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Jose Antonio Vargas Released from Federal Custody in Texas

Vargas304Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who was the focus of the recent CNN documentary “Documented,” was released from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents this evening. Vargas, who is an undocumented immigrant having been brought to the U.S. as a child, was detained for much of the day in McAllen, Texas. DHS released Vargas because he had no prior immigration or criminal record.

Vargas’ detention was news on both “NBC Nightly News” and the “CBS Evening News” as part of the larger reporting on the crisis at the border.

CNN and MSNBC also covered Vargas’ detention throughout the day.  Last night on her show, CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Vargas if he was “daring” authorities to arrest and deport him. Vargas said, “When I outed myself three years ago, my goal was to say, ‘I’m one of the 11 million people.’ I’m not asking for special treatment.”

Last month, in an interview with MediabistroTV, we asked Vargas if being an advocate meant he was no longer a journalist.

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Richard Quest Comes Out: ‘The Work I Do Here is Better Because I’m Honest About Who I Am’

QuestGay Richard Quest did something at the end of his CNN International show today, that he wished he’d done yesterday.

On “Quest Means Business” Thursday, Quest spoke with John Browne, the former CEO of British oil giant BP, who resigned in 2007 after being outed as gay by a British tabloid. Browne has written about the episode, and about life as a CEO in the closet, in “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good for Business.”

Quest wished he used that moment to discuss his own journey. Instead, he did it today. And he decided it is indeed good for his business as a business journalist.

If I remember back to when I wasn’t open about my sexuality, I spent a great deal of time worried about it…. about what my family would think, what would my friends, my colleagues would think, and of course, what would you think. Would the fact that I’m gay affect my creditability as a business journalist? Would you watch the program differently?

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Erin Burnett: My First Big Break

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Megyn Kelly to Dinesh D’Souza: ‘I Think We May Have Fallen Off the Deep End’

KellyWhile interviewing conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza last night, Megyn Kelly couldn’t stop laughing in response to a comparison her guest made.

“So America is the child molester in this scenario,” Kelly said while laughing. “I’m just trying to follow Dinesh…I think we may have jumped off the deep end.”

D’Souza had compared still loving one’s serial killer father while simultaneously trying to stop him from doing evil to President Obama thinking he’s doing the world and America a favor by “controlling this rogue elephant that is the United States.”

Earlier in the night, Erin Burnett pushed back against a guest in a slightly more serious tone. Speaking with former American Envoy to Iraq Paul Bremer, Burnett asked him about his credibility on the Iraq issue. “A lot of people are watching you right now and they’re hearing you give your ideas of what to do. And they’re saying, ‘but aren’t you the guy who got us in this mess?’”

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Eric Cantor Loss is ‘Shocking,’ ‘Stunning’ and All-Encompassing on Cable News

VARaceJaws dropped in network newsrooms across the country tonight as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his congressional primary to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat.

Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news. At 8:06pm MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38pm). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11pm and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke in to the O’Reilly Factor at 8:14pmET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8pmET hour.

As vote totals came in in the 7pmET hour, the news networks began speculating that Cantor looked to go down to defeat. Dana Perino in for Greta Van Susteren on Fox News reported Cantor was trailing Brat, as did Erin Burnett on CNN, and Lou Dobbs on FBN.

The Scoreboard: Monday, June 9

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 245 | MSNBC: 84 | CNN: 109 | HLN: 85
  • Primetime: FNC: 373 | MSNBC: 162 | CNN: 99 | HLN: 109

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

176

TheFive:

293

Baier:

346

Greta:

199

O’Reilly:

384

Kelly:

377

Hannity:

359

O’Reilly:

312

Kelly:

265

MSNBC
Wagner:

44

EdShow:

77

Sharpton:

121

Matthews:

140

Hayes:

122

Maddow:

204

O’Donnell:

158

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

46

CNN
Tapper:

132

Blitzer:

116

Blitz/Cross:

105/96

Burnett:

113

Cooper:

125

Cooper:

94

Tonight:

79

Cooper:

82

Cooper:

36

HLN
Now:

44

WWYD:

47

Dr.Drew:

40

Jane:

75

Grace:

115

Dr.Drew:

87

Files:

126

Files:

166

Files:

221

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The Scoreboard: Friday, May 23

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 171 | MSNBC: 100 | CNN: 70 | HLN: 101
  • Primetime: FNC: 170 | MSNBC: 126 | CNN: 88 | HLN: 101

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

129

TheFive:

263

Baier:

173

Greta:

120

O’Reilly:

196

Kelly:

157

Hannity:

155

O’Reilly:

165

Kelly:

140

MSNBC
Wagner:

80

EdShow:

77

Sharpton:

79

Matthews:

95

Hayes:

110

Maddow:

139

Lockup:

128

Lockup:

222

Lockup:

221

CNN
Tapper:

57

Blitzer:

61

Blitzer:

68

Burnett:

54

Cooper:

91

Spotlight:

68

Spotlight:

105

Bourdain:

93

Bourdain:

164

HLN
News:

33

WWYD:

48

DrDrew:

31

Secret:

60

Grace:

83

Files:

108

Files:

113

Files:

200

Files:

236

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Twins Say HGTV was ‘Bullied’ Into Canceling Their Show

CNN’s Erin Burnett interviewed twin brothers David and Jason Benham whose HGTV show “Flip It Forward” was canceled following pressure from groups who labeled David Benham as “anti-gay” and “anti-choice.” In 2012, David Benham led a prayer rally outside the Democratic National Convention, and is quoted as saying: “If 87 percent of Americans are Christians, and yet we have abortion on demand, we have no-fault divorce, we have pornography and perversion, we have a homosexuality agenda that is attacking the nation– 

“Never have I ever spoken against homosexuals as individuals and gone against them,” Benham told Burnett. “I speak about an agenda. And that’s really what the point of this is, is that there is an agenda that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to say directly to the camera that we love homosexuals, and we love Muslims, and we have absolutely nothing against the people,” he added.

Jason Benham added, ”I believe that HG was pushed into this. But we have nothing but love and admiration for all the folks at HG.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, May 7

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 225 | MSNBC: 89 | CNN: 90 | HLN: 84
  • Primetime: FNC: 277 | MSNBC: 140 | CNN: 81 | HLN: 90

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

176

TheFive:

312

Baier:

349

Greta:

277

O’Reilly:

291

Megyn:

297

Hannity:

235

O’Reilly:

292

Megyn:

244

MSNBC
Wagner:

44

EdShow:

122

Sharpton:

117

Matthews:

155

Hayes:

117

Maddow:

166

O’Donnell:

136

Hayes:

73

Maddow:

84

CNN
Tapper:

90

Blitzer:

110

Blitz/Cross:

96/81

Burnett:

77

Cooper:

88

Tonight:

71

SpcRpt:

83

Cooper:

109

Tonight:

109

HLN
News:

22

Detect.:

16

Detect.:

27

Jane:

79

Grace:

90

DrDrew:

78

Files:

102

Files:

235

Files:

246

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Don Lemon Responds to Rush Limbaugh’s He ‘Sleeps With Men Proudly’ Comment

DON-LEMON304X200Don Lemon has responded to Rush Limbaugh‘s statement that Lemon “sleeps with men proudly.”

“Considering the source it’s not even worth a response,” Lemon tells TVNewser.

Limbaugh made the comment on his radio show Tuesday, in response to Lemon calling Limbaugh a “stunt king.”

Lemon gave the conservative radio host that title on CNN Monday after Limbaugh suggested the only reason Donald Sterling was in trouble was “he did not give enough money to Obama.”

“Over at CNN, they interpreted that to mean that I was defending Sterling!” Limbaugh said Tuesday. “How did they get there? I don’t know how they get there. Erin Burnett played the sound bite and then went to Mr. Black Hole himself, Don Lemon —- who sleeps with men, proudly —- for comment.”

Limbaugh went on to suggest CNN has “no sense of humor.”

This is the second high-profile dust-up Lemon’s been in over the last couple months: in February, the CNN anchor and Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett got into a Twitter spat over Lemon’s response to the Michael Dunn verdict. “Mind your business…old man,” Lemon wrote on Twitter to Jarrett after the Fox anchor called him a “pompous, pretentious jerk.”

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