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The Afternoon Ticker: Elshamy, Matthews, Wahl

  • Imprisoned Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy might “die within days,” according to a doctor who reviewed his blood tests. Elshamy has been on a hunger strike for the last 110 days; imprisoned in Egypt for a total of 269 days for alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will be the keynote speaker Thursday at the Massachusetts Bar Association dinner. The dinner hosts over 1,000 lawyers and legal industry professionals.

  • Former RT reporter Liz Wahl, who made headlines for quitting her job while on-air in March, is back on the air–temporarily. Wahl will be filling in at TheBlaze TV this week for Amy Holmes and Laurie Dhue.

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Sarah Palin Accepts Martin Bashir’s Apology, Hits MSNBC ‘Hypocrisy’

sarah palin_304x200Sarah Palin accepted MSNBC’s Martin Bashir’s apology during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” suggesting everyone must be humble enough to accept an apology, but she did have pointed words for the “media elite bubble.”

“Who am I to not accept an apology?” Palin said. “Everyone must humble themselves and accept that offer of apology,” she continued, warning that next time a media personality wants to say something vile about her and then call her to apologize privately, she’d like them to go through her husband or children first and “then they can come to me.”

Chris Wallace asked Palin for her thoughts on MSNBC suspending Alec Baldwin, but not Bashir: “That’s the executive hypocrisy that is so prevalent in that media elite bubble,” Palin said. “It depends on the target of the vile rants, it doesn’t depend on what the rant itself actually is.”

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The Ticker: TheBlaze, Time, Diversity

  • TheBlaze has named Amy Holmes anchor of “The Hot List” on She will be stepping aside from her role at “Real News.” Meanwhile, Pete Hegseth will join “Real News” as a contributor.

  • Time is making a big push in the video journalism space, launching Red Border Films. The documentary film unit will live on an interactive site of, and will produce films of varying lengths and topics. Time journalists and photojournalists and will produce at least one short documentary per month and two expanded projects a year. Details below.

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Anderson Cooper Experimenting With New Panel Format For ‘AC360′

All this week, Anderson Cooper will be pulling double-duty, not only hosting “AC360″ at 8 PM, but new editions of “AC360″ at 10 PM… with an entirely different format.

The 8 PM show stays the same, but the 10 PM editions of the show will utilize a panel format through Thursday night, with Cooper serving as the host. CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin will be guests all week, as will Amy Holmes from TheBlaze. Every day there will be a different guest joining the panel as well. For Monday’s show, the guest was blogger Andrew Sullivan, a good friend of Cooper’s. Cooper, you may recall, formally “came out” as gay in a post on Sullivan’s “Daily Dish.”

CNN has been using 10 PM as a testing ground for new shows in recent weeks. First it tried out panel show “(Get To) The Point,” and then announced plans to re-run Jake Tapper’s afternoon show in the slot. The Boston bombing changed coverage around, but now the channel is back to experimenting.

One thing seems certain: the 10 PM re-run of “AC360″ will not be sticking around much longer. Whether it is replaced by a new format “AC360″ or by some other program, the channel is aggressively testing out other options there.

Update: It looks like the panel format may be worth repeating. 10 PM’s “AC360″ placed first among all the cable news channels in adults 25-54, though it remained third in total viewers.

As Soledad O’Brien Searches for Breitbart ‘Bombshell,’ Breitbart Editor Says It’s ‘Happening on this Program’

Before he died a week ago today, conservative author Andrew Breitbart and his team were in the process of vetting videotapes from Pres. Obama’s college days. One of those videos is now out and posted on This morning on “Starting Point” Soledad O’Brien had on Joel Pollak, EIC of

The video shows the late Harvard Law professor Derrick Bell being introduced and embraced by Barack Obama at a rally. After playing the video and debating its merit, O’Brien asked Pollak: “If your bombshell is that Derrick Bell is a radical … is that what you’re trying to say? I’m just trying to understand what the bombshell is, because I haven’t seen a bombshell yet.”

“The bombshell is happening right here on this program,” said Pollak, “Where we have a story and you’re not interested in telling your viewers who Derrick Bell actually is.” Watch:

The conversation continued with a panel including the actor Jay Thomas and Amy Holmes of “The Blaze.” Watch that, after the jump, via Breitbart.TV.

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GBTV Launching Nightly News Program

Former Fox News host Glenn Beck‘s web-TV network GBTV is adding a nightly newscast… sort of. The network will launch “Real News From The Blaze” at 7 PM on January 18. The program will feature a number of Blaze staffers with cable news backgrounds, including Amy Holmes, S.E. Cupp, Scott Baker and Will Cain. The Blaze is Beck’s news and commentary website.

The program will not be a typical news program, but will pursue its own agenda, as the announcement explains:

Each and every day there’s a whole world of news and information that goes unreported, ignored by the mainstream media. Stories, issues, and events that impact the daily lives of Americans young and old ignored, purposely discarded, or “reported” without the benefit of the full perspective or context. News = Truth…and the truth has no agenda.  Real News from The Blaze will play no favorites. The good, the bad, and the downright ugly will be presented unvarnished and complete without a nod to the left or the right.  News and analysis from the worlds of politics, national security, the economy, foreign policy, and whatever else impacts our lives.  Virginia Leahy, who helped develop and launch three primetime shows on HLN, will serve as executive producer.

The release:

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Glenn Beck: GBTV ‘Has Got To Be Bigger Than Me’

“I argued that the network shouldn’t be called GBTV,” Glenn Beck says. “I don’t want it about me, I want it bigger than me, it has got to be bigger than me.”

We are standing in GBTV’s basement studio in midtown Manhattan, not too far from the News Corp. building, where Beck held court at 5 PM on Fox News for over two years.  After Beck and FNC parted ways earlier this year, he announced the launch of his web-TV channel, the cornerstone of which would be a daily two-hour program, an extended version of his Fox News show.

The crowd is small, four media reporters, Beck and Chris Balfe, the president of Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts. Some staffers from the just-completed taping of Beck’s daily show are still milling around, winding up cords, dimming the lights and moving the cameras to the side of the studio.

The show itself looked nearly identical to Beck’s FNC program, though there were some technical hiccups along the way, including a TelePrompTer issue at the end of comedian Brian Sack‘s segment. Nonetheless, the show did not feel like a program on the internet. That was an intentional decision, Beck says:

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Former CNN Contributor Amy Holmes Joins Glenn Beck’s GBTV

Former CNN political contributor Amy Holmes is joining former Fox news host Glenn Beck‘s GBTV as news anchor for The Blaze. Holmes will be tasked with anchoring news and information segments during Beck’s two-hour program from 5p to 7p on GBTV, as well as updates throughout the day.

Holmes contributed to CNN’s political coverage during the 2006 and 2008 elections, and has also contributed to NBC’s “Dateline and “Nightly News,” as well as ABC’s “The View.” She left as a contributor to CNN in 2009.

The hire is a big one for GBTV, which gets to add a familiar face to its programming. On CNN Holmes has also been decidedly independent–albeit often labeled as a conservative–making the hire an interesting one from a political perspective. Holmes was also a regular fill-in for Beck when he was at HLN.

More information in the official announcement, after the jump.

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Shirley Sherrod, African American Anchors on ‘Reliable Sources’

Reliable072310.jpg Tomorrow, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” will examine the Shirley Sherrod case. American University’s Jane Hall,’s Joan Walsh and’s Matt Lewis will discuss whether some media organizations jumped to conclusions over the Sherrod video.

Also, St. Petersburg Times media critic Eric Deggans, radio host Amy Holmes and former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson will discuss the topic “Are There Enough African Americans Headlining Network News?” with host Howard Kurtz.

“Reliable Sources” airs Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

Health Care, Tiger’s Return on Tap for ‘Reliable Sources’

Today’s healthcare showdown in the house is topic A on CNN’s media-on-media show “Reliable Sources.” CBS News chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, political analyst Amy Holmes, and The New Yorker Washington correspondent Ryan Lizza are Howard Kurtz‘s guests.

Also, Jim Gray and Christine Brennan are booked to talk about Tiger’s return to golf, beginning with The Masters which begins two weeks from tomorrow.

11amET on CNN.