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TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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The Morning Ticker: Garrett, ‘The View,’ Rather

  • CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett will interview President Obama today in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, and also conduct a joint interview with the president and Vice President Biden. The interviews will air tonight on “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and tomorrow morning on “CBS This Morning.” The president and vice president will speak at a Pittsburgh-area community college today about their “Opportunity for All” job-training program.

  • ABC’s “The View” will feature all of the show’s 11 co-hosts, previous and current, for a special tribute to Barbara Walters episode on Thursday, May 15. Walters, the show’s creator and executive producer, will make her final appearance as a co-host on May 16.

  • AXS TV is premiering a new documentary series hosted by Dan Rather, “Dan Rather Presents.” The first episode, “One Way Ticket to Nowhere: America’s Mental Health Crisis,” debuts on Tuesday, May 6 at 8pmET. The special follows Rather as he looks at how America’s mental health problem is impacting hospitals, law enforcement, and individual states.

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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