (aired clips edited to look like she was part of the conversation) last night to address the comments in question. At issue: O’Reilly says Beyonce “glorifies having sex in the back of a limousine,” while Menendez says the singer “empowers young women to be whatever they want to be.” Watch:
This week, Fox News is hiring an information graphics writer, while Hulu needs an ad trafficker. Cablevision is seeking a director of user experience, and NBC Universal is on the hunt for someone to fill the role of senior counsel of business and legal affairs. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.
- Information Graphics Writer Fox News (New York, NY)
- Ad Trafficker Hulu (Santa Monica, CA)
- Director, User Experience Cablevision (Bethpage, NY)
- Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs NBC Universal (Universal City, CA)
- TV/Media Booker PR/Media Firm (New York, NY)
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CNN’s Diversity Council hosted a town hall meeting this morning featuring a Wolf Blitzer Q&A with Bernard Shaw, who spent more than 20 years as an anchor at CNN, departing in 2001. Originating from the DC bureau, the event was also watched live in the New York and Los Angeles bureaus and at CNN’s Atlanta HQ. “I wouldn’t think of myself as a journalist of color,” Shaw told his audience. “But I’m a journalist first. Strive to be the very best and use models that exemplify the very best.”
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After the jump, a clip from today’s CNN event, which is meaningful for anyone who works in TV news.
Some familiar cable news faces made the rounds in late night last night: MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow appeared on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano visited “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Maddow and Meyers talked about their shared love for the Boston Red Sox and comic books, as well as why the Chris Christie bridgegate scandal continues to be captivating. “It’s still unexplained at the heart of it, and I think that’s the main reason it’s not going away. Also, it’s so salacious,” Maddow said. “…It’s so gangster. It’s very Sopranos.” Watch (at about the 22 minute mark):
Meanwhile, on “The Daily Show,” Judge Napolitano locked horns with Stewart over the necessity of the civil war. Read more
CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson and his crew were caught in a cloud of tear gas between police and protestors while covering the protests in Istanbul.
“OK, they’re throwing rocks. We’re in between the police and the demonstrators, which you don’t want,” Watson can be heard saying in the video. “There’s tear gas over there …. oh God, the tear gas is pretty bad now.” Seconds later, Watson can be heard coughing heavily, returning to the report several minutes later wearing a gas mask. Watch:
President Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says it wasn’t hard to persuade the president to take part in Funny or Die’s “Between Two Ferns,” a web series that’s an homage to old, bad local TV and cable access talk shows.
“No, it wasn’t hard to get him to participate. And yes, so far it has been overwhelmingly successful,” Jarrett said on “CBS This Morning.” “I was checking how many hits were on the site last night when I went to bed. It was 10 million, which I’m sure breaks all kinds of record. But more importantly than that, the traffic on [healthcare.gov] has gone up 40% between yesterday and today, and that was the goal.”
The “Today” show featured the segment from the Orange Room Tuesday morning, while on his show last night, Bill O’Reilly took issue with the timing of the President’s appearance. “Abe Lincoln would not have done it.” All three videos after the jump…
When Japanese investors and their funding first started pouring into the west about 25 years ago, American companies were wary, noted investment expert Bradley Reifler, founder and CEO of Forefront Capital. In particular, Japanese firms bought up troubled businesses and heavily invested in thousands of others. The public became concerned when Japanese investors bought the Rockefeller Center and the American icon Columbia Records.
While people were nervous about foreign investors, the Japanese financial “invasion” was largely profitable for both sides. American companies got a much needed injection of cash and capital. Japanese investors were able to access more diverse opportunities. Read more
- CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw are holding court in CNN’s DC bureau this morning. The chat, hosted by the CNN Diversity Council, is being beamed to employees in New York, Atlanta and LA too. Shaw was an anchor at CNN from 1980-2001.
- MSNBC.com’s Richard Wolffe interviewed MSNBC cable’s Thomas Roberts at SxSW Tuesday. Wolffe wouldn’t say how many people the new MSNBC.com is reaching, joking “I’ve been told not to!” reports Barron’s.
The cable news networks turned to breaking news in their backyard this morning as a building explosion near Park Avenue and 116th Street rocked Harlem.
Fox News was the first to report the explosion at 9:54 a.m. For a few minutes, FNC dipped into local coverage provided by Fox-owned WNYW and anchored by Greg Kelly. Kelly, the son of former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, is a former “Fox & Friends” anchor.
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd was next to report the explosion at 9:56 a.m., turning it over to Chris Jansing when her show began at 10 a.m. MNSBC also simulcast coverage from its local affiliate, NBC owned WNBC.
CNN reported the news at 10:05 a.m., interviewing CNN senior producer Adam Reiss, who was on his way to the scene along with CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow.”We haven’t seen this kind of smoke in a fire here in New York City in a very long time,” Reiss said.