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Rachel Maddow Locks and Loads For ‘Rolling Stone’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is profiled in Rolling Stone.

The magazine speaks to Maddow’s partner Susan Mikula, and her EP Bill Wolff, among other people:

Wolff says it took the better part of a year for the Verdict staffers to remake themselves in Maddow’s image – readjusting their focus away from the news cycle, shifting their storytelling from revved-up to slow-burn. The perfect Maddow segment, he says, begins with some obscure image from the fringes – “a bird covered in oil in 1979,” say – and then slowly winds its way into the heart of the political debate. “Eventually, you realize that the story of that bird is all about Mitt Romney,” he says, “and it fucking blows your mind.”

She also posed for a photo shoot… at Manhattan’s only gun range. Maddow and Mikula went to an NRA event for their first date:

Media Turns a Reflective Eye Inward at Mirror Awards

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications held its sixth annual Mirror Awards ceremony at the Plaza Hotel this afternoon, honoring the year’s best media reporting.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper emceed the ceremony, which TVNewser attended. He opened the event with commentary on the role of news organizations in society, noting the importance of incorporating women and minorities into a media industry “traditionally dominated by — well, frankly, by white men. Woohoo, white men,” Cooper said sarcastically.

“Please don’t Tweet that!” Cooper said as the crowd laughed. “Arianna, take your hands off that keyboard. At least explain, give it some context!”

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was also on hand to present the I-3 Award for Impact, Innovation and Influence to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

TVNewser spotted Arianna Huffington and Gabriel Sherman, who is working on a book about Fox News and was nominated for “Elephant in the Green Room,” a New York magazine feature on the network.  Also on the guest list: Contessa Brewer, Poppy Harlow, CNN News Networks president Greg D’Alba, “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht and MSNBC vice president of primetime programming Bill Wolff.

For a full list of winners, visit the Mirror Awards website.

(Photo Credit: Syracuse University)

2012 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: The Winner Is…

With Kentucky’s 67-59 win over Kansas last night, March Madness has officially come to an end. That also means that it is time to declare a winner in TVNewser’s 2012 March Madness bracket challenge.

Your 2012 TVNewser bracket challenge winner is…

Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald!

“It was great fun going up against really tough competition,” MacDonald says. “I am honored and thrilled to be this year’s champion.”

It was a close match this year, with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Kyra Phillips very close behind MacDonald in the standings. This is the second straight year that a competitor for one of the business news networks won. Last year’s winner was Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu. Chu also had a good showing this year, placing ninth.

In last place, tragically, was your humble TVNewser editor, who clearly needs to reevaluate his college basketball picking skills. My strategy of picking teams who had cool mascots (Blue Devils? Awesome!) may not have been the most sound.

A big “Thank You!” to all of this year’s participants.

The final standings are below.
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TVNewser’s 2012 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Spring is in the air, and that can only mean two things: March Madness and TVNewser’s 2012 bracket challenge.

Every March we have TV news talent, executives and producers fill out their brackets and make their picks, with the winner receiving the ultimate prize: bragging rights.

Last year’s champion–Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu–is back to defend his crown, but there is some steep competition from across the TV news spectrum.

Game on.

Here is your 2012 TVNewser March Madness lineup:

Team Bloomberg TV:

Returning champ: Dominic Chu, markets reporter, Bloomberg TV

Cory Johnson, editor-at-large, Bloomberg TV

Stephanie Ruhle, correspondent, Bloomberg TV

Team Fox News/Fox Business Network:

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Rachel Maddow Likes the Fox News/Fox Business Christmas Cards: ‘Cartoony. I Like That’

MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” had their holiday party last night at the home of show EP Bill Wolff, who wore a tuxedo we hear, and his wife Alison Stewart.

But before the soiree, on her show, Maddow did a segment on Christmas cards. Specifically, a story on Fox News about the Obama family Christmas card which FNC analyst and former VP nominee Sarah Palin called “odd” for emphasizing Bo the dog instead of traditions like “family, faith and freedom.”

Maddow took a look back at other holiday cards from other presidents including Pres. Bush and Pres. Reagan. She then showed the greeting card sent by the media relations teams at Fox News and Fox Business Network. (Ours are hung by the chimney with care). Maddow:

As somebody who is being made fun of in the Fox News Christmas card, I think that is a funny card. It is a good Christmas card. Cartoony. I like that.

She continued:

Alison Stewart Leaving ‘Need to Know’

Alison Stewart is leaving the PBS show “Need to Know,” the NYTimes reports. Stewart had been solo anchor of the show since Jon Meacham departed in March. “For a show about politics you have to have someone available and present 110 percent of the time,” Stewart says.

Between a book she is completing and her 3-year-old, she said, “I didn’t feel like I was the right person and that it was the right time to continue with the show.” Her last appearance is expected to be Sept. 9.

Stewart is married to MSNBC primetime VP Bill Wolff. The two met when Stewart was an anchor at the cable network. The Times reports, “in addition to her book, she would probably do some freelance work back in the commercial news world. Stewart is also an alum of ABC News, CBS News and MTV News.

MSNBC’s Bill Wolff Asks Politifact For a Correction Over ‘Misrepresented’ Fact Check

MSNBC VP of primetime programming and executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Bill Wolff, sent a letter to Politifact asking for a correction to a post on the organizations “Truth-O-Meter” blog.

Wolff argues that Politifact ascribed comments to Maddow that were never made, or taken out of context, with regards to the budget shortfall in Wisconsin:

In your effort to challenge a Capital Times editorial you have mistakenly ascribed the argument therein to Rachel Maddow. In so doing, you have half-quoted her in one instance, misquoted her in another, and misrepresented her overall.

Ms. Maddow is well aware of the Wisconsin budget shortfall. She said so just a few sentences after the line you decided to single out for “truthometry”:

Politifact responded Friday, saying that a correction was not warranted:

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A Nuclear Treaty and Michael Moore Singing ‘The Sound of Music’: Rachel Maddow Live at the 92Y

Tuesday evening, TVNewser attended the live telecast of the “Rachel Maddow Show” from the 92nd Street Y. The program featured Maddow discussing the passage of the START Treaty, as well as guests Andrea Mitchell, former George W. Bush advisor Nicole Wallace and filmmaker Michael Moore, who led the audience in a rousing song from The Sound of Music during a commercial break:

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

“I’m just going to pretend this is my living room,” Maddow said during another commercial break, before sitting down in a wooden chair to speak to Mitchell.

According to “Maddow” executive producer Bill Wolff, the idea to partner with the Y on the program came from the top:
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Rachel Maddow & Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell Awarded the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow was among the recipients of the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award from the Interfaith Alliance. Maddow was honored for her “passionate coverage of the intersection of religion and politics.” Maddow spoke of faith, politics, and challenging extremism at the event on Sunday.

Past honorees include Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, George Clooney, Judy Shepard and Larry King.

The award ceremony had several famous guests in attendance: Mr. Cronkite’s son, Chip Cronkite and his wife, the actress Deborah Rush, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, and Bill Wolff, the executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The official press release is after the jump…
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What’s Eliot Spitzer Worth to CNN?

spitzer_parker_7-21.jpgPage Six got their hands on some salary details for CNN’s soon-to-be-launched 8pm show. The gossip column claims Eliot Spitzer is set to make an annual salary “closer to $500,000 than $1 million, as is his co-host, Kathleen Parker.”

Insiders say CNN isn’t spending a lot on talent for the 8 p.m. show because its chances for success are slim.

There is still no EP for the show, but insiders tell TVNewser MSNBC’s Bill Wolff was wooed by CNN for the job. But we’ve learned Wolff is this close to signing a new deal to stay at MSNBC where he’ll continue to oversee “The Rachel Maddow Show” and remain VP of primetime programs for the network.

Tonight is also Campbell Brown‘s final night as a CNN anchor. She announced in May she’d be leaving the network. Brown left NBC for CNN three years ago this week.

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