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‘MTP’ Covers Anniversary of Boston Bombings Without Adrianne Haslet-Davis

The “Meet the Press” panel on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings aired yesterday with former Boston police commissioner Ed Davis, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and several first responders — but no survivor of the attack — after Adrianne Haslet-Davis canceled her scheduled appearance over whether the bombers would be identified by name.

Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost one foot in the bombings, says she asked the show not to identify the bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, by name. Haslet-Davis left before the panel discussion began taping; an NBC News spokesperson said on Friday that the show couldn’t guarantee that the name wouldn’t be used and the network regretted “any distress caused by this miscommunication.”

As it turns out, Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s name was said during the panel discussion. “MTP” host David Gregory identified him by name while posing a question to Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey about whether red flags were missed. Watch (at about the 17 minute mark):

Haslet-Davis was also profiled for a CNN special that premiered last week. In an appearance on “CBS This Morning” with Anderson Cooper to promote the special, Haslet-Davis discussed why she won’t say Tsarnaev’s name and what she would like to see happen to him: “I think he did a terrible thing and I support them seeking the death penalty for this case.” Watch after the jump. Read more

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Boston Marathon Victim Leaves Taping of ‘Meet the Press’ in Tears

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombings — Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who was also the subject of a CNN profile earlier this week — left a taping “Meet the Press” in tears today.

In a series of tweets, Haslet-Davis said she “politely” asked the show not to use the bomber’s name in the pre-taped interview.

>Update: “Adrianne Haslet-Davis is an inspiring survivor with an important story to share. She was due to take part in a roundtable discussion for Meet the Press with three other participants. She requested that the alleged bombers’ name not be used in the entire program, but given the nature of the discussion we couldn’t make that guarantee,” an NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser. “We regret any distress caused by this miscommunication.”

An NBC News source tells us Deborah Turness, the network’s president, personally called Haslet-Davis to apologize.

“MTP” host David Gregory responded to Haslet-Davis on Twitter, saying the segment was intended to be “a celebration of Boston w smaller focus on whether clues were missed that could have stopped the bombers.” Read more

Who is David Gregory?

GregoryJeopardyDavid Gregory was the $800 clue on Jeopardy! today in the category “TV Hosts by Initials.” The reigning champion named Amy was running the category, getting all the clues correct, including “Who is David Gregory?” But no one got the $1,000 clue, “Extra” and “The X Factor” host M.L. Read more

Hillary Clinton Sees Media Double Standard Toward Women

abc_hillary_clinton_nightline_interview_lpl_130129_mnAt a “Women in the World” event in New York City last night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her view of a double standard in how women are talked about in the media, Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports.

“There is a double standard,” Clinton said. “The double standard is alive and well, and I think in many respects the media is the principal propagator of its persistence,” she added.

She added advice for women, suggesting they not take criticism personally, but instead seriously. Clinton’s comments about the media’s gender double standard come a day after a new Women’s Media Center report showed a different issue when it comes to females and the media: a wide gap between the number of female media figures and their male counterparts.

We tallied the cable and brodcast news ratios for you (after the jump).

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David Gregory: ‘I See Speculation Out There,’ NBC News Backs Him as ‘Our Guy’

Gregory, David 09.grid-4x2David Gregory has heard the rumors about being ousted as moderator of “Meet the Press,” but chalks it up to being just part of the business.

“This comes with the territory. I understand it,” Gregory tells The Huffington Post. “I see speculation out there. I just try to pay attention to the stuff I know is real.”

Huffington Post also spoke with Alex Wallace, who took on oversight of “Meet the Press” in January. She doubled down on Gregory:

“I cannot be more declarative about David — [he] is our guy, is going to be our guy, and we are really happy with him,” said Wallace in her first interview since adding the Sunday show to her portfolio. “I know there continues to be lots of hubbub, but I’m in every single meeting: There is no internal hubbub.”

Last week, NBC News President Deborah Turness held a meeting with Gregory and his EP to discuss the state of the show. This past Sunday, “Meet the Press” was in third place, losing ground year-over-year in total viewers, down -6%.

1994 Flashback: David Gregory Explains ‘Going Online With the Internet’

david gregory 1994Flashback to 1994, when the Internet was just five years old and David Gregory was a reporter at KCRA, the NBC affiliate in Sacramento. Tasked with explaining the “widespread interest” in “going online with the Internet,” a young Gregory reports “the possibilities along the Internet are limitless and the demand has only just begun.”

“While the service has always been able to offer facts about the world or the weather, coming in 1995 — that’s right, purchasing power,” Gregory says. “You can buy such things as chocolate on the Internet, or even order pizza from this electronic storefront.”

Other topics Gregory sheds light on: the Internet yellow pages, chat rooms and “electronic mail,” which is used for “bypassing more expensive postage.” Watch after the jump. Read more

The Ticker: Gregory, Matthews/O’Reilly, Ramos

  • Mediaite reports Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews were among those inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame at the Metropolitan Club in New York last night. On his show Matthews joked, “The fact that Bill O’Reilly joined me in receiving it, takes away none of that honor.”

  • The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award during the 2014 NAB Show next month in Las Vegas.

Sunday Show Ratings: March 2

ABC’s “This Week” wins for a second straight week in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. The win was ABC’s first back-to-back win in total viewers in close to 16 years (since 4/19/98 and 4/26/98).

CBS’ “Face the Nation” was second, with “Meet the Press” in third as most of the Sunday shows covered the tumultuous situation between Russia and Ukraine. “Fox News Sunday” was fourth in total viewers and fifth in the demo, and Univision’s “Al Punto” was fifth in total viewers and fourth in the demo.

Compared to the same week last year, all of the networks are up in both ratings measurements, with “Al Punto” showing the most growth in total viewers, up +48%, and “This Week” showing the most growth in the demo, +51% in A25-54 viewers.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,202,000 total viewers and 545,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” averaged 1,270,000 total viewers and 699,000 A25-54 viewers (some rebroadcasts were preempted for coverage of the Olympics).

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for March 2:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 3.67M 1.28M
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.34M 953K
NBC “Meet the Press” 3.19M 946K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.32M 416K
Univision “Al Punto” 1.08M 507K

The Ticker: ’20/20,’ ‘Meet the Press,’ Aereo

  • Friday’s “20/20″ delivered the second highest-ratings of the season in both the A25-54 (2.4/7) and A18-49 (1.8/6) demographics. The show featured David Muir‘s report on a worldwide manhunt by two different fathers searching for their sons.

  • During his appearance on “Meet the Press” yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown cited a (way) past appearance on the NBC show to answer David Gregory‘s question about how he’s changed over his career in politics. “Well, I was just reviewing my transcript from ‘Meet the Press’ in 1975, and I find a lot of similarities,” he said. ” There I was talking about limits, I’m still talking about limits.  But I’m also talking about full employment and equality … So I’m older and wiser.”

  • With less than two months to go until the Supreme Court hears the Aereo case, the streaming TV service CEO and founder says Aereo is “confident in the merits of our position.” TVSpy has details.

Chris Wallace Chides White House After Susan Rice Goes ‘On Only One Show’

RiceMTPFox News Channel’s Chris Wallace called out the White House this morning over David Gregory‘s exclusive interview with National Security Advisor Susan Rice on “Meet the Press.” This was Rice’s first appearance on one of the Sunday public affairs shows since being named the president’s National Security Advisor.

“I wanted to ask the Obama Administration about the crisis in Ukraine, but they decided to put National Security Advisor Susan Rice on only one show today in her first Sunday appearance since 2012 when she blamed the Benghazi terror attack on reaction to an anti-Islam video,” Wallace said. “Of course FOX has led the way in questioning how the administration handled Benghazi.  Perhaps Susan Rice didn’t want to answer the tough questions we would have asked.”

For his part, Gregory did ask Rice about those Sunday show appearances back in September of 2012. “When you were last here, Ambassador Rice, it was an eventful morning on the story of Benghazi and the horrible attack on our compound there,” said Gregory. “We haven’t seen you in a while. As you look back at your involvement in all of that, do you have any regrets?”

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