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Top 10 TVNewser Stories of ’08

From a Matt Lauer tease to a disturbing Glenn Beck video (and his new place of employment). From what David Shuster said on-air to what Jesse Jackson said off-air, here are the top 10 TVNewser stories, by page view, from 2008.

And since it’s the holiday season, we included a little thank you in parentheses to the sites that made these page views possible.

1. January 4 — Beck Surgery Goes Horribly Awry — 907,286 (Drudge)

2. July 16 — Breaking: What Else Jesse Jackson Said on That FNC Tape — 366,611 (Drudge)

3. February 8 — Shuster Suspended For Pimped Out Comment — 334,182 (Drudge)

4. January 28 — Clinton Cancels on the Cablers — 214,524 (Drudge)

5. October 16 — Glenn Beck To Join Fox News Channel — 167,721 (Glennbeck.com)

6. May 28 — May Ratings: FNC Stays on Top — 76,480 (Drudge)

7. May 27 — Couric to Make Major Announcement on Today — 60,999 (Drudge)

8. November 23, 2007 — Glenn Beck’s Road Ahead: “A Doctor Told Me, ‘You Keep Treating Your Body Like This, You’ll Be Dead in 6 Months’” — 57,060 (TVNewser link from #1)

9. March 15 — Laurie Dhue Leaves FNC — 47,113 (Fark, HotAir)

10. February 8 — “Pimped Out” Comment Could Jeopardize Dem Debate on MSNBC — 46,892 (TVNewser link from #3)

TVNewser’s Top 10 of 2007

From “Best Political Team” To a “King of Comedy”

hughley_11-10.jpgThree days after TVNewser was in the CNN Election Center studio on Election Night, we were back in a drastically changed environment. Gone were the BPTOT, in was a studio audience. Temporary walls blocked off the studio from the rest of the newsroom. And the man at the helm was not anchor Wolf Blitzer but an Original King of Comedy.

D.L. Hughley Breaks the News is CNN’s newest, and most unique, programming. The 10pmET show airs Saturday and Sunday, and moves between serious interviews and lighter ones, comedy sketches and more serious monologues by Hughley.

During Friday’s taping, the usual exit poll location for Soledad O’Brien and Bill Schneider was replaced with a green screen and an actor dressed as George Washington for a fake hologram segment. Interviews ranged from a group of Kenyan comedians, to actor/comedian Tim Reid to Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Within the interviews there were serious and comedy elements — amid Jackson, Jr.’s answer about how he’d be “honored” to named Pres.-Elect Barack Obama‘s replacement for U.S. Senate, he joked, “I’m willing to bet I’m one of the few United States Senators, if appointed, to ever be willing to even do your show!”

hughleyshow_11-10.BMPThe show is taped in segments, which leads to a portion of downtime. Comedian Corwin Moore warms up the crowd between blocks. “It’s bizarre, but its fun and exciting,” he says of working on the CNN show. “It’s not one thing for me. I’m just amazed to see his face on the monitor.”

Hughley, who called Tuesday’s election “the most emotional thing I’ve ever been a part of,” is relishing the opportunity. “I enjoy it a lot. As long as people are watching we’re going to keep doing it,” he said.

And people are. The show regularly gets more than 600,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo and 1.4 million Total Viewers, putting it in competition on a nightly basis as the top prime time weekend program.

“For an organization not build to do a comedy show, CNN has been fantastic,” says the show’s EP, Mitch Semel.

It does have its critics as well, with some saying it “reinforces black stereotypes.” Semel says it’s not for everyone. “Good comedy doesn’t do that,” he said. “It’s very much like him doing his act on stage. Just remember, it’s a comedy show.”

(pictured top right: comedian/actor Donnell Rawlings (who appears on the show), Hughley and stage manager Bruce)

Click continued to see the interview with Jackson, Jr. from last weekend’s show…

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Bob Schieffer’s Convention Look-Back

CBSSM_8.23.jpgTomorrow on CBS News Sunday Morning — as he prepares for the Democratic National Convention in Denver — Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer takes a look at political conventions past and present: the good, the bad and the just plain baffling. Schieffer also recounts some his own favorite experiences at the conventions; among them, getting a lesson in meditation from poet Allen Ginsberg in 1972.

Schieffer follows up the Sunday Morning piece by anchoring Face the Nation live from Denver. His guests include Gov. Ed Rendell, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and one-time VP shortlister Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

Dozens Protest Outside Fox News Headquarters

NasCUFNC_7.23.jpgWhat brings out MTV News, AllHipHop.com, Access Hollywood, The Colbert Report and, well, us? A Nas-led protest outside News Corp. today, home of Fox News Channel.

The hip-hop star (left) joined about 50 protesters, (less than another anti-FNC protest in 2004) from two organizations: ColorofChange.org and MoveOn.org who called on the network to, “stop its racist smears against the Obamas and other Black Americans.”

Also in attendance — more than 620,000 signed petitions. Andre Banks, deputy director of Color of Change, told TVNewser the plan was to bring the boxes in one by one, but in the end, “They refused to accept the petitions. They just don’t want to hear it.”

BoxesFNC_7.23.jpgThe protesters stood quietly for about an hour until Nas appeared, most holding pre-made or hand-made signs. Many Fox News employees came to check out the scene, including Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld and some of the show’s staff. “This is quite possibly the most boring protest ever,” he told us.

But that was before Nas arrived. The hip-hop star emerged from an SUV to a flutter of cameras, made his way to the front of the protesters and gave a short speech, before heading back into the SUV.

A Fox News spokesperson tells TVNewser, “Fox News believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech, including Nas, who has an album to promote.”

About 15 minutes after leaving, Nas returned, and he had something to say.

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Stewart Fires Up Dobbs-O-Meter

dailyshow_7-18.JPGJon Stewart introduced a new scientific tool last night on The Daily Show — a device called the “Dobbs-O-Meter.”

“The best way in measuring success in wooing the Latino community, is the Dobbs-O-Meter,” he said. “The angrier [Lou] Dobbs gets, the better you are doing.”

And with the presumptive presidential nominees speaking to Latino voters recently, the Dobbs-O-Meter was ready to explode.

And on an unrelated note — how does Jesse Jackson‘s “Nut Hibachi” come into play?

Click continued to see the opening segment of The Daily Show (with the Dobbs-O-Meter kicking in around 6:00)…

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Sharpton, Jackson, Others Respond to N-Word Revelation

sharpton_7-17.JPGThe broadcast news divisions and cable news networks have been talking today about TVNewser’s report that Rev. Jesse Jackson used the N-word while chatting with a guest before an appearance on Fox & Friends.

On The Early Show, CBS’s Harry Smith, interviewing Rev. Al Sharpton, called the comment “disheartening.” Sharpton agreed:

I think that we have to be consistent. We have denounced the N-word at the National Action Network and other groups. Those of us, and many of us, who have used it privately said we must refrain from it if we’re going to challenge people using it publicly. You must be consistent and I think this is very disappointing.

Jackson responded with a statement last night:

I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I have caused as a result of my hurtful words. I apologize again to Sen. Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, their children as well as to the American public. There really is no justification for my comments and I hope that the Obama family and the American public will forgive me. I also pray that we, as a nation, can move on to address the real issues that affect the American people.

The situation even brought tears to the eyes of one of the hosts of The View this morning. And
Bill O’Reilly
, whose program was the first to air other portions of the tape last Wednesday, appeared On the Record with Greta Van Susteren last night to discuss the fallout.

Click continued to see the segment (via Johnny Dollar)…

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Bill O’Reilly Talks Tape on Studio B; Blames “Some Weasel” For Leaking to TVNewser

oreilly_7-16.JPGFNC anchor Bill O’Reilly appeared on Studio B this afternoon to address TVNewser’s story about what else Rev. Jesse Jackson said when he was recorded chatting with a fellow guest prior to going live on Fox News July 6. The O’Reilly Factor aired portions of the tape last Wednesday.

Today, on Shepard Smith‘s program, O’Reilly confirmed, “It’s one word, a disparaging word.”

“N-word?” asked Smith. “Yeah, and it’s trash-talking,” said O’Reilly.

O’Reilly went on to explain why his show didn’t originally play the full tape: “I’m not in the business of hurting Jesse Jackson, because it does hurt Jesse Jackson. And I’m not in the business of creating some kind of controversy that is not relevant to the general subject: one civil rights leader disparaging another, over policy. So we held it back.”

Then he turned his attention to the person who tipped off TVNewser. “Some weasel leaked it to the internet,” he said. “That person wants to hurt Jesse Jackson.”

And what about the setting Jackson went to give his first response to the tape?

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Breaking: What Else Jesse Jackson Said on That FNC Tape

Jackson_7_16.jpgExclusive: TVNewser has been sent the transcript of what Jesse Jackson said Sunday morning July 6, as he prepared for an interview on Fox & Friends Weekend. Below is the partial transcript we received in our tips box, and confirmed to be authentic by Fox News Channel representatives.

Barack…he’s talking down to black people…telling n—s how to behave.

So, yes. Jesse Jackson did use the “N” word. But it was not directed at Barack Obama. Fox News and Bill O’Reilly have maintained there was more on the tape, but that the un-aired portion was not relevant to the issue at hand: about whether Obama was “talking down” to the black community.

> Update: Jackson’s statement, Al Sharpton weighs in, and more on the reaction to the comment.

• Earlier:

FNC To Air Jesse Jackson Comments

O’Reilly Airs Some of Jackson’s Hot Mic Comments

What Jesse Jackson Didn’t Say on That Tape

Roger Ailes Tries to Quiet the Jackson Rumormill

More: O’Reilly will be on with Shepard Smith at 3pmET discussing the tape…

Roger Ailes Tries to Quiet The Jesse Jackson Rumormill

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>Update: TVNewser has learned Ailes’ letter was in response to one his office received earlier in the day from Hughes. We’re trying to get our hands on the letter…

>Update, Update: The Hughes letter to Ailes is also after the jump…

In response to the growing storm over what Jesse Jackson did or did not say during that open mic moment last week, none other than the founder and chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has fired off a letter to the founder and chairwoman of Radio One, Cathy Hughes.

Radio One is the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. One of its properties, NewsOne.com, reported receiving the Ailes letter late yesterday. It confirms what O’Reilly Factor EP David Tabacoff told TVNewser, that Jackson did not use the phrase “half breed n—–” when talking about Barack Obama.

Ailes writes, “I can categorically deny that Fox News Channel is in possession of a tape containing the alleged statement supposedly made by Reverend Jackson.”

Click continued to see the letter from Ailes…

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What Jesse Jackson Didn’t Say on That Tape

jackson_7_15.jpgExclusive: The blogosphere has been burning up for nearly a week since Bill O’Reilly told his viewers there are portions of that Jesse Jackson tape that are “more damaging than what you heard.” What we all heard was that Jackson wanted to cut Barack Obama’s n*ts off for “talking down to black people.”

David Tabacoff, an executive producer of the O’Reilly Factor shot down the report from the blog Hybrid Nation.

Tabacoff tells TVNewser that in the un-aired portions of the tape, Jackson never used the words “half breed n—–” and never called Obama the “n” word either.

So what more did he say? Insiders tell us what we heard was the most “newsworthy” portion. TVNewser has been told that The Factor has no plans to air any remainder of the tape in the immediate future.

Immediate being the key word in that phrase.

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