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Cable Hosts Up Criticism of Competitors’ MH370 Coverage

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The coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has become a story of its own, with news and opinion hosts and producers slamming or defending networks for the nonstop coverage.

Take MSNBC host Chris Hayes. He has not covered the story anywhere near as much as his 8pm CNN competitor Anderson Cooper. (It’s worth nothing that Hayes, normally No. 2 in the hour, has lost to Cooper in the ratings every day since MH370 went missing. Friday March 7 was the last time Hayes beat Cooper).

Last night on his show, Hayes criticized CNN’s coverage, specifically Don Lemon who asked a guest whether a black hole could have sucked in the plane. Hayes also criticized News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch for tweeting speculation that the plane might have been stolen and hidden in northern Pakistan.

“Do not use mystery and its presence as an excuse to further whatever boogeyman you choose to make your audience scared of,” Hayes castigated. “That is the grown-up versions of monsters underneath the bed. And our job is not to fill the air by telling bedtime stories.”

Meanwhile, on “Fox and Friends” this morning, Peter Johnson Jr. criticized the nightly newscasts for leading with the missing plane story for the last 11 days, while ignoring other stories. “Fox is successful, and number one, because it carries the news that people want… on Obamacare, on Fast and Furious, on IRS scandals,” Johnson said.

And NBC/MSNBC’s Chuck Todd took to Twitter this morning to bemoan another day of “breaking news.” And in response, a CNN producer red flagged Todd for using the same tactics on his show:

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Coverage of Pres. Obama’s Statement on Ukraine

NBC News Obama special report_304x200President Obama will make a statement at 11amET on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

NBC News will break into NBC’s broadcast network with a special report from Savannah Guthrie with Chuck Todd reporting. ABC News will break in with Josh Elliott anchoring and Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl contributing. Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell will anchor for CBS News’ broadcast coverage.

The big three cable news networks will air the president’s statement live.

>More: President Obama spoke for five minutes, announcing new sanctions on Russian government officials and a Russian bank. He also announced an executive order that gives him the authority to impose additional sanctions on specific sectors in Russia’s economy.

Cable News Networks Cover NYC Explosion

The cable news networks turned to breaking news in their backyard this morning as a building explosion near Park Avenue and 116th Street rocked Harlem.

Fox News was the first to report the explosion at 9:54 a.m. For a few minutes, FNC dipped into local coverage provided by Fox-owned WNYW and anchored by Greg Kelly. Kelly, the son of former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, is a former “Fox & Friends” anchor.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd was next to report the explosion at 9:56 a.m., turning it over to Chris Jansing when her show began at 10 a.m. MNSBC also simulcast coverage from its local affiliate, NBC owned WNBC.

CNN reported the news at 10:05 a.m., interviewing CNN senior producer Adam Reiss, who was on his way to the scene along with CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow.”We haven’t seen this kind of smoke in a fire here in New York City in a very long time,” Reiss said.

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When Babies Don’t Like Brian Williams

A sad but humorous YouTube video is up showing one American toddler breaking down at the mere sight of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.

President Obama first appears on screen, with no response from the baby. Next comes “Daily Rundown” host Chuck Todd, again eliciting no response.

It’s when Williams appears, the baby loses it. “He’s gone, it’s just a hurricane now,” the baby’s father says to soothe his crying son. “I’m sorry, we’ll turn him off,” the dad continues.

We’re giving Williams a pass here, as the father seems to goad the little boy into the anti-Williams horror: “Uh-oh, it’s Brian Williams,” he starts.  At 10 months old, wouldn’t you be scared?

Watch and decide for yourself.

The Ronan Reviews Are In…

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Ronan Farrow Daily” is about to take to the air for its second outing. Here’s what media reporters are writing about the first:

  • Entertainment Weekly‘s Darren Franich thinks cable news is in need of saving, but Farrow is not yet its hero. “But Farrow is also young — and looks younger, and sounds even younger — and so the debut of ‘Ronan Farrow Daily’ was also an awkward mix of tones.” The EW review also suggested Farrow’s attempts at humor are part of the problem, as his joke about growing up with Murrow, Cronkite, and Colbert only emphasizes he is too young to have real newsmen to admire. Franich’s overall grade: C-
  • The New York Post’s Michael Starr notes a lack of fireworks in the premiere—particularly no mention from Ronan about father Woody Allen and sister Dylan Farrow‘s recent back and forth over Dylan’s molestation charge. Even without a buzzworthy moment to offer “something we haven’t seen before,” the Post credits the show with not embarrassing itself, and Farrow for looking quite comfortable on camera.
  • Variety‘s Brian Steinberg writes about Farrow’s “detached,” “bemused” stance toward the stories he reported on, observing that the 26-year-old did not come off as a “cheerleader” for any one cause. Noting that Farrow targeted a younger audience with numerous social media mentions, he still might have a problem reaching the youth: “Farrow’s challenge will be to gain momentum during a time slot that is not known for luring the millennials who might form his natural audience.”

Chuck Todd and Nicole Wallace Argue Over Christie Coverage: ‘Not on My Show’

Todd WallaceOn a segment this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Chuck Todd and former White House Communications Director Nicole Wallace got into it over Todd’s coverage of the ongoing New Jersey bridge scandal.

After Todd played down Joe Scarborough‘s thought that Governor Chris Christie had “a good day” yesterday, Wallace lost it.

“C’mon, oh my god!” Wallace said. “Stop stop, Rachel’s (Maddow) not on till nine.”

After Todd said he thought people praising Christie’s speech in Chicago yesterday were “overdoing it,” Wallace criticized the fact that there’s been so much time spent covering every “non-news event” surrounding Christie. “Not on my show,” Todd shot back.

“Well on the network on which you appear, and I appear,” Wallace responded. Todd concluded he is simply not treating Christie as presidential candidate right now. “Who cares what he is in your mind…as a journalist you should cover a day like yesterday,” Wallace countered.

As Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher noted, former White House senior adviser David Axelrod also highlighted some of MSNBC’s shows that have “pummeled” Christie. Read more

5 Things to Know About The New NBCNews.com

Homepage DesktopAfter a year of work, the new NBCNews.com debuts overnight tonight, just in time for premium traffic coming from the Sochi Olympics coverage.

At an unveiling this morning at 30 Rock, NBC News President Deborah Turness says the new site is about “tearing down the walls that traditionally have divided TV and digital.” The new site will be a “continuous consumption model” that continues the story whether it was born first digitally or it originally aired on TV.

TVNewser attended this morning’s event. Here are our 5 takeaways from the new site…

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TV Newsers React to Super Bowl

Some of TV News’ top talent offered interesting commentary on the Super Bowl, both at the game, and on social media.

From the stands at MetLife Stadium, Sean Hannity shared one of the rare bright moments for the Broncos:

While Chuck Todd created a stir over his response to Bob Dylan’s Chrysler commercial.

Twitter users thought Todd was declaring his personal distaste for American beer, and defended their countries craft credentials. Todd quickly cleared the air: Read more

MSNBC Changes ‘Will Strengthen the Flow of our Programming,’ Says Griffin

msnbclogo_304x200News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule.

The network’s progressive turn, which is a proven success in the evenings, will now begin much earlier, at 1pmET as diplomat and writer Ronan Farrow joins the schedule. Joy Reid, who often filled in for Martin Bashir, follows at 2pm. “The Cycle,” a politics and pop culture chat show remains at 3, and Alex Wager‘s “Now” stays at 4pm.

“I’m confident the changes and additions to our lineup will strengthen the flow of our programming, ” MSNBC president Phil Griffin writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where “Morning Joe” leads into Chuck Todd‘s DC-based politics hour, following by Chris Jansing‘s newscast. Tamron Hall‘s “NewsNation” follows at 11am with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to Noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to msnbc and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.”

As previously reported, former CBS, ABC, and CNN executive producer Kathy O’Hearn will oversee Farrow’s show. MSNBC original Omnika Thompson will be joining as senior producer. Thompson had overseen Thomas Roberts‘ show before he moved to the mornings.

Griffin’s note to the staff after the jump…

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State of the Union Coverage Plans: Broadcast Networks

obama state of the unionHere’s what the broadcast networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor from Washington, D.C. They will be joined by Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz and Jeff Zeleny before and after the President’s speech. Sawyer will also anchor “World News” from D.C.

NBC: Brian Williams will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined on set by David Gregory, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell. Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell will report from inside the House chamber. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from D.C.

CBS: Scott Pelley will anchor from Washington, D.C. He will be joined by Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell. CBS News will also have chief White House correspondent Major Garrett and Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reporting during primetime.

PBS: “NewsHour” co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will lead coverage. They will be joined by Mark Shields and David Brooks for political analysis.

FOX: Shepard Smith will anchor coverage of the President’s speech. Smith will be joined by “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace for analysis.

Univision: Univision will air the speech on cable network Galavision. Enrique Acevedo will anchor.

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