Hardball host Chris Matthews argued that because of the rise of opinion-based news networks, the non-critical aspect of the media is gone, going as far to say that the reporting that verified the U.S. administration’s claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002 would not happen today because of cable news.
“I would like to think there would be a reckoning we didn’t have then because of modern media,” Matthews said. “Twenty-four/seven is good because it’s not only breadth, it’s depth. Without cable, it is just network [television] thinking, embedded thinking, which is dangerous in a democracy.”
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Apparently unfortunate chyrons are a fairly common occurrence.
In addition, CNN’s Piers Morgan was on the sister network, where he talked to Conan about stealing toilet paper from The Queen, yes seriously.
A contrite Keith Olbermann took the blame for failing viewers and his staff after the abrupt cancellation of his show and his firing from Current TV last week.
“I screwed up,” Olbermann told David Letterman. “I screwed up really big on this.”
“It’s my fault that it didn’t succeed in the sense that I didn’t think the whole thing through,” said Olbermann. Letterman ticked off the recent reports about Olbermann’s brief time at final days at Current: the car service, the Super Tuesday no show, the money left on the table. (On that last point, Olbermann says he’s hired the lawyer that represented Conan O’Brien during his separation from NBC.)
Olbermann revealed he’d thought about leaving just days into his show going on the air. “I was thinking about that as early as last July,” he said.
Olbermann got emotional talking about the staffers who’d followed him from MSNBC, and other networks, for his job as host and Chief News Officer at Current.
“They put their careers at risk for me and I didn’t get a chance to say good-bye to them or thank them for the work they did with me and I’m… you know, I’m so proud of them because the show editorially was never better but I let them down because it didn’t continue.”
Letterman gave Olbermann a business card with interchangeable networks while Olbermann presented Letterman with a button that read: “Better watch now because things could go wrong in a hurry,” a line Olbermann delivered during a Top 10 list last Fall.
“Where will you go now?” asked Letterman. “Well, I think you guys still have a car for me afterwards. I think I’ll just go home,” Olbermann joked. “I did notice there’s some nice lines out here in front of the theater every afternoon and this would be a good place to set up a shoe shine stand.”
A clip after the jump…
- Tragic news: IFC has canceled the “Onion News Network” after two seasons. “Funny Fake Foiled By Film Folks,” the headlines read (not really). The Huffington Post has details on the decision.
- “The Daily Show” has a new online segment called “On Topic” that profiles newsmakers and organizations… such as the cable news channels. Below is the segment on Fox News, after the jump, C-SPAN.
The latest developments: Olbermann’s lawyer, Hollywood power attorney Patty Glaser (who repped Conan O’Brien during his battle with NBC) is negotiating with Current TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Exactly what those negotiations entail is a mystery for now.
The New York Times reports that the issue at hand is one of control. When Olbermann joined Current, he was given equity in the channel, as well as the title of chief news officer. Since then Current added a president in David Bohrman, and Joel Hyatt took over as CEO. In addition, Olbermann’s “Countdown” has suffered from technical snafus, issues beyond the control of him or his staff.
Next week is the New Hampshire primary, and unlike Iowa, Olbermann may be at the center of Current’s coverage:
CNN has announced that Larry King‘s fourth special for the channel will be a bit different than the last few. Rather than featuring traditional interviews, the special, called “Larry King Special: A Dinner with Kings” features the host and his wife hosting a dinner party featuring some big Hollywood names. The special will air December 4th, with replays slated for the following weekend on CNN and CNN International.
The guests are Tyra Banks, Russell Brand, Twitter and Square founder Jack Dorsey, Quincy Jones, Seth MacFarlane, Conan O’Brien, and Shaquille O’Neal, with celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck preparing the meal:
This morning Turner held its upfront presentation, unveiling new programs for cable leaders TBS and TNT. TBS late night host Conan O’Brien was there, and he took the opportunity to tweak his former employer, NBC and its hit morning new show, “Today.”
O’Brien used the recent rumors of “Today” anchor Matt Lauer leaving the program to riff on NBC.
“Matt Lauer says ‘no, I’m staying. I have a long term deal with NBC.’ All I have to say to that is welcome to TBS.”
Former CNN host Larry King has been keeping busy since stepping don from his nightly program. In addition to hosting plenty of live events, and coaching his son’s little league team, King has even found time to roast Donald Trump, interview Tavis Smiley, and perhaps even join “The Daily Show.”
Last night, we learned that King has a new show in the works, and it takes place in the rafters of Conan O’Brien‘s program on CNN sister network TBS.
“All my life and all my career, I have dreamed of doing a show from these creepy rafters.”
Mr. Beck has been contemplating a cable channel of his own for more than a year, according to the people who have spoken with him about it, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Mr. Beck may not be able to actively pursue such an arrangement until his Fox contract is up.
The two models would be OWN/Oprah Winfrey and Hallmark Channel/Martha Stewart, which Stelter mentions in his report. OWN is a 50/50 joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications, and Hallmark and Stewart entered into a wide-ranging agreement, letting Stewart program large chunks of the network’s lineup.
While such talks are still very premature (his FNC contract is not up until December, after all), there are a number of factors team Beck would have to consider before venturing out into the cable world on their own: