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Cenk Uygur on Glenn Beck’s Mystery Illness: ‘Let Me Be On the Record Here. Not Buying It’

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Young Turks host Cenk Uygur is “not buying” the recent news that Glenn Beck fought his way through a major health crisis, an announcement that Beck made on The Blaze last week. “My doctors thought if I stayed in New York City, I wouldn’t be alive today,” Beck said at the time.
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After Al Jazeera Acquisition, The Future of Current TV Hosts Up In The Air

With Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV complete, speculation has turned to what it means for Current’s lineup of hosts.

So far, only one on-air personality has announced their plans. Jennifer Granholm, who hosts “The War Room.” will continue on for a little while more before leaving the network in the Spring.

“We’ll continue to broadcast The War Room for the next few weeks through the transition, but after that I’ll be going back to teaching, speaking and other things,” Granholm wrote on Facebook.

In a video on The Young Turks YouTube channel, Cenk Uygur says that he hopes to continue hosting the TV program of the same name on the new Al Jazeera network, but that it isn’t clear whether the new owners will want to keep the show.

“It is an interesting question, and one which I do not have the answers to,” Uygur said. Regardless of what happens, he says The Young Turks will always be on their original YouTube channel.

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Where to Watch the Final Presidential Debate

Tonight is the third and final Presidential debate of this election cycle. CBS’ Bob Schieffer moderates at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Here’s a round up of what the cable and broadcast networks have planned…

Scott Pelley anchors on CBS from 9-11pmET. With Schieffer moderating, certain CBS programs — including yesterday’s “Face the Nation” and today’s “CBS This Morning” — originate from Florida. Pelley will be joined by Major Garrett of National Journal and Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg, among others.

ABC’s coverage kicks off at 9pmET with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring. They will be joined during the two-hour broadcast by VP debate moderator Martha Raddatz, Christiane Amanpour, Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jonathan Karl.

Brian Williams anchors on NBC from 9pm-11pmET. Williams will be joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Tom Brokaw, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Haass.

PBS’ coverage runs from 9-11pmET, with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchoring and political editor Christina Bellantoni contributing.

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The Ticker: Muir, Current, 60′s 45th…

  • With a week to go until the first Presidential debate, ABC’s David Muir sat down with GOP candidate Mitt Romney this afternoon in Toledo. The interview airs tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and tomorrow on “Good Morning America.” Romney was interviewed by CNN’s Jim Acosta yesterday.

  • TV’s longest-running primetime program, “60 Minutes” launches its 45th season Sunday with a Lara Logan report from Afghanistan and the first interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger since the revelations of a secret out-of-wedlock child with his housekeeper.

A Former Vice President Will Host A Cable News Channel’s Convention Coverage

Current TV just announced that one of its co-founders, former Vice President Al Gore, will lead Current TV’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Gore will be joined by former Michigan Governor and “The War Room” host, Jennifer Granholm, former New York Governor and “Viewpoint” host, Eliot Spitzer and “The Young Turks” host, Cenk Uygur. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will join the panel for the RNC coverage.

Also, David Shuster and Michael Shure will report from both conventions and new Current TV hosts Joy Behar and John Fugelsang will contribute.

“I’m pleased to be participating in Current TV’s impressive line-up throughout the Republican and Democratic National Conventions,” said Gore. “Cenk, Jennifer and Eliot provide the keen insight and spot-on analysis our viewers have come to expect. I have no doubt that our coverage will be innovative and informative, and I look forward to working with them.”

Keith Olbermann‘s available, why didn’t they just…. oh right.

Howie Kurtz, Matt Lewis Spar over Neil Munro’s Interruption of Pres. Obama

On “Reliable Sources” this morning, just after reporting the news of the death of Rodney King, Howard Kurtz asked his guests Current TV’s Cenk Uygur and Dailly Caller’s Matt Lewis about Friday’s Rose Garden announcement about changes to U.S. immigration laws, and Pres. Obama being interrupted in the middle of his remarks. Lewis’ colleague Neil Munro asked the question which drew a sharp response from the president.

“Would you have done what he did? Was he wrong?,” Kurtz asked Lewis. “Cenk just said that we should be aggressive when asking questions. There was going to be no question and answer. This was the only chance he had to ask a question.”

Kurtz disagreed: “He had no business interrupting the president.”

“The press corps should be a little less deferential to authority,” Lewis shot back. “He did the right thing.”

“I understand that you have to defend your guy,” Kurtz began to say, before Lewis jumped in, “I’m not defending my guy, I’m defending the right for reporters to ask questions.”

Cenk Uygur: ‘At MSNBC, You Felt the Machine in the Room Every Day’

Current TV’s Cenk Uygur gives a wide-ranging interview to Talking Points Memo, offering his thoughts on everything from the future of Current TV to CNN host Erin Burnett, who he calls “the best representative of the 1 percent in the media.” He also reflects on the differences between his old job and his new one:

There is a clear independence at Current. There is no interfering with what we do on the show. There’s no subtle hints. At MSNBC, you felt the machine in the room everyday. As you know, I did my damnedest to avoid the machine, for which I was treated appropriately, let’s put it that way. I don’t want anybody to get me wrong, the people who worked there, the producers, the hosts, they’re not bad people, they’re great people. But the machine is in the room. They do their best at fighting past it, getting beyond it, sneaking around it, but the machine wants you to be mainstream, meaning don’t stray from the beaten path of Democrats and Republicans and the partisan games that we play. Whereas at Current, there is no beaten path, there is no machine, you just blaze your own trail.

Bill Press Strikes Back at Fox News: ‘They’re Very Good at the Name Calling, Aren’t They?’

Bill Press‘ remarks earlier this week calling the National Anthem “an abomination” have ignited a war of words between the Current TV host and Fox News. On Wednesday, Sean Hannity said he’d pay for a private jet to fly Press out of the country as long as Press promised “not to come back,” while FNC contributor Michelle Malkin said on “Fox & Friends” that Press hasn’t been relevant “since Bill Clinton was in office.”

“They’re very good at the name calling, aren’t they? I mean, communist, socialist, fascist — they don’t even know what the words mean — they just throw them out there,” Press responded on Cenk Uygur‘s Current TV show yesterday night. “If they like the Star Spangled Banner so much then let’s start with Bill O’Reilly. He can sing it. Sing it, right now. All four verses.” Watch:

Cenk Uygur Calls Bill O’Reilly a Nazi. Twice.

On his Current TV show last night, Cenk Uygur was discussing the group Color of Change and how Bill O’Reilly had referred to groups like it, as fascists. “Alright Bill — you want to play name-calling games?,” said Uygur. “No problem. You are a goddamn Nazi. That’s what you are, OK? You’re going to call us fascists all day long, and we’re not going to respond? Well, those days are over, Nazi.”

No response from the O’Reilly camp, but it’s possible he could say something on his show tonight. The ADL has come down hard on any comparison or usage of the term saying it has no place in political discourse.

It appears Uygur’s making the targeting of other cable news anchors a thing. Last night he also went after CNN host Erin Burnett, “who makes about 2 million dollars a year,” for challenging the Buffett rule. “I’m glad CNN did a fair and balanced report on that,” Uygur said sarcastically. Watch after the jump…

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March & Q1 2012 Ratings: MSNBC Reclaims Second Place in Cable News

MSNBC beat CNN in both primetime and Total Day this month to reclaim the outright #2 spot among the cable news networks.

Compared to the same month last year, MSNBC was up +3% in Total Viewers and down -3% in A25-54 in Total Day viewing. In Primetime, MSNBC was flat in Total Viewers and down -7% in A25-54 viewers. In March 2011, all of the cable networks devoted heavy coverage to the Japan earthquake and tsunami and the Arab Spring.

The ratings for March, 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 857K Total Viewers / 257K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 475K Total Viewers / 155K A25-54

For Q1 2012, MSNBC was up +1% in Total Viewers and down -6% in A25-54 viewers in Total Day. MSNBC is the only cable news network to grow in Total Viewers compared to the year-ago quarter. In primetime, the network was down -3% in Total Viewers and -11% in the demo.

The ratings for Q1, 2012:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 830K Total Viewers / 237K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 460K Total Viewers / 144K A25-54

Despite a -7% decrease in Total Viewers, “Morning Joe” continues to show strength among younger viewers, posting a +12% increase in the A25-54 demo compared to March 2011.

MSNBC’s early primetime performed well this month. “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 5pmET is up +23% in Total Viewers and +6% in A24-54 viewers. The 6pmET hour of programming — now Al Sharpton‘s “PoliticsNation” –  is up +32% in Total Viewers and up +18% in A25-54 viewers compared to March 2011, when the hour was hosted by Cenk Uygur.

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