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Posts Tagged ‘Bill de Blasio’

The Morning Ticker: Sorkin’s Apology, Walters Proclamation, Comcast Opposition

  • Aaron Sorkin is apologizing for “The Newsroom” and wishes he could have a do-over. Sorkin, who is working on the third and final season of the HBO show, explains.

  • Netflix is coming out against Comcast’s planned $45 billion acquistion of Time Warner Cable. Netflix argues the combined company will have “anti-competitive leverage.”

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The Saturday Ticker: Business Politics, Morning Baseball, Jazzy Weather

  • FBN’s Maria Bartiromo will interview New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday on “Opening Bell” at 9amET. Bartiromo will talk with de Blasio about his outlook on the economy, universal Pre-Kindergarten and his future plans for New York City.

  • “AMHQ with Sam Champion” hits the road next week as well, broadcasting from the New Orleans Jazz festival starting Thursday. The following week the show will travel to Moore, OK, the site of the devastating tornado that struck in May 2013.

Al Roker: ’1 Term’ de Blasio Tweet Was ‘Below the Line’

“Today” show weatherman Al Roker apologized for a tweet predicting New York City mayor Bill de Blasio would only hold office for one term. While he was having dinner with Willie Geist and other “Today” show colleagues last night in Sochi, Roker fired off several tweets calling out the mayor for keeping schools open during yesterday’s snowstorm.

“That was a little below the line,” said Roker about the 1 term tweet, adding, “everything else I still stand by.”

Adding insult to injury, here’s how the first AP story on the matter was written:

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Review: ‘Up Late with Alec Baldwin’

AlecBaldwinThe debut of MSNBC’s “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” last night made for compelling television – if you happened to be a New Yorker obsessed with the city’s mayoral race.

Everything about the show was New York-centric. The open: black-and-white photographs of the city, backed by cool jazz. The set: an intimate, wood-paneled faux diner with spectacular views of the skyline. The host: a Long Island native who beats up New York paparazzi.

Given Baldwin’s star power and the amount of hype for “Up Late,” however, I hardly expected the guest for the premiere to be a New York City politico. But there he was, Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, front and center for the next hour.

The presumptive mayor, while charismatic, holds little interest for viewers outside the five boroughs. Regardless, Baldwin, a self-proclaimed de Blasio man, practically tossed rose petals at the candidate’s feet.

What transpired could hardly be called an interview. Baldwin’s softball questions were setups for de Blasio’s long, uninterrupted stump speeches, disguised as responses. Job creation, affordable housing, economic inequality, early childhood education. All that was missing were the balloons.

As the show went on, some of the topics got more interesting – stop-and-frisk, for example. There were moments, but only moments, when Baldwin acted (no pun intended) more like a news network host and less like de Blasio’s campaign manager.

Then there’s the issue of Baldwin’s hair.

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