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Will Conservative List Help Rather’s Case?

rather_11-17.jpgThe New York Times’ Jacques Steinberg writes about the newest information in the Dan Rather case against CBS, which could help his claim that CBS attempted to “quell Republican criticism of the network” by hiring a panel of conservatives.

“Rather has spent more than $2 million of his own money on the suit. And according to documents filed recently in court, he may be getting something for his money,” writes Steinberg.

Jim Quinn, a lawyer representing CBS, says the network has “gained the most ground” in the pre-trial discovery phase, and “Either on summary judgment or at trial, we feel very comfortable we’ll succeed.”

Steinberg’s article also takes a look at Rather’s involvement in the day-to-day handling of the case. “He has approached it with the zeal of a correspondent trying to report out a ’60 Minutes’ segment about himself, burying himself in deposition transcripts late into the night and providing his lawyers with road maps of leads he thinks they should pursue,” he writes.

As for the list of conservatives, TVNewser’s Gail Shister talked to some of the names mentioned last week, including MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson and CNN’s Lou Dobbs.

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Webcasting: Where The Cablers Go Unscripted…For Better or Worse

SanMiguel_10.11.jpgFormer CNBC and Headline News anchor Renay San Miguel has found life after TV news, and it includes writing about TV News. San Miguel writes an opinion piece for for TechNewsWrold about FNC’s and CNN’s attempts at live Webcasting. On FNC, The Strategy Room; on CNN, the AC360 Webcast. San Miguel writes:

Lest I give you the impression that “Strategy Room” is Roger Ailes‘ take on “The View,” it’s not all females all the time. The hosts rotate among Fox News’ stable of anchors and correspondents, and sometimes after the pre-roll ad ends, there’s no real introduction from said host. It’s like being parachuted into the middle of a discussion…

As for CNN…

Pencil in the “AC360″ webcast as a work in progress. Correspondent Erica Hill (a former Headline News colleague) hosts a live stream broadcast at during the commercial breaks in Cooper’s show. This gives her a chance to show off plenty of off-the-cuff personality and also sneak in more questions of in-studio guests…

> Update: Greta Van Susteren is keeping us honest (her words, not mine). From her GretaWire blog:

I just read an article on about webcasting and OOPS they forgot GretaLiveWire!! (I just realized they also forgot Tammy Haddad who does live coverage of big political events on the web. She is the one of the best known webcasters in the business but they forgot her, too. OOPs. Click here.)

Well, Greta, the blog post was a pick-up of a story that reviewed just the FNC and CNN Webcasts. There are others out there too, including Katie Couric‘s convention and post-debate Webcasts discussed in this Saturday New York Times story about Couric.

FBN Ratings Crack 100,000 Viewers

glick_10-3.jpgThe New York Times’ Brian Stelter and Jacques Steinberg reports on Fox Business Network’s ratings from Monday’s Wall St. collapse, putting the average at 81,000 from 1-10pmET.

TVNewser has obtained a more complete hourly breakdown of Monday, which shows FBN averaging 103,000 for America’s Nightly Scoreboard at 7pmET and 124,000 for the Dave Ramsey Show at 8pmET. An FBN special at 9pmET averaged 87,000 viewers and the other hours from 1-7pmET fell below the 81,000 average.

Monday represented the best ratings ever for CNBC during its Business Day (7amET-5pmET), averaging 726,000 during that time. The Times reports the CNBC average during the 1-10pmET hours as close to 900,000.

When Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post released figures he obtained in July, the averages came to about 8,000 during Business Day and 20,000 in prime time for FBN. FBN is currently seen in approximately 40 million homes, as opposed to more than 90 million for CNBC.

But how did the Times get the ratings? FBN is still not a full service client, which means the ratings are not released publicly. Nielsen spokesperson Gary Holmes tells TVNewser, “Any client can subscribe to Nielsen’s ratings. Once the ratings are over a certain minimum, any subscribing client can make those numbers available.”

Holmes confirmed that 81,000 would be enough to put FBN over the minimum, raising the question of which network leaked the numbers.

One point not mentioned in the New York Times story, and something that has been absent in several stories about CNBC, is the partnership the newspaper has with the network. The non-disclosure issue has been raised recently during the economic crisis.

In the weeks since the financial crisis has become a top story, CNBC and FBN have sparred through promos, newspaper ads and on the air.

Brokaw on Olbermann, MTP’s Future and McCain

brokaw_9-30.jpgIn a wide-ranging profile of NBC News’ Tom Brokaw, as well as an analysis of his Meet the Press moderation thus far, the New York Times’ Jacques Steinberg delves into a variety of topics.

Brokaw tells Steinberg he “advocated” for a modification to the anchor duties of MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews during election nights. His reasoning came with praise for the Countdown host. “Keith is an articulate guy who writes well and doesn’t make his arguments in a ‘So’s your old mother’ kind of way,” he said. “The mistake was to think he could fill both roles. The other mistake was to think he wouldn’t be tempted to use the anchor position to engage in commentary. That’s who he is.”

As Brokaw told TVNewser in St. Paul, he echoed the claim he would be ending his Meet the Press moderating duties shortly after November’s election. Steinberg quotes a “person who had been briefed on the proposal” regarding what will happen after Brokaw leaves the chair: “[NBC] is leaning toward an ensemble of hosts that would be led by Chuck Todd, NBC’s political director, and include David Gregory.”

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Times Fires Back at FNC’s Tactics

A growing imbroglio between The New York Times and Fox News Channel has escalated into a stunning pull-back-the-curtains look at what Times columnist David Carr calls the FNC “public relations machine that will go feral if it doesn’t get what it wants.”

First, the backstory: Steinberg_7.5.jpgLast Saturday Times’ reporter Jacques Steinberg wrote this story titled “Fox News Finds Its Rivals Closing In.” Then on Wednesday the Fox & Friends team, complete with distorted images of Steinberg and his editor, Steven Reddicliffe, fired back.

Carr, in what is both a defense of his colleagues and a telling look at how the FNC “public relations apparatus” works, writes, “Fox News found a huge runway and enormous success by setting aside the conventions of bloodless objectivity, but along the way, it altered the rules of engagement between reporters and the media organizations they cover.”

Carr calls the Steinberg/Reddicliffe episode the latest “vivid example” of how FNC PR works, but talks to colleagues who’ve had similar experiences. Times reporter Bill Carter, who has a good working relationship with Fox News, “was appalled to see what he viewed as an anti-Semitic caricature of Mr. Steinberg.” Fox News EVP of corporate communications Brian Lewis says the anti-Semitic characterization is “vile and untrue.”

Carr also spoke with “two former Fox employees” who had “participated in precisely those kinds of activities.” But they signed confidentiality agreements and could not talk about it for the record.

Still, even after splaying the subjects of his story, from whom it would only be right to seek comment, Carr writes, “For the record, everyone I dealt with at Fox News in connection with this column was polite, highly responsive, and got right to the point, while still not giving ground on a single material fact.”

(graphic: Media Matters)

Paula Zahn, The Day After

zahn_7.25.jpgThe write-ups are in on the Paula Zahn resignation, reported first on TVNewser. Zahn tells TVWeek’s Michelle Greppi, “I wanted to move on and he (CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein) wanted to move on.”

To Jacques Steinberg of the NYTimes, “when you look at the landscape, particularly in the 8 o’clock hour, it seems pretty obvious the audience is drawn to opinion-driven shows. That is not what I do.”

And on the persistent rumors surrounding the demise of her show, Zahn told the AP’s David Bauder “You’re not going to survive very long in this business if you internalize every rumor that is out there. To a certain extent, my staff and I were able to drown out the noise and do what we were expected to do.”

In his note to the CNN staff, Klein wrote, “throughout the coming weeks, we will be utilizing substitute hosts at 8pm leading up to the November launch of a new program anchored by Campbell Brown.”

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