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Posts Tagged ‘Howard Rosenberg’

“Is The Line Separating News and Entertainment Not Blurry Enough?”

hughley_11-8.BMPHoward Rosenberg writes in the Los Angeles Times’ about two of the new, and unique, programs on cable news: CNN’s D.L. Hughley Breaks The News and FNC’s Huckabee.

Rosenberg says Hughley’s show is “CNN’s only acknowledged comedy,” and writes about the “faux” and “legit” interviews that make up the show. “Hughley is likable enough and may get funnier, but that isn’t really the point,” writes Rosenberg.

He calls Mike Huckabee‘s program “un-Foxy” and notes the large number of guests “from the left” that appear on the show. “He wraps himself in the kind of earnestness that has helped make him a formidable political figure, turning the other cheek enough times to give you motion sickness,” he writes.

Related: The photo is from the taping of Hughley’s show yesterday, which TVNewser attended. It airs tonight at 10pmET. Check out the full story on Monday.

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Examining the Cult of Absurdity

couric_7-14b.JPGTV critic Howard Rosenberg takes a lengthy look in the Los Angeles Times at the “absurd” cult of personality in television news, and specifically the evolution of public opinion for CBS’ Katie Couric.

While essentially defending Couric, Rosenberg takes some shots at cable news. “The flagship newscasts of NBC, ABC and CBS together still attract more than 21 million viewers on weeknights, according to Nielsen Media Research,” he writes. “That’s nearly seven times the combined prime-time audience of cable’s Barnum & Bailey gang of Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.”

He argues against the “common wisdom” that “Couric has lacked the gravitas,” to compete against the other evening news anchors. “Couric herself is not absurd. She’s every bit as good as [Brian] Williams and [Charles] Gibson at reading a TelePrompTer, and the world she describes each night is as depressing as theirs,” he writes. “Plus she sounds just fine in election chats with Jeff Greenfield (still among the media’s smartest politics watchers after being marginalized into obscurity at CNN, perhaps because he rejected joining its swami multitudes in predicting the future).”

After the jump, Rosenberg adapts the cult of personality model to Anderson Cooper and Tim Russert

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