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Campbell Brown Returns, Takes President Obama To Task in NY Times Op-Ed

Former NBC News and CNN anchor Campbell Brown has been laying low for a while following her departure from CNN two years ago. Over the weekend however, she decided to return to the public eye to talk women and politics in an op-ed in the New York Times. Brown, who noted that she has “always admired” President Obama, nonetheless took him to task for the way his campaign has viewed women in this election cycle.

But the promise of his campaign four years ago has given way to something else — a failure to connect with tens of millions of Americans, many of them women, who feel economic opportunity is gone and are losing hope. In an effort to win them back, Mr. Obama is trying too hard. He’s employing a tone that can come across as grating and even condescending. He really ought to drop it. Most women don’t want to be patted on the head or treated as wards of the state. They simply want to be given a chance to succeed based on their talent and skills. To borrow a phrase from our president’s favorite president, Abraham Lincoln, they want “an open field and a fair chance.”

Read the entire piece here.

Two New Hires at ‘World News’

A couple new additions at ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.” Claire Brinberg joins as senior producer. Brinberg, who most recently worked with Christiane Amanpour on “This Week,” joined ABC from CNN in 2010 where she worked with Anderson Cooper, Judy Woodruff and Campbell Brown. Also, Mary Harris has been named senior producer overseeing special projects and series. Harris, who previously worked on “World News” and “Good Morning America” recently worked at WNYC radio in New York where she launched “The Takeaway.”

Campbell Brown on Broadway

Former CNN and NBC News anchor Campbell Brown is back — on Broadway. Brown will appear in a one-night only staged reading of “8,” a new play about California’s Proposition 8 next Monday. Brown plays the role of — wait for it — “broadcast journalist.” Actors Bob Balaban, Bradley Whitford and Marisa Tomei also star, with Morgan Freeman and John Lithgow playing David Boies and Ted Olson, the two attorneys who lead the case to overturn Prop. 8.

(h/t Newsblues)

October 2010 Ratings: AC360 Lone High Note for CNN

The midterm elections didn’t do help CNN much in October, with nearly all of the network’s programming down compared to October ’09. The only program to see a gain was “AC360″ at 10 and 11 PM. Likewise, new program “Parker Spitzer” failed to improve upon the time period from a year ago, when Campbell Brown was in the anchor seat.

  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 410K total/122k A25-54
  • Prime (Mon-Sun): 562k total/165k A25-54

Anderson Cooper’s “AC360″ was the highlight for CNN, with the program improving in both Total Viewers and A25-54 demo viewers for both hours. “AC360″ was up +5% in Total Viewers and up +9% in the demo at 10 PM, and up +26% in Total Viewers and +15% in the demo at 11 PM.

Beyond Cooper, the ratings aren’t so solid.

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Glenn Beck Pokes Fun of CNN hiring ‘the Hooker Guy’

Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck came down hard on CNN for its lack of creativity and connection with viewers.

Speaking before 300 talk-radio executives and talent, the Fox News host ridiculed the 30-year old network for not being authentic.

Paula Zahn‘s not working, so we’re gonna go way out on a limb: We’re gonna bring in Campbell Brown, said Beck with a sarcastic impression of CNN execs, “We gotta get change in here.”

“Then they go to Eliot Spitzer. There’s a change, if you just have a guy who frequented hookers on by himself. But you can’t do that. That’s too risky. ‘Let’s not have the hooker guy on by himself, let’s have some chick on with him. Now America will watch!’”

Beck was the keynote speaker at the Talk Media Conference Saturday night in Marina del Rey, California

Week Two for Parker-Spitzer begins with New Low; Worst Ratings for Larry King in 10 Years

Last night’s “Parker-Spitzer” saw the lowest numbers yet for the program and the show did little to help the one that followed on the schedule — “Larry King Live” which had its worst numbers in more than 10 years.

In its sixth outing, “Parker-Spitzer” drew 311,000 Total Viewers and 86,000 A25-54 viewers. That’s lower than the previous low for the time period set by Campbell Brown earlier this year. (332,000 / 87,000).  Last week, Parker-Spitzer finished fourth in the time period averaging 465,000 Total Viewers and 124,000 A25-54.

At 9pmET, “Larry King Live” put up its lowest A25-54 demo viewership since July 2000, averaging just 63,000 viewers in the demo (and a paltry 196,000 Total Viewers). King’s guest for the hour was Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

King announced he is stepping down from his show later this year. Piers Morgan will take over the timeslot early next year.

Downtown Campbell Brown

The NYPost reports former NBC News and CNN anchor Campbell Brown just closed on a $3.9 million apartment in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood. That’s about $600,000 less than the asking price.

The three-bedroom, three-bath, full-floor condo at 71 Murray St. has 4,000 square feet of space and includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, a fireplace, private outdoor space and water views.

Brown and her husband, former Bush administration official Dan Senor, have two young sons. Brown left CNN in July after her primetime show failed to catch on with viewers.

Campbell Brown Signs Off CNN

Brown_7.11.jpgWith her television future still unknown, Campbell Brown said goodbye to a three-year stint at CNN tonight. “To each of you who tuned in every night or even every now and then, thank you,” said Brown. “I mean that.”

Brown thanked her staff, who were all waiting in the wings at CNN’s New York studios. “I cannot say enough about the people who work on this show. They are the most talented dedicated loyal caring group of people. I have really loved working with each and every one of them.”

Brown was given a bouquet of flowers and, probably more importantly, champagne. The cork was popped before the studio lights went down.

Beginning in the fall, CNN’s 8pmET slot will be filled by a new program co-hosted by Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker. Until then, CNN daytime anchor Rick Sanchez will occupy the timeslot.

Brown’s goodbye (Update: Now with video), after the jump…

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Who Was ‘Snookered?’ News Nets Dig In to the Shirley Sherrod Story

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Former-USDA employee Shirley Sherrod is still making headlines this morning across the news nets. Sherrod was pressured to resign Monday after an edited video of remarks she made led to allegations of racism.

After reviewing the tape thoroughly, the NAACP, which had initially denounced Sherrod, released a statement yesterday evening saying, “With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.”

CNN’s Campbell Brown conducted an aggressive interview NAACP’s Hilary Shleton on her program Tuesday night, asking if those who aired the video should really be to blame for the NAACP’s quick judgment:

Aside: Tonight will be the final broadcast of Brown’s program on CNN.

This morning, “Fox & Friends” co-host Steven Doocy said, “For anybody to say that Fox News pressured her out, that is simply a lie.” Last evening, Fox News’ Bret Baier and the panel on “Special Report” also discussed the circumstances surrounding this “snookered” statement, which was in part directed at their network…

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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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