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The Scoreboard: Friday, August 22

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 256 | MSNBC: 103 | CNN: 179 | HLN: 76
  • Primetime: FNC: 283 | MSNBC: 130 | CNN: 226 | HLN: 105

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

220

TheFive:

312

Baier:

287

Greta:

197

O’Reilly:

288

Kelly:

303

Hannity:

258

O’Reilly:

259

Kelly:

218

MSNBC
Wagner:

54

EdShow:

109

Sharpton:

201

Matthews:

150

Hayes:

88

Maddow:

145

Lockup:

156

Lockup:

164

Lockup:

170

CNN
Tapper:

171

Blitzer:

208

Blitzer:

244

Burnett:

218

Cooper:

231

Cooper:

214

Tonight:

232

Tonight:

213

CNNI:

167

HLN
Now:

22

Files:

25

Files:

64

Files:

49

Files:

112

Files:

99

Files:

105

Files:

100

Files:

145

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Journalist Starts Different Kind of Bucket Challenge to Draw Attention to Gaza

The ALS Ice Bucket challenge has taken tvnewsers by storm–or freeze–this summer, and a journalist in Gaza was so inspired by it that he started a different challenge to to draw awareness to the plight of Gazans.

“I have to do something and to send a message all over the world about Gaza,” said journalist Ayman al Aloul, who started the “Rubble Bucket Challenge” on Saturday. Aloul said he first looked for water to use, but its scarcity made it too important to dump over people’s heads. The challenge has gained some social media buzz; the Facebook page has over 3,000 likes and hashtags #dustbucketchallenge and #remainsbucketchallenge are making the rounds.

NBC News Boss Says More Change is Ahead

Deborah TurnessBrian Williams calls her “a dynamo” and “a relentless journalist.” Matt Lauer has been “impressed by how she is able to focus on every aspect of the organization.”

The two main anchors of NBC News are talking about their boss, NBC News president Deborah Turness, now one year on the job. Turness tells the New York Times Bill Carter that for as much change as has already occurred, there’s more to come. “Some change isn’t easy. It’s painful, but an organization has to go through it. And a lot of that is still ahead,” Turness says.

“People in the organization from top to bottom recognized that NBC News hadn’t kept up with the times in all sorts of ways, for maybe 15 years,” Turness tells Carter. “I think the organization had gone to sleep.”

Insiders tell us that line is ruffling some feathers of longtime NBC Newsers. But then, maybe that’s her point.

How Cable News Covered Michael Brown’s Funeral, Al Sharpton’s Eulogy

Sharpton BrownThis afternoon, cable news covered the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown as one of MSNBC’s hosts continued being part of the story.

MSNBC was the only channel to air Al Sharpton‘s eulogy, dipping into it at 12:44pmET. “Order says that children bury their parents…we should not sit here today and act like we’re watching something that is in order,” Sharpton said to rousing chants from the crowd gathered at a St. Louis church.

MSNBC took Sharpton’s eulogy for 11 minutes before Chris Matthews, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, wrapped the noon eastern hour. Ronan Farrow opened his show speaking with Craig Melvin about his interview with Brown’s parents, but showing a full screen of Sharpton’s speech while Melvin reported.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News continued with its “Outnumbered” panel, who discussed topics ranging from James Foley‘s beheading to what time school should start for teens. At 1pmET, “Happening Now” opened airing images of Sharpton speaking live, then turning to Garrett Tenney outside the church. CNN aired Don Lemon interviewing CNN political commentator LZ Granderson and CNN contributor Donna Brazile. Ashleigh Banfield closed “Legal View” airing parts of Lemon’s interview with the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz tweeted about his statements. And this morning, Don Lemon tweeted–about not tweeting. Read more

Dan Rather: If One of My Staffers Were Held Captive, I’d ‘Negotiate for Ransom’

Rather.jpgAppearing on “Reliable Sources” yesterday, Dan Rather reacted to the beheading of journalist James Foley and described what he’d do if one of his journalists were captured by terrorists.

“If some member of our ’Dan Rather Reports’ team was kidnapped, I’d be looking to negotiate for ransom,” Rather said.

“And you can criticize that if you want, damn if you want, but the loyalty to our people who work with us and take these great chances engenders loyalty back,” he continued.  Earlier in the program, Foley’s boss, GlobalPost CEO Phil Balboni, said “it’s suicide for a journalist to go into Syria now.”

Over on “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz examined whether news organizations should’ve shown footage from Foley’s beheading. “We are not showing you images from the execution videotape, which were splashed all across television, and the web, and the New York tabloids, and social media.  And the reason is, that’s what ISIS wants; to spread fear and disgust, and most of the media played into their hands.

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Chuck Todd Aims to ‘Demystify Washington’ on ‘Meet the Press’

ToddAppearing on “Today” this morning, incoming “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd described how he sees his role upon taking the reins on September 7.

“The job of all of us, particularly in political reporting, is to demystify Washington for the American public, but then also try to translate the American public’s frustration for out of touch Washington people,” Todd said. “That’s part of the challenge, that’s part of when things are going well in the political journalism world it’s because we’re playing that role of basically being the translator, being the interpreter between America and Washington.”(watch after the jump)

And the executive who appointed Todd to the coveted moderator chair seems to have big plans of her own. In an interview with the the New York Times, NBC News President Deborah Turness revealed her vision for changes on Sunday morning.

Her new vision for “Meet the Press” includes adding a regular panel of journalists who will question guests, something of a return to the venerable show’s original format. “The show needs more edge,” she said. “It needs to be consequential. I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”

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Chris Jansing to ‘MTP’ Staff: ‘It’s Been a Long Year, But Great Things Are Ahead’

JansingMTPFollowing her fill-in stint on “Meet the Press” Sunday, NBC’s senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing sent an email to the MTP staff to thank them for making her feel welcome. “I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t watch Meet The Press,” Jansing wrote. “And moving to the White House a scant six weeks ago, it never crossed my mind that I would be hosting it.” Jansing, along with MTP EP Rob Yarin and senior editor Shawna Thomas traveled to Guatemala last week to cover Sen. Rand Paul‘s mission to perform eye surgeries on those who otherwise couldn’t have afforded it. The interview aired on “Meet the Press” Sunday and will be turned into a half-hour special airing this weekend on MSNBC. Chuck Todd takes over as moderator Sept. 7. He’s back on MSNBC this morning hosting his “Daily Rundown.”

Read Jansing’s note after the jump…

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Jeff Zucker: ‘We Are Going to Do Less and Have to Do It With Less’

JeffZuckerCNNThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker shared grim news with some staffers this past week.

On the same day Turner CEO John Martin sent a memo to all Turner Broadcasting employees hinting at layoffs to help create a more “streamlined, nimble and efficient company,” Zucker told employees CNN will be affected.  “We are going to do less and have to do it with less,” he said in a Tuesday morning call with employees. The Journal-Constitution has a partial transcript.

“We now have a sense of what Turner is expecting from CNN. I am working with the senior management team at CNN to figure out what this means for us. This will result in changes and what we do and what we stop doing.  We need to continue to protect what we’ve been doing so brilliantly for the last few months. We need to have the ability to do what we’ve been doing. On the other hand, we are faced with reality, we are going to have to do what we do with less. As a result, that means there will be changes. No final decisions have been made. I will be meeting with senior management of CNN. You will hear from your manager in the next week or so.”

Zucker will certainly want to protect CNN’s investment in original series and documentaries; the type of programming he’s gone all in on since taking the reins last year. Which departments and programming are affected by cuts remains to be seen.

We’ve reached out to CNN on reports of impending layoffs, but haven’t heard back yet.

American Journalist Released From Al Qaeda Captivity

Screen Shot 2014-08-24 at 5.01.38 PMPeter Theo Curtis, an author and freelance journalist from Massachusetts, was released today after more than 22 months in captivity in Syria. Curtis had been held by Jabhat Al-Nusrah, an Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria. He was captured shortly after crossing into Syria in October 2012.

“My heart is full at the extraordinary, dedicated, incredible people who have become my friends and have tirelessly helped us over these many months,” said Nancy Curtis, Theo Curtis’ mother. “Please know that we will be eternally grateful.”

Al Jazeera was first to report the news around 9amET. His release was in due in part because of the efforts of the government of Qatar. In reporting the story, Al Jazeera America pointed out that its parent company is funded by the government of Qatar.

Curtis’ release comes four days after the beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of ISIS militants. That group also claims to be holding journalist Steven Soltoff.

Kathy Griffin to Continue Tormenting Anderson Cooper for Years to Come

Earlier this week, Kathy Griffin revealed she will continue being the uncomfortable thorn in Anderson Cooper‘s side on New Year’s Eve for the foreseeable future.

“I’ve just signed on to do a multi-year for New Year’s for CNN,” Griffin said on HuffPost Live. The deal gives Griffin more time to succeed in her ultimate mission. “It’s really my job to get him fired, every year,” she said. “I’m trying, I’m really trying.”

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