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David Shuster Interviews Andrew Breitbart and Eric Boehlert About James O’Keefe Arrest


On his MSNBC show this afternoon, David Shuster, anchoring from Louisiana, dove headlong into the coverage of the arrest of anti-ACORN video producer James O’Keefe, and three others earlier this week.

In back-to-back interviews, Shuster talked with Andrew Breitbart who published O’Keefe’s videos on his site, Big Government. Breitbart also reportedly pays O’Keefe a salary.

Shuster then interviewed Eric Boehlert of Media Matters for America, a Website that monitors conservative media.

Before the interview, Breitbart Tweeted, “I expect Shuster ambush. Already know its on ‘money trail’. But what other MSNBC gems can be expected now that Watergate Jr. is imploding?”

Shuster has been accused of having a bias in the story when he Tweeted his thoughts about what will happen to O’Keefe. “You will go to prison,” Shuster wrote. It was commentary that has drawn the ire of his MSNBC bosses.

In terms of balance, Breitbart got a lot more time for his side during the MSNBC interviews — about 7 minutes. Boehlert got about 3 minutes.

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Shep: “We Want You To…News Snack With Us”

shep_10-21.JPGNPR had a report today about how fair and balanced Fox News is — at least at 7pmET. Before long, the comments section was up in arms (“You need to retract this story,” wrote one angry commenter).

David Folkenflik profiles anchor Shepard Smith, or as Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert calls him, “The fairest anchor on FOX.”

“There are a lot of people on our channel who want you to think like they do,” says Smith. “We just want to give you some information to help you think. I don’t much care for ideologues within my newscast. There is plenty of it out there, you don’t need anymore.”

Smith says the FOX Report provides a place for the audience to “news snack.” “If I’m about to give you a bite of something you don’t like, it’s not going to last long and there will be more in a minute. We would like for you to stay,” he says.

Smith highlights the difference on FNC between news and opinion. “Who is better at toeing the Republican line than Sean Hannity? I can’t even think of anybody right off the top of my head,” says Smith. “Sean Hannity doesn’t host our news; he has never hosted our news. When we have news, I come on.”

Election ’08: Cable vs. Networks

Who are the big winners during the 2008 election season — the cablers or the networks?

Matea Gold writes about the debate for the Los Angeles Times. The arguments are shaped by two quoted throughout the piece, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein and CBS Evening News EP (and former CNN president) Rick Kaplan. “[Cable] channels…are increasingly becoming purveyors of political developments because of their nonstop nature,” writes Gold. But also: “Even with less air time, broadcasters argue that they deliver weightier and more substantial coverage.”

Earlier this week, FNC VP of news editorial Jay Wallace discussed the issue relating to the Conventions. “I think the networks do a great job in terms of the 6:30 newscast and in prime time, but they’re always under pressure to get off at 11:00,” he said. “That, over time has left people really thirsty. They don’t want a quick wrap any more.”

Glenn Garvin in the Miami Herald writes that Charlie Gibson‘s “first” with Gov. Sarah Palin was, “the first time this entire election year that the broadcast news divisions are leading the pack in political coverage.”

He also discusses the “Fox-News-is-dead school of thought,” citing a January column by Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert, picked up at Salon and Huffington Post, signaling the demise of Fox News’ ratings dominance.

As has been seen just in the past couple weeks, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

“Isn’t it time to start acknowledging the obvious — that Fox News is here to stay?” Garvin asks in conclusion.