Posts Tagged ‘James Carville’
Showtime has ordered a documentary looking at the life of former Vice President Dick Cheney. The doc is from R.J. Cutler, who famously chronicled Bill Clinton‘s campaign to become President in 1992 and put George Stephanopoulos and James Carville on the map.
The new doc “The World According to Dick Cheney” (working title) will chronicle Cheney’s life, from his early days in the Ford White House, to the legacy he forged as Vice President. “Cutler will offer up a measured, layered profile of the polarizing, controversial former vice president,” said Showtime in announcing the series.
CNN has announced its coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections. As in previous elections, new technology will be a major part of the coverage, with returning favorites like the “magic wall” and “data wall’ being joined by the “CNN Election Matrix,” which will break down data in a visual way.
The network already revealed it will be adding more “virtual objects” to its coverage.
“We are taking capabilities of the Data Wall and quadrupling it in order to report the story in the clearest way we can,” said CNN senior VP and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman in a statement. “Viewers are ready for a rich meal of election items and with CNN’s technology on air and online, paired with the Best Political Team, we will serve an unparalleled election night experience.”
Wolf Blitzer will lead the network’s coverage, and will be joined by Anderson Cooper, Candy Crowley, John King and Soledad O’Brien. Other anchors, reporters and hosts that will be contributing to the program include Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Ed Henry, Dan Lothian, Suzanne Malveaux and new 8 PM hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker.
More information after the jump.
The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz writes about the “Crossfire Culture” of cable news, and journalism in general. While ostensibly it is about the current state of journalism, it is hard to ignore the focus on cable news pundits:
Cable news channels were pioneers in vituperation, as politicians learned they were more likely to get invited back by breathing fire. The rise of highly opinionated hosts at Fox and MSNBC helped fuel the trend, as has the invasion of pols-turned-pundits — Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, James Carville, Eliot Spitzer — who have blurred the distinction between us (the journalists) and them (those we cover).
[Bill] O’Reilly regularly portrays his network as the antidote to hopelessly biased rivals: “If you want to know what’s really happening in America, you have to come here because you will not get it in much of the mainstream media.” His chief antagonist, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, said Sherrod’s reputation had been “assassinated by Fox News” and “that scum Breitbart,” but he did not spare what he called “the cowering media, this network included.”
The article seems to draw from a discussion Kurtz had on his Sunday CNN program, “Reliable Sources:”
On today’s “Good Morning America” “Morning Mix,” Tom Hanks delivers a pretty great impression of famed Democratic strategist and CNN political contributor James Carville. He seemed to have everyone in the studio cracking up.
In addition to being the best-paid person in the News Corporation last year [$23 million in salary], he is the most successful news executive of the last 10 years, and his network exerts a strong influence on the fractured conservative movement.
At a time when the broadcast networks are struggling with diminishing audiences and profits in news, he has built Fox News into the profit engine of the News Corporation. Fox News is believed to make more money than CNN, MSNBC and the evening newscasts of NBC, ABC and CBS combined. The division is on track to achieve $700 million in operating profit this year, according to analyst estimates that Mr. Ailes does not dispute.
Ailes spoke with The Times in late December from his office. “I built this channel from my life experience. My first qualification is I didn’t go to Columbia Journalism School. There are no parties in this town that I want to go to.”
In fact, Ailes lives north of New York City in rural Putnam County.
A sign outside his house shows an illustration of a gun and advises visitors that it is under video surveillance. His movements now are shadowed by a phalanx of corporate-provided security. He travels to and from work in a miniature convoy of two sport utility vehicles. A camera on his desk displays the comings and goings outside his office, where he usually keeps the blinds drawn.
Ailes’ success is lost on no one in the worlds of both media and politics. “If he were a Democrat, I think there would be 67 Democratic senators right now,” said CNN contributor and Democratic political consultant James Carville. “In terms of the news business, the cable television business, and the political business, there is him and then there is everybody else.”
Page Six hears that a few established newsers are competing for George Stephanopoulos‘s spot on “This Week” should he leave once he starts his “Good Morning America” run: “ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper is vying with ‘Nightline’ co-anchor Terry Moran amid rumors an approach may be made to ‘Washington Week in Review’s’ Gwen Ifill.”
For now, as TVNewser reported, Stephanopoulos will continue to host his Sunday public affairs show, even though he’s accepted the ‘GMA’ offer.
While Carville doesn’t doubt Stephanopoulos will be successful on “GMA,” he noted that his friend had “a good life on Sunday morning” and will be letting go of a strong political journalism franchise in Washington.
“I teased him, ‘You might be getting Jay Leno’d here,’” Carville recalled. “You’re doing fine and then someone comes up with this brilliant idea.”
Tapper, Ifill, and Moran were some of the top vote-getters in our recent “This Week” poll. Graph after the jump.
A couple of tvnewsers got the SNL treatment last night. Larry King, “the suspenders are prescription, they hold in my organs,” and James Carville, “When I play monopoly and I win the beauty contest people don’t yell ‘hey you can’t win a beauty contest, cryptkeeper. You ugly.’”
On Fox News Sunday, with substitute host Bret Baier, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham was asked whether Glenn Beck represents the Republican party. “No,” was Graham’s answer, adding, “It’s not the kind of political analysis I buy into.”
Then later on CNN’s State of the Union with John King, which, about the broadcast network Sunday shows likes to use that dismissive line: “we watch so you don’t have to,” the husband-wife, left-right team of James Carville and Mary Matalin weighed in on what Beck means. Matalin’s analysis was measured and thoughtful; Carville’s was, not surprisingly, a bit more blunt: “I think he’s nuts!”
During today’s funeral Mass coverage for Sen. Kennedy, there was ample time for newsers to add their own color to the proceedings. We’ve collected a small sample of the quotes we heard that supplemented this morning’s coverage as we flipped between networks.
Shepard Smith anchored FNC’s morning coverage and said:
“In his nearly 47 years in the Senate, Ted Kennedy worked on legislation that affects every single one of us every day of our lives. And now the nation mourns his passing and celebrates his life. Last night we watched an incredible Irish wake, I suppose it was. There were tears of laughter and joy. There were stories of childhood and adulthood, of days sailing in the harbors and bays of Massachusetts, of quiet times, of celebration throughout a storied history.There were Kennedy tales that many of us had never before heard, and here were remembrances from both sides of the political aisle, as Republicans, Democrats, moderates, liberals, conservatives remembered the man whose life had so many ups and downs, a man who shared so much triumph and so much tragedy.”
Keith Olbermann reflected:
“We don’t have royalty, this is the closest thing we have to it. We somehow psychologically dally with the idea, but it’s more than that. That would mean a certain connection and familiarity with people from generation to generation and brother to brother. But an affection seems to be built on…that public vulnerability. It’s as much the tragedies, the failures as…the story of redemption in Senator Kennedy’s life, that I think threads throughout the family and has been expressed again today. That’s the bind between people and a group of politicians…The benefit of the doubt, when they don’t always live up to the expectation, is, I think, based on the willingness to say, ‘Here are my problems. maybe you have problems too. While I’m working on mine, I’m also working on yours.’”
George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams, James Carville, and Andrea Mitchell after the jump.