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CNN Examines Media Coverage of 2013′s Biggest Stories

On “CNN Newsroom” this morning, Carol Costello hosted a panel discussion about media coverage of two of the year’s biggest stories: the George Zimmerman trial and the Boston Marathon bombing.

The panel was made up of CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter, Steve Malzberg from the conservative Newsmax and Eric Boehlert from the liberal Media Matters. Although Boehlert mentioned Fox News’ coverage of the Zimmerman trial, the three mostly steered clear of mentioning CNN’s competitors by name. The panel also didn’t address CNN’s coverage of the two stories. Watch:

What do you think of the television news coverage of the Zimmerman trial and the Boston Marathon bombing? Let us know in the comments (but keep it civil, please).

The Ticker: Byers, Wemple, CNN International

  • The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple recently followed a whole day of MSNBC daytime. He reports hours of repetition featuring “politics, more politics and more, more politics.”

  • CNN International is launching “One Square Meter” on its Middle East channels. The new program will look at real estate trends in emerging markets.

Best of 2013 MediabistroTV Interviews, Part II

Our friends at mediabistroTV have had a busy year interviewing some of the biggest television personalities in the business. In case you missed them, here’s a few more of our favorite interviews from 2013: Jerry Springer, Brian Stelter, Kyra Phillips and Rosanna Scotto.

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Your Cast for ‘Top of the Morning’ Movie Is…

top_of_the_morning_book_cover_a_pWith the news coming out last week about Brian Stelter‘s book “Top of the Morning” being developed as a made-for-TV movie on Lifetime, we gave you the task of casting some of the main parts of the movie: Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, and Ann Curry.

For the role of Lauer, 32% of you wanted “Hostages” star Dylan McDermott. “The Good Wife’s” Chris Noth came in second with 23%. “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston was next at 20%, with “other” coming in fourth at 12%. Some of those “others” include Woody Allen and Tom Hanks. Current made-for-TV anchorman, “The Newsroom’s” Jeff Daniels earned 12% of the vote.

The overwhelming majority of you wanted John Stamos to play Stephanopoulos, with 47% of you voting for the former “Full House” star. Mike Myers of “Austin Powers” fame was second at 20%, with “Karate Kid’s” Ralph Macchio a tick behind at 19%. The “other” selection and “Saved by the Bell’s” Mario Lopez finished at 9% and 6%.  Some of those “others” include Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and even Mickey Mouse. Read more

The 10 Biggest TV News Stories of 2013

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How to describe a year in which TV news had more turnovers than Pepperidge Farm? Business as usual.

The dramatic departures and arrivals of A-List talent weren’t the only big story of 2013, of course. Two new networks launched. Fox News made some major changes in its prime-time lineup. Serious health issues affected at least three anchors. And CBS’s venerable ‘Sunday Morning’ continued to kick ass on the Sabbath.

Herewith my choices for TV news’ Top 10, in no particular order:

Open mouth, insert foot.

Hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin both left MSNBC after making what could charitably be called offensive comments.

On his November 15 broadcast, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in the mouth of ex-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because of remarks she had made about slavery. Instead, it was Bashir who was forced to eat doo-doo. He resigned Dec. 4.

Actor-activist Baldwin hit the bricks Nov. 26, two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ His weekly show, ‘Up Late,’ lasted exactly five episodes. Maybe replacing ‘Lockup’ was bad karma.

Lara’s theme.

Ace ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence after her October 27 piece on the Benghazi attack was discredited. Politico says she’ll return early next month. CBS isn’t talking.

A CBS internal inquiry labeled Logan’s report ‘deficient in several respects.’ Among them: Over a full year’s reporting, she and her team somehow missed the fact that her major source, security contractor Dylan Davies, was a liar. Oops.

In a dubious distinction, Logan’s story led to ‘60’ winning Poynter’s Error of the Year award. If you call that winning.

A pair of newbies.

While other networks endured layoffs, two new cable channels debuted — Al Jazeera America on August 20 and Fusion on October 28.

AJA hired hundreds of journalists and staff – including many from U.S. networks. Among them: CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, its first big-name hire; CNN International’s Joie Chen; MSNBC exile David Shuster and NBC’s John Seigenthaler.

AJA, whose corporate parent is based in Qatar, boasts 12 domestic bureaus and three broadcast centers. It reaches about 48 million homes.

Fusion, a joint production of Disney-ABC and Univision, features news and pop-culture fare targeted at English-speaking millenials. Based outside of Miami, it represents Univision’s first major foray into English-language programming.

Would you like your anchors scrambled or poached?

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John Miller Defends ’60 Minutes’ NSA Story

Screen Shot 2013-12-22 at 10.39.07 PM“60 Minutes,” the venerable CBS News magazine is the news, again this weekend. On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” FNC’s “MediaBuzz” and in his Monday media column, the New York TimesDavid Carr calls into question CBS News correspondent John Miller‘s report on the NSA last Sunday. Carr called the story “a friendly infomercial for the agency,” while FNC’s Howard Kurtz called it “rather soft.” Beyond the criticism of the story was the issue of whether Miller, a former FBI official who worked with NSA, should have been the reporter on it. Carr:

On what planet is it fine for someone like Mr. Miller, a former federal law enforcement official, to be the one to do a big segment on a major government security agency? Mr. Miller got the story because the N.S.A. said yes to his pitch — why would it not? — but other journalists at “60 Minutes” without his potential conflicts were interested as well. No matter how the deal was brokered, the optics were terrible and the N.S.A. got its hands on a megaphone with nary a critic in sight.

For his part, Miller defends the story to Carr: “We went there, we asked every question we wanted to, listened to the answers, followed up as we wished, and our audience can decide what and who they believe. As we constructed it, the N.S.A. was a story about a debate, not a villain, and we added to that debate with important information. I fail to understand how a shrill argument for the sake of creating televised drama would have accomplished anything.”

As Carr, Kurtz and Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” all pointed out, the NSA likely wouldn’t have agreed to cooperate if Miller wasn’t the reporter. In the end, “60 Minutes” gets inside access to the NSA, but at what cost to their credibility?

Casting Call: Who Should Play Ann Curry in the ‘Top of the Morning’ Movie?

In the final poll that gives you the role of casting director for the in-development Lifetime original movie based on Brian Stelter‘s book “Top of the Morning,” we need you to cast the role of Ann Curry.

Polls are still open for Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and Thursday’s casting calls for Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, and Robin Roberts. We’ll keep them open through Monday.

Casting Call: Who Should Play George Stephanopoulos in ‘Top of the Morning’ Movie?

We’re continuing to let you cast the characters that will play TV morning news’ biggest stars in the upcoming Lifetime movie based from Brian Stelter‘s book “Top of the Morning.”

Polls are still open from yesterday’s Matt Lauer casting call, and will remain open through Monday.

Next up: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

‘Reliable Sources’ Shows Growth in Brian Stelter’s Second Week

Brian Stelter Reliable Sources debutOn Brian Stelter‘s second show as host, CNN’s “Reliable Sources” averaged 469,000 total viewers and 127,000 A25-54 viewers, improving on the week one audience by +17% and +8%, respectively.

“Reliable” came in second, behind only Fox News’ “MediaBuzz,” in the 11amET timeslot. Compared to the same day last year, the program  is down in total viewers the A25-54 demo. (The year-ago Sunday was two days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown.)

By comparison, Howard Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz” on Fox News averaged 954,000 total viewers and 158,000 A25-54 viewers. Kurtz’s program was down in both ratings measurements compared to last week. Compared to the year-ago Sunday — before Kurtz joined Fox News — the program was flat in total viewers and down in the demo.

Casting Call: Who Should Play TV Morning Stars in ‘Top of the Morning’ Movie?

Now that Brian Stelter‘s book “Top of the Morning” is being made into a Lifetime TV movie, it’s your chance to cast the characters who will play TV morning news’ biggest stars. 

For the rest of the week, we’ll be asking you to cast the actors you want to portray the biggest names in TV morning news.

First up: Matt Lauer.

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