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Which Hollywood Star Had Bloomberg TV Staffers Starstruck?

George Clooney dropped by the Bloomberg studios this week for a taping of “Charlie Rose.” Clooney, who is a close friend of Rose’s, was in town promoting his new movie, “The Ides of March,” which opens this weekend. Clooney’s appearance caused quite a stir among Bloomberg staffers, who lined up outside the studio and peered inside, hoping for a glimpse of the star (see more pictures, after the jump).

Rose’s interview with Clooney lasted almost 40 minutes and spanned several topics — from the movie, to politics, to the now-infamous skinny dipping at Clooney’s Lake Como house. “I am frequently mistaken for you, that’s a fact,” Rose told Clooney. “Do you get the same thing?”

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Which CNN Political Analyst Went Skinny Dipping With George Clooney at His Lake Como Villa?

A CNN political analyst recently spent some time at Lake Como, Italy with actor George Clooney, filing this report about late night shenanigans that took place at Clooney’s villa:

I lost track of time, but by 2 a.m. or so — when I was hammered and was reasonably certain that others were, too — we had become raucous. Out of nowhere, Clooney jumps out of his chair and starts climbing a fence that overlooks the lake below. From the top, fully clothed, he counted, One… two… and jumped. I heard three just before hit the water. Within seconds, he was challenging our masculinity. Okay, guys, let’s see your stuff. One other guest was next up and jumped. Hell, I thought, I have an early morning plane and I don’t want wet clothes. So… what choice did I have? I stripped down to my skivvies, climbed that darn fence…. And whoa, it seemed like I was 30 feet above the water. One… two… I was in the water by three. It was very dark, a little cold, but terrific. So we kept jumping.

Eventually we repaired to his kitchen in bathrobes, trying to warm up. Out came a bottle of limoncello, and the conversation flowed on until I finally crawled up to bed at 4:30.

Who was it? Find out, and read about a practical joke Clooney played on Walter Cronkite, after the jump.

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NFL Network Airing Two CFL Games Per Week This Season

The Canadian Football League and the NFL Network reached an agreement to broadcast two CFL games per week in the United States this season.

The NFL Network has the option to broadcast additional regular season games along with the CFL Playoffs and the Grey Cup championship game.

“This is very positive news for our CFL fans living in the United States,” said Michael Copeland, chief operating officer of the CFL. “And it’s a very positive development for our football operations as it will continue to expose our product to prospects across the U.S.”

The games will be produced by TSN. Last year, the NFL Network carried 14 CFL games. Read more

CNN’s Piers Morgan Reveals his First Week of Guests on ‘Piers Tonight’

CNN’s Piers Morgan announced his first week of guests this morning. The show premieres one week from tonight.

We knew his first guest was going to be Oprah Winfrey — scheduled for Monday. Howard Stern — slated for Tuesday — has made his scheduled appearance on the show public by bashing “Piers Tonight” before the show has even started.

Other guests scheduled that week are former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Wednesday), comedian and fellow Brit Ricky Gervais (Thursday). And to end the week on a handsome actor/humanitarian note, George Clooney is scheduled (Friday).

@piersmorgan tweeted this morning:

REVEALED: 1ST @PiersTonight WEEK: Mon: Oprah Tues: Howard Stern Weds: Condoleezza Rice Thurs: Ricky Gervais Fri: George Clooney.

Yes, that is “Access Hollywood”‘s Billy Bush in the studio — taken from EP of “Piers Tonight” Jonathan Wald‘s Twitpic. This is the first we’ve seen of the set.

The CNN press release is after the jump…

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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria & George Clooney Talk Sudan

CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” will feature an interview with George Clooney and fellow human rights activist John Prendergast tomorrow morning at 10amET. Clooney talked about his work on the Sentinel Project: “Well, the idea is to try to prevent human rights abuses before they occur by shining a spotlight on places.” The actor also told Zakaria about the Obama administration’s response to the crisis in Sudan.

Rachel Maddow & Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell Awarded the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow was among the recipients of the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award from the Interfaith Alliance. Maddow was honored for her “passionate coverage of the intersection of religion and politics.” Maddow spoke of faith, politics, and challenging extremism at the event on Sunday.

Past honorees include Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, George Clooney, Judy Shepard and Larry King.

The award ceremony had several famous guests in attendance: Mr. Cronkite’s son, Chip Cronkite and his wife, the actress Deborah Rush, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, and Bill Wolff, the executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The official press release is after the jump…
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Ann Curry Meets up with George Clooney in Sudan

NBC’s Ann Curry spent the week in Africa traveling with, among others, actor George Clooney. Clooney made the trip to Sudan to shed light on the tensions building in the region.

A secession vote in Southern Sudan set for three months from today could escalate the violence that has plagued the nation for years.

This is Curry’s sixth reporting trip to Africa and the second Curry-Clooney venture to Sudan. The first was in February 2009.

In a “So What Do you Do?” interview with mediabistro.com, Curry told us not getting the top job at “Today” has allowed her these kinds of reporting experiences: “Had I gotten that job, I might never have been able to go to Darfur four times,” she said. “I might never have gotten to do what some have said was a transformation hour on Iran and the interview with Ahmadinejad or gone to Congo and brought attention to the crimes against women there. That’s just the short list.”

Clooney will be in the “Today” show studio for a live interview Tuesday. Curry’s reports will also air on “Nightly News” next week and will be put together for a “Dateline” hour.

Of Telethons & News and not ‘Blurring the Lines’

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As the dollars are being added up from tonight’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon, a leading journalism organization is imploring reporters to not become a part of the story of the tragedy in Haiti.

While, the cause is noble and just, CNN continues to get flack for being too close to the fund-raising effort while also covering the news. Anderson Cooper was featured prominently in tonight’s two-hour broadcast — five times by our count — from the CNN perch in Port-au-Prince. At one point Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined him to discuss the dire medical situation. Both have been in-country since last Wednesday morning.

CooperClooney.jpgWhen the telethon ended at 10pmET, Cooper continued live on CNN anchoring his show, including an interview with telethon organizer, actor George Clooney.

Another of the telethon’s hosts, Haitian-born Wyclef Jean even included Cooper’s name and his network in the closing song as it aired across the broadcast spectrum on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and, in New York, on the News Corp.-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate, WWOR as well as countless cable channels.

And while MSNBC was among the channels to carry the concert, Fox News and HLN did not, sticking with regular programming instead. MSNBC pushed back the airings of Olbermann and Maddow at 10pm and 11pm, respectively.

As for the news media both covering and advocating, the Society of Professional Journalists has weighed in and is asking reporters to be cautious.

“Advocacy, self promotion, offering favors for news and interviews, injecting oneself into the story or creating news events for coverage is not objective reporting,” writes SPJ president Kevin Smith.

“News organizations must use caution to avoid blurring the lines between being a participant and being an objective observer,” Smith said.

What do you think? Our poll on the issue, first published last week, remains open…


In general, how do you feel about the intervention by anchors and reporters in Haiti?(polls)

ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN To Broadcast ‘Hope for Haiti’ Telethon Next Friday

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MTV Networks is presenting “Hope for Haiti,” a global telethon to air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT next Friday at 8pm ET/PT. “Hope for Haiti” will be led by CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Haiti, George Clooney in Los Angeles, and Wyclef Jean in New York City.

The two-hour telethon will feature musical performances and celebrity appearances as well as live news reports from CNN.

More in the press release after the jump…

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‘That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite’ to Air Sunday on CBS

CBS will preempt 60 Minutes this Sunday for a special on the life of Walter Cronkite, who died earlier this evening in New York.

Some of the biggest names in politics, news and entertainment – including Pres. Barack Obama, CBS News colleagues Mike Wallace, Morley Safer and Don Hewitt, Katie Couric, George Clooney, Robin Williams and Spike Lee will share their own memories of the industry’s elder statesman as part of the special.

Susan Zirinsky, who once produced for Cronkite, is the executive producer of “That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite.”

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