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Anderson Cooper, Robin Meade Profile ‘Extraordinary People’

peopleCNNCNN’s Anderson Cooper and HLN’s Robin Meade will take a look back at the inspiring stories of five notable people tomorrow night at 9 pm ET on CNN.

“Extraordinary People” will touch on the folks behind 2014′s most talked about events. The hour-long special will also feature Don Lemon and senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, who sit-down with the profiled.

Canada’s sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, veteran helicopter pilot Gary Dahlen, NBA player Kevin Durant and nursing student Fatu Kekula will be featured as part of the special report.

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Anderson Cooper ‘Hoping for the Best’ on NYE When It Comes to Kathy Griffin

Anderson Cooper Times SquareFamiliar faces will host CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage for the eighth consecutive year. “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” airs Dec. 31 from 9pm to 12:30amET as 2015 is celebrated from NYC’s Times Square.

Expecting her usual high jinks, Cooper said, ”I’ve given up asking Kathy to watch what she says. There’s no point. I’m just hoping for the best.”

Kathy Griffin added, “I’m sorry to report Anderson Cooper will not be my attaché for New Year’s Eve this year on CNN. His vulgarity and crossing the line humor has proven to be too much for my virgin ears.”

CNN correspondents will also report live from celebrations across the globe, including London, Moscow, Beijing and Calcutta. Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon will be live from New Orleans Pamela Brown from Memphis, Gary Tuchman will cover the Crab Drop in Easton, MD and Richard Quest has the tough assignment of reporting from a cruise ship off Bahamas.

Exclusive: Erin Burnett on Her Show’s Success, And Her Most Surprising Supporter

BurnettEAt CNN, most of the talk in recent months has been about layoffs, the leadership of Jeff Zucker, and, at times, Don Lemon. Shows have been canceled, high profile talent and executives have departed, and after months of turmoil some insiders admit they’re exhausted. A few even describe the mood as grim. So it’s worth mentioning that in one corner of CNN’s Columbus Circle home, where the “Erin Burnett OutFront” show team works, the mood is upbeat. “I love coming to work every day,” Burnett tells TVNewser.

Since her CNN debut three years ago, Burnett has steered clear of the chaos and quietly created something the network has in somewhat short supply–an hour of the nightly lineup–7pm–that is both stable and successful. Last week, “OutFront” had a rare one-day win in the demo over Fox News Channel’s “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren. Year-to-date, “OutFront” has taken second place from MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews in the demo, and in November, the show boasted a +102% increase in the demo versus 2013, while “Hardball” fell -42%.

Burnett tells TVNewser “OutFront” has matured into a show she enjoys, and that makes the bosses happy. [Disclosure: I was part of the team that launched "Erin Burnett OutFront" in 2011]. “Creating a new show is not easy. You have to learn a lot of things the hard way. Over the past three years, we’ve built this show into an hour we are incredibly proud of…with a team that’s thick as thieves.”

TVNewser confirms Burnett recently signed a new contract that will keep her at CNN for several years–and further remove her from the uncertainty that surrounds other shows and stars at the network. But perhaps most surprisingly, she’s earned the respect and friendship of a very unlikely supporter–her biggest competitor.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Speaks With Six Bill Cosby Accusers Tonight

The CNN special “The Cosby Show: A Legend Under Fire” airs tonight at 9 pm ET. Don Lemon, who recently made headlines when interviewing a Cosby accuser, will host the program that explores the controversy surrounding comedian Bill Cosby.

Alisyn Camerota and Lemon talk to five of Bill Cosby’s accusers, who essentially say they want Cosby to suffer for what he allegedly put them through. Lemon will also speak with Janice Dickinson, who has also accused Cosby of sexual assault.

Filmmaker Blasts Critic Who Said Van Jones Was ‘Unqualified’ to Report in Ferguson

Van JonesThe Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik, in a discussion of media coverage from Ferguson on NPR’s “On the Media”, said CNN’s Van Jones had “absolutely no credentials” to be on the street reporting on violence that followed the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield that it was “outrageous” to have “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television” reporting alongside anchors Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper.

Jones used Twitter to sarcastically respond to Zurawik, asking “what if CNN used a Yale-educated attorney who won 1998 Reebok International Human Rights Award for his work on police abuse?” The reference, of course, is to Jones himself, who Robert Greenwald notes in The Huffington Post “appears to have been more qualified (and certainly more credentialed) to report on this particular story than almost anyone else in the television news business.”
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TMZ Covers Don Lemon Like A Rock Star

CNN newser Don Lemon has been making his own headlines recently and now TMZ is covering him like Justin Bieber. A camera crew was waiting outside an airport for Lemon, who was very friendly while answering questions despite being confused by all the attention he’s receiving. 

“I don’t understand why you guys are covering me, I’m just a, you know, newscaster,” Lemon told the reporter. Lemon went on to downplay his controversial remarks from Ferguson and said, “It’s flattering that people hang on every word I say but, for that thing [the word "obviously" when reporting protesters smelled like marijuana] it meant nothing.”

New York Post Takes On CNN’s Ferguson Coverage

250CNNThe New York Post has spent plenty of time discussing issues at NBC News. This past weekend, it was CNN’s turn to be the target of the Post’s media coverage. CNN won every hour in the A25-54 demo on the day after the grand jury announcement, but apparently not everyone was satisfied with its approach.

Naomi Schaefer Riley of the Post wrote an article titled, “CNN is lying when they say Ferguson protests were peaceful.” The column focuses on CNN correspondents reporting that the majority of protesters were “peaceful” and the riots were simply the act of a few bad apples.

Where are these peaceful protesters? The reporters can’t seem to find any. Instead, they turn to outside experts and some carefully vetted religious leaders to talk about “the real message” of the protests. Read more

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 457 | CNN: 695 | MSNBC: 151 | HLN: 106
  • Primetime: FNC: 718 | CNN: 862 | MSNBC: 236 | HLN: 139

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

270

TheFive:

412

Baier:

399

Greta:

426

O’Reilly:

679

Kelly:

767

Hannity:

707

O’Reilly:

539

Kelly:

431

CNN
Tapper:

592

Blitzer:

633

Blitzer:

737

Burnett:

746

Cooper:

821

Cooper:

900

Tonight:

861

Tonight:

981

Tonight:

840

MSNBC
Wagner:

130

EdShow:

112

Sharpton:

141

Matthews:

171

Hayes:

253

Maddow:

225

O’Donnell:

220

Hayes:

222

Maddow:

187

HLN
Now:

22

WWYD?:

20

Files:

53

Files:

141

Grace:

116

Dr.Drew:

94

Files:

207

Files:

242

Files:

250

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‘It’s Outrageous’: Critic Says CNN’s Van Jones Had No Place ‘On the Streets’ in Ferguson

Van JonesIn a discussion of media coverage of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case–and the violence that followed–Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik criticized CNN’s decision to have political analyst Van Jones on the street alongside CNN’s reporters and anchors. “It’s outrageous,” Zurawik told NPR’s Bob Garfield, describing Jones as “one of the fiercest ideologues on cable television.”

Zurawik compared Jones to an analyst like Karl Rove, and argued he should never have stood next to Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo. “Why would you put him on the streets? It’s outrageous to put that guy out there on the streets. There’s kids in college studying journalism who are more equipped to be on the streets covering that story for CNN than he was.”

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WaPo Reporter Calls Don Lemon ‘Aggressively Subjective CNN Polemicist’

rzkrbc8w124p067murdkWriting on the Washington Post‘s Style blog, reporter Peter Holley describes CNN anchor Don Lemon as an “aggressively subjective CNN polemicist.” Holley lists a series of odd moments involving Lemon, suggesting Lemon may be the most gaffe-prone anchor at the network since Rick Sanchez:

It remains unclear which came first — Don Lemon inserting his agitating personal opinion into his coverage or his bosses rewarding him with more air time for doing just that. Either way, the combination has been a volatile one. In a matter of months the one-time golden boy with the charming smile has gone from a talking head to a head that seems incapable of not talking when other people are trying to answer his questions. Not since gaffe-laden Rick Sanchez has a CNN anchor courted this much controversy. It’s difficult to pinpoint the moment “Don Lemon, CNN anchor” became “Don Lemon aggressively subjective CNN polemicist,” but experts trace his emergence to at least as early as last year, when Lemon sided with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in a discussion about young black men’s social decorum and use of belts.

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