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How Cable News Covered Michael Brown’s Funeral, Al Sharpton’s Eulogy

Sharpton BrownThis afternoon, cable news covered the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown as one of MSNBC’s hosts continued being part of the story.

MSNBC was the only channel to air Al Sharpton‘s eulogy, dipping into it at 12:44pmET. “Order says that children bury their parents…we should not sit here today and act like we’re watching something that is in order,” Sharpton said to rousing chants from the crowd gathered at a St. Louis church.

MSNBC took Sharpton’s eulogy for 11 minutes before Chris Matthews, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, wrapped the noon eastern hour. Ronan Farrow opened his show speaking with Craig Melvin about his interview with Brown’s parents, but showing a full screen of Sharpton’s speech while Melvin reported.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News continued with its “Outnumbered” panel, who discussed topics ranging from James Foley‘s beheading to what time school should start for teens. At 1pmET, “Happening Now” opened airing images of Sharpton speaking live, then turning to Garrett Tenney outside the church. CNN aired Don Lemon interviewing CNN political commentator LZ Granderson and CNN contributor Donna Brazile. Ashleigh Banfield closed “Legal View” airing parts of Lemon’s interview with the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz tweeted about his statements. And this morning, Don Lemon tweeted–about not tweeting. Read more

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Ratings Notes: O’Reilly, Morgan

  • A night after losing to CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ in the demo by 4,000 viewers, “The O’Reilly Factor” was back on top Wednesday night. Bill O’Reilly almost doubled Cooper in the demo with 537,000 A25-54 viewers compared to “AC360′s” 342,000. Overall, Fox News had its third highest-rated primetime of 2014 last night.

  • Piers Morgan is having a good final week, ratings wise, on CNN. For the third night in a row, he has¬†bested MSNBC’s No. 1 show “The Rachel Maddow Show” in the A25-54 demo. “Piers Morgan Live” still placed third in total viewers. For the majority of his three years hosting at CNN, Morgan’s show has been in third place in both total and demo viewers. He bids farewell to the 9pmET hour tomorrow night.

Jamie Kraft Named EP of CNN’s American Morning

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Jamie Kraft has been named EP of CNN’s American Morning, it was announced by Bart Feder, CNN’s SVP for current programming.

“Jamie is an extremely talented journalist, a dynamic leader and the right person to carry on CNN’s tradition of offering the most hard news in morning television,” Feder said in a statement.

Kraft says he is “excited and honored be at the helm of CNN’s morning program. I am so proud of John Roberts, Kiran Chetry and this entire team and what we have accomplished this past year.”

Kraft has been acting EP of the show since May, and before that, senior broadcast producer. Previously, he was a senior producer for AC360. Kraft joined CNN after thirteen years at CBS News.

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Matthews, Armstrong To Host Presidential Forum

armstrong_7.25_2.jpg Lance Armstrong and Chris Matthews are teaming up to make sure the candidates for president don’t forget to, in Armstrong’s words, “discuss the No. 1 killer in this country:” cancer. It’s part of the two-day Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum to be held in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Matthews and Armstrong will host the 2-hour forums. Democrats will take part on Monday, August 27; the Republicans on Tuesday, August 28. “Working on a cure for cancer should be a national priority,” said Matthews. “I look forward to working with Lance to bring more attention to this cause.”

Forbes reports at least five candidates have confirmed their attendance, including John Edwards, Gov. Bill Richardson, Tommy Thompson, Sen. Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee.

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CBS Hires A “Next Generation” Correspondent

doane_7.25.jpgCBS News has announced the hiring of Seth Doane, most recently a New Delhi-based correspondent for CNN International. President of CBS News & Sports, Sean McManus calls Doane “one of the most impressive young reporters working today.” “Seth further strengthens what has developed into a very strong corps of ‘next generation’ CBS News correspondents,” McManus said. Doane will be based in New York.

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Paula Zahn, The Day After

zahn_7.25.jpgThe write-ups are in on the Paula Zahn resignation, reported first on TVNewser. Zahn tells TVWeek’s Michelle Greppi, “I wanted to move on and he (CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein) wanted to move on.”

To Jacques Steinberg of the NYTimes, “when you look at the landscape, particularly in the 8 o’clock hour, it seems pretty obvious the audience is drawn to opinion-driven shows. That is not what I do.”

And on the persistent rumors surrounding the demise of her show, Zahn told the AP’s David Bauder “You’re not going to survive very long in this business if you internalize every rumor that is out there. To a certain extent, my staff and I were able to drown out the noise and do what we were expected to do.”

In his note to the CNN staff, Klein wrote, “throughout the coming weeks, we will be utilizing substitute hosts at 8pm leading up to the November launch of a new program anchored by Campbell Brown.”

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ABC’s Comings … And Goings

On the same day we learned three longtime ABC News correspondents are out the door, ABC News president David Westin has announced three newcomers.

Jeremy Hubbard, T.J. Winick, and Linsey Davis are joining NewsOne, the service ABC News provides to affiliates. Says Westin: “Our affiliates across the country and around the globe will benefit from the extensive reporting experience that Jeremy, T.J., and Linsey bring to their new assignments.”

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Paula Zahn Resigns

zahn4_7.24.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Paula Zahn has resigned from CNN. Zahn hosted CNN’s 8pm ET program, Paula Zahn Now.

The departure comes just one day after Campbell Brown signed on with CNN. TVNewser joined a conference call around this time yesterday, in which CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein introduced Brown as his network’s newest on-air hire. Klein promised an announcement about Brown’s primetime program would be made “over the next several days.”

Zahn joined CNN in 2001. Her first day on the air was September 11, co-anchoring coverage of the 9/11 attacks with another new hire at the time, Aaron Brown. Later that fall, Zahn began hosting American Morning. From 1999-2001 Zahn anchored a primetime show on Fox News Channel called “The Edge.”

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CNN/YouTube: Even More Reviews

> Alessandra Stanley in the NYTimes: “It was certainly fresh and more fun to watch, but the taped questions and canned candidate messages worked against the spontaneity that is supposed to be the point of a live debate.”

> David Hinckley in The NY Daily News: “At evening’s end, even the most hard-wired new-media enthusiast would have had a hard time selling this evening as the night the old system crashed.”

> Dan Balz and Anne Kornblut in The Washington Post: “The debate underscored the arrival of the Internet as a force in politics. The citizen-interrogators generated the most diverse set of questions in any of the presidential debates to date.”

The ratings should be coming out in a few hours…

Keith Olbermann Apologizes To Sen. Vitter’s Wife, Viewers

olbermann_7.24.jpgLast night, Keith Olbermann apologized for “a series of unfortunate and inappropriate terms” which aired on Countdown last week, on a night he was not hosting the show. FishbowlNY recaps the story.

Olbermann said, “there was no justification for such a segment about what a woman, a victim of her husband’s inappropriate behavior was wearing in public… so to Mrs. Vitter and to you, the viewer, I once again apologize.”

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