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Posts Tagged ‘Joe the Plummer’

Nader to Shep: “You Can Pull the Plug on Me”

nader_11-5.bmpFNC’s Shepard Smith has gotten praise for his interview with Joe the Plummer last week, and his interview last night on the FOX broadcast with Ralph Nader is sure to become another viral hit.

Gawker reports Smith took Nader to task for a comment he made on a radio station earlier in the day, saying Barack Obama‘s choice is “whether he’s going to be Uncle Sam for the people of this country, or Uncle Tom for the giant corporation.”

After Nader tried to explain, Smith said, “This year you were reduced to irrelevant. And I just wonder now if that’s what you want your legacy to be. The man who on the night that the first African American president in the history of this nation was elected, you ask if he’s going to be Uncle Sam or Uncle Tom. Stunning.”

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“It’s Not TV” — It’s The Strategy Room

strategy_11-3.BMPThe “studio” is an open room with a table and a couple cameras at the end of a long hallway on the Foxnews.com floor. The “control room” is essentially a person sitting at an audio board. Amid the wires and audio equipment is an XBOX, where guests from Shepard Smith to Geraldine Ferraro have hit the sticks for a round of Guitar Hero.

TVNewser visited The Strategy Room today, located on the 14th floor of the News Corp. building, home to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The Foxnews.com program streams nine hours a day non-stop, even staying “on air” while anchors and guests switch between hours.

“It’s rough by design. It’s not TV, it’s a different platform,” EP of Fox News Digital Mike Straka tells TVNewser.

Whatever it is, it’s working. According to VP of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti, The Strategy Room averages more than 250,000 streams a day, while all of the Foxnews.com streams get more than one million a day.

“It creates buzz and energy and its really fun,” he says of having the program originate on the floor.

So what will viewers of The Strategy Room see when they tune in? Fox News anchors and correspondents host the program, usually for an hour each, and are joined by everyone from political pundits seen on the FNC air to comedians like Colin Quinn to, um, Michael Lohan. Today, Joe the Plummer was on during the 9amET hour.

strategy2_11-3.BMPThen there’s the moments that develop simply out of having more time and being on the Web. Like Rick Leventhal ragging on Phil Keating for his copious sweating after he finished a report. Or Julie Banderas bringing her puppy Sasha during anchoring duties. Or the Web hit video of Shep playing Guitar Hero (see it here). “You’re not going to see that anywhere else,” says Straka.

For Misenti, it’s part of a larger push on Foxnews.com. “We definitely see that people do want to engage with each other,” he says. As part of the site’s evolution, there can now be up to 12 separate streaming feeds, including The Strategy Room. The player can be the location for FNC/FBN prime time promotion within the flash player, and comments from viewers are added in real time.

So what does The Strategy Room have planned for tomorrow night? And will it still be there when the Election ends?

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Joe the Plumber Has Some Thoughts on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

smith_10-29.jpgWith his 15 minutes of fame extending beyond the 20,000-minute mark, Joe the Plummer appeared on Fox News’ Studio B with Shepard Smith Tuesday to explain his feeling that “a vote for Obama is a vote for the death of Israel.”

But the bigger story today on the cablers is an off-shoot of that campaign theme — about a videotape of Barack Obama at a get-together for Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi. The Los Angeles Times has a copy of the tape. FishbowlLA reports the Times agreed not to release the tape (for air on television news), but has explained its contents, including in this article last April.

The McCain campaign is pushing for the tape’s release. The story has been covered throughout the day.

Which brings us back to Joe.

The Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins writes about yesterday’s exchange with Smith, in which the Fox News anchor presses the plumber. “Listen, you don’t want my opinion on foreign policy. I know just enough about foreign policy to probably be dangerous,” Wurzelbacher said.

Smith agreed, issuing a disclaimer following the interview about Obama’s pro-Israel position. “It gets frightening sometimes,” said Smith while throwing to break.

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