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Shep Smith on ‘Irresponsible’ Ebola Coverage

Fox News’ Shepard Smith offered harsh criticism of the “irresponsible” manner in which Ebola is being covered by the media.

“For the next few minutes, I’m going to give you the facts on Ebola. It’ll take just three minutes. But first, today given what we know, you should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise,” Smith said to open today’s show.

“The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible,” Smith went on to say.

Also last night, Jon Stewart had a similar take on “The Daily Show,” in which he played a montage of media outlets covering Ebola.

Sean Hannity: ‘Where’s CBS? Where is all this so-called reporting on NBC and CNN?’

For his first trip to Israel, Sean Hannity had a mission: put the emphasis on what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has on the average Israeli. As he returns home today from a 4-day reporting trip, Hannity tells TVNewser, “I feel like we gave a good picture, with context and texture about what life is like in these border towns.” The Fox News host phoned us from Jerusalem following his interview with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

TVNewser: This was your first time in Israel, what’s your one takeaway from covering this conflict?

Hannity: There’s a couple things that stand out. I stayed two days on the Israeli-Gaza border and speaking with the mayor of Sderot, and going to an indoor playground because the kids can’t go out, where rockets landed five minutes before the cease fire. It gives you perspective of how dire the situation is. One thing that struck me was when I got inside one of the Hamas tunnels. You see the architecture and engineering that go in to the preparation for the tunnel, just so people can commit terror.

HannityNetanyahuTVNewser: What did Prime Minister Netanyahu tell in terms of how he sees this peace holding?

Hannity: I asked him and he says you just never know. Rocket attacks are nothing new here. To be perfectly honest, I got comfortable with the sirens. On the first night, I was in restaurant and the sirens went off, and people, including IDF soldiers, casually walked into a bathroom, and it was no big deal. And at the end of the day I understood it.

TVNewser: Overall do you think the U.S. media has been balanced in its coverage of the current conflict?

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Jon Stewart Gets Serious About His ‘Most Regretful’ Interview

In an interview with “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss last night, Jon Stewart revealed the interview he regrets most. It was his 2011 interview with the former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, “Because he started a war for no reason and lied a lot about it.”

Stewart thought he’d “nail him on that,” during the interview, but he failed.

Bloomberg Names Leadership for Politics Vertical

BLOOMBERG-tv-LOGOBloomberg has announced two key appointments for its newly-created politics vertical: Tom Johnson has been named executive editor and Pat King has been appointed senior producer.

Johnson joins Bloomberg after 20 years at ABC News, where he was most recently senior broadcast producer of “World News with Diane Sawyer.” In a note to staff this morning, Bloomberg senior executive editor Josh Tyrangiel praised Johnson’s “spectacular mix of talent and temperament—his colleagues at ABC note that he’s usually the smartest guy in the room, and rarely feels the need to remind anyone of it.”

King comes to Bloomberg after nine years at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” where he was most recently a segment producer. Tyrangiel — who noted “he’s not here to make the show funny” — called King “a passionate observer of national politics with a tremendous instinct for research.”

In addition to overseeing the politics vertical, Johnson and King will serve as executive producer and senior producer, respectively, for the daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann slated to launch in October.

Tyrangiel’s full note, and the note from”World News” executive producer Michael Corn, after the jump.

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Jon Stewart Tasks His Audience With Programming CNN

Last night, Jon Stewart gave an update on his Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN. He also implored his audience to give their ideas for revamping the network.

After airing a montage of ideas “The Daily Show” has provided CNN over the years, Stewart turned to his audience. “We feel qualified to take this on, but we’re doing it with your money,” he said, urging his audience to go to the “Let’s Buy CNN” website to provide their own ideas for slogans and programming.

Who Makes Fareed Zakaria Nervous?

He hosts his own CNN show, but it was an interview with Jon Stewart that gave Fareed Zakaria jitters.

“I’m a little nervous because I realize I might be speaking to my future boss,” Zakaria jokingly said to Stewart at the beginning of an interview Thursday night. He was referring to Stewart’s “Let’s Buy CNN” campaign. “I hope that you end up getting CNN. I think it would be a fascinating challenge for you,” he continued.  And how would Stewart fill the remaining airtime left after “The Daily Show’s” two hours per week. “I’ll just let Wolf Blitzer fill in.”

Jon Stewart Tries to Get Hillary Clinton to Declare Candidacy for President

Jon Stewart began his interview with Hillary Clinton last night asking a few questions around the edges, hoping to get her to announce she’s running for president:

“Do you like commuting to work or do you like a home office?… Do you have a shape for that office?… do you like corners?… Do you prefer to sit in traffic or cause it?”

Clinton says she’s gotten used to the constant criticism, having been in he public eye for nearly a quarter century.

To that, Stewart said, looking inward, “It’s just these talking heads, sitting around, picking out every little thing, making fun of it. It’s just not right.”

Part II after the jump…

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Hillary Clinton to Appear on ‘The Daily Show’

clintonThe cable news portion of Hillary Clinton‘s book tour ended a few weeks ago, but the former Secretary of State isn’t finished yet. She’ll appear on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” tomorrow.

A few weeks ago, Stewart poked fun at CNN and Fox News for dubbing their Clinton interviews as exclusives on the same day. In tomorrow’s interview, it’s likely Stewart will ask the presumptive presidential candidate for her thoughts on one of his favorite comedy targets—cable news.

Clinton has previously given her take on one of broadcast news’ big platforms. “Going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do,” she said while testifying on Capitol Hill last year. “There are other things I prefer to do on Sunday mornings.”

Jon Stewart Has Something to Say About the ‘Exclusive’ Hillary Clinton Interviews

After Hillary Clinton wrapped up the television interviews for her book tour this week, Jon Stewart poked fun at CNN and Fox News, both of which called their interviews “exclusive” — despite the fact that Clinton talked to the two networks back-to-back on the same day.

“Wow, imagine that! Two news networks expressly promoting exclusives with Hillary Clinton … on the same day! It’s like words have no meaning anymore,” Stewart quipped. “But good get! They should be proud of themselves to score an exclusive interview with the Salinger-like recluse Hillary Clinton, a woman who’s secretive nationwide book tour had restricted her access to NBC, CBS, ABC twice, and the Arltington, Virginia Costco.” Watch:

[h/t Washington Post]

Survey: Jon Stewart More Trusted Than MSNBC

cable news logos_304x200A new Brookings Institute survey on immigration and overall trust in TV news had positive findings for Fox News, and less than gratifying recognition for MSNBC.

On which TV news source was trusted most to “provide accurate information about politics and current events,” Fox News ranked number one, with 25% selecting FNC. Of those who selected Fox, 53% identified as Republicans while 6% were Democrats.

Broadcast news came in as the second most trusted source at 23%. Next was CNN, with 17% choosing the original 24/7 cable news network; of that total, 26% identified as Democrats while 9% were Republicans.

The survey probably won’t have MSNBC laughing: “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” rounded out the top five, with 8% choosing the satirist as their most trusted source; MSNBC came in sixth with 5%. For MSNBC’s total, 10% identified as Democrats while 1% were Republicans.

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