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Where is TV Critic Aaron Barnhart? Is It Anybody’s Business?

When I began at TVNewser almost five years ago, I would scour local newspaper websites for what the TV columinsts were writing about: Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post, Joanne Ostrow at the Denver Post, Tim Cuprisin of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. And the guys in Chicago: Robert Feder at the Sun-Times and Phil Rosenthal at the Tribune. Some have moved on to other beats, or other publications. And Cuprisin lost his battle with melanoma last year. A couple are still around, including Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik. And we are fortunate to have the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Gail Shister in our line-up.

And there was always Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star. His TVBarn column would often include an interesting angle about cable news we hadn’t covered or an interview with a TV news personality worth picking up.

It turns out Barnhart has gone off the grid apparently for health reasons. So when a local blogger began asking questions about his whereabouts, it touched a nerve and today Jim Romenesko asks if it’s “anybody’s business” where he is and why?

[Star "watchdog" John] Landsberg tells me that reaction to his Barnhart column “has been mixed” and that “some people think it is a fair question to ask about a prominent columnist who simply virtually disappears for several months. Others consider it a private matter.”

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‘Reliable Sources’ Critiques Christiane Amanpour on ‘This Week’

reliable080110.jpg CNN’s “Reliable Sources” had a segment with awfully quick turnaround this morning.

Host Howard Kurtz brought on Kansas City Star television critic Aaron Barnhart to discuss Christiane Amanpour‘s debut as host of ABC’s ‘This Week’, barely an hour after it aired.

Said Barnhart:

Well, I think she played to her strengths as a well-prepared researcher, someone who comes loaded for bear for her interviews. These were gets that were — they were published on the Web ahead of time. We could watch much of the segments ahead of time.

So, that part is the known quantity about Christiane. The unknown quantity is the back half of the show, which is the roundtable, where she’s expected to let her guests sort of hold forth and move the news agenda forward. And in that, she seemed a little less ready for the new environment she was thrown into there.

Update: From Barnhart, who writes in from Beverly Hills: “I wasn’t in Kansas City for the segment, I was in LA on TV critics press tour, meaning that I watched the East Coast feed at CNN’s bureau at 6 a.m.! Still, when you compare it to Oscars night – where my review is due about two minutes after the ceremony ends – this was a walk in the park.”

The program also discussed the hyper-partisan state of cable news earlier today, referencing the Shirley Sherrod case and the New Black Panther party coverage, among other topics.

Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, former CNN exec turned George Washington University professor Frank Sesno, Former USA Today managing editor Lauren Ashburn and CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid talked about the rhetoric.

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April Fools Virus Story Has 60 Minutes A Bit Fooled

stahl_4-1.jpgU.S. News and World Report’s Paul Bedard reports on an error made in a 60 Minutes story about the Conficker Virus, which was reported to strike today, April Fools’ Day.

Bedard reports an image used in the story of the supposed Russian hackers was actually just a group of teenagers from Finland. CBS News has since corrected the error online.

TV Barn’s Aaron Barnhart had his own qualms with the piece — mainly, what was not reported.

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The Ticker: Wallace, Cramer, Sawyer…

> FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin has a name for the joint David Axelrod and Rick Davis appearance on last weekend’s Chris Wallace-hosted FOX News Sunday: “Greatest Sunday Showdown Ever.”

> The Kansas City Star’s Aaron Barnhart thinks FBN is “working,” now that they’ve found “enemies.” One of those enemies, and someone who Barnhart picks as not working: Jim Cramer.

> Good Morning America co-anchor Diane Sawyer got a surprise this morning from Sam Champion. During his 8:30amET weathercast (from Louisville today), he brought on Sawyer’s mother to join him.


The MSNBC Anchor Shake-Up: Reactions

gregory_9-8.JPGSome reaction to the Olbermann/Matthews/Gregory news:

• Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici predicts Keith Olbermann will be out of MSNBC within five years. “This is a guy who loves to leave jobs in a mushroom cloud of righteous indignation,” he writes. “One or two more pirouettes by NBC management like the one that happened this weekend and he is out of there.”

• The Kansas City Star’s Aaron Barnhart, who writes he has, “always loved ‘Countdown,’” describes the “genius” of Roger Ailes. “Ailes figured out long ago that you can have Hannity and Colmes and Neil Cavuto and John Kasich and Steve Doocy and every other red-meater out there on your airwaves, but if you know where to place the fig leaf, your opponents can only pillory you so much,” he writes. “MSNBC forgot about the fig leaf. And so, no matter how much Olbermann goes on about Brit Hume‘s biases, Fox News has seized the moral high ground from NBC.”

• While on the train ride back to New York City this morning, we asked Terry Moran about the MSNBC shake-up. Moran says he is “a big David Gregory fan,” from their days at the White House, and that, “taking sides is a short term solution.” Check out the video:

Johnny Dollar has more reaction from around the web.

Click continued to see the Fox & Friends team discuss the “fired” duo, including Brian Kilmeade‘s suggestion for who should be anchoring political coverage at MSNBC…

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The Ticker (Gustav edition): Shep, Anderson, Gibson…

> FNC’s Shepard Smith gets some high praise from the Kansas City Star’s Aaron Barnhart. “Now that Shepard Smith is on Fox, there’s really no reason to watch anything else,” he writes. “Knowledge of his home state and his experience from the Katrina watch makes him the authority.”

> CNN’s Anderson Cooper is leading the on-the-ground coverage of Gustav, reporting from the French Quarter in New Orleans. As for the rest of Cooper’s week, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein tells TVNewser, “We’ll make a call based on the severity of the storm and what the Republicans decide to do.”

> ABC has filled it’s 10pm hour reserved for RNC coverage — they’ll air a one-hour primetime special edition of 20/20 tonight, anchored by Charlie Gibson. An interview with Mayor Ray Nagin will be part of the special. George Stephanopoulos will have the political implications from St. Paul.

> Update: NBC is using 10pm slot for a Hurricane special as well, anchored by Brian Williams. Williams (from New Orleans) is joined by Ann Curry from Houma, LA and Tom Brokaw from St. Paul.

> Update, update: CBS is doing the same. Katie Couric anchors at 10pm from Baton Rouge, with contributors ranging from Harry Smith, Dave Price and Byron Pitts discussing Gustav and Bob Schieffer and Jeff Greenfield talking RNC. CBS will also have Couric interviews with Nagin and Michael Chertoff.