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Fusion Deems Bieber Arrest ‘Insignificant Breaking News’

fusion bieberIf you’ve been watching cable news today, you know that Justin Bieber was arrested for DUI last night in Miami Beach. The cable news networks have correspondents reporting live from Miami — Phil Keating for Fox News, Tory Dunnan for CNN and Mark Potter for MSNBC — and all took Bieber’s court appearance live.

One cable news network, however, has a different take on the latest Bieber drama: on its morning show today, Fusion called the story “insignificant breaking news.” (It’s worth noting that despite the catchy tagline, Fusion has reported on the arrest at least three times today.)

The network poked fun at its competitors with a shot of the Miami Police Department described as “sorta live pictures of nothing happening.” Fusion is coincidentally located in Doral, which is where Bieber was taken to jail.

Fusion’s approach has a fan in Dan Rather, who praised the network for its “refreshing candor.” Watch Fusion’s report on the arrest after the jump. Read more

Dan Rather: Fox News Is Not a ‘Propaganda Machine’ for the GOP

Appearing on Larry King‘s RT America show, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather said Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes has helped the Republican Party, but wouldn’t categorize Fox News as part of the GOP.

“Ailes considers himself still a part of the Republican Party, and I think in so far that he’s able to, that he wants his channel to be that way,” Rather said, cautioning against casting a wide blanket over Fox News and praising several of the “pros” he knows there.

“Is it a soul operative and propaganda machine for the party? I’d have to stop short of that,” he concluded.

Americans Don’t Know Their News Anchors Anymore

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Three decades ago, nearly half of America could recognize who then “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather was. Fast-forward to today, and just 27% correctly identified “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, according to a Pew Research Center online survey.

The drop in awareness coincides with a steep decline in viewership. When the Rather in-person survey was done in 1985, an average of 48 million Americans watched one of the evening newscasts. In 2013, that number dwindled down to 24.5 million, according to Nielsen.

Unsurprisingly, it’s older viewers who recognized Williams at the highest rate today: 34% compared to just 15% for ages 18-29 (Williams still leads the pack in terms of eyeballs watching news at night.)

Megyn Kelly or Nancy Grace? Jeopardy! Contestants Don’t Know Their News Anchors

JeopardyWilliamsOn Jeopardy! tonight, there was a category called TV Anchors Aweigh. The contestants left the entire category almost to the end, not a good sign for their knowledge of news talent. Four of the five clues were revealed, and only one was answered correctly. It was the $200 clue to the left. Know the answer?

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Dan Rather: ‘CBS News Has a Lot to Answer For’ Over Benghazi Report

Dan Rather — who recently accused CBS News of “trying to airbrush me out of their history” — thinks the network still has some explaining to do over Lara Logan‘s “60 Minutes” Benghazi report.

“CBS News has a lot to answer for this. There’s a lot of questions, and they’ve answered some of them. I don’t want to add to their burden,” Rather told Piers Morgan on CNN last night. “I know what it feels like to be the correspondent who’s the center of the controversy … but I will make this point: with our story, the one that led to our difficulty, no question the story was true. What the complaint was, and eventually most of us lost our jobs, was ‘okay your story was true, but the way you got to the truth was flawed.’ That’s not the case with this Benghazi story.” Watch:

[h/t The Wire]

Erik Sorenson Named CEO of Sucherman

ErikSErik Sorenson, the one-time MSNBC president and CBS News EP has been named CEO of Sucherman Consulting Group, replacing longtime CEO and media consultant Stuart Sucherman.

“I’m excited to become the CEO of SCG and so proud of the work we do and of the values of our practice,” said Sorenson. “Stuart is a great partner and I’m delighted he will continue to do what he does best: provide daily leadership and vision for our firm, develop new business and continue to advise our clients.”

Sorenson ran MSNBC during its pre-”Lean Forward” days from 1998-2004, and served as executive producer to “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” in the early 90′s.

Sucherman will stay on as chairman, which is a management consulting, executive search, and industry intelligence firm for the media and entertainment industries.

More in the release after the jump…

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JFK Specials a Draw for Networks; CBS Sees Biggest Numbers Since 1996

OsgoodKennedy50 years later, there’s still great interest in the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy. The networks and news shows have been producing special reports all week. And viewers are tuning in in big numbers:

  • A special edition of “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” generated the broadcast’s largest audience since February 4, 1996 drawing 6.23m viewers. As a comparison, that’s more than the weekday averages of the morning shows.
  • CBS’s Bob Schieffer anchored “Face the Nation” from Dallas last Sunday. The show had its biggest viewership in 12 years — since Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001. 4.57m viewers watched the broadcast making it the No. 1 public affairs show last Sunday.
  • Saturday night, CBS News broadcast “As it Happened: John F. Kennedy: 50 Years,” also hosted by Schieffer. The show was first in viewers and households at 9pm drawing 4.56m viewers.
  • Sunday night CNN aired “The Assassination of President Kennedy.” Back-to-back airings at 9pmET and at 11pmET won the cable news ratings in both total viewers and the demo. The 9pm airing drew 720,000 viewers / 201,000 in the demo; and at 11pm, 648,000 viewers watched with 238,000 in the demo.

Coverage will culminate tomorrow, the actual anniversary. Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather will be live in studio on NBC’s “Today” while Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” and Scott Pelley will anchor “CBS Evening News” from Dallas.

Savannah Guthrie’s Journey With Jackie Kennedy’s Secret Service Agent

Clint HillThe news networks have begun what will be a week of stories about the Kennedy assassination, leading up to Friday’s 50th anniversary.

This morning on “Today,” Savannah Guthrie talked with Clint Hill, who was Jackie Kennedy‘s secret service agent at the time.

Guthrie traveled with Hill back to Dallas, starting at Love Field where President and Mrs. Kennedy landed, then traveling seven miles to downtown Dallas, and ending in Dealey Plaza. Hill was the man seen jumping onto the back of Kennedy’s limousine after he was shot. He tells Guthrie about the deep depression he fell into after the events in Dallas.

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Dan Rather: CBS ‘Trying To Airbrush Me Out Of Their History’

Rather1963Dan Rather to CBS: Get over it.

Despite the scorched earth he left behind, Rather insists he’s baffled as to why his alma mater of 44 years did not invite him to participate in its 50th anniversary coverage of the Kennedy assassination.

“Was I surprised? Let the record show I paused,” says Rather, 82, who as a young CBS reporter covering JFK’s visit to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, broke the news that the President was dead. “Yes, I was surprised.”

“I am an optimist…. In my optimism, I thought that maybe, just maybe, what was developing as I left CBS would fade and be past. Looking back on it, they were trying to airbrush me out of their history, like the Kremlin. I didn’t understand it while it was happening…

“I had hoped that whatever animus was there, as time goes by, would fade, and maybe they would change their minds. What’s next – I’m airbrushed out of Watergate coverage? Vietnam? Tiananmen Square? 9/11? Where does this lead?”

In fact, archival footage of Rather will be included in CBS’s special on Saturday, as will some of his previously-aired reminiscences. He will anchor his own retrospective Monday on AXS-TV, where he hosts ‘Dan Rather Reports.’ Also, he’ll appear with NBC’s Tom Brokaw on ‘Today’ Nov. 22.

CBS and Rather are not exactly on speaking terms. Since Memogate in 2004, he’s been a virtual persona non grata. Forced out as anchor after 24 years, he bitterly left the network in 2006 and later filed a $70 million suit. It was dismissed in 2009 by New York State’s highest court.

Though the suit cost him millions of dollars personally, he has no regrets. “It was about trying to save a body of work,” he says. “…There was no line at CBS running from Murrow to Cronkite to Rather. Rather, in effect, never existed…. Anybody in my position would have done what they could to preserve 44 years of work.”

Rather refuses to comment on the ongoing scandal at CBS’s “60 Minutes” involving Lara Logan’s report on Benghazi. She apologized on the air Sunday for having been “misled” by a security contractor who told inconsistent stories about being an eyewitness to the attack.

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’60 Minutes’ Will Apologize, Correct Benghazi Report

cbs logoCBS News has suffered another black eye, this time over Lara Logan‘s “60 Minutes” report on Benghazi last month.

As the Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik puts it, “This is not as bad as Dan Rather‘s unconfirmed report about the the military service of George W. Bush that came to be known as Memogate. But it’s bad, because ’60 Minutes,’ the most successful show in the history of TV, is the program that makes all the other failures at CBS News acceptable.”

On “CBS This Morning,” Logan apologized for her report, saying “we were misled and we were wrong.” She discussed how seriously the program takes the vetting of sources for stories.

Her boss, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager  — who doubles as Executive Producer of “60 Minutes” — has spoken with pride of the news division’s accuracy.

“We weren’t always first, but we were accurate and comprehensive,” Fager said in June 2012 , praising his network’s coverage of the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado and the Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s healthcare law in the face of competitors at CNN, Fox News, and ABC who bungled those stories.

On the show he runs, “60 Minutes,” Fager was more emphatic: “How intense the process is at ’60 Minutes,’ how much we care about every line, about every interview, about not taking people out of context.”

“60 Minutes” will apologize to viewers and will correct the record Sunday night.

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