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Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Put on a Show

After a warm-up from the Legendary Roots Crew and some audience stunts put on by the MythBusters guys, Jon Stewart bounced on stage at 12:55pmET to kick off the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. Before delivering any one-liners, Stewart introduced the 4Troops who sang the National Anthem. Stewart’s Comedy Central partner, Stephen Colbert then emerged from a “fear bunker” in a Chilean miner capsule. After a benediction by Fr. Guido Sarducci (see here if you’re too young to remember who he is) this political rally comedy show got underway.

As for cable news coverage CNN’s Kate Bolduan, who covered the Glenn Beck rally in August, was back on the mall today reporting hourly live updates beginning at 8am.

MSNBC, which yesterday announced it planned to be live all day today ahead of Tuesday’s midterms, has Luke Russert on the mall. His reports began in the 10amET hour. Russert telling, anchor Alex Witt he’d gotten some odd looks from a crowd he deemed as skeptical of the mainstream media: “When I was walking through the crowd, I got several glances at my NBC badge saying, ‘what exactly are they doing here?’”

Fox News mentioned the rally a couple times during Fox & Friends and correspondent Molly Henneberg began reporting for the network in the NoonET hour.

In addition to streaming on the homepage of Comedy Central, in stunning HD, the rally is being carried on C-SPAN.

> Update: During an “awards” presentation, Colbert chided several news organizations for choosing to not cover the rally, because, in Colbert’s words, viewers might perceive a bias. The outlets included ABC and CBS and NPR. Said Colbert. “Oh no not NPR!, If their employees attend the rally people will think they’re liberal!” He gave the award for courage to a 7-year-old girl instead.

> Update: A fear medal was given to Anderson Cooper‘s tight black t-shirt. Anytime you see Anderson Cooper reporting from a scene of devastation, “you should stock up,” said the announcer. A t-shirt was then brought on stage, and given the award. “Say hi to Anderson Cooper’s tight black t-shirt,” said Colbert.

> Update: Despite what Colbert said on stage, CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews is covering along with a number of CBS News video journalists onsite. As we reported earlier this week, CBS News has once again hired AirPhotosLive.com to deploy their balloon over the mall, to photograph the rally, and generate a crowd estimate.

> Update: The two-hour event drew to a close with Stewart defining what his rally was all about: “We live now in hard times, not end times,” he said. “We can have animus and not be enemies.” Stewart saved his angst for the group he assails each night on his Comedy Central show: cable news. “The country’s 24-hour politico, pundit, perpetual, conflictanoid did not cause our problems. But its existence makes solving them that much harder.”

> Update: ABC News covered as well. Claire Shipman and Karen Travers reported for ABC TV and Steve Portnoy covered for ABC News Radio.

Cablers Plan 9/11 Anniversary Coverage

WTC091110.jpgAll three cable news channels will have special programming tomorrow, the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Fox News has a special, “Fox News Reporting: 9/11: Timeline of Terror,” which will air at 3 and 9 PM. In addition, “Huckabee” at 8 PM will focus on the aftermath of the attacks. There will be live studio coverage throughout the day, much of which will focus on the ceremonies surrounding the anniversary.

MSNBC will continue its tradition of re-airing NBC’s “Today” coverage from 9/11/2001 from 8:57 AM until noon. It will also be live with studio programming from 7-8:57 AM, and from noon-2 PM with Alex Witt anchoring.

CNN will have live studio programming all-day, and will broadcast part of the memorial services in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. At 8 and 11 PM, it will televise a special, “CNN Investigates: Bin Laden’s New Jihadists,” which will be hosted by correspondent Drew Griffin.

Coverage Notes for Health Care Vote

Here are some notes for cable news coverage this Sunday as the health care reform bill heads to a vote tomorrow afternoon:

• Fox News Channel will be live Saturday and Sunday. Weekday anchors Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum will be in for “America’s Newsroom at 9amET, and Megyn Kelly will anchor “America Live” at 1pmET. Shepard Smith will be live from New York at 3pmET, and Neil Cavuto will anchor “Your World” from DC’s the Newseum at 4pmET. Then a special edition of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren at 5pm, Special Report with Bret Baier at 6pm, FOX Report with Shep at 7pm and then live Sunday night coverage of the weekday programs, O’Reilly at 8pm, Hannity at 9pm and Greta at 10pm.

• CNN provides special coverage beginning at 1pmET approximately 2pmET (depending on when the vote is). Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley and John King will be joined by members of the BPTOT for full coverage of the latest developments in the health care debate and vote. A special health care-focused edition of Larry King Live will begin at 9pmET.

• MSNBC’s Alex Witt anchors until 1pmET when David Shuster picks coverage for the rest of the afternoon.

• Fox Business Network will be live Sunday beginning at 2pmET with Cavuto at the Newseum in Washington, DC and Stuart Varney from New York.

• CNBC is producing a live primetime special at 9pmET co-anchored by Michelle Caruso Cabrera and Carl Quintanilla. In addition, CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen and Hampton Pearson will report live from Capitol Hill and CNBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood will provide instant analysis.

>Update: Two hours of debate begins at 2pmET with a final vote expected no earlier than 8:30pmET. Democrats say they have the 216 votes needed.

> More: Diane Sawyer will anchor ABC’s World News. CBS’ Russ Mitchell anchors CBS Evening News but will be preempted on the east coast due to the NCAA tournament. CBS News plans a special report in primetime when the votes are counted.

An Anchor’s Personal Remembrance of World’s Oldest Woman

Witt_9.14.jpgSaturday morning on MSNBC, anchor Alex Witt spent a quick personal moment and explained that her father was the physician of record for the former “world’s oldest woman” – Gertrude Baineswho died Friday. Witt was at Baines’ 115th birthday party in April.

MSNBC Cancels Carlos Watson at 11am

carlos_watson_8-12.jpgAnchor Carlos Watson has been removed from the 11amET hour of MSNBC’s dayside programming effective immediately. Mediaite’s Rachel Sklar confirmed the news today and reported that Watson will stay on as a contributor. At present, it is unclear who will replace him, but TVNewser will be keeping a close eye on that situation.

Watson became a dayside anchor for MSNBC in March, and was named host of the 11amET slot just a short time ago in mid-June. The chief competition at 11amET was FNC’s “Happening Now” and “CNN Newsroom.”

While somewhat quiet, Watson’s tenure was not without some contention. In May, TVNewser reported that MSNBC producers had been asked to avoid mentioning Watson’s “The Stimulist” site during daytime hours, though some features from the site such as the “C-Note” became a part of “MSNBC Live” once Watson began anchoring. “The Stimulist” is currently on hiatus.

> UPDATE: TVNewser has confirmed with MSNBC that a new anchor rotation will begin for Watson’s slot starting this week with with Tamron Hall and Monica Novotny anchoring on Tuesday and Hall and Alex Witt anchoring Wednesday-Friday.

The Ticker: BBC, RLTV, DC…

> Dr. Maya Angelou will give the final video message of BBC World News America’s “Notes to Obama” series. The essay airs Monday at 7pmET on BBC America.

> Retirement Living TV reached agreement to be carried on Comcast digital television service. MSNBC’s Alex Witt and other former anchors host shows on the network.

> FishbowlNY, FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin and FishbowlLA are all down in D.C. for the inauguration, and are twittering the experience. Find out what David Axelrod said to Chris Buckley and more (and follow TVNewser on Twitter, where we’ll be following all inauguration coverage as well).

The Ticker (Weekend Edition): Daily Cafe, Pulling Over, News as Art…

> MSNBC’s Alex Witt and former congressman (and former Gopher) Fred Grandy will host the series Daily Cafe on Retirement Living TV. The show is in its third season, but this will be this is the first season NBC News will be involved. The show will be a mix of news and features and will include NBC News briefs three times an hour as well as a weather report and segments for the RLTV audience, which is 50+. Witt will be based at NBC News HQ while Grandy will host from Washington.

> CBS’s From the Road blog has pulled over for good (or at least for a few years). With the culmination of the campaign, the blog compiled by CBS’ off-air reporters, is shutting down. “It seems more like 14 years ago than 14 months,” said Scott Conroy, who covered Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin.

> 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer poured through more than 500 submissions to come up with 70 works of art as part of a multimedia, news-centric exhibit called “In the News.” The exhibit at The Pen & Brush in New York’s Greenwich Village run through November. Top prizes will be awarded next Saturday. And if you’re a news purist, this might be enough to check it out: “What surprised me was the absence of commentary on the national obsession with celebrity news,” Safer said.

It’s Official: Joe the Plumber is Here to Stay

joe_10-30.jpgWe began counting how many minutes of fame Joe the Plumber had amassed in a post yesterday, but it appears there’s no need to continue a running counter: Joe the Plumber now has a publicist, a record deal and more media appearances on the horizon.

PRNewser’s Joe Ciarallo talks to Joe’s newly-named publicist, Jim Della Croce, owner of PR agency The Press Office.

The record deal came about after Joe’s appearance on Mike Huckabee‘s FNC program earlier this month, when he met country star Aaron Tippin. The deal is a “hybrid management deal with country star Aaron Tippin, Bobby Roberts, who owns the booking agency Bobby Roberts Company, (they handle artists like Aaron and Merle Haggard) and The Press Office.”

As for Joe’s upcoming interviews, he’s headed to MSNBC next, with an interview on MSNBC Dayside with Alex Witt on Saturday.

MSNBC Going Live Tomorrow

Not too surprisingly, there won’t be much doc block on MSNBC tomorrow, or Olympics.

Instead, the network will be live from 6amET-10pmET, “in preparation for the announcement of Senator Barack Obama‘s running mate.” We tend to think that will already have happened.

Alex Witt anchors an hour to start the morning, followed by a five-hour Morning Joe until NoonET. Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann appear in the daytime and at night, as do Andrea Mitchell and David Shuster.

(CNN and FNC will also be live as usual.)

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