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Was CNN Too Cautious in Reporting Rulings? Gavin Newsom Thinks So

While court-watchers awaited the Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriage, the networks had correspondents in different parts of the country gathering reaction to those affected by the rulings. ABC News had Cecilia Vega at San Francisco City Hall where hundreds of people gathered to hear the ruling on that state’s Prop 8. But TV monitors were tuned to CNN which, as we have been reporting, has been very cautious — some might say late — in getting to the news of the rulings this week.

At 10:26, ABC News reported that the Prop 8 ruling effectively meant that same-sex marriages could resume in the state.

When George Stephanopoulos went to Vega and asked, “What’s the reaction?,” there wasn’t any. “It still hasn’t been announced here on this screen, so you will see it, if you stay with us any second I’m sure,” said Vega.

Five minutes later — an eternity in breaking news coverage — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, ex-husband of Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, came on for an interview, saying, “George, we’re just literally a second away from this crowd about to erupt.”

They didn’t. So a minute later her added, “They’re all watching a network, not to be named, George. And for whatever reason there’s a delay.”

Another five minutes went by. Stephanopoulos interviewed Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and checked-in with Terry Moran at the Supreme Court, before wrapping up ABC’s coverage with the much-promised eruption in San Francisco, which by then, wasn’t much of an eruption at all.

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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Weds

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts was married to longtime partner Patrick Abner in New York over the weekend. The ceremony and reception was held at the Gansevoort Park Avenue rooftop, with California Lt. Governor (and Current TV host) Gavin Newsom officiating.

Not surprisingly, there were a lot of boldface names in attendance. MSNBC president Phil Griffin, executive editor Yvette Miley, VP Elena Nachmanoff  and anchors Tamron Hall and Chris Jansing were there, as were CNNers Don Lemon, Sara Sidner, Holly Firfer and Asieh Namdar. Other guests included “Good Morning America”‘s Sam Champion, former talk show host Nate Berkus, reality host Carson Kressley, former MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer and Roberts’ agent, Rick Ramage.

You can check out a slideshow of photos from the wedding here.

A Former Vice President Will Host A Cable News Channel’s Convention Coverage

Current TV just announced that one of its co-founders, former Vice President Al Gore, will lead Current TV’s coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Gore will be joined by former Michigan Governor and “The War Room” host, Jennifer Granholm, former New York Governor and “Viewpoint” host, Eliot Spitzer and “The Young Turks” host, Cenk Uygur. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will join the panel for the RNC coverage.

Also, David Shuster and Michael Shure will report from both conventions and new Current TV hosts Joy Behar and John Fugelsang will contribute.

“I’m pleased to be participating in Current TV’s impressive line-up throughout the Republican and Democratic National Conventions,” said Gore. “Cenk, Jennifer and Eliot provide the keen insight and spot-on analysis our viewers have come to expect. I have no doubt that our coverage will be innovative and informative, and I look forward to working with them.”

Keith Olbermann‘s available, why didn’t they just…. oh right.

Current TV’s Gavin Newsom Interviews MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan

Current TV considers itself a direct competitor to MSNBC, and indeed both channels are targeting a very similar audience. That competition isn’t stopping MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan from appearing as a guest on Current TV however. Ratigan taped an interview with California Lt. Governor and Current host Gavin Newsom for the second episode of Newsom’s program, which will be televised Friday at 11 PM.

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The Ticker: iReport Awards, Newsom-Armstrong, Chris Wallace’s Chicken

  • CNN is bringing back its “iReport Awards” for 2012, and turning it into a weekend-long event. The seven winners–six selected by a judging panel and one community choice winner–will be flown to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, where they will be treated to a weekend of behind-the-scenes access, meet and greets and panel discussions. The awards will be handed out June 24.
  • On the debut episode of his new Current TV series on Friday evening, Gavin Newsom interviews cyclist Lance Armstrong about doping. “I’m worn out,” Armstrong tells Newsom, adding that the tests have taken “a toll on his self, family, community, friends, business and foundation.”
  • Chris Wallace: accomplished chef? The “Fox News Sunday” moderator was on “Fox & Friends” this morning with his wife Lorraine to promote their new cookbook(!!) Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken. They revealed a few of their favorite recipes:


The Afternoon Ticker: Bream, Cooper, Newsom

  • Shannon Bream is filling in for Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” this week. It will be the second time hosting the program for Bream, who was the first female to ever fill in for Wallace.
  • Anderson Cooper 360″ will host its inaugural Google+ hangout tonight at 6:45pmET. Viewers will able to chat with Cooper, Randi Kaye, CNN International anchor Isha Sesay and “AC360″ producer Jack Gray.
  • “The Gavin Newsom Show, ” Current TV’s weekly show hosted by the California Lieutenant Governor, will premiere next Friday night at 10pmET.

Sean Hannity Takes on ‘Rock Center’s’ Bin Laden Report Calling it ‘Infomercial from NBC News’

Sean Hannity lead off his show last night with a look at NBC’s “Rock Center” and their hour-long report on the killing of Osama Bin Laden, which included interviews with Pres. Obama, Secy. of State Clinton and other members of the administration.

“I would expect this production to be at the DNC convention the night that Obama speaks,” huffed Hannity, calling the NBC News report an “infomercial” for the Obama campaign.

Fox News analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle agreed: “Why does he need a campaign or a team?” she asked, “He has the mainstream media. He has NBC throwing this all out for him,” said Guilfoyle, whose ex-husband, former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom is getting is own show on Current TV this month.

As we reported earlier, Hannity wasn’t the only Fox News host going after NBC last night.

Current TV Taps California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom To Host Weekly Talk Show

Current TV, which has made a habit out of hiring former elected officials to host its programming, is adding a current one to its lineup. The channel says that it has tapped California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom to host a weekly program, starting in May.

Newsom drew national attention as the Mayor of San Francisco, a position he leveraged into the Lt. Governorship. During his years as mayor, from 2001-2006 Newsom was married to former prosecutor Kimberly Guilfoyle, now host of Fox News’ “The Five.”

His new program will be called “The Gavin Newsom Show,” and will feature interviews with “notables from Silicon Valley, Hollywood and beyond.” Mia Haugen, a former CNN producer, will serve as EP.

Newsom will not be leaving public office, and will be paid a salary by Current, although it will be donated to charity, according to Brian Stelter.

“Gavin Newsom is a courageous leader who has boldly seized every opportunity to create positive social change,” commented Current TV Chairman and former Vice President Al Gore in a statement. “First as a successful entrepreneur, then in his role as Mayor of San Francisco, and now as Lieutenant Governor, Newsom touches many worlds – business, politics, entertainment and activism. We are honored that Current TV will be bringing his curiosity, intelligence, insights and enthusiasm to television.”

More information in Current’s announcement, after the jump.

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NFL Network Taps New SVP of Programming

Mark Quenzel will join the NFL Network as senior VP of programming and production.

The former senior VP of programming and production will work under NFL Network president Steve Bornstein, who also (wait for it) previously worked at the Worldwide Leader.

Quenzel had been EVP of park strategy and management at Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

The NFL Network scored a hit with its broadcast of the NFL Draft in April. On Thursday, finishes up its seven-week countdown of the top 100 players