- CBS announced its Fall primetime lineup to advertisers in New York this morning and two CBS News magazines are on it. “60 Minutes” returns for its 45th season in its comfortable Sunday night timeslot, and “48 Hours Mystery” returns to Saturday nights.
- FBN’s Charlie Gasparino will be honored with the Yorktown Circolo da Vinci Person of the Year Award tomorrow night – at the same place where his dad was once a bartender and where Gasparino had his first job washing dishes.
- TVNewser was at the book party last night for CNBC’s Maneet Ahuja, author of “The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World’s Top Hedge Funds.” CNBC president Mark Hoffman and SVP Nik Deogun chatted up guests including former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan. Ahuja is a hedge fund specialist and producer of “Squawk Box.”
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While the President was not in attendance, there were still plenty of politicians and journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington, D.C. this weekend.
One tvnewser who graced the Gridiron stage was NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who appeared “in a bear costume introducing a number that lampoons her husband, former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan, to the tune of ‘What I Did for Love’ from ‘A Chorus Line.’”
FishbowlDC has more highlights from the event, including some shots by VP Biden at President Obama.
On Fox News’ late night comedy/news hybrid, Red Eye, regular guest Bill Schultz sported a backward G throughout Friday night’s show.
In the fake news world, Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee also had a backward G during a segment on last night’s show. The ‘G’ represented different people, however — Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld and former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan.
Click continued to see The Daily Show segment, featuring “Senior Money Honey” Bee…
The New York Times’ Brian Stelter picks up on a recent Columbia Journalism Review article about how MSNBC afternoon anchor (and NBC’s chief foreign affair correspondent) Andrea Mitchell covers the financial crisis given that Mitchell is married to former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan. Essentially, she doesn’t.
Stelter writes, “Greenspan’s name has come up dozens of times on MSNBC in the last month, but never during the 1 p.m. hour.” That’s the hour Mitchell anchors.
Says NBC News president Steve Capus, “To me it’s a pretty easy balancing act. She knows where to draw the line.”
As someone who spent a year producing for Mitchell, I can tell you that line was drawn a long time ago. I produced Mitchell’s MSNBC show in 2000. The Mitchell Report was primarily about the presidential primaries and general election, but these were also the heady days of the markets and when Greenspan himself made news. CNBC even began the Greenspan Briefcase Indicator — a wholly unscientific way to forecast whether the Fed would raise or reduce the interest rate based on the thickness of Greenspan’s briefcase as he arrived at the Fed. On any given day when Greenspan was in the news, Mitchell would always tell us in our pre-show meetings, “We’re not doing the Greenspan story.” And we wouldn’t.
> CJR’s Megan Garber writes about the elephant in the control room. How NBC’s Andrea Mitchell has to navigate carefully around the reporting of the economic meltdown. She’s married to a central figure in the saga: former Fed. Chairman Alan Greenspan.
> The Washington Times’ Tony Blankley thinks, “The mainstream media have gone over the line and are now straight out propagandists for the Obama campaign.”
> Jennifer Dauble, manager of Public Relations at CNBC, had her first child today. Ryan Christopher Dauble was born at 12:30pm. Erin Burnett gave a shout-out at the end of “Street Signs.”
In a must-read in the New York Observer, Felix Gillette gets the story behind the story of MSNBC’s decision to take Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews off the political anchor desk for the rest of the campaign.
While MSNBC president Phil Griffin has spent the last 48 hours trying to tamp down rumors, Gillette details the open dissension and behind-the-scene maneuvering that led to the change.
First, the rumors. The New York Post reported that GE Chairman Jeffrey Immelt facilitated the change because “a lot, maybe thousands” of shareholders called to complain. “This makes me so mad, because it’s so untrue,” Griffin tells Gillette. “Somebody is spreading rumors. It’s wrong. It’s getting into the echo chamber.”
As for the internal strife about the Olbermann/Matthews pairing and its reflection on NBC News, Gillette reports on an early August dinner in Washington, hosted by GE chairman Immelt:
…according to sources, Andrea Mitchell, the veteran political correspondent and wife of Alan Greenspan, noted on behalf of her colleagues that there was some ongoing uneasiness about having Keith Olbermann-MSNBC’s liberal pundit and caustic anchor of their hit show Countdown-co-anchoring (along with Hardball’s Chris Matthews) the network’s coverage on big political nights. What happened to the traditional firewall between news and opinion? There were risks involved with blurring the distinction.
A few weeks later, anchor tensions came to a boil on the air, at the DNC. Executives had a plan to make sure it didn’t happen at the RNC. Gillette writes,
MSNBC and NBC executives looking to restore order were planning a meeting to take place on Tuesday in St. Paul on the second day of the Republican convention, where producers and talent could smooth out their grievances behind closed doors, and hopefully reestablish some team unity. But over the weekend, Hurricane Gustav descended on the Gulf Coast, and the staff scattered between New York, St. Paul, and New Orleans. As a result, the meeting never happened.
And, as has been written on this blog, at the end of the day, it comes down to the bottom line. Griffin tells Gillette,
“MSNBC just had its biggest year ever in terms of revenue, and is contributing – I don’t want to tell you the number – but let’s just say, a significant part of the revenue base of NBC News, which helps make this division better able to cover news around the world. It’s all working. I know that a lot of people love to follow whisperers and disgruntled people. The issue is, the others would die to have a cable-news network help with their revenue, give them an opportunity for airtime, which is oxygen, and to help create a better news-gathering operation.