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David Frum Talks About The Challenges Facing Cable News… On CNN.com

David Frum

CNN contributor David Frum writes an in-depth piece looking at the challenges facing cable news… on CNN.com. It is a pretty reasonable take, with some arguments that may be familiar to longtime media watchers. Nonetheless, his advice may be worth heeding for cable news executives, particularly at CNN, which published the piece.

What cable news does do, unrivaled, is broadcast images of events to a large global audience. When there’s a crowd protesting in Tahrir Square — or a wildfire raging in southern California — viewers still turn to cable. Yet how often do such events occur? And how much longer will even that advantage hold?

As for advice, Frum has a few ideas:

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CNN Contributor David Frum Says He Was Banned from FNC Appearances After Limbaugh Comments

Conservative columnist David Frum — who was named a CNN contributor last month — writes about the past, and the future, of the Republican party in New York magazine this week. Buried toward the end of the piece is an interesting few sentences about what may be the source of the rift between Frum and Fox News Channel, which he has frequently been critical of in the past two years:

Back in 2009, I wrote a piece for Newsweek arguing that Republicans would regret conceding so much power to Rush Limbaugh. Until that point, I’d been a frequent guest on Fox News, but thenceforward some kind of fatwa was laid down upon me. Over the next few months, I’d occasionally receive morning calls from young TV bookers asking if I was available to appear that day. For sport, I’d always answer, “I’m available—but does your senior producer know you’ve called me?” An hour later, I’d receive an embarrassed second call: “We’ve decided to go in a different direction.”

CNN Rebrands Politics & Election Coverage

For several election cycles CNN has used the branding CNN = Politics and “America Votes” for their political coverage. But as of today, that’s changing.

TVNewser has learned CNN is making a slight rebrand this election cycle. CNN POLITICS replaces CNN = Politics and “America’s Choice 2012″ replaces “America Votes.”

We hear Wolf Blitzer will unveil the new branding in the NoonET hour on CNN.

CNN is also beefing up its contributor roster. As reported earlier, Democratic strategist and Hillary Clinton presidential campaign adviser Maria Cardona and conservative columnist, former Pres. George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum will join CNN as political contributors.

CNN Adds David Frum, Maria Cardona as Political Analysts

CNN has added conservative columnist David Frum and Democratic strategist Maria Cardona to its stable of political contributors. The pair join the cable channel as it continues to ramp up political coverage leading up to the 2012 Presidential election.

Radio Host Mark Levin to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: ‘I’m going to drag your ass into federal court’

Talk radio host Mark Levin is fuming mad at MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, so mad that he has threatened to sue the MSNBC host.

On Monday’s “Hardball” Matthews said Levin exemplified the heightened political discourse on talk radio:

People like Mark Levin, Michael Savage, for example who every time you listen to them are furious, furious at the left with anger that just builds and builds in their voice and by the time they go to commercial, they’re just in some rage, every night, with ugly talk. Ugly sounding talk. And it never changes.

Levin — an attorney who heads the Landmark Legal Foundation and is a former official of the U.S. Justice Department — said on his radio show Wednesday, “I’m waiting for an allegation that is very specific against me because I’m going to sue.”

Like Matthews, Levin had his own list: “Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Joe Scarborough – test me. Test me. David Frum, you little weasel, test me. All of you.”

An MSNBC representative told TVNewser, “We won’t dignify his outlandish comments with a response.” Interesting note: Michael Savage had a short-lived weekend run on MSNBC in 2003.

Chris Matthews’ comments from Monday and Levin’s from Wednesday, after the jump…

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Toyota & Healthcare on Reliable Sources

Tomorrow on Reliable Sources (11amET on CNN), Howard Kurtz talks with ABC News correspondent Brian Ross and his former NBC colleague Fred Francis about the media coverage of the Toyota recalls and congressional testimony.

Also, WaPo’s Dana Milbank, former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum and The Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel talk about TV news coverage of Thursday’s healthcare forum.

‘Reliable Sources’ on O’Reilly vs Stewart

This morning on Howard Kurtz‘s “Reliable Sources” on CNN, WaPo reporter Anne Kornblut, NewMajority.com editor David Frum, and Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune columnist, discussed the recent “smack-down” between Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart‘s “Daily Show.” Here’s how part of the conversation went:

KURTZ: So, Anne Kornblut, I’m sure “The Daily Show” does selective editing for comedic purposes, but isn’t there a serious point here about who you describe protesters, depending on what the cause is?

KORNBLUT: Well, I guess so. I’m glad he has a new target besides Olbermann. There’s a new fight going on. Sure. I mean, look, we have to be — I think all of us here are careful about how we describe the protesters and giving them credence. They operate in a different universe. And certainly, I think, Jon Stewart’s goal in all of this is to be funny first and probably accurate first-ish.

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Glenn Beck: “If You Take What I Say As Gospel, You’re An Idiot”

beck_3-30.jpgFox News Channel’s Glenn Beck, “suddenly one of the most powerful media voices for the nation’s conservative populist anger,” is featured in a front page story in the New York Times today.

“With a mix of moral lessons, outrage and an apocalyptic view of the future, Mr. Beck, a longtime radio host who jumped to Fox from CNN’s Headline News channel this year, is capturing the feelings of an alienated class of Americans,” writes Brian Stelter and Bill Carter.

Beck says the times are “so serious now that I find myself sometimes being the guy I don’t want to be — the guy saying things that are sometimes pretty scary, but nobody else is willing to say them.”

Several people give their take on Beck’s sudden surge, including MSNBC president Phil Griffin: “That’s good dramatic television. That’s who Glenn Beck is.” And conservative commentator David Frum who calls Beck’s rise, “a product of the collapse of conservatism as an organized political force, and the rise of conservatism as an alienated cultural sensibility.”

Beck has said viewers should make up their own mind on issues rather than take his opinion outright. “I say on the air all time, ‘if you take what I say as gospel, you’re an idiot,’” he says.

This morning on the Media Menu podcast, Stelter told us he thinks the ratings success will sustain. “A month ago I was more skeptical than I am now,” he said, adding, “March has been a pretty average month by news standards and he’s still knocking it out of the park.”

And while he’s featured on the front page today, Beck had a different use for the New York Times last week. Click continued to see a fishy segment from his FNC program…

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Beck: “I Don’t Think There’s a Problem With People Showing Emotion”

beck_3-17.jpgLloyd Grove talks to ratings-juggernaut Glenn Beck in a lengthy, personal interview on The Daily Beast.

Beck describes the transition from CNN to FNC. “We’ve just hit the ground going 200 miles an hour and the best thing here is the entrepreneurial spirit of Fox,” he says. “They leave you alone and then hold you responsible for your ratings and your work.”

He says he’s “focusing on trying to do the right thing” and not looking beyond the 5pmET time slot for now, and also discussed his frequent displays of emotion. “I’m in control of myself. I don’t think there’s a problem with people showing emotion,” he said.

Beck also gives his take on RNC head Michael Steele (supports him), marijuana (for legalization) and AIG (“it makes me insane”).

And after Shepard Smith had some fun with Beck on Friday, last night on The O’Reilly Factor Dennis Miller gave his impression of the FNC host. Click continued to see the clip…

> Related: David Frum (of NewMajority.com) asks: “What the hell is going on at Fox News?”

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Maddow on Home Life, Growing Up…and Conan

maddow_11-22.bmpNewsweek’s Julia Baird gives an in-depth look at Rachel Maddow‘s childhood, home life and MSNBC program in the upcoming issue of the magazine.

Baird visits the show, beginning at the afternoon staff meeting, on the day after Obama’s election, and describes Maddow’s work ethic. “She regularly works 16-hour days, only eating once she has finished,” she writes. “She often has just one large meal at 2 a.m., purchased from street vendors.”

Part of the piece focuses on how the program’s ratings success can continue in an Obama presidency. Maddow says she thought Barack Obama was “monotone, literally and figuratively,” after first interviewing him.

Even those that could be counted as critics, like David Frum, had compliments for the host, who described her as an “unusually thoughtful and intelligent person.”

Maddow appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien on Friday. Click continued to see the appearance…

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