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CNBC and Santelli’s ‘No Comment’ After Daily Show Segment

CNBC’s response to Jon Stewart‘s Daily Show rant about the network after Rick Santelli‘s cancellation? Nothing yet.

The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes about the back story, and CNBC spokesman Brian Steel‘s response. “CNBC’s Steel said neither the network’s executives nor Santelli would comment on Stewart’s broadcast,” writes Bauder.

Related: Gawker has the video of Stewart on the Late Show with David Letterman last night rehashing his beef with CNBC (and all of business news).

Obama Meets the Anchors: “It Did Have a ‘Picture Taking with Santa’ Kind of Feel To It”

The AP’s David Bauder follows up on Pres. Obama’s sit downs with the network anchors. “Gibson was first, followed by Williams, Couric, Cooper and Wallace. “It did have a ‘picture taking with Santa’ kind of feel to it,” NBC’s Brian Williams tells Bauder.

“The timing, one of the worst days of Obama’s young presidency, was awful for him,” Bauder writes.

“They may have regretted having us all down there,” said Jon
, executive producer of ABC’s “World News,” who accompanied Charlie Gibson. “That was not evident from my interaction with the president or any of his staff.”

Evening Newscasts Continue Strong Numbers

Last week’s evening news ratings saw big numbers for all three broadcasts. What’s the reason?

“Tough economic news and the arrival of the Obama administration have helped bring more viewers to the broadcast evening news shows, a TV staple that’s been written off many times in the past,” writes The Associated Press’ David Bauder.

When we explored the reason for the continued success of the evening newscasts post-election, Andrew Tyndall, publisher of the Tyndall Report, raised two other possibilities. “A lot of times people are commuting while they are on,” he said. “Mass layoffs will be very good for them.”

And, in less of a downer: “It was really cold last week and people stayed home.”

Abrams Research: Journalists Say “Media Dropped The Ball” Before Financial Crisis

Abrams Research, the media strategy firm founded by Dan Abrams in November, has put out its first report, and it relates to the economic crisis.

The firm “surveyed 100 top members of the business and financial media,” including the CNBC, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, to see their thoughts on how we got in, and when we’ll get out, of the situation.

The survey found 68% of those surveyed said “the media dropped the ball” in the lead-up to the crisis. “That’s a very telling and interesting number,” Abrams tells the Associate Press’ David Bauder. “Some of the comments we got were really fascinating. I think there’s a lot of self-examination going on within the financial media about what happened and why.”

Click continued to ses a summary of all the results…

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What Would You Do, Again?

wwyd_1-5.jpgThe Associated Press’ David Bauder writes about the upcoming “What Would You Do?” series on ABC, returning tomorrow at 10pm. The program was the “highest-rated newsmagazine among younger viewers” during its five installments last year.

This season, ABC airs 10 hour-long episodes.

“It’s the kind of insightful television that makes you think, the water-cooler stuff you talk about the next morning,” said host John Quinones to Bauder. “It’s pretty powerful, and a reminder that you’re not in this world alone. You have to look out for your fellow human beings.”

Also, we wonder what Chris Hansen thinks of this sentence: “Now [Quinones] spends most of his time on concocted social situations, a few steps up in class from NBC’s ‘To Catch a Predator’ series.”

In a Knot Over Brian Williams

williams_11-28.jpgThe Associated Press’ David Bauder calls attention to a blog that pays more attention than most to one specific aspect of NBC Nightly News — Brian Williams‘ ties.

The Brian Williams Tie Report Archive is a snarky, occasionally appreciative and flat-out funny read that will have you looking at Williams as never before,” writes Bauder.

Here’s Wednesday’s entry about Williams’ selection (pictured):

Debut Tie. Oh! my dear Brian Williams. You have given me much for which to be thankful on tomorrow’s Thanksgiving Day! That lush, deep verdant cravat — with its tasteful trios of narrow pearlescent stripes widely spaced upon its grassy field — helps to close that Fashion Gap in your Tie Wardrobe. Can…paisley be next?

What does the anchor think of the site? “I’m flattered,” he tells Bauder. “But with all due respect, I’ve got to keep my eye on the ball.”

“Polar Opposities” and “Different Realities”

olbermann_10-27.jpgTwo of the most high-profile media writers were thinking the same thing over the weekend. The AP’s David Bauder and Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz each write today about the vast difference between MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and some of FNC’s programs.

Bauder looks at “polar opposites” Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. “The two men survey the McCain-Obama competition from opposite mountaintops, as kings of cable’s opinion class. They’re the beneficiaries of an increased desire by news viewers to follow stories through their own ideological filters,” writes Bauder.

“Flipping back and forth between Olbermann and O’Reilly would be enough to give most viewers whiplash,” Bauder writes.

Kurtz presents Sean Hannity as the Olbermann foil, something Sen. Barack Obama did as well. “Obama recently questioned whether voters are “seeing two different realities, a Sean Hannity reality and a Keith Olbermann reality,’” writes Kurtz.

Olbermann tells Kurtz, “There is no Sean Hannity reality.” While FNC SVP Bill Shine tells Kurtz, “We try very, very hard to keep it fair and keep it balanced. [Hannity] is balanced out every night by Alan [Colmes] and by other guests.”

Kurtz also discusses Drew Griffin‘s interview, and subsequent controversy, with Gov. Sarah Palin. Click continued to see it…

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Debate Reaction: Debating Schieffer

schieffer_10-16.jpgThe final debate of 2008 (49 in total) is over, and there are just 19 days until the election. In the general election, we’ve debated Lehrer, Ifill and Brokaw. One more left — CBS’ Bob Schieffer:

• The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes Schieffer gave, “a smooth and unobtrusive performance.” He writes Schieffer was also able to bring, “the most personal and illuminating conversation between the two men,” with his question about campaign ads.

Jessica Heslam writes in the Boston Herald about how Schieffer was able to get the candidates to do “something last night that the other moderators failed to do — debate each other.” As for his stated goal before the debate to keep the candidates off their talking points, Heslam writes Schieffer, “did a decent job.”

Robert G. Kaiser, associate editor of the Washington Post, calls Schieffer the “best moderator,” of this election cycle in an online Q&A this morning. “He tried the hardest to keep the debaters on topic, and to evoke some new responses,” he writes. Still he doesn’t think the moderator deserves all the credit: “The table does too,” he says of the format.

Debate Reaction: Debating Brokaw

brokaw_10-8.jpgIn the first debate with a different format, allowing for questions from the audience and from the web, the role of moderator was slightly modified. How did Tom Brokaw do? Some reaction:

• The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes, “After Gwen Ifill seemed frustrated at losing control of last week’s vice presidential debate, Tom Brokaw seemed determined not to let that happen.” Bauder described how Brokaw had to act like a “schoolmarm trying to keey unruly students at bay” at times, since “the rules seemed routinely violated.”

Jessica Heslam writes in the Boston Herald about the strong beginning to the moderating performance. “It started off with potential, with Brokaw telling John McCain and Barack Obama that the world had changed a great deal from the last time they debated,” she wrote. But the candidates seemed determined to change the rules: “‘I’m just the hired help here,’ an exasperated Brokaw said at one point.”

• The Hartford Courant’s Stan Simpson writes, “I like and respect Tom Brokaw, but he lost control of this second presidential debate.” Simpson cited Brokaw’s loosening of the rules as a factor. “Brokaw was too deferential and it resulted in a tepid debate,” he writes.

And click continued to see a Politico compilation of “The Best of Brokaw”…

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Debating the Debate: The Pundits

So who won the debate last night — Sen. Joe Biden or Gov. Sarah Palin? That depends on who you ask (or who you poll). But one thing appeared clear: the prediction on the cablers of a fireworks-filled gaffe-fest was greatly overblown. As Chris Wallace put it on FNC minutes before the debate, people were wondering “which driver is going to run their car into the wall at turn three.” A round-up of pundit post-mortem:

• The Los Angeles Times’ Mary McNamara sums it all up. “The vice presidential debate scheduled for last night didn’t happen — at least not as envisioned by media observers with their characteristic mix of glee and dread,” she writes. She points to the “most memorable” debate moment as the “look of confusion on the face of the network commentators after the debate they had spent days rattling on about failed to materialize.”

David Bauder of the Associated Press highlights the change in tone from before and after the debate. “The absence of train wrecks led some pundits to wonder whether the contest, probably the most anticipated vice presidential debate in history, will quickly be forgotten,” he writes. Bauder also notes the difference in instant polling, noting on Frank Luntz‘ FNC panel “almost everyone picked Palin,” as the winner, and “a click away on CNN,” the panel, nine out of 10 made their mind up to vote Obama after the debate.

• FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren gave her take of snap punditry on Gretawire: “Why does the public hate us?” she asks rhetorically of journalists. “In large part arrogance.” She took umbrage with a Washington Post headline written within an hour of the debate concluding, that read “Palin Delivers, But Doubts Linger.”

And along the lines of quick declarations, Rudy Giuliani, appearing on Hannity & Colmes, also within an hour of the debate concluding, said that this was “one of the best debate performances” he’d ever seen. “Only the liberal media could deny her this victory,” he said.