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The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media Are…

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The Advocate is out with its 50 most influential LGBT media figures list. And the top spot drew a tie.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and TMZ’s Harvey Levin both ranked number one. Levin has been a cable news fixture over the last week in the aftermath of his site exposing elevator footage of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. ABC’s Robin Roberts, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNBC’s Suze Orman, CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell were some of the other TV newsers who made the list.

Read the full list here.

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, September 11

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 290 | MSNBC: 119 | CNN: 139 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 426 | MSNBC: 131 | CNN: 175 | HLN: 74

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

214

TheFive:

281

Baier:

310

Greta:

276

O’Reilly:

450

Kelly:

469

Hannity:

358

O’Reilly:

285

Kelly:

185

MSNBC
Wagner:

55

EdShow:

53

Sharpton:

64

Matthews:

112

Hayes:

116

Maddow:

158

O’Donnell:

118

Special:

201

Special:

CNN
Tapper:

156

Blitzer:

193

Blitzer:

205

Burnett:

207

Cooper:

231

Cooper:

176

Tonight:

114

Cooper:

88

CNNI:

74

HLN
Now:

26

Files:

29

Files:

47

Jane:

58

Grace:

47

Dr.Drew:

46

Files:

131

Files:

155

Files:

150

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‘CNN Tonight’ Promo For Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota

CNN TonightAlisyn Camerota‘s role at CNN seems to be getting clearer.

This evening, we noticed a commercial running during the 5pmET hour of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” teasing tonight’s episode of “CNN Tonight” at 10pmET. The graphic (pictured left) promoted Don Lemon and Camerota as co-hosts.

CNN hasn’t made any formal announcement about the duo being named permanent co-hosts, so the commercial might spell out another weeks-long experimentation by the network in primetime. The pair co-hosted several hours together over the summer. Camerota joined CNN almost two months ago after 16 years at Fox News Channel.

Attorney Wants Retraction of CNN Story

LemonBlumenthalThe is it or isn’t it debate over a purported audiotape of the Michael Brown shooting hit a new level last night. Lopa Blumenthal, the attorney who provided the audiotape to CNN, and other networks, says she won’t “tolerate being maligned” by those who say the tape is a hoax.

“I’m not going to sit back and take this,” she tells WaPo’s Erik Wemple. “This is affecting my community — people are discussing it. My business exists on the work that I do, which means nothing if people think that I have no integrity.”

Blumenthal contacted CNN’s Don Lemon, who first aired the tape and conducted an interview with her Monday night, to express concern about the “New Day” segment Wednesday which called into question the veracity of the tape. “I need some form of redress,” she says. “My demand would be to not only do a retraction but to basically say that when CNN aired it they were fully aware of the fact that it wasn’t fully authenticated, and they decided to air it in any case with the disclaimer.”

Was Alleged Audio of Michael Brown Shooting on CNN a Hoax?

LemonBlumenthalMediaite writes about CNN’s morning show questioning the reporting of one of CNN’s evening shows.

Monday night, “CNN Tonight” aired an audiotape purported to capture the shooting of Michael Brown. The tape was brought to CNN by St. Louis attorney Lopa Blumenthal, (at right with anchor Don Lemon) who says a former client gave it to her. Lemon repeatedly said that CNN could not verify the authenticity of the tape.

TVNewser has learned CBS News received the same audio earlier this week from Blumenthal, but chose not to run it because it could not be verified.

This morning on “New Day,” two guests on CNN doubted the veracity of it.

“I’ve told your producers that for all I know this is something one of Howard Stern’s punk people had been doing. I look at this and my first inclination is someone is trying to punk CNN,” said former LAPD officer David Klinger. CNN analyst Tom Fuentes also doubted its authenticity: “When I heard this yesterday, I thought the exact same thing: it’s a hoax.”

WaPo’s Erik Wemple reported yesterday on how CNN got its hands on the audiotape. When asked about its authenticity, a CNN spokesperson told Wemple, “[W]e interviewed the caller’s attorney off camera and she answered key questions that gave us confidence to put her on the air live with Don. And we did confirm the caller lived close enough to the shooting to have heard the shots.”

Now it appears, there are doubts inside CNN.

How Cable News Covered Michael Brown’s Funeral, Al Sharpton’s Eulogy

Sharpton BrownThis afternoon, cable news covered the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown as one of MSNBC’s hosts continued being part of the story.

MSNBC was the only channel to air Al Sharpton‘s eulogy, dipping into it at 12:44pmET. “Order says that children bury their parents…we should not sit here today and act like we’re watching something that is in order,” Sharpton said to rousing chants from the crowd gathered at a St. Louis church.

MSNBC took Sharpton’s eulogy for 11 minutes before Chris Matthews, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, wrapped the noon eastern hour. Ronan Farrow opened his show speaking with Craig Melvin about his interview with Brown’s parents, but showing a full screen of Sharpton’s speech while Melvin reported.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News continued with its “Outnumbered” panel, who discussed topics ranging from James Foley‘s beheading to what time school should start for teens. At 1pmET, “Happening Now” opened airing images of Sharpton speaking live, then turning to Garrett Tenney outside the church. CNN aired Don Lemon interviewing CNN political commentator LZ Granderson and CNN contributor Donna Brazile. Ashleigh Banfield closed “Legal View” airing parts of Lemon’s interview with the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz tweeted about his statements. And this morning, Don Lemon tweeted–about not tweeting. Read more

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 330 | MSNBC: 96 | CNN: 251 | HLN: 107
  • Primetime: FNC: 540 | MSNBC: 156 | CNN: 362 | HLN: 150

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

206

TheFive:

390

Baier:

380

Greta:

398

O’Reilly:

615

Kelly:

524

Hannity:

475

Smith:

479

Kelly:

325

MSNBC
Wagner:

47

EdShow:

88

Sharpton:

169

Matthews:

169

Hayes:

135

Maddow:

178

O’Donnell:

156

Hayes:

115

Maddow:

86

CNN
Tapper:

291

Blitzer:

392

Blitzer:

280

Burnett:

256

Cooper:

346

Cooper:

306

Tonight:

423

Tonight:

394

CNNI:

244

HLN
Now:

68

Files:

64

Files:

64

Jane:

158

Grace:

186

Dr.Drew:

151

Files:

112

Files:

167

Files:

137

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Don Lemon Hip Hop Artist Interview Devolves Into Media Debate, Claims of Anchor Disrespect

Well that was interesting.

This afternoon, during coverage from Ferguson, CNN’s Don Lemon brought on Brooklyn-based hip hop artist Talib Kweli, who has been protesting in the Missouri city. But the conversation quickly turned into Kweli’s complaints about media coverage, then to CNN.com headline writing, and about whether Lemon disrespected Kweli when he arrived for his interview. Despite being wrapped by his producers, Lemon allowed Kweli to speak, then explained his own position. “I said hello to you. I am very busy here. I am not trying to disrespect you,” said Lemon.

It devolved into a conversation about how to have a cable TV news conversation.

In the end, Lemon asked “Are we good? “Yeah, we’re good,” Kweli said.

Are TV News Anchors Blurring the Line Between Reporting and Opinion in Ferguson?

TapperPolitico writes about whether the media coverage in Ferguson has shifted from reporting to opining.

On Monday night, CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted the authorities’ heavy-handed response to the demonstrations, which he deemed nonsensical. Don Lemon, on the air for CNN, even offered personal assistance to the parents of Brown. “If any of you ever need anything, you know how to get in touch with me personally,” he told them during an interview.

“There is nothing going on on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram,” Tapper said Monday. “What is this? This doesn’t make any sense!” Earlier in the day, Lemon was pushed back by police during a live shot. “Now you see why people are so upset here…we’re on national television, so imagine what they’re doing to people who you don’t see on national television; the people who don’t have a voice like we do.”

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Ratings: CNN Wins Primetime, Total Day Demo

CNN Ferguson coverageCNN won in the A25-54 demographic Monday in both total day and primetime, delivering 356,000 and 423,000 viewers, respectively. Fox News, second in both measurements, had 302,000 total day viewers and 405,000 primetime viewers in the demo. MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

Fox News led the way in total viewers, with 1,452,000 total day viewers and 2,136,000 primetime viewers. CNN was second, with 946,000 total day viewers and 1,027,000 primetime viewers. As with the demo viewers, MSNBC was third and HLN was fourth.

For the primetime hours, the top-rated show in total viewers was “The Kelly File” with 2,378,000 viewers, and the top-rated show in the demo was the 10pmET hour of “CNN Tonight” with 522,000 viewers.

Fox News won the demo in both the 8pmET (with Eric Bolling in for Bill O’Reilly) and 9pmET hours, while CNN won every hour in the demo from 10pm-12amET. Shepard Smith anchored from the Fox News Deck on FNC and Jake Tapper and Don Lemon anchored from Ferguson on CNN.

A few programming notes for tonight’s primetime lineup: as we told you earlier, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon will anchor their respective shows from Ferguson. On Fox News, Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour and Megyn Kelly will anchor the 12amET hour.

The full scoreboard will be up shortly.

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