The 2011 Cable Show is in full gear in Chicago, and as usual a number of high-profile TV news personalities are in attendance to moderate panels, host shows and sign autographs.
Fox News Channel’s Steve Doocy made an appearance at the Fox networks booth, where he signed miniature couches for guests (pictured right). Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs was also signing autographs earlier this week, though according to one report his Fox Soccer colleague Cobi Jones had the longer line.
CNBC’s Joe Kernen and his daughter Blake are promoting their new book, “Your Teacher Said What?” this week, which includes stops on Fox News Channel. This morning on “Fox & Friends,” which goes head-to-head against Kernen’s CNBC show “Squawk Box,” Steve Doocy said, “Look at this Blake you are fair and balanced at 11-years-old.” Kernen laughed and said, “That’s Fox News’ slogan, and I agree with it.” (Video after the jump.)
The Kernens were also on “Hannity” last night, a clip of which was played this morning on “Squawk Box,” with anchor Becky Quick adding, “If you’ve been wondering where Joe is, the Kernens are on the road promoting the new book. Joe’s going to be back on set with us tomorrow.”
The hosts revealed when they got up in the morning, with most waking up between 3-4:30 AM. The outliers were Vieira, who says she gets up at 2:30 AM and Scarborough, who said he usually wakes up around 5:30 AM, an impressive feat given that his show starts at 6.
While certain executives at News Corp. may not agree, it is obvious that at the moment, the top business news channel on Wall Street is CNBC.
With that in mind director Oliver Stone prominently features the network’s anchors prominently in the upcoming sequel to his 1987 film “Wall Street.” This despite the fact that the film is produced by the 20th Century Fox film studio, a sister company to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.
Earlier this week President Obama made some headlines when he told “Today”‘s Matt Lauer he talked to advisers about the Gulf oil spill “because they potentially have the best answers as to whose ass to kick.”
The response even drew criticism from CNBC anchor Becky Quick, who said on “Squawk Box” that “using the A word when you are on the Today Show talking with Matt Lauer, yeah, that disturbs me.”
Lauer, in an interview with Broadcasting & Cable‘s Marisa Guthrie, says that the criticism Obama received about the comment was probably unwarranted.
“He wants people to understand that he is taking action. When he went off on that, it didn’t really shock me. I just think it’s important to put it in context [and] to understand that he didn’t just draw ‘kick some ass’ out of thin air. If you just saw the sound-bite without the question you might be tempted to think that this was completely calculated and a day before he said, I’m going to use the word ‘ass’ on the air and that’s going to shake people up. I don’t think that’s a fair characterization.”
Guthrie also notes that Lauer “led the president down that road when he asked him if perhaps it was time to “kick some butt.”
Not everyone is happy with Pres. Obama’s desire — or at least his wording — of giving an ass-kicking to the oil spillers. In an interview with Matt Lauer in Michigan yesterday, the “Today” show host talked about critics who say the president spent too much time meeting with “experts and advisers” rather than being in the Gulf, to, in Lauer’s words, “kick some butt.”
“We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers as to whose ass to kick,” responded Obama. Here’s the clip:
Well this morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box, co-host Becky Quick wasn’t sold on the president’s tone: “If you’re the president of the United States and you go on the Today Show which is a morning show, where you’re going to have a lot of kids sitting around watching this, I think you choose your words more carefully,” said Quick. “Using the A word when you are on the Today Show talking with Matt Lauer, yeah, that disturbs me. But I also think that this is a way of trying to prove that I’m mad, to do exactly what everybody’s been pushing me to do, and it doesn’t ring true.”
Starting Wednesday, business, government, and cultural leaders from 90 countries will descend on Davos, Switzerland for the 40th World Economic Forum, and so will the business networks. Here are the coverage plans so far for the event. We’ll update if additional information becomes available.
CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo, Becky Quick, Geoff Cutmore, and Ross Westgate will all be in Switzerland for the event. The network will host/broadcast two official debates. Bartiromo will moderate “Back to the Future: The Next Global Crisis” on Wednesday and Westgate hosts “Gender Agenda: Putting Parity into Practice” on Saturday.
Liz Claman will report live from Davos during the forum for Fox Business Network and will also moderate the “Renewable Energy as an Engine for Economic Growth” panel. (She recently did a Q&A as she prepared.) Coverage begins 5amET Wednesday and continues through Friday.